|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Al Bastini is a beautiful 18 century villa-farmhouse basking on a sunny hillside, with glorious views towards Pisa & the medieval city of Lucca. Full of period character, the house was built in traditional Tuscan style from local stone & terracotta, with high chestnut-beamed ceilings & open fireplaces. It has been lovingly restored to a very high standard with a perfect blend of antiquity & modern comforts. Facilities include air-conditioning, WiFi broadband, satellite 50' plasma TV, DVD, billiard table, and table tennis. Set in 7 acres of gentle sloping terraces with old olive & fruit trees, the landscaped gardens feature flowerbeds, lawns, a heated 10 x 5m pool, & 3 outside eating areas in both sun & shade. There's a loggia, jasmine-scented terrace with stone barbecue, & a wisteria-covered pool-side pergola, all overlooking the wonderful views. There's ample quality garden chairs & sunbeds for relaxation. All the ingredients for an unforgetable holiday.
Tuscany and Umbria are crowded with places to see - the obvious ones being Florence (1 hour's drive), Siena (1.5 hours) and San Gimignano (2 hours). Also well worth a trip is to follow the Piero della Francesca trail (as in John Mortimer's book Summer Lease- John Mortimer also stayed at Al Bastini) which you can start in Arezzo (beautiful city, 1.5 hours' drive) & continue to nearby San Sepolcro and Monterchi, to see other examples of his stunning fresco work. If you have time when in that area, Assisi and Perugia are also well worth a visit. Volterra is a beautiful hilltop town well worth a visit.
Closer to home, of course, are Viareggio & Forte dei Marmi, both very attractive seaside towns. You can also visit Lerici on the coast, a picturesque place with stunning views, from which you can get a short boat trip to Portavenere & enjoy the lovely seafood restaurants. Again on the coast are Cinque Terre, five lovely coastal villages all connected by train, boat or foot & well worth a visit. For a short trip, it is worth going to elegant Montecatini (30 mins) a spa town (but don't wear shorts as you won't be allowed into the baths). You can take the railway (or a taxi!, or drive yourself) up to the old hilltop village which is very pretty. An alternative place for lunch is Montecarlo (20 min) or Vinci (home of Leonardo) which, in addition to some very good restaurants, has a fascinating museum with scaled down models of all his inventions & posters of his works.
Puccini was born in Lucca & the ancient San Giovanni basilica in Lucca holds daily recitals of his music. There's also an annual open air Puccini opera festival thoughout July & August at nearby Torre Del Lago.
For sporting activities: there are some challenging golf courses within an hour's drive, tennis clubs, riding, fishing, paragliding, mountaineering & beautiful walks are all available in the area.
I first saw Al Bastini during the summer of 1985 when I was looking for a holiday home. It was abandoned, the olive groves were overgrown and access was extremely difficult but with its amazing character and fabulous views towards the old towns of Lucca, and Pisa.
It seemed like a wonderful restoration project. I signed the compromesso on Boxing Day 1985 and the final contract in April 1986. Little did I realise at the time that Al Bastini would be my home for the next 30 years.
Les/Alex purchased this house in 1985
Hope you are keeping well and back in your wonderful home Al Bastini. It was lovely to meet you at last and to be able to put a face to the name. I just wanted to thank you for being so very generous and allowing me to visit for the week. You have created the most wonderful home there, of which I am sure you are very aware. I had a wonderful peaceful week by the pool and taking in all of the beautiful scenery.
The house was better than we expected! It was just lovely and was well located ... Far enough from the center of the city and near enough to get there! We were 10 and the house was large enough and never felt crowded! It was homey and comfortable!
It is a unique, charming house!
The owners were so nice and accommodating!!
When we come back to Lucca, we would think of staying no where else!
If you stay there ... ask to have a private chef, Morena, come to the house and give a cooking lesson and make a meal! She was just great! Expect to have one of your better meals in Italy ... and a bit of left overs!
If I could give this more stars I would!
