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STUNNING VILLA, POOL, SPECTACULAR VIEWS IN THE HILLS ABOVE LUCCA 5 bedroom 5 ba

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Beautiful mountain and river views pool 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, sleeps 10

Campitino di Leonida, is part of a working agriturismo, that produces olive oil that is exported to the United States. There are also numerous fruit trees and a vegetable garden (orto) on the property, that guests are welcome to pick from. The compound consists of two homes, Leonida and Luca, furnished with a blend of antique and contemporary furniture and eclectic and traditional art. A library with many books for varied interests, a terrace with sweeping views, chairs, and tables for dining, reading, or contemplating the views, a pool that was featured in the August 2010 Architectural Digest 'Pools around the World'

A laundry room, a TV room for watching satellite TV or movies and Wi-Fi through out the houses. Leonida, the larger upper house has 3 bedrooms, two of the rooms have two queen sized beds, one has an en suite bath and the only bathtub, and the other has a bath across the hall and the third has 2 singles that can be converted to a queen size and an en suite bath. There is a fully equipped kitchen, dining room and living room with fireplace. With an intimate dining terrace in front. Luca, has two bedrooms one with a queen sized bed and en suite bathroom and one with two singles that can be converted to a queen size also with an en suite bathroom with shower tub combined. There is also a fully equipped kitchen, living room with fireplace. Chefs can be hired to cook dinners either on the conventional stoves or in one of the two wood ovens on the property. Dinners can be served on the long tables under the wisteria on the terrace or inside either house.

This is the perfect property to spend a week with nature and enjoy the village life, or use as a base camp for exploring this amazing area.

There are many steps in each house, all bedrooms are upstairs. Smoking is not allowed in either house. Pets are not allowed. Cribs can be arranged.

More Details

Property Manager
Sharon Lewis
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 22, 2017

About Sharon Lewis

We, my husband, daughter and myself, have been coming to the Lucca area since 1994. I am half Italian, my husband loves Italy, and our daughter leads small tours to the Lucca area. We all live in the Pacific Northwest, but love the time we spend in Italy.

Sharon Lewis purchased this villa in 2014

Why Sharon Lewis chose Lucca Area

My grandmothers parents came from Ponte a Moriano at the bottom of the hill. My grandfather came from Quiesa, a village near Massarossa, outside of Lucca. In 2010 we bough Casa Lucy, a small cottage, with 250 olive trees. We started exporting olive oil to the United States in 2012. After we bought Lucy we discovered that Campitino was up the road and for sale. As fate would have it, I had seen Campitino on the internet in 2009 and fell in love with it. This year we had the opportunity to purchase Campitino from the Brannen family who had the vision to restore and build this amazing compound. We were able to add 375 olive trees to our farm. We also farm 250 olive trees for a neighbor.

What makes this villa unique

This is a beautiful area, where you can be at the sea, in Pisa, or Florence in less than an hour, Or just hike the property and enjoy the beauty of the area.

The houses are comfortable for family or groups. The terraces and pool offer spectacular views of villages, churches, mountains, valleys, and the Serchio river. Leonida, the upper house is 400 years old, we named it for my Grandmother, who was born in California and never came to Italy. Luca, the terrace house, is named for my great-grandfather who lived in Massarosa, use to be a storage place for wine and the lemons in winter, now it is a stunning home with views from every window. You can walk for pizza or pasta in the evenings or have dinner on the terrace. Arrangements can be made if you are there in November, to join in the olive harvest.

Amenities

Lucca Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Lucca master - toilet , shower , en suite bathroom
    Lucca 2nd - toilet , combination tub/shower , This is bathroom is en suite
    Leonida Master - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , This is an en suite bathroom
    Leonida middle - toilet , shower , This bathroom is across the hall from the middle bedroom
    Leonida 3rd - toilet , shower , en suite
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Leonida Master - 1 queen
    Leonida middle - 1 queen
    Leonida 3rd - 2 twin/ single , This room can be made up as 2 singles or 1 queen
    Luca Master - 1 queen , retractable windows with view of the mountains and valley
    Lucca 2nd - 2 twin/ single , this room can be made up as a queen or two singles
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming

Reviews

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STUNNING VILLA, POOL, SPECTACULAR VIEWS IN THE HILLS ABOVE LUCCA 5 bedroom 5 ba
average rating of 4.9772725 based on 44 reviews
5

Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful for relaxing.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We hope to see you again at Leonida.
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5

Amazing Spot

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful time we had at Leonida for our first trip to Italy. The location was perfect and the property is amazing. We loved our little piece of heaven on earth. As it was record temperatures while we were there, we spent a lot of time in the pool and relaxing in the shade of the verandas. We had quick trips to Cinque Terre, Lucca, Florence, Venice, San Gimignano and Sienna but always looked forward to returning to our Italy "home". So very beautiful and quiet there. Most days we had a morning hike to Croce de Brancolli followed by a dip in the pool. So many special memories of our trip to Leonida. Thank you to Sharon, Linda and Ivano for all your efforts here.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

