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Superb a/c villa on hill between Florence & Pisa with amazing views & facilities

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Space 7,750 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Special memories guaranteed. Sleeps 16 + 4, minutes from Luc

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. Facilities include:

- huge fully equipped kitchen

- air-conditioned bedrooms, every one with superb views

- en-suite bathrooms

- free wifi

- satellite TV (including Sky Sport channels) & DVD player

- large outdoor dining area with BBQ

- separate cottage 10 metres from the main villa with its own kitchen, sitting room and TV

- beautifully kept lawns, flowerbeds and borders

- volleyball/badminton court

- soccer pitch

- bocce court

- secluded swimming pool and gazebo

- 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 Sudbury and Claudia Crescenzi
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Simon Sudbury and Claudia Crescenzi

That little photo is me playing olive harvest supervisor during the All Saints school holiday at the beginning of November. 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 Sudbury and Claudia Crescenzi purchased this villa in 2003

Why Simon Sudbury and Claudia Crescenzi chose Capannori

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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Capannori Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 7750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 20 ...
  • Max. adults: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master suite bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , bidet
    Downstairs suite - toilet , shower , bidet
    Ensuite Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Ensuite bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Ensuite Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Ensuite Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Cottage Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet , Shared by the two cottage bedrooms
    Guest WC - toilet , Adjacent to the laundry
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1: Master Suite with sitting room - 1 king , 2 child bed , 1 baby crib , En-suite bathroom, sitting room, dressing room, aircon
    Bedroom 2: Downstairs suite - 1 king , 1 baby crib , En-suite bathroom, study, air con
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , With en-suite bathroom, aircon and beautiful view
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , With en-suite bathroom, aircon and beautiful view
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , With en-suite bathroom, aircon and beautiful view
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single , With en-suite bathroom, aircon and beautiful view
    Cottage twin bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Shared bathroom, aircon and beautiful view
    Cottage double bedroom - 1 king , Shared bathroom, aircon and beautiful view
    Cottage sitting room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Suitable for two children / young teenagers
    Study spare room - 2 twin/ single , Aircon
    Sitting room of master suite - 2 child bed , Aircon. 2 new KIVIK chaise long suitable for children
  • The master suite includes, bedroom (with TV), bathroom, dressing room, sitting room (with 42' TV and fireplace.) The 3 high sided children's cots/cribs can go anywhere. Two new IKEA chaise long provide extra bedding for children. The downstairs suite is a good choice for less mobile guests. It has its own study which can be used as a spare room with two single mattresses folding out of the sofa. (Cots are available on request). All bedrooms have air-conditioning (which should be turned off during the day to avoid exceeding the electricity allowance.) There are screens on all bedroom windows, double glazing and shutters. The cottage is fully equipped with kitchen and reception room (Including 42' TV) and shared bathroom, two full sized bedrooms (1 twin, 1 double). The reception area has a double sofa bed suitable for children.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • 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.


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average rating of 4.983333 based on 62 reviews

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 of 5

I can not say enough about this property! From the very first contact with the owners Simon and Claudia to the amazing villa manager Manuela to the Fabulous Chef Simonetta, Antonio and Mikhala!!

We were a group of 16 friends from the USA who traveled to Caponnori to celebrate a couple of birthdays and anniversaries and it was a vacation of a lifetime!! There was so much room in this villa, with so many areas to either have private time or to be all in a group. Never in the 2 weeks we were there did it feel like it was crowded or that you could not find a space just to yourself!

I have to say the highlight of our stay would be Simonetta, Antonio and Mikhala!! On the evenings we had them come in and cook for us there was so much love, laughter and even though there was a language barrier, we still ,managed to communicate and have a fantastic time... there were even many tears shed on the final evening as we had to say goodbye!!! This is the perfect property for being centrally located to take day trips to surrounding areas. Don't miss out on Lucca, San Gimignano, Cinque Terre, Collodi, Pisa, Florence and it is a bit of a drive but so worth the trip, San Pitigliano!!!

As far as the driving directions for getting to the villa are concerned, it is a bit of a challenge the first time out and the best information I can give is to put either "Villa Torrigiani" or Villa Bruguier" into your GPs and follow those directions. Villa Torrigiani (the beautiful Villa that sits below Villa Buralla) is the first you will come upon. Then you will come upon Villa Bruguier (eagles on top of gate) which is exactly 1 mile of a curvy, twisty narrow road before you come to the driveway for villa Buralla. Listen to your GPS!!!

This is most definitely a place we will be coming back to again!!!! Simon and Claudia, your home is magnificent!! Manuela you were so gratuitous with your help and hospitality. Simonetta, Antonio and Mikhala, We Love you and Please- you have a standing invitation to come to the states and visit anytime! We WILL be back and I am sending people your way soon!!! Thank you for such an amazing experience!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a review! It means a lot and we are so glad you had such a good time. We also appreciate your feedback from your GPS. They all seem to suggest different routes - but up the hill past Villa Bruguier is the best option. (I send a google map with lots of points of interest which includes directions - and also there's a map on the webpage.) Claudia and I look forward to welcoming you again with the returners discount!
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Fabulous Villa

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was great!!! The villa was spacious and beautiful. The grounds were amazing with a beautiful pool and gorgeous view. Any problems or questions were addressed quickly. We had 2 fabulous meals prepared by Simonetta.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect spot for a family

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 10 ranging from age 72 to age 5. We had a ball. The kids loved the pool. Simonetta is a cook, available as needed, she made our stay even better. Her food was superb, her price was reasonable, and Simonetta and her husband were pleasant to have around.

The villa is in a great location, far enough from Lucca to be really in the country, but close enough to get into town easily. It is also a great location for day trips; in our case Pisa, Florence, Modena, the marble quarries and the Cinque Terre. The weather was hot, but the AC worked. The whole experience couldn't have been much better.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed it. And thanks for the grappa tip!
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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: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from 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
Nearest Point of Interest
The Buralla Estate
Nearest Point of Interest
Local shop... and palace!
Nearest Point of Interest
Lucca visit start point
Nearest Point of Interest
Fattoria Maionchi
Nearest Point of Interest
Pinocchio Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Buralla sign post is on Via di Sant'Andrea in Caprile
Nearest Point of Interest
Super Tuscan vineyard - Tenuta di Valgiano
Nearest Point of Interest
Tenuta San Pietro Restaurant
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,228.8

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund