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STUNNING 18TH CENTURY VILLA WITH SUPERB VIEWS & POOL, 8 KM FROM LUCCA

Les/Alex

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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STUNNING 18TH CENTURY VILLA WITH SUPERB VIEWS & POOL, 8 KM FROM LUCCA

Photos and Description of this 6 bedroom holiday home in Lucca - Al Bastini

Tradition's comfort: luxuriously restored Tuscan villa with air conditioning

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.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
Les/Alex (Owner)
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Les,



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.
Sep 2011
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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

5
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Stunning 18th Century villa with superb views & pool, 8 km from Lucca
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
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Stunning 18th Century villa with superb views & pool, 8 km from Lucca
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Lucca Piana di Lucca
5

Al Bastini - How I wish i was there now!

  • 5 out of 5
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.
  • Review Submitted: 29-Nov-2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
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Stunning 18th Century villa with superb views & pool, 8 km from Lucca
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p868768
+44 02071128650
Lucca Piana di Lucca
5

Wonderful holiday

  • 5 out of 5
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.


Margaret Waddell
  • Review Submitted: 19-Nov-2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
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Stunning 18th Century villa with superb views & pool, 8 km from Lucca
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p868768
+44 02071128650
Lucca Piana di Lucca
5

Al Bastini

  • 5 out of 5
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
  • Review Submitted: 22-Oct-2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
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Stunning 18th Century villa with superb views & pool, 8 km from Lucca
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p868768
+44 02071128650
Lucca Piana di Lucca
5

We Hope to Return

  • 5 out of 5
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
  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
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Stunning 18th Century villa with superb views & pool, 8 km from Lucca
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p868768
+44 02071128650
Lucca Piana di Lucca
5

Captures the Charm of Tuscany

  • 5 out of 5
We stayed at Al Bastini in the summer of 2010 with a group of close friends, some of whom where visiting Italy/Europe for the first time.

This villa is stunning and captures the charm of Tuscany while still offering the modern conveniences savvy travelers expect. There is a fresh herb garden adjacent to the kitchen, making for a wonderful culinary experience. One of our friends was so enamored, they are booked for this upcoming summer. We truly hope to return one day!


Michelle Fischetti
  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2010
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Stunning 18th Century villa with superb views & pool, 8 km from Lucca
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p868768
+44 02071128650
Lucca Piana di Lucca
5

Al-Bastini For Beauty and Tranquillity.

  • 5 out of 5
My family and I have now stayed at Al-Bastini 3 times over the past 4 years, each time for 3 weeks, and we always wish we could stay longer. Al-Bastini is very comfortably furnished with spacious rooms and stunning views.

It offers a wonderful tranquil and relaxing environment with plenty of space so that some can read and bask in the sunshine, while others enjoy the swimming pool, or TV, or billiards in the games room and make whatever noise they like without disturbing others. The local area offers plenty of good restaurants and shops within a couple of miles of the villa, and the beautiful town of Lucca, less than 20 minutes’ drive away is well worth a visit; cycling the medieval wall round Lucca is a very pleasant exercise worth experiencing, which provides an actual city wide view of Lucca's lay out and architecture.

We cannot praise Al-Bastini highly enough, although perhaps we should keep it a secret to ensure we get our preferred holidays weeks!

Bob Parish
UK
  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Lucca
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Lucca Ovest
Nearest Beach
23 Kilometres
Viareggio
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Bar
Nearest Ski
73 Kilometres
Abetone
Nearest Golf
37 Kilometres
Versilia Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Restaurant
Car: necessary

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. 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.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Rate 5
30 Aug 2014 - 26 Sep 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€4,500
for 7 nights
€4,500
 
 
Rate 6
27 Sep 2014 - 1 Nov 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€3,500
for 7 nights
€3,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit €1,000
Notes A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance at least 8 weeks before departure. If the booking is made in the year preceding your holiday the payment schedule is 10% on booking, 40% on January 1st and 50% at least 8 weeks before your departure.

A Security Deposit of €1000 will be added to your final holiday payment & refunded within one week of your departure.
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Facilities

Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 350 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Luxury
General:
  • Living Room
  • Iron & Board
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Filtered Water
  • Wireless Internet
  • PC
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Parking
  • Garage
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Hob
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Pantry Items
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , En-suite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , En-suite
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • The bathrooms are decorated to a high standard with good quality suites, tiles and marble surfaces.
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Or 2 singles
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Single Bed
  • All the bedrooms have independently controlled air conditioning. The rooms on the upper floor have high ceilings with chestnut beams. The master bedroom, with its hand-made iron king-size bed, has private access to an outside terrace & an en-suite bathroom with bath & shower cubicle. There's another large double bedroom on this floor with a king-size bed, which can be converted to two singles, & a single bedroom which both share a large bathroom with bath and separate shower . Downstairs, there is one single bedroom & two double bedrooms - one with a queen-sized bed & its own en-suite bathroom with shower, & one with a standard double bed & separate access to an outside covered terrace. This latter bedroom & the single bedroom share the fourth bathroom, which has a bath with a shower.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Video Library
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • veranda
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 14 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • live theatre
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • outlet shopping
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The spacious accommodation is spread out over 2 floors. The large kitchen is fully equipped with electric oven, 5 ring hob, freezer, fridge, ice-maker, microwave, dishwasher, coffee machines, table & 6 chairs, satellite TV & wood burning stove; it opens onto a loggia overlooking the views with table & seating for 12. The kitchen also has direct access to a sunny terrace with a stone barbecue & a stone-topped table seating 8. The dining room seats 8, the living room has comfortable sofas for 8, satellite TV with 50' plasma screen, DVD, books, games & a fireplace with wood-burning stove.The house has free wireless internet. There's a billiards room with snooker table, & a covered terrace with table tennis. A utility room houses the washing machine & tumble dryer. The walled 10 x 5m pool is heated on request & features a wisteria-covered pergola & barbecue. Quality teak garden furniture & sunbeds are plentiful. There's covered parking for 2 cars.
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