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

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Property

Updated: 21-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 20
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 7 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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

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Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Simon Sudbury
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
21 March, 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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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
  • 1 of 2

53 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(53 traveller reviews)

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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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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5

Perfect for large group- spacious, comfortable, lovely setting with room for everyone.

  • 5 of 5

We were an extended family of 18, aged from mid teens to mid eighties, gathered together from various parts of the world to spend a week in Italy together this August. Villa Buralla, with its space, comfort, peaceful setting, stunning views over Lucca and surrounding areas, large gardens, beautiful pool, outdoor BBQ area in a shaded loggia, with its memorable nightly backdrop of the twinkling lights in the valley, far exceeded our best expectations. The shuttered windows were fitted with mosquito nets so we all slept comfortably with open windows and gentle hill top breezes, despite the high August temperatures. Although the bedrooms were fitted with air conditioning, we hardly used it. We went to sleep at night to the sounds of the crickets outside our windows and were woken in the mornings to the sounds of cocks crowing and church bells ringing. One of the highlights of our week was an evening meal cooked and served by the lovely Simonetta and her helper, Roberta. This is a must! We highly recommend Villa Buralla.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic - best holiday ever!

  • 5 of 5

This was truly a holiday to remember. Three generations (8 adults and 6 children) aged from 7-76yrs had a marvellous time at Buralla. We rarely get together as a whole family so to spend a week in such marvellous surroundings was a huge treat. One of us celebrated a 70th birthday while we were there, and it couldn't have been more perfect. The villa was amazing - very spacious and comfortable; plenty of room for everyone; masses of bathrooms; great facilities. Simonetta cooked a delicious meal for us on three evenings, and couldn't have been more welcoming and cheerful. Much fun was had in the pool and playing boules etc. Each of the four families had a car, so had a certain amount of independence, though we all came together in the evening. It was wonderful sitting out having dinner, watching the sun go down over the hills in the distance. All in all, we couldn't have had a better holiday. As one family member said 'it is the best week of my life' - that says it all!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Wonderful Stay at Villa Buralla

  • 5 of 5

My family of 14 had a fabulous week at Villa Buralla. The property is absolutely beautiful in every way. The villa is spacious and so comfortable. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous and the view from the pool is spectacular.

On at least three occasions, we had Simonetta and her assistant Roberta prepare dinners for us and I can only say that the food was magnificent and that we consider them a part of our extended family. Our stay here will always be remembered with love and fond memories by our entire family. I highly recommend this beautiful property to everyone.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

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

Activity and Interests

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

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
2017 Rate 1
4 Mar 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£4,263
for 7 nights
£4,263
 
 
2017 Rate 2
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£5,383
for 7 nights
£5,383
 
 
2017 Rate 3
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£7,105
for 7 nights
£7,105
 
 
2017 Rate 4
2 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£5,167
for 7 nights
£5,167
 
 
2017 Rate 5
21 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,875
for 7 nights
£3,875
 
 
2018 Rate 1
3 Mar 2018 - 25 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
£4,521
for 7 nights
£4,521
 
 
2018 Rate 2
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£5,598
for 7 nights
£5,598
 
 
2018 Rate 3
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£7,320
for 7 nights
£7,320
 
 
2018 Rate 4
1 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
£5,383
for 7 nights
£5,383
 
 
2018 Rate 5
27 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
£4,521
for 7 nights
£4,521
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£3,875
for 7 nights
£3,875
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £861

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

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Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Facilities

From the Owner

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)

Property Type

  • villa

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

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

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural

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

Floor Area

  • 720 m²

Bathrooms

  • 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.

Outside

  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 16 deck chairs

Meals

  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

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.

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