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- Minimum stay:7 nights
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- Wheel chair accessible:No
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Villa Serchio is the main villa of the Serchio Estate, nestled in the valley 27 miles northeast of the city of Lucca. The scenery is spectacular, with the Apennine mountain range on one side and the Apuan Alps on the other. This beautiful area of the Lucca Province is rich in wildlife and scenery where you can enjoy the two protected parks, Parco Regionale delle Alpi Apuan and the Parco dell'Orcchiella. Both are perfect for hiking, horseback riding, bird and wild animal watching. There are many scenic roads that take you thorough characteristic villages on your way through these parks.
You will find there are lots to do in this area, not only in the neighboring small towns and villages including San Giorgio di Brancoli, Bagni di Lucca, Barga and Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. The estate is just 27 miles to the elegant beach resort town of Fore de Marmi and 33 miles to art deco beach town of Viareggio. The famous Grotta del Vento, "Wind Cave" is an exciting way to spend a day with the kids as you descend hundreds of meters below the Apuan Alps.
The magnificent estate consists of sixty acres of forests, fields and hills and contains a four bedroom, 15th century villa and a beautifully restored six bedroom house that can either be rented as three separate apartments or together to sleep twelve guests. The entire estate can be rented in its entirety to accommodate twenty guests.
At one time, the estate was known for its local products, making its own cheese, honey wine and raising trout. The villa was said to be built on a solid granite rock where there was once a house dating back to the Roman period.
Your approach to the estate is breathtaking, either from the typically Tuscan white gravel road that meanders through the property or by landing on the private helicopter pad. You pass through the formal Italian gardens and the beautiful Grecian style swimming pool area with its ancient fountain and 18th century grotto and you know you've arrived before you even open the door!
Villa Serchio is on a beautiful estate just a short distance from the Casa Serchio but separated by the Italian formal gardens to insure your privacy. Cross the terrace and you enter through the large double front doors and into the Grand Hall. You will have to pinch yourself, it's not a dream, it's not a museum, it's your living room! Twenty eight columns and arches form a gallery around the entire perimeter above you, with mellow light filtering through a frosted glass and wrought iron ceiling. A large chandelier hangs from the ceiling to the first floor above you giving the house a decadent flair.
To the left of the living room is a study/TV room with VCR and satellite TV. Double French doors lead out to the terrace and across the hall is a luxurious dining room that leads into a fully equipped kitchen with double French doors that open to the same terrace. Beyond the terrace is a romantic Gazebo with dining table and chairs so you can have dinner under the stars. Back across the hall you pass through a small cloakroom where there is an open staircase to the gallery on the first floor. To the left you have the laundry room and a double bedroom with large en suite marble bathroom with shower and tub. This bedroom has French doors and a private balcony with spectacular views on to the swimming pool and formal garden with a grotto. There is also a double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower.
Another set of stairs leads up upstairs and through a set of French doors to the Orangery – a conservatory of glass and terracotta flooring and glass ceiling. This was a distinguished room for nobles in the Renaissance and Baroque centuries and was designed for the cultivation of orange trees. Beyond the conservatory is a double bedroom with a beautiful bathroom with shower and bath tub completely in travertine marble with roman style motifs. On the other side of the conservatory are two archways that lead to a large bedroom with en suite bathroom of cream colored travertine marble. Both the bedroom and bathroom have large picture windows giving you the most beautiful panoramic views over the garden, fountain pool and mountain ranges.
3 Double Bedrooms with en suite bathrooms with showers1 Twin Bedroom with en suite bathrooms with shower
4 Bathroom with Shower
- Vacation Rental
- Private Chef
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
Bathrooms: 0 Bathrooms
- Satellite / Cable
- CD Player
- Parking Off Street
- Washing Machine
- Broadband Access
- Lawn / Garden
Pool / Spa
- Outdoor Pool
- Private Pool
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|Dates||Nightly||Wknd Night||Weekend||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Aug 31 - Sep 27, 2013
7 night min stay
Sep 28 - Dec 20, 2013
7 night min stay
Dec 21 - Jan 3, 2014
7 night min stay
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