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

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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

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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

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.

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!

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
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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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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Ohio
5

FAMILY TRAVELING

  • 5 of 5
What a place ! Our stay was 4 days, too short for such a nice place and great central location. The name, il Rifugio is perfect for this place of peace where you can easily regenerate yourself. But in my family's case we are the types where we pack in the sites and this was a great central location to do just that. From il Rifugio we were easily able to go to Lucca, Pisa, Florence and Le Spezzia/Cinque Terra. The hosts Bill and John were great helping us with everything from discussing our daily travel plans (they helped with train schedules, driving directions as well as suggested things to see and do). Our daily breakfasts were something we looked forward to with fresh fruit, croissants and a beautiful torte along with coffee, tea and juices. The photos on VRBO don't do the place justice, the rooms we stayed in were large, clean, very comfortable and well appointed. We had our own bathroom with nice size shower and plenty of hot water. Each bedroom had plenty of light from either the windows (with great views) or the rooms lighting. The gardens and patio area were beautiful and it was easy to see the pride taken in the care of each. Over all the place was very comfortable and just made you feel at home. We loved, and will miss the sound of the village church bells just up the hill.

Again we can't say enough about the hosts, always willing to offer help, suggestions or advice and interesting conversation about the area, the history of the house and things they've learned since moving to the area (like Italian cooking tips from the locals). By the time we arrived we had been in Italy for over a week and laundry was becoming an issue. The hosts were kind enough to let us use their washer, saving us the hassle of finding a laundry mat.

Unfortunately for us we didn't allow enough time to explore the little town/village that was in walking distance of il Rifugio. We did eat at 2 of the local and very close restaurants and they were both excellent. Just up the hill from the house (2 minute walk) was the restaurant we frequented most often, open late with great food and a very friendly staff, the owner spoke English and was very helpful. Sorry that I can't remember the name of the place because I'd love to promote them.

My wife and daughter said we almost hate to give a review of il Rifugio for fear that too many folks will discover this gem and we won't be able to get a reservation in the future when we return.
  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: This lovely family, with Italian roots, needed a quiet place to relax
and to use as a base for further exploration. They were an absolute
pleasure to help...the kind of folks who appreciate the little gestures
that make the B&B a real "home" for the time they are here.
We would love to see them again.
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Ruota Piana di Lucca
Kauai
5

OUR RETURN TRIP WAS EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST!

  • 5 of 5
We have stayed twice in this warm and magical Italian villa. When we returned for the second time, 2 years later it was like returning home! The property is so beautiful inside and out. The rooms are appointed with antiques from the original home, the baths are lovely with italian tile and marble counter tops,and the beds are so comfortable! The gardens are even more beautiful than the photos. Be sure to bring your camera or watercolors! The best part are the owners Bill and Giovanni. The are were so helpful and warm. They made our vacation memorable with thoughtful suggestions and beautiful smiles! The morning cappuccino was the best in of all our travels throughout Italy. Staying at Ilrifugio is the quintessential Italian village experience. We loved the walks through the Italian fairy tale-like village and the surrounding countryside. In the evening we could walk just a little way to an amazing family run pizzeria. On our return walk at night there were fireflies dancing around us and the air was filled with the fragrance of flowers and wild herbs.
Lucca is a beautiful walled roman city and is a short drive. There are wonderful shops, bakeries and restaurants there, Bill and John shared their favorites with us. We took the train into Florence and the Cinque Terra for day trips. For our second stay we brought another couple with us. It was wonderful to share this jewel with them. We each had our own lovely suite. Pictures of views of the stone village from our bedroom window filled our camera. When we returned home we missed the lovely sound of the church bells ringing in the hills of Pieve di Compito...we will be back!
We definitely recommend a stay at Ilrifugio as part of your next Italian adventure!
  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
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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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Photos

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Availability & Rates

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Ruota Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
All Year
Jan 1 2014 - Dec 31 2014
3 night minimum stay
€90
€600
 

Additional information about rental rates

A deposit of 1/3 is required to hold reservation...full payment on arrival.
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.
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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:
  • 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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