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Simon Sudbury

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, italian

Stunning position, space and comfort near Lucca, with air-con

49 Reviews
Sleeps20
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms7
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Capannori Villa Rental Photos and Description

Renovated to combine Tuscan charm with proper kitchens, bathrooms and systems.

Buralla guests come back. Why? The combination of location (central Tuscan setting on a hill with stunning views), facilities (proper kitchen and bathrooms) and modernity (wifi, sat TV -including Sky Sport ) Outside it has soft lawns, beautiful flowerbeds and borders, volleyball and bocce courts, secluded swimming pool, olive groves - all surrounded by unforgettable 360 degree views.

Buralla is unusually spacious for Italy featuring air-conditioned bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, modern kitchen suitable for causal eating and gathering, extensive lush lawns. Buralla is perfect for groups of friends, families and reunions wishing to visit Pisa, Florence and Lucca.

An option is to have the chef shop and prepare meals from her Tuscan menu. A great time and money saver. Plus you are sure of a view while you eat.

Lucca: The walled city of Lucca, only 15 minutes from Buralla, is one of the most beautiful places in Tuscany. Big enough to have everything, yet small enough to cover easily and safely on foot or by rented bicycle. For a rooftop view of Lucca, stroll around the 4km city walls. Or cut through the middle on the car-free Via Filiunga. On this street alone you will sample the very best of Tuscan life: visit beautiful San Michele and San Frediano Churches; climb the Guinigi Tower and Torre delle Ore; pause for a restorative coffee or meal in the elliptical Amfiteatro; shop at any number of beautiful outlets; drop into the residence of Giacomo Puccini, and listen to a short evening recital at San Giovanni Basilica or the Opera house. Tosca, Madame Butterfly and many other of Puccini's works are performed in the summer festival at Torre del Lago which is nearby on the Mediterranean coast.

Active life around Lucca: Look out of Buralla's windows and ask youself 'what do I want to do today?' You have 360 degree views and the choice is yours. Within easy walking distance you can visit the renaissance palace at the bottom of the estate. You could stroll through the vineyards and olive groves into the Pizzorne hills on one of the marked trails. You could drive to the beaches of Versilia and Forte dei Marmi overlooked by the spectacular Alpi Apuane which provide the world famous marble from nearby Carrara. Visit the little hill top village of Montecarlo, to taste wine at the excellent enotec.

To the north of Lucca the Garfagnana valley presents yet another typology - dense forests, hill top towns like Barga and Castelnuovo.

For a quick orientation including local restaurants, please see the map here:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/2/viewer?authuser=2&mid=1l4V27nb3zXWMH8jtT8TJEdXB5LY

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Simon Sudbury (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, italian

About Simon Sudbury

That little photo is me playing olive harvest supervisor during the All Saints school holiday at the beginning of November. My Italian wife and I love escaping bleak northern Europe with two or three families that week. We issue buckets, nets and ladders to the kids - who spend many happy hours up the olive trees - while we concentrate on the important things: taking in the views, lazy lunching, nattering away, poking the coals on the BBQ, strolling to a local vineyard. Very restorative.

Simon Sudbury purchased this villa in 2003

Why Simon Sudbury chose Piana di Lucca

We saw a ruin on a hill while looking for a holiday home away from London's bustle. What a piece of luck.

What makes this villa unique

Friends and family reunions. The setting is exceptional but what sets Buralla apart is being able to comfortably cater for every generation's needs and for no-one to feel hard done by. For example the downstairs suite, and level floors and accesses are great for the less mobile; on the other hand, there's a playroom next to the huge kitchen so parents can keep an eye on little ones if necessary while entertaining around the bar. I'm beginning to believe Buralla also has a special catalytic effect on people by bringing previously hidden talents to the fore. Two examples from September last year - an unbelievably good Indian meal for 20 cooked with stupendous skill and care by a friend who I thought only did fried eggs. And, days earlier, a not particularly hydro-dynamic chap called Jim (48) did 4 lengths of the pool underwater non stop. Please someone, break this record and let me know. He lived to tell the tale and has become unbearable.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had really good time at Buralla - beautiful house, beautiful location, everything perfect. Matteo's dinners were exceptional - bravisssimo! He was very attentive and professional and both dinners were exquisite.



