HIDDEN JEWEL IN THE ROLLING HILLS OF LUCCA, TUSCANY

William Dodge

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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HIDDEN JEWEL IN THE ROLLING HILLS OF LUCCA, TUSCANY

Ruota Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa with 3 Suites, private full baths, each rented individually.

Escape into relaxation and enjoy the finest Italian cuisine and the best wines Italy has to offer. Whether

you choose the 'Cecilia', 'La Soffita' or 'Aldo' Suites,

this elegantly appointed & romantic Villa will leave you a lifetime of memories. Just a short drive to the historical town of Lucca. An hour train ride to the Charming Villages of the Cinque Terre and the beautiful City of Florence. No touches left undone, with luxury bedding and detailed attention to comfort and décor. And there is a beautiful rose and flower garden for you to explore. The Villa is a mecca for honeymooners or folks just needing a romantic getaway...and it's never

too late for that second honeymoon!

Pieve di Compito is one of several sought-after villages within 20 minutes of Lucca.... tucked into a bowl-shaped valley, surrounded by olive trees and pine-covered hills, 'Il Rifugio' is a recently restored 18th Century villa, which was once part of a monastery building. The monks catered to pilgrims traveling to Rome, welcoming them with a bite of food and a rest...a 'refuge' for weary travelers...Now you too can relax and regenerate at 'Il Rifugio'....a 3-suite B&B, elegantly appointed, surrounded with extensive flower and veggie gardens.

All 3 Suites have a private bath and sitting area, Satellite TV and Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and are furnished for relaxation and comfort. Italian and Asian antiques give the rooms a classic feel.

The full breakfast is served from 7AM to 10 AM.

'Il Rifugio' is centrally located to Pisa, Florence and the Tyrrhenian Sea ...the walled city of Lucca can be reached quickly from the village.

There are hiking trails into the Monte Serra hills, olive groves to explore. Come enjoy a pizza from the local trattoria (along with wonderful Tuscan dishes) and of course, our own Monte Carlo wines. Wine Country self-guided tours are a must.

Keywords: Romantic B&B in the rolling hills of Lucca,

Luxury, Relaxing, ideal for Honeymooners and lovers.

A true Italian experience.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
William Dodge (Property Manager)
Advertiser since 2012
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About William Dodge

We purchased the property, in a very run-down condition,

in 2005 while on vacation here in Pieve di Compito...it

was love at first sight...although it took a bit of imagination to see through the dirt and grime, visualizing

a potential dream home. After 2 years of restoration,

and many trips to Italy from our home in Hawaii to oversee

the restoration, the villa was finally finished. Now we would like to share this beautiful village home and garden with you.

William Dodge purchased this villa in 2007

Why William Dodge chose Ruota

We investigated several hilltop, islolated properties

when we were thinking of coming to Italy...lovely classic views...but lonely. We wanted to be where there was some life, maybe a few neighbors, within walking distance to a restaurant or 2...and so found

'Il Rifugio', part of an old grouping of buildings which once served pilgrims going to Rome.

What makes this villa unique

The location is prime...and living here has enforced that

opinion for us. We are close to many visitor attractions

and yet away from the hustle and bustle...this little

valley is perfectly situated, with a microclimate that

allows roses (my obsession) to bloom in December, and

my Spring bulbs to pop out in February...with just a bit

of chilly weather. A gardener's delight!

Why HomeAway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Hidden Jewel in the Rolling Hills of Lucca, Tuscany
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Ruota Piana di Lucca
Atlanta, GA USA
5

Il Riffugio - Simply Perfect

  • 5 of 5
What a wonderful place to vacation! Traveling in mid-June, our family of 5 adults occupied the entire space very comfortably. Everything was wonderful, the kind of "find" that you wish you could share with your best friends or family. The rooms were nice sized with comfortable beds, and baths in each. The main house holds two of the suites and the building is so well-constructed there are no noise issues. The apartment has a bed & bath upstairs and a delightful sitting area with small kitchen below. Just off of this seating area is a terrific small courtyard perfect for chatting with our hosts over wine and a quiet spot after a day of sightseeing. One could easily spend the entire day in this spot with a book.

But, better than the accommodations were the hosts, Bill & John who went out of their way to make us feel comfortable. They listened to our stories, laughed with us and shared the details of how they discovered Il Riffugio and the years they put into its first class renovation. There were wonderful breakfasts, excellent wine, and each day they were always willing to give us hints and directions before we left for exploration.

We have traveled extensively in Europe and have rented a variety of places online, but this one tops them all. The gardens surrounding Il Riffugio are the handiwork of these two masters. Just up the hill in the village is a wonderful family restaurant that we frequented almost every night; no...every night. Fresh, open, and friendly we had the absolute most relaxing and best quality meals in Tre Tiglia.

Lastly, in our opinion, this space is best suited for adults, though children are welcomed. The atmosphere and the hosts will be best appreciated by those seeking a quiet refuge at the end of their day. Our only regret is that we had not planned a day of enjoying the simple pleasures offered by just hanging out at Il Riffugio. We hope to return to do so. THANKS Bill & John

Written today in fond memory of Aldo.
  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: These wonderful folks took the entire property, in celebration of
the daughter's graduation as a full-fledged nurse. We were
absolutely blown away by their fun-loving family dynamic...caught
up in the "Griswald's" enjoyment of our place and Tuscany in
general. Afternoon wine and cheese service went, many times,
into the late evening hours...and we've kept in touch since their
departure. They will hopefully join us again soon...the welcome mat is always out.
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Ruota Piana di Lucca
Waterdown, Ontario
5

Would highly recommend 5 stars

  • 5 of 5
Hello we just returned from Italy and the highlight was our week (3 of us) at this villa in Tuscany. The villa itself is stunning, very clean and so comfortable, the garden is beautiful. The breakfasts were wonderful and I loved the fact that our hosts really catered to our tastes and were so gracious. In fact, they were wonderful in giving us suggestions, directions for day trips, recommending restaurants, printing out train schedules, they really went above and beyond. The area is beautiful for walking,hiking would stay there again in a heartbeat!!!! Family of 3 from Ontario
  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We always enjoy working with great guests...and these folks
were no exception. They explored our village, the local sights,
and went far afield to find the "hidden" treasures Tuscany
has by the dozen. Afternoon wine and cheese became a ritual
which included us, the hosts...we became family in a very short
while. We hope to see them here again soon.
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Ruota Piana di Lucca
Berkeley, CA
5

I'd rather keep Il Rifugio a secret... but great hospitality deserves recognition

I'd rather keep Il Rifugio a secret... but great hospitality deserves recognition
  • 5 of 5
Gracious, wonderful hosts!! Tremendous, exceptional garden! Welcome wine - their own blend- was first rate. Breakfast croissants warm and flaky! Eggs, yogurt, coffee cake perfect! Spotlessly clean, gracious rooms. All the amenities from hair dryer, washing machine to wine glasses, plus fresh flowers!

As good as all this is!! It pales in comparison to Bill's enthusiastic company, valuable knowledge of the area and help in planning itineraries coupled with John's great breakfasts. Il Refugio is a retreat is the best sense.. a place to renew/ refresh. One can be as active or as laid back as one chooses. House is nestled below an old, still active, stone church and above a rushing mill stream. It is 20 minutes from Lucca or Pisa but a century away from the hustle of town. Great central spot for exploring northern Tuscany. Bill knows the area and shares his love of the area. We found his advice to be helpful and uniformly accurate...

We can only hope to be fortunate enough to be allowed to return!!
  • Submitted: May 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: These great guests arrived with good ideas about what they
wanted to see and do here in Tuscany, and so were very easy
to work with. Breakfasts were fun for all of us, and we would
welcome them back anytime.
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Birmingham, AL USA
5

A little slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5
Our stay at Il rifugio was one of our best, if not the best, travelling experiences ever. Bill and John are delightful hosts – friendly, funny, helpful and gracious. Their charming B&B is situated in a lovely, small village about 15 minutes outside of Lucca. The views of the surrounding Tuscan hills are stunning as is Bill’s fabulous garden. We enjoyed many a glass of wine on the patio soaking it all in. The B&B itself, their home, is also lovely – tastefully and comfortably decorated with their treasures it does feel more like a home than an inn. The rooms and bathrooms are large and well-appointed. We wanted for nothing. There were six of us taking up all three rooms in the house – my husband and me, our twin 5-year-old boys and my parents. It was so nice to come “home” after a fun, but tiring day of sightseeing to this homey and relaxing environment. And they sent us off into the world every morning on a full stomach! The breakfasts are scrumptious. The local bakery sends fresh croissants and a breakfast tart of some kind every morning – talk about a slice of heaven! In addition, Bill and John provided juice, coffee, fresh fruit, yogurt, butter and jam. On our final morning, John made a delicious frittata. We also enjoyed the convenience, as well as tastiness, of the Tre Tigli restaurant just up the hill. It was so nice not to have to get back in the car at the end of a long day to go to dinner. The pizza and pasta are some of the best we had in Italy and you MUST try the fagioli al forno! On Friday night, John treated us to a wonderful dinner. He thoughtfully steered clear of pasta and other Italian specialties knowing we had been eating them for every meal and made a mouthwatering meatloaf with mashed potatoes, fresh asparagus and beans. One of my sons said of the meatloaf “Mom, I think this might be better than yours.” It was a glorious time! Thank you, Bill and John, for all you did to make our stay a little slice of heaven.
  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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New Canaan, Connecticut
5

Most delightful secret in Italy

  • 5 of 5
My 16 year old daughter and I stayed here in July with my college roommate and her 18 year old daughter. When I had been looking for a place on VRBO, I was looking more south, and somehow this "Hidden Jewel" popped up on my screen. After seeing the photos and reading the owners story, I was sold, and completely changed my trip so that we could stay here. I was NOT disappointed! First of all, the house and grounds are gorgeous. I am a designer, and would not change a thing! The lovely hosts could not have been more friendly, fun, and danged funny! They have tons of suggestions for sightseeing, restaurants, village hopping, shopping, you name it! We did it all, as we were there for 2 weeks. There was a couple staying in the cottage, and we had a blast with them as well, sitting on the loggia sipping wine and solving global issues. We are all currently making secret plans to go back together. The location is such an easy hop from both Florence and Pisa. We even flew into Milan and took the train to Florence, then rented a car for the hour drive. So easy! And it is just 15 minutes from the gorgeous and fun Lucca!

My selfish side really doesn't want to share this place, to have it discovered. But alas, life is only good when you share wonderful things with wonderful people. So only go there if you are a nice person who enjoys nature, fabulous food and wine, and being a bit off the beaten path. This little village is so quiet, tiny, and beautiful. I think I'll call the owners right now, I miss them! Ciao!
  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: These two ladies and their daughters were wonderful to meet, wonderful to know, and perfect guests. We only wish we could have visited with them longer...we think plans are afoot for them to return..we are keeping in touch via email, so we can keep up with the latest happenings. It was a complete joy hosting them.
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5

Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5
This property is amazing !. My wife and I along with her sister and our teenage daughter just finished four wonderful days staying at Il rufigio . From start to finish we were treated like family by Bill and John. The best part for us was the local knowledge and stories they shared with us about everything from renovating there spectacular property over a two year period to local history and what it was like to live in Italy in general . This is the essence of travel in my opinion when the hosts impart there cultural wisdom and also take the time to engage and be there for you without being overbearing , Bill and John pull this of magnificently !.
The rooms are generously large , extremely clean and beautifully appointed as are the bathrooms . The windows with solid shutters offered spectacular views over the valley and hillside . The rooms are air conditioned but most times of the year you will not need it although we found it nice at night because of the heat wave that was baking the area this summer .

We are an active bunch so the first few days were spent running around the area ( day trip to Cinque Terra and Lucca both of which we have done before in previous trips ) and we found the property was nicely positioned in the hills above Lucca taking you out of the summer hustle and bustle . I would recommend having a car and when we go back I am going to take a mountain bike or road bike , the riding in the area is spectacular as is the hiking .

Our favorite part of the day was early evening sitting around chatting drinking local wine and eating cheese with our hosts in there garden . Ask Bill if you can taste his cherry tomatoes -fantastic straight of the vine . In the photos they provide they show shots of the garden but they don't really do it justice because it is spectacular full of Roses , Herbs , Vegetables etc and the hosts definitely have green hands !

The breakfast that is served in the mornings was wonderful and plentiful -the coffee strong !. All the recommendations for the local restaurants were great but the standout is a quarter of a mile walk just up the hill from the house we ended up eating there twice and it was fabulous family cooked and run cuisine .

This place allowed us to truly vacation , breathe the air , smell the olive groves , relax . It left us wanting to come back ..... a hidden Jewel .
  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Pisa Airport
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Lucca
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Lucca
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Viareggio and the Virsilia Coast
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Tre Tigli
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Il Circolino
Car: necessary

Wine Tasting Tours to Olive Oil factory

Tours thru local Gardens

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Ruota Villa Rental Rates

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Jan 1 2014 - Dec 31 2014
3 night minimum stay
€90
€600
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes The quoted rate of €90 per night, or €600 per week, is for a single Suite. The entire Villa, with the 3 Suites, rents
for €270 per night, or €1800 per week, including all breakfasts and "Happy Hours" in the afternoons.
A deposit of 1/3 is required to hold reservation...full payment on arrival.
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Amenities

Amenities

Ruota Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 340 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Shared Kitchen
  • Catering Available
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , 'Cecilia' has a large shower, sink, etc.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , 'La Soffita' has a shower, sink, etc.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet , 'Aldo' Suite has large shower, sink, etc.
  • 3
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 'Cecilia' Suite sleeps 2 on an Italian Queen-size bed.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 'La Soffita' has an Italian Queen-size bed, plus sofabed.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 'Aldo' sleeps 2 on an Italian Queen-sized bed.
  • 3 bedroom Suites, each with an Italian Queen-sized bed, plus 'La Soffita' has an extra bedroom with a double sofabed, sleeping an adult or 2 children. 'Aldo' has a loft bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Books ...
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • live theater
  • churches
  • recreation center
  • winery tours
  • theme parks
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • tennis
  • basketball court
Notes:
Bill and John, the owners, want you to feel right at home. We will help you plan your daily activities, suggest places to visit, and shopping venues. Many of our guests prefer just staying around the village, and relaxing in the Villa garden.
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