When you wake up in the morning and find yourself lying beneath a gorgeous antique canopy bed, you might think you're still dreaming—maybe even sleep-walking, because as you get up and wander through the house, you find yourself in a magnificent Tuscan villa rental, with authentic period furniture, chandeliers, and your own housekeeper! But don't pinch yourself; instead, step outside of this villa in Tuscany for a breath of fresh air as you walk through verdant walled gardens filled with trees and flowers. Still not awake? Bike into nearby Lucca, one of Italy's finest medieval cities-- just a short distance from this villa rental in Tuscany..., Italy.
The villa dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Situated outside the walled city of Lucca in a residential area with other villas and houses nearby, this villa has a large front garden full of flowers, fruit trees, and potted lemon trees. The garden is surrounded by an old garden wall, keeping it nicely secluded from the outside world. This villa has been in the same family since it was built. The owner, an artist, manufactures old lucchesi silk fabrics used as house decorations. Her studio is located in the lemon-house (la limonaia), an annex next to the villa. The well maintained villa features terracotta tiled floors and frescoed rooms. Antique furniture and refined upholstery and decoration make the villa elegant and charming, a special stay for art lovers. The private swimming pool is 8.5m in diameter. Two very friendly dogs and one cat live on the property.
Ground floor: Entrance into a large sitting room, TV room (satellite TV), large dining room, breakfast room. There is a fully equipped, old country-style kitchen (dishwasher, fridge, deep freeze, gas stove, and microwave). A separate laundry room has a washing machine. There are two bedrooms on this floor: the first has a queen-sized bed, while the second has two twin-beds and an ensuite bathroom. There is also another bathroom with a toilet, sink, and shower.
First floor: Large salon, sitting room. Four bedrooms: The first has a queen-sized bed (antique yellow canopy) with an ensuite bathroom (toilet, sink, and double Jacuzzi-shower). The second also has a queen-sized bed (Empire four-poster bed) and an ensuite bathroom. The third is a queen-sized bedroom, and the fourth is a twin-bedded room. There is one more bathroom also on this floor.
Available Amenities: Private pool (8.5 m round), full-time housekeeper included in the price (lives in an independent apartment on the second floor), welcome dinner.
Arrive & Relax provisions include:
* Ready to use tomato sauce (basil), pasta and grated parmesan cheese
* Fresh fruit, eggs, corn flakes, yogurt
* Olives, cheese, prosciutto, and fresh bread
* Beverages: Mineral water, orange juice, coke, milk, coffee, and wine (red and white)
* Extras: Sugar, salt, butter, jam, Nutella, napkins, and toilet paper
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
* Professional chef upon request: 100 euros/meal plus the cost of food and wine.
Left on 09/30/2006 for a stay in September 2006 | Pat
It was very large, and gave us an "uncrowded" atmosphere. There were 10 of us and we had plenty of room, and bathrooms to be comfortable. It was close to everything we needed and the owners were wonderful.
There was nothing I didn't like! I could have stayed for months!!
Lucca is a wonderful city! Lots of resturants and shopping, and easy to get to. We did side trips to Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre and Venice. The Lucca train station can get you anywhere.
Jacqueline's review of Villa La Corte
Left on 09/30/2006 for a stay in September 2006 | Jacqueline
The owner of the property, as well as Mandy, the housekeeper, made our stay pleasant. Mandy came into the house everyday and tidied up. The owner was very helpful calling taxis, making suggestions, and overcoming the language barriers for us.
We hoped for a palatial villa and we were ecstatic when we arrived. I had the master bedroom and bath and felt like royalty there.
There were many barking dogs in the neighborhood. It seems that security is very important to those living in this area. They would bark during the night and early morning.
We enjoyed the area surrounding the house - the pool, a lovely space containing trees, fruit trees, flowers, etc. There was a space created outside our main door, tables and chairs covered with umbrellas, where we gathered before dinner to sip our wine.
Phyllis's review of Villa La Corte
Left on 07/31/2006 for a stay in July 2006 | Phyllis
Luisa, the property manager, was most helpful. The chef was wonderful and Mandie the housekeeper was very helpful. It was a beautiful villa and very centrally located. We had small children with us and they really enjoyed the pool and several of our people used the bikes which were great.
That we had to leave a little earlier - 9:30AM - on Saturday the 15th than anticipated.
Lucca is a terrific town - most interesting and fun. We did have to use our rental car all of the time to get anywhere.
Kim's review of Villa La Corte
Left on 10/31/2002 for a stay in October 2002 | Kim
We had a wonderful time in Italy. The villa was stupendous. It was just what one would imagine a 200 year old Italian villa should be. It was like staying in the home of a wealthy Italian merchant, like the homes, now museums, one visits for a fee while on vacation. The ceilings and walls were painted with murals. The walled yard was filled with fruit trees. While sitting there one really felt like they had transgressed back in time, not with all the modern conveniences.
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