Holiday cottage in Tuscany, Italy

luxury dog friendly holiday cottage in Tuscany

From The Suffolk Holiday Barns & Barges experts…. A Tuscan Cottage available Autumn 2020….

What?

It will be a fully restored traditional Tuscan Country House with breath-taking views of the Garfagnana Valley. Just 20 minutes from the Medieval city of Lucca and 45 minutes from Pisa airport.

Sleeps two to four.

When?

  • 2 or 3 night weekends from Fridays
  • 4 night midweek breaks from Mondays
  • 5 night midweek breaks from Sundays
  • Full weeks or fortnights from any of those days

Why?

  • Rustic combination of English & Tuscan style
  • Incredible views of the valley and hills for miles
  • Al Fresco Terrace with BBQ, Pizza & Bread oven
  • Soak up the Italian sunshine
  • Ideal spot to discover Tuscany

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“I have two favourite places on this little planet of ours. Suffolk and Tuscany. Having built my business in Suffolk, firstly on dry land and then onto the water with our Barges, I’m now expanding it just a little further. To Tuscany!

Woodfarm Tuscany has a delightful little country house with breath-taking views across the Garfagnana, which is the upper valley of the river Serchio, just 20 minutes North-West of Lucca and only 45 minutes from Pisa airport.

A holiday or short-break here is all about the scenery, and food & drink. We have the most amazing location to explore this beautiful area, and enjoy some ‘you time’ from your Tuscan terrace”

Holiday Cottage in Tuscany near Bagni Di Lucca

Our Dog-friendly Holiday Cottage in Tuscany….

I viewed a lot of houses in the area and then ended up buying the first one I’d seen! The views were love at first sight. The house itself requires a complete renovation, but then I’m used to that, so it’s not a problem.

But the views are simply unforgettable and we don’t have to renovate them!!

Food, Wine and that Tuscan view!

Once it’s finished, this Cottage will be about the incredible views. A cosy place to stay, with the modern comforts you expect from us, in a location giving you easy access to the most popular parts of Tuscany. With or without dogs.

And to go with those views we are building a spacious terrace in the garden, with comfy seating, pizza and bread oven, and a BBQ.

So if you fancy the idea of sitting back and relaxing with the warm Tuscan air wrapped around you as you sip a nice glass of local wine, waiting for your handmade pizza or locally sourced BBQ produce to be ready, then you’d better get your diaries out.

There’ll even be a proper pasta maker in the kitchen, along with local flour and eggs so you can really get into the spirit!

‘Trebbio’ forms part of a tiny hamlet near a tiny village called Piazza Di Brancole, on a hillside overlooking the Garfagnana Valley.

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The location of our Tuscan Holiday Cottage in the Garfagnana Valley
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Gold-Award Winning Luxury Holiday Cottages & Barges in Suffolk. And now we’re in Italy too!

“It’s exactly the same philosophy as we have in Suffolk; Created with you in mind. Modern comforts with rural charm, all within easy reach of so many beautiful and interesting places.

‘Trebbio’; your Holiday Cottage in Tuscany.  The perfect place from which to explore this stunning, historic region of Italy. Sign up to our VIP Tuscany list to be the first to know when you can book your holiday or short-break at Woodfarm Tuscany and make it your home from home”

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Set into the hillside, ‘Trebbio’ will all be on one level inside, making for easy living.

We have cellars below, which we hope to convert at some point but once the Cottage is ready, it’ll be all about a luxurious, rustic interior, combined with outdoor living, Tuscan style.

From your terrace you can enjoy your morning coffee, a leisurely lunch, or watch the sun go down as you bake your own pizzas.

Make sure you sign up to our VIP Tuscany list to be the first to know when we are ready to take bookings!

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“We have loads of accolades for ALL our Suffolk Holiday Cottages & Barges. We’ll aim for similar in Italy, but rest assured that it’s the same team and ethos behind it”

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6 days ago

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The 8/10 Dogs does the Woodfarm not Pub Quiz

Live from The Woodfarm Arms @ Woodfarm Barns, Suffolk

Back by popular demand (OK, we demanded to come back)

This is just for fun. Grab a pad and pen and join in

4 rounds and you can play your joker on one round. We’ll cover that

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love that song - in m top 10 all time faves! (Keane) not Gordon - no clue who that is

Bye everyone. Thanks Carl. Good luck moving upwards and onwards 👏👏👏

Ha ha yes it is! Just stopping by to say hi Woodentops and thanks for being great this last year Carl

Sad moment...throwing away all my months of answer sheets 😭 Been a blast folks! Thanks Carl & Woodentops love you all xxx

My T shirt goes once round me and twice round the gasworks....😂😂🤣🤣. Didn’t know there was a choice in size and I’m not THAT fat...!!!!