Al Bastini was perfect for our family of 10, ages ranging from 2 to 72, with comfortable sleeping arrangements for all. The house is elegant, beautifully maintained and very well appointed. Pingpong and swimming in the pool were very popular activities when we were not buzzing in and out of Lucca which is close enough to make multiple trips during a day. Lucca is a wonderful town for wandering and it's nice to be slo close to Pisa. The property is up a long road providing beautiful views and total privacy. We enjoyed chatting with Les about the history of the house. We can highly recommend Al Bastini.
This was our 2nd trip to Al Bastini and we had a wonderful stay yet again. The villa is perfectly equipped for those of you with children with the pool, DVD's, table tennis etc. all meaning that our 3 kids (12, 9 and 2) were kept entertained constantly! And the cot and high chair meant that the little one ate well and slept well! There were 11 of us during our stay and the villa never once felt over crowded. We certainly recommend this villa to anyone wanting a perfect family holiday.
Al Bastini is a beautiful old Tuscan farmhouse set in a idyllic setting
in the Tuscan hills. This lovely home provides everything you could need
for a perfect holiday.
The interior of the house is beautifully well equipped with lots of character.
The open terrace leading from the kitchen is a wonderful, relaxing area for evening meals and entertaining.
The swimming pool enjoys wonderful views over the surrounding hills and countryside and is a perfect place to sunbathe or play in with no noise or distractions.
During the summer the flowers and plants surrounding the house are a wonderful blaze of colour with lots of hidden areas to enjoy the views whilst enjoying your evening drink.
A perfect place for either a romantic getaway or for a family wishing to relax and escape the bustle of today.
This was the perfect villa to stay with an extended family. Our group included young people and parents and the combination of swimming pool, snooker and table tennis kept us all occupied at the villa. It was in a perfect setting, surrounded by wildlife, - including wild porcupines - and though a little difficult to find on the first night of arrival, it was very convenient for visiting nearby Lucca - just ten minutes drive away, and en route to Lucca is a well placed Supermarket.
The rooms and facilities were first class, very comfortable and clean, and the full range of BBC programmes available on the television, especially in Olympic week, added to a memorable holiday. There was also free wi-fi available for those addicted to keeping in touch with the outside world.
But the best part was the sense of perfect isolation, especially in the evenings with the full Milky Way available overhead as we sat outside for evening meals.
Other bonuses included being able to use barbeque facilities, and the excellent pool, big enough for the whole family to use for play or swimming, and hammocks to sunbathe or snooze in afterwards.
We were a party of four older adults and four younger adults, and the facilities suited us all, and made for a real family holiday which we will always remember.
The owner, Les, was very helpful on the lead up to the holiday and everything was as expected We had been to the Lucca area a few times before and knew our way around the town, and this is a non-touristy Italian town which is a delight to explore.
We would certainly recommend this villa for a family holiday
So often a place does not match up to the pictures.
In this case, the reality surpassed the pictures, which could not include waking to a chorus of bird song every morning and having a beautiful herb garden we were urged to use.
In addition, our host was very attentive to our questions and needs.
We hope to return.
Maureen and Paul Draper
Just 15 mins from the centre of Lucca, Al Bastini is conveniently located in idyllic countryside within comfortable reach of the historic cities of Pisa, Florence & Siena.
A few minutes away by car are shops and restaurants in the village of San Macario in Piano. A further 5 minutes away are 3 large supermarkets and in another 5 minutes, you will arrive in Lucca. Both Pisa airport and the Versilian coast can be reached in 30 minutes.
Lucca is a beautiful medieval city famed for its towers & renaissance walls, with plenty of cultural sights to see, excellent shops & restaurants. The Versilian coast is a short drive away, with its sandy resorts of Forte Dei Marmi & Viareggio. You can also visit Lerici & Portovenere further up the coast, or take a boat to the picturesque villages of the Cinque Terre. Montecatini the spa town is worth a trip, as are the pretty towns of the Garfagnana. There are several splendid baroque villas outside Lucca worth seeing. Organised sightseeing, cooking courses, & visits to vineyards & olive mills can be pre-booked. There are great restaurants nearby from simple trattorias to Michelin starred. The nearest supermarket is 4km, the nearest restaurant, 3km. Pisa airport is 45 mins by car, with direct flights to US & Europe.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jul 2 2016 - Aug 26 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 27 2016 - Sep 23 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 24 2016 - Oct 29 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$759|
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