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Michael Ringrose

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Sleeps14
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Luxury rental with local English agent and daily cleaning service

A Parino is a beautifully restored old olive mill in a peaceful setting close to the historic city of Lucca. The property offers not only a lovely private rural setting but also the convenience of being five minutes from the nearest village and 15 minutes from Lucca. The house is newly restored to a very high standard with great taste and charm using authentic Tuscan materials including antique cotto floors and beamed ceilings. The interiors are elegantly furnished with antiques and classic wrought iron furniture, creating a very attractive rustic yet elegant style. Particularly attractive is the large veranda stretching across one side of the property offering views of the surrounding hills, ideal for al fresco dining and relaxation. The pool is overlooked by the veranda in a large garden with mountain stream and woodlands. Perfect for walks and hill climbing. Behind the house is a renovated guest apartment, which accommodates 4 guests. Perfect for those who want a little more privacy

History: The property is located on the Via Clodia, the ancient Roman road, so is surrounded by history. It is also at the centre of the Gothic or Green Line, which was the German defensive line against the Allies in WW2. Above the property in the hills are the old fortifications.

Beauty: It is the tranquility and serenity of A Parino that most guests love the most. Deep in a hidden valley, it is the beauty of the location that attracts regular visitors. The house is surrounded by hillsides, which are full of local wildlife - deer, foxes, porcupines, badgers and wild boar. Above fly a pair of nesting eagles while swallows dip down to catch a fleeting dip in the pool. At night, the fireflies come out.

Children: All children of all ages love A Parino. While the TV and Internet are available, few actually use it. Most, especially the younger ones are playing down by the stream, where they build dams and catch tadpoles or frogs. The older ones go wandering in the hills or swim in the pool. There are also board games available: chess, Scrabble, playing cards available when they prefer the coolness of being inside.

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Details for Main house and guest apartment 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, 4 Bathrooms

The house is large and very comfortable with a kitchen, dining room, living area and utility room downstairs and 5 bedrooms upstairs. The white walls and ceiling are very high and traversed by traditional wooden beams. The kitchen has very modern appliances. Most people prefer to dine out on the terrace or in the rear patio, close to the BBQ, rather than in the dining room. The living room is all soft seating around a large fireplace, with a TV and a games/book cupboard. The guest apartment is just behind the main house. It also has a ultra modern kitchen, a living/dining area and two bedrooms. The main garden has seating in a pergola and also many sunbeds by the pool. There is a covered car port to shade the cars from the sun. The property is protected by electric gates and surrounded by a large hedge and fence.
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed

Michael Ringrose

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We are originally Irish but have been living overseas, mostly in Asia, for the last 20 years. We are currently based in Singapore and we try to get back to Lucca at least once a year.

Michael Ringrose purchased this villa in 1999

We came to this area of Tuscany for a family get-together with old friends and fell in love with the location immediately. The hills, the woodland, the tranquility, yet so close to Lucca and its fantastic walls. We saw about 10 properties in one week and A Parino was the cheapest, in the worst condition but with huge potential and a view to die for! By the end of the week, we had paid a deposit and then began 2 years of renovations being managed from afar ( never again! ) However, the house was completely transformed!

The previous owners are the Benedetti family, whose own home overlooks the property on the road to Domazzano and they feel so proud of what has been done to their old home.

This house is also much more than a holiday home to us. We all feel very close to it - it's part of our soul - and any visitor will tell you the same. It is utterly enchanting.

Breakfast on the verandah with the sun appearing over the hills

The birdsong every day

The views

The peace and calmness - you never want to leave

The pool to cool down in on hot days

Alda and Paolo - just super people in handling everyone's needs

The close proximity of Lucca and other restaurants

Sleeps14
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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COMMENTS FROM OWNER GUESTBOOK

A Parino was definitely more than we expected and more: the photos do not do justice to the whole property. Absolutely fabulous location. The children enjoyed roaming around, catching tadpoles in the stream and chasing fireflies. Excellent restaurants nearby. Lovely candlelit barbecues at home with local fresh produce. We will return!! Australian guests
A superb summer holiday. Thank you to Michael for all his expert advice on what to see and where to eat. We loved having breakfast on the terrace every morning, watching the sun appear from over the hills. Special thanks to Paolo and Alda for keeping the property and pool wonderfully clean and their friendly courtesy. English guests
  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2007
  • Stayed: Dec 2007
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5

DREAM HOLIDAY

  • 5 of 5
Our week at A Parino exceeded all expectations! The ideal Tuscan property with the most beautifully restored stone Tuscan villa and large terrace…the perfect location for lots of long Italian lunches and dinners.

As well as the gorgeous gardens around the main house, we were very excited to find the property included an original old stone hut, set high on a hill amongst olive trees overlooking the rolling green hills. Really was the dream Tuscan holiday!

An added bonus included the Lucca Summer Music Festival. Elton John, Joe Cocker, Blink 182…what a line up! All playing in the outdoor piazza in Lucca.

The most picturesque property and very close to Lucca and great local restaurants - and wineries. The wifi also kept our teenagers in touch with friends between swims.

Highly recommend! Thanks for spectacular Tuscan experience.
  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
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Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Lucca Piana di Lucca
Singapore
5

BELLA TUSCANY

  • 5 of 5
An excellent family holiday in a beautiful house so close to Lucca. We had a great week's stay - 3 families with young children. Location is idyllic and rustic...over the hills is the medieaval town of Lucca so everything is easily accessible. We enjoyed taking the hikes around the property, up to the old church, perched on the hillside, or round to Domazzano. Great pizzerias nearby but we cooked and ate mostly at home. The barbecue was well used. If you are looking for a easy, peaceful place to have a reunion for some old friends, this hits the sweet spot. Lots of space to stay independent but equally very comfortable for large group dinners.

