XII CENTURY VILLA ON THE HILLS ABOVE LUCCA WITH EXPERT COOK , MTB GUIDE, SAUNA

Monica Ferrucci

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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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XII CENTURY VILLA ON THE HILLS ABOVE LUCCA WITH EXPERT COOK , MTB GUIDE, SAUNA

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ideal villa for groups up to 12 people

Villa Lean is a beautiful, private villa nestled in the hills of Tuscany’s wine country above the ancient walled village of Lucca . The original farmhouse was previously owned by David Lean, the famous film director; who fell in love with the breathtaking views but never started the restoration work. The house was left deserted until 15 years ago when it was acquired by the Ferrucci family who totally restored and modernised it whilst retaining its character and many authentic features.

The house comprises three separate living areas that sleep up to 12 people and can be rented out for a single large group. The main house sleeps 8 people.. The oldest part of the house, which dates back to the 12th century, adjoins the main house and sleeps 2.. A comfortable loft sleeps a further 2 people.Monica Ferrucci, who is an expert cook offers an extensive menu of superb, affordable Italian and local Tuscan cuisine.

description : The house comprises three separate living areas that sleep up to 12 people and can be rented out for a single large group . The main house sleeps 8 people; it has four well-lit bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large kitchen and a first floor sitting room. The oldest part of the house, which dates back to the 12th century, adjoins the main house and sleeps 2. It has a lounge area, bathroom, spacious kitchen and an original fireplace in the large first floor bedroom. A comfortable loft with a kitchenette, bathroom and bedroom sleeps a further 2 people. Outside the house is a large pool that is surrounded by sumptuous gardens and enjoys fabulous views across the vineyards and valley below.

food related property: All the kitchen areas are well appointed with high quality appliances or if you prefer, a barbeque is available for outdoor cooking. If you would rather not cook at all, Monica Ferrucci, who is an expert cook and lives in self contained accommodation at the back of the house, offers an extensive menu of superb, affordable Italian and local Tuscan cuisine. As well as being an excellent cook, Monica also has a wealth of local knowledge that she is always willing to share to ensure you make the most of your visit.

MTB Guide: The owners, who have a great experience with mountain bike tours , offer a large variety of itineraries with different levels of difficulty. From an easy ride across the hills through famous Villas to downhill experience in singletrack . During very hot periods such as June to september , we tend to go riding to higher mountains such as the Appennini with spectacular views over the valleys. Other tours include Le 5 terre , the perfect ride all year long.

Please don't hesitate to contact us for low season weeky offers including tours , accommodation and meals.

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Details for Villa lean 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, 4 Bathrooms

Villa Lean is nestled in the hills of Tuscany's wine country. This charming villa was originally built in the twelfth century and used as a farm house. With three additions, it now boasts three kitchens, and room to sleep twelve. Each kitchen is appointed with top of the line appliances, and well laid out for ease of use. If you prefer, feel free to make use of the barbeque or the outside wood fired pizza oven. The Villa can be rented for as many as twelve, or separated to accommodate smaller parties of as little as one. A pool sits on the grounds with a view overlooking the valley, and surrounded, as are the entire grounds, with luscious natural gardens. The caretaker will graciously host you for any meal, or all meals; you decide. This rustic yet carefully renovated Villa includes several patios with spectacular views past the rose gardens.
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Monica Ferrucci (Property Manager)
Advertiser since 2007
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Speaks italian, english
Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

4.9
based on 33 traveler reviews

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XII century villa on the hills above Lucca with expert cook , MTB guide, sauna
average rating of 4.939394 based on 33 reviews
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XII century villa on the hills above Lucca with expert cook , MTB guide, sauna
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p81657
+39 (0)339 4352886
Capannori Piana di Lucca
5

A Family Vacation We'll Treasure for a Lifetime!

A Family Vacation We'll Treasure for a Lifetime!
  • 5 of 5
Our family (11 total) rented the Villa for 3 weeks and could not have been more pleased with our decision. We started planning a family trip a year in advance to celebrate a multiple of "big" milestones; a 50th Wedding Anniversary, several birthdays, and two High School graduations. I researched for weeks before coming across Villa Lean and immediately fell in love with the pictures on the internet. After reading the wonderful reviews from people who had also vacationed there, I knew I had found our place.

We ranged in age, from 13 to 70---and everyone fell in love with Monica and Giovanni, the beautiful surroundings, and the farm animals!! We knew we wanted to be in Tuscany, but had no idea what to expect from Lucca. After three weeks of traveling all over Italy, Lucca ended up being our favorite city and it's convenient to everything!

The property is very clean and well maintained and the attention to detail inside, with beautifully pressed hand towels and linens, is something I really miss now that I'm back home. You don't have to leave the Villa to have a wonderful time. We spent several days relaxing by the pool or reading under the pergola. My husband ran the hills just about everyday, while others enjoyed walking them. You can attend Wine Tastings just down the hill (**one of our favorite memories) or Monica and Giovanni can spoil you rotten by preparing and serving you a meal fit for a king! (She is a wonderful cook!!)

