Lucca Luxury Casa Boccina
Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Casa Boccina is an early 19th century Tuscan farmhouse set in fourteen acres of gardens and forest by Monte San Quirico, a village just outside of Lucca. It is only a five minutedrive/ 35 minute walk from the beautiful walled city of Lucca. It is 14 acres of mostly flat land (7 of which is a protected forest) and has a farmhouse which sleeps ten.
This is an eco friendly property. We are installing solar panels which will heat water for the house and pool and generate electricity in the autumn, and the forest provides wood to burn in the fireplace in the colder months. At present, we are installing air-conditioning for the bedroom floor and kitchen which will be powered by electricity from our solar panels and will come on in early evenings by timer.
In an outbuilding across from the farmhouse is a gym with four LifeCycle aerobic machines, some free weights and an ipod docking station. Outside, we have a newly refurbished 12 x 6 metre pool with 1.2 metre shallow end and 3 metre deep end. It has a diving board, stairs for easy access, an outdoor shower and two shaded gazebos, one with a dining table and the other with a lounge area. Poolside, there is a Habitat double daybed, several individual sun loungers and a table with bench seating to seat 4 to 6. It is heated May-October courtesy of our solar panel array. There is a outdoor sound system to hook your iPOD up to. At night, LED uplighting makes it a magical place. Surrounding the pool, is a metre high box hedge and three sets of gates to deter children. Between the pool and the house is another relaxing area which is a small garden with the early 19th century well as the focal point. Beyond the pool is a 10 X 15 ft trampoline with safety net and walk a little further and on the hill you will find a large climbing frame. There is a forest with trails for you to explore across from the farmhouse.
There is plenty of parking within easy walking distance of the farmhouse.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lido di Camaiore or Forte dei Marmi 28 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa International 17 km, Nearest railway: Lucca 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
This early 19th century Tuscan farmhouse has been lovingly restored retaining all its charm with terracotta floors and beamed ceilings throughout.
Inside, you will find a large inviting entrance hall leading to the main lounge with a large wood-burning fireplace, a tv/games room equipped with SKY TV, DVD player, and a games room with a pool table and dart board. There is a large well equipped kitchen/dining area that seats 10, shower room and utility room equipped with washing machine and dishwasher. There is an ipod docking station in the kitchen. Upstairs, there are three double rooms two of which have four poster beds, a twin room and a single room with a bunk bed. The bunkbedroom has a desk where you can set up your laptop for satellite internet broadband for 30 euro/week. There is a bathroom and a shower room also with hairdryers. All three bathrooms are newly refurbished with marble walls and Philippe Starcke bathroom suites. On the upstairs landing, there is a substantial bookcase. Guests are welcome to borrow books to read from this and have also left some behind in exchange for taking a new one. Please feel free to use this. There is a selection of children's books in one bedroom for use at the property. We do provide a welcome pack with some dishwasher tablets and laundry detergent, some wine and soap and toilet roll can be found in the bathrooms.
There is also a few items at the property for use by toddlers and babies, which save you packing them when travelling. There is a Highchair, Travel cot, Attachment for side of bed, toys, puzzles, and books for young children plus plastic plates and bowls.
Directly in front of the farmhouse is a covered porch which has a formal dining table that seats 10. In front of the porch is an enclosure with a lounge seating area, sun umbrella, two sun loungers and a barbeque. Across from the farmhouse is a small gym, situated at the end of the Barn house (where the english gardener lives)and contains the following professional life fitness equipment: Cross-trainer, tread mill/running machine, reclining bicycle, stepper and free weights. There is an ipod docking station and television with dvd player.
|Further details outdoors|
Upon approaching the house you see a large overhanging roof creating a shaded porch area and outdoor cooking area perfect for al fresco dining, a bbq is provided.
Within the five acre fenced garden, there is a fenced-in, 6 x 12 metre pool, with a deep end and diving board, stairs in shallow end and a sheltered sitting area for al fresco dining. The area is uplit by LED uplighters in various changeable colours. There is a Well Garden between the house and pool featuring a well dated 1840 which is a tranquil place for late afternoon and evening drinks. As the majority of the garden is a flat, grassed area there is plenty of space for ball games and croquet. Two football goal posts are in the rear lawn and there is a sheltered area on the front lawn with table tennis. A large sheltered tent on the rear garden has a long table and benches and a table football game. A large children's climbing frame (with scramble net, swings, slides etc.) is at the end of the garden. There are also seven acres of forest with newly made nature trail to explore. Children should, of course, be supervised when using play equipment and pool.
The garden is some of the most fertile around Lucca thanks to the springs that permeate the land.
The property has an olive grove and a selection of fruit and nut trees (apple, pear, plum, sharon fruit, apricot, peach, grape vines), which guests are welcome to help themselves to.
Directly across from the Farmhouse there is a small converted barn this is where the gardener lives .You may come across him working during your stay but he is often out for the day working elsewhere.
Our gardener will welcome you to the farmhouse shortly after arrival and will also be contactable during your stay to assist with any queries. Information pack and directions will be sent to you on receipt of balance.
He can provide and organise the following services and they are payable directly to him:
- fridge to be stocked with a selection of food of your choice upon arrival for a 10 euro charge
- arrange baby sitting (10 euro /hour)
This is by satellite internet broadband and is accessed in the office/bunbedroom on the first floor. If you wish to have access, please let us know. The cost is 30 pounds per week. We can add this amount to your balance before your holiday and give you the password details before you leave, or deduct it off your security deposit if you decide you want to use it during your stay. Just let us know.
