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A Homey Quiet Idyllic Apartment with Terrace Inside the Walls of Lucca

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 3,013 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 9 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, a Grand Terrace, Wifi, Air Conditioning & Sat tv

Tucked away on peaceful residential streets in the city's historic heart, CASA CATERINA is located on the first floor of a grand 15th-century townhouses along Via S. Andrea. Sympathetically renovated in early 2016, it exude a sense of grandeur from the moment you open the door. Double-height oak beamed ceilings crown the comfy open-plan lounge, while tall windows provide plenty of light and unimpeded views of the Guinigi tower, famously sprouting oak trees from its roof. Walk through double doors to the bedrooms and there's another surprise: original furniture and signed painting adorn every inch of wall and floor, their pastel colours creating the illusion of sleeping under a theatrical canopy. There's also a well-equipped kitchen for self-catering opening onto the magical terrace overlooking a Romanesque Church Façade dor great dinners. Free high speed WiFi, Air conditioning and a handy washing machine for longer stays is available. Two bikes are provided for the guests.

Lucca is the kind of place you could visit at any time of year - the apartment has air-con for summer and central heating for winter - and each season has its charms. Winter is the time to live like a local for a week or more; Mrs Sonia can put you in touch with Italian language or cookery tutors if that interests you. Spring and autumn are magical, with snow on the distant peaks until April, and warm autumnal hues in early-mid October. Summer can be hot - you're almost at sea-level - but it is the busiest time culturally.

The kitchen is jam-packed with all the utensils you could need: Italian coffee machine and filter coffee jug, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, oven, microwave, toaster, kettle, wine glasses... not to mention iron and washing machine in the separate laundry room and hairdryer in the bathroom. Nothing is missing.

Parking is located in a 5 mins walk from the apartment.

More Details

Property Manager
Mrs Sonia
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Greek, Czech, Danish, Norwegian, Polish, Hungarian, Arabic, Finnish, Turkish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
12 August, 2017

About Mrs Sonia

Hallo everyone! My name is SONIA and I am from Lucca. I run my Lucca Holiday Rentals company that offers exceptional apartments in the heart of Lucca. My goal is to help you fall in love with Lucca – to discover, explore, taste and savor new sights and experiences in this incredible city.

My company began almost 10 years ago when I started to rent my family villa after my parents moved to the mountains when they got retired. I spent there my entire childhood and I grew up there in deep contact with the nature and the history. My father thaught me everything about the birds and the antique trees and flowers of the villa and the smell of the sizzling pans used to wake me up each Sunday morning after my mum started to cook! I was fascinated by her when she was telling me the history of the villa in the past century. I thought this kind of feelings are too precious to let them go so then I had the idea to share my love of Lucca and “la dolce Vita” by finding beautiful apartments , villas and farmhouses in my favorite Lucca neighborhoods among my family members properties. Lucca Holiday Rentals started out as a boutique family company and now there are over 15 people working together. We are a friendly and enthusiastic team who will assist you every step of the way, from your first enquiry to your arrival in Lucca.

Mrs Sonia purchased this apartment in 2016

Why Mrs Sonia chose Lucca Area

Your Lucca experience begins with where you stay, and we offer you a warm home on the rolling hills of Lucca or in the heart of the walled town. Each of our property is carefully hand picked to ensure it meets our standards of authenticity and warmth, including outstanding locations in authentic Lucca neighborhoods. Find fully remodeled kitchens and bathrooms, comfortable beds with quality linens, exceptional locations, breathtaking terraces and panoramic views. When you reserve, we open our address book and share our favorite Lucca resources with you to help you plan and enjoy your stay – from excellent tour guides to cooking classes, private chefs, favorite restaurants and cafés to the best pastry shops in the neighborhood. Relax, explore, and enjoy each day to the fullest, experiencing a vacation in Lucca that you’ll remember for a lifetime!

What makes this apartment unique

My Philosophy

My goal is to offer you an extraordinary experience in one of Forbe’s Best Town in the World by enhancing your vacation and helping you to explore and experience the delights of living in Lucca.

