|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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.
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
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!
This enchanting house is right out of a D.H. Lawrence novel. It's tucked on a tiny quiet road; a mossy stone marker inscribed 1892 greets you as you approach along the gravel drive.
The garden hosts majestic chestnut and cypress trees, with an arched tunnel of wisteria. Inhale the fragrance of lemon and olive trees or wander down the winding path lined with bamboo that leads to an very large private swimming pool nestled in a little valley. Swim and sunbathe in total privacy while across the valley you can glimpse a gorgeous old Tuscan chapel. The grounds of this property are delightful (mosquitos were a non-issue on my visit) and I recommend any guest take advantage of them.
Inside the house, admire the Carrara marble sink and matching kitchen table, and the elegant tile. Enjoy the incredible craftsmanship of the generous original windows. During our visit, I slept with them open each night to enjoy the August breezes and the songs of crickets. So peaceful!
Don’t expect electronically operated shutters or a TV in every room; this is not a high-tech house. But it has all the important comforts and amenities, such as a strong and reliable WiFi, and a wonderfully equipped kitchen for cooking and gathering with friends. If you're looking for the tranquility of the countryside, a spacious romantic garden in which to relax, socialize, and have your meals, and the genuine glamour of days gone by, don't miss this beautiful home.
This lovely, elegant country house was a perfect base for our extended family's trip to Lucca and Northern Tuscany. We loved the way its historic details (e.g., carrara marble sink with brass fixtures in the kitchen, wooden shutters on windows, etc.) have been preserved carefully in renovations. Ten of us fit here comfortably in five bedrooms on the second floor. The 90' long pool offers total privacy. A well appointed kitchen and herb garden allowed us to prepare a wonderful meal that we ate outdoors on a long table under a large Linden tree. Lucca is a 10 minute drive away and worth several days of sightseeing. Florence is an hour away by car or train. Pisa and the beach resort Viareggio are closer. The touristy Tuscan hill towns south of Florence were too far out of reach, so we spent a day north of Lucca, heading toward the Alps, and discovered the beautiful, unspoiled tiny hill town of Castiglione di Garfagnana, about a 15 minute drive north of Castelnuovo, in terrain that is more verdant and lush rather than arid and brown. This villa is the perfect place for lovers of old houses in romantic, natural surroundings.
Depending on your expectations, this place is going to either wow you or leave you slightly disappointed.
The description of luxury is a subjective one and changes with time. Having stayed at newer properties around the world, I think its questionable whether the home is still in the luxury category as bathrooms are small, furniture needs updating, a/c not everywhere, kitchen on the smallish side, wifi not throughout property etc, etc. The only reasons there is a debate at all are the undoubted luxury of the pool and the grounds. I would also add that all these facts were known to us before we booked, but having read past reviews the shortfalls seemed somehow very understated.
As a family home it is first class. I can understand the pride of the owners and am slightly envious of them. Family homes tend to have imperfections which add to the charm and in this case, rustic feel. Anyone looking for this kind of experience is going to be very pleased.
The owners themselves were very responsive and Alessandra was a joy to communicate with. She even called from New York to make sure we were settled in properly. Sonia was less available than we had anticipated, though she was able to orientate us very thoroughly. She also organised the cleaning etc very well.
Though totally out of the owners control, the mosquitos were a problem to us. It made it very difficult to sit outside especially in the evenings even though we used repellents and other such measures. That was probably the biggest let down, and may have changed the whole mood of the party.
I dont know what the owners could do, but they should give this some thought as other reviewers have mentioned the problem. Perhaps consider citric plants, insecticides, nets, check drains or other areas that might attract mosquitos, etc.
In summary, this is a flawed luxury property making it a fine family home.
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
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.
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.
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