End of an era. Never missed a quiz even if in the car! Thanks Carl and everyone for making these so enjoyable.

Really would like a t-shirt. Coming to stay in May, so you would have to post it. Yours hopefully.....Becky x. Ps. Also celebrating husbands 60#

Zero and my total score was the mahoosive amount of 12 x

Thanks Carl for keeping us laughing and thanks to the Wooden tops

Thanks for a lot of fun over the past year and looking forward to our next visit x

It's been fun over the past year, managed to visit last July will be seeing you soon. Good luck for your restart

Carl thank you so much for sharing your time with us over the last 12 months and being throughly entertaining. Best wishes for profitable times ahead. You’ve been amazing. Award yourself a trophy 🏆

Don’t know the song but I do know a Gorden. Does that count

42 on this very sad occasion. Thanks for the fun Carl, you got us through!!!

It doesn't seem like a month since we last met .... !!

Life doesn’t get much better than it is...playing the quiz.

Not a problem - we just won’t look at you when you’re talking 😂😂🤣🤣

Knew queens birthday as it’s also our wedding anniversary

Yay Don’t Stop Believin’ - best Rock choir arrangement to sing - love it 🎶🎵💕

1 lyrics round overall score 31. It's been emotional. Thanks Carl!

Thank you so much Carl - and everyone on here for making it such fun!

Just get on with it we have to leave for our holiday soon

Sidewinder won’t be sleeping if he’s been necking Nescafé

I asked you last week if number 6 was a question in the lyrics round

This is my first one but I've loved all you posts, thank you ! Looking forward to staying with you sometime very soon

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I've got a new friend helping me get the Barns ready for guests

He asked me to remind you that we are going to try again to do our last Quiz tonight! 6.30pm right here on Bookface!
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Cleared the diary and already turned off the phone

Yes - we’ll be there..... 🤞 for you and your internet connection!!

Jiminy! He’s about early!

Just been studying this fabulously detailed photo....amazing isn't he? I look forward to the quiz tonight

now that's just not cricket

Fingers & everything crossed for quiz night 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

Hoping to be back in time from my second vaccine appointment (no I’m not old I need it for work!) but will join in when I can if I miss the start. Fingers crossed you get connected ok this time 🤞🤞🤞

Looking forward to it x

Arrrhh grasshopper, you try to hard 🐸 x

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As we prepare to open once more, I’d like to share something with you that some of you might find interesting. I find it very rewarding, and simultaneously mind-blowing.

As many of you know, I (rightly or wrongly) like to be open with you. I like to share what I’m thinking, how I approach what I do, and I do tend to make my business more transparent than most. Some people find that odd as it isn’t conventional, but then I’m not conventional so 🤷

A friend asked me in passing the other day what our level of repeat business is and I answered that it was typically just over 15%.

It was. ie, 15% of our bookings are from guests returning for more of what we do.

I did some analysis over Easter though (yeah I’m a barrel of laughs) and something very crucial struck me that I thought you’d find interesting. If you don’t, then I apologise as this is already a minute of your life that you’ll never get back. Soz.

These are the levels of repeat business for Woodfarm Barns bookings for the following calendar years. 2016 to 2020 are obviously historic and 2021 onwards are the repeat booking percentages we have from April 12th going forward;

2016 - 12%

2017 - 13%

2018 - 14%

2019 - 17%

2020 - 25%

2021 - 32%

2022 - 33%

I’ll come to Woodfarm Barges in a mo, but these are my observations;

* As we built our brand and loyalty, our levels of repeat business increased year on year. In the figures above everything up and including 2020 are firm as they are all in the past as I said. They cannot change.

* 2021 and 2022 will change because they are in the future. They are what we have booked as of right now but the percentage of repeat bookings will change up or down as time progresses.

* These figures tell me that typically we were building a growing loyal guest base year on year up to and including COVID.

* The most interesting thing then is that they went through the roof when COVID hit as you can see from the 2020 result. This can only be because we have a trusted, safe brand. This is our loyal base saying “yes, we need to get away and we know exactly where we can do that safely and securely”. We are very fortunate to have naturally 'socially distanced' Barges and Barns. When coupled with our stringent virucidal cleaning regime, it gives those who know us a level of comfort.

That is the bit that blows my mind. Our previous guests are clambering over themselves as they know what we are about and they like it.

We have lots of bookings from first time guests too of course, and I fully expect the percentage to swing that way as the year progresses. New guests will discover us, whereas a lot of our brand loyal guests have already voted with their feet and booked.

With regards to Woodfarm Barges, the figures are also interesting and follow the exact same pattern. We didn’t launch the brand until 2018 and we had repeat business in our first year;

2018 - 3%

2019 - 4%

2020 - 5%

2021 - 19%

2022 - 25%

The first few years were low of course as we were building the brand, but still growing. Interestingly the Barges tend to book well in advance, evidenced by the 2020 figure, which is still low on the repeat percentage, even in the year of COVID, because the majority were booked well in advance. But then it shoots up again for the same reasons as above.

I am so proud of this little business. Of the team we have and the loyal customer base that proves to me that we are doing something very right. We don’t get it right every time for every person, but we try to, and that’s the difference.

I see so many businesses not giving a hoot (use your own four letter word if you prefer) about what they do. Business doesn’t just come in because you open your doors. You have to earn it. And I take these stats as a message from our guests, saying “Yup”.

I just figured you might find this interesting. If I was wrong, sorry. But you made it all the way to here and I probably owe you five minutes of your life by now.

Enjoy the rest of your week x

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As we prepare to open once more, I’d like to share something with you that some of you might find interesting. I find it very rewarding, and simultaneously mind-blowing. 

As many of you know, I (rightly or wrongly) like to be open with you. I like to share what I’m thinking, how I approach what I do, and I do tend to make my business more transparent than most. Some people find that odd as it isn’t conventional, but then I’m not conventional so 🤷

A friend asked me in passing the other day what our level of repeat business is and I answered that it was typically just over 15%.

It was. ie, 15% of our bookings are from guests returning for more of what we do.

I did some analysis over Easter though (yeah I’m a barrel of laughs) and something very crucial struck me that I thought you’d find interesting. If you don’t, then I apologise as this is already a minute of your life that you’ll never get back. Soz.

These are the levels of repeat business for Woodfarm Barns bookings for the following calendar years. 2016 to 2020 are obviously historic and 2021 onwards are the repeat booking percentages we have from April 12th going forward;

2016 - 12%

2017 - 13%

2018 - 14%

2019 - 17%

2020 - 25%

2021 - 32%

2022 - 33%

I’ll come to Woodfarm Barges in a mo, but these are my observations;

* As we built our brand and loyalty, our levels of repeat business increased year on year. In the figures above everything up and including 2020 are firm as they are all in the past as I said. They cannot change. 

* 2021 and 2022 will change because they are in the future. They are what we have booked as of right now but the percentage of repeat bookings will change up or down as time progresses. 

* These figures tell me that typically we were building a growing loyal guest base year on year up to and including COVID. 

* The most interesting thing then is that they went through the roof when COVID hit as you can see from the 2020 result. This can only be because we have a trusted, safe brand. This is our loyal base saying “yes, we need to get away and we know exactly where we can do that safely and securely”. We are very fortunate to have naturally socially distanced Barges and Barns. When coupled with our stringent virucidal cleaning regime, it gives those who know us a level of comfort.

That is the bit that blows my mind. Our previous guests are clambering over themselves as they know what we are about and they like it.

We have lots of bookings from first time guests too of course, and I fully expect the percentage to swing that way as the year progresses. New guests will discover us, whereas a lot of our brand loyal guests have already voted with their feet and booked. 

With regards to Woodfarm Barges, the figures are also interesting and follow the exact same pattern. We didn’t launch the brand until 2018 and we had repeat business in our first year;

2018 - 3%

2019 - 4%

2020 - 5%

2021 - 19%

2022 - 25%

The first few years were low of course as we were building the brand, but still growing. Interestingly the Barges tend to book well in advance, evidenced by the 2020 figure, which is still low on the repeat percentage, even in the year of COVID, because the majority were booked well in advance. But then it shoots up again for the same reasons as above.

I am so proud of this little business. Of the team we have and the loyal customer base that proves to me that we are doing something very right. We don’t get it right every time for every person, but we try to, and that’s the difference. 

I see so many businesses not giving a hoot (use your own four letter word if you prefer) about what they do. Business doesn’t just come in because you open your doors. You have to earn it. And I take these stats as a message from our guests, saying “Yup”.

I just figured you might find this interesting. If I was wrong, sorry. But you made it all the way to here and I probably owe you five minutes of your life by now.

Enjoy the rest of your week x

Staycation Stay Safely

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That is brilliant...we will be new customers in May and hope to become repeat customers after that!!

We will be repeat customers in a few weeks. You were the only company that sprang to mind when looking for a staycation venue. I think it's your honesty, transparency and your down to earth connection with your customers / potential customers which wins the hearts of us all. Keep doing what you're doing and one day in the not so distant future I'm hoping to enjoy Tuscany too.

Can't be doing much wrong then Carl... After our first visit ..we thought wow ..we have to return...and we have a few times .would be more (thanks Covid 😡) You can't beat it for a safe staycation Just maybe make a residents bar with Adnams on Draught.😜🍺

Definitely intend to visit at some point

The figures are a credit to you, your team & your glorious properties. Congratulations! 🤩 x

Like Darth Vader, I feel your presence. You’ve maintained your connection to your loyal customers throughout the pandemic engaging us with humour, empathy and your raw desire to do the best for your customers and company. You’re phenomenal in your branding and customer engagement and I’m sure we all want to travel with you as Woodfarm reopens. I’m looking forward to booking a barge, barn and Tuscany over the next few years. You really are an inspiration.

Brilliant - it says a lot about the man you are x

Well I think a lot of us knew you were the good guys, all you have done is prove it, well done you, congratulations, just goes to prove if you have a good plan and work at it, which you do, you cannot help but succeed, that's exactly what you have done. OK can I stop creeping now Carl. I just hope some of those new bookings have come from my leaving your brochures strategically placed all over the county and in Yorkshire, where I have family and friends good luck Carl and thank you for keeping us sane 😊💞 x

Not surprised by these percentages at all. We knew on our first visit that we’d return again & again - often booking our next visit while we’re still there! The dog loves it too ! Got 3 stays already booked - 2 this year & 1 next year. I tell all my friends about you ( & often I also tell any dog walkers I meet out & about!) The only thing that will stop us coming is if I can’t drive any more to get there. Best self catering place we’ve ever stayed in . Well done Carl & your wonderful team. 👍👍👍xxx

From someone who has stayed in most of your Barns and one of the barges these figures don’t surprise me at all. Still got one barge to sample but hopefully that will be in the not too distant future. Good luck going forward. You deserve all the luck in the world. You work really hard at your business and that pays off and is reflected in how popular they are. Keep doing what you do Carl. Hope to see you again soon. Stay safe xx

Think that next week will be our 5th visit (lost count a bit!!) but feel quite important to be a percentage statistic 😂😂!! When we find somewhere that ticks all our boxes then we go back - simples! The feeling of belonging to a community is so nice too. Keep up the good work and see you on the 16th then xx

I really can not understand why you were surprised with these results. You know our history of going holidays, we found these barges on the internet that looked interesting but weren’t sure of the idea of 2 staffies on a boat. We realised that the same guy owned some holiday cottages and as they say the rest is history. Yes they may not be the be everyone’s cup of mint beverage, they may not be the cheapest, but we know what we are getting so why risk going elsewhere to possibly be disappointed. The guy that runs it seems a pleasant enough guy, even though he seems to have a strange drinking habit. (Chocolate Beer). You have created a brand that you should be proud of and the fact that you get so much repeat business as you do stand testament to all of your hard work. However the reverse of this is that you are stuck with us whether you like it or not. Will have to try and get to see you again sometime 😜

We visited just prior to lockdown last year. Had an amazing break, haven't been able to book a return visit just yet, but rest assured we will.x

As a Woodentop who hasn’t visited and is unlikely to visit unless life brings me some nice surprises, I applaud your ethics, attitude and marketing expertise. And you make me laugh. Lucky guests.

Of course we keep coming back, just try stopping us 👍

Our only surprise is that your repeat rate is not higher! Whenever we have been with you it appears that most of our neighbours are repeat offenders 🤪🤪 😊😊

Good customer service will always win and get customers back. 😎😎

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So pleased for you x

Yay 😁 almost there 👏🏼 xx

Brilliant news.❤️

See you in june...

Great news for you!

As I said before will try to fit you in some time

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I’m pleased for you and your guests👍

See you in September xx

Yayyyyy about time, you've been closed far too long, time to get used to getting up early and going to work, yipppppeeeeee, just so long as the temperature is a bit better than today brrrrrrrr, sooooo cold 💙❄❄⛄ x

About bleeding time....

Great news Very pleased for you matey Roll on 5 weeks 🍺🍺

So pleased for you and all of us! Can't wait for my second stay in August 😎🌞 Good luck next week! 🍀 X

So pleased for you and all small businesses that can re open next week xx

Fantastic news for you. I hope to visit sometime (but am not Covid-confident just yet!).

Brilliant - see you Friday week 👍💕!!

Think I saw you out and about over the weekend! 😂

Did someone say we can go back to Woodfarm Barns?

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That’s all for now folks. As you can tell, we are very excited about this new chapter in Woodfarm History.

Do have a good look around this part of our site and keep your eyes peeled as we add updates. We’ll be posting renovation news as it happens.

Don’t forget to register on our VIP Tuscany list so you can be the first to hear when we’re ready to take bookings. Hopefully that’ll be Spring 2020!