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Stunning Views, Gorgeous House, Family-friendly, Air-con between Florence & Pisa

Sleeps20
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms7
Half Baths1
Space 7,750 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Unobstructed views, rolling lawns, huge kitchen, sleeps 16 + spare beds.

Buralla guests come back. From their reviews they tell us of the warm welcome and the great time they have. Buralla sits in a superb hill-top location with stunning view. The facilities are modern - air-conditioned bedrooms, huge kitchen, en-suite bathrooms, wifi, satellite TV (including Sky Sport). Outside are beautifully kept lawns, flowerbeds and borders, volleyball/badminton court, soccer pitch 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

Owner
Simon and Claudia
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 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. It was much too big for us, but the views led us to take the plunge, and after 10 years of renting, we are happy to have had so many happy visitors saying they would have done the same!

What makes this villa unique

Friends and family groups and 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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Amenities

Capannori Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 7750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Max. adults: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • 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 child bed , Two new KIVIK chaise long useful for children as 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
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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Stunning Views, Gorgeous House, Family-friendly, Air-con between Florence & Pisa
average rating of 4.982456 based on 59 reviews
5

It was amazing, Truly magical experience

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time at Buralla and it did not disappoint. This is such an amazing property, the house, the grounds, the pool, everything was perfect. We had friends fly in from all over, some who had never been out of the U.S. and they had such a relaxing stay. Big bonus, we had Simonetta cook for us every night we were there. We ate like Kings and Queens. She is an amazing woman with such a big heart, oh and did I mention the meals she prepared were spectacular!!! In summary best two weeks we have had in a while and would recommend this wonderful home to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great to have you back!
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5

Wonderful family gathering and holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had the opportunity to stay at Villa Buralla in the heat of August 2017. A group of five families, long standing friends from Europe and Canada converged in Tuscany for two weeks. We had a total of 11 adults and 9 children for various times of our holiday.

We booked and paid for this trip in April and were very excited. The accommodation and trip lived up to every expectation we had. The pool was enjoyed daily. The A/C in every bedroom worked. The smaller villa was occupied by a family with small infants and was perfect for them.

Manuela was amazing co-ordinating all of the support staff. The gardener, pool staff, cleaning staff were punctual and discrete. Simonetta and her cooking, along with Antonio and Michaela's hospitality not to mention their grappa was the icing on the cake.

Having authentic dinners in the Tuscan sun on while linen while we enjoyed wine, prosecco, grappa - we all have wonderful memories of this trip. Thank you so much Simon.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed it. And thanks for the grappa tip!
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Houston
5

Gorgeous, relaxing setting.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Burralla, and it was a magical as we remembered! We had a large family group, which the property comfortably accommodated. The younger kids loved the pool, and Simonetta, the private chef available through the property, came in and prepared two fantastic dinners, which we enjoyed outside with the spectacular evening views. One tip we learned on this trip was rather than drive into Florence and fight the traffic and parking, take the train from Pescia, which is short drive from the house and has regular service directly to the main station in Florence. Simon (and Manuela) thanks for your gracious assistance!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

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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5

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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Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
5

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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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Pisa or Florence
Nearest Barpub
600 Metres
Bar Parigi
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Livorno
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Montecatini Golf Club and Spa
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Pescia
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Capannori
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Fattoria Maionchi
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Abetone
Nearest Beach
31 Miles
Forte di Marmi
Car: necessary

Photos

Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $1,189.06

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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