Roocello (meaning stream in Italian) is the perfect Tuscan home for a family gathering or a group of friends.
Nestled between two streams in a tranquil setting this once characteristic olive mill has now been restored in to a beautiful family home.
The villa is full of character and retains many original features including the original granite stones which were once used to crush the olives into olive oil.
The interiors of Roocello are a stylish mix of traditional Tuscan pieces with modern comforts, including WiFi, laundry facilities and satellite TV.
The outside areas and gardens are an absolute delight with leafy courtyards, an ancient cypress tree and a sun drenched terrace nestled under the original workings of the mill’s water wheel.
Located at the edge of the village of Colle di Compito - villa Roocello offers complete privacy and tranquility but in just a five minute walk you will reach the heart of the village with its narrow cobbled lanes - once here in the village you will find a small grocery store, a bakery where you can pick up freshly baked bread every morning, a butchers and a small bar for that morning cappuccino!
VILLA DETAILS - GROUND FLOOR
LIVING AND DINING AREA WITH FIRE PLACE
Enter from the courtyard garden into a magnificent high vaulted ceiling room which is refreshingly cool in the hot summer months along with an ideally located open fire place for use in the winter.
This characteristic 100 metre square room was once the main part of the ancient olive mill where the local villagers bought their olives to be pressed. Today this magnificent space still houses two original antique crushing stones once essential for the production of olive oil .
Today the living area is both stylish and comfortable and offers the perfect space for a family gathering or a group of friends. Close to the fireplace there are 2 larges sofa’s and 2 comfortable arm chairs .
The formal dining area provides seating for 8 people
The fully equipped kitchen is ideally located on the ground floor next to the dining space. The traditional style kitchen also has a large kitchen table with seating for 8 people
A small bathroom is also situated on the lower ground floor – the bathroom has a WC, hand-basin and European style half bath with shower attachment
VILLA DETAILS - FIRST FLOOR
Upstairs there is a large comfortable sitting room with sofa, arm chairs, satellite TV, DVD, fireplace and a door which opens onto a small shaded upper courtyard with a gate which leads to the village.
There are four bedrooms on the first floor - two with queen sized beds and two with two single beds. All have views over the gardens and surrounding country lanes.
There are two bathrooms on the first floor – both have WC, washbasins and shower – one of the bathrooms also has a bath.
GARDENS AND OUTSIDE SPACE
Villa Roocello has the most enchanting outside spaces; there are shady corners for relaxing with a book, sunny areas by the pool for taking the sun, a delightful courtyard garden filled with summer flowers and hidden corners nestled over a small red-brick bridge which crosses a small stream.
POOL and POOL DIMENSIONS
The pool is perfect for cooling off from the heat of the day.
Pool dimensions in metres 5.5 x 3.5 depth 1.3 meters
ACCESSIBILITY AND PARKING
Villa Roocello has two lanes which lead to the entrance of the villa, one is a narrow un-surfaced country lane and the other a cobbled winding lane which weaves through the village centre – although the lanes are narrow there are no hills.
There is enough parking for 1 – 2 cars in the courtyard and space for 1- 2 cars in the lane outside the entrance.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa Airport 18 km, Nearest railway: Lucca|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (2), Single Beds (4), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
A 25% deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance 45 days before the beginning of the rental period. If the booking is within 45 days from the commencement of the rental period full payment is required at time of booking.
Bookings can only be confirmed upon receipt of a signed Booking Form specifying rental period, initial deposit, and signed terms and conditions. No contract with us exists until we have confirmed your booking. Payments will be made by bank transfers and clients are responsible for any bank charges incurred. It is understood that this contract satisfies transitory housing needs only and that the contract automatically expires at the end of the rental period as stated in the Booking Form.
Must be made by fax or email.
If you cancel all or part of your booking, for whatever reason, or we cancel the booking due to non-payment, then we are entitled to the following percentage of the monies held for the rental period cancelled: 45 days or more before your rental period: 20% of deposit paid (or pro-rata percentage thereof for part cancellation)
45 days or less before your rental period: 100% of monies held (or pro-rata percentage thereof for part cancellation)
Wherever possible we will attempt to re-book your cancelled rental period and refund any monies paid less 20% administrative costs. If we are unable to re-book your cancelled rental period this clause will be rigorously applied.
3. Number of occupants and behavior
The client signing the contract is responsible for the correct and decent behavior of his/her party. Should the client and his/her party behave in a manner that is not acceptable by civilized standards the house manager may ask the client his/her party to vacate the house.
