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Casa della Collina

Lucca, Pisa & Lunigiana, Tuscany, Italy

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Only thirty minutes from Lucca, this handsome 17th century villa is an extremely private, well-appointed house, perfect for extended families holidaying together.

In brief

  • Panoramic views
  • Good facilities for children
  • Gated pool

About the villa

Reached by an unsurfaced drive that winds up from the village church, Casa della Collina’s views out over the countryside are exceptional, even by Italian standards. Set in 17 hectares of olive terraces and gardens. It is a villa of rare charm and tranquility with a separate farmhouse, artists' studio, swimming pool and private chapel. The villa itself sleeps 10 guests. The Garden bedroom in the farmhouse annexe provides additional accommodation for a further 2 guests.  The villa has been restored with integrity and authenticity, making the most of its high ceilings, large and numerous windows and impressive double doors. The thick walls ensure a cool interior even in the height of summer, and throughout there is relaxed refinement. A terracotta-tiled terrace, lined with lemon trees, leads onto a shaded pergola with a large travertine table and iron chairs. In summer this is, in effect, an outdoor living and dining room. A charcoal barbecue makes outdoor cooking simple, and there is a wood-burning, traditional pizza oven by the farmhouse. An evening of pizza-making is great fun for all ages. The swimming pool, with shallow end and Roman steps, is set just below the villa on a separate, deep terrace. Sheltered and with all-day sun, it has sweeping views of the valley. A second pergola provides a covered seating area. This is a great place from which to explore northern Tuscany, but once here you may not want to leave. Families are welcome and children well catered for. 


Informal family run restaurants are within easy driving distance tucked away in the countryside or in nearby villages. Within easy reach, Lucca is an enchanting Tuscan town - strolling through the historic centre, pausing at old-fashioned, cafes, pastry shops and visiting churches and museums is a real pleasure. Florence is easily accessible by train or bus. Sandy beaches are approximately 30 minutes drive away. There are music, cinema and dance festivals in Lucca, at beach resorts and smaller local festivals celebrating Saints days with impromptu suppers and dancing under the stars in the country villages. At Torre del Lago, just south of Viareggio, there is the summer Puccini Opera Festival.

Villa details


Accommodation

Ground Floor

  • Billiard and games room
  • Hall
  • Kitchen opening to dining terrace
  • Utility room

First Floor

  • Drawing room with piano
  • Gallery
  • Hall
  • Cloakroom
  • Master (super king) double bedroom with shower room en suite opening to gardens

Second Floor

  • Double (king) bedroom with shower room en suite accessed from the terrace
  • Double (super king) bedroom (can be twin) with bathroom en suite and separate shower
  • Double (super king) bedroom with bathroom en suite
  • Double (king) bedroom with shower room en suite

Farmhouse Annexe - Garden Bedroom

  • Double (super king) bedroom with shower room en suite accessed from garden

Facilities

Children's Facilities

  • Cot and highchair

Cooking Outdoors

  • Barbecue
  • Pizza oven

Entertainment

  • Two 42' Plasma TV with sports & films
  • Two DVD Players
  • WiFi
  • Blu-Ray player
  • Smart TV
  • Sound bar

Games and Sports

  • Boules
  • Snooker table

Keeping Cool

  • Air conditioning

Kitchen Essentials

  • Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice maker
  • Range cooker and oven
  • Gaggia coffee machine
  • Toaster
  • Kettle

Private Pool

  • 11m x 4.5m
  • 1m - 2.5m deep
  • Built-in steps
  • Gated

Something Special

  • Piano
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Kitchen garden

Villa Essentials

  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Hairdryer in all bedrooms
  • Safe
  • Central heating on request and payable locally

Service & Staffing


Included

  • Maid service 3 day(s) per week
  • Linen change 1 day(s) per week
  • Towel change 1 day(s) per week

AVAILABLE ON REQUEST AT AN ADDITIONAL COST

  • Cook service
  • Extra maid service
  • Yoga and Pilates instructor
  • Wine tasting and guided tours
  • In villa beauty and wellness treatments

Important Information


Please note the property has two prices, one for up to 10 people and one from 11 to 12 people. The Garden bedroom will only be open when the property is booked for 11 - 12 people. The owner will occasionally stay in the annexe when the villa is booked for up to 10 people.  The farmhouse has a second, separate entrance and does not overlook the terraces or pool area  of the main house. 

An extra table can be added to the outside dining area to accommodate large groups. Indoors, the villa has a dining table for 10 people. 

Two single beds can be added to bedrooms in the main house, if double beds are not suitable. Maximum occupancy for the Main House remains 10 people. 


CV Representative

An English speaking CV Representative will visit during your stay. Contact details will be sent with your travel documents.


TENANCY TIMES

Arrival from 16:00. Departure by 10:00.

LOW WALLS

Please refer to the Health & Safety pages on this website.

Location


ACtivities

  • Tennis 4.5km Ponte a Moriano
  • Cycling bikes delivered to the villa
  • Beautiful hiking opportunities
  • Second world war tours in a original vintage Willys Jeep

Amenities

  • Shops and Restaurants 4.5km Ponte a Moriano
  • Further restaurants in the countryside
  • All amenities, restaurants and hospital in Lucca 15km

Places of Interest

  • Lucca 15km
  • Montecarlo 25km
  • Pisa 33km
  • Barga 41km
  • Orrido di Botri 43km
  • Garfagnana 44km
  • Florence 89km

Beaches

  • Viareggio 46km
  • Forte del Marmi 50km

Airports

  • Pisa 51km
  • Florence 87km

Train Stations

  • Ponte a Moriano 4.5km
  • Lucca 16.5km
About the area

Lucca, Pisa & Lunigiana

Average weather

Although they are only 17km apart, Pisa and Lucca instantly feel like different worlds. The former is a lively student city on the River Arno, and has one of the world’s most recognizable monuments: the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Understated Lucca is compact and genteel, ideal for a Tuscany villa nearby, with handsome piazzas that frame churches in the Luccan-Romanesque style. Those on a Lunigiana holiday occupy the Apennine foothills in far north-western Tuscany. It is rolling, blissfully empty terrain whose few inhabitants have cultural links with neighbouring Liguria.

Find out more about Lucca, Pisa & Lunigiana

Essential Information

Please note that there is a European tourist tax payable on arrival. Further details will be advised prior to arrival.

Having a barbecue in Italy is one of the best ways to cook your food but you may find that due to long drought periods in high season barbecuing may be restricted in some areas. You will be informed if this happens by your house staff or local representative.

FLIGHTS

CV Villas is happy to book flights for our customers on scheduled, chartered or low cost airlines from London and regional UK airports. Please ask for details.

CAR HIRE

Car hire can be pre-booked through CV Villas with collection at the airport.