Villa ElisabettaVia Massaciuccoli 1011/B 55100, Balbano (Lucca)
From €5,800.00 per week
Via Massaciuccoli 1011/B 55100, Balbano (Lucca)
- From €5,800.00 per week
- Villa Elisabetta is an elegant 19th century villa located only 10 km’s from Lucca.
Swimming pool and large manicured garden.Sleeps 10 in 6 bedrooms and 4 and a 1/2 bathrooms.
Maid service and cook included.
- This magnificent villa is situated between Viareggio and Forte dei Marm, just ten minutes from the ancient walled city of Lucca.
- This elegant property is ideally located to explore and experience the world famous beauties and artistic attractions of Tuscany.
- The villa is surrounded by marvelous and perfectly manicured lawns and flower gardens which offer shady areas and stimulate your senses with the perfume of lavender and rosemary.
- The grounds feature a private swimming pool with fabulous views of the surrounding woods and landscapes. Guests at Villa Elisabetta will appreciate the spacious and well-equipped front terrace-perfect for al fresco dinners or moments of absolute relaxation. Wooden table and chairs are available.
- The villa is furnished and decorated in an impeccable Italian style, the mansion is looked after by a full time maid and a cook who will take care of guest’s meals.
- Light and spacious, this traditional Tuscan property offers an elegant Italian retreat with all the comforts of home.
The main door opens on to an elegant drawing room with SAT TV; there is a double sitting room on the right with a large fireplace. On the left is a cozy and elegant dining room and a large, fully equipped kitchen. From the hall beyond the drawing room, there are stairs (20 steps) which lead to the first floor. There is a handy service bathroom beneath the stairs.
To the right at the top of the stairs, there is the master bedroom with queen-sized bed, and a smaller, but very nice bedroom with a French sized bed which share a large bathroom with tub. And to the left, a nice and bright bedroom with twin beds ( that can be joined ) and a double bedroom with queen-sized bed which also share a marble bathroom with tub. Stairs (20 steps) to the second floor.
To the left the maid quarter. To the right two brand new and nicely decorated bedrooms each with private bathroom with shower. One bedroom has a double bed, the other has a single bed.
The spacious and well manicured gardens of Villa Elisabetta provide plenty of opportunities for delightful little strolls. And the swimming pool offers relief from the heat of the Tuscan sun. The villa is located in a very quiet area.
Terrace in front of the house furnished with table and chairs for al fresco dining. Swimming pool (5×10), satellite television, telephone, dishwasher, washing machine, barbeque.
A very nice and well-behaved couple lives on the top floor of the property. Service included: 3 hours cleaning a day, 6 days a week. Cook to shop for and prepare all meals (food & beverages payable locally). Use of the kitchen: Guests are allowed to use the kitchen only for snacks and drinks; the cook will prepare all meals.
Inside the property, 300 m from the villa, there is a pen (doghouse) where a dog lives. The dog never enters inside the house and the housekeeper takes care of him during the day. She is very quiet and not allowed to go around the property alone while the villa is rented.
Nearest shops 3.5km, Lucca 10 km, Pisa airport 12.5 km, Pisa 17 Km, Florence 80 km, Siena 135 km.
Activities in the Area
- Surrounded entirely by 16th century walls, the gorgeous city of Lucca sits on an alluvial plateau near the Serchio river, 19 meters above sea level.
- ocated 23km Northeast of Pisa, 80km West of Florence and within easy reach of Siena, Lucca is a jewel of Northern Tuscany and an excellent base from which to explore further Italian wonders.
- To the North of Lucca lie the Apuane Alps with their famous marble quarries, spas and mineral water springs, wonderful for the curious explorer.
- Home to a series of intricately decorated parish churches, castles and medieval hospitals, Lucca itself is thriving with history and culture.
- A steady climb up the Guinigi Tower rewards the effort with superb views of the city in all directions.
Casa Guinigi was the fifteenth-century home of Lucca’s leading family, who like most rich families of their time, built a tower as a symbol of their wealth and power. This tower, however, is unique for the oak trees that grow from it (and down in to the room below). Lucca also offers an eclectic mix of fine Tuscan cuisine to satisfy any palate.
