Casale La Collina is an old olive mill, for around 160 years it was one of the main employers for the local villagers, men were employed to build dry stone walls along the olive terraces, cut back grass and weeds by hand, prune and care for the olive plants and then at harvest time men, women and children picked the olives and prepared them ready for the pressing. The building and olive groves were sadly abandoned in the 60's and 70's, brambles and vegetation took over the land. In the 1990's the building was initially restored, over time the land has gradually been brought back to life and now the olive plants are thriving once again. In late October/November we harvest the olives by hand in the traditional way to make our own special extra virgin olive oil. This Spring we planted 500 vines to create a new vineyard and we are looking forward to our very own wine in a few years time. Casale La Collina has recently been extensively renovated and refurbished into a unique and stylish home. It is a perfect place for a luxurious and relaxing holiday. You can enjoy walking on some of the paths which lead directly from our doorstep through olive groves and woodland to the nearby village of Castelvecchio di Compito (10 min walk) and over the hills to Buti (7km walk), a hill village with shops and restaurants. Bientina, a small town just a few minutes drive away has full amenities including supermarket, shops, restaurants, banks, weekly market, antiques market (monthly) and in July the town holds a palio (bareback horse race) in the main square. We are ideally situated for sightseeing as Lucca is only 20 minutes away, the nearest autostrada exit in Altopascio is a 10 minute drive and Pisa and Florence are 30 and 45 minutes or you can avoid city driving by taking the train from Pontedera our nearest train station (15 mins).FacilitiesFollowing the recent refurbishment the luxury accommodation now consists of 2 double suites each having bedroom , bathroom and private lounge area, 2 double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and 2 twin bedded room with en suite bathrooms.The new architect designed, hand built main kitchen has been created to be suitable for guests to use or for professional use, there is also a large dining table for relaxed, informal dining. The atmospheric dining hall features the original olive press and grinding wheels, with a large antique table suitable for formal dining, while outdoor dining is under the shade of the pergola. We can arrange for a local chef to come and prepare a meal or give cooking lessons.A second kitchen has been created at the other end of the house to conveniently serve the pool, barbeque or lounge area.A new wine cellar and tasting room has been created - an easy place to while away a few hours. A good selection of wine is available on an honesty bar basis, and we are only a few years away from our wine, produced here on the estate!Outside the villa there are a number of large terraces with dining chairs, tables and recliners where you can take full advantage of the views. On its own terrace above the house our heated salt water swimming pool takes the shape of the original olive mill pond, which originally held water to power the water wheel, the internal workings of which have also been preserved in the main dining hall. The pool is surrounded by grass and landscaped gardens, views over the olive groves and valley below make this an ideal setting to relax under the Tuscan sun. Notice: The last 800 meters to reach the house are partially dirt road and partially paved anyway house can be reached even with minivan AccommodationStylish and charming the interiors have been designed to complement the building. Internally the rooms are all light and spacious - the large, welcoming lounge has comfortable sofas and a woodburner for cooler evenings, the main dining hall is warm and atmospheric and still has the original olive grinding stones, the main kitchen with large dining table is suitable for cook school, the computer room or study is there if you feel you have to work, wine tasting room and cellar (wine provided on an honesty basis). In addition there is an extra 'Summer' kitchen which can be used when using the barbeque area or at the swimming pool. The bedrooms are all in the upper floors for the house. There are two suites with adjoining sitting areas, two large double bedrooms and two twin bedrooms, all are en suite, air conditioned and beds are equipped with extremely comfortable mattresses and luxury linens to ensure restful sleeps.The large saline swimming pool takes the shape of the original mill pond and has a shallow section suitable for childen. The surrounding landscaped garden is perfect for relaxing and has ample umbrellas and sunbeds. The terraces around the house are equipped with dining tables, chairs and deckchairs and take full advantage of the breathtaking views. The herb garden next to the main kitchen has a wide variety of mediterranean herbs, we also have a vegetable garden and the Summer Kitchen garden terrace is surrounded by herbs and native flowers, there is a dining table here, perfect for having lunch near the pool or having a barbeque. • Living Area Large, cozy and comfortable central lounge with extra large sofas, armchairs, coffee table, sideboard with DVDs and CDs, bookcase with large selection of reading books, information and maps and a large woodburner in the antique stone fireplace. Windows look over the olive groves to the front and woodland to the rear of the house. There is a cloakroom on this level just along the hallway.All areas of the house can also easily be accessed from this main central area, there are double doors leading of to the West Wing with the Summer kitchen on the same level, Titian and Lotto bedrooms upstairs and the wine room downstairs, a hallway leads off into the East Wing with bedrooms Raphael, Da Vinci and Computer/Study room upstairs and the main kitchen downstairs, another staircase from this hall also leads down to the main entrance hall with the original olive grinding stones. A feature stone staircase from the lounge leads up to the third/top floor bedrooms Botticelli and Caravaggio.We supply an ample supply of firewood in the cooler months and there are fans for hotter months. Windows are double glazed with shutters and mosquito screens • Dining HallThe main entrance hall with the original olive press and grinding stones. It is a light and atmospheric room with an extending antique table and chairs for more formal dining. Stairs lead up from here to the central part of the house including the lounge area, the main kitchen is just along a corridor with a cloakroom and the wine room is just off the hall to the left in the West wing of the house with another staircase for easy access to this side of the house. Two windows let in ample light and the main double doors open out on to the patio/dining area with large table, chairs and a wrought iron pergola for shade.