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Bell'Estate - Your Dream Villa in Tuscany

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Space 7,500 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 8 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10 or 16 at different rates). Free wifi

The villa, built in the 1870s, sits on top of a hill overlooking green fields and vineyards towards the south and west. On a property of about six acres, the garden offers complete privacy, and a variety of walks and quiet places.

This villa is not just a rental place, but the actual residence of academics, who have filled with an extensive collection of books and texts. It is a unique pleasure to immerse oneself in the quiet of this cultural oasis, away from loud crowds and everyday bustle.

Only ten minutes from the center of Lucca, the surroundings are open farmland, protected by the Cultural Landmarks commission, with a church on a higher hill and farms and villas to dot the landscape. The area offers the best of what Tuscany is known and loved for: an unforgettable countryside, a beautiful medieval town full of art and precious boutiques, Summer festivals with opera and concerts, amazing wines, and of course renowned and unknown restaurants that will give great pleasure to those who appreciate the simple flavors of Tuscan cuisine.

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Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2018

About The Owner

I grew up in this house, and no matter where I am, a big chunk of my heart resides here.

The Owner purchased this villa in 1962


Lucca Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 7500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , This bathroom is not ensuite to any bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet , This bathroom can be en-suite to bedroom 5
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , bidet , Powder room on the First Floor
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , This bathroom is en-suite to bedroom 6
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower , This bathroom is to be shared by bedrooms 7 and 8
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , bidet , Not ensuite to any bedroom. The tub is great but slippery!
  • The main villa has 5. 5 bathrooms. The dépendance down the hill has two bathrooms in the two-bedroom apartment, and two and a half baths in the three-bedroom apartment.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Can be made either as 1 queen or as 2 twins
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , The Horses Room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Can be made either as 1 queen or as 2 twins
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Antique four-poster bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , The Blue Room has a narrow en-suite bathroom (90 cm)
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , This bedroom is on the 3rd fl. and has an en-suite bathroom
    Bedroom 7 - 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed , Called the Tall Ships Room, it's a bedroom designed for kids
    Bedroom 8 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Called the Stars' Room, it's a bedroom designed for kids
  • The second floor has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The third floor has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Pending availability, there is a house within the same compound, only 80m. away, that has two more guest apartments, one with three bedrooms, and one with two bedrooms. Rates available upon request.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Maid services included 3 times/week, 25-meter (81-foot) swimming pool in completely private area, walking distance to river park with jogging and bicycle trails, 25 minutes to the the beach, 1.5 hours to the hiking trails of the Apennines and Alpi Apuane, 45 minutes to Florence


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Bell'Estate - Your Dream Villa in Tuscany
average rating of 4.8378377 based on 37 reviews
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA


  • 5 of 5

The other reviewers have not exaggerated about this exquisite house and the lovely countryside surrounding it. The photos do not do it justice. It is larger and much more grand than it appears. It is stunningly beautiful inside and out. The views are incredible, and the peace and quiet were only interrupted by the sounds of the children playing in the pool.

As a group we totaled 4 adults and six children ranging in age from 6 to 14. The house was incredibly spacious. Had we wanted alone time, we could all ten of us have found it simultaneously. As it was, we spent most of our time in the well equipped and very pleasant kitchen, and in the pool. The kitchen looks small in the photos, and it is compared to the other rooms, but it's actually fairly big. My daughter baked a me a birthday cake from scratch in it! The pool is spectacularly large, perfect for the kids to play and for the adults to swim laps - sometimes at the same time! The house has air-conditioning in two of the 5 bedrooms, and screens on many of the windows - luxuries you don't find in many houses in Italy. All of the other bedrooms have fans. The three full bathrooms upstairs were completely adequate for all of us. The smallest bathroom is actually ensuite with one of the air-conditioned bedrooms. I liked the privacy that entailed and also the fact that I wasn’t taking over a larger bathroom from the rest of our party. The bedrooms are enormous, and the beds are very comfortable. The house was cleaned every other day which was wonderful considering how large it is, and that there were 10 of us. The washing machine worked perfectly and made it possible for us to travel lightly. There is also a ping pong table outside! The owner's very thorough guide about the house and the area was an invaluable resource. We took advantage of many of her recommendations.

