|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This gracious two-storey residence has been renovated according to ancient traditions and furnished with original 19th-century pieces belonging to the family.
Consisting of 100 square meters, the ground floor of the house consists of a living room with fireplace, a dining area and a traditional kitchen.
The first floor consists of one bedroom with double bed, one bedroom with twin beds, and one bathroom with a bathtub, shower and bidet.
It is possible to accommodate two more people on the sofa bed in the living room and to put an extra bed in the larger bedroom upstairs.
There is a private garden complete with teak outdoor setting (table and chairs), umbrella, barbeque and deckchairs.
he circular swimming pool (10m diameter with depth from 1.2m to 1.6m) is in common with the other house called Casa di Orazio and is reserved for exclusive use of the two houses.
The Stalletta, the Casa di Orazio and the Casa di Annadora, 3 charming detached properties within a beautiful park, are available all year round for holiday rentals. They can be rented independently or all together for large group. The estate of Villa Grabau, a luxury Tuscan villa, offers visitors impressions of unchanged past times. Lying on the border between the plain and surrounding hillside and enclosed within a historic wall, the Villa stands within nine hectares of parkland full of secular trees and real botanical rare species. Stepping outside the gates, there are many scenic walks to be taken in the surrounding woods, olive groves and vineyards. Only 7km from the beautiful medieval city of Lucca, 25 km from the seaside, 20km from Pisa and 70km from Florence, the villas are in the perfect location for exploring Tuscany.
I live at Villa Grabau and manage all the accommodation and property rentals myself. I love to show people around the villa and the garden and I am always willing to play golf with anyone interested! I am also a pranotherapist / bio-energy healer and enjoy meditation, walking, art, going to the seaside and of course, eating and drinking the many wonderful local dishes and wines produced in our area.
Federico Grabau purchased this villa in 1949
Villa Grabau was purchased in 1868 by the wealthy German banker Rodolfo Schwartze for his wife Carolina Grabau. Her father, Carlo Grabau, was born in Hamburg in 1784 of noble German extraction. He was then transferred in 1832 to Livorno by the Granduke of Tuscany and appointed to be General Consul for the Anseatic Cities of the Northern Sea. He then married Enrichetta Inghirami, from a noble patrician family of Volterra. The Schwartze family had no children, so Villa Grabau was passed down to Carolina's nephew, Marcello Grabau who later married the Countess Francesca Cenami Spada, a noble Patrician of Lucca, and had five children. The Villa then passed to their son Ludovico, and now belongs to his son and daughter, Federico and Francesca.
Special interest holidays:
It is possible to have a chef and/or to organise cooking classes during your stay. This service is organised externally and therefore must be reserved prior to arrival.
There are many seaside resorts along the Versilian coast - Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio are 40 minutes away and nearby Pietrasanta is a thriving village full of art galleries, cafes and restaurants. There are also sandy public beaches at Marina di Vecchiano with restaurants and pizzeria close by (30 minutes).
Marina di Pisa (40 minutes) is also worth a visit for its pleasant sandy beaches and seaside restaurants.
Villa Grabau is located in the country side and so a car is essential. Pisa Airport - 30 minutes by car. Florence Airport - 1.5 hrs by car.
Lucca (7km away) is ideally placed for exploring the historic towns and cities of Pisa, Firenze, Cinque Terre, Siena and Pistoia to name but a few. By car, Pisa and the Leaning Tower are 35 minutes away; Florence 1.5 hour ; and Cinque Terre about 1.5 hours.
There are shops nearby and a supermarket and pharmacy within 1km. There are several local restaurants in walking distance from the villa that charge between 10 - 15 euro for a lunches and dinners. Families are welcome.