About the property
- Farmhouse3552 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights
6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, all modern facilities, wifi, sauna, steam bath, dryer
Villa PRINCIPESSA ELISA is an enchanting and beautifully-restored property, once a medieval hamlet, set in with cypress, magnolia and weeping willow trees, in the noble bespoke estate of VILLA REALE DI MARLIA which was the countryside villa of Elisa Bonaparte, the sister of Napoleon, who have been the Princess of Lucca from 1805 to 1814. This Tuscan retreat has great charm and its renovation has been designed to offer the latest technologies and comfort along with old world charm, such as SAUNA, STEAM BATH, AIR CONDITIONING IN EACH ROOM OF THE HOUSE, ENSUITE BATHROOMS FOR EACH BEDROOM, POOL TABLE, PRIVATE SWIMMING POOL WITH A JACUZZI AREA, 55INCH FLAT TV WITH SATELLITE SKY CHANNELS, DVD PLAYER, VERY RELIABLE HIGH SPEED WIFI CONNECTION THROUGHOUT, CLOTHES DRYER.
GROUND FLOOR: Living rooms with fireplace, dining room + separate fully equipped kitchen opening onto the outdoor porch/dining area equipped with a big barbeque, dining table for 12 people, chairs, sofas and outdoor living area facilities, the SPA room with steam bath and sauna along with a relax corner and shower.
FIRST FLOOR: 5 bedrooms. Each bedroom has a superb en-suite bathroom that are individually temperature controlled (heating and air-conditioning). The bathrooms are also linked to a central music system and are equipped with hairdryers and pool towels.
A delightful and elegant suite bedroom with ensuite bathroom, a grand living room with pool table, roulette and card table, sofas and a 55inch satellite flat tv with Sky channels and DVD player.
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- within a few hours
- English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Greek, Czech, Danish, Norwegian, Polish, Hungarian, Arabic, Finnish, Turkish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 26, 2018
About Mrs Sonia
Hallo everyone! My name is SONIA and I am from Lucca. I run my Lucca Holiday Rentals company that offers exceptional apartments in the heart of Lucca. My goal is to help you fall in love with Lucca – to discover, explore, taste and savor new sights and experiences in this incredible city. My company began almost 10 years ago when I started to rent my family villa after my parents moved to the mountains when they got retired. I spent there my entire childhood and I grew up there in deep contact with the nature and the history. My father thaught me everything about the birds and the antique trees and flowers of the villa and the smell of the sizzling pans used to wake me up each Sunday morning after my mum started to cook! I was fascinated by her when she was telling me the history of the villa in the past century. I thought this kind of feelings are too precious to let them go so then I had the idea to share my love of Lucca and “la dolce Vita” by finding beautiful apartments , villas and farmhouses in my favorite Lucca neighborhoods among my family members properties. Lucca Holiday Rentals started out as a boutique family company and now there are over 15 people working together. We are a friendly and enthusiastic team who will assist you every step of the way, from your first enquiry to your arrival in Lucca.
Mrs Sonia purchased this Farmhouse in 2015
Why Mrs Sonia chose Lucca
Your Lucca experience begins with where you stay, and we offer you a warm home on the rolling hills of Lucca or in the heart of the walled town. Each of our property is carefully hand picked to ensure it meets our standards of authenticity and warmth, including outstanding locations in authentic Lucca neighborhoods. Find fully remodeled kitchens and bathrooms, comfortable beds with quality linens, exceptional locations, breathtaking terraces and panoramic views. When you reserve, we open our address book and share our favorite Lucca resources with you to help you plan and enjoy your stay – from excellent tour guides to cooking classes, private chefs, favorite restaurants and cafés to the best pastry shops in the neighborhood. Relax, explore, and enjoy each day to the fullest, experiencing a vacation in Lucca that you’ll remember for a lifetime!
What makes this Farmhouse unique
My goal is to offer you an extraordinary experience in one of Forbe’s Best Town in the World by enhancing your vacation and helping you to explore and experience the delights of living in Lucca. Me and my helpful and knowledgeable team will guide you through your vacation planning process and help you choose the perfect apartment for your stay. When you’ve booked, the adventure begins. Want to explore the open air markets near your apartment, take a cooking lesson, relax on the Walls at sunset or hire a chef to cook dinner in your apartment? Based on our many years in Lucca, we happily share our resources and favorite suggestions for our guests so you can savor the fun of living like a local during your stay.
