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Unrivalled Views, Space & Facilities with Air-con on Hill Near Lucca

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Space 7,750 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 16+4 (8 double or twin bedrooms, 4 spare beds, 7.5 bathrooms)

Buralla guests come back. Why? The combination of location (central Tuscan setting on a hill with stunning views), facilities (proper kitchen and bathrooms, air-conditioned bedrooms) and modernity (wifi, satellite TV -including Sky Sport ) Outside it has soft lawns, beautiful flowerbeds and borders, volleyball and bocce courts, secluded swimming pool, olive groves - all surrounded by unforgettable 360 degree views .

Florence, Pisa, beaches, vineyards, music festivals, golf courses, mountains are in easy reach. But Buralla's views and comforts are such that some guests arrive and pretty much stay put.

Buralla is unusually spacious for Italy - full size bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, massive modern kitchen, extensive lush lawns - and ideal for groups of friends, families and reunions.

An option is to have the chef shop and prepare meals from her Tuscan menu. A great time and money saver. Plus you are sure of a view while you eat.

Lucca: The walled city of Lucca, only 15 minutes from Buralla, is one of the most beautiful places in Tuscany. Big enough to have everything, yet small enough to cover easily and safely on foot or by rented bicycle. For a rooftop view of Lucca, stroll around the 4km city walls. Or cut through the middle on the car-free Via Filiunga. On this street alone you will sample the very best of Tuscan life: visit beautiful San Michele and San Frediano Churches; climb the Guinigi Tower and Torre delle Ore; pause for a restorative coffee or meal in the elliptical Amfiteatro; shop at any number of beautiful outlets; drop into the residence of Giacomo Puccini, and listen to a short evening recital at San Giovanni Basilica or the Opera house. Tosca, Madame Butterfly and many other of Puccini's works are performed in the summer festival at Torre del Lago which is nearby on the Mediterranean coast.

Active life around Lucca: Look out of Buralla's windows and ask youself 'what do I want to do today?' You have 360 degree views and the choice is yours. Within easy walking distance you can visit the renaissance palace at the bottom of the estate. You could stroll through the vineyards and olive groves into the Pizzorne hills on one of the marked trails. You could drive to the beaches of Versilia and Forte dei Marmi overlooked by the spectacular Alpi Apuane which provide the world famous marble from nearby Carrara. Visit the little hill top village of Montecarlo, to taste wine at the excellent enoteca.

To the north of Lucca the Garfagnana valley presents yet another typology - dense forests, hill top towns like Barga and Castelnuovo.

More Details

Simon and Claudia
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2017

About Simon and Claudia

That little photo is me playing olive harvest supervisor during the All Saints school holiday at the beginning of November. My Italian wife and I love escaping bleak northern Europe with two or three families that week. We issue buckets, nets and ladders to the kids - who spend many happy hours up the olive trees - while we concentrate on the important things: taking in the views, lazy lunching, nattering away, poking the coals on the BBQ, strolling to a local vineyard. Very restorative.

Simon and Claudia purchased this villa in 2003

Why Simon and Claudia chose Lucca Province

We saw a ruin on a hill while looking for a holiday home away from London's bustle. What a piece of luck.

What makes this villa unique

Friends and family reunions. The setting is exceptional but what sets Buralla apart is being able to comfortably cater for every generation's needs and for no-one to feel hard done by. For example the downstairs suite, and level floors and accesses are great for the less mobile; on the other hand, there's a playroom next to the huge kitchen so parents can keep an eye on little ones if necessary while entertaining around the bar.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had really good time at Buralla - beautiful house, beautiful location, everything perfect. Matteo's dinners were exceptional - bravisssimo! He was very attentive and professional and both dinners were exquisite.

