Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Recently restored villa, with heated pool, in a small market town near Lucca. 'The best of all worlds' - price, heated pool, in a town and local transport
This liberty style villa stands in it's own grounds in the small market town of Ponte Moriano, near Lucca. It has a long entrance hall with a large lounge/dining room to the right, in which there is a large screen TV and a piano. To the left there is the first of four bedrooms, this one offers two single beds. Half way down the hallway is an entrance leading to two more bedrooms with two single beds in each one and the master bedroom with a double bed. Between these bedrooms there are two separate bathrooms. At the end of the hallway is a fully fitted kitchen/diner with fridge dishwasher, washing machine, hob and oven. There is a door at the end of the hallway allowing easy access from the kitchen to an outside eating area for those alfresco meals. Outside there is a heated swimming pool, very rare in this area. There is a tiled sunbathing area around the pool and ample parking for two cars inside the fence of the villa.
The walled city of Lucca: Lucca is a beautiful walled medieval city, which is the birthplace of Puccini. The city is mostly pedestrianised, which is fantastic for cycling and walking. The countryside north of Lucca is breathtaking with many medieval villages perched on wooded hillsides. There are many beautiful palazzos, spas and vineyards to visit in the area. Florence, Pisa and the beaches are all within a short distance. In the summer there are many musical events: Puccini opera at Torre del lago, whilst in Lucca, during July, several of the worlds best musicians play in the amphitheatre. There are also several jazz festivals. There are many superb restaurants within 15 mins of the house. Fungi and truffles are some of the local specialities and olive oil from Lucca is one of the best in the world. One hour's drive north from the house is the beautiful ski resort of Abetone.This is a very popular resort with very good facilities.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Versilia 25 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 30 km, Nearest railway: Lucca 7 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The property has 4 double bedrooms with a combination of single and double beds, two bathrooms, each with wash basin, W.C, walk in shower and hot towel rail, mirrored cabinet with power point and a hairdryer.. All the beds can be combined to make double beds or detached to make eight to suit your needs. Sleeping arrangements are highly flexible and cots can be arranged for two children if required in addition to the 8 guests.
The main floor has been made into a comfortable holiday apartment. The architecture of the house, the beautifully decorated fresco's on the ceilings, the tiled floors, interior shutters and fittings reveal the highly skilled craftsmanship of pre-war Italy.The house is very spacious with 4 metre high ceilings throughout.
A large living/dining room comes with with 3 three seater sofas, TV with DVD and Satellite. The dining area has a large table and will comfortably seat 8 to 10 people. All cooking utensils and crockery for 8 to 10 guests.
The breakfasting kitchen which is also big enough for 8 seated is well equipped with basics such as soap powder, cleaning materials, most condiments and spices, sugar, paper towels,picnic icebox, napkins etc. and these are free for use by our guests.
|Further details outdoors|
There is ample parking for two/three cars within the grounds of the villa.A small balcony at the front of the villa has a table and a couple of chairs and provides refuge for any guests who wish to smoke as there is a strict ban on smoking in the house.There is ample exterior lighting and the garden has floodlights .The property has two sets of gates and is very easily secured with shutters on every window.At times the owner is in his flat in the lower ground floor.
There is a selection of books and games.
A free welcoming pack of fresh fruit, sandwiches, milk, bottled water, local wine and some soft drinks will be in the fridge on your arrival.
A change of bed linen is available midweek if required, at an extra charge of €24.00. This charge covers all 8 beds. Maid service is available and is charged at €20.00 per day for 3 hours light housework to include washing up, cleaning kitchen and bathrooms, general tidying up and freshening towels as required.
If you opt for maid service it will be a local woman ,Sabrina who will look after you,she is Scottish and has lived in Italy for 40 years so will be able to offer advice and help with any questions you may have.
The Tuscany region
Lucca itself is the best example in Italy of a walled fortified city which is entered by one of 5 gates and the town is known as Italy's best kept secret owing to its lack of hotels and scarcity of accommodation.The walls at almost 5 km.long are a favourite walking and cycling route.Ruskin said it was in Lucca that he first realised what architecture really meant.Artists have been drawn to the area over hundreds of years for its unique landscape and natural light.
Tuscany is known for its varied landscape: mountains, seaside resorts, vineyards, olive groves and hilltop towns. The Etruscan Archipelago along with the area known as Cinque Terre are within easy reach. Villa Reale, the home of Elisa, Napoleon’s sister and the Villa Mansi are just a few kilometers away and well worth a visit, as is the beautiful town of Barga, a typical Tuscan Hill Town about 35 minutes drive from the house.
Ponte a Moriano is in an ideal position to reach the most historically important towns of Tuscany, including Florence, Lucca, Pisa and Siena, and other fascinating destinations such as the village of Collodi (with its Pinocchio Park) and the elegant spa resort of Montecatini Terme.
Rome and Venice are each a drive of just over 3 hours from Lucca and it is motorway all the way so pack a picnic and head off!
Ponte a Moriano
Sporting facilities nearby include Skiing, Golfing, Fishing, Walking, Hiking, Biking, Swimming, Shooting and Serie A football at Fiorentina's ground in Firenze. A public swimming pool and tennis courts are nearby
Cycling enthusiasts will have the use of two bicycles at the villa to explore the wonderful cycling trails throughout the area. For Golfers there are many acclaimed courses all within 40 minutes of Ponte a Moriano: Versilia Golf Resort , Golf Club Tirrenia , Le Pavoniere Golf Club.
Winter skiing at Abetone is a 50 minutes drive away and has 5 lifts and slopes to suit all skill levels along with reasonably priced lift passes.
Lucca has a great musical tradition and was the birthplace of Puccini,indeed every summer at his home near Torre del Lago there are performances of his works in a large open air theatre...also in the summer there are open air concerts in the city featuring artists such as The Eagles...Elton John...Rod Stewart...Leonard Cohen...and many more world class acts.
The property is also close to a variety of local restaurants serving local Tuscan specialities and is just a few minutes walk from the village square with its local shops including 3 cafe bars a laidies hairdresser, dry cleaners ,pharmacy, post office and two banks and there is a local market on a Tuesday morning in the village square.
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