(Original Italian: Ci siamo trovati veramente bene a Buralla - casa stupenda, location bellissima, tutto perfetto. Le cene con Matteo sono state eccezionali - lui e' stato bravisssimo, molto attento e professionale e entrambi le cene erano squisite.)
Oct 2009
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Reviews

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based on 49 traveler reviews

Stunning position, space and comfort near Lucca, with air-con
average rating of 4.979592 based on 51 reviews
5

Fantastic - best holiday ever!

  • 5 of 5

This was truly a holiday to remember. Three generations (8 adults and 6 children) aged from 7-76yrs had a marvellous time at Buralla. We rarely get together as a whole family so to spend a week in such marvellous surroundings was a huge treat. One of us celebrated a 70th birthday while we were there, and it couldn't have been more perfect. The villa was amazing - very spacious and comfortable; plenty of room for everyone; masses of bathrooms; great facilities. Simonetta cooked a delicious meal for us on three evenings, and couldn't have been more welcoming and cheerful. Much fun was had in the pool and playing boules etc. Each of the four families had a car, so had a certain amount of independence, though we all came together in the evening. It was wonderful sitting out having dinner, watching the sun go down over the hills in the distance. All in all, we couldn't have had a better holiday. As one family member said 'it is the best week of my life' - that says it all!!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Wonderful Stay at Villa Buralla

  • 5 of 5

My family of 14 had a fabulous week at Villa Buralla. The property is absolutely beautiful in every way. The villa is spacious and so comfortable. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous and the view from the pool is spectacular.

On at least three occasions, we had Simonetta and her assistant Roberta prepare dinners for us and I can only say that the food was magnificent and that we consider them a part of our extended family. Our stay here will always be remembered with love and fond memories by our entire family. I highly recommend this beautiful property to everyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week in Buralla, the house was great and it offered all the comfort and facilities for an enjoyable and relaxing vacation for adults and kids. The surroundings and the views were stunning, just as you picture Tuscany, also we found it easy to visit Lucca, Pisa, Florence and the seaside. The service offered was great and we enjoyed some excellent cooked italian meals by Simonetta in the evenings sitting outside with our friends. We can definitely recommend Burralla if you are planning a vacation in Italy with your family or friends.

Christina E.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Relaxation and wellbeing in style

  • 5 of 5

We (a mix of Swedes and Brits) were 8 adults and 9 children and the property accommodated us easily, so that peace and quiet were never an issue. The house is elegantly furnished and decorated. The bedrooms are all a good size and the bathrooms in very good order. The very big garden was a constant source of entertainment for the children and the pergola a great place to have lunch and dinner with super views over the valley to Lucca. The secluded pool is a good size and has a shaded gazebo to shelter from the hot sun. We took the wise (gastronomically and economically) option to have delicious home-cooked Tuscan food prepared for us. The only risk with Buralla is that one sacrifices "improving" tourism for the dolce vita at home. It's one of those places where you immediately relax and feel at ease. Strongly recommended and hoping to return soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Amazing stay

  • 5 of 5

I couldn't recommend Buralla highly enough for either a large group of friends or extended family. We went as four families and had an incredible time. The property was very well maintained, beautifully decorated and perfect for families with young kids. Simonetta, the local chef, made our stay all the better, helping us with both lunches and dinners. The swimming pool was well looked after and could be locked shut to prevent kids getting near it without adult supervision. Location-wise, the villa is very easy to access from Pisa. The area itself isn't quite as pretty as some other parts of Tuscany but that's nit-picking. It's not difficult to get to Lucca, Florence and other parts. We would definitely consider returning!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

Great location overlooking Lucca, tranquil, with lots of room both inside and out; definitely will recommend this

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Pisa or Florence
Nearest Barpub
600 Metres
Bar Parigi
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Livorno
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Montecatini Golf Club and Spa
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Pescia
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Capannori
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Fattoria Maionchi
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Abetone
Nearest Beach
31 Miles
Forte dei Marmi
Car: necessary

Lucca is a jewel of a city, strategically placed between Florence and Pisa, but smaller, safer and perfect for walking. Aristocratic renaissance families built majestic palaces in the hills north of Lucca to benefit from the close proximity to the cities and the gentle breezes coming from the coast. Buralla overlooks perhaps the most stunning example of these palaces, Villa Torrigiani, which is well worth a visit. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Torrigiani). On your way back pick up some wild boar sausages for the BBQ. This region is packed with things to enjoy: Florence and its treasures are 55 mins away; Pisa, 45 mins; music, opera, architecture, gastronomy in Lucca (whose most famous son is Puccini); thermal spas and golf in Montecatini; beaches and fashion in Forte dei Marmi; marble and sculpture in Carrara and Pietrasanta; mountains and forests in the Garfagnana; and beautiful walks, biking, food, wine and world famous olive oil right outside the door.

