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Unrivalled Views, Space & Facilities on Breeze-Cooled Tuscan Hill Near Lucca

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View from dining room through card room to sitting room and fireplace.

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Last updated: 08/25/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Lucca villa description

Buralla guests come back. Why? The combination of location (central Tuscan setting on a hill with stunning views), facilities (proper kitchen and bathrooms) and modernity (wifi, VOIP, sat TV -including Sky Sport ) Outside it has soft lawns, beautiful flowerbeds and borders, volleyball and bocce courts, secluded swimming pool, olive groves - all surrounded by unforgettable 360 degree views .

Florence, Pisa, beaches, vineyards, music festivals, golf courses, mountains are in easy reach. But Buralla's views and comforts are such that some guests arrive and pretty much stay put. Buralla is unusually spacious for Italy - full size bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, massive modern kitchen, extensive lush lawns - and ideal for groups of friends, families and reunions.

An option is to have the chef shop and prepare meals from her Tuscan menu. A great time and money saver. Plus you are sure of a view while you eat.

Lucca: The walled city of Lucca, only 15 minutes from Buralla, is one of the most beautiful places in Tuscany. Big enough to have everything, yet small enough to cover easily and safely on foot or by rented bicycle. For a rooftop view of Lucca, stroll around the 4km city walls. Or cut through the middle on the car-free Via Filiunga. On this street alone you will sample the very best of Tuscan life: visit beautiful San Michele and San Frediano Churches; climb the Guinigi Tower and Torre delle Ore; pause for a restorative coffee or meal in the elliptical Amfiteatro; shop at any number of beautiful outlets; drop into the residence of Giacomo Puccini, and listen to a short evening recital at San Giovanni Basilica or the Opera house. Tosca, Madame Butterfly and many other of Puccini's works are performed in the summer festival at Torre del Lago which is nearby on the Mediterranean coast.

Active life around Lucca: Look out of Buralla's windows and ask youself 'what do I want to do today?' You have 360 degree views and the choice is yours. Within easy walking distance you can visit the renaissance palace at the bottom of the estate. You could stroll through the vineyards and olive groves into the Pizzorne hills on one of the marked trails. You could drive to the beaches of Versilia and Forte dei Marmi overlooked by the spectacular Alpi Apuane which provide the world famous marble from nearby Carrara. Visit the little hill top village of Montecarlo, to taste wine at the excellent enotec.
To the north of Lucca the Garfagnana valley presents yet another typology - dense forests, hill top towns like Barga and Castelnuovo.

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 720 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

      • Catering Available
      • Dinner - Booking Possible

      Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Included

          Suitability

          • Wheelchair Accessible:

            There is a downstairs suite, with bedroom, bathroom and adjoining sitting room with a satellite TV which opens out onto the lawn....moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            Huge amount of space, with a playroom off the kitchen. The furnishings are robust yet stylish....moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Smoking Allowed

          Bedrooms: 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22, Beds for 20-22

          • Downstairs suite: 1 king, 1 baby crib

            En-suite bathroom, study, air con...moreless

          • Master Suite: 1 king, 1 baby crib

            En-suite bathroom, sitting room, dressing room, aircon...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 king

            En-suite bathroom, aircon...moreless

          • Bedroom 4: 1 king

            En-suite bathroom, aircon...moreless

          • Bedroom 5: 2 twin/ single

            En-suite bathroom...moreless

          • Bedroom 6: 2 twin/ single

            En-suite bathroom...moreless

          • Cottage double : 1 king

            Shared bathroom...moreless

          • Cottage twin: 2 twin/ single

            Shared bathroom...moreless

          • Study as spare room: 2 twin/ single

            Fold out beds...moreless

          • Cottage sitting room: 2 sleep sofa /futon

            Suitable for two children...moreless

          • Sitting room of master suite: 2 twin/ single

            Option of two fold out beds...moreless

          • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (5), Twin or Single Beds (6), Child Beds (1) A folding camp bed with proper mattress is available for extra guest, Baby Cribs (3) High sided cribs easily moved., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) New double sof bed in the cottage is availble for extra guest, Murphy Beds (1) A spare single bid is available for extra guest...moreless

          Bathrooms: 7 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            (2) Villa: 400 sq feet/ 40 sqm, fully equipped kitchen with full sized bar and easy access to outside BBQ. Suitable for casual eating, as well as cooking lessons. Cottage: fully equipped kitchen...moreless

          • Catering Available:

            Our Tuscan chef will do food shopping (which is a huge time saver), prepare and serve superb food. A fantastic option which many guests enjoy. ...moreless

          • Dining:

            Indoors or out, under the BBQ area...moreless

          • Pantry Items
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Cooking Utensils

          Amenities

          • Air Conditioning:

            New screens have been installed so sleeping with the windows open is no problem, but top up, mobile, air con units for use in south facing bedrooms have been provided....moreless

          • Parking Off Street:

            No steps need be negotiated to get into the house from the parking. The downstairs suite is right near the door, and has easy access to the garden....moreless

          • Wood Fireplace:

            (2)...moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            2...moreless

          • Linens Provided
          • Wood Stove
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Parking
          • Living Room
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board

          Other Amenities

              • The unique thing about Buralla is its combination of 360 degree Tuscan views outside, with the space and comfort inside you normally only find in more northern countries. Especially the kitchen, which is a wonderful gathering point. It also has huge garden with space both for quiet zones and the more athletic such as the volleyball court. Something all ages enjoy is the bocce court (Italian bowls) which is wonderful to play at sunset....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Satellite / Cable:

                (5) Multi-room Sky HD system allows several different channles to be watched at the same time. The package includes Entertainment, News and Children's channels, viewable in English...moreless

              • Games
              • Books
              • Toys
              • Game Room
              • DVD Player
              • Ping Pong Table
              • Stereo
              • CD Player

              Communications

              • Mobile Phone:

                The cell phone can be topped up on at the local shop 'Parigi' next to Villa Torrigiani or any other shop displaying the T symbol...moreless

              • Wireless Internet:

                Reaches several rooms and out to the BBQ...moreless

              • Broadband Access:

                Free satellite internet service...moreless

              Pool & Spa

                  • Private Pool:

                    The pool area has gazebo with chairs for shade, loungers and parasols and a volley ball court...moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Gazebo:

                    (3) Shaded areas abound. There is a gazebo by the pool, and one by the kitchen door and one looking east....moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden
                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Deck / Patio

                  Theme

                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Romantic
                  • Tourist Attractions
                  • Historic

                  Location & View

                  • Monument View:

                    The house overlooks Villa Torrigiani, renowned as one of the the most beautiful renaissance palaces in Tuscany, and open to the public for visits....moreless

                  • Mountain View

                  Activities

                  • Live Theater
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Golf
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Hiking
                  • Sailing
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Cycling
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Tennis
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Antiquing
                  • Boating
                  • Shelling
                  • Shopping
                  • Restaurants
                  • Theme Parks
                  • Zoo
                  • Museums
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Swimming
                   

                  Reviews

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                  Rate 1
                  Apr 4 - May 29, 2015
                  7 night min stay

                  €5,500
                  Rate 2
                  May 30 - Jun 26, 2015
                  7 night min stay

                  €6,950
                  Rate 3
                  Jun 27 - Aug 28, 2015
                  7 night min stay

                  €7,950
                  Rate 4
                  Aug 29 - Oct 16, 2015
                  7 night min stay

                  €6,950
                  Rate 5
                  Oct 17 - Nov 27, 2015
                  7 night min stay

                  €5,500

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Refundable Damage Deposit €1,000
                  • Taxes Included

                  Notes:

                  30% deposit to reserve the booking, balance 16 weeks before arrival date


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                  Last updated: 08/25/2014
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                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2003

                  About the owner: That little photo is me playing olive harvest supervisor during the All Saints school holiday at the beginning of November. My Italian wife and I love escaping bleak northern Europe with two or three families that week. We issue buckets, nets and ladders to the kids - who spend many happy hours up the olive trees - while we concentrate on the important things: taking in the views, lazy lunching, nattering away, poking the coals on the BBQ, strolling to a local vineyard. Very restorative.

                  Why the Owner Chose Lucca:
                  We saw a ruin on a hill while looking for a holiday home away from London's bustle. What a piece of luck.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
                  Friends and family reunions. The setting is exceptional but what sets Buralla apart is being able to comfortably cater for every generation's needs and for no-one to feel hard done by. For example the downstairs suite, and level floors and accesses are great for the less mobile; on the other hand, there's a playroom next to the huge kitchen so parents can keep an eye on little ones if necessary while entertaining around the bar. I'm beginning to believe Buralla also has a special catalytic effect on people by bringing previously hidden talents to the fore. Two examples from September last year - an unbelievably good Indian meal for 20 cooked with stupendous skill and care by a friend who I thought only did fried eggs. And, days earlier, a not particularly hydro-dynamic chap called Jim (48) did 4 lengths of the pool underwater non stop. Please someone, break this record and let me know. He lived to tell the tale and has become unbearable.


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                  Photos

                  • View from dining room through card room to sitting room and fireplace.

                    View from dining room through card room to sitting room and fireplace.

                  • Master suite has a dressing room, drawing room and ensuite bathroom and 2 TV's

                    Master suite has a dressing room, drawing room and ensuite bathroom and 2 TV's

                  • Main villa floorplan (excluding 4 bed cottage)

                    Main villa floorplan (excluding 4 bed cottage)

                  • 400 sq foot kitchen seen from dining room. Play/TV room opposite.

                    400 sq foot kitchen seen from dining room. Play/TV room opposite.

                  • BBQ as seen from the kitchen door

                    BBQ as seen from the kitchen door

                  • Perfect seclusion

                    Perfect seclusion

                  • Italian bowls - a wonderful evening activity for all

                    Italian bowls - a wonderful evening activity for all

                  • A typical bedroom, with ensuite bathroom

                    A typical bedroom, with ensuite bathroom

                  • Cottage, villa and BBQ seen from pool

                    Cottage, villa and BBQ seen from pool

                  • Double height dining room

                    Double height dining room

                  • Gazebo is a beautiful shaded spot near the pool

                    Gazebo is a beautiful shaded spot near the pool

                  • Stunning position 360' views. Pisa is 40 minutes away, Lucca 15, Florence 60.

                    Stunning position 360' views. Pisa is 40 minutes away, Lucca 15, Florence 60.

                  • Behind every door there are perfect lawns and wonderful views

                    Behind every door there are perfect lawns and wonderful views

                  • A bathroom

                    A bathroom

                  • Pool area

                    Pool area

                  • BBQ area: new seating, same stunning views

                    BBQ area: new seating, same stunning views

                  • Follow one of the marked walking trails into the hills

                    Follow one of the marked walking trails into the hills

                  • New fence and gate around the pool

                    New fence and gate around the pool

                  • Volley ball & pool. Visit the palace Torrigiani

                    Volley ball & pool. Visit the palace Torrigiani

                  • Adjacent four bed cottage including kitchen, dining/sitting room and bathroom

                    Adjacent four bed cottage including kitchen, dining/sitting room and bathroom

                  • View towards Lucca and Pisa over church tower at the local village

                    View towards Lucca and Pisa over church tower at the local village

                  • Cottage is just a few steps from the villa

                    Cottage is just a few steps from the villa

                  • Volleyball or a run into the hills

                    Volleyball or a run into the hills

                  • Welcome!

                    Welcome!

                  VRBO #291636

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                  This listing was first published here in 2010.

                  Date last modified - Saturday, August 30, 2014

                  €5,500 - €7,950 per week (EUR)
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                  8 Bedroom / 7.5 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 22

                  View calendar: Updated 08/25/14
                  Minimum stay: 7 nights
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