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William Dodge

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, italian

Hidden Jewel in the Rolling Hills of Lucca, Tuscany

22 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Capannori Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa with 3 Suites, private full baths, each rented individually.

Escape into relaxation and enjoy the finest Italian cuisine and the best wines Italy has to offer. Whether

you choose the 'Cecilia', 'La Soffita' or 'Aldo' Suites,

this elegantly appointed & romantic Villa will leave you a lifetime of memories. Just a short drive to the historical town of Lucca. An hour train ride to the Charming Villages of the Cinque Terre and the beautiful City of Florence. No touches left undone, with luxury bedding and detailed attention to comfort and décor. And there is a beautiful rose and flower garden for you to explore. The Villa is a mecca for honeymooners or folks just needing a romantic getaway...and it's never

too late for that second honeymoon!

Pieve di Compito is one of several sought-after villages within 20 minutes of Lucca.... tucked into a bowl-shaped valley, surrounded by olive trees and pine-covered hills, 'Il Rifugio' is a recently restored 18th Century villa, which was once part of a monastery building. The monks catered to pilgrims traveling to Rome, welcoming them with a bite of food and a rest...a 'refuge' for weary travelers...Now you too can relax and regenerate at 'Il Rifugio'....a 3-suite B&B, elegantly appointed, surrounded with extensive flower and veggie gardens.

All 3 Suites have a private bath and sitting area, Satellite TV and Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and are furnished for relaxation and comfort. Italian and Asian antiques give the rooms a classic feel.

The full breakfast is served from 7AM to 10 AM.

'Il Rifugio' is centrally located to Pisa, Florence and the Tyrrhenian Sea ...the walled city of Lucca can be reached quickly from the village.

There are hiking trails into the Monte Serra hills, olive groves to explore. Come enjoy a pizza from the local trattoria (along with wonderful Tuscan dishes) and of course, our own Monte Carlo wines. Wine Country self-guided tours are a must.

Keywords: Romantic B&B in the rolling hills of Lucca,

Luxury, Relaxing, ideal for Honeymooners and lovers.

A true Italian experience.

More Details
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
William Dodge (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english, italian

About William Dodge

We purchased the property, in a very run-down condition,

in 2005 while on vacation here in Pieve di Compito...it

was love at first sight...although it took a bit of imagination to see through the dirt and grime, visualizing

a potential dream home. After 2 years of restoration,

and many trips to Italy from our home in Hawaii to oversee

the restoration, the villa was finally finished. Now we would like to share this beautiful village home and garden with you.

William Dodge purchased this villa in 2007

Why William Dodge chose Piana di Lucca

We investigated several hilltop, islolated properties

when we were thinking of coming to Italy...lovely classic views...but lonely. We wanted to be where there was some life, maybe a few neighbors, within walking distance to a restaurant or 2...and so found

'Il Rifugio', part of an old grouping of buildings which once served pilgrims going to Rome.

What makes this villa unique

The location is prime...and living here has enforced that

opinion for us. We are close to many visitor attractions

and yet away from the hustle and bustle...this little

valley is perfectly situated, with a microclimate that

allows roses (my obsession) to bloom in December, and

my Spring bulbs to pop out in February...with just a bit

of chilly weather. A gardener's delight!

Reviews

5
based on 22 traveler reviews

Hidden Jewel in the Rolling Hills of Lucca, Tuscany
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews
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A wonderful stay at Il Rifugio

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a perfect, restorative week at Il Rifugio. John and Bill couldn't be nicer: the beauty of their buildings and grounds reflects the same graciousness they show their guests. The setting in the hills to the south of Lucca has the gentle beauty one expects of the Tuscan countryside, but happily without the crowds, heat, or fuss of summertime Lucca. The croissants (cornetti) that showed up at breakfast everyday (fresh from the bakery up the hill) were better than any I've found in Paris. With the friendly, informal Tre Tigli available for dinner just up another hill from Il Rifugio, we didn't have to budge if we didn't feel like it. We're already looking for an excuse to come back.

