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Unrivalled views, space & facilities on breeze-cooled Tuscan hill near Lucca

Simon Sudbury

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, french, italian
Sleeps20
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms7
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Unrivalled views, space & facilities on breeze-cooled Tuscan hill near Lucca

Sleeps20
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms7
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Lucca Villa Rental Photos and Description

Renovated to combine Tuscan charm with proper kitchens, bathrooms and systems.

Buralla guests come back. Why? The combination of location (central Tuscan setting on a hill with stunning views), facilities (proper kitchen and bathrooms) and modernity (wifi, VOIP, sat TV -including Sky Sport ) Outside it has soft lawns, beautiful flowerbeds and borders, volleyball and bocce courts, secluded swimming pool, olive groves - all surrounded by unforgettable 360 degree views .

Florence, Pisa, beaches, vineyards, music festivals, golf courses, mountains are in easy reach. But Buralla's views and comforts are such that some guests arrive and pretty much stay put. Buralla is unusually spacious for Italy - full size bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, massive modern kitchen, extensive lush lawns - and ideal for groups of friends, families and reunions.

An option is to have the chef shop and prepare meals from her Tuscan menu. A great time and money saver. Plus you are sure of a view while you eat.

Lucca: The walled city of Lucca, only 15 minutes from Buralla, is one of the most beautiful places in Tuscany. Big enough to have everything, yet small enough to cover easily and safely on foot or by rented bicycle. For a rooftop view of Lucca, stroll around the 4km city walls. Or cut through the middle on the car-free Via Filiunga. On this street alone you will sample the very best of Tuscan life: visit beautiful San Michele and San Frediano Churches; climb the Guinigi Tower and Torre delle Ore; pause for a restorative coffee or meal in the elliptical Amfiteatro; shop at any number of beautiful outlets; drop into the residence of Giacomo Puccini, and listen to a short evening recital at San Giovanni Basilica or the Opera house. Tosca, Madame Butterfly and many other of Puccini's works are performed in the summer festival at Torre del Lago which is nearby on the Mediterranean coast.

Active life around Lucca: Look out of Buralla's windows and ask youself 'what do I want to do today?' You have 360 degree views and the choice is yours. Within easy walking distance you can visit the renaissance palace at the bottom of the estate. You could stroll through the vineyards and olive groves into the Pizzorne hills on one of the marked trails. You could drive to the beaches of Versilia and Forte dei Marmi overlooked by the spectacular Alpi Apuane which provide the world famous marble from nearby Carrara. Visit the little hill top village of Montecarlo, to taste wine at the excellent enotec.

To the north of Lucca the Garfagnana valley presents yet another typology - dense forests, hill top towns like Barga and Castelnuovo.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Simon Sudbury (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
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Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
April 30, 2015

About Simon Sudbury

That little photo is me playing olive harvest supervisor during the All Saints school holiday at the beginning of November. My Italian wife and I love escaping bleak northern Europe with two or three families that week. We issue buckets, nets and ladders to the kids - who spend many happy hours up the olive trees - while we concentrate on the important things: taking in the views, lazy lunching, nattering away, poking the coals on the BBQ, strolling to a local vineyard. Very restorative.

Simon Sudbury purchased this villa in 2003

Why Simon Sudbury chose Lucca

We saw a ruin on a hill while looking for a holiday home away from London's bustle. What a piece of luck.

What makes this villa unique

Friends and family reunions. The setting is exceptional but what sets Buralla apart is being able to comfortably cater for every generation's needs and for no-one to feel hard done by. For example the downstairs suite, and level floors and accesses are great for the less mobile; on the other hand, there's a playroom next to the huge kitchen so parents can keep an eye on little ones if necessary while entertaining around the bar. I'm beginning to believe Buralla also has a special catalytic effect on people by bringing previously hidden talents to the fore. Two examples from September last year - an unbelievably good Indian meal for 20 cooked with stupendous skill and care by a friend who I thought only did fried eggs. And, days earlier, a not particularly hydro-dynamic chap called Jim (48) did 4 lengths of the pool underwater non stop. Please someone, break this record and let me know. He lived to tell the tale and has become unbearable.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had really good time at Buralla - beautiful house, beautiful location, everything perfect. Matteo's dinners were exceptional - bravisssimo! He was very attentive and professional and both dinners were exquisite.



