Description: Near to Lucca and the sandy beaches of Forte dei Marmi this property is a 17th century farmhouse with 55 hectare of land with olive trees, woods and fields offering interesting trails for walking and biking. Tucked away down a narrow gravel road surrounded by woods and gardens, this property gives guests a feeling of luxurious seclusion while restaurants, shopping, and attractions are within easy reach. Lucca is 8 km distant. Shops are within a five minutes’ drive away, while a good restaurant can be reached in a 5 minutes’ walk. Daytrips to Pisa, Florence, Cinqueterre and the Versilia beaches are easily possible. The interiors and exteriors have been fully restored in 2012. You will love the décor that seamlessly combine the original architecture and antiques with contemporary furniture and decorations, highlighting aspects of the historic villa while offering modern comfort. The interior is bright, colorful and tastefully decorated. Each room, including the spacious bathrooms, have a warm ambiance and lovely pastoral views of the grounds, beautiful flora, the hills and countryside. The pool is situated in a large expanse of lawn just above the villa. With its expansive gardens this property is perfect for groups of friends or family reunions. An English-speaking cook can come into the house and cook upon request. About the region Lucca: Ten 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 25 kilometres, Florence at 78 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 75 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 at a distance of 2 km. Ground floor: Entrance room Spacious living room with fireplace, sofas and French doors leading to the garden (satellite TV and DVD) Dining room with table for 12 Fully equipped kitchen with eat-in table for 8, opening onto a courtyard with large table for al fresco dining and BBQ (stove, large oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, espresso maker, slicer) 'Yellow' Twin bedroom (twins can combine) with en suite bathroom (shower) Laundry (washing machine and dryer) for guests and staff use Guest bathroom First floor: Sitting room (seats 8) overlooking pool and garden (satellite TV, CD player, iPod dock) 'Red' Double bedroom (king/twins) with pool view. En suite bathroom (shower stall and cast iron tub with hand-held shower) 'Vichy' Double bedroom (king/twins) with garden view Private bath (enclosed shower stall and tub with hand-held shower) with double sinks 'Pink' Double bedroom (king/twins) with garden view 'Blue' Double bedroom (king/twins) with garden view Shared bath (enclosed shower stall and tub with hand-held shower) with double sinks 'Blue' Double bedroom (king/twins) overlooking al fresco dining (fountain can be heard) Garden: Pool (12 x 6 m) with pergola, umbrellas and sun beds Large outdoor dining area in a courtyard with table seating 12 people, BBQ 3000 sqm of garden surrounding the house with roses, lavender, oleander and rosemary Alfresco shaded garden living area Private chapel Parking for 5 cars Location 8 km south-east of Lucca. Rooms Living areas, kitchen, 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. Facilities Fireplace, air conditioning in the bedrooms, satellite TV, CD player, iPod dock, Internet WIFI connection, stove, large oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, espresso maker, slicer, dishwasher, dryer, large outdoor dining area in a courtyard, BBQ, fenced garden, pool, private chapel, parking for 5 cars. The property features a private extensive trail network. Guests are permitted to roam freely, but expressivly at their own risk. Bike rentals can be arranged in advance of your stay. Please inquire for the bike delivery in the villa. Special features Beautifully restored 17th-century farmhouse. Sports Swimming Hiking Biking Rent includes Bed, bath and kitchen linnen, bath linens changed every day, bed linens changed twice a week, Internet WIFI connection, water, electricity, gas, baby beds, 4 hours house cleaning per day from Monday to Friday (for rentals longer than one week from Monday to Saturday/except Sundays), final cleaning, pool cleaning service, garden maintenance. Rent does not include Security deposit, heating, air conditioning, telephone. Ideal for A group of friends and famielies travelling together. Extra services available only on request, to be specified when booking and to be paid in euros on the premises at the end of each working day: Security deposit, heating, air conditioning, telephone to be paid in euros on the premises: Bed, bath and kitchen linnen, bath linens changed every day, bed linens changed twice a week, Internet WIFI connection, water, electricity, gas, baby beds, 4 hours house cleaning per day from Monday to Friday (for rentals longer than one week from Monday to Saturday/except Sundays), final cleaning, pool cleaning service, garden maintenance all included in the price. Reservations from Saturday to Saturday only. Pool size: 6 x 12 m / opening dates: May 1st - September 30th. Pool towels are provided. For bookings with more than 3 children please inquire. Three baby bed available: free of charge. Cook service for dinners during your stay. Extra domestic help (house cleaning): EUR 12 per hour. Security deposit: EUR 1000. Heating (if required): EUR 490 set price per week. Air conditioning (if required): EUR 200 set price per week. Telephone: metered. Pet allowed: EUR 60 domestic pet supplement per week. If you plan to bring your dog, please fax us the completed and signed form together with your registration form. Upon request and approval of the owner a late arrival is possible between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm at an extra fee: EUR 50.
Directions Touring ideas Restaurant 200 m Bus stop 250 m Grocery shop 2 km Bar, bank, chemist 2 km Supermarket 2 km Lucca 8 km Pisa 25 km Thermal spa Montecatini 29 km Viareggio 32 km Lido di Camaiore 36 km Forte dei Marmi 39 km San Gimignano 65 km Lerici 75 km Florence 78 km Siena 120 km