- Lucca was the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini, one of Italy’s most famous operatic composers. Today it is possible to visit the house in which he was born, which is now a museum.
- Guests choosing to rent Villa Elisabetta during the months of May through to August can also enjoy the renowned Puccini Festival, in an open-air theater in nearby Torre del Lago.
- The theatre opens out directly onto a stunning view of Lake Massaciuccoli with the Apuane Alps in the background. For the younger members of your group, the neighboring town of Collodi, birthplace of Pinocchio, offers the delightful Pinocchio Park.
- With Florence just over an hour’s drive away, a day-trip to Italy’s ‘capital of art’ is a must for any guest of Villa Elisabetta.
- See Michelangelo’s David in the academia art gallery, enjoy a visit to the world famous Uffizi Museum, and stroll through the Piazza Signoria with its impressive medieval buildings.
- For food lovers, local farms selling some of Tuscany’s best olive oil are on your doorstep, and there are open air markets in one village or another almost every day of the week.
- A visit to one of the famous vineyards in the vicinity (such as Tenuta di Ghizzano and Tenuta di Valgiano) gives a unique opportunity to view the wine making process from beginning to end…and purchase a few bottles for the evening dinner! The weekly local market in Lucca is every Wednesday and Saturday morning, and the antique market is every third Sunday of the month.
- For the more active, there is excellent walking in the hills around your villa. Horse-back riding and mountain biking can also be organized, and several 18 hole golf courses are within a 30/40 minute drive.
- And last but not least, there is the shopping! The outlet stores near Incisa and Arezzo provide endless retail therapy opportunities, and then there are the leather goods and hand made paper that Florence is so famous for and the wonderful olive oil that is produced throughout the region…
Extra Optional Services
Pricing and Availability
|Dates||Guests||Price per week|
|High||June 30 – September 1||10||€7,200.00|
|Mid||7 14 April (Easter Holidays)
April 28 June 30
September 1 – October 6
December 22 January 5 2013 (Christmas Holidays)
|Low||Rest of year||10||€5,800.00|
* Prices are quoted in Euros and calculated according to the CBA selling rate. Prices are subject to change in AUD due to currency flucuations. (Currency converter)
- Final cleaning included
- Maid service included ( 3 hrs/d; 6 day/wk )
- Cook service included (the cook prepares Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner )
Lunch 12.00 AM – 2.00 PM
Dinner 7.00 PM – 9.00 PM
- Food and Beverages not included. Food deposit 500 Euros on arrival.
- Air conditioning not available
- Pets not allowed
- Heating not included: 50 Euros per day.
- Electricity included up to 300 KW; the exceeding will be metered on consumption.
- Baby bed Euro 100
- Extra bed not available
- Bed linens & Bath towels changed on Wednesday and Saturday.
- Security deposit Euro 1500
- Utility deposit Euro 250 for heating
- Pool opening dates May 14 – September 17
- Pool towels included – Telephone metered; local calls only.
- Internet access available through cell phone device
- Arrive & Relax Package
Special notes and restrictions:
The listed price is for maximum 10 people + 2 babies under 1 year old.
Children restrictions: No more than 4 children under 1 or above 12 are admitted.
Use of the kitchen: Guests are allowed to use the kitchen only for snacks and drinks; the cook will prepare all meals.
Upon request and approval of the owner a late arrival is possible between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm for an extra fee of 50 Euro.
Extra service available: Maid service, Laundry service, Baby sitting, Extra change of linens.
Toscana - Tuscany
Tuscany is the place we all dream of….The place we want to retire to, and it is that place that will echo in your heart for a life time once you have stayed there and felt the essence of the organic life that passes by there each day.
With fields of sunflowers as far as they eye can see, olive groves and vineyards lining every street corner make Tuscany’s country side a picture worth painting. With its abundance of tiny medieval towns scattered around the hills, open air markets where locals gather each Saturday morning to offer their produce such as Truffle oil, olives, chianti wine, cured meats etc makes Tuscany the perfect place to visit for those that love food, wine and history.
From €5,800.00 per week
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- Borgo Bernardini, a former hamlet tucked away among the gently folding Lucchese hills, provides a gracious and luxurious Tuscan retreat.
- Originally a hunting lodge, where noble guests of the Count Bernardini resided while engaged in the time-honored contest between man and beast, the borgo later was used as lodging for the count's multitudinous staff.
- The attention paid to the renovation of Borgo Bernardini has rendered it truly magnificent — a magical oasis. Rambling old walls surround weeping willows, fountains and formal gardens. A gorgeous floodlit salt water swimming pool and ample area for outdoor barbecuing and dining promise many pleasant hours spent under the Tuscan sun. There are numerous sitting areas and a courtyard for dining al fresco, most notably the gracious table near the magnificent peschiera, a goldfish pond on grand scale complete with flowers in terra cotta pots, waterlilies, and fountains with lights at night.
- In the immediate area you will find tennis facilities, horseback riding stables and a golf driving range (with full golf courses located in nearby Montecatini or Versilia). The location is convenient to the beaches of the Versilian Riviera (1/2 hour), splendid hiking in the Cinqueterre (1 hour), and to nearby Lucca, as charming a medieval town as any in Italy, offering Romanesque churches, exquisite gardens, wonderful restaurants and elegant shops.
- It also draws music lovers, as Puccini was born here. Stroll, bike, or picnic on Lucca's ramparts, a series of surrounding walls originally constructed in Roman times. From atop the walls on a clear day you can see the Apuan Alps.
- Fully air-conditioned and heated throughout, the villa has a central music system and many CDs are provided, but some guests may prefer to hear the tinkling of keys on the beautifully restored 1890 Steinway.
- Full staff is provided, including daily housekeeping and chef services for breakfast and your choice of lunch or dinner, gardener, pool attendant, concierge on call.
- Twelve uniquely decorated double bedrooms (8 have queen beds and 4 have twin beds that can be joined as queens), each with its own en suite bathroom (4 have Jacuzzi tubs), individual temperature control, music system and telephone.
- Many receptions rooms and living areas, including a domed music room, sun lounge with library, formal living room with satellite TV/DVD and doors leading out to the ornamental pond and fountains
- Banquet hall (seats 24), card and billiard room, wine tasting room with a private selection of Tuscan wines
- Fully equipped Tuscan kitchen
- Guest office with centralized music system, computer facilities, wireless internet access
- Security system
- Fitness room with cardiovascular and weight equipment
- Additional rooms: laundry room and four powder rooms.
- Floodlit swimming pool (8m wide x 16m long x 1-2m deep)
- Italian gardens (2,000 sq m) with gazebo, ornamental fish pond, fountains
- Terrace/BalconyStaff IncludedWine Cellar
- Near Beach Walk to village/services
- Closest store or village: 2.0 km
- CLOSEST VILLAGE/SERVICES
- Pool (unheated)
- TennisGolf (within 30 minutes)Gym/Workout AreaHorseback Riding (nearby)
- TV (satellite)CD Player/StereoVideo Player
- CLIMATE CONTROL
- Air ConditioningCentral Heat
- Villa Le Rose is a prestigious property steeped in history and nature. It is in a fabulous location surrounded by vineyards and olive groves just a few kilometers from Florence, where the scent of flowers and the beautiful swimming pool surrounded by greenery are the setting for our luxurious historical residence.
- Discover the relaxation of the Tuscan countryside in a Luxury Villa just 10 minutes from Florence.
- Villa Le Rose is an elegant Renaissance Villa surrounded by vineyards and olive groves; a jewel of rare beauty set in the Tuscan countryside just ten minutes from the center of Florence. A picturesque avenue flanked by cypress trees will lead you to the entrance of this beautiful Luxury Villa on the hills of Florence, where you will experience unforgettable feelings.
- The Villa measures 1000 square meters and can accommodate up to fourteen guests in seven bedrooms. The dwelling overlooks 2 large gardens for a total of 1,200 square meters of greenery. The property is entirely surrounded by an eleven-hectare park where you can also find a small private lake.
- Originally commissioned by the Marquis Niccolò Antinori in the fifteenth century, the Villa has undergone numerous improvements and renovations over the years, without ever losing its renaissance structure that distinguishes it from any other property in its category, making it truly unique.
- The layout of Villa Le Rose is in fact typical of the aristocratic Renaissance villas, centered around a paved courtyard, surrounded by gardens and situated in an agricultural landscape.
- The Loggia
- The Loggia plays a central role to the villa’s layout, bridging the walled courtyard outside with the internal living quarters. The courtyard features terracotta vases and jasmine climbers. The Loggia houses two seating areas and a Madonna and Child ceramic plaque from the Renaissance school of della Robbia.
- The entrance hall welcomes guests with adorned mirrors, a Seventeenth Century oil painting of a hunting scene, and a Sixteenth Century wooden table bearing a collection of bronze coursing dogs.
- The Ballroom, also known as the Salone delle Feste, is one of the oldest rooms in the villa. However, doubt is cast over its exact date. Although records indicate that it was frescoed in 1629, art historians confirm that the pale green used, a color favored by the Hapsburg House of Lorraine, was not common in Florence until after 1700.
- The Ballroom features a minstrel’s gallery for performing musicians, and a Steinway grand piano which was played by the Russian virtuoso Anton Rubinstein at a private concert in 1961.
- The Ballroom measures 135 square meters and can comfortably accommodate 110 seated guests.
- The Blue Living room was originally a bedroom in the Sixteenth Century when the villa belonged to the Antinori family. Today it serves as an informal living room. It was frescoed around 1780, on the cusp of Romanticism, with picturesque landscapes and classical ruins as was common for the period.
- Facing the Cedar Garden, this small sitting room was entirely frescoed with grotesque motifs in the Nineteenth Century. A curious feature of the room are two small portraits (see p.7) of the villa’s past owners, most likely the Boissevain, which were added in the middle of the last century.
- The Studio was decorated at the same time as the blue living room. It features frescoes in a monochromatic neoclassical style with a trompe-l’oeil effect that mimics a bas-relief. The frescoes are framed in elaborate stucco reliefs. Villa le Rose and the Florence Charterhouse, just minutes away from the villa, are the only two historic buildings in Florence to house this style of fresco painting.
- The Dining Room accommodates up to twenty seated guests. A large, five-tiered crystal chandelier with tear-drop and prismatic pendants hangs in the center of the room. Around 1700 the dining room was frescoed with the myth of Diana and Actaeon.
- The Baldacchino Suite is the only remaining bedroom on the ground floor as originally planned by Niccolò Antinori in the Sixteenth Century. The walls are decorated with frescoes depicting Old Testament scenes. Research has dated the work to 1730.
- The Baldacchino bathroom is frescoed with grotesque motifs from floor to ceiling and finished with a rare marble noted for its unusually wide veining. The bathroom is composed of two rooms. The first features a bath with antique crystal fittings, a handbasin and a fireplace. The second room, which is also entirely frescoed, houses the shower.
- The Kitchen
- The open-plan kitchen is spacious and bright, and features a traditional Tuscan fireplace and bread oven. It offers all modern amenities, including a dishwasher and plenty of food storage space.
- The whole lower floor maintains its original Fifteenth Century appearance, complete with barrel and cross vaulting.
- FIRST FLOOR
- Sleeps 6 people in 6 double bedrooms and 6 bathrooms.
- The Roses Bedroom
- This was one of the first bedrooms created on the first floor during restructuring work in the Nineteenth Century. Favored for its prime position, it overlooks the central courtyard on one side and the surrounding countryside on the other. It comprises adjacent twin beds and a spacious seating area.
- The Roses Bedroom has its own private marble bathroom, which includes a sink, a shower, a bath, a bidet and a toilet.
- The Green Bedroom is the largest suite in the villa. It owes its name to the green Eighteenth Century furniture in the hallway preceding it. A hidden passageway for staff leads to a service hallway and stairs to the ground floor. The bedroom features a double bed, a sitting area with a working fireplace and a sizeable wardrobe.
