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XII century villa on the hills above Lucca with expert cook , MTB guide, sauna

Monica Ferrucci

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english, italian
Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 - 8 nights

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XII century villa on the hills above Lucca with expert cook , MTB guide, sauna

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 - 8 nights

Overview

Capannori Villa Rental Photos and Description

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.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Monica Ferrucci (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Call Manager
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Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
60%
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2015

Why HomeAway

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 - 8 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 37 traveler reviews

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XII century villa on the hills above Lucca with expert cook , MTB guide, sauna
average rating of 4.9459457 based on 37 reviews
5

Beautiful Villa and Excellent Hospitality !

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent time as a group of ladies seeking rest, great food and the charm of Tuscany. Monica is an awesome cook and Giovanni a great guide who put up with all of our craziness on the mountain bikes !The house and grounds are immaculate and come with a wonderful view. Yes, the roads are a little curvy..but that is typical Tuscany... and Lucca is about 20 min away... IT is a good base to explore Tuscany and come back to a little piece of Heaven at night !

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Once again, Amazing

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Monica and Giovanni for another wonderful stay. This was my third stay at the villa. Each one has been better than the last. This time I took a cooking class with Monica. She taught us five essential Italian recipes which were useful and delicious. Giovanni took us on a tour of three medieval mountain villages by mountain bike. I'd highly recommend the tour. Accommodations were excellent, as always. Monica cooked for us every night. We were pampered and spoiled. I loved every minute.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Spectacular!!

  • 5 of 5

This villa is located up in the hills. The view from this amazing villa is spectacular. There is everything to love about this place! The villa is absolutely charming and spacious. The animals on the property only add to the charm of the place. The hosts Monica and Giovanni made a great place, amazing. They are so warm and hospitable....like family. Monica cooked an amazing dinner for us every night. Giovanni led a mountain bike tour for part of our group and help the rest of us decide where to explore. We had an amazing stay here and it was difficult to leave.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Wonderful house with magical view

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 12 people had a magical week at Monica's place. They are the perfect hosts who gives you the feeling of "being at home". You can really live the Tuscan dream, enjoy her wonderful food, ,and they are both so nice and interesting to talk to. We loved your animals, the children talks about the goats, boar, chickens and of course the dogs who all makes this place autentic. We just want to come back.....as soon as possible. We recommend eating Monica's food at home in this sublime sorroundings. Regards Marianne Østby and family from Norway

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

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
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

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
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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Rates & Availability

From €421 Per night

Capannori Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
middle season
Apr 4 2015 - May 29 2015
7 night minimum stay
€2,950
 
 
high season
May 30 2015 - Jul 17 2015
7 night minimum stay
€3,700
 
 
super high
Jul 18 2015 - Aug 28 2015
8 night minimum stay
€4,300
 
 
high autumn
Aug 29 2015 - Sep 25 2015
7 night minimum stay
€3,500
 
 
low autumn
Sep 26 2015 - Oct 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
€2,950
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
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.
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Amenities

Capannori Villa Accommodation and Amenities

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

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