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, there’s a pool, billiards room and Wi-Fi access on the ground floor; for quieter moments, there’s room for reflection in the ornate chapel.
Villa Clara’s 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.
Eight of the house’s ten bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. On the second story, you’ll 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 villa’s grounds may have views of the countryside, but it’s 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 you’d like to explore the area, the highway is about 4 miles away, and Florence is about 43 miles away.
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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