- The Green bedroom has its own private marble bathroom, which includes a sink, a shower, a bath, a bidet and a toilet.
- The Oriental Bedroom owes its name to the frescoed walls depicting Chinese figures. It is the smallest bedroom but commands a central view of the villa’s park and lake beyond. Fallow deer, hares and other wildlife can be spotted roaming the estate. The bedroom features a four-poster double bed canopied in Nineteenth Century Tuscan silk and a sitting area with a working fireplace.
- The Oriental Bedroom has its own private marble bathroom, which includes a sink, a shower, a bath, a bidet and a toilet.
- The Pink Bedroom is one of the more modern rooms in the villa, decorated with classic furniture and wood flooring. It is a spacious corner bedroom comprised of two single beds that can be joined together to make a double bed. An oversize sofa-bed may, if needed, accommodate a third guest.
- The Pink Bedroom has its own private marble bathroom, which includes a sink, a shower, a bath, a bidet and a toilet.
- The Guest Suite is furnished in a modern style. Its corner position commands a view of the cypress
- tree-lined driveway that leads to the villa. The suite comprises a double bed, a study area and a wardrobe closet.
- The Guest Room has its own private marble bathroom, which includes a sink, a shower, a bath, a bidet and a toilet.
- The Staff Bedroom is a double room for visiting staff. It is equipped with a kitchenette and its own bathroom. This bedroom may be used by the villa’s guests if required.
- The villa has in total eight bathrooms. Two are on the ground floor and six on the first
- Each bedroom has its own en suite marble bathroom which include a washbasin, shower, bath, bidet and toilet.
- Villa Le Rose is surrounded by two gardens which measure 1200 square meters combined.
- On one side of the property lies the swimming pool’s Porcinai Garden, named after the landscape and garden designer Pietro Porcinai. The villa’s swimming pool sits in the middle of the north eastern Porcinai Garden.
- It was built in 1960 where the round corral previously stood. Built in the shape of an oval, the swimming pool measures 18 meters in length and 9 meters in width, and is just short of 3 meters in depth.
- On the other side of the villa lies the Cedar Garden, named after the 300-year-old Lebanon cedar that features prominently over it. A tall hedgerow encloses the Cedar Garden’s English style lawn, the roses, potted plants and an al fresco seating area.
- Florence - 15 mins
- Pisa - 1 hour
- Places of interest
- Florence - 12 mins
- Siena - 50 mins
- Lucca - 50 mins
- Rome - 2 hours 40 mins
- Venice - 2 hours 40 mins
- A historical period property set in a private 100-acre estate in the hills of Lucca. Feature include a swimming pool, olive groves, fresh vegetables, and several walking paths through the private woods and natural rivers.
- The estate includes a beautifully restored villa built in the late 15th century, with three floors, elevator, a luxury designer kitchen, 5 bedrooms and spacious bathrooms with spa facilities, and a classic Tuscan 18th century farmhouse with a game room, kitchen with open fireplace and 3 bedrooms.
- Villa Musetta is set in a marvelous Italian garden lined by cypresses and palm trees, a unique mélange of tradition and exoticism, and the garden is surrounded by elegant boxwood hedges.
- Beyond the olive trees, along a cypress-lined path, one reaches the high end of the garden, featuring a sweeping panorama across the Lucca valley, a 56 by 23 feet swimming pool, sunning area and Balinese massage pavilion.
- Next to the pool is a covered Bali-style Summer Kitchen, where guests can relax whilst enhoying a glass of red wine admiring the spectacular views, or enjoy a lunch in the open air served at the sandstone dining table.
- There is also a kitchen area with two refrigerators and an automatic ice machine.
- The villa is also ideal for a destination wedding and has hosted wedding parties of more than 125 guests
- The property has been recently restored, both externally and internally, with the best in Tuscan craftsmanship and design. This was done conserving the architectural heritage while offering the most modern comforts and high-tech luxury in terms of air conditioning, wi-fi internet and satellite TV.
