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Owner

Advertiser since: 2005
Speaks English, Spanish, Italian
People10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Advertiser since: 2005
Speaks English, Spanish, Italian
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Within 12 hours
Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
15 December, 2014
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BELL' ESTATE

People10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday villa in Lucca - BELL'ESTATE

Villa, 4 Bedrooms, 3.25 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

The villa, built in the 1870’s, sits on top of a hill overlooking green fields and vineyards towards the south and west. On a property of about five acres, the garden offers complete privacy, and a variety of walks and quiet places.

This villa is not just a rental place, but the actual residence of academics, who have filled with an extensive collection of books and texts. It is a unique pleasure to immerse oneself in the quiet of this cultural oasis, away from loud crowds and everyday bustle.

Only ten minutes from the center of Lucca, the surroundings are open farmland,protected by the Cultural Landmarks commission, with a church on a higher hill and farms and villas to dot the landscape. The area offers the best of what Tuscany is known and loved for: an unforgettable countryside, a beautiful medieval town full of art and precious boutiques, Summer festivals with opera and concerts, amazing wines, and of course renowned and unknown restaurants that will give great pleasure to those who appreciate the simple flavors of Tuscan cuisine.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner
Advertiser since: 2005
Speaks English, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
15 December, 2014

About The Owner

I grew up in this house, and no matter where I am, a big chunk of my heart resides here.

The Owner purchased this villa in 1962

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Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

4.8
based on 26 holidaymaker reviews

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Bell' Estate
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 26 reviews
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Bell' Estate
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p170993vb
Lucca Piana di Lucca
5

Bell’Estate is a gem and an unforgettable experience both for family reasons and for life style

  • 5 out of 5
We were a party of eight, 3 generations of family ranging in age from 26 to 81. Arriving at Bell’ Estate we realized that we had not rented a house but were in someone’s home- and we couldn't help but feel at home during our two week stay. As the website photos indicate, each room is beautifully appointed and each one projects a different personality that reflects the owner's family origins and generations.

In advance of booking, Alessandra provided floor plans which we found to be complete and accurate and which were of particular importance given that we had two octogenarians who needed to know that they would be comfortable and able to negotiate what comes with a house built in 1870! Also very helpful both in advance of our arrival and during our stay, was the BE guidebook which included information specific to the house and property, recommendations and directions to shopping, restaurants and excursions. Building and grounds were clean and well maintained –thanks in no small part to Cinzia’s care and tending.
On our first night (feeling very jet lagged), it was a brilliant idea to have arranged for Alessandra’s sister Sonia to prepare us a lovely Tuscan dinner -and as well, get oriented in the kitchen and pummel her with questions about BE and Lucca! We ate dinner out only twice and so became very familiar with BE's kitchen -cooking breakfasts and dinners for eight, we found it to be well supplied with cooking (and baking) equipment, appliances, utensils. We were thankful to have the basement washing machine on hand, it was well used during our stay- not always able to hang laundry on the outdoor line we hung it in the basement without any problem. Evenings were typically cool (cold for our Uncle from Hawaii) and Cinzia made sure that we had enough firewood for nightly gatherings by the living room fireplace.

We found Alessandra always accessible, pleasant to deal with and most helpful. As we neared the end of our stay we sought her advice on how best to arrange for needed assistance at the Pisa airport for our elders -she got on the phone called the airport directly and emailed us within the hour with detailed instructions that were invaluable to a smooth departure.

We whole heartedly recommend Bell'Estate as a wonderful and special place to stay, and Tuscany as a great area - both vital for a great family reunion (and my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary!).
We thank Alessandra and her family for sharing all this with us.
  • Review Submitted: 07-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
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Bell' Estate
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p170993vb
Lucca Piana di Lucca
Northeast USA
2