Unless previously agreed in writing, your party must not exceed 8 for Villa Roocello.
4. Arrival and Departure Times
Clients are asked to arrive between 3 and 6 pm and must give the house manager as much notice as possible of expected time of arrival. You will be met by the English speaking house manager. On day of departure tenants must vacate the property by 10am .
5. Security Deposit
A 600 Euro cash security deposit for a one or two week booking must be paid to the house manager, if the booking is three weeks or longer 25% of the total rent is payable on arrival to the house manager. This deposit, minus any charges, will be re-paid on your departure.
Costs of damages incurred (excluding normal wear and tear), all electricity charges and house heating will be deducted from this deposit. You agree to pay additional charges should damages or costs exceed the amount of the security deposit.
6. Cleaning and Linen
Cleaning and Linen Cleaning will be carried out prior to your arrival. House linen, including blankets and doonas are provided. A change of linen and house cleaning is not included in the rate, but if required during your stay, please advise the house manager and an additional charge will apply.
You are strongly advised to take out an insurance travel policy for holiday cancellation, as referred to in clause 2 above; for medical cover; and loss of personal goods (e.g. burglary, fire etc.).
8. House heating
House heating if used will be charged on the basis of heating gas/electricity consumed. When the gas central heating is required the house manager must be notified to activate the system.
Will be charged on consumption
No telephone is supplied
11. Garden and ground maintenance
The grounds need regular maintenance. All efforts will be made to keep the disturbance to guests to a minimum.
12. Cancellation by us
If for any reason, beyond our control, we have to cancel the client's booking we will refund the amount paid to us in full. You will be liable for any cancellation charges for travel.
No animals can be brought onto the property without prior permission from the owner.
The descriptions of the property Villa Roocello are made in good faith. We cannot be held accountable for failure of utilities or other essential services. We will, through our local professionals, do our utmost to solve any problems. Should a problem arise, inform the house manager immediately. Inconveniences do not entitle you to a refund.
Your holiday is self catering and you are responsible for all your needs.
The property owner is not liable for damages. You and your party will not hold them responsible for any damages incurred during your stay on the property. This includes but is not limited to injuries, fire or water damage, and theft. The owner is not liable for consequential damages.
Any disputes arising from these conditions will be heard in the courts of Lucca and Italian law will prevail.
Thank you for our recent stay at your villa.
We found the villa very pretty and spacious with everything we needed.
It was a comfortable stay and ideal for two families wanting to sleep
in rooms not far away from the children. There were plenty of
bathrooms for everyone and great showers. The kitchen is well equipped
and we enjoyed our BBQs under the starry skies.
Well known area wonderful in any season bursting with cultural delights to please the most fussy tourist.
Villa Roocello is located in the Lucca Region which has at its epicentre the unique city of Lucca. Lucca is the capital of the Province of Lucchesia and is one of the richest areas in Tuscany for history, tradition and culture.
Lucca has preserved its characteristics since Roman times with the city still surrounded by the well-preserved 16 th century ramparts that once served to defend it. The ancient ramparts now serve as a recreational area for its citizens and visitors who walk or cycle around them.
The inner city is closed to most traffic, offering the visitor a lot to enjoy on foot or by bicycle. The city has many fine churches, including its grand Romanesque cathedral. You can wander the picturesque narrow, winding streets and alleys lined with alluring shops, and visit the Piazza del Anfiteatro, once the site of a Roman Colosseum, that continues to preserve its ancient form. Lucca has a museum in the house where Giacomo Puccini was born, and holds an annual opera festival in June as one of several arts events. There is a well-known antiques market in Lucca on the third weekend of each month.
Leaving the city gates, there are many enjoyable excursion possibilities. Nearby are interesting historic villas, Pisa and its famous Leaning Tower , the foothills of the Apuan Alps, the seaside beach resorts of Viareggio and Forte di Marmi. The region has a well-developed transportation system enabling longer day trips to be easily made from the Lucca area to the Cinque Terre, to Carrara where Michelangelo quarried the marble for his statues and where sculptors still carry out their art, and to Florence and Siena. The area is renowned for its fine olive oil, its wines and its many gastronomic specialties. Lucca also offers numerous possibilities for those interested in hiking in the well-known mountain area of the Garfagnana, or exploring the beautiful countryside by bicycle.