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

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Last updated: 09/09/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
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  • 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

  • 2 story
  • Villa
  • 720 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

      • Catering Available
      • Lunch - Booking Possible
      • Dinner - Booking Possible

      Onsite Services

      • Housekeeper Included
      • Private Chef

      Suitability

      • Wheelchair Accessible:

        The whole ground floor is on one level with terracotta floors and no steps. There is a downstairs suite comprising a double bedroom, bathroom and study just off the side entrance, easily accessible from the drive. The study exits onto the south facing lawn and gentle slopes in the garden are easily navigable....moreless

      • Children Welcome:

        Very child friendly with soft grass from the doors, a separate play room off the kitchen and lots of activities and games. Also English-language kids TV channels and internet. The pool is a little way from the house and surrounded by a hedge - with a fence and gate soon to be added for a bit more security. Please understand however that no system is 100% perfect and parents must not become complacent. Responsibility ultimately rests with guests to supervise their children....moreless

      • Events Allowed
      • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
      • Long-Term Renters Welcome

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

      • Master Suite: 1 queen, 1 baby crib

        Bathroom, sitting room, dressing room, aircon...moreless

      • Downstairs Bedroom : 1 queen, 1 baby crib

        En-suite bathroom, air con...moreless

      • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

        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 7: 1 queen, 1 baby crib

        Shared bathroom...moreless

      • Cottage twin 8: 2 twin/ single

        Shared bathroom...moreless

      • Study as spare room: 1 twin/ single, 1 child bed, 2 sleep sofa /futon

        Shared bathroom...moreless

      • Cottage sitting room: 1 sleep sofa /futon

        Shared bathroom...moreless

      • Bedroom 3: 1 queen, 1 baby crib

        En-suite bathroom, aircon...moreless

      • The master suite includes, bedroom (with TV), bathroom, dressing room, sitting room (with 42' TV and fireplace.) The 3 high sided children's cots/cribs can go anywhere. Spare bed and fold out bed can easily be placed in the sitting room or study. The downstairs suite is a good choice for less mobile guests and for guests wanting to monitor younger children while relaxing downstairs. It has its own study and TV and can be used for children in cots or on the fold out bed (available on request if necesary). All bedrooms have fans and there are mobile air-conditioners for the south facing bedrooms. There are screens on all bedroom windows, double glazing and shutters. The cottage is fully equipped with kitchen and reception room (Including 42' TV) and shared bathroom, two full sized bedrooms (1 twin, 1 double). The reception area has a double sofa bed....moreless

      Bathrooms: 7 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

      Other Amenities

          • The playroom adjacent to the kitchen has a games cupboard and 50' TV with DVD player. The playroom, the 400 sq. foot kitchen, the triple reception room, and the study all have double doors directly onto the south facing lawn. The master suite includes a spacious sitting room, sofa bed and walk in dressing area. The cottage has a twin bedroom and double bedroom with shared bathroom - and its own fully equipped kitchen, dining area and TV area. The swimming pool area has a gazebo, volleyball court chairs, parasols and sunbeds. Behind the house there is a large bocce court (Italian bowls) and table tennis table. There are three additional shaded outside areas - including a BBQ area with tables and seating, two awnings and the gazebo by the pool. Extensive watered lawns between the house and pool surrounded by 7 hectares of olive groves, meadow and wilder areas inhabited by deer and other native species....moreless

          Entertainment

          • DVD Player
          • Television
          • Satellite / Cable
          • Stereo
          • CD Player
          • Books
          • Books For Adults
          • Books For Kids
          • Game Room
          • Games
          • Games For Kids
          • Ping Pong Table
          • Toys

          Theme

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

          Attractions

          • Autumn Foliage
          • Botanical Garden
          • Churches
          • Marina
          • Museums
          • Theme Parks
          • Forests
          • Live Theater
          • Winery Tours
          • Restaurants
          • Ruins
          • Playground
          • Recreation Center

          Leisure Activities

          • Bird Watching
          • Walking
          • Eco Tourism
          • Horseback Riding
          • Scenic Drives
          • Outlet Shopping
          • Sight Seeing

          local services and businesses

          • Massage Therapist
          • Medical Services
          • Hospital
          • Groceries
          • ATM/Bank

          Location Type

          • Mountain
          • Rural

          sports and adventure activities

          • Swimming
          • Tennis
          • Cycling
          • Fishing
          • Golf
          • Mountain Biking
          • Mountaineering
          • Paragliding
          • Mountain Climbing
          • Hiking
          • Golf Privileges Optional
          • Ski Privileges Optional

          catering options

              • Catering Available

              Dining

              • Dining Room
              • Child's Highchair
              • Dining
              • Seating for 16 people

              dinner meal type

                  • Booking Possible

                  General

                  • Wood Stove:

                    In the cottage...moreless

                  • Living Room
                  • Heating
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Activities Guide
                  • Ceiling Fans
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Laundry Soap
                  • Local Activities Guide
                  • Local Maps
                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                  • Shampoo
                  • Basic Soaps
                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Fireplace
                  • Parking
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Mobile Phone
                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Internet
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Air Conditioning
                  • Telephone
                  • Sofa Bed
                  • Broadband Access
                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Paper Towels

                  house cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Included

                      Kitchen

                      • Kitchen:

                        Very large kitchen with bar, children's dining tables and doors off to the playroom, larder and dining room...moreless

                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Blender
                      • Pantry Items
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Freezer
                      • Stove
                      • Oven
                      • Microwave
                      • Grill
                      • 4 Ring Stove
                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Toaster

                      lunch meal type

                          • Booking Possible

                          Outside

                          • Outdoor Grill
                          • Patio
                          • Beach Chairs
                          • Beach Towels
                          • Terrace
                          • Barbecue
                          • Deck / Patio
                          • Golf:

