Description: A gentleman's retreat near Lucca The countryside around Lucca is an enduring testimonial to the hedonistic lifestyle of Lucca's noble families who between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries built over three hundred patrician country residences on the gentle hillsides which surround the city. This villa landscape is famous all over the world. The elegant this property built in the 1700's with its surrounding farmhouses is the epitome of this elegant country house era. Set high in the hills twenty minutes north west of Lucca with breath-taking panoramic views on every side, was once a hunting lodge belonging to an aristocratic family. The estate, which produces some of the finest olive oil in the region, consists of the villa, a number of farmhouses and several acres of land. Life in the small hamlet where the villa is located has a fascination all its own, even attracting an American artist to set up house and his easel here. There is a small trattoria just down the road (2 km), while all around are other country villages, each with a different patron saint who is feted on a different day of the year with pageants and supper and dancing under the stars and fireworks lighting up the sky behind the next hill. This is a very fertile part of Tuscany with a patchwork of fields changing colour with the seasons, while the trees all stay the same, the dark green of the cypresses, the silvery olives and the holm oaks that never lose their leaves, all year round. Set high in the idyllic landscape of the hills north west of Lucca, this patrician country house dating back to the 1700's was once the hunting lodge of an aristocratic Lucchesian family. Elegantly spread out over two floors the villa is grouped around an imposing central drawing room on the ground floor and surrounded by an extensive and enchanting well kept garden terraced on three levels. Stone lions guard the tall villa gates and the gardens are shaded by a centuries old lime tree which is sufficiently magnificent to be famous throughout the region. The villa will be ideal for discerning groups, who appreciate high quality comfort in a secluded environment. On the ground floor, French windows lead out from the drawing room onto a terrace with tables and chairs overlooking a small walled formal garden with a view over the hills of Lucca beyond. A few steps lead down to an extensive lawned terrace and the swimming pool rimmed with borders of old roses, irises and hydrangea bushes. Lawns also lead up to the entrance of the villa framed by cypress trees, hibiscus and lemon trees in terracotta vases and the age-old spreading lime tree. The kitchen is fully equipped and there are five spacious bedrooms all of which have a splendid view. They have been decorated in an elegant country house style with pastel washed walls, wooden bedsteads, as well as paintings and other antiques belonging to the family. About the region Lucca: Twenty minutes away by car, Lucca is one of the most enchanting towns in Tuscany - strolling along the wide avenues along the top of the ancient city walls or in the narrow streets with their ninety nine churches, browsing among the old-fashioned little boutiques, sipping a cappuccino at one of the many bars, tasting the best ice-cream, visiting the richly endowed museums - is a sheer delight. The famous villas around Lucca: Some of these historic villas are open to the public and a few have internationally renowned gardens, all of which makes highly rewarding sight-seeing while staying in the area. The most important villas open to the public are Villa Reale di Marlia, Villa Grabau, Villa Bernardini, Villa Oliva, Villa Mansi, Villa di Carmigliano. The worlds smallest theatre (Guinness Book of Records) is the Teatrino di Vetriano, today owned by FAI (the Italian equivalent to the National Trust) http://www.fondoambiente.it/beni/teatrino-di-vetriano.asp Sight-seeing: Pisa is at 20 kilometres, Florence at 80 and Siena at 120. The small sculptors town Pietrasanta, just below the marble caves where the famous white carrara marble comes from (a fascinating excursion) is at 20 minutes. The seaside: There are sandy beaches approximately thirty minutes away on the coast of Versilia at Viareggio and the fashionable Forte dei Marmi with lively bars, designer shopping and some of the best seafood restaurants in Italy. The hot springs of Bagni di Lucca: http://www.termebagnidilucca.it Airports: Pisa airport is at 25 kilometres and 30 minutes away, while the Florence airport is 80 kilometres and 1 hour away. Lucca has a train station and an exit from the motorway. Local shopping: The nearest