The house is an old school with entrances for boys and girls with two separate staircases. Therefore it is available as one whole with 6 ensuite bedrooms or as two semi-detached wings with 3 ensuite bedrooms in each.The west wing has a very large open plan reception room with a traditional Tuscan kitchen at one end, cloakroom and utility room. Each wing has two bedrooms with super king sized beds with provision for two separate single beds in one of these. We have high quality sleepezee matresses throughout, made with natural materials. All bedrooms are named after some favourite villages and cities in Italy.
- Villa4520 sq. ft.
- Half Baths2
- Min Stay2 - 7 nights
Casa Joanna, Vorno, Lucca
Casa Joanna, Vorno, Lucca
Casa Joanna is situated in the charming traditional village of Vorno, famous for Royal families of the past who designed and built their summer villas in this tranquil, temperate village just south of Lucca (10 minutes drive) and north of Pisa Airport (30 minutes drive). Florence is 1 hour away. Chosen for its beauty, the views of the rolling Tuscan hills and the ever so slightly cooler temperature in the summer, Vorno became the home of some of the most amazing villas in Tuscany. Today the village has four restaurants, a village shop/butchers, church and small cafe. There is a regular bus service into Lucca. Located within the walls of Villa Lucia, Casa Joanna has it's own private garden, separate entrance and parking. The school house was designed and constructed in a grand style well over a century ago. The 4 metre high ceilings on the piano terra give an open spacious feel to the rooms with a large chandeliers hanging from the brick-laid vaults. A terrace provide al fresco dining for guests, partly shaded by an old cherry tree and mulberry trees. The delightful garden of terracotta pots, fruit trees, local flowers and scented climbers of jasmine and honey suckle create a truly Tuscan feel. The house can be rented out as one whole with 6 en-suite bedrooms or two separate houses with their own staircases and 3 en-suite bedrooms. The pool is salt water and exclusive for a six bedroom rental. It can be heated upon request. We have airconditioning in all bedrooms. We are lucky to have spring water from our taps. Casa Joanna is full of art, books and games. The kitchens are well equipped. There is fibre optic broadband wi-fi available and amazon TV. Sleepeezee mattress made from natural fabrics (wool and cashmere) provide the ultimate sleep experience, providing coolness in summer and warmth in winter. The sheets are 400 cotton percale. This is the ultimate relaxing retreat to enjoy with friends and family.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Oct 17, 2018
About Sarah Buckingham
We are a family of artists and scientists, a true Renaissance. We use this home for family weddings and get togethers where Melbourne meets San Francisco. The children love to cook and what better place than this. Shopping at the local farmers market, cooking and chatting and finally sitting in the evening air for long conversations over delicious food and wine.
Sarah Buckingham purchased this Villa in 2003
Why Sarah Buckingham chose Capannori
If you really want to step off the world for a few days and chill right down, just come here. The word is "slow". Enjoy the beautiful art in this old school house and relax. Walk through the village up the hill until the road peters out. Take in the views. There is an excellent butcher/village shop and four restaurants that you can walk to. Our friends in the village say it is a piece of heaven. I must say we agree, it is indeed heaven on earth.
What makes this Villa unique
Great house, beautiful village, 10 minutes from Lucca by car. Thirty minutes from Pisa airport. We have superior beds, beautiful cotton sheets, spring water from the taps, a salt-water, spring-fed pool, well resourced kitchens and fibre optic broadband. The walls are adorned with original art works from British artists and a great library. There are board games and TV's if required. The house can be one with six en-suite rooms or two separate houses each with their own front door and separate staircase. The views are stunning. This house is truly accessible and yet peaceful and idyllic.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
A beautiful home set within an idyllic Tuscan village
Our time spent at Casa Joanna was the perfect antidote to busy city life. The house is filled with personal touches that make it feel more like a home than just a villa rental. We spent a lot of our time in the villa cooking in the kitchen and hanging out by the pool. The historic town of Lucca is very close by with lovely restaurants and beautiful churches. We also ventured out to beautiful Florence- only an hour door to door by car. We also made an excursion to the beach- half an hour by car. There are fantastic restaurants in the local area and lovely morning walks to be made into the hills just behind the village where the house is situated. We can't wait to return again!
Thank you for you kind review and we are so happy that you had a relaxing and interesting time in and around our Italian villa. It is a great spot and we welcome you to stay at Casa Joanna in the near future.
Fantastic stay at beautiful Villa Joanna
We had a brilliant week's holiday with a group of friends at Villa Joanna this August – we loved it, and would highly recommend it to others! And being only 10 minutes drive from Lucca, and a 30 minute drive to Pisa airport - but set in a quiet Tuscan village, you couldn't really ask for the villa to be better located.
The house itself is beautiful and a great size (and perfectly clean), with lots of space for cooking and relaxing downstairs, and upstairs the bedrooms are all lovely and nicely decorated – our bed was huge and v. comfortable and our bathroom even had a gorgeous roll-top bath. The grounds of the house are equally lovely with lots of space around the pool for sunbathing on the loungers, or eating lunch on the terrace area. And when we didn't feel like cooking, we discovered two delicious restaurants within walking distance – A Bimbotto in the village itself, and Scompiglio on the outskirts of the village... we took a slightly countryside walking route to get to it, which was a lovely way to enjoy the Tuscan views at sunset! We'd also recommend La Cecca as another great local restaurant we came across, and about a 5 minute drive from the villa.