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words cannot describe Villa Principessa Elisa
Words can not describe my vacation of a life time. After my first trip to Italy I knew I wanted to go back to the Tuscany area and rent a villa on the top of the mountain. When I did this I had no idea what a spectacular place I have picked. Of course I had some help from my daughter from NY who knew someone that said there is no other place to go. How true those words were. I am 69 years old and I have no desire to go anywhere else in the world after taking this trip. I truly thought I had died and gone to heaven. Oh, I would go back in a skinny minute. Villa Principessa Elisa by Mrs Sonia was the most beautiful place I have ever seen. There were 6 of us from ages 30 to 69 (my family and my family friends rented another villa nearby from Mrs Sonia as well)and what a wonderful time we all had. Alice, our greeter, was a delightful lady (half Italian and half American) that saw after all our needs and helped us with everything. We had massages, Italian dinners cooked in the home, (one meal was French as we had a family that came from France to be with us) directions to wherever we wanted to go and nights on the town with music in the streets. There was not one minute of our vacation that I did not enjoy. I know I have rambled, but like I said in the beginning there are no words to describe this place. You must go there and see for yourself
Hallo Regina and thank you very much for your kind words! Me and all my staff at Lucca Apartments and Villas were extremely pleased to meet you and greet you for the second time at the Villa Principessa in Lucca. We will never forget your kindness, thank you! Mrs Sonia
Typical Tuscan Villa
We stayed a week and loved the location and feel of the property. It is prefect for a big family reunion. You do have to keep up on the daily trash duties and be conciseness of the electricity you are using, but other then this it is fine. The 200 euro limit on electricity is doable with a family of 8 adults and 4 kids, even using the sauna and bath and pool, we were slightly over on our usage, but they waved the 10 euros at check out and took care of the remaining trash we had left.
It was difficult to find the place, it is better to use the coordinates with google maps not the address that is provided.
Make sure to ask how to use the sauna and bath, it is not straight forward and we had look up the manual on line.
Thank you for your kind review Joseph! We always pick up our customers at the highway exit to escort them to the property to provide hasslefree stay and because the italian countryside is not well represented on maps. Next time we suggest you to take advantage of my FREE SERVICE: 'pick up and escort to the villa service' (as suggested by email at the time when we setted up details for our meeting at the villa) instead of driving alone so we can show you the shortest way to get there. See you again soon! Sonia
Fabulous pool and spacious welcoming house
This house was perfect for my family, including grandparents ( my husband and I ) our 3 grown children with spouses and 4 grandchildren under 5. The house deserves 4.5, only because of an internet problem. The internet stopped working and we were without connection for 4 days. We complained and finally got a new modem which was great, but why not sooner. In fairness the owner did not charge me for an 80 euro overcharge on electricity, but no internet was a pain and expensive for me to use my phone.
Many of the reviews highlighted Sonia whom we never met and thus did not get input on local recommendations.
We did have Alice Dami who prepared 3 excellent meals for us. Each meal was progressively better as she got to know our tastes. She was professional as was her assistant.Thefood and wine delicious and plentiful. Such lovely evenings with nice table set with flowers and good food. Strongly recommend .
You can not go wrong with this house. I would not change the accommodations, but more local input would have been nice
Thank you! Next time please ask if you need local recomendations! You called me 3 days prior departure and immediately provided a suggestion on a public pool to spend your last day after the departure.. so not sure why you are saying that I did not provide any suggestion. Also you have been assisted by Mrs Alice Dami who is my employee.. I sent ther to the house and I suggested you to have her cooking at the house when you requested it when you made the booking. The lack of internet connection was the phone company's fault and beyond our control. We immediately provided a portable router and the company fixed the problem in 4 days. I thought we were enough efficient. My goal is to provide the best experience to my guests and your words of appreciation are so much appreciated! Thanks for choosing one of my properties! Sonia
Beautiful freshly renovated house with great pool
Our large extended family of 9 enjoyed staying here very much. Highlight was pool among the olives, Multiple bedrooms many with own bath, recently renovated. Beautiful shaded patio where we had dinners several nights. Alice and her helper prepared and served a couple of wonderful meals with excellent local wine. House has AC in all bedrooms and most living areas - kept temps at 22 deg C while we had some hot daytime highs of 30-33 deg C. ( it dumps heat in pool so on hot afternoons the pool is extra warm). An old cobble stone road is on way up - take it slow. Beautiful walk up road into hills and overlooks if you like. Have them send you picture of driveway - a sign would be quite helpful. Italian recycling requires more sorting than here in US with a different kind picked up very early each day, but we found that down hill on edge of town there were public cans to toss the bags in at our convienence. Esselunga is a great supermarket near by with cafe. Take a bike ride on wide walkway on top of tree shaded walls of Lucca for treat.