• Main KitchenThe larger of the two kitchens in the house, this one has been designed as a 'teaching kitchen'. The units have been handmade by craftsmen using chestnut wood to complement the original chestnut beams in the building and the large chestnut table seating twelve is perfect for casual dining. There is a bespoke Carrara marble sink and draining area. For cooking there is a Miele five ring gas hob and two Miele steam ovens, appliances include a large Smeg American Style fridge/freezer, Miele dishwasher, Kitchen Aid Nespresso coffee machine, industrial ice machine, Smeg toaster, blender and Cuisinart electric kettle. All the necessary essentials for cooking and dining have been provided and are of the best quality.Situated on the ground floor in the East wing of the house, there is a door to the outdoor patio dining area and kitchen herb garden, a short corridor leads along past a cloakroom into the main entrance and dining hall. Easy access to all areas of the house by a set of stairs directly up from the kitchen to the first floor and central part of the house where the main lounge is situated.We can arrange for a local chef come and give cooking lessons here in the main kitchen (please book well in advance). Alternatively, for a lovely relaxing evening in the house he will come and prepare a meal for you to dine on the patio, where you can enjoy eating al fresco whilst taking in the stunning Tuscan scenery or in the atmospheric main dining hall where the original grinding stones of the mill have been preserved, respecting the buildings origins as an olive mill. • Summer KitchenTraditional Tuscan Summer kitchen, lovely for breakfast, lunch or for drinks when using the lounge or up by the pool. Equipped for cooking light meals with a large five ring gas hob, large American Fridge Freezer, dishwasher, dining table and chairs, dresser, cotto tiled work surfaces and feature antique stone sink.Outside door onto terrace and outdoor barbeque area, steps up to a garden terrace by the aquaduct and the path up to the swimming pool.Situated on the second floor of the West Wing and on the same level as the main central living area which is accessed through a small hallway. There is a stone staircase up to Lotto and Titian bedrooms and down to the main hall and wine room. • Wine Cellar & Tasting RoomStocked with Italian wine, guests can enjoy a tasting by a local sommelier or we also allow guests to try the wines we have selected on an honesty basis. We will be adding our very own wine to the cellar from the new vineyard, 500 vines were planted in the Spring of 2015 and our wine will be ready in 2018. We will also have our own extra virgin olive oil from the harvest in the late Autumn - Oct/Nov 2015. • Suite Botticelli - Double Bedroom en suite with sitting roomOne of our two beautiful suites in the house. Full length windows in the bedroom, sitting room and bathroom take full advantage of the views over the olive groves. Extra large bathroom with free standing copper bath, walk in marble shower with glass screen, twin sinks with marble topped vanity unit and wc. Sitting room with sofa, reading lamps and armchair. Air conditioned bedroom with large double bed, luxury linens, his and her wardrobes, bedside tables with lamps and chest of drawers.Windows are double glazed with shutters and mosquito blinds. • Double bedroom Da VinciLovely air conditioned room on the top floor of the East wing, from the window enjoy watching the sunrise over the valley below. Large and comfortable double bed with luxury linens, bedside tables with lamps, double wardrobe and chest of drawers. The bathroom has a stone shower with glass screen, chestnut vanity unit with feature stone sink, wc, window overlooking olive trees.Windows are double glazed with shutters and mosquito blinds. • Computer / Study roomThis room can be used as a computer/study room, games room, TV room or as the sitting area for Da Vinci for any guests who prefer to use it as a private area to relax. Double doors lead into small hall with Da Vinci room through the door to the left, bathroom through the door in front and this room through a door on the right. It is at the top of the East wing of the house and there is a sofa, armchair, coffee table, computer/work desk with good WIFI.• Double Bedroom TitianLovely and spacious tower room on the top floor of the West Wing. The light floods in from windows on all sides with views over the rooftop, pool and waterfall area, olive groves and surrounding woodland. p.s. shutters are fitted in all our windows to allow for sleepy mornings and siestas!Large and comfortable double bed, walk in double wardrobe, bedside tables with lamps, chest of drawers, large bathroom with 'his and hers' doors, bath, walk in stone shower with glass screen, feature twin stone sinks on chestnut wood vanity unit, wc, window. • Suite Raphael - Double Bedroom en suite with sitting roomOne of our two beautiful suites in the house it faces East offering amazing sunrise views from the full length window in the sitting room. The air conditioned bedroom has a large comfortable double bed and luxury linens, bedside tables with reading lamps, his and hers wardrobes and consol table with mirror. The window in this bedroom overlooks the front patio are of the house and the olive grove. The sitting room has a large sofa, two armchairs, reading lamps, coffee table and TV with SKY. The large bathroom has a large marble shower with glass screen, freestanding stainless steel bath, twin sinks in marble topped vanity unit and wc.• Twin Bedroom LottoTwin bedroom on the second floor of the West Wing. Double doors lead into small hall with wardrobe, the bedroom is through a door to the left and bathroom though a door straight ahead. This cozy and comfortable air conditioned bedroom has two comfortable single beds with luxury linens, bedside tables with lamps, chest of drawers and window with views of the small aquaduct and Summer kitchen garden terrace. The bathroom has a marble shower, twin sinks on terracotta topped chestnut wood vanity unit, bath,wc and window. • Twin Bedroom CaravaggioOn the top/third floor of the central part of the house this beautiful and spacious air conditioned room has full length window taking advantage of olive grove views. Two comfortable single beds with luxury linens, double wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside tables and lamps. The bathroom has a bath with shower over, Carrara marble sink on chestnut wood vanity unit, wc and window with views over woodland. • Utility RoomThe basement utility/laundry area is equipped with miele washing machine and a tumble dryer, iron, ironboard and sink.