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Member since: 2005
Speaks English, Spanish, Italian

Bell' Estate

30 Reviews
People12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday villa in Lucca Area - 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.

Keywords: Villa

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner
Member 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

Reviews

4.9
based on 30 holidaymaker reviews

Bell' Estate
average rating of 4.866667 based on 30 reviews
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
5

Spectacular!

  • 5 of 5

The other reviewers have not exaggerated about this exquisite house and the lovely countryside surrounding it. The photos do not do it justice. It is larger and much more grand than it appears. It is stunningly beautiful inside and out. The views are incredible, and the peace and quiet were only interrupted by the sounds of the children playing in the pool.

As a group we totaled 4 adults and six children ranging in age from 6 to 14. The house was incredibly spacious. Had we wanted alone time, we could all ten of us have found it simultaneously. As it was, we spent most of our time in the well equipped and very pleasant kitchen, and in the pool. The kitchen looks small in the photos, and it is compared to the other rooms, but it's actually fairly big. My daughter baked a me a birthday cake from scratch in it! The pool is spectacularly large, perfect for the kids to play and for the adults to swim laps - sometimes at the same time! The house has air-conditioning in two of the 5 bedrooms, and screens on many of the windows - luxuries you don't find in many houses in Italy. All of the other bedrooms have fans. The three full bathrooms upstairs were completely adequate for all of us. The smallest bathroom is actually ensuite with one of the air-conditioned bedrooms. I liked the privacy that entailed and also the fact that I wasn’t taking over a larger bathroom from the rest of our party. The bedrooms are enormous, and the beds are very comfortable. The house was cleaned every other day which was wonderful considering how large it is, and that there were 10 of us. The washing machine worked perfectly and made it possible for us to travel lightly. There is also a ping pong table outside! The owner's very thorough guide about the house and the area was an invaluable resource. We took advantage of many of her recommendations.

This was our first trip to Tuscany, and the house and surrounding area couldn’t have been more perfect for our two families. I was not at all ready to leave after one week, and I would love to come back and see it in every season. If you’re a large group, I highly recommend staying here. It may seem a bit expensive, but split in half by two families (who in a hotel would need at least two rooms each) it’s really quite reasonable, especially for what you get!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Canada/Norway
5

Fantastic Villa Experience - Great For Extended Family and Friends

  • 5 of 5

Wow is the only way to describe this property and experience. We have stayed in the Lucca area 3 times now, and in 4 different villas, and we have stayed in villas in a lot of other European locations, and this one was spectacular. Located within a short drive or bike ride to the walled city, and still with all of the experiences you would hope for in a Tuscan property. The villa is huge and the bedrooms and common areas are as well. The pictures do not do it justice from a size perspective. We were 9 people in the Villa for a week, and there were 3 rooms that we did not use! The Villa is decorated as a personal home and therefore does not have the tourist, vacation rental feel, but rather that of a traditional Tuscan home. The Property itself is huge! IIt was great for playing family Bocce, outdoor table tennis and football. Eating meals outside was great. We bought groceries on arriving, but quickly discovered that we were encouraged to use vegetables from the gardens on the property, and the tomatoes, squash, peppers etc were incredibly delicious.

Five people in our group took Sonia up on the cooking lesson, and the experience was extremely educational and fun and the meal turned out great. We would highly recommend Sonia and the cooking lesson experience to others. By the way, we researched other options ahead of time and the lesson was not only great but was also a fraction of the cost of other lessons elsewhere.

The pool area gets its own paragraph. The pictures of the pool online give you the impression that the pool is large. That is an understatement. It is 25 m long, has both a large shallow and deep end, and is crystal clear as it along with the property are maintained every morning by a gentlemen who you wouldn't know was there if we hadn't woken early to have coffee and watch the sunrise. The size of the pool probably contributed to the fact that the pool temperature was perfect even on the hottest days, as it was too big to get too hot!

Biking on the wall was a highlight as was the winery tour at Colle Verde...

We have since learned that Alessandra has 2 other properties in Italy, and that Sonia has a property next door that also is for rent, and we will most certainly look to rent from them again. Thanks for a great holiday and for sharing your home with us

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Montreal Quebec Canada
5

Pure pristine perfection

  • 5 of 5

This is my second stay at this wondrous retreat.No pictures can do it justice.If you seek the essence of a Tuscan estate...this is it.The home, the grounds, the pool the scent in the air ...everything about this place is magical.

The last four times I have been to Europe I have stayed at her homes and each time I come away wanting only to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tucson, Arizona, USA
5

Magical Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family came in from all corners of the United States to rendezvous at Belle Estate in May 2015. There were 13 people ranging in age from 70 to 2. Sonia met us at the Villa and introduced us to our new home for the next week. Bell Estate was exactly as portrayed in the VRBO photos and after a quick trip to the local CONAD market, we had everything needed for our first few days and our evening meal. Our stay was absolutely wonderful. The house and grounds are stunning. The Restaurant at the bottom of the hill was fabulous. Lucca, with everything you could ask for, is a very short drive. We hope to return someday soon and stay for a longer period of time.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

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

  • 5 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: Nov 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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2

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

  • 2 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: Oct 24, 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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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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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Lucca, Piana di Lucca

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
High Season 10 Guests
25 Jun 2016 - 2 Sep 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£4,022
for 7 nights
£4,022
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £59 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid-Season
3 Sep 2016 - 4 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
£3,520
for 7 nights
£3,520
 
 
Low Season
5 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£2,682
for 7 nights
£2,682
 
 
Holiday Season
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£4,022
for 7 nights
£4,022
 
 
Low Season
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,682
for 7 nights
£2,682
 
 
Mid Season
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,520
for 7 nights
£3,520
 
 
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£4,022
for 7 nights
£4,022
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£3,520
for 7 nights
£3,520
 

Additional pricing information

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.

The Villa can be either for 10 guests or for 16 guests. Please ask for rates for 16 guests

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Lucca Area in Tuscany

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 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , This bathroom is not ensuite to any bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , This bathroom is not ensuite to any bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , This bathroom can be en-suite to bedroom 5
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bidet , Powder room on the First Floor
  • The main villa has 3. 5 bathrooms. The dépendance down the hill has two bathrooms in the two-bedroom apartment, and two and a half baths in the three-bedroom apartment.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , The Blue Room has a rather narrow en-suite bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Can be made either as 1 queen or as 2 twins
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , The Horses Room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Can be made either as 1 queen or as 2 twins
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Antique four-poster bed
  • The main bedroom floor has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Pending availability, there is a house within the same compound, only 80m. away, that has two more guest apartments, one with three bedrooms, and one with two bedrooms. Rates available upon request.
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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