Historic Bottino peaceful countryside villa composed of 2 buildings, ideal for groups & hiking
Description from the manager
Roam the Italian countryside from your base at villa Bottino. The propertys rustic stone-walled exteriors have charm to spare, and its two buildings give two or more families room to vacation together, while still enjoying their own private areas. Extensive outdoor spaces with views of the surrounding hills make it tempting to stay in, but the nearby beaches and towns of the Lucca area are worth a day trip or two.
Theres no excuse not to relax at Bottino. Plunge into the saltwater pool, catch up on reading from a lounge chair on the stone patio or take in the view of the olive groves around the property from the outdoor dining area. Try your luck at the bocce court or billiards table, then engage your senses in a cooking lesson in the large kitchen in The Barn. Theres even a piano in case musical inspiration strikes.
The propertys two historically designated buildings share details like stone exteriors, tile roofs and country-casual interiors. Each house has its own living room with plenty of deep armchairs and a fireplace or wood-burning stovethe perfect spot to nap after a day of swimming, cooking or hiking. A tidy peach and blue kitchen offers modern perks like a coffee maker and dishwasher.
Bottino has five bedrooms and can sleep up to ten guests. Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, giving families or couples their own private space. Four of the bedrooms have double beds; the fifth has two twin beds. Details like upholstered headboards and soft-toned walls add comfort and cheer.
The villa is two miles from the village of San Martino in Freddana, which offers shops and restaurants. Dont miss the beaches of Versilia, just 12 miles away. Drive to Pisa, which is 25 miles away, or Florence, which is about 45 miles away. If youd rather walk, there are plenty of nearby hiking trails in the Apennines and Apuan Alps.
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Bedroom / Bathroom Description
Bedroom 1 Double bed, En-suite bathroom with tub
Bedroom 2 Double bed, En-suite bathroom with large shower
Bedroom 3 Double bed, En-suite bathroom with tub
Bedroom 4 2 Twin beds, En-suite bathroom with tub and shower
Bedroom 5Double bed, En-suite bathroom with large shower
Sky satellite TV
Coffee machine (5 mocha)
Unheated saltwater pool open between May 30th to October 3rd
Al fresco dining
Staff Services Included:
Maid service - 3 hours a day, 3 days a week
At Extra Cost advance notice may be required:
Child care service
Additional maid service
Maximum 10 guests
Pets not permitted
Required security deposit is payable onsite in cash or travelers check. Guests may pay in euros, or the equivalent amount in another currency
Check-in between 4pm and 7pm
Check-out before 10 a.m. on the day of departure
3.5 km to:
San Martino in Freddana
20 km to Versilia beaches
70 km to Florence (by motorway)
40 km to Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA)
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, piano, cd player, maid service: 3 times a week, sky digital TV....Read more
Left on 03/21/2013 for a stay in July 2012 | Kate .Reviewed Mar 21, 2013Stayed Jul 2012
1) Perfect location - Proximity to Lucca, Beaches on the coast, the Alps, Functional supermarket, etc 2) Amazing Setting - Preserved the tieless facade, yet updated the interior with modern amenities (but not too many in order to preserve rustic experience) 3) Great Hospitality - The owner, the caretakers/cleaners, the chef - All were friendly and incredibly helpful - Kate R., California, USA
Left on 10/27/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 27, 2010Stayed Aug 2010
The villa was perfect for our needs. We did a lot of siteseeing in the area. It was a great starting off place for us. If we are able to return in the future we would choose Villa Bottino and spend more time relaxing there. Buying local foods and using the herbs in the wonderful kitchen garden was definitely a plus as my daughter likes to experiment with cooking flavors. The country environment complete with a beautiful landscape, quiet evenings, roosters in the morning and pheasants milling about, was a wonderful contrast to our suburban life style. Fruits fresh from the vine were a daily treat. The boys enjoyed playing around in the pool while we relaxed reading books from the Bottino library on the pool patio. Guilliana was so warm, welcoming and helpful. She personified the atmosphere of the Farmhouse turned into Villa.
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