Bathrooms are woefully inadequate and house is in lock down due to owner's rules

Bathrooms are woefully inadequate and house is in lock down due to owner's rules
  • 2 out of 5
The location is convenient; bugs are intolerable.We could hardly go outside without being bitten by chiggers, no-see'um's & mosquitos;we had repellent on.House is very damp;many trees overhanging house; therefore lots of bugs.No screens anywhere on doors or windows:we couldn't open windows or doors in dining rm at nite as biting bugs would be everywhere. The owner said that no one has screens in Italy;untrue when confronted with the amount of bugs at this property.Vegetable garden which owner allowed us to use was quite good.Cooking was problematic. Because the owner didn't have an electric coffee pot:only a press coffee maker for 2 cups(at times, we had 10 at the house) and a nespresso making 1 cup at a time, I brought a USA coffee pot to serve my guests.No modern toaster but a toaster oven which had 3 pronged toasting gadgets. It took about 3 to 4 minutes to make toast...not very efficient when you had to feed so many people. The range:oven did not always light. Knobs for the burners had to be pressed in for at least 60-90 seconds in order for the flame to remain on. what a pain!
The bathrooms were woefully inadequate:there was only one bedroom en suite bathroom. This bathroom was 34" wide; in order to get into the shower, you had to walk sideways & hold onto the walls as tiles were very slippery. This bathroom had a small pedestal sink, a toilet where there was 12" of room from bowl to shower stall. Shower stall was about 28" square;mildew on ceiling in shower. We reported this to the owner;nothing happened
The other 2 bathrooms were in the hall. One bathroom was large with a tub & a hand held shower.Vanity was very low to the floor, making it difficult to effectively use it. We asked the owner to put up a shower curtain. She told us to use the hand held without a curtain which if done would put water all over the floor. The other bathroom,48" wide with a stall shower; most everyone used this one as the other bath with the hand held shower was too difficult to use and unsafe once the water was on the floors. The doors & windows had to remain closed if bugs were not to infest the house; in bedrooms:bug lights & a net for the bed. 2 bedrms had a/c. Owner gave us a lengthy book of rules; house was in lock down most of the time; shutters had to be closed for security & bugs;so many rules made it unpleasant.Owner nickeled & dimed us on supplies:toilet paper, no soap in bathrooms;towels; washer was in disgusting & dingy basement.
  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: There are some people who are simply unhappy for their own reasons, so they lash out at everybody around them. It's mainly just sad-really. This guest makes it sound like the house is in a Luisiana swamp, when in fact we were there the week before, and barely noticed the mosquitoes. However, after much research, I found a company that can make screens that won't ruin the character of the house, so they will be installed by next summer. As for the trees around the house, I think they are definitely a plus, but maybe our dear guest would have preferred to have baked in the sun of the Mojave desert. The house is absolutely not damp and never was. I have to say I laughed when I read about how horrible it is to have to wait one whole minute for coffee made with the Nespresso machine: nobody has e-v-e-r complained about the Nespresso, which takes probably 10 seconds to make a delicious cup. But more than factual inaccuracy, what got me is this: you are on vacation, in Tuscany, in a glorious villa.. and you worry about wasting 60 seconds of your time? Really? Again, very sad. The stove burners comply to a safety regulation to prevents gas leaks, so there's nothing I can do about it. I agree that two bathrooms are small, but for this reason they are meticulously described, and to make sure everybody understands the layout and the dimensions, I send a scaled plan of the bedroom floor to all our guests before they book. In my view, if you know what the conditions are before you book, you don't really have the right to complain about them afterwards. The long list of things that they asked while there were provided within the same day (except for the shower curtain in the tub), so the reviewer is simply lying. The "lockdown" idea is ludicrous- we ask our guests to lock the house when they leave, but everybody does that in their own homes, it's just common sense. The "rules" he discusses are simply advice to make everybody's stay more enjoyable- every house has its quirks, and it's better to have as much information as possible. Another interesting tidbit: at the end of the first week they emailed saying that they would not need two of the bedrooms, so we could lock them, and they request 700 Euro in cash the next day. This is unprecedented. I suspect this mean-spirited lying review is meant as a punishment for my refusal to alter the terms of our contract. But I also suspect it won't bring them much solace: to live with such anger is a far worse punishment.
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Bell' Estate
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p170993vb
Lucca Piana di Lucca
5

Perfect Tuscan Home

  • 5 out of 5
Where to begin? Alessandra’s home in Lucca is, in a word, perfect. The house is a beautiful old structure filled with exquisite details and touches. Although the house is quite large, it seems to shrink around you and quickly becomes a part of you, as if you’ve been visiting for years. Although the home is quite old, it has been renovated and updated to suite all the needs of the contemporary traveler. Our family particularly enjoyed spending time in the kitchen, with its beautiful old table quickly becoming the center for a bevy of family activities. All of the rooms, including the bedrooms, are quite grand in scale, offering plenty of space and storage. The property, situated atop a hill, provides beautiful views of the valley below – the pictures on the website simply do not do the view justice. As spectacular as the house is, the pool just might be even more spectacular. Measuring over 80’ in length, the pool is stunning. It is easily the most beautiful pool we have ever seen. Add to this the fact that the pool area receives unobstructed sun for the entire afternoon, and one can make a compelling argument for just staying home all day. We found Alessandra’s recommendations for dining to be spot on. We had particularly good meals at Vipore, La Buca di Sant'Antonio, and Ristorante Giglio.

Our last night was probably the best of the week, as it was the night of Luminaria di Santa Croce. We had no idea what to expect when we arrived in town that night, needless to say we could not have imagined it would be as impressive as it was. Initially, after seeing all the lights, we thought, "Oh, that's nice they put Christmas lights up." We were then floored once we realized each light was an individual candle. We had a fantastic dinner at Ristorante Giglio - the entire restaurant was lit only by candle, even the kitchen (probably not great for people cutting stuff). The night then ended with fireworks over the river. It was really the perfect way to end such a wonderful week.

