Tuscan Villa with Pool & Gardens
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Pieve Santo Stefano villa description
Villa Maria is a beautifully restored vacation home with four large bedrooms and 3 full baths, a half bath and vanity. Maria is perfect for 8 people; however, all rooms are spacious so it is possible to add a bed to each bedroom to accommodate children. For groups with need for more space, an adjacent cottage is also available.
Incomparable private setting: Maria is set among vineyards, olive groves and chestnut forests, and is located on a large estate that has been making wine and olive oil for over a thousand years. The views are expansive, of the Lucca and Pisa valley, the forest and the wine estate.
The extensive gardens are private, peaceful and abundant; guests are welcome to use the bounty of the herb and vegetable gardens, lemon trees and orchard or pick some of the prolific flowers for a table decoration or vase in a bedroom. You may also go foraging for wild greens and herbs, including asparagus, fennel, mushrooms, wild mint, and more. A large gas-fired grill stands under a shady tree. A pool sits on one of the terraces with a view of the valley. The surrounding estate offers great opportunities for long walks among the vineyards, olive groves, and forest.
Amid the charms of Toscana: The villa is in the hills 8 kilometers from the jewel town of Lucca in northwest Tuscany, with its famed Renaissance walls, Medieval center, Roman amphitheater, and Baroque gardens. It is about an hour from Florence, and approximately 40 minutes from the quaint fishing village of Lerici, the fashionable beach town of Forte di Marmi, and the happening beaches of Viareggio.
Also close by is the Cinque Terre; Pisa; the Garfagnana, the Tuscan mountain playground, and its national park containing the marble mountains surrounding Carrara. A little further is the famed Etruscan town of Volterra, San Gimignano and Siena. The area boasts two excellent wine DOC’s, Colline Lucchese and Montecarlo. In addition, there are nearby golf courses, spas, and excellent shopping.
Your Home in Tuscany: The feel of a five-hundred-year-old rustic Tuscan dwelling has been preserved, while providing amenities expected by 21st century guests. The house is furnished with antiques, the high ceilings are of terra cotta and chestnut, and the floors are the original cotto. Bathrooms are modern, with counters of marble, and there is plenty of hot water.
Because I like to cook, the kitchen is lavishly equipped with utensils and up-to-date appliances and, of course, colorful dishes and beautiful table linen. If you’d rather be at the table instead of the kitchen, we suggest you use the services of our excellent cook. You can dine al fresco under the leafy pergola, or in the chestnut-beamed dining room. The dining room contains the original grand fireplace and wood-fired oven. There is another fireplace in the living room. The library is well-furnished with Italian and European travel books, as well as general reading.
Windows are large and numerous and equipped with retractable screens. There is central heating for the winter. Sea breezes make the house comfortable in the summer, and all rooms are equipped with fans.
All linens, for bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and dining room, are provided. The house has a washing machine, dishwasher, hairdryers, iron and ironing board, and racks on which to dry laundry. The sea breeze makes a great dryer, fresh and quick!
We can help with whatever you want to do in Tuscany: With notice, catering is available, and additional cleaning service can be contracted. We can arrange cooking lessons, a pizzamaker to make pizza for your group in the wood-fired oven; wine tours; walking tours; car service; and guides for Lucca, walking or touring the Garfagnana mountain area, the Carrara marble mountains, Puccini’s haunts, museums and other sites in Florence, or any other places and activities, according to your interests. All our staff speak English charmingly and are skilled in their tasks.
Both outdoor and indoor games are provided, including bocce, badminton, board games, cards, jigsaw puzzles and more.
For the comfort of everyone, the accommodations are non-smoking. Well-trained pets are welcome, with notice.
Maria is a dream place to be in all seasons: Every season has its charms: short museum lines and pappardelle di cinghiale by the grand fireplace in winter; lamb and a riot of flowers in the spring; fireflies and abundant veggies in the summer; the vendemmia (grape harvest), olive pressing, and porcini mushrooms in the fall.
It’s my pleasure: Maria has been a wonderful vacation home for me for twelve years, and it’s satisfying to extend that pleasure to others – you will have excellent accommodations, beautiful surroundings and entrée to the incomparable joys of Tuscany. I am happy to make suggestions about what to do and see and the best shops and services, where to get the best cappuccino in the world, the nicest cut of beef, or the tastiest plate of pasta.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted with maps of the area, restaurant recommendations, sight-seeing/shopping information and . . . a glass of wine and traditional Tuscan cookies.
