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Hidden Jewel in the Rolling Hills of Lucca, Tuscany

William Dodge

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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William Dodge

Member since: 2012
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Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2015
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Hidden Jewel in the Rolling Hills of Lucca, Tuscany

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

Overview

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.

More Details
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
William Dodge (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2015

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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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

5
based on 12 traveler reviews

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Hidden Jewel in the Rolling Hills of Lucca, Tuscany
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
Georgia, USA
5

A magical week in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful way to begin our visit to Italy. The rooms were comfortably elegant, equipped with luxury linens and beds that were perfect. Our knowledgeable hosts were fun, helpful, and gracious. To really see Italy, you must get off of the beaten path. Rent a car and experience the wonder of the people and countryside. Our hosts treated us like valued friends, and we will cherish the time we spent in the picture perfect villa they shared with us. Breakfasts were amazing, and afternoon cocktails in a beautiful Tuscan garden....pure magic. We highly recommend I'l Rifugio.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
San Francisco Bay Area and Sierra foothills
5

Marvelous B&B for group of four

  • 5 of 5

What a glorious time we all had in this recently remodeled spot in a small town outside Lucca. Bill & John were the more attentive hosts and the place is very comfortable and beautifully appointed.

Breakfast every morning was a feast and we had many discussions about where to go and where to eat that were most helpful.

Thanks a bunch!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These four ladies spent a week with us, celebrating an important birthday...we spent a lot of time relaxing with them over a glass of our house wine, hearing of their adventurous lives...it was a complete pleasure for us, and hopefully, them. We'll see them here again soon.
5

There was only one problem...we were robbed of one day at this treasure!

  • 5 of 5

Because of a very unfortunate flight cancellation, our arrival at Il Rifugio was delayed by 24 hrs. From the moment we pulled up to the gate, Bill and John welcomed us to their beautiful property and made us feel at home. We were shown to our suite, La Sofita, which worked out perfectly for my husband and I and our 19yr old daughter. She had her own cozy sleeping room separate from ours, yet we were all together. Our travels woes were soon forgotten when our hosts offered to make us a sandwich (which was delicious!), and we shared a bottle of prosecco with them outside in their stunning garden. It was a wonderful time spent getting acquainted and even our daughter was engaged in the conversation. This was our first stay at a B&B type property, and we were all a little anxious about staying in someone else's home. This property is so well-thought out, there are no privacy or noise issues. The village is charming and there is a wonderful restaurant just a short walk from the home. The breakfasts are remarkable whether served in the dining room or at the kitchen table. Bill took additional time with us to explain directions, train schedules and procedures, etc so that our travel adventures went smoothly as we departed for the next leg of our adventure into France. Bill and John are the best hosts you could ask for and the property is amazing. You must go...you will not be disappointed. Unless, of course, you get robbed of a day as we did, but that's a good enough reason for us to go back soon!!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These great guests arrived here a bit worse for wear...2 days on "the road" with delayed or cancelled flights, overnight in a odd place...so the first thing we did was feed them, let them get rested in their Suite, then begin planning the time they had left... they were very well informed about Italy and Tuscany...it was a complete pleasure working with them. Hopefully they will return again, and hopefully make all their connections!
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
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.
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
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.
Berkeley, CA
5

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
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.

Map

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

Wine Tasting Tours to Olive Oil factory

Tours thru local Gardens

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Rates & Availability

From €95 Per night

Ruota Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
All Year
Jan 1 2015 - Dec 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
€95
€625
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €48 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Notes The quoted rate of €95 per night, or €625 per week, is for a single Suite. The entire Villa, with the 3 Suites, rents
for €285 per night, or €1850 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

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:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Shared Kitchen
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 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:
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • tennis
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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