Villa Clara- 18th century manor in tranquil countryside with pool & chapel
Description from the manager
Experience the Italian countryside in refined comfort at Villa Clara, just outside Lucca. Once a manor house, the villa dates from the 18th century and sits at the center of a formal park surrounded by a wine-producing estate. Ten bedrooms in the stately house can accommodate up to twenty guests. If your party is larger, you can rent Casa Rosa, located on the same estate, for extra space.
Though the villa is surrounded by a well-manicured garden, it has plenty of space for relaxing. Prepare a meal on the outdoor barbecue, or ask the caretakers to arrange a local cooking service. Enjoy Tuscan specialties at one of the shaded al fresco dining areas, or pull a lounge chair into a sunny spot. For fun, theres a pool, billiards room and Wi-Fi access on the ground floor; for quieter moments, theres room for reflection in the ornate chapel.
Villa Claras interiors are elegant yet comfortable. The living room pairs damask wallpaper and crystal chandeliers with striped and gingham upholstery, and in other rooms, antique furnishings like carved armoires contrast with humbler beamed ceilings. The spacious eat-in kitchen has rustic details like exposed brick shelving that conceal modern conveniences like a mixer and immersion blender.
Nine of the houses ten bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. On the second story, youll find three bedrooms with double beds, and one bedroom with two twin beds and a shared bathroom. On the third floor, there are three bedrooms with double beds, and three additional bedrooms with two twin beds each.
The villas grounds may have views of the countryside, but its just over 2 miles from the center of Lucca. Active guests will enjoy the tennis court, just over a quarter mile away, and the riding stables, 3 miles away. If youd like to explore the area, the highway is about 4 miles away, and Florence is about 43 miles away.
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Bedroom 1: Double bed, En-suite bathroom with shower
Bedroom 2: Double bed, En-suite bathroom with shower
Bedroom 3: Double bed, En-suite bathroom with shower
Bedroom 4: 2 Twin beds, Shared bathroom with shower
Bedroom 5: Double bed, En-suite bathroom with shower
Bedroom 6: Double bed, En-suite bathroom with shower
Bedroom 7: 2 Twin beds, En-suite bathroom with shower
Bedroom 8: 2 Twin beds, En-suite bathroom with bathtub and shower
Bedroom 9: 2 Twin beds, En-suite bathroom with bathtub and shower
Bedroom 10: Double bed, En-suite bathroom with shower
Wi-Fi access (ground floor only)
Baby cot and linen
Swimming pool not heated
Charcoal BBQ grill
Maid service - 3 hours/day, 5 days/week
At Extra Cost advance notice may be required:
Child care service
Additional maid service
Points of Interest:
500 meters to tennis court
4 km to center of Lucca
5km to Riding stable
6km to Lucca motorway exit
70 km to Florence
26 km to Pisa Galileo Galilei airport (PSA)
Maximum 20 guests
Pets - dogs permitted
Check-in between 4pm and 7pm
Check-out before 10 a.m. on the day of departure
Required security deposit is payable onsite in cash or travelers check. Guests may pay in euros, or the equivalent amount in another currency
SWIMMING POOLS - Swimming pools are not open all year. If your rental period is outside the period May 30th to October 3rd, please check with us that the pool can be opened. Swimming pools are not enclosed with fences and there are no lifeguards. Clients use of the swimming pool is at their own risk.
HEATING - Heating is available at an additional charge of 50 Euro per day and must be paid directly on the spot to the owner or his/her representative before departing. Please note that heating in Italy, when not subject to restrictions by the local Government, is more expensive compared to other countries. If you look for a property in low season, make sure to ask for an estimate of the heating cost. You may be asked a supplementary deposit for heating expenses.
WATER AND ELECTRICITY - Please note that most of the properties that we offer are not the typical purpose-built Mediterranean holiday villas. Most are converted farmhouses or former manor houses, full of character and history. Water shortages do occur; please use it sparingly during the summer months. At the same time, Italy is probably one of the few countries in the world where the government has introduced a system of electricity limitators to contain the national consumption. This means you must be careful when using more than one appliance at once because the limitator will shut the electricity off.
INTERNET CONNECTION - Many of our properties have an internet connection. From our experience, when a connection is interrupted due to technical reasons beyond our control, it is unfortunately very difficult, despite our efforts, to receive immediate assistance from some of the internet providers operating in Italy. We therefore strongly suggest that those who need to access their emails should bring their own BlackBerry, or a similar portable device. Please note that in any case we cannot accept responsibility for lack of these services.
LOW SLUNG CARS - VANS MINIBUSES - Most of our houses are located in the countryside. Some of them can be accessed only by unsealed roads and driveways. We therefore advise people intending to take a sports or low-slung car on holiday, to check with us first whether the access to the property allows for such a car. We advise against the use of vans and minibuses. Please always check with us, at the time of booking, if you are planning to use this type of vehicle when staying at one of our properties.
Additional amenities include: pool table, coffee maker, juicer, maid service: 5 days a week, tennis nearby, fan, alfresco dining, outdoor furniture, chapel....Read more
Left on 09/07/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 7, 2010Stayed Jul 2010
EXCELLENT LOCATION.\nSUPPERB ASSISSTANCE FROM ANGELO AND ANNA.\nEVERYTHING NEEDED ALWAYS AT FINGER TIPS AND WHAT WAS MISSING THEY WERE ALLWAYS READY TO PROVIDE FOR US.\nVERY CLEAN AND MANICURED GROUNDS.\nLOCATION, LOCATION AND THEN LOCATION \" PERFECT\"\n\nCONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISIM: NEEDS SCREENS ON WINDOWS FOR MOSQUITOS AND VERY DAMP BEDDINGS DUE TO BEING THE FIRST ONES THERE FOR THE SEASON; DEHUMIDIFIERS SHOULD BE PROVIDED IN EVERY ROOM ALONG WITH THE FANS ALREADY THERE.
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