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

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Overview

Property

Updated: 14-Feb-2017
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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.

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About the Owner

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:
14 February, 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 Piana di Lucca

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.

5 Reviews

4.6/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)

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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5

Luxury in Lucc

  • 5 of 5

As others have said, this apartment looked just like the photos. It was beautiful! We felt like we were staying in a palace. And Sonia was very helpful and nice. One word of caution- the entrance to the building is very old and run down, so don't let that scare you, because the apartment itself is amazing. Also there is a music school next door, and every morning around 9 am people started singing opera. They were amazingly good! Very convenient location, near grocery stores, restaurants and lots of shopping. We fell in love with Lucca, and would go back to this apartment in a minute!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • 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

Unbelievable lucury apartment

  • 5 of 5

This apartment was fabulous. Gorgeously decorated, clean and very spacious by European city standards. Looks exactly like the photos (which isn't always the case!). Huge bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas. The terrace was very private ad the view to die for.

The apartment is centrally located and easy walking distance from everything within the walled city. Heaps of great restaurants and great 10 euro pizzas (huge) at the end of Via San Anastasio.

We got married while we were in Lucca which I would highly recommend if you are considering eloping. Beautiful room in the Town Hall and if a great wedding planner is needed, try www.foreverweddingsinitaly.com. Fulvia was fantastic - nothing was a problem.

We enjoyed several day trips to surrounding areas - my favourite being Cinque Terre and my husband's favourite being a Ducati ride up to Abetone.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • 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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8 0
5

A Charming Breathtaking Terrace in Lucca

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Sonia’s Casa Caterina 1st floor apartment. This is the third time we've stayed in this apartment and it suits all our needs perfectly. The apartment is very comfortable, has many windows to let in light and allow for cross breezes, and has air conditioning for those particularly hot summer nights. The kitchen has everything you might need to cook full meals and the dining area is very spacious to accommodate large dinner parties. We recommend the cooking class with Alice - great fun and scrumptious food. The terrace is also great!

You couldn't ask for a kinder person than the owner. She goes beyond the call of duty to help with anything you might need. Sonia is also a gem - very responsive to clients' wishes. We highly recommend Lucca Apartment and Villas, and especially the Casa Caterina Apartment. And we LOVE Lucca! Can't wait to return next year... for sure we will rent from Mrs Sonia for the 4th time.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • 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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Nottingham, UK
5

1st class customer service

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time visiting Lucca for the second time and fell in love with the city! Sonia one again was an amazing host and it was a pleasure to book and stay in this apartment. She provides everything you could need and even had reservations set at their favorite place our 1st night in Lucca. We were traveling with my 2 year old daughter and they provided everything we needed to make her stay comfortable too. I can't tell you what a blessing it was to have high chair, cribs and everything set up for us and ready to go when we got there. We are already planning a trip back to Lucca in the Spring! If you are looking for a great apartment to stay in, do not hesitate to book this one.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • 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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Location

From the Owner

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!

Activity and Interests

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

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Low Season
2 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
9 night minimum stay
£955
for 9 nights
£743
£2,477
 
 
Mid Season
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
£738
for 4 nights
From
£184
£1,196
£3,826
 
 
High Season
1 May 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
£916
for 4 nights
From
£229
£1,537
£4,920
 
 
High Season
1 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
£854
for 4 nights
From
£214
£1,367
£4,373
 
 
High Season
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
£888
for 4 nights
From
£222
£1,623
£4,920
 
 
Mid Season
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
£738
for 4 nights
From
£184
£1,196
£3,826
 
 
Low Season
1 Nov 2017 - 18 Dec 2017
9 night minimum stay
£977
for 9 nights
£760
£2,135
 
 
Christmas
19 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,537
for 7 nights
£1,537
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£916
for 4 nights
From
£229
£1,537
£4,920
 

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 is charged for 8 euros daily or according to comsuption for long term rentals.

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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Facilities

From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • apartment

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

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • Staff

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • city centre
  • town

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

Floor Area

  • 280 m²

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

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • 2 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

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