(Original Italian: Ci siamo trovati veramente bene a Buralla - casa stupenda, location bellissima, tutto perfetto. Le cene con Matteo sono state eccezionali - lui e' stato bravisssimo, molto attento e professionale e entrambi le cene erano squisite.)
Oct 2009
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Unrivalled views, space & facilities on breeze-cooled Tuscan hill near Lucca
average rating of 5.0 based on 40 reviews
5

YES!!

  • 5 of 5

We visited Buralla in late summer 2013(September.)

As we searched for a taxi in Lucca we only had the name of the great Villa Buralla .

Driving up into the hills we were a bit slow behind the bicyclist but who can be upset about that? We soon approached Buralla, The goosebumps arose. My soon to be wife and I looked out at the hill side and awaited our guests. One by one as our friends and family arrived, we watched the hot air balloons into the beautiful tuscan hills. This was an amazing experience and I wish you as good of a time at Buralla as we had.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Beautiful Villa with Magnificent Views

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Buralla, everyone enjoyed it. We were 14 adults and 3 children. We were delighted to stay in such a beautiful villa with such magnificent views. Manuela (manager) ensured that everything ran smoothly and answered my many questions that I sent before we went. Simonetta and co came to cook on three evenings and this was delightful, an excellent idea, easier and cheaper than eating out. We loved the food as well as sitting out in the bbq area. Everyone loved the swimming pool and there were many water polo competitions. Thank you very much, Simon, for providing such a magnificent place for everyone to enjoy.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Chicago
5

Absolutely Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

I'm not sure there are enough words to express our wonderful stay!! We were a party of 16 - 8 adults and 8 children (9yrs to 1, which she turned the day we arrived). It was a gorgeous day - and coming down the driveway, with villa and valley beyond spread out below....was just unbelievable! Was 95 degrees and I had chills!! The kids couldn't get to the pool fast enough...and they remained there most of the week!! We did day trip out a few days...but always back in time for a swim and running around! We ate outside every night and Simone cooked for us 4 nights...WOW!! So delicious!! She always fed the kids first...at their own table outside and then us...so nice...even had cake for 1 yr old on bday!! Julio, who is the caretaker and his wife were amazing as well....kids still talk about him..as do we! Above and beyond is all I can say! Speaking of above and beyond...Manuela - who is property manager was so amazing and so wonderful to us! Simon, who owns the property actually phoned me here in the US - and was such a pleasure to speak to!! The place was immaculate, the grounds beautiful and so well kept! The rosemary bushes, as well as lemons growing and all other herbs growing made cooking just delightful...granted - Simone did most of it:):) The bedrooms were spacious and bathrooms in each one...what more could you ask for!! Kids room off the kitchen...videos at night...usually only after dark...and we adults still eating outside. After dinner homemade limoncello and looking out over the valley...we hope to someday go back. This place is NOT to be missed!!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear of your excitement as you came down the hill to Buralla. I must admit, the view as the villa and pool emerge is quite enticing and may explain why you didn't complain about the bumps in the lane. Occasionally these have caught people out in low slung cars, so we've fixed them to make the approach a bit smoother. On a serious point - I just noticed if you go on Google maps it suggests there's a route up to the villa from the south side. This is NOT the case. It's a footpath at best. So please, if you are coming by car, don't be misled by Google; back up and go round the northerly route.
5

Fantastic Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Buralla is a gem of a property, sitting well above the valley between Lucca and Pescia in Northern Tuscany. 40 mins from Pisa and no more than an hour from Florence. We shared the house with four other families and everyone was able to get the very best out of their time there. Three families stayed in the main house and the fourth in the cottage which is immediately adjacent.

The grounds around the house have steadily matured over the last few years (I first saw this property by chance 5 years ago when it was only just renovated) and the whole place has a wonderful tranquil feel to it but with plenty of opportunities for fun for all ages. We swam endlessly in the v well situated and sized pool, played Volleyball, Table Tennis, Bocce (fantastic late night fun), as well as lazy lunches and dinners outside and occasional trips to Lucca (just as beautiful and far less crowded than the more heavily populated destinations).