Services included in the rental fee: water, electricity, gas for cooking and hot water, weekly cleaning and fresh linens, grounds and pool maintenance
Fees not included in the rental cost: cleaning and damage deposit of 400 Euro (used if cleaning is necessary beyond normal expectations or damage beyond normal wear aqnd tear).
Services upon request: cleaning/laundry at €15 per hour; additional linen at €10 per person; additional wood at €14 per quintale.
Communications: Service from all European cell phone providers work well in the area, as well as international Blackberry and I-Phone service. Wi-fi is operational in the house.
Keywords: villa, countryside, views, farmhouse, rustic, historical, pool, gardens
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Dinner - Booking Possible
- Lunch - Booking Possible
- Catering Available
- Private Chef
- Housekeeper Optional
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
Fully, in fact lavishly, equipped with pots and pans on a hanging rack, lots of utensils, new stovetop and oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, many small appliances, including food processor, mixer, juicer, gelato maker, breadmaker, pasta machine, and many et ceteras....moreless
- Pantry Items:
- Catering Available:
- Cooking Utensils
- Child's Highchair
- Dishes & Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Wood Fireplace:
- Linens Provided:
- Wood Stove:
- Covered Parking
- Iron & Board
- Hair Dryer
- Parking Off Street
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Video Library
- Wireless Internet
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool
Lanai / Gazebo:
In Italy this would be called a pergola; at Villa Maria it is a large stone-paved area with a vine-covered overhead shelter, with a candelabra and atmospheric lighting. An amazing place for a outdoor dinner with the view of the Lucca hillside....moreless
- Outdoor Grill
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Mountain Biking
- Massage Therapist
- Theme Parks
- Winery Tours
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Sight Seeing
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Villa Maria is the perfect place for an authentic Tuscan experience. We can help you enhance your Italian vacation and arrange a variety of unique, personalized experiences including cooking lessons, wine tours and guides for the Lucca, Gargagnana mountain area, Florence, Puccini's haunts, and much, much more. We provide recommendations for the best restaurant, sites, out-of-the-ordinary shopping experiences and whatever else you may be interested in. With notice, an accomplished chef can be available for individual meals or for the duration of your stay, with notice, and for longer stays, additional cleaning services can be contracted....moreless
ReviewsWrite a review
We spent a wonderful week at Villa Maria. We were a large group of four families with 5 children. We had an amazing and relaxing time. The property is just beyond the imagination with 21st century amenities combined in the charm of old time. Paula, the owner had reconstructed the villa from nothing (just the original walls) with a great attention to detail and conserving the original old Tuscan character. The maintenance of the property is outstanding. Paula is always there without being there, respecting the privacy of her guests. We had the joy to have Paula joining us for dinner under the pergola and talk about local food and vino. Children enjoyed every moment roaming free in the ground and the pool. The property is well located for day trips in to Lucca, Pisa, Florence, Viareggio and Cinque Terre and Portofino a little further north. However, you still can enjoy the property by experiencing the “dolce far niente” sipping vino (red or white) under the secular Tuscan olive trees. Everyone in our group had a hard time to leave and already making plans to return next summer. Thank You Paula from all of us.
- Guest Gerti I. (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
- Date of stay 07/13/13
- Review Submitted 08/07/13
We spent an amazing week in this beautiful villa. Our group consisted of two families, with each 2 kids. We had a wonderful and relaxing time. The villa and its surroundings are simply stunning. Great amenities, but still old world charm. We were able to enjoy breakfast, dinner or just some vino while overlooking the vineyards and olive groves. Our kids were able to roam around freely without a worry for traffic. They enjoyed the pool and the fact they were able to pick veggies and herbs for dinner right from the garden. The town of Lucca is a great destination, but we also took various other day trips. We very much enjoyed meeting Paula. She was able to give us some great tips and recommendations. A favorite was pizza night with Eduardo at the villa. We had a truly unforgettable stay. We will be back!
- Guest Katja (Boise, Idaho)
- Date of stay 06/15/13
- Review Submitted 08/02/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
Outstandingly Renovated, Beautifully safe, quiet home base for traveling Italy!
Outstandingly Renovated, Beautifully safe, quiet home base for traveling Italy!