Our recommendation could not be higher.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our local bakery is making believers out of our guests...we serve hot briosh (criossants) every morning, along with a "torta" or a sweet cake... the guests all seem to love the fresh baked items...these folks were on an extended holiday, visiting several areas both here in Italy and Europe. It was a complete pleasure being with them...and we can only hope they can come back soon. They are always welcome here at Il Rifugio.
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5

Wonderful, Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

If you want to experience the warmth of Tuscany, this is the place to be! We stayed in the Aldo Cottage from July 4-8. It is a private cottage next to the main house, clean and comfortable, with a sweet patio area, a great place to sip some wine in the Tuscan sun. The grounds are beautiful with well-cared-for gardens that are vibrant with color. The location makes it easy to get around to various sights in Tuscany. But the absolute best reason for choosing Il Rifugio is the warm welcome that John and Bill show to all who stay with them. They generously share a wealth of knowledge and suggestions - best places to eat, easiest ways to get where you want, sights worth seeing (make sure you go to Cinque Terre) - that will help you make the most of your travels. When you spend time with Bill and John, you can't help but smile and relax - good conversation, great breakfast, lots of laughter, and genuine hospitality. We felt very special and cared for in our home away from home and we can't wait to return! Come and enjoy the Tuscan sun with John and Bill!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This couple came to us all the way from Hawaii. Absolutely wonderful...and although they were in the "Aldo" Cottage, they spent most of their relaxing times with us, here in the main villa. Afternoon "Happy Hour" will never be the same, believe us. Along with several neighbors who stopped in to meet these great folks, the evening wine tastings became a ritual...with Italian lessons, stories, and general good fun. We will welcome them back, I'm sure!
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Amazing Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our visit at The Hidden Jewel was truly amazing and comfortable! We were greeted with wine, cheese, crackers, cake and conversation. Bill and John gave us the history of the property, ideas for restaurants, train schedules and sight seeing. We felt like part of the family. The accommodations were impeccable; clean and extremely comfortable. Our breakfasts every morning was welcomed. It was a great start to busy days seeing the beautiful country and sights of Tuscany.

I would and already have recommended this vacation property to family and friends! I've stayed at other vacation rentals/homes but have never had the amazing accommodations and felt so comfortable. Great job Bill and John!!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This group of friends, visiting Europe, were wonderful guests. From enjoying breakfasts and planning their day, to evening wine and cheese, they made themselves right at home. We always welcome folks who appreciate what Italy, and Tuscany, can provide. It was a pleasure meeting them....we welcome them back any time.
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Don't Miss This One!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed here from June 14-18 and we can't recommend this property highly enough. First, as other reviewers have mentioned, Bill and John are delightful hosts. They've done an admirable job of restoring this old monastery and turning it into a once-in-a-lifetime refuge from the hustle and bustle of city life. Sant Andrea di Compito is a small village with a population under 500 and the description of "hidden jewel" is completely accurate.

We drove in from Austria, arrived mid-afternon and, after getting the car parked enjoyed a glass of wine in the courtyard with our hosts and a few of the curious neighborhood cats. The flowers are spectacular and my 18-year-old son even mentioned he thought he could tell a difference in how the air smelled. At night we watched lightning bugs (I hadn't seen those since my childhood in Iowa) and stars galore.

The location is a perfect base for Tuscany, the train station in Lucca is just a 15-minute drive and we were able to visit Florence, Lucca, Pisa and Cinque Terre (pronounced Chink-Wah Tehr) which is actually a series of five seaside towns. We drove to Pisa (the only thing to see there is the tower) then took a day trip down the coast and saw the most spectacular seaside views imaginable. Don't miss Cinque Terre - you'll drive to a train station that's about 30 minutes from the villa and then take a train to the uppermost city - Monterossa. Plan to eat and spend the bulk of your day there as it is by far the prettiest of the five cities and has the best restaurants. Bill will walk you through all you need to know before you go but this trip shouldn't be missed!

One of the things we enjoyed most was the restaurant that sits at the top of the hill above the villa. You walk up a steep street (with stone walls flanking you on both sides) past a series of houses and cottages and the restaurant sits atop the hill. Stefano, the owner, and his staff are engaging and the food is excellent. John taught them how to make a hamburger and it's one of the best you'll have. Pizza and pasta are excellent as well.

The villa itself is perfect - the main house has a second and third floor apartment with their own baths and there is another stand-alone apartment 10 steps from the main house (our son claimed that one). The breakfasts are delicious with fresh fruit, croissants, etc. and John even made us bacon and eggs on our last day. You won't go wrong with Il Riffugio - we can't wait to go back!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These lovely American folks were on a whirlwind tour of several European countries, after picking up a new car in Germany. They were indeed a pleasure to host...always interested in the local lore, and ready for an adventure. The local pizzeria made quite an impression on them...the authentic hamburgers went over really well with the son! We will welcome them back any time they have a vacation...the ideal family....and an absolute pleasure to be with.
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Tuscany Treasure!!