I think other reviewers have also mentioned Michael, Alda and Paolo. They were a great help. When one of the kids accidentally hurt himself, we were able to use the local Green Cross in Ponte a Moriano, 3 kms away, to get him fixed up.

We soon fell into a relaxed rhythm of late dinners, early breakfasts, sightseeing, lunch, siesta and swim. Stress free. Tranquilo as the Italians call it.
  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2008
  • Stayed: Sep 2007
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Lucca Piana di Lucca
Philadelphia, USA
5

FANTASTIC LOCATION

  • 5 of 5
Great place for a relaxing and uplifting holiday. Very comfortable house. Our friends stayed in the converted barn, which is very modern, and an easy 100m to the main house. We planned to go to Florence, Pisa and the beach but ended up hanging out in the house because it was so nice. We walked around the countryside and everyone was very friendly. On very hot days, we chilled in the pool. There is a fantastic restaurant - Antica Locanda - 2 minutes away, near Ponte a Moriano, which was excellent for beef and veal. We plan to return!
  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2008
  • Stayed: Aug 2007
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Lucca Piana di Lucca
England
5

OUT OF THIS WORLD

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful family holiday last summer in A Parino. The property location is excellent...so rural...yet so close to Lucca and to great restaurants. Breakfast on the verandah was one of the highlights watching the sun rise over the hills in front. In the evenings the kids would run around catching fireflies. The house is very comfortable and beautifully decorated. Our friends stayed in the newly restored barn, which is right behind the house. At the end of the stay, it felt like a real home. We had outstanding service from Michael, who lives a few kms away, and was able to give great advice on the local area: restaurants, trips to Pisa, Florence and the beaches, shopping and the many festivals in Lucca and Torre di Lago. Paolo and Alda live round the corner and did all the daily cleaning and pool maintenance. They were a lovely couple. Overall a wonderful, family holiday.
  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2008
  • Stayed: Jul 2007
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Lucca
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Lucca
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Forti dei Marmi
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Ponte a Moriano
Nearest Ski
35 Kilometres
Abetone
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Antica Locanda di Sesto
Car: necessary

Lucca is a beautiful walled medieval city, which is the birthplace of Puccini. The city is mostly pedestrianised, which is fantastic for cycling and walking. Most guests enjoy cycling round the ramparts of the city wall. The countryside north of Lucca is breathtaking with many medieval villages perched on wooded hillsides. There are many beautiful palazzos and vineyards to visit in the area. Florence, Pisa and the beaches are all within a short distance. There are excellent restaurants within 10 minutes of the house. The Tuscan ski resort of Abetone is only 1 hour away and has generally excellent snow from January to March. The immediate surroundings of the house are beautiful and most guests enjoy this most, whether for relaxation or exercise. There are lovely walks and circuits ( between 2 to 6 kms ) in the wooded hills around the property. Visit the ruined church on top of the hill. See the snow-capped Apuan Alps from the hillside opposite the house.

Other Activities: The Ski resort of Abetone is 1 hour away by car

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Lucca Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High
Jun 28 2014 - Aug 29 2014
7 night minimum stay
€5,900
€18,000
 
 
Mid
Aug 30 2014 - Sep 26 2014
7 night minimum stay
€4,500
€14,000
 
 
Low
Sep 27 2014 - Dec 31 2014
7 night minimum stay
€3,900
€11,000
 
 
Low
Jan 1 2015 - May 29 2015
7 night minimum stay
€3,900
 
 
Mid
May 30 2015 - Jun 26 2015
7 night minimum stay
€4,500
 
 
High
Jun 27 2015 - Aug 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
€5,900
 
 
Mid
Aug 29 2015 - Sep 25 2015
7 night minimum stay
€4,500
 
 
Low
Sep 26 2015 - Dec 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
€3,900
 
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Amenities

Lucca Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 380 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Luxury
  • Family
General:
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Parking
  • Heating
  • Sunbed
  • Internet
Kitchen:
  • Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Blender
  • Ice Maker
  • Grill
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Master en suite - toilet , shower
    Upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Downstairs - toilet , shower
    Guest Apartment - shower , bidet , toilet
  • The bathrooms are all modern, well fitted and have strong showers.
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master - 1 queen , En suite bathroom
    Mountain view - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Fantastic views
    Terrazza - 2 twin/ single , Cool and charming
    Goldilocks - 3 twin/ single , Perfect for children
    Tranquility - 1 twin/ single , Private
    Guest Apartment Master - 1 queen , Private
    Guest Apartment Twin - 2 twin/ single , Private
  • The bedrooms are all comfortable with antique iron beds. The doubles are all 4 poster beds. All beds are fitted with mosquito netting. All bedrooms have fans.
Entertainment:
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Bicycles
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • spelunking
  • ski privileges optional
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • skiing
  • golf
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
Notes:
In the main house, the kitchen is well equipped with modern oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and microwave. The guest apartment has its own separate kitchen, again well equipped with modern oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and microwave. Daily cleaning service is provided (inclusive in the price). Michael Ringrose, the local manager, lives nearby and gives great local advice on everything. There is free WiFi and English channels on satellite TV. There is also an IPod/IPhone docking station and speakers. A local cook can be reserved at extra cost for private dinners. We provide 1 beach towel, 1 bath towel and 1 hand towel per person per week.
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