Me and my helpful and knowledgeable team will guide you through your vacation planning process and help you choose the perfect apartment for your stay. When you’ve booked, the adventure begins. Want to explore the open air markets near your apartment, take a cooking lesson, relax on the Walls at sunset or hire a chef to cook dinner in your apartment? Based on our many years in Lucca, we happily share our resources and favorite suggestions for our guests so you can savor the fun of living like a local during your stay.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Lucca in Province of Lucca

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3013 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 13:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • town
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot , A baby crib or a fold out bed can be added upon request
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

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A Homey Quiet Idyllic Apartment with Terrace Inside the Walls of Lucca
average rating of 4.7 based on 10 reviews
Holliston MA USA
5

A luxurious apartment

  • 5 of 5

It was a pleasure to be able to stay at this luxurious apartment. We had a large roomy place to come back to each day and unwind in elegance. Sonia was very helpful with all details and it was an honor to meet the owner of this grand place. I hope to be anole to return in the future. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: My goal is to provide the best experience to my guests and your words of appreciation are so much appreciated! Thanks for choosing one of my properties! Sonia
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5

Great place

  • 5 of 5

My friend an I stayed there for 4 nights, 5 people total. This places is massive and modern in every way you'd like a rental to be.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, it was a pleasure to host you! Sonia
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glendale
5

a palatial apartment, with elegant style and a fabulous terrace

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed Caterina's family home (they live here during the winters, she said). The photos are amazing, and do it justice. The location is central and quiet. And Caterina was a pleasure to meet. The manager, Sonia, can be a little brusque, but if you can get past that she really does try to accommodate guests' needs and wants.

It was quite hot (mid-30s) during our visit and we barely turned on the AC; the 5-6 meter ceilings and thick walls did a great job on keeping the inside temperature pleasant.

All 3 bedrooms are very large, and we all thought the beds were quite comfy.

Some confusion arose about the bikes (we couldn't find/use them), so clarify ahead of time if you intend to use them.

This is a perfect home for a family or 3 couples!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My goal is to provide the best experience to my guests and your words of appreciation are so much appreciated! Thanks for choosing one of my properties! Sonia 2 bikes are provided and stored in the entrance of the building.
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5

A beautiful gem within the walls of Lucca

  • 5 of 5

We spent 6 nights in this luxurious home within the walls of Lucca. Everything about the apartment was superb. The pictures exactly represent the place perfectly, except that it is even more lovely once you step inside. The terrace is beautiful for morning coffee, evening wine, and sitting back and listening to the music waft from the nearby music school. Mrs. Sonia responds immediately to any inquiries and provides lots of information to make your visit complete. She recommended chef Alice to cook a meal for us one evening—definitely take advantage of this. The apartment is close to everything you need in Lucca (restaurants, shopping, groceries, sites), yet it is nice and quiet. We would happily stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My goal is to provide the best experience to my guests and your words of appreciation are so much appreciated! Thanks for choosing one of my properties! Sonia
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4

Lovely renovated 17th century apartment near everything

  • 4 of 5

Great apartment for style and location. Terrace is elegantly decorated for the photo; it's wonderful, but not quite as pictured; it lacks the container of flowers on the wall, and there are a few blobs of melting tar that you must be aware of (it stuck to our feet.) They are renovating the upstairs unit of the 17th c. building--we weren't told this in advance--so there is an area of covered scaffolding on one section of the wall against the house on the terrace; workman were inside it for part of our stay. We used the terrace often, though; an umbrella and a partial covering of jasmine vines provided shade. The manager, Sonia, was in a hurry when she met us for check-in, and asked us for $200 in cash as a security deposit, then told us in no uncertain terms that we would owe her 50 (or was it 500?!) euro if we lost the recycling card (you must carry your trash etc. to a facility around the corner). She did not know how to use the oven (we never figured it out). A light in one bathroom shower didn't work; the electric kettle for boiling water was not usable; there was no kettle for the stove. At check-in we told Sonia what time we needed to leave to make our flight (and get our security deposit back). We called her again the day before to move the time up a half hour, but on the morning we left, no one showed up at either time; we had to call her again, twice. She finally said she "forgot" to call the owner to check us out, and we were unable to reserve a cab as a result. Thank you, Caterina (the owner, who was out doing errands and came rushing over, apologizing, though it wasn't her fault) for your kindness and for driving us to the parking garage as we were running late. This is a beautiful, spacious place (we didn't even use the big formal dining room nor the living room) with 2 modern bathrooms and kitchen with table, 3 bedrooms with a/c, comfortable beds, very nice linens, floor to ceiling windows. The apartment maintains its historic charm: stunning wooden ceilings 20-feet high, stone arches between some rooms. We could walk to everything within the city walls. Sopranos, violinists, and pianists practiced all day next door at the music school. We loved it; others might not. All in all, a very appealing property. but make sure you learn how everything works and get your check-out details nailed down. We booked Cristina Oddo to prepare us dinner one night and she and her daughter were friendly and fun; Cristina is a great cook!