I should have said this at the beginning, but a car is a must. (We had two for our large family.) We found that, while intimidating at first, driving was the fastest way to get to our favorite nearby places- Viareggio (the beach), Collodi (home of Pinocchio), Pisa, Bagni Di Lucca, Siena, Cingue Terre, and Lucca. It was also faster to drive to Rome and Milan, but Florence was the easier and faster by train. (**The lines in the Lucca train station were always long- so be prepared.)

Monica and Giovanni made great suggestions for things to do and places to dine around us- the Oysteria just right up the road, Bruton (Brewery and GREAT hamburgers!) and Antica Locanda di Sesto (for FINE dining).

I would definitely recommend this property to anyone wanting to experience the beauty of the Tuscan hills. We made lifelong friends with Monica and Giovanni and have memories of a lifetime in Italy to treasure!
  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Michelle, we would like to thank you very much for having chosen our holiday home to celebrate so important events of your life
We strongly felt that you were also a part of our family and we thank you for that as well.
We really hope to see you all one day sometimes!

Enjoy the sunflower table cloth thinking about us!
With much love Monica e Giovanni
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XII century villa on the hills above Lucca with expert cook , MTB guide, sauna
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p81657
+39 (0)339 4352886
Capannori Piana di Lucca
Boston
5

Villa Lean is the perfect place

  • 5 of 5
Villa Lean is the perfect place to spend a week or two in the Tuscan hills. It is perfectly located near the city of Lucca, and in close proximity to Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terra, and the Chianti region. But you will find yourself also spending lots of time at the villa, with its beautiful views of the Lucca Valley and relaxing setting amongst olive groves and vineyards, and the Villa has its own private pool with an amazing view as well!In our case, we spent a week at Villa Lean with our family and friends, and we also had our wedding on site as well. The whole experience was relaxing and unforgettable. Everyone arrived and found that the beauty of the Villa and its views far exceeded the pictures! Each of the apartments were well appointed and had everything you would need for you whole stay including full size kitchens (a large grocery store just a short drive down the hill makes it easy to prepare your own meals). For our wedding, we had the ceremony up on the hillside above the Villa within the olive grove, and had our dinner out in the front grass area with the wonderful view. Dancing was in the little barn area that was perfect size for a intimate 20-40 person wedding.The best part of the whole experience was that Monica & Giovanni did a complete catering for us including a cooking lesson! Monica prepared several amazing dinners for us including our rehearsal dinner (a huge buffet of an amazing variety of Italian and Tuscan foods (definitely have her make fried zucchini blossoms, they were incredible!!)). Monica also prepared an amazing 5 course meal for our wedding reception which was wonderfully served. In addition, Monica has a good friend who took care of the entire wedding planning. Together, they put on a perfect wedding for us, and we felt from the beginning that everything would be how we dreamed it would be. The food was amazing and had a real Tuscan flavor to it, making for the perfect dinner with the Tuscan valley as our backdrop. And she paired the food with wonderful local wine. The villa and garden were beautiful and the food was delicious making it a perfect wedding venue for every intimate wedding! Our guests also enjoyed Monica's cooking class! They were incredible from the time we booked to the lights being turned off at the end of our wedding week in Tuscany, Italy. All in all, whether you are there for a week vacation, or even your wedding, staying at Villa Lean was an amazing experience!
  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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XII century villa on the hills above Lucca with expert cook , MTB guide, sauna
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p81657
+39 (0)339 4352886
Capannori Piana di Lucca
5

Amazing!

  • 5 of 5
Villa Lean is the perfect place to spend a week or two in the Tuscan hills. It is perfectly located near the city of Lucca, and in close proximity to Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terra, and the Chianti region. But you will find yourself also spending lots of time at the villa, with its beautiful views of the Lucca Valley and relaxing setting amongst olive groves and vineyards, and the Villa has its own private pool with an amazing view as well! In our case, we spent a week at Villa Lean with our family and friends, and we also had our wedding on site as well. The whole experience was relaxing and unforgettable. Everyone arrived and found that the beauty of the Villa and its views far exceeded the pictures! Each of the apartments were well appointed and had everything you would need for you whole stay including full size kitchens (a large grocery store just a short drive down the hill makes it easy to prepare your own meals). For our wedding, we had the ceremony up on the hillside above the Villa within the olive grove, and had our dinner out in the front grass area with the wonderful view. Dancing was in the little barn area that was perfect size for a small 20-35 person wedding.
The best part of the whole experience was that Monica & Giovanni did a complete catering for us. We had Monica prepare several dinners including our rehearsal dinner the night before which Monica prepared a huge buffet of an amazing variety of Italian and Tuscan foods (definitely have her make fried zucchini blossoms, they were incredible!!). The cooking class was amazing, too! For our wedding reception, Monica prepared an amazing 5 course meal which was wonderfully served. In addition, Monica has a good friend who took care of the entire wedding planning. Together, they put on a perfect wedding for us, and we felt from the beginning that everything would be how we dreamed it would be. The food was amazing and had a real Tuscan flavor to it, making for the perfect dinner with the Tuscan valley as our backdrop. And she paired the food with wonderful local wine. The villa and garden were beautiful and the food was delicious making it a perfect wedding venue for every intimate wedding! Monica & Giovanni were incredible from the time we booked to the lights being turned off at the end of our wedding week in Tuscany, Italy. All in all, whether you are there for a week vacation, or even your wedding, staying at Villa Lean will be an amazing experience!
  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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XII century villa on the hills above Lucca with expert cook , MTB guide, sauna
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p81657
+39 (0)339 4352886
Capannori Piana di Lucca
5