Even at the end of a scorching summer, the garden and grass were in good condition - evening sprinklers keeping everything as fresh as could possibly be expected .....just don't leave your book in the path of a wandering sprayer!

There was ample room and all the necessary connections for modern comms and living - very smart flatscreen televisions in several places, but we never needed to turn them on..everyone was having way too much of a good time outside. The children seemed to forget about the everpresent electronic gadgets which was the surest possible sign of a truly good time.

If you are unsure about where to go for a holiday and reading this - then look no further - you can get staff in to help if you want, or be completely self catering - be all adults or largely children, you absolutely won't regret it.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Italian paradise

  • 5 of 5

Buralla is a gem of a property, sitting well above the valley between Lucca and Pescia in Northern Tuscany. 40 mins from Pisa and no more than an hour from Florence. We shared the house with four other families and everyone was able to get the very best out of their time there. Three families stayed in the main house and the fourth in the cottage which is immediately adjacent.

The grounds around the house have steadily matured over the last few years (I first saw this property by chance 5 years ago when it was only just renovated) and the whole place has a wonderful tranquil feel to it but with plenty of opportunities for fun for all ages. We swam endlessly in the v well situated and sized pool, played Volleyball, Table Tennis, Bocce (fantastic late night fun), as well as lazy lunches and dinners outside and occasional trips to Lucca (just as beautiful and far less crowded than the more heavily populated destinations).

Even at the end of a scorching summer, the garden and grass were in good condition - evening sprinklers keeping everything as fresh as could possibly be expected .....just don't leave your book in the path of a wandering sprayer!

There was ample room and all the necessary connections for modern comms and living - very smart flatscreen televisions in several places, but we never needed to turn them on..everyone was having way too much of a good time outside. The children seemed to forget about the everpresent electronic gadgets which was the surest possible sign of a truly good time.

If you are unsure about where to go for a holiday and reading this - then look no further - you can get staff in to help if you want, or be completely self catering - be all adults or largely children, you absolutely won't regret it.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Bellissima Buralla

  • 5 of 5

We spent a fabulous week here in August with three other families totalling 17 people (kids included) and we were never cramped. Much has improved since we last came here a few years ago - especially the new wi-fi network which is much faster and more reliable.

The pool itself is genuinely large and surrounded by many more good-quality sunloungers and a shaded space for drinks and/or buffet lunch which works really well. Dinners were usually cooked to order by a visiting cook and served in two sessions - one inside for children and another later sitting for adults in the covered "forno" terrace area in the garden which looks over the Lucca-Pescia valley. This is equipped with a dedicated BBQ so we were able to cook for ourselves some nights without being tied to the cooker.

For in-situ entertainment there is a table-tennis table, volleyball court and large "bocce" court above the house where intense rivalries were fought out after dinner into the small hours of morning accompanied by much red wine.

All in all this is a cracking house for large groups - especially ones with large noisy hordes of children. The drive down to the house is long, steep and quite bumpy so it needs to be taken slowly - however the reward is that you are a long way from any other houses, people and traffic.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear about the bocce contests! Apologies for the bumpy road which is outside our hands, I'm afraid. As long as you go steadily (and don't hire a low slung Ferrari) you will be able to pass easily enough.

Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Pisa or Florence
Nearest Barpub
600 Metres
Bar Parigi
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Livorno
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Montecatini Golf Club and Spa
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Pescia
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Capannori
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Fattoria Maionchi
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Abetone
Nearest Beach
31 Miles
Forte dei Marmi
Car: necessary

Lucca is a jewel of a city, strategically placed between Florence and Pisa, but smaller, safer and perfect for walking. Aristocratic renaissance families built majestic palaces in the hills north of Lucca to benefit from the close proximity to the cities and the gentle breezes coming from the coast. Buralla overlooks perhaps the most stunning example of these palaces, Villa Torrigiani, which is well worth a visit. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Torrigiani). On your way back pick up some wild boar sausages for the BBQ. This region is packed with things to enjoy: Florence and its treasures are 55 mins away; Pisa, 45 mins; music, opera, architecture, gastronomy in Lucca (whose most famous son is Puccini); thermal spas and golf in Montecatini; beaches and fashion in Forte dei Marmi; marble and sculpture in Carrara and Pietrasanta; mountains and forests in the Garfagnana; and beautiful walks, biking, food, wine and world famous olive oil right outside the door.

