Villa La Flora is a Tuscan dream come true: inspired by their own vacations in the area, the owners bought and renovated the six-bedroom farmhouse to create a place for guests to enjoy modern luxuries in a historic setting. The rustic architecture, views of the countryside and convenient location close to Lucca will either fulfill your wishes for a quiet retreat or fuel your fantasy of owning your own villa.
Though the kitchen is equipped with top-of-the-line appliances, take advantage of the Tuscan sun by cooking at the outdoor barbecue and enjoying meals at the covered al fresco dining area. A short walk under a vine-covered trellis leads to the fenced-in pool, which is surrounded by a hedge for privacy and chaise longues for comfort. During the day, explore the neoclassical aqueduct that runs along one side of the property; later, gather around the grand piano for a little night music.
Inside, La Flora’s decor is cozy and contemporary, influenced by the house’s original beamed ceilings and cotto floors. In the living room, plump red sofas, modern artwork and sleek accent furniture are all gathered around a traditional fireplace. Likewise, the dining room is warmed up by a hearth running along one end. The kitchen may be reached by a brick archway, but inside, it’s all modern, with a wall of glossy subway tile and Bulthaup fixtures.
Each of the villa’s six bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. On the first floor, the master bedroom has a four-poster double bed, dressing room, shared access to a TV room and opens to the garden. A second bedroom has a double bed and access to the TV room, and a third bedroom has two twin beds and a seating area. On the second floor, there are two bedrooms with double beds: one with sitting room and study, and one with a dressing room and shared seating area. The sixth bedroom has two twin beds and a shared seating area.
Though the property offers the quiet of the Tuscan countryside, it’s just over a mile from the shops in the village of Guamo, and 3 miles from the Lucca highway exit. Head into downtown Lucca, just 5 miles away, for an excursion or dinner, or to the beach, 22 miles away, for sun and seafood. For a day trip, drive or take the train to Florence, about 40 miles away.
Left on 03/21/2013 for a stay in July 2012 | Juli .Reviewed Mar 21, 2013Stayed Jul 2012
the house was better thanm we ever expected. The fact that each of the bedrooms has its onw full bathroom plus a sitting room made it perfect for the group of people that shared the house. The large kitchen and dining table was great for a large group prepairng and eating meals together. We also used the second large table in the entrance way a lot as that is where the internet conneciton was best. We did not use outdoor eating areas because of mosquitoes but we did use the bar b q several times. We also used the pool a lot...it was heaven to sit there and to swim after a busy day. also must mention the Gina was amazing as a house manager...although everything was so orgainzied that we did not need to call her. It was nice that we were walking disctance to a town as well as so close to the aqueduct. - Juli M., Ontario, Canada
Left on 11/02/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Nov 2, 2011Stayed Sep 2011
When we drove up to the house my first thought was \"This is exactly as I imagined it would be!\" La Flora is a completely renovated authentic Italian farmhouse. It had the feel of a warm and inviting farmhouse - but with all the updated conveniences (dishwasher, gas stove, washer, dryer and completely renovated bathrooms etc . . .) We found the kitchen to be a wonderful place to cook, eat, enjoy wine and hang out with friends for the evening. The bedrooms each had separate baths which made it easy for several couples to share the house. Towels were plush and fluffy and linens were fresh and clean. We really enjoyed having the housekeeper stop off each morning to clean up the kitchen and make the beds. One small disappointment is that the outdoor seating area was quite far from the kitchen so we never used it. The pool was fabulous - although a bit cool! The grounds were lovely. The location was perfect for a train ride to Florence for the day and shop or sightsee.
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