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Farmhouse Villa outside the walls of Lucca

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Villa, 6 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

If you are looking for a comfortable home base from which to explore the timeless beauty of Tuscany, look no further! We offer spacious accommodations in the beautiful Italian countryside community of Gattaiola, surrounded by vineyards and just minutes from the medieval walled city of Lucca. This year while staying at the villa, we had day trips to Carrara, Sestri Levante, Cortona, Orvieto, Assisi, Deruta, and Cinque Terre and Florence and Pisa. The villa is centrally located providing ease of travel by bus, car or train.

Originally an active farm, this rustic, three-story villa on approximately 12 hillside acres is furnished with Italian antiques and features a country kitchen (complete with original brick-fire oven) as well as six bedrooms, a dining/living area and two recently remodeled bathrooms. Simple in style and design, the farm villa can easily accommodate groups of up to 10 guests, with plenty of parking and spacious grounds for outdoor activities.

Centrally located in the heart of Tuscany. the villa offers convenient travel access to popular destinations such as Florence, Pisa, The Cinque Terre and the coastal resort of Viareggio.

For winter travelers, the Italian ski chalets of Abetone are within roughly an hour's drive. Other convenient activities include biking through the hills to Pisa, hiking in the Alpuan Alps, and sightseeing in Lucca and its outlying villages.

Bicycle groups, motorcycle groups, running groups, church groups, families, couples with children would thoroughly enjoy the spacious countryside and 3 story house.

Keywords: Renato/Villa

More Details

Owner
Lorina Vannucchi-Fleming
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 20, 2017

About Lorina Vannucchi-Fleming

My cousins and I inherited this property in 2003. We are Italian but born and raised in California. In 2003, the farmhouse became our 'project' to bring it back to it's original glory. We invite you to come to our villa to experience the peace and tranquility of the countryside, yet minutes away from all the beautiful Tuscan amenities.

Why Lorina Vannucchi-Fleming chose Lucca

It has the best location for all Tuscany amenities. Close to Florence, Pisa and the Italian beaches of Viareggio, not to mention the mountains of Pisa and the Cinque Terre! It is also a wonderful location to do day excursions to Montereggioni, Pienza, Cortona, and Livorno.

What makes this villa unique

The villa is not occupied and you will be the sole tenants during your stay. The countryside boasts some excellent restaurants walking distance away! It is very close to the walled town of Lucca, a unique Tuscan center that is beautiful beyond compare! Restaurants galore, one better than the next. All this information is located inside the house by the entertainment area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really enjoyed our stay at your farm villa. Marco was such a help to us. He came to the train station to meet us in his moped , went back home to pick up his car and then carted us to three different car rental places! We enjoyed dinner at one of the local restaurants that is within walking distance from the villa. We searched this area for a winery, but ended visiting a wine bar in Lucca. This house is a great place for a family! We hope to be able to return some day soon. Thank you
Jul 2012
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Amenities

Lucca Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please let our cleaning person wash the linens. Use the washer and dryer for your personal items
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (5), Double Bed (1) Extra single mattresses on the third floor per request.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling

Reviews

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Farmhouse Villa outside the walls of Lucca
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
Santa Cruz, California
5

A fabulous home away from home...

  • 5 of 5

Located on a hill in Gattaiola, this classic and comfortable Italian "home away from home" was perfectly located for my taste, far enough away from the traffic noise of nearby Lucca but close enough to the town center to be sure not to miss out on the many events going on there each day.

We were a group of friends, 3 couples, who happily met up for a few weeks to explore this region.

This villa has many sizable bedrooms, each sporting large windows that look out onto the countryside. The high ceilings, with timber beams, expanded the space dramatically. The antique furniture throughout is beautiful and authentic. The beds are large comfy. The bathrooms are modern. Very classy!

Additionally, our host went to great lengths to assemble an informative binder of the many distinctly different and wonderful day trips visitors can take in the surrounding areas. This was extremely useful / helpful, providing more information than I would have discovered online. I am forever grateful for her effort.

Though we often ate out at fantastic local restaurants, it was especially nice to be able to cook and feast, around the large family table, in the kitchen with our friends after a full day in the countryside. We had a wonderful 2+ weeks! I highly recommend booking this villa for an extended stay in Italy.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful stay in Lucca countryside!

  • 5 of 5

Gattaiola was an absolutely magical place for our stay in the Lucca countryside. The house was warm, inviting, spacious, and cozy. Walks in the countryside were very therapeutic. The large kitchen was perfect for our extended family to gather after a long day touring, to chat, cook, and enjoy each other's company. Only 10 minutes from grocery stores and restaurants in Lucca, where we spent an enjoyable 2 days looking around. Easy drive to other destinations in or near Tuscany--we went to Florence, Pisa, Siena, and Cinque Terre from this house as our base of operations. It was difficult to leave, and we want to go back on holiday to this wonderful farmhouse!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Claremont, California, USA
5

Best Family Vacation Ever!

