"We stayed at Buralla with five other couples ranging from their late 50s to mid 60s, all of whom looked forward to the experience as the trip of a lifetime. Buralla did not disappoint us in the least. While all of the accommodations were satisfactory, the couple that drew the straw for the master bedroom felt as if they had won the lottery. We all enjoyed spending time in the spacious kitchen together, but spent as much time as possible outside in the dining pavilion and pool area. The latter deserves special commendation, especially since we stayed there during one of the hottest weeks of the year. On that same note, to say that Buralla is air conditioned, at least to the standard expected by most Americans, is a stretch. One other minor deficiency was the limited range of the wifi. It is easy to set those minor flaws aside, however, especially when you sit outside and take in the full panorama of the valley and mountains, along with the sounds of dogs barking in the distance, roosters on the local farms, and church bells marking each hour. Safe to say none of us will forget those sights and sounds for as long as we live. Our trip to the Fubianno winery, just a couple kilometers away, for a tour and tasting, was a highlight of the week for all of us. The people who helped at Buralla provided excellent service. When it was terribly hot, the house manager, Manuela, brought fans. The chef, Simonetta, was brilliant, presenting us with one ingenious course after another. Hire her as many nights as you can. We were also very pleasantly surprised by how much we liked Lucca itself. We did a number of day trips to Pisa, Cinque Terre, and Florence, but went back to Lucca several times, and enjoyed its slow pace and local attractions greatly. All in all, our experience at Buralla met or exceeded all our expectations, and we would definitely return another time."
Guest: Steve T.
Date of Stay: June 2015
Review Submitted: July 10, 2015