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'La Fenice' is poised in a spectacular hillside position, with magnificent panoramic views over the Lucca valley to the mountains beyond, only 10 mins drive from Lucca. Featured in Taschen's 'Dream Homes: Inspirational Interiors' design series, the villa was recently refurbished to a high standard, using traditional Tuscan techniques, to create a beautiful family home. It is elegantly furnished with a blend of antiques & contemporary comforts including satellite TV & WiFi broadband. Set in a rural conservation area of exceptional beauty, the property overlooks vineyards & olive groves, & features 1 acre of landscaped gardens with 12 x 6m heated pool with hard electronic safety cover, pool-side loggia, & shaded pergola for dining al fresco. There's ample garden furniture for relaxing in comfort, & a games room with table tennis. Sunny paved terraces flank the south & west sides of the house so you can watch dawn over the Appenines & sunset over the Apuan Alps. Peace & privacy are assured. Please note we accept payment in Euros and Pounds Sterling.
Lucca & cultural life around La Fenice:
La Fenice is a perfect starting point for excursions in this culturally rich region. Lucca is one of the gems of Tuscany: smaller & more intimate than Pisa, Florence & Siena, it’s a beautiful historic town with Roman origins, whose Renaissance walls form a shady circular promenade around which you can walk or cycle. It offers medieval towers to visit, ancient churches, cathedral, palazzi, art galleries, museums, botanical gardens, stylish boutiques, great restaurants, an opera house, & daily recitals of Puccini (himself a Lucchese) in a 12th c church. There’s also a Puccini festival every summer at Torre del Lago, 30 mins away. The many ravishing 16th & 17th c grand villas & gardens within 15 mins of the house are well worth seeing, as are the Medici villas around Florence. Other places of interest are the picturesque coastal towns of Lerici, Portofino & the Cinque Terre; the ancient fortified towns of the mountainous Garfagnana region; & the spa at Bagni di Lucca.
Activities around La Fenice:
The glamorous seaside resorts of Versilia are within 40 mins drive. Forte dei Marmi is our favourite with its immaculate beaches, designer shops & stunning mountains behind. There are free beaches at Viareggio & Lido di Camiore; & at Migliorno, South of Pisa, a nature reserve offers wild beaches. Boat trips are available from Lerici to Portofino, & the Cinque Terre. A tennis club where guests may play, 10 mins walk from the house, is one of several in the area. For walkers there are beautiful trails straight from the house: walk past San Concordio church, up Monte Catino to find splendid views of the sea & the peaks of Carrara & the Appenines. There are well-marked trails around Monte Matanna & Ste Anna in the Apuan Alps; & others in the Appenines. Horse-riding is available at Marlia, Lucca & Bagni di Lucca. Cycling & fishing are also available nearby. And for the intrepid: there’s paragliding at Pizzorne, mountaineering in the Apuan Alps, & caving at Grotte del Vento.
Gourmet & wine, spas & shopping:
There's a wide range of restaurants in the area from simple trattorias to Michelin starred restaurants. We provide a list in the house information pack. Lucchese specialities worth sampling include Buccellato (farro of Garfagnana), Castagnaccio (made with chestnut flour & ricotta) & DOP Olive oil, famous for its lightness & flavour. Wine tasting & tours may be arranged. Cooking classes with Chef Paolo may be booked for 2 or more people in a nearby hotel: learn to make Italian delicacies, then sit down & enjoy your own meal with wine. For fashion, Lucca & Forte Dei Marmi have designer shops: the latter with twice-weekly markets of designer goods & cashmere, while Lucca’s market is more low key. We can organise a tour of outlet shopping malls. The nearby spas of San Giuliano, Monsummano, & Montecatini Terme offer a wide range of both health & beauty treatments including swimming & hydro massage in thermal pools, mud wraps, & many types of East & Western massage. We can organise a daily or weekly pass to the nearby Spas. Massage & beauty treatments are also available within 5 mins drive of the house.
