(Minimum of one week rental required) Minimum rental one week rental Saturday to Saturday except for urban apartments. Villa Lorenzo is a very large, registered early nineteenth century frescoed villa designed by the famous Lucchese architect Lorenzo Nottolini, who was also responsible for the celebrated aqueduct that used to bring the water down from the hill cities. Nestled in 50 acres of pine forests and olive groves, the villa lies about eight kilometers to the south of the medieval town of Lucca and offers extensive gardens, a floodlit tennis court, a large swimming pool and several different al fresco dining areas. The main house accommodates 22 people in eleven double bedrooms and bathrooms. Situated one minute walk from the main villa, the coach house (available at additional cost) has three double bedrooms and bathrooms and a large open-plan kitchen and sitting room with a balcony overlooking the lawn, the pine forests, and olive groves. The coach house can accommodate six guests. In addition, there is a newly restored one bedroomed cottage by the gate of the villa. It has its own private garden and patio with lovely views over shimmering olive groves. There is an open-plan kitchen and sitting room downstairs with a double bedroom and ensuite shower room upstairs. The bed can be two single beds or one double bed. In the sitting room there is a sofa bed, which can provide two extra places (suitable for children only).
While the villa is situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Vorno, the surroundings are completely rural and tranquil. Within a five minute walk, guests have the convenience of the village bar, shops, and restaurants. There are wonderful views of the surrounding hills, forests, olive groves and the Alpe Apuane, sometimes snowcapped in the winter.
Due to its vast size, the villa provides a perfect location for large family groups or reunions, weddings in its beautiful consecrated chapel, corporate meetings, product launches, and film sets. Coupled with the proximity to the Pisa airport, which has numerous daily international flights, Vorno is an ideal meeting place for large groups.
Price includes: Heating, utilities, exclusive use of villa, gardens, grounds, pool and court. Breakfast served every day
maid service every day, one main meal served 6 days a week.
chef has one day off per week
Breakfast provisions and food and wine for main meals not included .
Available upon request (at additional cost): Food, beverages, telephone, fax, Internet, transfers, nanny service, heating of the pool above the standard temperature 24C (during the period May - September incl.)
The ground floor of Villa Lorenzo offers a grand entrance hall leading to an extravagant drawing room with marble fireplace and grand piano facing the lemon garden. The formal dining table can seat up to thirty-two and has a lavish chandelier. There is also a casual dining room along with a television room and a modern kitchen leading into the demonstration kitchen. Guests are free to assist the chef in food/meal preparation, or, to just sit back and relax and enjoy a cocktail. Also on this floor is a library and office, with Internet, fax, and telephone service. And for those who are stair adverse, a bedroom with ensuite bathroom is available on the ground floor. This room offers a view over the front courtyard.
The mezzanine floor is part of the main house and is reached from the half landing on the main staircase, although it does also have its own separate entrance from the back lawn if required. There are two double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, and a sitting room on this floor.
The first floor offers four double bedrooms, all with ensuite bathroom facilities, lovely frescoed ceilings, and views of the valley, garden, or olive groves. There is also a large sitting room with a grand piano and fireplace.
The top floor has the remaining four double bedrooms, only three of which offer ensuite bathrooms. The fourth bathroom is located adjacent to one of the bedrooms. And of course, all rooms offer sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.
The backyard features a completely private swimming pool, lounge chairs for sunbathing, and an outdoor dining table that seats twenty four guests and is shaded by a large mulberry tree. The grass lawn tennis courts are located a few yards down a shady path and are floodlit for nighttime playing.
The chapel dates back to the 13 century. The "Annunziata" has been owned through the years by different families; the Giglis, the Macariuis, the Simibaklis, the Carbolanes, the Lucchesinin and at the beginning of the 18th century it passed onto the hand of the Nottolini family who restored the house, and between 1860 and 1870 rebuilt the chapel to the design of the renowned Lucchese architect Lorenzo Nottolini. The Annunziata was a public chapel where mass was held every Sunday and (until the 17th century) had its own priest. Each year on the 25th of March big feasts were held with luminary processions and food was given to the poor people of Vorno. The chapel has a fine neo-classic facade, with an arch on the upper part of the building portraying floral motives and the Annunciation. You arrive at the chapel by a driveway built in 1910 after the old road of Valle (that used to pass in front of the "Annunziata") was made private by the Capannori commune.
Additional amenities include: living room, car recommended, views, family room, staff available, heating, crib, dining room, video player DVD, cook available inquire, study room, walkable, gardener available....Read more
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