Trips into Lucca were really fun, especially renting bikes and cycling around the tops of the ancient walls that surround the city, and treating ourselves to some gelato afterwards! And we also enjoyed a day at the beach - which was an easy 30 min drive to get to and very nice, especially if you pay to rent some loungers for the day from the local beach restaurant.
Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased you had a great time and we welcome you back to Casa Joanna in the near future.
Totally terrific Tuscan splendour
Our third trip to Casa Joanna, which is simply a stunning property that is very well maintained and cared for and offers a luxurious, spacious, and ‘warm’ environment to relax for the whole family. Every one loved the pool, the beautiful art and homely touches that make this home feel like your very own Tuscan retreat. Correspondence ahead of our stay was, as ever, timely and helpful. Contacted during our stay was courteous and helpful, and we can only say THANK YOU SARAH & ROMAN for your service and care.
The local restaurants are fabulous, the local people are friendly and caring, and the local countryside (which I spent time exploring on an mountain bike, and my wife ran trails in the hills) is simply breath-taking. Cannot recommend this place enough!
Until next year!
Beautiful Tuscan Villa
Casa Joanna is set in the Tuscan Hills with a beautiful view of the mountains. This being our first time to Tuscany, the property was exactly what we imagined it would look like....complete with beautiful gardens, cypress trees, fresh herbs, bay leaf hedges and so much more,
The villa was perfect.....very spacious yet inviting and fully equipped with everything you could possibly need to make your stay wonderful (including dishwasher, gas stove, washer, fully equipped kitchen, plush towels, etc). We found the kitchen to be a wonderful place to cook, eat, enjoy wine and hang out. We had a cooking class in the villa with Chef Valentino and it was an incredible experience. We loved cooking together and then eating out on the terrace.
The bedrooms are all ensuite and a good size. The beds were very comfortable.
The property is ideally located to do day trips throughout all of Tuscany. We used a tour company called "Cruises on the Road in Tuscany" and they were amazing to work with. We visited Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena and Cinque Terre
And then to make a perfect situation even better, we met Roman, the property manager. When we arrived, Roman was there to meet us with Prosecco and a welcome basket of Tuscan goodies. From there, it only got better! He made sure that every part of our trip was perfect and he treated us like family. Roman was a big part of why this trip was so amazing!!
Casa Joanna exceeded our expectations. We stayed at the villa for five nights and we absolutely fell in love with the people and the place. We definitely will go back one day!
Thank you for your lovely review. We are so happy that you had a wonderful stay and we welcome you back with open arms. All the best, Sarah and Roman
Charming, beautiful, calming
We had a wonderful and relaxing time staying at Casa Joana while in town for a wedding. Roman, Micaela and Victoria were great hosts!
Amazing Tuscan villa!!
Our family recently came back from a two week vacation in Italy of which we spent one glorious week in Tuscany. The six bedroom eight bathroom Casa Johanna was perfect for our group of nine (we could have used more people actually!). Both Roman and Sarah made us feel very welcomed and the huge villa had all the amenities one could ask for. The pool was well used almost every day by our kids and the canopies and loungers were great! The grounds were immaculate with beautiful flowers and greenery. The 360 degree views of the Tuscan hills and the city lights of Lucca were amazing. The pictures, as one previous guest mentioned, do not do the place justice. We also loved the area and had a chance to explore. Peace and blissful quiet was just what we needed. Thank you very much for hosting us Roman and Sarah!! We hope to be back one day!
~With much love and appreciation, the Hwang's
Vorno is 35.9 km from the famous beach town Viareggio reachable in 33 minutes by car
The luxurious resort of Forti De Marni is approximately 40 km away and reachable in 38 minutes by car
We are served by two main Tuscan airports. One in Pisa only 30 minutes away drive and the second in Florence that can be reached within the 45 minutes drive door to door.
Vorno to Lucca 7.1 km = 10 mins
Vorno to Pisa International Airport 22 km = 35 mins
Vorno to Florence 83.4 km = 1 hr
Vorno to Viareggio 35.9 km = 33 mins
Vorno to Forte dei Marmi 40.6 km = 38 mins
Vorno to Rome 355 km = 3 hrs & 25 mins
There is a Coffee Bar, four restaurants within the walking distance from the villa, a butcher's shop, hairdresser and village shop. Dello Scompiglio is the theatre school and restaurant, serving excellent food and wines. Performances run through out the year Buses run regularly into Lucca which is ten minutes drive.
We can organise Bruno to pick you up from the airport in his Mercedes people carrier if required.
Booking Notes: The deposit sum of €500 is required for each wing. The booking deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking if the booking is made over 3 months from the arrival date at the property. A 30% booking deposit is required if the booking is made under a 3 months from the date of arrival. Changeover Day: Our changeover day is Saturday, but we are flexible to accommodate your needs upon request. Notes on prices: There are early bird reductions of 10% if paid in full before the end of January