Traveling with 3 kids can be a little daunting in any European venue and we chose Villa Maria for a nice place to call home while day tripping the famous sites surrounding her. It could not have worked out better. Lucca, the town closest, has anything you could possibly need while remaining very Italian and not overly commercial. You can get to the beach in 40 minutes door to door from the house. The same for Pisa and Florence is one hour away. However- the calm and renewing feeling you get upon pulling up to the house is possibly the best feeling there is when traveling. The kitchen actually makes you want to cook, the bedrooms are all charmingly Italian while the bathrooms are totally renovated and not at all "dicey" as my daughter likes to say (she is 13). The whole house is completely clean and chock full of books of the area, fiction books, games and anything you can need. If you need a TV break, there is a small TV that is for use with a vcr. The pool is above ground, so it is more for the children to play in that adults but plenty of great seating all around the villa. I have traveled a lot and know the fears of renting a place and then being disappointed- this was the opposite. I fell into this rental by accident and cannot believe how lucky we were. There is a charming Virginia Creeper covered Pergola (loggia I think they call it) where you can have every meal outdoors. There are several wonderful restaurants within a 10 minute drive and all in all- there was a feeling of really experiencing Italy when we were here much more so than all the big cities crammed with tourists-realizing I am one of course!- but you really get a good feeling for what Italy is all about staying in this Villa. I cannot sing its praises enough. You can rest assured that Karolina and Paula will do anything and everything to make your stay perfect. My children were 8, 10 and 12 (turned 13 while we were there and thank you Karolina for the cake!) while we visited. We also were given, by Paula, a beautifully catered dinner prepared by Karolina who is a culinary arts graduate. Best meal by the sweetest chef. We hope to return and rest assured if you rent Villa Maria you can be sure your home base is a safe, charming refuge from the craziness you can experience while traveling!
- Guest Traveler from Virginia (Richmond, Virginia)
- Date of stay 07/28/12
- Review Submitted 08/20/12
Recommended for: Pet owners, sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
Girls' Getaway to Tuscany
Girls' Getaway to Tuscany
This summer my mother, daughter, 3 friends, and I enjoyed a wonderful week at the Villa Maria. While the pictures accurately represent the villa, words can not fully express the charming home we found. Our week in Tuscany was part of a two week trip to Italy and while we saw many amazing sights, our experience at the villa was among the highlights of our trip. There were so many charming areas of the house and grounds that our only regret is that we did not stay home more to enjoy it. While our intention had been to eat our dinners out, we found ourselves in the kitchen each night drinking wine and making delicious meals using produce from the garden. Enough can not be said about the contribution Paula made to our experience. She welcomed us with wine and food and provided us with excellent recommendations. She truly does strive to give you the best "Tuscany Experience". My hope is that someday I can return to Tuscany and I would definitely plan on visiting Villa Maria again.
- Guest Christie (Dublin, Ohio)
- Date of stay 07/19/11
- Review Submitted 12/04/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, girls getaway, families with teenagers.
A stunning October week in the Tuscan hillsGuest comment entered by owner
A stunning October week in the Tuscan hills
Three couples, close friends from Denver. We marveled at the beauty of the 500+ year old house and grounds, with great spots for dining, wining, reading and relaxing under blue skies with distant views of Pisa and the sea. We enjoyed a multi-course meal prepared by an engaging chef in a candlelit relatively new - 400+ years - converted hay loft. The charm of Lucca . . a Puccini concert, a bike ride on its famous wall, wonderful shopping, quaint streets and squares, and a multitude of tempting dining options. Plus "side trips" to Florence, Chianti and Cinque Terre. Everything made easier with the help of the owner who provided maps, directions and personally-tested information on sites to see and experiences to have. Una settimana davvero meravigliosa!
- Guest Dean and Judy, Denver, CO
- Date of stay 10/08/11
- Review Submitted 11/26/11
Perfect family week
Perfect family week
My family, including 4 of my adult children, my brother, his wife, their two younger children and my Dad and his wife enjoyed a perfect week here. All 12 of us settled in quite comfortably with plenty of beds and bathrooms for everyone. The beds were comfortable, the kitchen was fantastic and very well-equipped and the house and grounds were gorgeous. We toured surrounding towns (Lucca, hill towns, Florence) and spent a few days lounging by the pool and talking and eating at the lovely big table in the leafy veranda. We scheduled a pizza party at the house on my Dad's wife's birthday and it was perfect. We ate and chatted with our fabulous chef and had a long, lovely dinner. Paula, the owner, was available to advise but never intrusive. In fact, we enjoyed her company very much as well. My husband and I have rented houses in the Lucca area for several years and this was truly one of our favorites. We cannot recommend it too highly.
