|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Think Tuscany, luxury, historic, and location - and that's what you will find here! This stunning Tuscan villa is a wonderful setting for a wedding or family reunion. Not only does this holiday vacation rental provide an idyllic, perfectly-preserved 17th century experience, complete with gardens, stone walls, castle ruins, and chapel, it is also within easy driving distance of the coast of Versilia. For the experience of a lifetime, rent this self-catering luxurious villa in Tuscany.
This property is an elegant 17th century Lucchese villa with its own chapel, olive oil press, and castle ruins. It is set in a vast estate of terraced olive groves and a ranch-style equestrian center. The villa has been home to several important families over the years. Beyond the camellia garden, with its curious fountain, lies the swimming pool, surrounded by lawns, fragrant lavender and terracotta pots of lemon trees. There is an outdoor barbecue area next to the loggia and a shaded petanque court. There are magnificent views over the Luccan hills, Nottolini's aqueduct, and the tree-lined avenue of the equestrian center. Lucca is 10 minutes away, while Pisa is 30 minutes away. Florence is a one-hour drive and the Cinque Terre can be reached in one and a half hours. Tennis facilities and a golf driving range are 5 minutes away. For a full 18 holes, experience Montecatini or Versilia, 30 minutes away. There is a gardener who tends to the grounds and the swimming pool.
Ground Floor: The main entrance leads into a formal dining room and a salon with comfortable sofas and armchairs and a log fireplace. There is a TV lounge with satellite TV and video player (VCR plays European videos) and an office with telephone, fax, stereo, internet access and computer facilities. There is a fully equipped kitchen and two guest bathrooms. There is also a loggia facing the garden with a table and chairs for al fresco dining.
First Floor: There are six bedrooms with king size beds (two twin-beds put together, which can be separated on request). Each bedroom has an en suite bathrooms with tubs and showers. There is a central salon with comfortable sofas, armchairs, and satellite TV.
Second Floor: There are five bedrooms with en suite bathrooms with tubs and showers.
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
Cook Service: Upon request
Cooking Classes: upon request
Extra Housekeeping: Upon request
Transfer Service: Upon request
Babysitting: Upon request
Concierge Service: upon request
Wine Tasting: upon request
Guided Tours: Upon request
Daily cook service is provided for breakfast and lunch or dinner (except on Wednesdays). Food and beverages are an additional cost.
There is a Chapel on the property which is available for weddings.
There is a Pétanque court available for guests to use, the game is similar to Bocce.
Housekeeping is provided for 4 hours daily. Linens are changed on Wednesday and Saturday. Additional Housekeeping can be arranged for an additional fee.
It was indeed the villa stay of a lifetime! I must compliment staff for for making our visit such a memorable one. The chef was incredible, but more importantly was most kind in allowing the interested children watch him prepare food. They loved him.
The setting and grounds were all we could have expected. The grounds were beautifully maintained and there was a complete sense of a well thought out operation. The villa was more than we expected. The household staff was courteous, helpful and always ready to take care of our party of 22. The staff were also friendly and helpful with our 14 grandchildren. Each bedroom and bath had been beautifully decorated and every amenity provided.
We really had no complaints about the property. Each villa was provided with it's own swimming pool and gardens. The rest of the property was available for walking and bike riding. There was even a playground for small children.
The Lucca location is fabulous for seeing that part of Tuscany. Pisa is only 30 minutes away, Florence about one hour, the beach about 45 minutes. Train service is easily available.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Lucca was the closest town of any size. The villas are located in Vorno, a very small village. We were within walking distance, but along a narrow road with traffic.
Tips or Restaurants:
We found everything provided that we could want including a WONDERFUL chef. The food was so good that we had no desire to look for restaurants. We did go into Lucca one evening for a lovely dinner.
Overall: A lovely property and the staff was exceptional. Enjoyed Most: The Staff. I have rented several villas in the past and the this was by far the most consciencious staff; very hard-working and great attitude. Surrounding Area: Lucca is a very charming town
Overall: This villa was absolutely beautiful, even better than the pictures. The location was great, the grounds were lovely, and Bartek and Myjka, our chef and housekeeper were wonderful. We loved them! A group of 10 of us went, and we had the best time! An amazing experience overall! Enjoyed Most: The interior and exterior of the property were amazing, the pool and backyard were terrific, the views were fabulous, everything was great! Once again, we loved having Bartek and Myjka watching over us as well! We had Bartek cook for us a few nights, and the food was incredible. Enjoyed Least: Really no complaints. Surrounding Area: Lucca is a great town to walk around in, the area in which the villa was located was beautiful for walks or bike rides. Nearby Events or Locales: Take a bike ride around, and explore the surrounding area, very lovely.
Also, go into Lucca for a walk around the town and for dinner. Pisa was a quick drive away, Florence was about an hour by car. We took many other road trips, but they were all further differences, but worth the drives(ie. Pienza, Siena, just to name a few).
Tips or Restaurants: Definitely hire the chef to cook at least several dinners for you.
Also, the breakfast buffet was a great way to start the day! Definitely have a car, you will need one to get to surrounding towns. Great restaurant finds were Vipore and Buca di Antonio located in Lucca
Overall: We had a fabulous time at this villa. The staff and chef were superior. Enjoyed Most: The villa and staff made one of our best vacations ever so I highly recommend this villa
Within a little hamlet, this gracious Tuscan retreat is tucked away in a beautiful area with lovely villas and a charming village – just south of the town of Lucca. The villa is within reach of many of the famous Tuscan hill towns, most within an hour's drive away. Cinque Terre: 1.5 hours Florence: 1 hour Pisa: 30 minutes Golf courses (Montecatini or Versilia): 30 minutes Lucca: 10 minutes Tennis and driving range: 5 minutes