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Owner

Advertiser since 2005
Speaks English, Spanish, Italian
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Speaks English, Spanish, Italian
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BELL' ESTATE

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

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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More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner
Advertiser since 2005
Speaks English, Spanish, Italian

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

Why HomeAway

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Trust & Security
Free protection up to £700 for all bookings.
£10,000 fraud protection when you pay using the secure HomeAway Payments system. 
Low cost, tailor-made insurance exclusively for holiday rentals from Europ Assistance. Get a quote

Reviews

Reviews

4.8
based on 25 holidaymaker reviews

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Bell' Estate
average rating of 4.84 based on 25 reviews
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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: HomeAway
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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: 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: 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: 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: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Bell' Estate
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p170993vb
Lucca Piana di Lucca
Dallas, TX, USA
5

Faishaq

  • 5 out of 5
What a place! Our group of 9 couldn't have asked for more. The home was spectacular and we all fell in love with Lucca. It was a perfect home base. Alessandra and Sonia couldn't have been more gracious or hospitable. The swimming pool was the best one I have ever seen in a home. Between table tennis, swimming, and running around the beautiful grounds it was tough to pull the kids out so we could actually go do some sightseeing! We have been to Italy five times before this and keep coming back. Lucca was really something special. Thanks Alessandra and Sonia!
  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Location

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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Availability & Rates

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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
 
Mid Season
30 Aug 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
7 night minimum stay
€4,200
for 7 nights
€4,200
 
 
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
 

Additional information about rental rates

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.

Facilities

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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