PLEASE NOTE that the villa is priced on a weekly rate for 14 people. For smaller groups up to 8 people, visit the 'Unique Hilltop Tuscan Villa' listing. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12034850
Unique privacy and location: 18 miles from Lucca a Tuscan villa with every modern amenity, but retaining its charm. Spectacular views of mountain villages. 20+ acres Gardens, pool, private hot-tub, gourmet kitchen, housekeeping included in rental
The villa is on three floors. Huge living room and dining area; four additional living areas; an !8 C working Pizza oven; Variety of courtyards, pergolas and outside living/eating areas; WiFi, satellite TV, PingPong, bocce. Set in 20 acres of lavender, olive groves and flower gardens. The house is furnished with antiques, contemporary and ethnic art. All household supplies for kitchen, bath and laundry are supplied and included in rental. Separate, equipped gymnasium.
Guests enjoy private access to the entire property.
The following provides some information on what is included in your rental – as well as certain items that are excluded.
Housekeeping: Basic housekeeping services are provided: three days per week/4 hours per day. This service includes general cleaning, dusting, vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms, kitchen and courtyards. The service does not include personal laundry, cleaning pots & pans, tidying personal clothing etc. Additional services can usually be provided by housekeeping staff; these arrangements and payment is made directly to the staff or through the property manager who will be glad to assist with this.
Meet & Greet/Concierge Services: Your rental includes being met at the vial by our property manager, being familiarized with the house and its mechanical systems and operation. Your rental also includes one hour of the manager’s time, prior to your arrival, to do pre-arrival shopping, make catering, travel or restaurant reservations etc. Additional time/services can be requested and arranged with the manager.
Utilities: Guests are responsible for payment of utilities – gas (assuming use of the hot-tub) & electricity. Included in your rental, however, is a $150.00 credit towards these costs. Usage is metered and guests are responsible for usage in excess of this amount.
Telephone & Internet: Your rental also includes free local calls as well as long distance calling to land-lines in the Continental US, Europe and the UK. Calls to mobile numbers in these countries are billed to your account.
Additionally, your rental includes unlimited access to the villa’s internet services.
Heating: During cooler autumn and winter months, the house is heated with a combination of wood and wood pellets. The cost of heating is €300 per week. Firewood & supplies for the wood & pellet stoves, fireplaces & pizza oven are included in your rental. Gas for the BBQ is provided.
Other supplies: Included in your rental are all essential cleaning supplies and materials for kitchens & bathrooms.
Linens: All necessary linens – including pool towels - are included in your rental. For guests staying for more than one week, a weekly linen change is provided on Fridays. Additional changes can be provided for an additional charge.
Other services: Catering, cooking lessons, car service, bicycle rental, massage and other services are provided by independent contractors. Our manager can make these arrangements for you, but payment is made directly to the vendor.
Interaction with guests
Bi-lingual manager and housekeeper are experts on the area - including scenic drives, restaurants, historical sites
Other things to note
The house is located on the top of a hill with panoramic views in all directions. Although not a farm, we do produce olive oil, honey, fruits & vegetables in season. While totally private, the villa adjoins an Italian working farmer and - from time to time - there is a minor amount of agricultural activity - a tractor passing, a field being mowed etc. Bagni di Lucca - the nearest village (2 miles) has shops for all necessities - has been called 'on of the most beautiful villages in Tuscany; while the magnificent, ancient, walled city of Lucca is easily accessible.
Because of the nature of the art and furnishings - and the physical layout of the property we ask that interested guests with children discuss this with the owners before renting. Smoking in the many outside areas is OK, but discouraged inside the house. Pets should be discussed with the owners.
My wife and I live between New York and the villa, which has become the main gathering place for our friends, three daughters and family. We travel extensively, are avid museum, theatre and movie-goers (which is why the house is full of books, art, a large DVD and CD collection). We enjoy food and cooking...and is one of the reasons we chose to live in this part of Tuscany --- artisanal prosciutto, cheeses, fresh porcini (and occasionally truffles) wine and oil - all especially good because of the quality of air and water in the hills. It's also an area in which the changing seasons all have their own beauty and special delights with village sagras (fairs) and communal activities at which visitors are always welcome