(Original Italian: Ci siamo trovati veramente bene a Buralla - casa stupenda, location bellissima, tutto perfetto. Le cene con Matteo sono state eccezionali - lui e' stato bravisssimo, molto attento e professionale e entrambi le cene erano squisite.)
Oct 2009
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Capannori Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 7750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 22
  • smoking allowed
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
  • Downstairs suite - 1 king , 1 baby crib , En-suite bathroom, study, air con
    Master Suite - 1 king , 1 baby crib , En-suite bathroom, sitting room, dressing room, aircon
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , En-suite bathroom, aircon
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , En-suite bathroom, aircon
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , En-suite bathroom
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single , En-suite bathroom
    Cottage double - 1 king , Shared bathroom
    Cottage twin - 2 twin/ single , Shared bathroom
    Study as spare room - 2 twin/ single , Fold out beds
    Cottage sitting room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Suitable for two children
    Sitting room of master suite - 2 twin/ single , Option of two fold out beds
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (5), Twin or Single Beds (6), Child Beds (1) A folding camp bed with proper mattress is available for extra guest, Baby Cribs (3) High sided cribs easily moved., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) New double sof bed in the cottage is availble for extra guest, Murphy Beds (1) A spare single bid is available for extra guest
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The unique thing about Buralla is its combination of 360 degree Tuscan views outside, with the space and comfort inside you normally only find in more northern countries. Especially the kitchen, which is a wonderful gathering point. It also has huge garden with space both for quiet zones and the more athletic such as the volleyball court. Something all ages enjoy is the bocce court (Italian bowls) which is wonderful to play at sunset.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(54 traveler reviews)

Unrivalled Views, Space & Facilities with Air-con on Hill Near Lucca
average rating of 4.9814816 based on 56 reviews

Quality Family Time - Amazing setting

  • 5 of 5

Our family group of 11 loved our stay at this location. Once you find your way to the villa it is perfect to explore the area. The view from the rooms and back area was outstanding. We had Simonetta come to cook on two evenings and love her seafood meal. Amazing. There was hiking in the area. It would have been nice to know more about the local trails. We did a few day trips to Lucca, a hiking day trip to Monte Forato near Garfanana, as well as a drive to Pistoia. The campanile in Pistoia was my favorite of all of our views. So much to see in the area just not enough time. The gelateria in town only a few minutes from the villa was our favorite in all of Tuscany, the owner was sweet. This really is a great place. There is a photo of volleyball in the guide and you will not find that. The kids loved the table tennis, bocce ball and the gardener got the soccer balls and such out for us at the end of the stay. A chess set would have been a nice addition in the game room or the sitting room.

I would say if you are looking for a nice location to assemble the family and enjoy amazing scenery this is the place. You can have quality time together, enjoy the views over a nice glass of wine.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear you had such a good time. You are right - there are so many things to do and trails to explore. Please come back and benefit from a returner's discount and we'll make sure the volleyball net is up! (Apologies for that - the gardener speaks good English so if anything is missing, please don't hesitate to ask.) Totally agree with your sentiment about the chess board. Over the years of renting I have come to realise it is impossible for a chess set to survive intact for an entire rental season so I have stopped buying new ones, but there are random games and puzzles and DVDs in the playroom chest. Simon
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spacious luxury near Lucca

  • 5 of 5

Villa Buralla was perfect for our weekend away with five other couples in March. It is heaven to sit on the terrace which overlooks rolling hills and then Lucca. When the weather was overcast and too cool to sit in the garden we were cosy and comfortable indoors, with a log fires in the evenings. Lucca's shops and restos are only 20 minutes away.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Buralla is an amazing place

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Buralla Sept 27-Oct 4/2016. There were 10 adults in our group. There were no surprises. The pictures are accurate and the place is actually even bigger and better than we could ever have imagined.

Right from the first time I contacted the owner, Simon, he was prompt and courteous with all of his replies. His manager in Italy, Manuella, is an absolute delight. She went over and above what would be expected. She even met us at the train station to make sure we found the place. She had wonderful suggestions for restaurants. ie Paris Boehme, for the evening we planned to be in Lucca. If you get a chance to have a night with Luis at this exquisite place, do it!

