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Country air conditioned stone house with pool between Lucca & Sea

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview


Details
Property
farmhouse
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

3 bedrooms to sleep 6 guests, 2 bathrooms, air conditioning, wifi, private pool

VILLA BICOCCHE, which appears like something out of a children's fairytale, is situated in a rather strategic position, that is, within the golden triangle of Lucca, Pisa and the best beaches.

In ancient times the villa and surrounding estate belonged to an antique noble family from Lucca. The villa and estate are testament to centuries of Tuscan history. While witness to the changing politics of the region over hundreds of years, the villa has always maintained the local respect for the land and provided work and shelter to countless generations.

The structure has been recently completely renovated and improved, both inside and out, with the construction of a beautiful new garden and swimming pool. Soft colors have been used to enhance the exterior and blend well with the surrounding grounds and woods; inside, the atmosphere is one of country elegance, decorated using rich and refined colors and antique pieces.

The villa is immersed in the greenery and peace that the Tuscan countryside is famous for. At the same time, it is close to the conveniences found in town. In fact, traveling down a beautiful tree-lined road, one arrives at the first medieval village just a kilometer away, which is very famous for the enchanting roads and squares and for several bespoke restaurants and beautiful view of the valley, while at a distance of 7 km you find the beach, with its sandy beaches, shops, restaurants with seaview and kid-friendly establishments. Lucca city centre is located at only 15/20 mins by car (nearly 17 kms).

Decorative plants with brightly colored flowers have been used for the newly designed garden, where they brighten and liven the atmosphere.

The large pool (12 metres x 6 metres - chlorine free water operating with salted water- set in the olive grove) offer guests the possibility to enjoy swimming or a relaxing bath: at the edge of the pool, terraced landscaping provides for a lovely sundeck where one can take in the warm Tuscan sun and enjoy the lovely panorama. The grounds right outside the kitchen are also host to an area equipped for outdoor dining with a barbeque, table, chairs, sofas and 2 loungers – the perfect spot for a cheerful meal among family and friends.

The interior of the villa is characterized by a warm and welcoming atmosphere: drapes, wooden antique furniture, large comfortable beds and comfortable couches. All the furnishings have been chosen with care and taste, offering up a harmonious mix of traditional comfort and modern practicality.

The ceilings are original: on the ground floor we find beamed ceilings in the area that was once the cellar. The spacious kitchen is well-equipped with a wide range of cooking utensils and appliances. A dishwasher and all the necessary items that a holiday chef might need to feel at home. The bathrooms are spacious and provides both a built-in shower and a bathtub, with carefully selected fixtures that render them particularly pleasant and functional.

My aunt, Giuliana (in her 70s), lives in the detatched attic of the villa. She has a separate entrance and staircase. She is available for any need during the stay of my guests and loves to take care of the garden and pool maintenance.

The house, the garden and the pool are not sharing. We rent the property to only 1 party per time so privacy is never compromised. My aunt does not use the pool or the garden.

The house is provided with 4 bikes. A very reliable wifi connection provided by the national phone company is available for free as well. The 3 bedrooms are all air conditioned.

COMPOSITION:

GROUND FLOOR:

Kitchen, dining room with access to the porch/outside dining area, living room, 1 bathroom

FIRST FLOOR:

3 bedrooms with air conditioning (2 king size beds and 2 twin beds) and 1 bathroom

Distances (approx. kms):

Lucca 17 km, Camaiore 1 km (nearest shops); Pisa Airport 25 km; Florence 70 km

More Details

Property Manager
Mrs Sonia
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, russian, italian, dutch, swedish, greek, czech, danish, norwegian, polish, hungarian, arabic, finnish, turkish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Mrs Sonia

Hallo everyone! My name is SONIA and I am from Lucca. I run my Lucca Holiday Rentals company that offers exceptional apartments in the heart of Lucca. My goal is to help you fall in love with Lucca – to discover, explore, taste and savor new sights and experiences in this incredible city.

My company began almost 10 years ago when I started to rent my family villa after my parents moved to the mountains when they got retired. I spent there my entire childhood and I grew up there in deep contact with the nature and the history. My father thaught me everything about the birds and the antique trees and flowers of the villa and the smell of the sizzling pans used to wake me up each Sunday morning after my mum started to cook! I was fascinated by her when she was telling me the history of the villa in the past century. I thought this kind of feelings are too precious to let them go so then I had the idea to share my love of Lucca and “la dolce Vita” by finding beautiful apartments , villas and farmhouses in my favorite Lucca neighborhoods among my family members properties. Lucca Holiday Rentals started out as a boutique family company and now there are over 15 people working together. We are a friendly and enthusiastic team who will assist you every step of the way, from your first enquiry to your arrival in Lucca.

Mrs Sonia purchased this farmhouse in 2015

Why Mrs Sonia chose Lucca Area

Your Lucca experience begins with where you stay, and we offer you a warm home on the rolling hills of Lucca or in the heart of the walled town. Each of our property is carefully hand picked to ensure it meets our standards of authenticity and warmth, including outstanding locations in authentic Lucca neighborhoods. Find fully remodeled kitchens and bathrooms, comfortable beds with quality linens, exceptional locations, breathtaking terraces and panoramic views. When you reserve, we open our address book and share our favorite Lucca resources with you to help you plan and enjoy your stay – from excellent tour guides to cooking classes, private chefs, favorite restaurants and cafés to the best pastry shops in the neighborhood. Relax, explore, and enjoy each day to the fullest, experiencing a vacation in Lucca that you’ll remember for a lifetime!

What makes this farmhouse unique

My Philosophy

My goal is to offer you an extraordinary experience in one of Forbe’s Best Town in the World by enhancing your vacation and helping you to explore and experience the delights of living in Lucca.

Me and my helpful and knowledgeable team will guide you through your vacation planning process and help you choose the perfect apartment for your stay. When you’ve booked, the adventure begins. Want to explore the open air markets near your apartment, take a cooking lesson, relax on the Walls at sunset or hire a chef to cook dinner in your apartment? Based on our many years in Lucca, we happily share our resources and favorite suggestions for our guests so you can savor the fun of living like a local during your stay.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Country air conditioned stone house with pool between Lucca & Sea
average rating of 4.5333333 based on 15 reviews
SEATTLE
5

I met the most welcoming owners!

  • 5 of 5

We had the most amazing time staying with Sonia and her family. They were the most welcoming people. Made us feel at home and what a home it is! The decoration of the Villa is beautiful with extreme attention to detail. It is set in rural paradise on the outskirts of Lucca, a picturesque town with plenty to see. Within easy driving distance of Pisa, Florence and even the coast (10 mins by car) it is a perfect place to both explore and relax. Everything was perfect, especially the hospitality of such a lovely family, and their cheeky pet tortoise!

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Chichester UK
5

Enchanting escape close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for possibly the best time in my life. I have "withdrawal" or whatever you want to call it. I'm still constantly thinking about Italy, the Villa, the surroundings, etc. And I do want to return in the Fall of 2017. I need to talk with some friends to find out if they will commit… I will keep checking the availability of the Villa and talk with my friends… (do you need a cleaning lady? maybe that is my calling to return to Italy!!!)… I truly left my heart there…

