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Al Bastini is a beautiful 18 century villa-farmhouse basking on a sunny hillside, with glorious views towards Pisa & the medieval city of Lucca. Full of period character, the house was built in traditional Tuscan style from local stone & terracotta, with high chestnut-beamed ceilings & open fireplaces. It has been lovingly restored to a very high standard with a perfect blend of antiquity & modern comforts. Facilities include air-conditioning, WiFi broadband, satellite 50' plasma TV, DVD, billiard table, and table tennis. Set in 7 acres of gentle sloping terraces with old olive & fruit trees, the landscaped gardens feature flowerbeds, lawns, a heated 10 x 5m pool, & 3 outside eating areas in both sun & shade. There's a loggia, jasmine-scented terrace with stone barbecue, & a wisteria-covered pool-side pergola, all overlooking the wonderful views. There's ample quality garden chairs & sunbeds for relaxation. All the ingredients for an unforgetable holiday.
Tuscany and Umbria are crowded with places to see - the obvious ones being Florence (1 hour's drive), Siena (1.5 hours) and San Gimignano (2 hours). Also well worth a trip is to follow the Piero della Francesca trail (as in John Mortimer's book Summer Lease- John Mortimer also stayed at Al Bastini) which you can start in Arezzo (beautiful city, 1.5 hours' drive) & continue to nearby San Sepolcro and Monterchi, to see other examples of his stunning fresco work. If you have time when in that area, Assisi and Perugia are also well worth a visit. Volterra is a beautiful hilltop town well worth a visit.
Closer to home, of course, are Viareggio & Forte dei Marmi, both very attractive seaside towns. You can also visit Lerici on the coast, a picturesque place with stunning views, from which you can get a short boat trip to Portavenere & enjoy the lovely seafood restaurants. Again on the coast are Cinque Terre, five lovely coastal villages all connected by train, boat or foot & well worth a visit. For a short trip, it is worth going to elegant Montecatini (30 mins) a spa town (but don't wear shorts as you won't be allowed into the baths). You can take the railway (or a taxi!, or drive yourself) up to the old hilltop village which is very pretty. An alternative place for lunch is Montecarlo (20 min) or Vinci (home of Leonardo) which, in addition to some very good restaurants, has a fascinating museum with scaled down models of all his inventions & posters of his works.
Puccini was born in Lucca & the ancient San Giovanni basilica in Lucca holds daily recitals of his music. There's also an annual open air Puccini opera festival thoughout July & August at nearby Torre Del Lago.
For sporting activities: there are some challenging golf courses within an hour's drive, tennis clubs, riding, fishing, paragliding, mountaineering & beautiful walks are all available in the area.
All the bedrooms have independently controlled air conditioning. The rooms on the upper floor have high ceilings with chestnut beams. The master bedroom, with its hand-made iron king-size bed, has private access to an outside terrace & an en-suite bathroom with bath & shower cubicle. There's another large double bedroom on this floor with a king-size bed, which can be converted to two singles, & a single bedroom which both share a large bathroom with bath and separate shower .
Downstairs, there is one single bedroom & two double bedrooms - one with a queen-sized bed & its own en-suite bathroom with shower, & one with a standard double bed & separate access to an outside covered terrace. This latter bedroom & the single bedroom share the fourth bathroom, which has a bath with a shower....moreless
The bathrooms are decorated to a high standard with good quality suites, tiles and marble surfaces....moreless
The spacious accommodation is spread out over 2 floors. The large kitchen is fully equipped with electric oven, 5 ring hob, freezer, fridge, ice-maker, microwave, dishwasher, coffee machines, table & 6 chairs, satellite TV & wood burning stove; it opens onto a loggia overlooking the views with table & seating for 12. The kitchen also has direct access to a sunny terrace with a stone barbecue & a stone-topped table seating 8. The dining room seats 8, the living room has comfortable sofas for 8, satellite TV with 50' plasma screen, DVD, books, games & a fireplace with wood-burning stove.The house has free wireless internet. There's a billiards room with snooker table, & a covered terrace with table tennis. A utility room houses the washing machine & tumble dryer. The walled 10 x 5m pool is heated on request & features a wisteria-covered pergola & barbecue. Quality teak garden furniture & sunbeds are plentiful. There's covered parking for 2 cars....moreless
Low Season Spring Apr 18 - May 29, 2015 7 night min stay
Mid Season Spring May 30 - Jun 26, 2015 7 night min stay
High Season Jun 27 - Aug 28, 2015 7 night min stay
Mid Season Autumn Aug 29 - Sep 25, 2015 7 night min stay
Low Season Autumn Sep 26 - Oct 31, 2015 7 night min stay
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Refundable Damage Deposit€1,000
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Many guest services are available such as a cook, babysitting, vineyard tours etc, please enquire for further information and prices.
A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance at least 8 weeks before departure. If the booking is made in the year preceding your holiday the payment schedule is 10% on booking, 40% on January 1st and 50% at least 8 weeks before your departure.
A Security Deposit of €1000 will be added to your final holiday payment & refunded within one week of your departure.
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Just 15 mins from the centre of Lucca, Al Bastini is conveniently located in idyllic countryside within comfortable reach of the historic cities of Pisa, Florence & Siena. Lucca is a beautiful medieval city famed for its towers & renaissance walls, with plenty of cultural sights to see, excellent shops & restaurants. The Versilian coast is a short drive away, with its sandy resorts of Forte Dei Marmi & Viareggio. You can also visit Lerici & Portovenere further up the coast, or take a boat to the picturesque villages of the Cinque Terre. Montecatini the spa town is worth a trip, as are the pretty towns of the Garfagnana. There are several splendid baroque villas outside Lucca worth seeing. Organised sightseeing, cooking courses, & visits to vineyards & olive mills can be pre-booked. There are great restaurants nearby from simple trattorias to Michelin starred. The nearest supermarket is 4km, the nearest restaurant, 3km. Pisa airport is 45 mins by car, with direct flights to US & Europe.