  • 5 of 5

Three couples (USA & Canada) rented the two tastefully furnished bedrooms with separate modern baths in the main house and also the beautiful apt w loft and kitchen and living area in the back of the building for 8 days while we explored all of Tuscany and Chianti regions. There are not enough superlative words to describe our stay here. The house is a restored monastery, beautifully done, super comfortable (the beds are soooo comfy) and wonderfully decorated. We so enjoyed the company of our hosts, Bill & John, as we sat in their garden, sipping coffee or wine. Our breakfasts were delicious each morning and the wine served by Bill and John at the end of our long days sightseeing was always wonderful. But, the best of all, was the company of Bill & John, who made certain we were always comfortable and happy! They are a wealth of information, steering us to various little towns and sights; helping us navigate the trains and always full of recommendations as to where to eat! They set us up with a fabulous vineyard tour of a 6th generation family making wine and making olive oil on their large estate. What a feast we had there! The highlight of our 3 weeks touring Italy was our stay here at Hidden Jewel!!! I highly recommend!!!! We already miss the great company of our hosts and hope to return someday for a more leisurely stay!!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our happy family grows even larger! These guests have done a great deal of touring together, and were an absolute pleasure to host. The winery tour was a special treat for them...4 hours of visiting the production facilities, food, and good company...we're very glad they enjoyed it. Hopefully next season will bring them all back to Tuscany!
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Nothing Short of Amazing!!!

  • 5 of 5

Il Rifugio was our refuge for the first part of a month-long European vacation, where we enjoyed a week with our daughter, son-in-law, son, and his fiance. We rented all three rooms, so can attest to the immaculate and tasteful finishes in each room, the apartment, and in the entire home. An added bonus was the cozy and private patios amidst the lovingly-tended gardens where we often started our mornings with coffee, and ended our afternoons with wine, cheese, and assorted goodies. The breakfasts served in the dining room of this classic Tuscan home were outstanding and complete with fresh croissants from the local bakery and homemade cakes, fresh fruit, and yogurts to compliment the rich, earthy taste of the coffee.

The surrounding village of Sant Andrea di Compito is not only a perfect base for exploration of the northern Tuscan region - the hill towns, Cinque Terre, Lucca, and Florence - but, is a relaxing place for long walks and hikes, local fare, and an authentic Italian living experience sans too many tourists.

While all of these attributes would be enough reason to call this a five star villa, the warm and welcoming personalities of our hosts, Bill and John, and their fun, easy-going manners take this beyond five stars. They were always available to provide information, directions, and make arrangements for anything we wanted to do. For instance, with their help, we were able to arrange a private tour of an excellent, local winery and vineyard and experience a hands-on half-day cooking class in Lucca. What truly set them apart as hosts, however, was their genuine interest in us as individuals - we left feeling that we had made new friends with whom we hope to stay in touch and see again.

During the rest of the month as we traveled through other countries, we stayed at some very nice places, but Il Rifugio remains, without a doubt, our most treasured and memorable experience. It was nothing short of amazing!!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What can we possibly say about our "new-found family"? It's like we were friends with these folks for many years before they arrived. They made the most of their time here in the village, exploring every nook and cranny, then went out and saw all the wonderful sights Tuscany can offer. It was a complete pleasure having them all with us...we only hope they return soon.
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Pisa Airport
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Tre Tigli
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Lucca
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Lucca
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Tre Tigli Pizzeria
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Viareggio and the Virsilia Coast
Car: necessary

Wine Tasting Tours to Olive Oil factory

Tours thru local Gardens

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Rates & Availability

Capannori Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$107
$730
$2,806
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $53 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

The quoted rate of €95 per night, or €625 per week, is for a single Suite. The entire Villa, with the 3 Suites, rents
for €285 per night, or €1850 per week, including all breakfasts and "Happy Hours" in the afternoons.

A deposit of 1/3 is required to hold reservation...full payment on arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Capannori Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 340 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Shared Kitchen
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , 'Cecilia' has a large shower, sink, etc.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , 'La Soffita' has a shower, sink, etc.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet , 'Aldo' Suite has large shower, sink, etc.
  • 3
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 'Cecilia' Suite sleeps 2 on an Italian Queen-size bed.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 'La Soffita' has an Italian Queen-size bed, plus sofabed.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 'Aldo' sleeps 2 on an Italian Queen-sized bed.
  • 3 bedroom Suites, each with an Italian Queen-sized bed, plus 'La Soffita' has an extra bedroom with a double sofabed, sleeping an adult or 2 children. 'Aldo' has a loft bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • tennis
Notes:
Bill and John, the owners, want you to feel right at home. We will help you plan your daily activities, suggest places to visit, and shopping venues. Many of our guests prefer just staying around the village, and relaxing in the Villa garden.

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