- Villa Musetta is a three-storey building, with 750 square meters of livable space. On the imposing façade there are numerous doors and windows that make for a luminous interior. At the center of the façade is a grey sandstone balcony that overlooks an olive grove. The floors are connected by a large stairway, the main part of which is the original stone from the early 1500s, and also by a small elevator.
- On the ground floor, which is built on two levels, there is large living room with comfortable sofas and a billiard room, both with fireplaces, one of them in local pietra serena stone.
- The spacious dining room features an arched panoramic window overlooking the Italian garden and adjoining the modern and fully equipped kitchen, with a French window leading to the inner courtyard, and a walk-in refrigerated room.
- Beyond the kitchen area, there is a hallway and bathroom for guests.
- Stairs and elevator to the second floor.
- sleeps 4 people
- The second floor, called the “Piano Nobile” (or “Noble Floor”), has two spacious
- air-conditioned bedroom suites, and a large air-conditioned living room with fireplace (sofa bed available on request).
- One of the suites has a huge walk-in closet, an amazing rain shower and a Jacuzzi, while the other hosts a treadmill, a massage table and a multi-functional shower and hammam.
- Both suites feature a large double bed (only double).
- sleeps 6 people
- The fully air-conditioned top floor features three double bedrooms situated around a large living room.
- There are three bathrooms, two of them en suite.
- One bedroom has 2 queen size beds. The bathroom of this bedroom is not en suite. It is just in front of the bedroom and has a shower.
- One bedroom has 2 twin joinable beds and an en suite bathroom with shower and a large bath tub.
- One bedroom has a double bed and en suite bathroom with large shower.
- Every bedroom of the villa has its own satellite TV, climate control and wi-fi internet.
- Please note that AC is only on the second and top floor of the villa.
- Adjoining the villa is a 220 square meters traditional Tuscan farmhouse, or “casa colonica”, with a large courtyard featuring a fountain and an abundance of bougainvillea, jasmine and colorful hydrangea.
- Since the villa and farmhouse each have kitchens, and both give on to the courtyard, this is perhaps everyone’s favorite relaxation area, with a comfortable outdoor lounge for cocktails and a large sandstone table that is very popular for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- The farmhouse develops three floors.
- The ground floor has a media/gaming room, a fully equipped kitchen with a fireplace, laundry room (washer and dryer) and a guest bathroom.
- sleeps 4
- On the first floor there are one twin / double bedroom, one double bedroom (only double) and a shared bathroom with bathtub and shower head.
- This floor is air conditioned.
- sleeps 2
- This floor features:
- One double bedroom (only double).
- A business / studio room ( sofa bed available on request )
- One bathroom with shower.
- This floor is air conditioned.
- Please note that in some points the ceiling of the top floor is lower than standard.
- Villa Musetta estate is located just 30 minutes from Pisa Airport, with flights from all major European cities, and about 45 minutes from Florence. The property is just 11 kilometers from the city of Lucca, one of the jewels of Tuscany. A charming and historical city, Lucca is well known for its impressive surrounding walls built during the Renaissance.
- Lucca is a feast of churches and towers, antique markets and old book shops, Medieval and Renaissance architecture and Romanesque churches.
- Swimming pool
- Massage Pavillion
- Hammam / Steam Bath
- Indoor Jacuzzi
- Billiards / pool room
- Designer kitchen
- Washer / dryer
- Cantina for wine tasting
- WIFI Everywhere
- Walk - in Refrigerator room
- Satellite TV in every room
- Daily Housekeeping
- Available upon request:
- Home Chef
- Michelin - Starred chef
- Private driver
- Massage therapist
- Baby sitting
- Activities On Site:
- Mountain bikes
- Olive Oil Harvest
- First Pressing Visits
- Activities Off Site:
- Wine Tours
- Guided Tours
- Michelin starred restaurants
- Village 2 km (groceries, bar, atm, bank, pharmacy)
- Lucca 11 km
- Pisa 25 km
- Versilia Forte dei Marmi Beach 39 km
- Florence 78 km
- Rome 349 km
- Lerici 75 km
- San Gimignano 65 km
- Bus stop 250 meters
- Train Station Lucca 11 km
- Airport (Pisa) 25 km
- Airport (Florence) 78 km