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Unrivalled space, comfort and views on hill near Lucca between Florence and Pisa

People20
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms7
Separate WC's1
Space 7,750 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Superb Location, Facilities, Modernity, Grounds and Views. Sleeps up to 20

Buralla guest come back for its Location, Facilities, Modernity, Grounds and Views.

Location - stunning views, private, but not isolated, within easy reach of Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre.

Facilities - enormous kitchen with casual eating space, air conditioned bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, outdoor eating area.

Modernity - fast internet, satellite TV including Sky Sport and Entertainment packages with switchable language.

Grounds - soft lawns, beautiful flowerbeds and borders, volleyball court, bocce court (Italian bowls), 5 aside football pitch, secluded swimming pool, olive groves.

Unforgettable 360 degree views.

Buralla is unusually spacious for Italy Buralla and is perfect for groups of friends, families and reunions. It has 8 bedrooms sleeping 16, with 7 bathrooms, plus spill over sleeping for two more adults or 4 children on fold out beds.

Upon request, we can refer you to a local chef who will shop and prepare meals from her Tuscan menu. A great time and money saver. Why go to a more expensive restaurant when you can be sure of a great meal and sensational view sitting outside at Buralla.

Lucca: The walled city of Lucca, only 15 minutes from Buralla, is one of the most beautiful places in Tuscany. Big enough to have everything, yet small enough to cover easily and safely on foot or by rented bicycle. For a rooftop view of Lucca, stroll around the 4km city walls. Or cut through the middle on the car-free Via Filiunga. On this street alone you will sample the very best of Tuscan life: visit beautiful San Michele and San Frediano Churches; climb the Guinigi Tower and Torre delle Ore; pause for a restorative coffee or meal in the elliptical Amfiteatro; shop at any number of beautiful outlets; drop into the residence of Giacomo Puccini, and listen to a short evening recital at San Giovanni Basilica or the Opera house. Tosca, Madame Butterfly and many other of Puccini's works are performed in the summer festival at Torre del Lago which is nearby on the Mediterranean coast.

Active life around Lucca: Look out of Buralla's windows and ask youself 'what do I want to do today?' You have 360 degree views and the choice is yours. Within easy walking distance you can visit the renaissance palace 500 metres away at the bottom of the property. You could stroll through the vineyards and olive groves into the Pizzorne hills on one of the marked trails. You could drive to the beaches of Versilia and Forte dei Marmi overlooked by the spectacular Alpi Apuane which provide the world famous marble from nearby Carrara. Visit the little hill top villages of Montecarlo, to taste wines or Collodi, the home of Pinnochio.

Drive an hour east and you are in Florence. An hour west and you could be climbing the tower of Pisa. North West, Cinque Terre.

To the north of Lucca the Garfagnana valley presents yet another typology - dense forests, hill top towns like Barga and Castelnuovo.

For a quick orientation including local restaurants, please see the map here:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/2/viewer?authuser=2&mid=1l4V27nb3zXWMH8jtT8TJEdXB5LY

More Details

Owner
Simon Sudbury
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2017

About Simon Sudbury

That little photo is me playing olive harvest supervisor during the All Saints school holiday at the beginning of November. My Italian wife and I love escaping bleak northern Europe with two or three families that week. We issue buckets, nets and ladders to the kids - who spend many happy hours up the olive trees - while we concentrate on the important things: taking in the views, lazy lunching, nattering away, poking the coals on the BBQ, strolling to a local vineyard. Very restorative.

Simon Sudbury purchased this villa in 2003

Why Simon Sudbury chose Piana di Lucca

We saw a ruin on a hill while looking for a holiday home away from London's bustle. What a piece of luck.

What makes this villa unique

Friends and family reunions. The setting is exceptional but what sets Buralla apart is being able to comfortably cater for every generation's needs and for no-one to feel hard done by. For example the downstairs suite, and level floors and accesses are great for the less mobile; on the other hand, there's a playroom next to the huge kitchen so parents can keep an eye on little ones if necessary while entertaining around the bar. I'm beginning to believe Buralla also has a special catalytic effect on people by bringing previously hidden talents to the fore. Two examples from September last year - an unbelievably good Indian meal for 20 cooked with stupendous skill and care by a friend who I thought only did fried eggs. And, days earlier, a not particularly hydro-dynamic chap called Jim (48) did 4 lengths of the pool underwater non- stop. Please someone, break this record and let me know. He lived to tell the tale and has become unbearable. (2015 update: the record now stands at 5, thanks to Amelie, a 15 year old from France)

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had really good time at Buralla - beautiful house, beautiful location, everything perfect. Matteo's dinners were exceptional - bravisssimo! He was very attentive and professional and both dinners were exquisite.



(Original Italian: Ci siamo trovati veramente bene a Buralla - casa stupenda, location bellissima, tutto perfetto. Le cene con Matteo sono state eccezionali - lui e' stato bravisssimo, molto attento e professionale e entrambi le cene erano squisite.)
Oct 2009
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Capannori in Province of Lucca

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 7750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Downstairs suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Cottage Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Additional WC - Toilet
    Master suite - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , En-suite bathroom, aircon
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , En-suite bathroom, aircon
    Bedroom 1 Master with sitting room - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Child Bed , 1 Cot , Bathroom, sitting room, dressing room, aircon
    Bedroom 2 Downstairs - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , En-suite bathroom, aircon
    Study/spare bedroom - 1 Child Bed , 2 Sofa bed/Futon , Shared bathroom with Bedroom 2, aircon
    Cottage sitting room / spare room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , sofa bed for two children
    Bedroom 7 Cottage double bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Shared bathroom, aricon
    Bedroom 8 Cottage twin bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Shared bathroom, aircon
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , En-suite bathroom, aircon
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed , En-suite bathroom, aircon
  • The master suite includes, bedroom (with TV), bathroom, dressing room, sitting room (with 42' TV and fireplace.) The 3 high sided children's cots/cribs can go anywhere. Two new IKEA chaise long provide extra bedding for children. The downstairs suite is a good choice for less mobile guests. It has its own study which can be used as a spare room with two single mattresses folding out of the sofa. (Cots are available on request). All bedrooms have air-conditioning (which should be turned off during the day to avoid exceeding the electricity allowance.) There are screens on all bedroom windows, double glazing and shutters. The cottage is fully equipped with kitchen and reception room (Including 42' TV) and shared bathroom, two full sized bedrooms (1 twin, 1 double). The reception area has a double sofa bed suitable for children.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 16 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • ski pass optional
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The playroom adjacent to the kitchen has a games cupboard and 50' TV with a Sky Sport and Entertainment subscription and DVD player. The playroom, the 400 sq. foot kitchen, the triple reception room, and the study all have double doors directly onto the south facing lawn. The master suite includes a spacious sitting room, sofa bed and walk in dressing area. The cottage has a twin bedroom and double bedroom with shared bathroom - and its own fully equipped kitchen, dining area and TV area. The swimming pool area has a gazebo, volleyball court chairs, parasols and sunbeds. Behind the house there is a large bocce court (Italian bowls) and table tennis table. There are three additional shaded outside areas - including a BBQ area with tables and seating, two awnings and the gazebo by the pool. Extensive watered lawns between the house and pool surrounded by 7 hectares of olive groves, meadow and wilder areas inhabited by deer and other native species.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(56 traveller reviews)

Unrivalled space, comfort and views on hill near Lucca between Florence and Pisa
average rating of 4.982143 based on 58 reviews
5

It was amazing, Truly magical experience

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time at Buralla and it did not disappoint. This is such an amazing property, the house, the grounds, the pool, everything was perfect. We had friends fly in from all over, some who had never been out of the U.S. and they had such a relaxing stay. Big bonus, we had Simonetta cook for us every night we were there. We ate like Kings and Queens. She is an amazing woman with such a big heart, oh and did I mention the meals she prepared were spectacular!!! In summary best two weeks we have had in a while and would recommend this wonderful home to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great to have you back!
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5

Gorgeous, relaxing setting.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Burralla, and it was a magical as we remembered! We had a large family group, which the property comfortably accommodated. The younger kids loved the pool, and Simonetta, the private chef available through the property, came in and prepared two fantastic dinners, which we enjoyed outside with the spectacular evening views. One tip we learned on this trip was rather than drive into Florence and fight the traffic and parking, take the train from Pescia, which is short drive from the house and has regular service directly to the main station in Florence. Simon (and Manuela) thanks for your gracious assistance!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Quality Family Time - Amazing setting

  • 5 of 5

Our family group of 11 loved our stay at this location. Once you find your way to the villa it is perfect to explore the area. The view from the rooms and back area was outstanding. We had Simonetta come to cook on two evenings and love her seafood meal. Amazing. There was hiking in the area. It would have been nice to know more about the local trails. We did a few day trips to Lucca, a hiking day trip to Monte Forato near Garfanana, as well as a drive to Pistoia. The campanile in Pistoia was my favorite of all of our views. So much to see in the area just not enough time. The gelateria in town only a few minutes from the villa was our favorite in all of Tuscany, the owner was sweet. This really is a great place. There is a photo of volleyball in the guide and you will not find that. The kids loved the table tennis, bocce ball and the gardener got the soccer balls and such out for us at the end of the stay. A chess set would have been a nice addition in the game room or the sitting room.

I would say if you are looking for a nice location to assemble the family and enjoy amazing scenery this is the place. You can have quality time together, enjoy the views over a nice glass of wine.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear you had such a good time. You are right - there are so many things to do and trails to explore. Please come back and benefit from a returner's discount and we'll make sure the volleyball net is up! (Apologies for that - the gardener speaks good English so if anything is missing, please don't hesitate to ask.) Totally agree with your sentiment about the chess board. Over the years of renting I have come to realise it is impossible for a chess set to survive intact for an entire rental season so I have stopped buying new ones, but there are random games and puzzles and DVDs in the playroom chest. Simon
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5

spacious luxury near Lucca

  • 5 of 5

Villa Buralla was perfect for our weekend away with five other couples in March. It is heaven to sit on the terrace which overlooks rolling hills and then Lucca. When the weather was overcast and too cool to sit in the garden we were cosy and comfortable indoors, with a log fires in the evenings. Lucca's shops and restos are only 20 minutes away.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
5

Buralla is an amazing place

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Buralla Sept 27-Oct 4/2016. There were 10 adults in our group. There were no surprises. The pictures are accurate and the place is actually even bigger and better than we could ever have imagined.

Right from the first time I contacted the owner, Simon, he was prompt and courteous with all of his replies. His manager in Italy, Manuella, is an absolute delight. She went over and above what would be expected. She even met us at the train station to make sure we found the place. She had wonderful suggestions for restaurants. ie Paris Boehme, for the evening we planned to be in Lucca. If you get a chance to have a night with Luis at this exquisite place, do it!

Simonetta is worth her weight in gold. She and her team would come in, quietly do her magic, serve us-outside or in, whatever we chose, and then she would clean up and be off. I would recommend using her as often as possible. We are still dreaming about the meals and how delicious they all were.

We had an amazing week at Buralla and have memories that will last a lifetime. I would, without hesitation, recommend staying at this property.

Thank you to all involved-Simon, Manuella, Simonetta, Julio and Gloria. Hope to see you again!

These were comments from others in our group:

"A wonderful week enjoyed by our group of 10 from Canada. Beautiful scenery, wonderful food and some really interesting places to visit. LOVED every minute"

"A perfect villa, a perfect climate, a perfect group, a perfect week! I'll dream bout this for years to come.

"What a fantasist week!! Hiking, biking, walking, relaxing. Simonetta's cooking is fabulous.We built memories we will cherish always"

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Fantastic house.

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for our extended family group. Plenty of space, clean and well maintained. The directions from the airport were spot on so we arrived relaxed and carried on from there.

Lucca is beautiful and must be visited.

We enjoyed a fantastic week in Italy. The house is amazing along with the scenery. Hope to be back here very soon.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Pisa or Florence
Nearest Barpub
600 Metres
Bar Parigi
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Livorno
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Montecatini Golf Club and Spa
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Pescia
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Capannori
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Fattoria Maionchi
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Abetone
Nearest Beach
31 Miles
Forte dei Marmi
Car: necessary

Lucca is a jewel of a city, strategically placed between Florence and Pisa, but smaller, safer and perfect for walking. Aristocratic renaissance families built majestic palaces in the hills north of Lucca to benefit from the close proximity to the cities and the gentle breezes coming from the coast. Buralla overlooks perhaps the most stunning example of these palaces, Villa Torrigiani, which is well worth a visit. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Torrigiani). On your way back pick up some wild boar sausages for the BBQ. This region is packed with things to enjoy: Florence and its treasures are 55 mins away; Pisa, 45 mins; music, opera, architecture, gastronomy in Lucca (whose most famous son is Puccini); thermal spas and golf in Montecatini; beaches and fashion in Forte dei Marmi; marble and sculpture in Carrara and Pietrasanta; mountains and forests in the Garfagnana; and beautiful walks, biking, food, wine and world famous olive oil right outside the door.

Other Activities: Opera, music, art, wine and olive-oil tasting

Golf: Montecatini - winds through olive groves; very charming, and a good walk. Buggies a good option.

Le Pavoniere - top class Arnold Palmer design near Prato. No bad holes, several over water. Lovely views all around. Really good condition.

Versilia - Luxurious club house and very good course.

Cosmopolitan, near Pisa. Similar to Versilia plus water holes.

Tirrenia, beautiful 9 holes which winds through the pine forest next door to Cosmopolitan.

Ugolino, south of Florence - old style hill side course with great charm, and very welcoming. Take a buggy in high summer, because it gets hot!

Ski: Abetone is a small resort about 90 minutes away. While not a major destination for international ski tourism, it has spawned several italian champions over the years and makes a great day out.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Capannori, Lucca Area

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
2017 Rate 3
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£7,405
for 7 nights
£7,405
 
 
2017 Rate 4
2 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£5,385
for 7 nights
£5,385
 
 
2017 Rate 5
21 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£4,039
for 7 nights
£4,039
 
 
2018 Rate 1
3 Mar 2018 - 25 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
£4,712
for 7 nights
£4,712
 
 
2018 Rate 2
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£5,834
for 7 nights
£5,834
 
 
2018 Rate 3
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£7,629
for 7 nights
£7,629
 
 
2018 Rate 4
1 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
£5,610
for 7 nights
£5,610
 
 
2018 Rate 5
27 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
£4,712
for 7 nights
£4,712
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£4,039
for 7 nights
£4,039
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £897.57

Rates include 3 hours maid services twice a week. Additional maid service available upon request.
An independent chef is available upon request.
Rates include an electricity allowance which is based on using the air conditioners in the rooms responsibly. An electricity supplement will be charged if the allowance is exceeded.
Security deposit is acceptable as 1000 Stirling, Dollar or Euro

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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