Once the head of an olive oil estate, now a quiet hilltop retreat, Castello Dei Canonici offers commanding views of the Lucca region and Tuscan coast. Though the villa and nearby hamlet of Camaiore have stood for centuries, the eight-bedroom house has been recently restored, and the town gives a glimpse of modern Italian village life. The hilltop location may make access difficult for larger vehicles and guests with restricted mobility, but the views are more than worth the climb.
You’ll find it easy to relax as you stroll grounds dotted with olive groves and the ruins of an olive-oil mill, swim in the heated infinity pool, cook local produce on the outdoor barbecue and sip wine at the dining area in the courtyard. Set the atmosphere with a surround-sound system, or make a little live music on the grand piano. A library and Wi-Fi access let you take a quiet moment to read or browse.
Inside the three-story villa’s cheery yellow walls, terracotta floors, beamed ceilings and original fireplaces are livened up with contemporary furnishings. Stretch out on a sleek tuxedo sofa or curl up beside the hearth in a leather club chair in one of several sitting areas. Perch on the glam grey leather chairs in the formal dining room, or enjoy breakfast in the modern eat-in kitchen, which is fully equipped and even has wine storage.
With eight bedrooms, Castello Dei Canonici has room for the whole family. All have king beds, and seven of the eight bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. (The eighth bedroom does have access, however, to a bathroom.) Two of the bedrooms are connected, making them ideal for parents and children. The bedrooms are charming and comfortable, with terracotta floors and tufted headboards, and the bathrooms are sleek and modern.
During your stay, you can enjoy the villa’s seclusion or immerse yourself in village life. Walk down to Camaiore, just a few minutes away, and join the locals for a coffee or snack. Cyclists will appreciate the region’s well-marked bike trails, and sun worshippers can get their fill at the Forte dei Marmi beach, 45 minutes away. If you’d like a taste of city life, Lucca is 9 miles away, Pisa is 12 miles away, Florence is 31 miles away, and Siena is 50 miles away.
Please note: The road that leads to the villa is not accessible to large vehicles (like Range Rovers or Minivans). The archway entrance will restrict entry to larger vehicles, that will have use the parking of the nearby village (about 150 steps uphill to the villa).
Additional amenities include: wine cellar(wine cellars), iron & ironing board, pool fence, library(libraries), barbecue(barbecues), cd player(cd players), flat screen TV(flat screen TVs), laundry facility, alfresco dining, tape player(tape players), outdoor furniture, fireplace (fireplaces).TripAdvisor property ID 2006748...Read more
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