Maintenance of gardens:
The gardener will need to mow the grass from time to time. He tries not to disturb your tranquil poolside experience and so asks that you let him know if you plan on being out for some of the day so that he can do this in your absence.
The Tuscany region
Tuscany is one of the most beautiful areas of Italy, with a landscape of rolling vineyard-covered hills, rows of cypress trees, medieval fortified hill towns and a rugged coastline interspersed with sandy beaches. It provides a peaceful setting for a relaxing holiday within easy reach of Italy’s greatest art treasures and the famous Chianti vineyards. Enjoy stunning scenery and some of the most outstanding sights of Italy, including the beautiful cities of Florence, Pisa and Lucca. Tuscany is the perfect destination for different kinds of holidays, with its ideal climate it is also suitable for active holidays (lots of hills and mountains to be explored), as well as for the art lovers and the fantastic cuisine.
April to October sees the main tourist season in Tuscany, but Autumn to early Spring is recommended for the the best time for visitors to see all the attractions the Region has to offer without the extensive queues of High season.
Places to visit include Pisa where you can see the famous tower, Italy’s premier tourist attraction. It has been re-opened to visitors to climb.Or there is Siena which is a well-preserved medieval walled-city with narrow streets lined with tall Gothic mansions descending to the main square. Twice a year, the famous Palio horse race is run in the Piazza del Campo.San Gimignano is an enchanting town with a skyline of tall medieval towers. It has changed little since the 14th century and the old streets and squares are charmingly picturesque.
Florence is a beautiful renaissance city on the River Arno, with much to offer art lovers. The Uffizi Gallery and Gallery Academia house some magnificent pieces, and the Duomo, the sixth largest in the world, has a wonderful painted ceiling. Other highlights include the Ponte Vecchio, lined with shops selling gold, and the church at Santa Croce. The views from the Piazza Michelangelo over the city’s rust coloured roofs are magnificent. Lucca is also worth a visit. With a rich heritage and many churches, palaces and squares giving the town a charming unspoilt air. Take a stroll around the ramparts, built in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Elba is nenowned as Napoleon’s place of exile, the chief attractions of this unspoilt island are its beaches and clear waters. Inland it is mountainous with vineyards, olive groves and picturesque villages. The capital, Portoferraio, has an attractive old walled town.
Tuscany is a wonderful area for walking enthusiasts.You can also hire windsurfs from many of the beaches near Cecina Mare.
Whichever time of the year you choose to visit Tuscany the weather is bound to be pleasant- .Sunny hot weather awaits you in Summer (80° F to 90° F) It remains fine weather up until the end of October. It is still sunny in winter with temperatures of around 50° F during the day.
Casa Boccina is located only five minutes from the beautiful walled city of Lucca. There is much to do in Lucca. The walls provide a tree-lined pedestrianized promenade circuiting the city with parks, playgrounds and cafés, and are perfect for cycling around on hired bikes or picnicking. Within the city, every third Saturday, there is a large monthly antique market within several piazzas, an Opera Festival that celebrate the home of Puccini, an open air Music Festival in July that has recently featured Jamiroquai, Peter Gabriel, Dido, Van Morrison and Elton John. The famous landmark in Lucca is a tower that has an oak tree growing on the top of it, which you can climb. There are also a
number of wonderful restaurants within Lucca and in the surrounding area that are recommended. The shopping in Lucca is very good with typical Italian hours. There is a large selection of clothes, shoe and optical shops to choose from. Half price sales late July and mid January.
Outside of Lucca, you can do day trips to Florence, Pisa, and Siena and San Gimignano in the Chianti region. There are stately homes, or “Villas”, with gardens around Lucca that are open to the public most of which do guided tours. On the coast, there are white sandy beaches at Lido di Camaiore and Forte dei Marmi (shopping excellent here, too) at which you can hire a site with beach umbrellas, loungers and full use of shower and toilet facilities. You can also go on a tour of the Carrara marble quarry (the pure white marble used in all the statuary).I can provide you with a list of event/fairs etc for the coming months.There is lots to do.
North of Lucca, you can visit the medieval hilltop town of Barga that retains close links with Scotland and has a “fish and chips” festa in summer and boasts magnificent views over the surrounding
Garfagnana mountains. Close by, is Grotto del Vento with its ancient stalactite formations and a cool alternative the a hot summer sun.
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19 Jan 2014
"The perfect villa"
I went with my girlfriend and 8 of our friends, all in our twenties,for 10 nights. It was exactly what we wanted. Plenty of space for us all, plenty to do and the owners were great at helping set thin… More
26 Jun 2012
"Great villa for the whole family"
We visited Casa Boccina for the second time in June. It is such a great villa to take all the family on holiday. There are plenty of recreational facilities provided to keep eveyone occupied. Our Grandchildren enjoyed all the facilites, particularly the large swimming pool, and running around in the large grounds.
Lucca is nearby and ideal for meals out and sightseeing. There is a good range of restaurants in Lucca and nearby villages. We enjoyed eating out at Pizzeria da Pinzo.
Hiring bikes and cycling along the wall surrounding Lucca is great fun.
21 Jun 2012
"A lovely villa with beautiful grounds"
Travelled with husband, daughters, sons-in-laws and granddaughters. Ideal size for us all and big enough not to trip over anyone. Bathrooms and shower rooms are all excellent. Kitchen and dining are… More
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