La Sorgente- groomed garden offers superb views, saltwater pool & bocci court
Once an olive mill and barn, La Sorgente is now a charming, comfortable retreat in the hills between Lucca and the Versilia coast. Whether you want to stroll the walls and gardens of Lucca or the sands of the Versilia beaches, both are just 15 miles away. The fully restored stone building has airy interiors, plenty of space for up to twelve guests and beautiful views of the countryside.
The villa was once two separate buildings that are now connected by an entrance hall and terrace. Other outdoor spaces include both shaded and sunny dining areas, a barbecue and a brick patio around the saltwater pool. Challenge family and friends to a game on the bocce court, or simply stroll in the garden. Inside, theres a telescope so you can stargaze far from city lights.
Many of La Sorgentes original features have been preserved, but given a modern update. Beamed ceilings have been whitewashed for a bright, clean look, and wood trim has been refreshed with mint green paint. The cheery living room has both a fireplace and garden access through a pair of wide French doors. The roomy kitchen is open to the dining area and has modern flair thanks to silver pendant lights and a graphic tile backsplash.
Each of the villas six bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom and ceiling fan. On the ground floor, theres a bedroom with two twin beds. Upstairs, the master suite has a queen bed and walk-in closet. The second floor also has two bedrooms with two twin beds each, and two bedrooms with a double bed each.
Should you need to come down from the hills, shopping and banking in the village of San Martino in Freddana are just 3 miles away. The city of Lucca and its highway access are about 15 miles to the southeast, while the beaches of Versilia are about 15 miles to the west. If youre coming from or going elsewhere in Italy, the Pisa airport is about 22 miles away.
Bedroom 2 - Master: Queen size bed, En-suite bathroom with shower and bathtub, Walk-in closet, Ceiling fan, Telescope
Bedroom 3: 2 Twin beds, En-suite bathroom with shower, Ceiling fan
Bedroom 4: Double bed, En-suite bathroom with shower
Bedroom 5: Double, En-suite bathroom with bathtub, Ceiling fan
Bedroom 6: 2 Twin beds, En-suite bathroom with bathtub, Ceiling fan
Baby cot with linen
Saltwater pool not heated
Maid service - 9 hours a week
At Extra Cost advance notice may be required:
Activities and excursions
Child care service
Additional maid service
Points of Interest:
5 km to San Martino Freddana village with shops, bank and post office
25 km to Lucca town and motorway exit
25 km to Versilia beaches
35 km to Pisa Galileo Galilei (PSA)
Maximum 12 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
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: maid, bocce ball court, cd player.TripAdvisor property ID 2004786...Read more
Left on 08/19/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Aug 19, 2011Stayed Jun 2011
Early summer mountain retreat family vacation. The first thing that I noticed was the terrific views from the patio of the valley and the surrounding hills. Then the architectural beauty and landscaping care that make up the villa. There are lots of places outside to sit, read, have conversations, enjoy dinner,a glass of wine or just relax and enjoy the surroundings. \r\n\r\nThe interior is spacious and well layed out so that a family can enjoy time together, but still find places to spend quiet time alone. We never felt crowded.\r\n\r\nWe enjoyed the dinners organized by Murana and would recommend her services to all who stay here.\r\n\r\nWe noticed a hummingbird like bee that flew among the plants at the edge of the patio, but could never get a clear picture of it and would love to know its name.\r\n\r\nThe only negatives were the ocasional millipeds in the house due probably to the open doors during the day and the mold smell in the lower bedroom that was quite distracting.\r\n\r\nAll in all a most enjoyable time together..
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