Gorgeous views of the Tuscan countryside

  • 5 of 5
Our stay at Villa Lean was an absolute pleasure. The property is well maintained and the pictures do not even do justice to how beautiful the home and views of the countryside are. We were a group of 6, so there was more than enough room for us. Monica and Giovanni were attentive hosts and assisted us with all of our questions and provided great suggestions on local places to visit that gave a real flavor for the local culture. For example, there is winery within ten minutes of the property that does a lovely wine & oilve oil tasting.

Monica's cooking is amazing!! Everything she made for us was delicious - I highly suggest the bruschetta, spinach & ricotta ravioli, lasagna, tiramisu and cheesecake! In terms of nearby attractions, we enjoyed a drive up to Barga and Pieve Fosciana among other mountain attractions. I would definitely recommend a stay here for groups of friends or family.
  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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XII century villa on the hills above Lucca with expert cook , MTB guide, sauna
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p81657
+39 (0)339 4352886
Capannori Piana di Lucca
Pittsford, NY
5

Wonderful, memorable, special stay!

  • 5 of 5
We feel so fortunate to have spent a week at this very special villa and to have met Monica and Giavanni, two very kind and giving people. Opening our windows in the morning to that beautiful view was such a gift. There were 9 of us in our group ranging in ages 10 to 80 and every family member hopes to return to this place some day in the future. Monica and Giavanni- thank you for helping my mom and I celebrate our 50th and 80th birthdays in such a wonderful memorable way. Of note, the meals you cooked for us were the best meals we had in Italy and we will forever treasure our dinners underneath the arbor surrounded by the stars and twinkling lights. We enjoyed our day trips to Lucca, Florence, San Giagmano, local winery and long walks on the roads around the villa. Your villa is a treasure and we thank you for sharing it with us and for your kind and generous hospitality. Ps -Julia would love to come back and visit to help you with the animals! Fondly the Zatykos
  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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XII century villa on the hills above Lucca with expert cook , MTB guide, sauna
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p81657
+39 (0)339 4352886
Capannori Piana di Lucca
5

Wonderful birthday celebration

  • 5 of 5
We went to Villa Lean to celebrate three birthdays - 70, 40 and 30 years. We were a big family of 8 adults and 5 children, and Villa Lean was absolutely fantastic. The surroundings are beautiful, and the property extraordinary lovely. Even more beautiful than in the pictures! The rooms were great - however some of the beds were not so comfortable.
There are many great things to do near by - Lucca is beautiful, Florence and Pisa are not far away, and there are great vineyards even within walking distance.
One of the best things was Monica and Giovannis hospitality, and Monicas cooking. We cooked ourselves most of the time (the kitchen is fully equipped) but Monica cooked for us a couple of nights - great, tuscan food.
We would love to go back, and have recommended Villa Lean to several friends. It is the perfect place for a Tuscan holiday!
/The Gudmundson Family, Sweden
  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Map

Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Ferry
60 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Train
13 Kilometres
Lucca
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Capannori
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
beach
Car: necessary

The house is situated on hills facing Lucca's valley. Strategic position to reach the coast of Viareggio or the mountains of Garfagnana. Within a few kilometers range it is possible to visit the most famous Ville Lucchesi or wine tasting at the local vineyards down the house below. The City of Lucca is only 13km away from the house, providing fine dining and endless shopping.

Ski: Winter ski resorts of Abetone, Val di Luce, Doganaccia and Cimone are within one hour drive from the property

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Capannori Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
autumn
Aug 30 2014 - Sep 26 2014
7 night minimum stay
€3,500
 
 
autumn
Sep 27 2014 - Oct 31 2014
7 night minimum stay
€2,950
 

Notes

  • the rental rate includes house cleaning service once a week electricity, linen, bath towels pools towels and midweeks change of bath towels.
    It does NOT include central heating if ever required.

Amenities

Amenities

Capannori Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Sports & Activities
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Firewood
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Internet
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Room 1 - 1 double
    Room 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Room 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Room 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double
Entertainment:
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • paddle boating
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • spelunking
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
Notes:
maid service is included in the price one time per week. CENTRAL HEATING IS NOT INCLUDED IN RENTAL RATE.