Middle Floor
These two floors of the villa comprise three bedrooms plus a kitchen and living room with dining area.

Bedroom 3: The Venetian Suite (14' x 21') is a beautifully-proportioned room with two French windows affording spectacular views of the mountains. The room is decorated in Italian and French antiques, creating a romantic atmosphere reminiscent of a more elegant period. The pillow-top queen-sized bed was imported from the US, and traditional chestnut flooring guards against the cold-toes syndrome when your feet touch the floor first thing in the morning. A staircase within the bedroom leads down to a vestibule with French doors that open out onto a private terrace with incredible views, and the adjacent luxury bathroom has a Jacuzzi-type bathtub and separate jet-spray shower (bathroom size 8' x 10').

View from the Venetian Suite private terrace.


Bedroom 4: The Rafaello Suite (12' x 15', bathroom 8' x 10') is a charming room with twin beds that can be made up as a queen. The en-suite bathroom has a tub/shower. All the windows have lovely views of the mountains and the church next door, which is lit up at night.

Bedroom 5: The Leonardo Suite (10' x 11', bathroom 5' x 7') is a cozy room with twin beds that can be made up as a queen; the adjoining bathroom has a shower.

The kitchen on the middle floor is fully-equipped with a stove top, oven, dish washer and large refrigerator. The adjoining living room/dining area has 2 two-seater sofas and a dining table and chairs for 6 people.

Below: Interior of Il Micino, the small barn/sixth bedroom




"The most beautiful place we've ever been lucky enough to stay at!"

— Luke, Lucy and Rachel, Sept. 2011

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Casa della Quercia
The House & Village
Pool and Grounds
Local Restaurants
Surrounding Area
Directions etc.


The villa has six bedrooms and six bathrooms in all, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the top floor, three on the two lower floors, and one bedroom/bathroom in an adjacent converted barn. In traditional Tuscan style, the two main floors of the villa are connected by an outdoor staircase, creating two separate living quarters, perfect for families or friends who wish to share the villa. The top floor has a fully-equipped kitchen and separate dining room, while the middle floor has a smaller kitchen and a dining area as part of the living room. The house is furnished with Italian, French and English antiques, original oil paintings, and oriental rugs, including some brought back from a trip to Morocco, and with quality linens and soft furnishings mostly imported from the USA.
     Smaller groups may rent the property in May and September as a two-bedroom private villa for 2 to 6 people—perfect for small families, honeymooners, or a couple looking for a peaceful and romantic getaway. 

Top Floor
The top floor is very spacious and features a large living room with high beamed ceiling, traditional stone fireplace, dining room, kitchen, and two bedrooms with private bathrooms.

living room

The spacious living room has seating that includes a sofa (seats 3), 2 armchairs and several occasional chairs and stools to accommodate 10 to 12 people. There is a TV with Sky channels, a DVD player with a large collection of DVD disks, and a small library of books about Italy.

dining room

The dining room has a floor of antique terra-cotta tiles salvaged from the old house, and a ceiling custom-built from chestnut beams to match the original. The antique Italian library table seats eight to ten, and a hatch through to the kitchen gives the room a sense of space.


The kitchen was built by a local craftsman out of chestnut wood and has a floor of antique terra-cotta tiles. There is a five-burner stove with rotisserie oven, a large fridge with freezer, dishwasher, and espresso maker with a complimentary starter box of coffee.


The cantina holds several demi-johns of our neighbor's home-made wine and guests are invited to fill up their wine bottles any time they wish at no cost—drink up and enjoy! 


Bedroom 1:
The Zanzibar Suite (14' x 21") features a pair of canopied antique beds carved from rosewood and mahogany and inset with painted glass hearts imported from Zanzibar especially for this room (size: French double.) Two sets of French doors look out over spectacular views of the mountains. The en-suite bathroom has a combination bath tub with shower, sink, and wc, and underfloor heating.

Bedroom 2:
The Portovenere Suite (17'x15' including bathroom)
is situated in what was a separate cottage now attached to the main house. It has two single beds which can be made up as a queen-sized bed. French windows look out onto the village (northeast) side of the villa. The en-suite bathroom has a shower, sink, and wc.
     Both bedrooms on the top floor have air conditioning and window screens, and both bathrooms have underfloor heating to warm up the floor tiles in cooler weather.

Il Micino (Sixth Bedroom)
Il Micino is a renovated chestnut drying house situated right next to the main floor of the house. It is a sweet little house with a high, beamed ceiling and consists of a spacious bedroom and en suite bathroom with shower. It has a queen-sized bed with a Tempurpedic mattress, air conditioning, and French doors leading out to the stone courtyard (see photo to the right). Il Micino means "kitten" and is named after our beloved cat Kaki who loved to hang out in this barn before it was renovated.

il micino


Casa della Quercia
Gillian Drake and Ronald James
Via della Quercia 12, Reusa, Casola in Lunigiana

Italy telephone: 0-585-949-155
Italy cell: 331-332-1935 • USA: (508) 255-5084






"Your home is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us. You have thought of everything to make your guests welcome and comfortable.Your neighbors are such kind people and made us feel very welcome. We hope to return as there is still so much we want to see in the surrounding area. The weather was fantastic and so was your wine!"

– Eleanor and Pat, Glasgow

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"What a beautiful hideaway you have created here. The peace and quiet were exactly what we needed. The scenery is just fantastic, and lazing by the pool with such an amazing backdrop is just idyllic. Thank you for all the little touches that make it seem so homely."

—The Schulte Family, Dusseldorf, Germany

Other Amenities

The utility room is situated on the lower level of the house and includes a clothes washer, clothes drier, iron and ironing board, and sink. The villa is cleaned weekly; more frequent cleaning and changing of towels and linens can be arranged by request. Linens, bathroom towels and pool towels are provided, and there are hair driers in all bedrooms. Our goal is to provide all the comforts of home.

There is gas-fired central heating throughout, air-conditioning in bedrooms on the top floor (not needed on the lower floors), under-floor heating in bathrooms, and open fireplaces in the living room and kitchen on the top floor. There are screens on most of the windows, and solar panels on the roof which provide hot water in the sunnier months. High speed wireless Internet service is available at the house, with a PC Netbook for the use of the guests.


A Personal Touch

Ron will greet you when you arrive at the house to settle  you in, and lives nearby so he can answer questions and help in any way he can to make sure your stay is comfortable and enjoyable.

Please let us know if you would like us to shop for groceries for your arrival or make reservations at the local restaurant for your first night or for Sunday lunch.

The Roman road and entrance for the middle floor.

Living room entrance, top floor. The antique chestnut bench is blackened from the smoke from chestnut roasting.