This charming farmhouse restored in 2012, was formerly a small cloister dating back to 1700. It is located in the middle of an olive tree grove dominating the valley and the city of Lucca, which lies only 11 km from here. The owner is an interior designer, this is why interiors are refurbished with care and attention to details, using original Tuscan furniture and aiming at the perfect ease of the guests. The days in Lucca will be particularly agreeable thanks to its many attractions and points of interest: the sightseeing of the town, its unique city walls, churches, squares, museums etc. For those who love the sea, in 20 minutes you can reach the sea-side resorts of Versilia, Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi - all renowned for their huge golden shores. For mountain lovers, in only 30 minutes you can be in the Garfagnana area and walk through its ancient villages. Take a chance to visit the cities of art and the most characteristic places of Tuscany (Pisa, Firenze, Siena, Cinque Terre) that are near to Lucca and easy to reach. In case some day you do not want to go anywhere, you can enjoy the impressive terrace, which is definitely the peculiarity of this house, offering the possibility to stay outside in complete relax. A magical place surrounded by nature where everything is like it used to be – only a few ancient houses deep in the stillness of the hills and an enchanting atmosphere due to the magnificent view, outstanding during the day and lovely by night.
Villa On The Hills Of Lucca, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 1 Sofabed. Sleeps 7 People
- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- 20 Nov 2018
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Wonderful two month stay at Casa del Ministro!
We arrived in Lucca by train late on a Saturday afternoon to be met by our host Massimo who took us to the house in the hills, about a twenty minute drive from the old city walls. It was immediately obvious the house is accurately and honestly described on the website, everything was spotlessly clean. The house is set in an olive grove with fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys, and the city of Lucca in the distance. The three bedrooms are large and comfortable, two with ensuites and a separate bathroom on the ground floor.
Massimo helped with our large amount of luggage and gave us a clear and thorough explanation of the appliances, heating, contents and layout of the property. Due to our late arrival he had offered to shop for us and our essential groceries were on the table along with a gift of bread, pasta and wine. On Monday Massimo drove us to a supermarket in the city where he guided us through the obvious differences between shopping in Australia and Italy. He spent the entire morning pointing out landmarks, good restaurants and shops, taking us to a bank, phone shop and finally helped us collect our hire car. Without his help the start of our stay would have been much more difficult.
Massimo graciously insisted from the outset that we call him if there were any problems or needed help with anything. During our two month stay he organised a language teacher for us and a gym membership for our neice. He was interested in our family history research, helping numerous times with phone calls and translations. He visited and called us often to ensure we were comfortable and quote "living well" in his house. These contacts were always enjoyable and never intrusive.
Massimo has two other properties, one next door to ours and one close to the old city walls, which he kindly invited us to view during our stay, both are of the same high standard as the house we rented.
We are extremely grateful to Massimo for his thoughtfulness, kindness and his support throughout our stay. Massimo's house became a home away from home for our two month stay in Lucca!
Thank you so much for having chosen my house !!
Pictures can’t do this place justice! Massimo was the best host that we’ve ever had! He’s delightful
We traveled for my mom’s birthday. There were five of us including two teenage girls. The villa is absolutely enchanting. It was spotless and had a well equipped kitchen. Massimo even had a small gift of olive oil from his grove, bread, and wine waiting for us. One night we had the chef come in and prepare a surprise dinner for my mom’s birthday. Massimo made all of the arrangements including a cake. It was wonderful! The grounds are wonderful for the kids to explore and the view is spectacular. We enjoyed coffee every morning on the patio. Lucca is a charming town. You’ll definitely need a car. There’s plenty of free parking right outside of the wall in Lucca.
We stay at a lot of private rentals throughout Europe. This was our best experience by far! Massimo will meet you and have you follow him to the villa...you’ll understand why when you get there. He was available for questions the entire trip as well. One last thing...definitely go to restaurant in the small village that Massimo recommends!
Beautiful Tuscan Farmhouse
This was our second stay in Casa del Ministro. We had amazing time again.The house is beautiful, very clean and had everything for a relaxing stay. We love it and all of its surrounding. We visited Pisa, Barga, Volterra, San Gimignano, Carrara, Colonnata, Monte Carlo and of course Lucca too. Lucca is one of our favorite place in Italy.
Massimo is wonderful, helpful host. We appreciated the welcome pack of bread, pasta and wine. Massimo arranged for us the chef and we had a great dinner.
We are going to return back someday.
Grazie mille Massimo
Ieva, Mara, Maija
Hated to leave
The host was very gracious and thoughtful. The house was well decorated. The view was phenomenal. We loved sitting on the patio enjoying the view of Lucca. We shopped at the local store and cooked our meals in a well equipped kitchen. A small car would be advisable, because the roads are narrow. The sea is only 35 minutes. Wineries are also 30 minutes away. It was a very relaxing time. We would definitely stay here again.
Stunning view with beautifuliful surrounds. House spacious and finely decorated.
Our host was responsive and lowed us privacy as well. We hired the catered meal and this was one of the highlights of our stay. We were able to enjoy Lucca as well as spend 2 days at the beach. Visited Florence and the Cinque Terre from here as well. Would definitely stay here again and will recommend to others.
Much More Than A Typical Farmhouse
When We first thought about what type of house we wanted in Italy I had no idea we would find the perfect place for us ! We wanted away from the big city, quaint, historical and we wanted old but modernized. We thought we would never find it but we did and it came with so much more. Massimo’s house is a home that made us feel so comfortable. It is beautifully decorated, modernized but not to the point where it has lost its historical charm and the view from the patio is just wonderful !! We had a hard time deciding if we wanted to be inside or outside ! I prepared many meals in the kitchen (there is a good grocery not to far away) , the beds are comfortable and it is very clean. But the greatest part was Massimo himself we really enjoyed getting to know him and talk with him. He was so helpful and told us the history of the house and the area ...we left feeling he is a good friend. Thank you again Massimo for two special weeks in our lives. Sidney and Janice Pollard
The city of Lucca boasts some wonderfully charming urban spaces: the most famous of these is surely the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, built on the ruins of the ancient Roman amphitheatre by the architect Lorenzo Nottolini, a unique architectural marvel. The main artery running through the historic centre is the narrow Via Fillungo, a medieval street lined with the city’s most prestigious shops. Some of Lucca’s other picturesque squares include Piazza San Michele, the city’s historic fulcrum, and Piazza San Martino, the centre of religious life and the site of the renowned Duomo di San Martino. Its immense historic-monumental opulence has prompted a recent proposal to include Lucca’s historic centre – which also comprises a historic playhouse, the Teatro del Giglio - in UNESCO’s world heritage list.
Wireless internet is available free. Security deposit Euro 250,00 .( It will be back the day of your leaving )