'La Fenice' is set in a spectacular hillside position, with magnificent panoramic views over the Lucca valley to the mountains beyond, only 10 mins drive from Lucca.
Featured in Taschen's 'Dream Homes: Inspirational Interiors' design series, the villa was recently refurbished to a very high standard, using traditional Tuscan techniques, to create a beautiful family home. Sleeping 8 in 4 bedrooms with 4 ensuite bathroms, the house is elegantly furnished with a blend of antiques & contemporary comforts including satellite TV & WiFi broadband.
Set in a rural conservation area of exceptional beauty, the property overlooks vineyards & olive groves, & features 1 acre of landscaped gardens with 12 x 6m heated pool with hard electronic safety cover, pool-side loggia, & shaded pergola for dining al fresco. There's ample garden furniture for relaxing in comfort, & a games room with table tennis. Sunny paved terraces flank the south & west sides of the house so you can watch dawn over the Appenines & sunset over the Apuan Alps.
La Fenice is an ideal centre for exploring this coveted region: set in secluded countryside, only 10 mins from the beautiful medieval city of Lucca, it's well-placed near Pisa & Florence. Lucca is famous for its intact Renaissance walls, around which you can walk or cycle, its medieval towers, & 'Piazza Anfiteatro'; it offers many historic sites to visit, boutiques & excellent restaurants. Pisa is 40 mins drive, Florence 55 mins, Siena 90 mins. The sophisticated sandy beach resorts of Versilia such as Forte Dei Marmi & Lido di Camaiore are within 40 mins.
There are many beautiful old villas & gardens within 15 mins of the house which are not to be missed. Lerici, Portofino & the Cinque Terre are in easy reach, as are the ancient towns of the mountainous Garfagnana region, & the spas at Bagni di Lucca & Montecatini.
There’s a tennis club 1km from the house where guests may arrange to play; horse-riding, cycling, golf are available nearby; & for walkers there are beautiful trails into the mountains straight from the house. There are 3 good supermarkets within a short drive, local shops & bars within 5 mins.
We have many guest services available such as sightseeing tours, vineyard & olive mill tours, personal chef, cooking lessons, grocery shopping, excursions to nearby spas, on-site massage, bike tours, sailboat tours...
We are an English family based in London, with a lifelong passion for Italy, who enjoy sharing our beautiful home with discerning visitors.
For the stupendous views, the unspoilt countryside, the incredibly quiet rural location, the proximity to Lucca, and the sea, as well as Pisa, Florence & Siena & Pisa airport.
We used to holiday in Forte dei Marmi which is one of the most beautiful seaside resorts in the Meditarranean. We have explored all over Italy from Venice & the Veneto, to the Lakes, the Adriatic coast, Tuscany, Umbria & Puglia.
When we saw this property, which was a ruin at the time, with its views, we knew it had our name on it.
The unrivalled views, the beautiful countryside, the feeling of being deep in rural Tuscany, yet Lucca being only 10 minutes down the road, the sheer volume of historic sites & activities on offer in the area within an hour of the house. We love going on long walks in the mountains, visiting the beautiful nearby gardens, the beach at Forte Dei Marmi & the nearby spas for pampering.