My goal is to provide the best experience to my guests and your words of appreciation are so much appreciated! Thanks for choosing one of my properties! Sonia
A good house but some genuine misgivings
Overall a good house, however we had some genuine misgivings in terms of how the holiday was managed by the owner/her representatives.
Positives: a beautiful house that has been expertly renovated. A lovely pool. A great location (short drive from Pisa, close to Florence, very close to Lucca). A beautiful setting.
Negatives: at the end of the stay we were charged for additional costs totalling €155. It was not clear when we booked the property that this could happen. As we were told to give a €500 security deposit on arrival, this money was simply taken from us at the end of the holiday. We disputed the basis of the charges but had no recourse. Further explanation of this is given below.
€125 was for electricity use over the cap of €200. We were a party of nine adults that did not overuse electricity beyond what could be expected. We were there in April and so did not use the air con. We used the sauna once. The weather was mild so we did not need heating - we dutifully turned down the thermostats on a daily basis (instructions on how to use the heating system would have been useful). I honestly do not know how we could have been more mindful of our energy consumption.
€30 was for disposal of rubbish. An explanation of this charge was written on the underside of a piece of paper detailing the electricity meter readings, however none of us saw this and it was not explained on arrival. I feel this charge is rather cynical. Without going into too much detail, it would be impossible to leave the house and not leave any rubbish behind. This is because the authorities pick up one type of rubbish/recycling per day (there are several types). So on the last day you will without doubt be left with several bags of rubbish and/or recycling. The only option would be to dispose of this yourself, however no details were given of where this could be done, or indeed that we would need to do this.
These unexpected charges meant we ended our holiday feeling upset, and as though we were being unfairly taken advantage of.
A memorable villa with pool in Lucca Tuscany
This place is flat out wonderful! Not only it is clean and neat and lovingly cared for, but look around you! Every little detail is done to perfection. In short, it's just what you want a tuscan farmhouse villa in a 1st century Tuscan hillside hamlet to look like. The pictures on here do not do this place justice. Having a private SPA with a brand new finnish sauna and steam bath was a real bonus. We never found a villa like this before.
Having a car is great so you can explore all the famous hill towns as well as Lucca town centre and its wine country, all of which are easy day trips. Lucca town centre is at less than 10 minutes drive! We especially enjoyed Lucca, the hills around the villa and Montecarlo. The nearby village of Matraia is nice to see and provides you with an excellent supermarket and amazing little groceries and easy access to roads leading everywhere. Sonia is on the premises every day to guide you around the area, providing very helpful information on parking, tours, restaurants, etc. (Her English is very good, by the way.) She totally understands customer service and obviously enjoys being the proprietor of this lovely place. She might even give you a whiff of her own homegrown and heavenly olive oil. On the sad day when we left the villa, I promised Sonia I would write her a glowing review and recommend it to everyone. And indeed I do! Thank you Sonia for a memorable week in Tuscany!
It was very nice to meet all of you, your family s great! Hope to see you again in the future!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Minimum stay is 1 week Winter heating is charged extra according to comsuption. Legal Notes: Self Catering property: no hotel staff, no maid, no breakfast or meals provided by the owner, no hotel services during the stay. A fully refundable security deposit of 500 euros is requested against big damages. The deposit is given back at the end of the stay. To guarantee the amount an invoice will be issued. The above shown price includes electricity for a normal consumption up to 200 euros weekly while the difference is charged according to consumption.