- Guest Katie (West Sacramento)
- Date of stay 07/30/11
- Review Submitted 11/07/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, families with teenagers.
Villa was amazing! I spent a lot of hours seeking out the perfect place to celebrate my sister's 30th bday and could not have been happier with my choice. Paula has thought of everything you may need or want while maintaining the character and ambience of a true Tuscan villa. She was a wonderful hostess, providing us with maps for our daily adventures and recommendations on restaurants both locally in Lucca as well as throughout Tuscany. I would highly recommend this villa to anyone who is looking for a respite from the chaos of life all the while enjoying every comfort of home.
- Guest stibes (Salt Lake City, UT)
- Date of stay 07/10/10
- Review Submitted 08/04/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
Our adventure began as we drove down the scenic track passing olive groves and vineyards, through the canopy of Italian forest to Villa Maria. Our first sight was of window boxes of red geraniums and an Italian flag fluttering in the breeze. The physical setting has grand vistas toward Pisa and in the distance the town of Livorno on the Mediterranean. The grandchildren swam in the pool and played on the spacious lawn. Most importantly, our host, Paula Sullivan, looked after our every need. From helping plan day trips to Italian cultural sites, to wine tours, to advice on restaurants, she was there. Laugher, good wine and superb meals cooked by the Italian staff made the experience memorable. Our family has fond memories of everything, including pizza night, bicycle rides on the city wall around Lucca, and the Leaning Tower. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.
- Guest Larry Puleo (Carbondale, Colorado USA)
- Date of stay 03/11/10
- Review Submitted 03/11/10
What a splendid place. The Donovan family and friends spent a fantastic week at the villa. The hospitality was gracious and friendly and Emanuella's meals were exquisite and worth the visit alone. Highly recommended.
- Guest Terrence Donovan (Georgia, USA)
- Date of stay 02/24/10
- Review Submitted 02/24/10
Guest comment entered by owner
We will always have beautiful memories of our family holiday at Villa Maria. Thank you for everything. Patrick and Veronique Colledani, France
- Guest Patrick and Veronique Colledani
- Date of stay 02/22/10
- Review Submitted 02/22/10
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- Nearest Airport: Pisa at 25 Kilometres
- Nearest Train: Lucca at 10 Kilometres
- Nearest Motorway: Lucca at 12 Kilometres
- Nearest Beach: Mediterranean at 25 Kilometres
- Nearest Barpub: Sant'Alessio at 8 Kilometres
- Nearest Golf: Versilia at 25 Kilometres
- Nearest Restaurant: Lombardo at 5 Kilometres
Year Purchased: 2000
Why the Owner Chose Pieve Santo Stefano:
The question was never 'why'; the question was always 'why not'. Warm and welcoming people, a house with history, the quiet of the countryside, a kitchen that supports my passion/obsession for cooking, 360 degree views, marvelous wine country, exquisite olive oil, quick access to the best features of Tuscany including the beaches on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the medieval town of Lucca, the tourist favorites of Pisa and Florence, and on and on.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
The loudest sound is the birds, the popping of a champagne cork, or the sound of children giggling in the pool. The bounty of nature is at your disposal; wild greens, the kitchen herb garden or the vegetable garden offer everything you could need for an unforgettable Italian cooking and dining experience. Later, you can walk it off among the vineyards, olive groves and lush forest. A five-minute drive brings you to my favorite restaurant; a 20 minute drive to the jewel town of Lucca; 40 minutes to the sea, and an hour to the Renaissance city of Florence.
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Paradise with breathtaking views of the Lucca and Pisa valleys
Luxurious sleeping under traditional chestnut-beamed ceiling
Many memories and many good meals have been created here
Informal Brunch under the Pergola
Lemons Ready for Limoncello
Vineyards in Autumn
Lucca's Hometown Boy
Biking the Lucca Walls
We're a perfect setting for reunions, anniversaries and gatherings of all kinds
The Pensatoio, the perfect place for a reading a book or enjoying the view
Carrara Marble in Bathrooms
Tuscan sun pours through the windows!
Raiding the Garden for Dinner
A new friend you will make on the estate
The Amphitheater in Reflection
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