  • 5 of 5

We are home about a week now and I want to write and tell you a bit about our trip to Italy, including our stay in this marvelous farmhouse villa. It was WONDERFUL. We had a few days in NYC, a few days in Venice, and a day on each end for travel, which was lovely all-in-all. But the two weeks in Lucca were just lovely, and beyond our dreams.

We jumped right in and felt right at home. We ate at the Osteria di Meati three times I think. I am a vegetarian and immediately fell in love with Mistra di farro…could not get enough! We found a great place to park outside the wall of Lucca, which gave us a quick entrance to the city and gave us a chance to get acquainted with the train station which we used a few times (once to Florence and once to Siena).

We were 10 people for a few days, but mostly had 5 in residence at the villa. The location worked out well for the areas we had planned to visit and for the red Fiat we had rented. I had stayed in Florence on a previous trip, but could not believe how crowed it was this time. San Gimignano was very crowded also. Lucca was just perfect! I love the size and pace of the city, and will love to return some day.

We noticed how green the countryside was of course, coming from drought-ridden SoCal. And, we loved how fresh the food was. Seven of us went to Chef Paolo Monti's Cooking School for one class, and it was fabulous, and a real high point of the trip.

My son is a pretty serious cyclist and brought his bicycle. He was able to do (4) 40+mile rides, including one over the hill to Pisa. He was in heaven! His son loved the flora and fauna of the villa…found slugs, and insects of every conceivable make and model, and practiced his catch-and-release policy.

It was a great family trip and I thank you so much for making your Italian home available to us. It was a dream!

So, thanks again for everything! It was lovely being there and sooooo tough to leave.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic Italian Get Away!

  • 5 of 5

We could not have been more pleased. We arrived at this impeccably clean country villa with all the local charm one would seek in Italy. This country villa offers the best of country living close to the charming city of Lucca, less than an hours drive to Florence. The owners and caretaker were kind and helpful. The home is suitable for a large family or smaller unit with two floors, a bathroom on each floor. Thank you for the perfect blend of relax and rejuvenation.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
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5

Great location!

  • 5 of 5

Oh what a great 16 days we had. This place was perfect. It has a nice kitchen and a large table for holding the crowds. It has an outside second story deck which has an incredible view. We spent a few early evening just enjoying the sites from the deck. The location is very quiet, up on the hill. Only 5 minute drive to Lucca and the Auto Strada. Easy day trips to so many places, from Florence to Cinque Terra. We had no problem filling up 16 days, could have stayed longer. Coming home everyday to a nice place, fixing a great meal, just relaxing. Highly recommend this place, on my list to come back to.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
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Map

Ponte Vecchio
Uffizi Gallery
"Excellent gallery of artwork. A must see in Florence."
Comune Di Castelnuovo Di Garfagnana
"Excellent hiking and biking trails for the adventure traveller."
Bagni Di Lucca
"If you want to enjoy the countryside in natural baths this is the place for you."
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Piazza Santa Croce
Historic Centre of Siena
"One of the exquisite sites in Tuscany where you can sit and enjoy a great meal, good wine an..."
Boboli Gardens
"One of the most beautiful gardens in Florence. "
Piazza Grande
"Traveling threw the Tuscan countryside is historic wine country of Montrpuliciano. If you a..."
Duomo di San Martino
"The beautiful city of Lucca !"
Trattoria Borgo Antico
Taste Florence
Nearest Airport
21 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Da Lido
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Lucca
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Autostrada
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Meati
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Viarreggio
Car: recommended

This property is located in the beautiful countryside of Gattaiola, just minutes to the town of Lucca and a short drive to the beaches in Viarreggio. Tourist attractions galore, and usually done with a day trip by car. This is a great location for biking enthusiasts as well as hiking groups since the Pisa hills are, literally, out your door. Families with children, groups and religious retreats are encouraged. Please don't hesitate to contact me at 831-588-6705 with questions.

Must see: Florence, Pisa, Cortona, Montepuliciano, Montereggioni, San Gimingnano, Siena, Cinque Terre and Carrara.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200
Refundable damage deposit $1,000

We do not take any responsibility for lost or stolen items or for any injuries that may occur on the property or otherwise.

Although not required, it is suggested that renters have rental insurance.

The contract agreement must be made with a person 30 years old or older.

Pets will be considered. Please speak with the owner if you are considering a pet.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.