Other Activities: Opera, music, art, wine and olive-oil tasting

Golf: Montecatini - winds through olive groves; very charming, and a good walk. Buggies a good option.

Le Pavoniere - top class Arnold Palmer design near Prato. No bad holes, several over water. Lovely views all around. Really good condition.

Versilia - Luxurious club house and very good course.

Cosmopolitan, near Pisa. Similar to Versilia plus water holes.

Tirrenia, beautiful 9 holes which winds through the pine forest next door to Cosmopolitan.

Ugolino, south of Florence - old style hill side course with great charm, and very welcoming. Take a buggy in high summer, because it gets hot!

Ski: Abetone is a small resort about 90 minutes away. While not a major destination for international ski tourism, it has spawned several italian champions over the years and makes a great day out.

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Rates & Availability

From €4,500 Per week

Lucca Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
2015 Rate 1
Apr 4 2015 - May 29 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€4,500
 
 
Rate 2
May 30 2015 - Jun 26 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€4,950
 
 
Rate 3
Jun 27 2015 - Aug 14 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€7,950
 
 
Rate 4
Aug 15 2015 - Oct 16 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€5,450
 
 
Rate 5
Oct 17 2015 - Nov 27 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€4,950
 
 
2016 Rate 1
Mar 19 2016 - May 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
€4,500
 
 
2016 Rate 2
May 28 2016 - Jul 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
€5,950
 
 
2016 Rate 3
Jul 2 2016 - Aug 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
€7,950
 
 
2016 Rate 4
Aug 27 2016 - Oct 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
€5,950
 
 
2016 Rate 5
Oct 29 2016 - Nov 25 2016
7 night minimum stay
€4,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
€5,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit €1,000
Notes Rates include 3 hours maid services twice a week. Additional maid service available upon request.
A chef is available.

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Amenities

Lucca Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 720 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs suite - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Cottage Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Additional WC - toilet
    Master suite - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Master Suite - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Bathroom, sitting room, dressing room, aircon
    Downstairs Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , En-suite bathroom, air con
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , En-suite bathroom, aircon
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , En-suite bathroom
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single , En-suite bathroom
    Cottage double 7 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Shared bathroom
    Cottage twin 8 - 2 twin/ single , Shared bathroom
    Study as spare room - 1 twin/ single , 1 child bed , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Shared bathroom
    Cottage sitting room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Shared bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , En-suite bathroom, aircon
  • The master suite includes, bedroom (with TV), bathroom, dressing room, sitting room (with 42' TV and fireplace.) The 3 high sided children's cots/cribs can go anywhere. Spare bed and fold out bed can easily be placed in the sitting room or study. The downstairs suite is a good choice for less mobile guests and for guests wanting to monitor younger children while relaxing downstairs. It has its own study and TV and can be used for children in cots or on the fold out bed (available on request if necesary). All bedrooms have fans and there are mobile air-conditioners for the south facing bedrooms. There are screens on all bedroom windows, double glazing and shutters. The cottage is fully equipped with kitchen and reception room (Including 42' TV) and shared bathroom, two full sized bedrooms (1 twin, 1 double). The reception area has a double sofa bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 16 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • ski privileges optional
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The playroom adjacent to the kitchen has a games cupboard and 50' TV with DVD player. The playroom, the 400 sq. foot kitchen, the triple reception room, and the study all have double doors directly onto the south facing lawn. The master suite includes a spacious sitting room, sofa bed and walk in dressing area. The cottage has a twin bedroom and double bedroom with shared bathroom - and its own fully equipped kitchen, dining area and TV area. The swimming pool area has a gazebo, volleyball court chairs, parasols and sunbeds. Behind the house there is a large bocce court (Italian bowls) and table tennis table. There are three additional shaded outside areas - including a BBQ area with tables and seating, two awnings and the gazebo by the pool. Extensive watered lawns between the house and pool surrounded by 7 hectares of olive groves, meadow and wilder areas inhabited by deer and other native species.

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