This was our first trip to Tuscany, and the house and surrounding area couldn’t have been more perfect for our two families. I was not at all ready to leave after one week, and I would love to come back and see it in every season. If you’re a large group, I highly recommend staying here. It may seem a bit expensive, but split in half by two families (who in a hotel would need at least two rooms each) it’s really quite reasonable, especially for what you get!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magnificent property with stunning grounds and the quirks of an old house

  • 4 of 5

Bell'Estate is an astonishingly beautiful place and when the sun shines one fully experiences the splendor of the property. The garden areas and pool are extraordinary and it feels as though a cinematographer might appear at any moment! The house is enormous and can comfortably accommodate large groups with no sense of crowding. The kitchen is well equipped and there are plenty of good dishes, glasses and cutlery. It is a home that is lived in and loved, and nothing in it is of low quality. Bedrooms are very spacious, featuring stunning vistas; the five rooms we used had comfortably firm beds and all windows have screens.

It must be understood, though, that this is an old house and can be chilly and dark inside, which is an advantage in hot weather but not necessarily in cold or dank weather. There are "new house" people and "old house" people in the world and those who want a modern place might not be entirely comfortable. Those who love the individuality, history and charm of a quintessentially Italian home that evokes a bygone era, however, will think they have died and gone to heaven.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the very nice words. This group was unlucky with the weather, because it rained I think 5 out of the 7 days they were at the house. Moreover, they were there at that time of the year (late April - early May) when it starts getting hotter outside than inside the house. With the humidity of the rain, I am sorry to read that they felt chilly. Had I known this, I would have been happy to put on the heating system (which I can do remotely).. it just did not occur to me that it might be necessary. We have an excellent heating system which keeps the house very warm when we are there in winter!
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Klassisch toskanische Villa mit großem Pool

  • 5 of 5

Unsere Familie hatte eine wunderbare Woche in Bell’Estate – eine klassisch toskanische Villa im besten Sinne mit Stil, Charme und schönen Bildern eingerichtet. Man spürt sofort, dass dies kein Mietobjekt für die Feriengäste ist, sondern vielmehr ein Haus, das auch von der Eigentümerin Alessandra und deren Familie bereits in zweiter Generation als italienischer Wohnsitz genutzt wird. Entsprechend liebevoll ist die Einrichtung des sehr großzügig geschnittenen Hauses. Highlight ist jedoch die Kombination aus Haus und Garten mit dem riesigen 25 m Pool mit Fernblick – wunderbar gefasst in grünem Serpentinstein und kleine Glasmosaikfliesen. Auch für die Kinder ist genügend Platz für Ballspiele und Tischtennis direkt am Haus.

Unser Lieblingsraum – auch zum ungestörten Arbeiten im Urlaub - war die gut bestückte Bibliothek. Auch in der kühleren Jahreszeit ist die Villa mit den drei offenen Kaminen sicherlich ein schönes Ziel. Besonders schön sind die keramischen Böden im Haus. Bell’Estate ist ideal gelegen um Ausflüge an die Küste, ins Landesinnere nach Florenz oder ins nahegelegene Pisa zu machen. Am schönsten für uns jedoch Lucca selbst – die komplett befestigte Stadt mit ihrer Vielzahl von Plätzen ist sehr einladend und überraschend vielseitig. Wir waren nun bereits das dritte Mal hier und kommen bestimmt wieder! Danke, Alessandra für die guten Hinweise und Tipps und Kompliment an Gärtner und Housekeeping die ganz unaufdringliche Betreuung vor Ort.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An absolute treasure