Simonetta is worth her weight in gold. She and her team would come in, quietly do her magic, serve us-outside or in, whatever we chose, and then she would clean up and be off. I would recommend using her as often as possible. We are still dreaming about the meals and how delicious they all were.

We had an amazing week at Buralla and have memories that will last a lifetime. I would, without hesitation, recommend staying at this property.

Thank you to all involved-Simon, Manuella, Simonetta, Julio and Gloria. Hope to see you again!

These were comments from others in our group:

"A wonderful week enjoyed by our group of 10 from Canada. Beautiful scenery, wonderful food and some really interesting places to visit. LOVED every minute"

"A perfect villa, a perfect climate, a perfect group, a perfect week! I'll dream bout this for years to come.

"What a fantasist week!! Hiking, biking, walking, relaxing. Simonetta's cooking is fabulous.We built memories we will cherish always"

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic house.

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for our extended family group. Plenty of space, clean and well maintained. The directions from the airport were spot on so we arrived relaxed and carried on from there.

Lucca is beautiful and must be visited.

We enjoyed a fantastic week in Italy. The house is amazing along with the scenery. Hope to be back here very soon.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect for large group- spacious, comfortable, lovely setting with room for everyone.

  • 5 of 5

We were an extended family of 18, aged from mid teens to mid eighties, gathered together from various parts of the world to spend a week in Italy together this August. Villa Buralla, with its space, comfort, peaceful setting, stunning views over Lucca and surrounding areas, large gardens, beautiful pool, outdoor BBQ area in a shaded loggia, with its memorable nightly backdrop of the twinkling lights in the valley, far exceeded our best expectations. The shuttered windows were fitted with mosquito nets so we all slept comfortably with open windows and gentle hill top breezes, despite the high August temperatures. Although the bedrooms were fitted with air conditioning, we hardly used it. We went to sleep at night to the sounds of the crickets outside our windows and were woken in the mornings to the sounds of cocks crowing and church bells ringing. One of the highlights of our week was an evening meal cooked and served by the lovely Simonetta and her helper, Roberta. This is a must! We highly recommend Villa Buralla.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic - best holiday ever!

  • 5 of 5

This was truly a holiday to remember. Three generations (8 adults and 6 children) aged from 7-76yrs had a marvellous time at Buralla. We rarely get together as a whole family so to spend a week in such marvellous surroundings was a huge treat. One of us celebrated a 70th birthday while we were there, and it couldn't have been more perfect. The villa was amazing - very spacious and comfortable; plenty of room for everyone; masses of bathrooms; great facilities. Simonetta cooked a delicious meal for us on three evenings, and couldn't have been more welcoming and cheerful. Much fun was had in the pool and playing boules etc. Each of the four families had a car, so had a certain amount of independence, though we all came together in the evening. It was wonderful sitting out having dinner, watching the sun go down over the hills in the distance. All in all, we couldn't have had a better holiday. As one family member said 'it is the best week of my life' - that says it all!!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Pisa or Florence
Nearest Barpub
600 Metres
Bar Parigi
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Montecatini Golf Club and Spa
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Fattoria Maionchi
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Nearest Beach
31 Miles
Forte di Marmi
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Capannori Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2017 Rate 1
Mar 4 2017 - May 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Rate 2
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Rate 3
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Rate 4
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 20 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Rate 5
Oct 21 2017 - Nov 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
2018 Rate 1
Mar 3 2018 - May 25 2018
7 night minimum stay
2018 Rate 2
May 26 2018 - Jun 29 2018
7 night minimum stay
2018 Rate 3
Jun 30 2018 - Aug 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
2018 Rate 4
Sep 1 2018 - Oct 26 2018
7 night minimum stay
2018 Rate 5
Oct 27 2018 - Dec 21 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,089.47

Rates include 3 hours maid services twice a week. Additional maid service available upon request.
A chef is available.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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