We offer a wide range of personalised services including:
The bedrooms are beautifully decorated in subtle colours, each with an en suite bathroom. Three of the bedrooms have extra large (King) 6ft double or 3ft twin beds; one further bedroom has a 4 ft 6 in (140cm) double bed.
Two bedrooms are on the first floor with splendid mountain views; one is on the ground floor with French windows opening onto the West terrace & pool; & one is on the garden floor opening onto a sunny courtyard with lovely views over mountains & woods.
All bedrooms have electric fans. A portable air conditioning unit is available. There is also a cot & cot bedlinen.
Bedroom & bathroom 3 are on the ground floor, all on a level with the outdoor terrace (with no steps) & pool, thus suitable for disabled guests, who are welcome....moreless
Bathroom 1 has a full length bath, shower & bidet with marble surfaces & bath surround.
Bathroom 2 has a full length bath, shower & bidet & is fully tiled.
Bathroom 3 has spacious walk-in shower with marble seat & surround, bidet.
Bathroom 4 has a large walk-in shower, bidet & marble surfaces....moreless
The interior of the house is light, spacious & open-plan. The hall leads into a lofty sitting room with French windows along its length, opening onto a wide, south facing terrace with breathtaking views. With its period fireplace, deep sofas, Lucchese antiques, flat screen TV & DVD player, your comfort is assured. Through a wide arch is the dining area & kitchen with striking views of woods and hills. The dining table accommodates 8 people, as does the outdoor table on the pergola-covered terrace just outside. The kitchen is fully equipped to cater for 8 people. With handmade chestnut units & marble worktops, it has two large fridge-freezers, a 5-burner gas hob, gas oven, microwave combination oven & blender. The utility room has all cleaning facilities. The 12 x 6m pool has a hard, retractable electronic safety cover operated by remote control. The pool-side loggia offers a roofed, shady area with comfortable seating. There are 8 sun beds, outdoor tables & chairs & a gas barbecue....moreless
High Season Jun 27 - Aug 28, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Mid Season Aug 29 - Oct 2, 2015 7 night min stay
Low Season Oct 3 - Nov 6, 2015 7 night min stay
Winter Nov 7 - Dec 18, 2015 7 night min stay
Christmas Dec 19 - Jan 2, 2016 7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit£850
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We accept payment in EUROS and STERLING.
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La Fenice is an ideal centre for exploring this coveted region: set in secluded countryside, only 10 mins from the beautiful medieval city of Lucca, it's well-placed near Pisa & Florence. Famed for its intact Renaissance walls, medieval towers, & 'Piazza Anfiteatro'; Lucca offers many historic sites to visit, great shops & restaurants. Pisa is 40 mins drive, Florence 55 mins; & the sophisticated sandy beach resorts of Versilia are within 40 mins. The many glorious baroque villas & gardens within 15 mins of the house are not to be missed. Lerici & the Cinque Terre are in easy reach, as are the picturesque villages of the mountainous Garfagnana region, & the spas at Bagni di Lucca & Montecatini. There’s a tennis club 1km from the house where guests may arrange to play; horse-riding, cycling, golf are available nearby; & for walkers there are beautiful trails into the mountains straight from the house. There are 3 good supermarkets within a short drive, local shops & bars within 5 mins.
Year Purchased: 2003
About the owner: We are an English family who live in London, with a lifelong passion for Italy, who enjoy sharing our beautiful home with discerning visitors.
Why the Owner Chose Marlia: For the astonishing views, the incredibly quiet rural location, the proximity to Lucca and the sea, as well as Pisa, Florence, Siena & airports.
We used to holiday at Forte dei Marmi - one of the most beautiful seaside resorts in the Meditarranean, 40 mins from the house. We have explored all over Italy from Venice & the Veneto, to the Lakes, the Adriatic coast, Tuscany, Umbria & Puglia.
When we saw this house with its extraordinary views, we knew this plot had our name on it.
Speaks: english, french, german, italian
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