Other Activities: Opera, music, art, wine and olive-oil tasting

Golf: Montecatini - winds through olive groves; very charming, and a good walk. Buggies a good option.

Le Pavoniere - top class Arnold Palmer design near Prato. No bad holes, several over water. Lovely views all around. Really good condition.

Versilia - Luxurious club house and very good course.

Cosmopolitan, near Pisa. Similar to Versilia plus water holes.

Tirrenia, beautiful 9 holes which winds through the pine forest next door to Cosmopolitan.

Ugolino, south of Florence - old style hill side course with great charm, and very welcoming. Take a buggy in high summer, because it gets hot!

Ski: Abetone is a small resort about 90 minutes away. While not a major destination for international ski tourism, it has spawned several italian champions over the years and makes a great day out.

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Rates & Availability

Capannori Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
2016 Rate 3
Jul 2 2016 - Aug 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
$8,963
 
 
2016 Rate 4
Aug 27 2016 - Oct 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
$6,709
 
 
2016 Rate 5
Oct 29 2016 - Nov 25 2016
7 night minimum stay
$5,074
 
 
2016 Rate 6
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
$7,329
 
 
2017 Rate 1
Mar 4 2017 - May 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
$5,581
 
 
2017 Rate 2
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
$7,047
 
 
2017 Rate 3
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
$9,302
 
 
2017 Rate 4
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 20 2017
7 night minimum stay
$6,765
 
 
2017 Rate 5
Oct 21 2017 - Dec 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
$5,074
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$5,074
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $1,127

Rates include 3 hours maid services twice a week. Additional maid service available upon request.
An independent chef is available upon request.
Rates include an electricity allowance which is based on using the air conditioners in the rooms responsibly. An electricity supplement will be charged if the allowance is exceeded.
Security deposit is acceptable as 1000 Stirling, Dollar or Euro

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Amenities

Capannori Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 720 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs suite - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Cottage Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Additional WC - toilet
    Master suite - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Master Suite - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Bathroom, sitting room, dressing room, aircon
    Downstairs Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , En-suite bathroom, air con
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , En-suite bathroom, aircon
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , En-suite bathroom
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single , En-suite bathroom
    Cottage double 7 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Shared bathroom
    Cottage twin 8 - 2 twin/ single , Shared bathroom
    Study as spare room - 1 twin/ single , 1 child bed , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Shared bathroom
    Cottage sitting room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Shared bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , En-suite bathroom, aircon
  • The master suite includes, bedroom (with TV), bathroom, dressing room, sitting room (with 42' TV and fireplace.) The 3 high sided children's cots/cribs can go anywhere. Spare bed and fold out bed can easily be placed in the sitting room or study. The downstairs suite is a good choice for less mobile guests and for guests wanting to monitor younger children while relaxing downstairs. It has its own study and TV and can be used for children in cots or on the fold out bed (available on request if necesary). All bedrooms have fans and there are mobile air-conditioners for the south facing bedrooms. There are screens on all bedroom windows, double glazing and shutters. The cottage is fully equipped with kitchen and reception room (Including 42' TV) and shared bathroom, two full sized bedrooms (1 twin, 1 double). The reception area has a double sofa bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 16 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • ski privileges optional
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The playroom adjacent to the kitchen has a games cupboard and 50' TV with DVD player. The playroom, the 400 sq. foot kitchen, the triple reception room, and the study all have double doors directly onto the south facing lawn. The master suite includes a spacious sitting room, sofa bed and walk in dressing area. The cottage has a twin bedroom and double bedroom with shared bathroom - and its own fully equipped kitchen, dining area and TV area. The swimming pool area has a gazebo, volleyball court chairs, parasols and sunbeds. Behind the house there is a large bocce court (Italian bowls) and table tennis table. There are three additional shaded outside areas - including a BBQ area with tables and seating, two awnings and the gazebo by the pool. Extensive watered lawns between the house and pool surrounded by 7 hectares of olive groves, meadow and wilder areas inhabited by deer and other native species.

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