Sleeps 10-12 people 5 double bedrooms, 3 baths, fully equipped kitchen, lounge
Fiona Catherine Obertelli
- english, italian
About Fiona Catherine Obertelli
our family moved from London to Lucca in order to enjoy the benefits of the lovely area of Tuscany and the excellent position we are in enables us to go back and forth to London so easily. We enjoy country life whilst living within easy reach of major towns like Florence, Pisa and Siena. It' fantastic and now the children are grown up having studied a bit in England and a bit here and have the advantage of being bilingual.
Fiona Catherine Obertelli purchased this Villa in 1984
Why Fiona Catherine Obertelli chose San Lorenzo a Vaccoli
The property is ideally situated in the hills between Lucca and Pisa, 30 mins from Pisa airport having the quiet and peace of the countryside, We live a a large comfortable house surrounded by fields and in a private road just 2 mins walk above the village where we can get everything we need. It is also near the motorway entrance if we wish to go travelling around the country
What makes this Villa unique
large pretty garden with lawns and flower beds with beautiful magnolia tree. fantastic views over the plain of Lucca with hills and mountains in the distance. very easy reach of the coast at versilia. large comfortable rooms. Supper - barbecue sitting round the very large table enjoying the cool evening breeze while enjoying the views with all the lights from the lain below. Fantastic.
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 14
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Great family holiday in lovely surroundings (1 week in April 2019)
3 generations of the family spent a relaxing week at the villa. The accommodation was all we hoped for, with bedrooms and bathrooms clean and spacious. We managed to squeeze everyone round the kitchen table for breakfast but it was far more comfortable the day we ate at the large table outside. The water in the pool was colder than we liked ,which was understandable for early April. We enjoyed a special meal on Thursday, cooked by a chef recommended by Fiona. It was a superb evening & we really recommend this experience. The pizza restaurant in the village is great for take away or sit in. We managed visits to Lucca, Pisa, Florence, nature reserves & the beach. The villa helped make it a great week.
Special Time at Villa Magnolia
There were 4 of us ladies using this lovely villa for 10 days. Very comfortable and wonderfully located. Bring your own spices. Just little things need to be addressed, i.e. replacement of the cutting boards. Angelo and Fiona were responsive to all of our needs. Angelo took us to town to pick up our rental car and came right over when we found that several light bulbs had to be replaced. We were fortunate to have superb weather for our entire stay, which enhanced the views from the villa.
Relaxing San Lorenzo Vacoli
The photographs did not do the property justice. This is a lovely house. One review we read before going said it needed a little TLC and in terms of updating (getting rid of) floor mats, replacing cupboard liners, putting easy wipe covers on the two main tables and putting a curtain on one of the upstairs showers, it does. The oven was difficult to light and a sharp knife and larger frying pans would be an asset to the kitchen. The fans in bedrooms were a Godsend! The views spectacular. We have been taking family villa holidays for nearly fourteen years and we did not have to worry about living in a show house for two weeks so we could all really relax.This is so obviously a home and we hoped we respected it. The pool was brilliant as it was all one depth. The teenagers and children made very good use of it (bring your own pool toys). The gardens, view and generally situation of the house were beautiful. It was generally clean,towels for pool and bathrooms were provided as were sheets. TV channels are limited.
You really need a car to get groceries. The local mini-market was closed until September so it was Lucca for food shopping- local taxi drivers grumped about taking us back to the house with shopping. Buses are cheap and easy to access to Lucca but shopping for ten people necessitated several grocery trips there. Bus stops are signs and little else. It was a bit hairy crossing the busy roads to catch buses.The local butcher had good meat and supplied milk/eggs/water. There is a pizzeria within ten minute walking distance and the food is magnificent!! However some of our party have difficulty walking and so we only went once. A car is a necessity here.
One of the best things about this rental was Fiona and her father Angelo. Angelo checked the pool/garden everyday and kept an eye on how the rubbish was organised. He was friendly, helpful yet unobtrusive. Fiona rescued us twice, she very kindly picked two of us up from the supermarket after working all day and she also arranged for transport from Florence when another two of us were directed onto the wrong train from Rome. She and Angelo offered to take us anywhere we wanted to go but we did not want to intrude. A family friend, Lorenzo, also gave us a lift to Lucca. Rosey fixed the washing machine and Fiona arranged our pick up and returns from Pisa- again a very kind lady. Highly reccomend this home! The most relaxing holiday we have had in a long time!!(Brownlee-Hall)
Fabulous holiday spot.
Delightful villa tucked away in a quiet village not far from Lucca, and a half hour drive from Pisa airport. Helpful and friendly owners, who responded very quickly to any queries, before and during our stay.
The villa is an older style house, immaculately clean on our arrival. Fresh linen on very comfortable beds, beautifully soft towels - including towels to use poolside.
The focal points for our stay were the pool and the dining table on the terrace - with fabulous views to the mountains and Lucca. Pool was clean and also cleaned midweek during our stay. It was a joy to return to after sightseeing! There ARE lots of mosquitoes - BUT we saw many tourists with multiple bites when we were out and about. So, not solely a fault of the villa and grounds, but an issue in the entire area. There were various insect repellent burners at the villa to be used in the evenings, but do go prepared.
The internal stairs are a spiral staircase - not easy to negotiate for anyone with mobility issues. However, there is a downstairs bedroom/bathroom. Also, upstairs can be accessed by an external staircase. One of the bathrooms (of off the twin bedded room) has a bath with shower over - but no curtain/enclosure for the shower. So not practical to use as a shower - can be an issue if everyone likes to have a shower. The showers in the other two bathrooms were in good sized corner enclosures. Kitchen is well equipped.
We didn’t find lots of shops in the village, but Lucca is only a 5-10 minute drive away and has quite a few supermarkets outside the city walls (Carrefour and Esselunga). If using Satnav/Google maps/Apple maps beware them trying to take you into the walled city if looking for Carrefour! The larger supermarkets are outside of the walled city. There is a very nice patisserie/gelateria about 2-3 minutes drive from the villa on the road to Lucca.
Great pool and panoramic vews. Private, convenient location close to Lucca.
We absolutely enjoyed our stay at this villa. It has plenty of space for the kids to run around, great pool, and wonderful views over the valley from both the pool and the veranda. The villa is located in a quiet village 5 min outside Lucca (where there are plenty of grocery stores and restaurants). The whole place felt very private and we loved that. The owners had installed mosquito repellents in every room and we used spirals for the veranda so overall we didn't have a problem with that. There are a few minor things that need to be fixed, such as a door not closing properly, etc., but overall the house was exactly as we expected it. There were no pantry items available and we had to stock everything from scratch and obviously had to leave a lot of unused things behind. I would recommend this villa to anyone visiting the region. It's a great base to explore this paft of Toscana - we drove to Barga in Garfagnana, the beach in Viareggio, took the train to Florence, and had wonderful time in the hill top village of Montecatini Alto.
San Lorenzo is a small village between Lucca and Pisa and it has all facilities.There is a tennis club nearby and baby golf, children's playground and hills and mountains for hiking. It abounds with really good restuarants and the nearest antique museum and park are at Vicopelago wich is 5 mins away by car.
It is within easy reach of all major attractions in the area and the city of Lucca has the most outstanding walls and ramparts surrounding the old town. It is possible to hire bikes at a daily or weekly rate. In the town there are wonderful botanical gardens to visit and many churches and museums. The Duomo is spectacular as is the Foro of San Michele in the centre of town.Outside the wallsyou can go north towards Bagni di Lucca and see the famous Devil's Bridge and then further north to the wonderful city of Barga and then Garfagnagna, the capital of which is Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. To the south of Lucca you reach the beautiful beaches of Versilia with all water sports .