                            Several courses...moreless

                          • Lawn / Garden:

                            Huge lawns, volleyball court and space for football, badminton etc. Bocce court....moreless

                          Pool / Spa

                          • Outdoor Pool
                          • Private Pool

                          property descriptor

                              • Detached
                               

                              Reviews

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                              Rental basis: Per property
                              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                              Rate 1
                              Apr 4 - May 29, 2015
                              7 night min stay

                              €5,500

                              Changeover Day: Saturday

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

                              €6,950

                              Changeover Day: Saturday

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

                              €7,950

                              Changeover Day: Saturday

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

                              €6,950

                              Changeover Day: Saturday

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

                              €5,950

                              Changeover Day: Saturday

                              My Standard Rate
                              7 night min stay

                              €5,500

                              Additional information about rental rates

                              Fees:

                              • Refundable Damage Deposit €1,000
                              • No additional mandatory fees
                              • Taxes Not included

                              Notes:

                              Rates include 3 hours maid services twice a week. Additional maid service available upon request.

                              A chef is available.

                              30% deposit to secure booking, balance due 16 weeks before arrival


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                              Location

                              30 Miles
                              Nearest Airport
                              Pisa or Florence
                              40 Miles
                              Nearest Ferry
                              Livorno
                              6 Miles
                              Nearest Train
                              Pescia
                              6 Miles
                              Nearest Motorway
                              Capannori
                              31 Miles
                              Nearest Beach
                              Forte dei Marmi
                              600 Metres
                              Nearest Barpub
                              Bar Parigi
                              40 Miles
                              Nearest Ski
                              Abetone
                              25 Miles
                              Nearest Golf
                              Montecatini Golf Club and Spa
                              1 Miles
                              Nearest Restaurant
                              Fattoria Maionchi

                              Car: Necessary

                              Lucca is a jewel of a city, strategically placed between Florence and Pisa, but smaller, safer and perfect for walking. Aristocratic renaissance families built majestic palaces in the hills north of Lucca to benefit from the close proximity to the cities and the gentle breezes coming from the coast. Buralla overlooks perhaps the most stunning example of these palaces, Villa Torrigiani, which is well worth a visit. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Torrigiani). On your way back pick up some wild boar sausages for the BBQ. This region is packed with things to enjoy: Florence and its treasures are 55 mins away; Pisa, 45 mins; music, opera, architecture, gastronomy in Lucca (whose most famous son is Puccini); thermal spas and golf in Montecatini; beaches and fashion in Forte dei Marmi; marble and sculpture in Carrara and Pietrasanta; mountains and forests in the Garfagnana; and beautiful walks, biking, food, wine and world famous olive oil right outside the door.

                              Other Activities: Opera, music, art, wine and olive-oil tasting

                              Golf: Montecatini - winds through olive groves; very charming, and a good walk. Buggies a good option.

                              Le Pavoniere - top class Arnold Palmer design near Prato. No bad holes, several over water. Lovely views all around. Really good condition.

                              Versilia - Luxurious club house and very good course.

                              Cosmopolitan, near Pisa. Similar to Versilia plus water holes.

                              Tirrenia, beautiful 9 holes which winds through the pine forest next door to Cosmopolitan.

                              Ugolino, south of Florence - old style hill side course with great charm, and very welcoming. Take a buggy in high summer, because it gets hot!

                              Ski: Abetone is a small resort about 90 minutes away. While not a major destination for international ski tourism, it has spawned several italian champions over the years and makes a great day out.

                               

                              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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                              Speaks: french, italian, english

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                              • Triple Reception room

                                Triple Reception room

                              • Master bedroom and dressing room door

                                Master bedroom and dressing room door

                              • Villa floorplan

                                Villa floorplan

                              • BBQ as soon from the kitchen

                                BBQ as soon from the kitchen

                              • Double height dining room for 12 +

                                Double height dining room for 12 +

                              • Perfect seclusion

                                Perfect seclusion

                              • The bocce court, northerly view

                                The bocce court, northerly view

                              • Volley ball & pool. Visit the palace Torrigiani

                                Volley ball & pool. Visit the palace Torrigiani

                              • Cottage sleeps 4 in same high standard

                                Cottage sleeps 4 in same high standard

                              • Gazebo is a beautiful shaded spot near the pool

                                Gazebo is a beautiful shaded spot near the pool

                              • Extensive lawns (plus volleyball court)

                                Extensive lawns (plus volleyball court)

                              • Every south facing door opens onto the lawn.

                                Every south facing door opens onto the lawn.

                              • Every room has a glorious view

                                Every room has a glorious view

                              • A bathroom

                                A bathroom

                              • BBQ area: new seating, same stunning views

                                BBQ area: new seating, same stunning views

                              • 400 sq. foot modern kitchen for informal eating

                                400 sq. foot modern kitchen for informal eating

                              • Pool area

                                Pool area

                              • Volleyball or a run into the hills

                                Volleyball or a run into the hills

                              • New fence and gate around the pool

                                New fence and gate around the pool

                              • A typical bedroom, with ensuite bathroom

                                A typical bedroom, with ensuite bathroom

                              • Cottage, villa and BBQ seen from the pool

                                Cottage, villa and BBQ seen from the pool

                              • Cottage is just a few steps from the villa

                                Cottage is just a few steps from the villa

                              • Follow marked walking trails in the hills - map on kitchen wall

                                Follow marked walking trails in the hills - map on kitchen wall

                              • Cottage floorplan

                                Cottage floorplan

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

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                              Minimum stay: 7 nights
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