The Best Villa Experience

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at Leonida in four years. That's how much we love staying in these two excellent stone houses. The restoration is a perfect blend of modern and ancient - the beds are great, well-appointed bathrooms, and lovely terra cotta floors. The roomy kitchens allow for mass cooking events, and each house is organized so that conversation can flow easily from living room to stove top. And while families and friends alike can hang out together and cook and eat, the grounds are designed so anyone can wander off individually to read a book or swim in the pool and feel totally comfortable doing their own thing for a while. And the two verandas, two patios and a tiered sun deck by the pool make it really easy for kids and adults to be within earshot without having competing conversations. The olive orchard is full of birds and wildlife. Getting up early had the reward of seeing roe deer eating apricots from the tree below the spacious veranda and the local gang of cinghale, the chestnut munching wild boar of the Italian forest, wrestling each other over fallen figs. We are cyclists, and the Lucca/Garfagnana Valley area provides some of the best riding around - Abetone, Fornovolasco and Vergemoli, Monte Serra, Passo delle Radici, Pescaglia - with several routes challenging enough to star in past Giro d'Italia and the 2013 UCI World Road Championships. And the food is terrific. For us, it is all about the ingredients (though the local restaurants are tempting) so we hit the local markets in the morning, snipped fruits and vegetables from the house gardens and made our own lunch and dinner. Eating outside beneath the wisteria covered porch overlooking the orchard below, the surrounding valley of Brancoli, and Lucca twinkling in the distance each night makes food taste better. What a view! What a house! Plus great cycling and great food - what more could you need? Pizza? Just request a visit from the house pizzaiolo. Ivano arrives with baskets of ingredients and homemade dough to fire up the wood-fired pizza oven and serve one great tasting pizza after another. His best pizza uses fresh figs from the garden and melted gorgonzola - nothing like it to top off a day of climbing to Abetone by bike. Love this place. Didn't want to go home. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

This villa is something very special, it is magical!

  • 5 of 5

I travel for a living and have seen and stayed in some amazing places. Leonida exceeded all of my expectations. From the majestic views, to the interior of the house(s). You literally feel like you are the only ones on top of the world, yet within walking distance behind the villa is an amazing restaurant with wonderful food, house wine and did I mention the view??? The property itself is so clean and well maintained. It has all the comforts of home and then some. The largest town within a 20-30 minute drive is Lucca which I immediately fell in love with. The people, food and scenery all make this part of Italy amazing. I would highly recommend this property. Thank you for everything Leonida! Jayme & Joey

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You all were the best. The rain came as soon as you left. Come back anytime. We miss you.
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5

Perfect in every way. Big slice of heaven.

  • 5 of 5

Not sure where to start, but this place is perfection. The homes (it's a compound) are beautiful and the details are way beyond something you'd expect to be able to rent. The views are incredible and the house(s) are designed to immerse you in the surrounding beauty. You're literally at the very edge of a small village that has a popular pizza restaurant 3 minutes away from the house (walking, of course) and it's a beautiful village to walk through. Can't say enough about how well thought out everything is. The area around Lucca and Lucca itself offers an endless supply of delightful discoveries. If you're lucky enough to be able to rent this place, I'm certain you will be very happy with your decision.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled you enjoyed Brancoli and our home. Your kind words are very much appreciated. We hope to see you again, maybe when the pool is refreshing on a warm summer day? Thank you again for choosing to stay with us at Leonida.
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5

Wedding a la Brancoli......A Love Letter!

  • 5 of 5

Our families recently spent a week in heaven at the villa where our daughter was married!

The setting, one the most beautiful I've seen in all my travels, provided the perfect backdrop for the wedding.

Ensuring the day and our stay was perfect, Jaqueline and Jake(whose art graces the walls) worked to make our time there run smoothly and efficiently always going the extra mile when we had a request.

We spent time on the terraces, cooked meals, enjoyed the local wines, and watched the clouds roll in.

We had chefs, recommended by Jaqueline the manager extraordinaire, prepare us a feast at the villa as our farewell dinner.

Mauro provided us transportation when we wanted the luxury of not driving home later at night. We loved hearing about the sites and history of Brancoli he provided as we rode to Cinque Terra.

We became regulars at Tosca Trattoria, a 3 min. walk from the house, where Paulo provided exceptional service, some new Italian phrases for our limited vocabulary and of course limoncello. The best homemade tiramisu we've had.

Needless to say we had lots of questions prior to our arrival. There were 10 of us, a 6month old baby in tow, and a wedding to prepare for and the owner, Sharon, couldn't have been more helpful with us. She treated us as if her own family member were getting married.

The villa met all of our needs and included every modern convenience. The kitchen is well stocked, appliances worked well, the knives are even sharp!

Bedrooms are small of course, but we lived on the terraces and outside walking the hillside. The living rooms(with fireplace the night it turned cold), and the kitchen were perfect gathering places. The villa is filled with light and amazing artwork.

I would recommend this beautiful house to everyone that travels in search of the extraordinary.

Oh, and after you book this property, check back, because we will post pics of the wedding when we get them from the photographer!

Joanne

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We felt honored that you chose Leonida for such a special event. We look forward to seeing the pictures of your beautiful family the day was truly magical. The sun and the wisteria seemed to know they were part of a great day we hope to see you in the future, maybe to celebrate anniversaries?
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Map

Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Florence
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Ponte a Mariano
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
A-11
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Da Tosca Pieve di Brancoli
Nearest Beach
35 Miles
Pisa
Car: necessary

Leonida is located on a working Olive and fruit tree orchard, that is also home to an organic orto (garden) planted with herbs and vegetables. We are 20 minutes to Lucca a beautiful walled city with great shops, beautiful churches and wonderful opportunities to walk or bike around the wall. There are tours to wineries and historic villas, or the Gothic line that can be arranged. Visit the wineries in Montecarlo, or Matria. Closer to home you can hike the Roman roads that fan out behind the house, or learn more about the olive oil we produce from our trees. Day trips to Florence, Pisa, the marble quarries of Carrara, Cinque Terre, Voltera, or Bulgheri are easy drives from the house.

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Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $764.71

We will refund your deposit, minus a 50 euro booking fee, if you cancel 90 days before your arrival.If you cancel less than 90 days of arrival we will reserve the right not refund the 50% down-payment. We will try and rebook the house, but if not able to we will keep your deposit.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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