village for your shopping is Valpromaro at a distance of 4.5 km. Ground floor: 1 entrance hall 1 sitting room with French windows to the terrace 1 smaller sitting room with fireplace 1 TV room 1 dining room 1 kitchen 1 cloakroom Upper floor: 3 double bedrooms 1 twin bedroom 2 single bedrooms 4 bathrooms 1 laundry Garden: Swimming pool 12 x 6 m (secured by a gate) Pergola with table and chairs next to the pool Terrace with table and chairs off the main living room Large lawn in front of the house Small formal walled in garden at the back of the house Location 16 km north west of Lucca. Floor area House 400 m2 Garden 1 hectare Facilities Fireplace, telephone, fax, Internet WIFI connection, Sky TV with DVD player, DVD player, CD-stereo, screenson all bedroom windows, dishwasher, washing machine, professional stove with 6 gas rings, large fridge and large freezer, fridge for drinks, microwave, hand mixer, food processor, iron and ironing board, hair dryer in each bathroom, parking space, terrace, garden, pool. Special features A wonderful historically furnished 18th century villa with garden, pool and fabulous views. Perfect base to explore the Lucca region. Sports Swimming Hiking Tennis 15 km Golf clubs (18 holes): Forte dei Marmi (30 km) and Montecatini Terme (50 km) Rent includes Bed, bath and kitchen linens, water, electricity, gas, Internet WIFI connection, maid service (3 hours house cleaning per day 5 days per week), final cleaning, pool cleaning. Should you have rented your house for more than 1 week, the house will be cleaned on Saturdays and the linen will be changed. Rent does not include Security deposit, heating, wood for fireplace, telephone. Ideal for A large family or a group of friends. Extra services available only on request (domestic help, Tuscan meal on your first evening, cook, first shopping), to be specified when booking and to be paid in euros on the premises at the end of each working day: Security deposit, heating, wood for fireplace, telephone to be paid in euros on the premises: Bed, bath and kitchen linens, water, electricity, gas, Internet WIFI connection, maid service (3 hours house cleaning per day 5 days per week), final cleaning, pool cleaning service all included in the price. Should you have rented your house for more than 1 week, the house will be cleaned on Saturdays and the linen will be changed. Reservations from Saturday to Saturday only. For this property the check-in is possible only between 5 and 7 pm. Arrivals outside the above time-frame have to be discussed with Hidden Italy upon booking. Pool size: 12 x 6 m / opening dates: beginning of May - end of September. 2 baby beds with linen and 1 high chair available. Baby bed can be booked for children up to their 4th birthday: free of charge. Pets not allowed. Extra domestic help (house cleaning, washing and ironing): EUR 15 per hour. Typical Tuscan meal on your first evening, after a long trip: EUR 25 per person. The first dinner (a cold meal) consists of an antipasto, a pasta dish, salad and pecorino cheese, fruit and local biscuits to finish plus bread, 1 bottle of mineral water and 1 bottle of wine for up to 4 people. The dinner can be ordered for a minimum of 4 people. Cook for dinners during your stay: EUR 30 per person (wine not included). A dinner prepared by a cook (who lays the table on the terrace or in the dining room) with antipasto, first course (lasagne pasta dish), second course (meat with vegetables and salad) and a dessert. Dinners should be booked at least 3 days in advance and are offered from Monday to Friday. First shopping: EUR 180 (expenses for a few basics and shopping time included). The shopping list includes: bread, butter, jam, eggs, 2 litres of milk, 1 packet Earl Grey tea, 1 packet coffee, natural yoghurt, 2 bottles of orange juice, 2 kg fruits of the season, 2 kg pasta (noodles), 2 jars tomato sauce, 1 piece fresh parmesan cheese, salad and tomatoes, extra vergin olive oil, 4 litres mineral water, 3 bottles of beer, dishwasher detergent. Security deposit: EUR 1000. Heating (if required): metered. Please be aware that central heating is in Italy. The average cost per day in winter varies from EUR 150 to 180 according to the outdoor temperature and the amount of time the heating is turned on. (This is an estimate for a few hours of heating in the mornings and in the evenings). Wood for fireplace: EUR 10 per basket. Telephone: metered.
Directions Touring ideas Valpromano (village with shops) 4.5 km Restaurants 8 km and 11 km Lucca 16 km Pisa 20 km Lido di Camaiore 20 km Viareggio 30 km Thermal Spa Bagni di Lucca 30 km Forte dei Marmi 34 km Florence 80 km Siena 130 km