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Unrivalled space, comfort and views on hill near Lucca between Florence and Pisa

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

Overview

About the property

Superb Location, Facilities, Modernity, Grounds and Views. Sleeps up to 20

Buralla guest come back for its Location, Facilities, Modernity, Grounds and Views.

Location - stunning views, private, but not isolated, within easy reach of Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre.

Facilities - enormous kitchen with casual eating space, air conditioned bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, outdoor eating area.

Modernity - fast internet, satellite TV including Sky Sport and Entertainment packages with switchable language.

Grounds - soft lawns, beautiful flowerbeds and borders, volleyball court, bocce court (Italian bowls), 5 aside football pitch, secluded swimming pool, olive groves.

Unforgettable 360 degree views.

Buralla is unusually spacious for Italy Buralla and is perfect for groups of friends, families and reunions. It has 8 bedrooms sleeping 16, with 7 bathrooms, plus spill over sleeping for two more adults or 4 children on fold out beds.

Upon request, we can refer you to a local chef who will shop and prepare meals from her Tuscan menu. A great time and money saver. Why go to a more expensive restaurant when you can be sure of a great meal and sensational view sitting outside at Buralla.

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 500 metres away at the bottom of the property. 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 villages of Montecarlo, to taste wines or Collodi, the home of Pinnochio.

Drive an hour east and you are in Florence. An hour west and you could be climbing the tower of Pisa. North West, Cinque Terre.

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

For a quick orientation including local restaurants, please see the map here:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/2/viewer?authuser=2&mid=1l4V27nb3zXWMH8jtT8TJEdXB5LY

More Details

Owner
Simon Sudbury
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2017

About Simon Sudbury

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 Sudbury purchased this villa in 2003

Why Simon Sudbury 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. I'm beginning to believe Buralla also has a special catalytic effect on people by bringing previously hidden talents to the fore. Two examples from September last year - an unbelievably good Indian meal for 20 cooked with stupendous skill and care by a friend who I thought only did fried eggs. And, days earlier, a not particularly hydro-dynamic chap called Jim (48) did 4 lengths of the pool underwater non- stop. Please someone, break this record and let me know. He lived to tell the tale and has become unbearable. (2015 update: the record now stands at 5, thanks to Amelie, a 15 year old from France)

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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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 dei Marmi
Car: necessary

Lucca is a jewel of a city, strategically placed between Florence and Pisa, but smaller, safer and perfect for walking. Aristocratic renaissance families built majestic palaces in the hills north of Lucca to benefit from the close proximity to the cities and the gentle breezes coming from the coast. Buralla overlooks perhaps the most stunning example of these palaces, Villa Torrigiani, which is well worth a visit. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Torrigiani). On your way back pick up some wild boar sausages for the BBQ. This region is packed with things to enjoy: Florence and its treasures are 55 mins away; Pisa, 45 mins; music, opera, architecture, gastronomy in Lucca (whose most famous son is Puccini); thermal spas and golf in Montecatini; beaches and fashion in Forte dei Marmi; marble and sculpture in Carrara and Pietrasanta; mountains and forests in the Garfagnana; and beautiful walks, biking, food, wine and world famous olive oil right outside the door.

Other Activities: Opera, music, art, wine and olive-oil tasting

Golf: Montecatini - winds through olive groves; very charming, and a good walk. Buggies a good option.

Le Pavoniere - top class Arnold Palmer design near Prato. No bad holes, several over water. Lovely views all around. Really good condition.

Versilia - Luxurious club house and very good course.

Cosmopolitan, near Pisa. Similar to Versilia plus water holes.

Tirrenia, beautiful 9 holes which winds through the pine forest next door to Cosmopolitan.

Ugolino, south of Florence - old style hill side course with great charm, and very welcoming. Take a buggy in high summer, because it gets hot!

Ski: Abetone is a small resort about 90 minutes away. While not a major destination for international ski tourism, it has spawned several italian champions over the years and makes a great day out.

Amenities

Capannori Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • 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: 35
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs suite - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Cottage Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Additional WC - toilet
    Master suite - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , En-suite bathroom, aircon
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , En-suite bathroom, aircon
    Bedroom 1 Master with sitting room - 1 queen , 2 child bed , 1 baby crib , Bathroom, sitting room, dressing room, aircon
    Bedroom 2 Downstairs - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , En-suite bathroom, aircon
    Study/spare bedroom - 1 child bed , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Shared bathroom with Bedroom 2, aircon
    Cottage sitting room / spare room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , sofa bed for two children
    Bedroom 7 Cottage double bedroom - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Shared bathroom, aricon
    Bedroom 8 Cottage twin bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Shared bathroom, aircon
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , En-suite bathroom, aircon
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single , En-suite bathroom, aircon
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 16 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • ski privileges optional
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The playroom adjacent to the kitchen has a games cupboard and 50' TV with a Sky Sport and Entertainment subscription and DVD player. The playroom, the 400 sq. foot kitchen, the triple reception room, and the study all have double doors directly onto the south facing lawn. The master suite includes a spacious sitting room, sofa bed and walk in dressing area. The cottage has a twin bedroom and double bedroom with shared bathroom - and its own fully equipped kitchen, dining area and TV area. The swimming pool area has a gazebo, volleyball court chairs, parasols and sunbeds. Behind the house there is a large bocce court (Italian bowls) and table tennis table. There are three additional shaded outside areas - including a BBQ area with tables and seating, two awnings and the gazebo by the pool. Extensive watered lawns between the house and pool surrounded by 7 hectares of olive groves, meadow and wilder areas inhabited by deer and other native species.

Reviews

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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

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: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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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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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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $1,195.03

Rates include 3 hours maid services twice a week. Additional maid service available upon request.
An independent chef is available upon request.
Rates include an electricity allowance which is based on using the air conditioners in the rooms responsibly. An electricity supplement will be charged if the allowance is exceeded.
Security deposit is acceptable as 1000 Stirling, Dollar or Euro

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund