About the property
- Villa100 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Authentic Tuscan converted olive mill - sleeps 8 - country views - private pool
Roocello is the perfect Tuscan home for a family gathering or a group of friends.
Nestled between two streams in a tranquil setting this once characteristic olive mill has now been restored in to a beautiful family home.
The villa is full of character and retains many original features including the original granite stones which were once used to crush the olives into olive oil.
The interiors of Roocello are a stylish mix of traditional Tuscan pieces with modern comforts, including WiFi, laundry facilities and satellite TV.
The outside areas and gardens are an absolute delight with leafy courtyards, an ancient cypress tree and a sun drenched terrace nestled under the original workings of the mill’s water wheel.
Located at the edge of the village of Colle di Compito - villa Roocello offers complete privacy and tranquility but in just a five minute walk you will reach the heart of the village with its narrow cobbled lanes - once here in the village you will find a small grocery store, a bakery where you can pick up freshly baked bread every morning, a butchers and a small bar for that morning cappuccino!
VILLA DETAILS - GROUND FLOOR
LIVING AND DINING AREA WITH FIRE PLACE
Enter from the courtyard garden into a magnificent high vaulted ceiling room which is refreshingly cool in the hot summer months along with an ideally located open fire place for use in the winter.
This characteristic 100 metre square room was once the main part of the ancient olive mill where the local villagers bought their olives to be pressed. Today this magnificent space still houses two original antique crushing stones once essential for the production of olive oil .
Today the living area is both stylish and comfortable and offers the perfect space for a family gathering or a group of friends. Close to the fireplace there are 2 larges sofa’s and 2 comfortable arm chairs .
The formal dining area provides seating for 8 people
The fully equipped kitchen is ideally located on the ground floor next to the dining space. The traditional style kitchen also has a large kitchen table with seating for 8 people
A small bathroom is also situated on the lower ground floor – the bathroom has a WC, hand-basin and European style half bath with shower attachment
VILLA DETAILS - FIRST FLOOR
Upstairs there is a large comfortable sitting room with sofa, arm chairs, satellite TV, DVD, fireplace and a door which opens onto a small shaded upper courtyard with a gate which leads to the village.
There are four bedrooms on the first floor - two with queen sized beds and two with two single beds. All have views over the gardens and surrounding country lanes.
There are two bathrooms on the first floor – both have WC, washbasins and shower – one of the bathrooms also has a bath.
GARDENS AND OUTSIDE SPACE
Villa Roocello has the most enchanting outside spaces; there are shady corners for relaxing with a book, sunny areas by the pool for taking the sun, a delightful courtyard garden filled with summer flowers and hidden corners nestled over a small red-brick bridge which crosses a small stream.
POOL and POOL DIMENSIONS
The pool is perfect for cooling off from the heat of the day.
Pool dimensions in metres 5.5 x 3.5 depth 1.3 meters
ACCESSIBILITY AND PARKING
Villa Roocello has two lanes which lead to the entrance of the villa, one is a narrow un-surfaced country lane and the other a cobbled winding lane which weaves through the village centre – although the lanes are narrow there are no hills.
There is enough parking for 1 – 2 cars in the courtyard and space for 1- 2 cars in the lane outside the entrance.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIME
Arrival from 4.00PM up to midnight.
Departure up to 11.00AM.
In some cases we can be flexible on arrival and departure time, please contact us before making your booking.
Arrival after midnight and requested late departures may incur additional charges.
Marie and Lorenzo
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- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- May 24, 2018
About Marie and Lorenzo
Roocello is owned by artist and writer Denbigh and her son Julian who live in the Sydney Australia and both have had a love affair with Italy since a very early age. Denbigh was encouraged to visit the city of Florence by her father who was also an artist and it was here in the Renaissance capital where she studied art and magical Italian language. Julian followed in her footsteps many years later and now enjoys the art of photographing Tuscany-s beautiful landscapes. The property managers Marie and Lorenzo (it-is them in the photo) where friends of Denbigh and her family before the launch of their company Authentic Tuscany and it is them who will be dealing with your booking and welcoming you to the property. If you would like to know more about the search for the house now named as Roocello you can read the book written by Denbigh 'finding Roocello' and for those of you who stay with us you will receive a copy as part of your welcome package. Denbigh has also co-written an e book with property owner Marie. The book called 'our secret Tuscany' is available on Amazon and gives and insight into the provinces of Pisa and Lucca along with hints, tips, recipes and secrets to living like a local in Tuscany!
Marie and Lorenzo purchased this Villa in 2001
Why Marie and Lorenzo chose Colle di Compito
The truth is that after 4 months of looking and only 5 days prior to our departure before returning home, we walked through the gates on a wet and wild winter's day and we knew that this was it! Confirmation did not take long. Two steps into the 100 square meter living room and upon seeing the majestic like sculptures of the stone milling wheels with their cogs that towered to the 5 meter ceiling; the search was over!”
What makes this Villa unique
This is the chance to stay in a traditional historic property dating back to the 14th century. The property is ideally located in a peaceful village but yet offer the perfect opportunity to visit the major sites of Tuscany, such as Lucca, Pisa and Florence
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Wonderful holiday in this beautiful villa
I stayed here with my husband, daughter and grandchildren in September last year. As soon as we arrived and saw Roocello we were delighted. The villa is beautiful full of interesting very Tuscan features and the garden is delightful. Everthing was spotlessly clean and the furnishings are comfortable and cosy. Roocello is a great base for exploring this part of Tuscany, Lucca is just half an hour away where we loved cycling around the ancient walls and we drove to Florence in around an hour and had a wonderful time there. The village is just a five minute walk where we could shop and get our cappucinos and ice creams. We found a couple of lovely restaurants just five minutes drive away. When we returned to the villa from our adventures each day it was great to relax in the gorgeous garden in the shade of the terrace and cool off in the pool - the children particularly loved playing in the water every day. Marie and Lorenzo are the managers just 15 minutes away in Vicopisano and they were incredibly helpful and kind and invited us to join them in their lovely Medieval village for aperitivos - Marie suggested we bring some empty wine bottles - we went to her local enoteka and filled them up with Prosecco for just under 3 euros a bottle which was great fun! As a family, Roocello provided us with the perfect home from home in this stunning part of Tuscany and would happily recommend Roocello to anyone who is looking for an idyllic and peaceful place to stay with family or group of friends. We went home with the best memories so happy we chose Roocello and dream of our return.
Beautiful villa in a lovely location
We had a wonderful two weeks in this villa. The villa is very well equipped and spacious, making it ideal for a large group or family to stay in. Nothing was too much trouble for the owners, Marie and Lorenzo, who provided information about the local area and were happy to help if we had any queries. The village is lovely and has a few shops where you can get local product and there is a supermarket less than 10 minutes drive away. The residents in the village were very friendly and welcoming, one lovely neighbour even brought us home grown tomatoes and wine!
Thoroughly recommend the olive grove in Vicopisano, where you can buy oil and wine that they grow and produce on site and they'll even show you how the oil is processed. We ate at the local restaurant where both the food and the service was excellent.
We would definitely recommend this villa and would not hesitate to stay there again.
A Tuscan Gem
Villa Roocello isa beautifully restored, comfotable, character filled home. It is tastefully furnished and very well equipped for indoor/outdoor living. It is a short distance from beautiful Lucca and is suitable for day trips to Sienna and Florence. We had a very good support service. We have also taken the house with the family fat Xmas and it was perfect. Always, we would recommend this wonderful place
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about Roocello.
It is so nice to hear that our guests have enjoyed the property during both in the Spring and at Christmas time.
We have to agree that Roocello is ideally located to visit the main sites of Tuscany in addition to being just a short distance from the beautiful city of Lucca.
Thank you for recommending the villa to your friends and we hope that you will return to Roocello in the not too distance future.
Marie and Lorenzo (Property managers)
Villa mit viel Charme
Das Haus ist ideal für 8 Personen. Es ist so groß, dass man auch mal eine ruhige Ecke für sich findet. Die Lage ist perfekt für die klassischen Ausflugsziele wie z.B. Pisa Lucca Florenz und die Küste. Die Verwalter Marie und Lorenzo haben uns perfekt unterstützt. Das Dorf ist urig und wirkt z.T. wie in einer kitschigen Filmkulisse. Wir kommen gerne wieder.
COLLE DI COMPITO is a small village in the province of Lucca, nestled on the lower slopes of the Monte Pisano which is a range of hills which sits like an island between the plains of Pisa and Lucca.
Colle di compito is a sleepy authentic Tuscan village, a place where you will get to meet the locals and shop at the local grocery store.
The village itself is ideally located just 30 minutes from the city of Lucca with its famous un-penetrable Medieval walls, 45 minutes to Pisa with its iconic 'Leaning Tower' and just over an hour to the Renaissance city of Florence.
Lucca has preserved its characteristics since Roman times with the city still surrounded by the well-preserved 16 th century ramparts that once served to defend it. The ancient ramparts now serve as a recreational area for its citizens and visitors who walk or cycle around them.
The inner city is closed to most traffic, offering the visitor the chance to enjoy the city both by foot or by bicycle. The city has many fine churches, including its grand Romanesque cathedral. You can wander the picturesque narrow, winding streets and alleys lined with alluring shops, and visit the Piazza del Anfiteatro, once the site of a Roman amphitheatre which continues to preserve its ancient form.
Lucca has a museum in the house where Giacomo Puccini was born, and holds an annual opera festival in June as one of several arts events. There is a well-known antiques market in Lucca on the third weekend of each month.
Nearby there are interesting historic villas, the foothills of the Apuan Alps, the seaside beach resorts of Viareggio and Forte di Marmi.
The region has a well-developed transportation system enabling longer day trips to be easily made from the Lucca area to the Cinque Terre, to Carrara where Michelangelo quarried the marble for his statues and where sculptors still carry out their art, and to Florence and Siena. The area is renowned for its fine olive oil, its wines and its many gastronomic specialties.
In addition there are many other local villages nestled on the slopes of the Monte Pisano worth exploring. In less than 15 minutes you can reach the village of Buti famed for summer long festivals and popular restaurants. In just 20 minutes you can reach the charismatic Medieval town of Vicopisano which is home to a magnificent fortress designed by the Renaissance master Brunelleschi.
For those who like to hike and bike the surrounding trails of the Monte Pisano offer the perfect opportunity to engage in such activities.
Discover the secrets of Tuscan food! How to prepare it, cook it and discover which ingredients and wines complement this simple but delicious cuisine.
You will assist and learn how to cook a typical Tuscan meal just like a Tuscan Mamma. Private lessons can be arranged in the villa
Wine tasting at nearby vineyards, Cheese tasting at artisan producer, visits to an artisan pasta producer, Truffle hunting. All of the above experiences can be arranged. Please contact us for more details.
Visits to a local olive mill in Vicopisano, includes a visit to the olive groves and vineyards as well as tastings of the olive oil, wine and local produce.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Included in the rate: Final cleaning, bed linen and towels, pool towels, Wifi internet All cancellations incur an administration fee Heating rate – On consumption - charged based on the meter reading - please contact us for an estimated rate €50 per pet per stay