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

a dream come true

  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit to Villa Bicocche and, each time, we are further captivated by the serenity and comfort of this wonderful Tuscany gem. The house is spacious yet cozy and is beautifully furnished with all the amenities one could possibly need to enjoy a wonderful Italian holiday. The views of the valley from the house are stunning and there are marvelous places to explore on foot, bicycle or auto in the surrounding hillsides. Our host, Sonia and her aunt Juliana has always gone above and beyond in making us feel right at home and provided much welcomed assistance in suggesting day trips and delicious local restaurants to visit. He also organized a fabulous "pizza night" by firing up Villa Bicocche original brick oven and letting us prepare our own delicious pies. A unique Italian experience! For those who love to cook, the kitchen is well equipped and a large grocery store (Esselunga) is a 10 minute ride by car. Closer to the house in the village of Camaiore is a fabulous butcher shop, bakery and delicious coffee bar, all places not to be missed! If you have the opportunity, plan your visit during the olive harvest. We had the pleasure of joining this centuries old tradition which included spreading the nets and "raking" the olive trees to capture the abundant fruit. The weather was superb and views across the hillsides (and our occasional wine and cheese breaks!)rejuvenated us as we moved from tree to tree. Sonia then welcomed us to join her at the olive mill and witness the tranformation into oil. With warm bread in hand, we watched the olives churn through production and patiently waited for the delicious oil to pore from the spout. What a unique and fabulous way to experience Italian traditions and an experience that we will never forget! We hope to be back many times more! Anne guest 2013, 2015 and 2016

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Lovely pool, garden, well equipped house - but check-in poor

  • 4 of 5

First the positives. This is a pretty stone house, set in a beautiful garden with stunning views of surrounding hills, and several outdoor seating areas, including a shady terrace and seats on the lawn. Kitchen and dining room well equipped, pretty bedrooms with antique furniture, nice views. The pool is a bit of a walk from the house, so remember everything you want to take with you (and the owners like the house and pool kept locked when not occupied, so there is a bit of faff with keys etc), but once there it is lovely, with cushioned wicker pool beds, nice paving, roman steps into the pool, which is large and beautifully maintained.

Giuliana and Mario, who live in an apartment upstairs, were extremely kind and hospitable, presenting us with a bottle of wine and a home-made tiramisu. If you want total privacy this might not be the house for you, as although they have their own entrance they were around occasionally in the garden, but did their best not to be intrusive and to make us feel welcome. As the main house has been their own home at one point, there are some things which are not typical of a rural Tuscan holiday home, including carpets upstairs (never had that before), lots of ornaments and pictures, ample kitchen equipment, and a quite elaborate bathroom.

The main downside was check-in. Knowing we'd already be in Italy from Friday, we tried a few times before departure to arrange check-in as early as possible on the Saturday. As well as helping us, we thought it might help Cristina get us done so she could focus on others arriving later in the day, but we never got a reply. So we rang early on the Satuday; after some difficulty getting a reply she said the earliest available appointment to meet near Lucca was 6pm, which would have meant not getting to the house till 7pm or so. We felt this was unacceptable, and said we would make our own way to the house (which one of us did by using google earth to find it - no directions were given) and Mario kindly met us on arrival. Cristina arrived later; she was obviously trying to do too many check-ins on one day and was just not coping. In an era of satnav it really should not be difficult to give people directions to go directly to the house and if necessary leave a key, and then arrive at leisure to do the passports etc. Indeed, this is what we have experienced the last few years in Italy at other houses. Meeting at a Macdonalds is unnecessary and wastes everyone's time. It was a bad start.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Villa Le Bicocche in Lucca

  • 5 of 5

We took our 2 adult children and their "others" on a one week trip to Italy, using Villa Le Bicocche as our base. Six people is a lot of people to please, but everyone one of us thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The villa was large enough that each of us could carve out private, quiet space no matter what other activities were going on. The pool is not only beautiful, it is a requirement in the hear of the warm fall season, and we spent hours laughing and having our own "summer olympics" in the water. The location is excellent - the views superb - and only a short drive to the train station for very speedy journeys to Pisa and Florence; or drives into the alps. We had a chef come and give us a cooking class...which was superb! Thank you, Sonia, Cristina and to Mrs Juliana, for helping us plan and enjoy this trip.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking time to write the review. It was very nice to meet you and I am glad you all enjoyed your time at the house and that you had great time in Lucca! Best regards, Sonia :)
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5

Enchanting corner of Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

It took one year to plan a two week vacation for six people. However, I wish it took two weeks of planning for a one year vacation instead! Staying at Villa Bicocche was a dream come true. It was certainly a vacation that will never be duplicated or forgotten. Sonia is the ultimate innkeeper. We can't thank her enough for all that she did for us and our families. She certainly added in making our stay so unique. We were greeted at the Villa by Sonia’s aunt (lovely old lady Mrs Juliana) with fresh baked bread, homemade olive oil, fresh flowers and a warm smile. This welcome set the pace for the next 2 weeks. We felt as if we were the very first guests ever to stay at the house. Upon entering the villa this five hundred year old farmhouse is jaw-dropping. Its location sits high above the village of Lucca, not far from Camaiore and has outstanding vistas all throughout the day. We happened to have a full moon while we were there and it was spectacular. The grounds surrounding the farmhouse are impeccably kept; olive trees, oranges, wisteria, luxury pool, ancient ruins, to mention a few. My mind and my thoughts are forever going back to the pizza making party, the trip to the blacksmith, the wonderful meal prepared by Christina, the wine from the hardware store and the warm hospitality we all received from Juliana. I hope I will be blessed again with a return trip some time soon... I recently heard from my cousin in NY that her sister has reserved the villa for next spring ........ all I can say is "I wish it were me". May the desires of your heart be fulfilled.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks thanks thanks!! Sonia :)
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Ferry
45 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Viareggio
Nearest Motorway
9 Kilometres
Viareggio
Nearest Beach
9 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Our property is situated only 10 km away from the beaches of Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi famous spot for shopping lovers, where you can find the best designer brand name.

Not far from the house you can reach the trails to Alpi Apuane where, famous sculptor such as Michelangelo, quarried white marble in order to create the ' David'

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Rates & Availability

Camaiore Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
low season
Jan 2 2017 - Mar 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,181
 
 
Mid Season
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,493
 
 
High Season
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,933
 
 
High Season
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,142
 
 
High Season
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,900
 
 
High Season
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,137
 
 
Mid Season
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,069
 
 
Low Season
Nov 1 2017 - Mar 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
$1,181
 
 
Mid Season
Apr 1 2018 - Apr 30 2018
7 night minimum stay
$1,289
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,181
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

THE 2 STEPS to MAKE A RESERVATION:
1. ONLINE BOOKING: book and pay in full online through Homeaway using your credit card (renter has to pay 2.7% credit card fee at arrival). Cancelled booking will not receive a refund.
2. DIRECT BOOKING: Receive a written rental agreement and then decide if to pay a deposit of approx 30% of the rental amount to secure the booking by wire bank transfer or alternatively phone me and just pay a deposit by credit card of approx 30% of the rental amount to secure the booking. No fees are applied. The balance can be paied at a later stage by wire bank transfer or upon arrival.

CANCELLATION POLICIES: For DIRECT BOOKINGS in the event of cancellation, for any reason including health, the deposit is forfeited. In case the cancellation is within 90 days of the start of the rental dates, the full rental balance is payable as well. If the cancellation is over 90 days from the start of the rental dates, the balance will not be requested. Cancelled ONLINE BOOKINGS will not receive a refund. I recommend CSA travel insurance in the event your plans change or emergencies arise.

Prices include: final cleanings after departure of the guests, laundry (towels and linens), wi-fi, air conditioning, sat tv, electricity, hot water, gas, the booking service and the whole assistance of Mrs Sonia and her staff before and during the whole stay. There are no extra charges to pay.
Minimum stay is 4 nights.
Winter heating is charged for 6 euros daily.

Legal Notes: Self Catering property: no hotel staff, no maid, no breakfast or meals provided by the owner, no hotel services during the stay.

A fully refundable security deposit of 500 euros is requested against big damages. The deposit is given back at the end of the stay. To guarantee the amount an invoice will be issued.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Camaiore Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 250 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Holiday Resort
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet , This bathroom has a built-in shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib , a baby crib can be added upon request
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

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