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Stunning 18th Century Villa with Superb Views & Pool, 8 Km from Lucca

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Last updated: 08/26/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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 unforgetable holiday.


Tuscany and Umbria are crowded with places to see - the obvious ones being Florence (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 seaside towns. 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. Again on the coast are 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.

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.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 350 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

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  • Bedroom 2: 1 king

    Or 2 singles...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 5: 1 twin/ single

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  • Bedroom 6: 1 twin/ single

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  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

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  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower, bidet

    En-suite...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower, bidet

    En-suite...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet

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  • Bathroom 4: toilet, tub, shower, bidet

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  • The bathrooms are decorated to a high standard with good quality suites, tiles and marble surfaces....moreless

Other Amenities

  • The spacious accommodation is spread out over 2 floors. The large kitchen is fully equipped with electric oven, 5 ring hob, freezer, fridge, 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....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Family
  • Luxury

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool

Property Descriptor

  • Detached
 

Reviews

Write a review 5
from 14 traveler reviews
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Rate 4
Jul 2 - Aug 26, 2016
7 night min stay

$5,201

Changeover Day: Saturday

Rate 5
Aug 27 - Sep 23, 2016
7 night min stay

$4,214

Changeover Day: Saturday

Rate 6
Sep 24 - Oct 29, 2016
7 night min stay

$3,292

Changeover Day: Saturday

Rate 1 2017
Mar 11 - Apr 7, 2017
7 night min stay

$3,891
Rate 2 2017
Apr 8 - Apr 21, 2017
7 night min stay

$4,411
Rate 3 2017
Apr 22 - May 12, 2017
7 night min stay

$3,944
Rate 4 2017
May 13 - Jun 2, 2017
7 night min stay

$4,411
Rate 5 2017
Jun 3 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay

$4,938
Rate 6 2017
Jul 1 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay

$5,662
Rate 7 2017
Sep 2 - Sep 29, 2017
7 night min stay

$4,411
Rate 8 2017
Sep 30 - Nov 3, 2017
7 night min stay

$3,891
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$3,891

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $763.71
  • No additional mandatory fees

Notes:

Many guest services are available such as a cook, babysitting, vineyard tours etc, please enquire for further information and prices.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Last updated: 08/26/2016
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Location

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

Car: Necessary

Just 15 mins from the centre of Lucca, Al Bastini is conveniently located in idyllic countryside within comfortable reach of the historic cities of Pisa, Florence & Siena.

A few minutes away by car are shops and restaurants in the village of San Macario in Piano. A further 5 minutes away are 3 large supermarkets and in another 5 minutes, you will arrive in Lucca. Both Pisa airport and the Versilian coast can be reached in 30 minutes.

Lucca is a beautiful medieval city famed for its towers & renaissance walls, with plenty of cultural sights to see, excellent shops & restaurants. The Versilian coast is a short drive away, with its sandy resorts of Forte Dei Marmi & Viareggio. You can also visit Lerici & Portovenere further up the coast, or take a boat to the picturesque villages of the Cinque Terre. Montecatini the spa town is worth a trip, as are the pretty towns of the Garfagnana. There are several splendid baroque villas outside Lucca worth seeing. 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.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1985

About the owner: I first saw Al Bastini during the summer of 1985 when I was looking for a holiday home. It was abandoned, the olive groves were overgrown and access was extremely difficult but with its amazing character and fabulous views towards the old towns of Lucca, and Pisa. It seemed like a wonderful restoration project. I signed the compromesso on Boxing Day 1985 and the final contract in April 1986. Little did I realise at the time that Al Bastini would be my home for the next 30 years.


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Speaks: english, italian

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Photos

  • View from the house south east

    View from the house south east

  • Swimming pool looking south east

    Swimming pool looking south east

  • Looking south west from the terrace

    Looking south west from the terrace

  • Sitting room

    Sitting room

  • Dining room

    Dining room

  • Kitchen

    Kitchen

  • Bedroom 1

    Bedroom 1

  • Terrace next to the kitchen with barbecue area

    Terrace next to the kitchen with barbecue area

  • Billiards room

    Billiards room

  • View west at night

    View west at night

  • Al Bastini with swimming pool to the right

    Al Bastini with swimming pool to the right

  • Swimming pool looking south east

    Swimming pool looking south east

  • Pool area

    Pool area

  • Looking south west from the terrace towards the house

    Looking south west from the terrace towards the house

  • Sitting room

    Sitting room

  • Kitchen breakfast room

    Kitchen breakfast room

  • Bathroom 4

    Bathroom 4

  • Bedroom 6

    Bedroom 6

  • Loggia just outside the kitchen

    Loggia just outside the kitchen

  • Table tennis area

    Table tennis area

  • View from the house south east

    View from the house south east

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  • Bedrooms
    6
  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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