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Stunning 18th Century Farmhouse with Superb Views & Pool Nr Lucca

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Space 350 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

6 Bedrooms, 3 Baths (sleeps 10) Tradition's Comfort: Restored Tuscan Villa

Al Bastini is a beautiful 18 century villa-farmhouse basking on a sunny hillside, with glorious views towards Pisa & the medieval city of Lucca. Full of period character, the house was built in traditional Tuscan style from local stone & terracotta, with high chestnut-beamed ceilings & open fireplaces. It has been lovingly restored to a very high standard with a perfect blend of antiquity & modern comforts. Facilities include air-conditioning, WiFi broadband, satellite 50' plasma TV, DVD, billiard table, and table tennis. Set in 7 acres of gentle sloping terraces with old olive & fruit trees, the landscaped gardens feature flowerbeds, lawns, a heated 10 x 5m pool, & 3 outside eating areas in both sun & shade. There's a loggia, jasmine-scented terrace with stone barbecue, & a wisteria-covered pool-side pergola, all overlooking the wonderful views. There's ample quality garden chairs & sunbeds for relaxation. All the ingredients for an unforgettable holiday.

Just 15 mins from the centre of Lucca, Al Bastini is conveniently located within comfortable reach of the historic cities of Pisa, Florence & Siena. Lucca is a beautiful medieval city famed for its towers & renaissance walls, with plenty of cultural sights to see, excellent shops & restaurants.

Pisa is 30 mins drive, Florence is 1 hour's drive, Siena 1.5 hours and San Gimignano 2 hours. Also well worth a trip is to follow the Piero della Francesca trail (as in John Mortimer's book Summer Lease- John Mortimer also stayed at Al Bastini) which you can start in Arezzo (beautiful city, 1.5 hours' drive) & continue to nearby San Sepolcro and Monterchi, to see other examples of his stunning fresco work. If you have time when in that area, Assisi and Perugia are also well worth a visit. Volterra is a beautiful hilltop town well worth a visit.

Closer to home, of course, are Viareggio & Forte dei Marmi, both very attractive sandy beach resorts. You can also visit Lerici on the coast, a picturesque place with stunning views, from which you can get a short boat trip to Portavenere & enjoy the lovely seafood restaurants. The Cinque Terre, five lovely coastal villages all connected by train, boat or foot & well worth a visit. For a short trip, it is worth going to elegant Montecatini (30 mins) a spa town (but don't wear shorts as you won't be allowed into the baths). You can take the railway (or a taxi!, or drive yourself) up to the old hilltop village which is very pretty. An alternative place for lunch is Montecarlo (20 min) or Vinci (home of Leonardo) which, in addition to some very good restaurants, has a fascinating museum with scaled down models of all his inventions & posters of his works.

Puccini was born in Lucca & the ancient San Giovanni basilica in Lucca holds daily recitals of his music. There's also an annual open air Puccini opera festival thoughout July & August at nearby Torre Del Lago.

Organised sightseeing, cooking courses, & visits to vineyards & olive mills can be pre-booked. There are great restaurants nearby from simple trattorias to Michelin starred. The nearest supermarket is 4km, the nearest restaurant, 3km. Pisa airport is 45 mins by car, with direct flights to US & Europe.

For sporting activities: there are some challenging golf courses within an hour's drive, tennis clubs, riding, fishing, paragliding, mountaineering & beautiful walks are all available in the area.

More Details

Property Manager
Les/Alex
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 14, 2017

Amenities

Lucca House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 350 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , En-suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , En-suite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
  • The bathrooms are decorated to a high standard with good quality suites, tiles and marble surfaces.
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 twin/ single
  • All the bedrooms have independently controlled air conditioning. The rooms on the upper floor have high ceilings with chestnut beams. The master bedroom, with its hand-made iron king-size bed, has private access to an outside terrace & an en-suite bathroom with bath & shower cubicle. There's another large double bedroom on this floor with a king-size bed, which can be converted to two singles, & a single bedroom which both share a large bathroom with bath and separate shower . Downstairs, there is one single bedroom & two double bedrooms - one with a queen-sized bed & its own en-suite bathroom with shower, & one with a standard double bed & separate access to an outside covered terrace. This latter bedroom & the single bedroom share the fourth bathroom, which has a bath with a shower.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 14 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The spacious accommodation is spread out over 2 floors. The large kitchen is fully equipped with electric oven, 5 ring hob, Amerian fridge-freezer, ice-maker, microwave, dishwasher, coffee machines, table & 6 chairs, satellite TV & wood burning stove; it opens onto a loggia overlooking the views with table & seating for 12. The kitchen also has direct access to a sunny terrace with a stone barbecue & a stone-topped table seating 8. The dining room seats 8, the living room has comfortable sofas for 8, satellite TV with 50' plasma screen, DVD, books, games & a fireplace with wood-burning stove.The house has free wireless internet. There's a billiards room with snooker table, & a covered terrace with table tennis. A utility room houses the washing machine & tumble dryer. The walled 10 x 5m pool is heated on request & features a wisteria-covered pergola & barbecue. Quality teak garden furniture & sunbeds are plentiful. There's covered parking for 2 cars.

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Stunning 18th Century Farmhouse with Superb Views & Pool Nr Lucca
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
Randolph, NJ
5

as close to perfect as it gets

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at this house. 4 adults, 1 teen, 3 children. More than enough space for everyone. Clean and comfortable. Everything you could possibly need. Location perfect for travel to Florence, Pisa, Lucca, beach, etc and just amazingly beautiful. Gorgeous landscaping and pool. Les was responsive and helpful with any questions or needs. I would have stayed forever if that was an option : )

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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England
5

Fantastic Al-Bastini

  • 5 of 5

Awesome holiday at Al-Bastini. Beatiful, lovely surroundings. Excellent welcome with instructions for use of equipment in house. Thank you helping make visiting Italy a wonderful experience!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Lucca Reunion

  • 5 of 5

the villa is set on the hills above Lucca in a stunningly beautiful tranquil location. if anything, this is understated in advertising and photos. We are going to frame one of ours to remind us of the fantastic views from the terrace. The laneway to the villa is long and narrow in parts but we managed a 9 seater car.

We were celebrating a 70th birthday and Les helped us arrange for a cook to prepare the celebration meal in the beautiful loggia. unforgettable! I wish now that we had arranged an extra more simple meal because no restaurant matched the atmosphere or quality of cooking.

The house is more than well equipped for 10 people with appropriate sized pots and dishes and scrupulously clean. Loads for the kids to do in cold weather as well as in fine days in the pool.

above all, Les went way beyond the call of duty to assist in various ways, especially when car broke down! You will be in good hands. Well worth booking!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, USA
5

Repeat Customer!!!! I want to live at al Bastini!

  • 5 of 5

I recently wrapped up a week-long stay at al Bastini with my family. It was my second stay at the house (spent a week there in 2010), and everything was amazing: the views, the pool, the house, the maid service, the owner, the chef we hired via the owner,....all wonderful and top-notch in every way. The villa is in an ideal private setting, yet only 5 minutes from town for groceries, post office, etc., and a short 10 minutes from the historic center of Lucca. The villa is also perfectly located for many manageable day trips---to Florence, to Siena, to Montepulciano. I think you get the idea! I highly recommend this spacious, clean, modern-yet-rustically charming villa. And I can't say enough about Les, the owner. He made the booking and payment process easy, and was a very attentive host in handing over the keys and allowing my family to enjoy a wonderful Italian vacation :-) ...thank you Les!!! DO NOT hesitate to book al Bastini...the villa is more inviting and spectacular than the online photos reveal!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary, Canada
5

Tuscan Delight

  • 5 of 5

We held a family celebration at Al Bastini and everything was perfect for our group of 9. All amenities are of high standard and the owner Les is attentive to your needs and a great source of local information (e.g. take the bus to Florence vs. the train). Lucca has the right mix of local authenticity and tourist interest to offer a true Tuscan experience. This is 10km from the town centre but it is an easy drive. Morena is worth booking as a chef and will go out of her way to meet your needs (she drove home to get a chocolate pie for us). For bike rentals and guides, choose Chrono Bikes.

While at Al Bastini, you can perfect your flip turn in the pool, and improve your table tennis and snooker skills all while dipping into the patio fridge for the odd Moretti. Book it. You will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Bar
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Livorno
Nearest Golf
37 Miles
Versilia Golf Club
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Lucca
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Lucca Ovest
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Restaurant
Nearest Ski
73 Miles
Abetone
Nearest Beach
23 Miles
Viareggio
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $765.98

Rent includes: bed linen, bath towels and pool towels, changed weekly. Free wireless Internet. Cot & high chair. House Manager.

Shopping in hot summer after a long journey is usually the last thing you want to do. Fill in our shopping list provided & we will do it for you.

By prior arrangement we can organise someone to meet you at the airport & guide you to the house.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.