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17th Century villa with luxury finish. Big house, bigger views

Sleeps15
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms6
Space 5,920 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights

Overview

About the property

Luxury accommodation for up to 15 guests. Swimming pool & terrace dining

15 minutes from Lucca 'Casa Berti' is a handsome 17th century villa that is, first and foremost, an unusually well-appointed private family house, reached by a track that winds up from the village church. The views are exceptional, even by Italian standards.

Set in 6 hectares of olive terraces, gardens and a freshwater spring, it is a villa of rare charm and peacefulness with its own farmhouse, artist’s studio , swimming pool and private chapel.

The villa itself sleeps 10 guests. The farmhouse is near the main house, and available for a further 6 guests. Families are welcome and children well provided for. Villa: 4 beautiful king size doubles, 1 gorgeous twin bedroom. Brand new Air conditioning, 3D TV, Falcon range cooker and Miele and Gaggenau appliances, etc.

The villa has been restored with integrity and authenticity. Its lofty interior spaces - high ceilings, large and numerous windows and double doors - mark Casa Berti as a true villa. The thick walls ensure a cool interior even in the height of summer, and throughout there is relaxed refinement. A terracotta-tiled terrace, lined with lemon trees, leads onto a shaded pergola with a large travertine table and iron chairs. In summer this is, in effect, an outdoor living and dining room. A gas grill makes outdoor cooking simple and there is a wood-burning, traditional pizza oven by the farmhouse. An evening of pizza-making is great fun for all ages.

Above the villa the three-bedroom farmhouse, simpler yet charming, provides sleeping for a further five people. It is self-contained, with a small kitchen and seating area.

The swimming pool (10 x 6m, with shallow end and Roman steps), is set just below the villa on a separate, deep terrace. Sheltered and with all-day sun, it has sweeping views of the valley. A second simpler pergola provides shade. There are luxury Gaze Burvill pool loungers.

Casa Berti is a great place from which to explore northern Tuscany, but once here you may not want to leave...

Keywords: Family Villa luxury

More Details

Owner
Mr Ben Gooder
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 16, 2017

About Mr Ben Gooder

The villa has bee recently renovated to a very high standard and is my much loved family home.

Mr Ben Gooder purchased this villa in 1997

Why Mr Ben Gooder chose Lucca

We wanted somewhere secluded, with reliably-lovely weather during the summer months that could be a home away from home for all of us. Casa Berti, with its warmth and tranquility, answered all our needs. We have invested much time, love and money in making the house comfortable, practical and beautiful.

What makes this villa unique

Our house is one of the most tranquil places I know. It is set above the small village and church. There are wooded hills all around the property with endless walks and stunning views. It is lovely to be there at any time of year and the property is within easy reach of the cultural centres of Tuscany. The house itself offers plenty of diversions for rainy days (Wifi, Snooker, table tennis, games and, TV) as well as for sunshine. The kitchen is very well equipped because we all like cooking. It is decorated and furnished as a family home, not just as a rental property. We hope that you would love it as much as we do.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is the one place we never want to leave. Thank you Casa Berti for another wonderful holiday.
Aug 2012
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Map

Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
La Buca di Sant'Antonio
Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Aquilea
Nearest Ferry
142 Kilometres
Piombino (to Elba)
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Lucca
Nearest Train
4.5 Kilometres
Ponte a Moriano
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
A11
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Mammoli
Nearest Ski
60 Kilometres
Abetone
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Forte dei Marmi
Car: recommended

Historic towns of Lucca, Pisa and Florence are within an hour, spa towns of Bagni di Lucca and San Giuliano Terme are also nearby. Direct access to excellent woodland walks, superb hiking along well-marked walking routes in the national parks of the Alpi Apuane and Garfagnana. Stunning gorge (Orrido di Botri), river swimming, marble quarries, medieval hilltop towns, rock climbing, wine routes and great cycling (road and off-road). On the coast, there are boat-trips to Elba and the Cinque Terre, the artistic centre of Pietrasanta, and Forte dei Marmi, the heart of the Italian Riviera. Excellent skiing at Abetone in winter (75 mins) and there are several golf courses nearby.

Festivals: Lucca Rock Festival (July), Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago (July to August), various local celebrations of chestnuts and fungi porcini in the Autumn.

Amenities

Lucca Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 5920 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
    Lucca Bath/shower room - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , ensuite to Lucca room
    Family bath/shower room - toilet , tub , shower , shared with twin room
    Gold room shower room - toilet , shower
    Casa Rosina bathroom - toilet , shower , ensuite to bedroom 3
    Casa Rosina shower 1 - toilet , shower , shares with the single/twin.
  • First floor shower room disabled-friendly. Villa bathrooms all very spacious, with high ceilings and lovely views.
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Casa Rosina bedroom 1 - 1 king , shared shower room
    Casa Rosina Bedroom 3 - 1 king , ensuite bath/shower
    Casa Rosina Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , shared shower room
    Blue room - 1 king , A family suite which shares bathroom with the twin room
    Lucca room - 1 king , ensuite bath/shower room
    Twin rooom - 2 twin/ single , 2 single beds sharing bath/shower with Blue room
    Gold room - 1 king , En-suite shower-room and private terrace
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , en-suite shower room and private terrace,
  • All the bedrooms are air-conditioned. Cribs/cots are available for two small children. Towels, hairdryers and fans are provided in all bedrooms. Mosquito screens are fitted to bedroom windows on second floor of villa. Bedrooms are spacious with lovely views.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Casa Berti, the villa sleeps 10 people in 4 doubles and one twin bedroom. Casa Rosina, the farmhouse, sleeps 5 people in 2 doubles and a single bedrooms. In July and August Casa Rosina is used only when our guests number between 11 and 15 people, Otherwise it is available separately from the villa. This eatate is a much loved and well used family home. Great for woodland walks and cycling.

Reviews

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17th Century villa with luxury finish. Big house, bigger views
average rating of 4.75 based on 15 reviews
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17 family members age 5 to 76!

  • 4 of 5

To spend a week on a property that had something to offer for all regardless of age. Just great. Peace and quiet, but still not far from various places of interest - including the Mediterranean.

However, top character could have been reached by providing air conditioning also in the farm house, but that did not take away the feeling of a true luxurious vacation for all.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Idyllic setting outside of Lucca.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our time at Casa Berti. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. The pool was sparkling and welcoming on the warm summer days. We especially love the large stone outdoor dining table overlooking the pool and the valley. The bedrooms and bathrooms are large, bedding extremely comfortable and the kitchen well stocked with kitchen utensils, dishes and many spices.

The owner Ben is a supremely gracious gentleman and very fun to interact with as well. He is quick to help whenever you need recommendations for places to see or directions in the area.

Thanks for the memories, we look forward to returning again!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for those kind words, Peter. It was a great pleasure to meet you and your family and I hope you're be back to visit us soon.
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5

Luxury in Lucca

  • 5 of 5

Casa Berti surpassed all our expectations. The pictures do not do justice to the spectacular views on all sides. The bedrooms are beautifully finished with expensive bed linen and super comfortable beds. It feels like a much loved home and we felt very much at home in this extraordinary place.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marseille France
5

Beautiful Stay in an Enchanting Location

  • 5 of 5

We brought family and friends to Casa Berti to share in our love and happiness following our Italian wedding. We could not have chosen a better place! The beauty, tranquillity, and overall marvelousness of your home cannot be exaggerated. We spent our week hiking, running, swimming, cooking, eating, conversing, playing games and reading, debating, and visiting the beautiful Lucca and Pisa. Our group came from Marseille and Paris, New York City, Malibu, California, and Denver Colorado. All of us thank you with all of our hearts for creating and sharing such a lovely place.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A very belated thank you for such an enthusiastic review. I have taken over the property from my parents and have given the whole place a big lift. I hope you will come back! Kind regards, Ben Gooder
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $133.05
Refundable damage deposit $1,330.49

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.