  • 5 of 5

It's hard to put in words just how beautiful this house and its gardens were. It had such charm and warmth and history and we treasure our time spent there. We were there mid-April so the pool wasn't open yet, but it didn't matter. The Wisteria arch was in full bloom and it was gorgeous. There were 12 of us, ranging in age from 20 months to 71yrs. We had plenty of space for all to be together, but it was easy enough to find your own special cuby. The weather was gorgeous during the day and at night we were able to light a fire in the fireplace. It was convenient enough to go into Lucca (one of our favorite cities) and convenient for day trip to Cinque Terre, to Colle Verde organic vineyard and olive orchard, or other excursions. But we loved coming home to "Bell". Alessandra was so considerate and helpful, made sure we received information we would need. We had Sonia prepare dinner for us the first day we arrived and our last night there. Being at Bell Estate with my family will always remain one of my most treasured memories. It is more than just a beautiful house. The description by the person who wrote "Enchanting" review was spot on. I have only one regret - we weren't there long enough. I can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A fantastic house with history and style. Perfectly appointed for our family and friends.

  • 5 of 5

Incredible private pool- 25 meters for real lap swimming. Really nice housekeeper. 5 large bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in a real villa makes this a dream come true. Up a small road just outside of Lucca so you have privacy plus a he amenities of Lucca. Really a marvellous spot

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This enchanting house is right out of a D.H. Lawrence novel. It's tucked on a tiny quiet road; a mossy stone marker inscribed 1892 greets you as you approach along the gravel drive.

The garden hosts majestic chestnut and cypress trees, with an arched tunnel of wisteria. Inhale the fragrance of lemon and olive trees or wander down the winding path lined with bamboo that leads to an very large private swimming pool nestled in a little valley. Swim and sunbathe in total privacy while across the valley you can glimpse a gorgeous old Tuscan chapel. The grounds of this property are delightful (mosquitos were a non-issue on my visit) and I recommend any guest take advantage of them.

Inside the house, admire the Carrara marble sink and matching kitchen table, and the elegant tile. Enjoy the incredible craftsmanship of the generous original windows. During our visit, I slept with them open each night to enjoy the August breezes and the songs of crickets. So peaceful!

Don’t expect electronically operated shutters or a TV in every room; this is not a high-tech house. But it has all the important comforts and amenities, such as a strong and reliable WiFi, and a wonderfully equipped kitchen for cooking and gathering with friends. If you're looking for the tranquility of the countryside, a spacious romantic garden in which to relax, socialize, and have your meals, and the genuine glamour of days gone by, don't miss this beautiful home.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Pisa Airport (PSA)
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Alla Cantina di Carignano
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Vicopelago Golf Club
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Lucca Train Station
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
A-11 / E76
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Alla Cantina di Carignano
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Car: necessary

ARRIVAL POLICY: Since this house is not a hotel, we unfortunately do not have flexibility for your arrival time. YOU MUST MAKE YOUR TRAVEL PLANS TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARRIVE AT THE HOUSE BETWEEN 4PM AND 7PM. You cannot arrive earlier, because we need time to prepare the house for you. You cannot arrive later, because a person who does not live on the premises will be sent specifically to meet you, and this person is not available after hours. If there is a chance that you might arrive late, you should make plans to stay at a hotel and arrive the following day. You will not be reimbursed for the cost of the hotel. This applies also in case of a delay that is beyond your control, such as a flight cancellation, or a train strike. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we cannot accommodate late arrival under any circumstances.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

A 500 Euro cash security deposit is due upon arrival, and will be returned at the end of the stay if nothing is found missing or damaged.

The Villa can be either for 10 guests or for 16 guests. Please ask for rates for 16 guests. We cannot break it up into a per-person rate, even though the site offers no other way to indicate this. In other words, you can rent two floors of the house, for 10 guests, or three floors of the house, for a maximum of 16 guests. We cannot break it down further- if you are 12 or 14 people, the rate will be the rate for the full three floors.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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