This is a truly special property, and anyone fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit will undoubtedly agree.
  • Review Submitted: 11-Nov-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Bell' Estate
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p170993vb
Lucca Piana di Lucca
Toronto Canada
5

My Tuscany Holiday

  • 5 out of 5
If you have seen the movie Under The Tuscan Sun with Diane Lane then you can picture the Belle' Estate Villa up in the hills overlooking beautiful Tuscany. It is ten minutes by car to fabulous Lucca and you can do day trips to Pisa, San Gimignano, Cinque Terra and the beautiful beaches at Viareggio. There are five spacious bedrooms with lovely views. The kitchen and dining areas are fully equipped so you can prepare meals at the villa after a long day's excursion. Then steps from the kitchen door is a magnificent infinity pool where you can cool off and relax and enjoy the exquisite environs. I have always dreamt of visiting Tuscany with my family and in August 2013 my dream came true!
  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Bell' Estate
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p170993vb
Lucca Piana di Lucca
Suisse
5

Memorable!

  • 5 out of 5
Abbiamo passato una settimana meravigliosa in questa bellissima casa che senza dubbio ha un grande stile che è difficile a descrivere se non vissuto da se stesso. Tutto funziona alla perfezione e la villa risplende in un modo pulitissimo.
Riguardo il grandissimo giardino e il pool che è veramente gigante nessuna parola può rendere conto a questo sognio – incantevole. Una pace infinita !
Abbiamo passato tantissime ore insiema alla nostra famiglia (tre generazioni) nell’ombra dei alberi e visto il fatto che questo posto è di un fascino enorme, tutti i membri (giovani e più anziani) sono rimasti soddisfattisimi.
  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Bell' Estate
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p170993vb
Lucca Piana di Lucca
5

Unforgettable, very special experience!,,

  • 5 out of 5
My experience of staying in Bell'Estate was a mind changing one, the one that taught me to see the difference between a real jewel and a fake one.

When we entered the gates a saw the house, I got a bit confused. Bell'Estate is not like something you expect to see at a holiday villa. The house is very old, huge and stunning. It is a real piece of history. Inside and outside. It's like going back in time, really... It is real. You could see people living there more than a century ago. You feel as if those people were your great grandparents. As if you are a part of it. And you lean to love the house, to care about it.

The grounds of the house are substantial. The pool is huge, very warm and with beautiful views. Alessandra, the owner, is very helpful and easy to get in tough with. The cleaning service provided in the property is very good.

All the kids in our group (5 of them, ages 10, 5, 4, 3, 1) loved the grounds, the pool and the whole experience. None of us wanted to leave. And we can't wait to come back!
  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children

Location

Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Pisa Airport (PSA)
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Alla Canitna di Carignano
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Lucca Train Station
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
A-11 / E76
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Viareggio
Car: necessary

ARRIVAL POLICY: Since this house is not a hotel, we unfortunately do not have flexibility for your arrival time. YOU MUST MAKE YOUR TRAVEL PLANS TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARRIVE AT THE HOUSE BETWEEN 4PM AND 7PM. You cannot arrive earlier, because we need time to prepare the house for you. You cannot arrive later, because a person who does not live on the premises will be sent specifically to meet you, and this person is not available after hours. If there is a chance that you might arrive late, you should make plans to stay at a hotel and arrive the following day. You will not be reimbursed for the cost of the hotel. This applies also in case of a delay that is beyond your control, such as a flight cancellation, or a train strike. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we cannot accommodate late arrival under any circumstances.

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Rates & Availability

From €3,000 Weekly

Rental rates for this holiday villa in Lucca, Piana di Lucca

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Low Season
1 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014
7 night minimum stay
€3,000
for 7 nights
€3,000
 
 
Holidays
20 Dec 2014 - 9 Jan 2015
7 night minimum stay
€4,800
for 7 nights
€4,800
 
 
Low Season
10 Jan 2015 - 27 Mar 2015
7 night minimum stay
€3,000
for 7 nights
€3,000
 
 
Mid Season
28 Mar 2015 - 26 Jun 2015
7 night minimum stay
€4,200
for 7 nights
€4,200
 
 
High Season
27 Jun 2015 - 4 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
€4,800
for 7 nights
€4,800
 
 
Mid Season
5 Sep 2015 - 6 Nov 2015
7 night minimum stay
€4,200
for 7 nights
€4,200
 
 
Low Season
7 Nov 2015 - 18 Dec 2015
7 night minimum stay
€3,000
for 7 nights
€3,000
 
 
Holidays
19 Dec 2015 - 8 Jan 2016
7 night minimum stay
€4,800
for 7 nights
€4,800
 
 
Low Season
9 Jan 2016 - 1 Apr 2016
7 night minimum stay
€4,200
for 7 nights
€4,200
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
€4,200
for 7 nights
€4,200
 

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Notes A 500 Euro cash security deposit is due upon arrival, and will be returned at the end of the stay if nothing is found missing or damaged.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Lucca in Piana di Lucca

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.25
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (4), Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Maid services included 3 times/week, 25-meter (81-foot) swimming pool in completely private area, walking distance to river park with jogging and bicycle trails,25 minutes to the the beach, 1.5 hours to the hiking trails of the Apennines and Alpi Apuane, 45 minutes to Florence
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