Villa Lean is a beautiful, private villa nestled in the hills of Tuscany’s wine country above the ancient walled village of Lucca . The original farmhouse was previously owned by David Lean, the famous film director; who fell in love with the breathtaking views but never started the restoration work. The house was left deserted until 1993 when it was acquired by the Ferrucci family who totally restored and modernised it whilst retaining its character and many authentic features.
The house comprises three separate living areas that sleep up to 12 people and can be rented out for a single large group. The main house sleeps 8 people.. The oldest part of the house, which dates back to the 12th century, adjoins the main house and sleeps 2.. A comfortable loft sleeps a further 2 people.Monica Ferrucci, who is an expert cook offers an extensive menu of superb, affordable Italian and local Tuscan cuisine.
The house comprises three separate living areas that sleep up to 12 people and can be rented out for a single large group . The main house sleeps 8 people; it has four well-lit bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large kitchen and a first floor sitting room. The oldest part of the house, which dates back to the 12th century, adjoins the main house and sleeps 2. It has a lounge area, bathroom, spacious kitchen and an original fireplace in the large first floor bedroom. A comfortable loft with a kitchenette, bathroom and bedroom sleeps a further 2 people. Outside the house is a large pool that is surrounded by sumptuous gardens and enjoys fabulous views across the vineyards and valley below.
food related property:
All the kitchen areas are well appointed with high quality appliances or if you prefer, a barbeque is available for outdoor cooking. If you would rather not cook at all, Monica Ferrucci, who is an expert cook and lives in self contained accommodation at the back of the house, offers an extensive menu of superb, affordable Italian and local Tuscan cuisine. As well as being an excellent cook, Monica also has a wealth of local knowledge that she is always willing to share to ensure you make the most of your visit.
You will get to know the secret of the Tuscan Cuisine during the course of our cooking lessons.
You will be able to assist to the creation of some of the most famous traditional dishes such as hand made pasta, ravioli , gnocchi and more.
Together with your cooperation we’ll select the proper ingredients in order to prepare various dishes, which, at the end , will be tasted and, why not followed by a glass of wine from the surrounding vineyards.
Tuscany lost corner:
During your stay at the Villa, you have the opportunity to do what we call a mountain villages tour.It’s essentially another way of getting off the beaten track! Just like in a safari, we are going to drive around our district to explore small hamlets, villages, historical landmarks, castle ruins and artistic jewels such as the “pievi” that normally get unnoticed by travelers taking “different” roads.
Additional optional choices include mountain bike tours if desired. Mountain bike is sometimes the most appropriate means of transport, going through historical villages on dirt roads and ancient mule tracks stopping for lunch breaks during the ride. Tours can be tailored according to everyone’s fitness.
We can also drive through off-road trails to admire the local flora and fauna and visit the breathtaking canyon of ‘Orrido Di Botri’ where it is possible to have the rare opportunity to see the eagle in its natural habitat. You can access the canyon overcoming big rocks partly on foot or by wading through chest high deep pools of crystal water for a couple of hours to complete the whole track. Helmets will be provided at the entrance. It is also possible to admire the “Orrido” from above, hiking on a one hour and half loop trail
If it’s very hot we may end up for a super refreshing swim in the pools of the Lima creek and a enjoy a good ice-cream at the end of the tour.
Lunch breaks included .This tour almost takes the whole day, say from 9,30 am to 6pm.
MTB Guide: The owners, who have a great experience with mountain bike tours , offer a large variety of itineraries with different levels of difficulty. From an easy ride across the hills through famous Villas to downhill experience in singletrack . During very hot periods such as June to september , we tend to go riding to higher mountains such as the Appennini with spectacular views over the valleys. Other tours include Le 5 terre , the perfect ride all year long.
Please don't hesitate to contact us for low season weeky offers including tours , accommodation and meals.