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guests, I'm sorry to hear that some aspects of your stay have not been positive. When I meet our guests (mne and Caterina's, my close friend) on their arrival I'm never in a hurry, I always come in time to wait for my guests at the door of the apartment, I wait patiently along the way and stay at ease through my mobile phone for every need. I make sure that every aspect of the home is clear to the guests and that every home appliance functions and that guests understand how to use them. I always provide a city map to my guests, give advice on where to go for dinner and what cooks call for a in-home dinner or a cooking class (in fact I gave Cristina Oddo contact as you wrote in the review), I organize transfer and taxi bookings as well as restaurants bookings: all for free and from my heart. And as usual and as per Caterina's instructions I ask for the payment of the fully refundable security deposit of 200 euros against possible damages to the apartment and that I give to Caterina as she wants. Of course my guests are always aware of this for this and no guest so far has ever complained. I'm very sorry to learn that you have not been satisfied with my service, I am very inclined to offer good service and the happiness of my guests is my first concern. I also warned customers that the loss of the waste card would cost 50 euros: this is the rule imposed by Caterina, I'm sorry that this thing has been badly interpreted. The terrace is provided with every accessory as pictured. There are plants, jasmine, a large dining table with chairs, sofa and flowers. I do not understand what's missing. Maybe the decorative wooden dove? I do not understand.
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Fraser, CO
3

Have to pay extra for heating!

  • 3 of 5

This place was fine-beautiful furnishings, nice kitchen, etc. They informed us when we checked in that we had to pay extra for whatever heating we used. Because of this, we mainly hung out in the kitchen & master bedroom. All the other rooms were freezing & large, so we didn't really want to pay to heat the whole place. Also, they did not supply any laundry soap or bath gel/soap.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh what a disappointment to have received this review... all of my 58 adverts here on Homeaway for my 58 properties in Lucca they clearly mention that heating is to be paied extra. This is clearly specified into the price list notes. Since heating is usually a very low amount I do not understand why to leave heating off in most of the rooms.. Oh, I forgot to say that hand sopa is provided in each bathroom while we do not provide Hotel Vanity Sets... we might work on that improvement for next year 2017!
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Location

Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
PISA and FLORENCE
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
LIVORNO
Nearest Golf
18 Kilometres
MONTECATINI
Nearest Train
300 Metres
LUCCA Central Station
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
LUCCA EST
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
LA BUCA DI S. ANTONIO
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
ABETONE
Nearest Beach
18 Kilometres
VIAREGGIO and FORTE DEI MARMI
Car: not necessary

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Lucca, Tuscany

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
High Season
1 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
£914
for 4 nights
From
£228
£1,462
£4,677
 
 
High Season
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
£950
for 4 nights
From
£238
£1,736
£5,262
 
 
Mid Season
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
£789
for 4 nights
From
£197
£1,279
£4,093
 
 
Low Season
1 Nov 2017 - 18 Dec 2017
9 night minimum stay
£1,045
for 9 nights
£813
£2,284
 
 
Christmas
19 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,644
for 7 nights
£1,644
 
 
Springtime
1 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,918
for 7 nights
£1,918
£6,943
 
 
High Season
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,010
for 7 nights
£2,010
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£1,272
for 4 nights
From
£318
£1,818
£6,715
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

THE 2 STEPS to MAKE A RESERVATION:

1. ONLINE BOOKING: book and pay in full online through Homeaway using your credit card (renter has to pay 2.7% credit card fee at arrival). Cancelled booking will not receive a refund.

2. DIRECT BOOKING: Receive a written rental agreement and then decide if to pay a deposit of approx 30% of the rental amount to secure the booking by wire bank transfer or alternatively phone me and just pay a deposit by credit card of approx 30% of the rental amount to secure the booking. No fees are applied. The balance can be paied at a later stage by wire bank transfer or upon arrival.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
For DIRECT BOOKINGS in the event of cancellation, for any reason including health, the deposit is forfeited. In case the cancellation is within 90 days of the start of the rental dates, the full rental balance is payable as well. If the cancellation is over 90 days from the start of the rental dates, the balance will not be requested. Cancelled ONLINE BOOKINGS will not receive a refund. I recommend CSA travel insurance in the event your plans change or emergencies arise.

Prices include: final cleanings after departure of the guests, laundry (towels and linens), wi-fi, air conditioning, sat tv, electricity, hot water, gas, the booking service and the whole assistance of Mrs Sonia and her staff before and during the whole stay. There are no extra charges to pay.

Minimum stay is 4 nights.

Winter heating/gas, if used, is charged extra according to comsuption.

Legal Notes: Self Catering property: no hotel staff, no maid, no breakfast or meals provided by the owner, no hotel services during the stay.

A fully refundable security deposit of 300 euros is requested against big damages. The deposit is given back at the end of the stay. To guarantee the amount an invoice will be issued

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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