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Villa Venere - Elegant, luxurious 17C villa for 12 - 28 guests 5 mins from Lucca - Villa Venere and 5 Lodge apartments

Bedrooms 14
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking



Villa Venere and 5 Lodge apartments

Villa Venere ( tradionally known as Villa Mori )offers holiday accommodation of a very high standard in an unusual and perfect location . The classic villa with its 6 bedrooms is supplemented by the bright rooms of the 5 apartments with their lovely furnishings, red terracotta floors and traditional wood beamed ceilings . There are 8 bedrooms in the apartments, with accommodation for a total of 28 people available in the villa and apartments together.

About the property

Luxury Villa Venere and apts.

Villa Venere ( tradionally known as Villa Mori ) is an elegant, beautifully restored 17th Century Tuscan villa standing in 1½ acres of gorgeous private gardens with a hunting lodge and converted stable house. Immersed in the incomparably beautiful green countryside and vineyards of the area around Lucca called Vicopelago, Villa Venere estate is completely enclosed by ancient walls and is gated. Due to its charming landscape, this area of Lucca was favoured by the nobles of the time for building their country houses.

After its fabulous restoration, the main villa now has a beautiful ballroom or dining room, seating up to 50 people with double height glass doors opening on to the garden. Six luxurious bedrooms with hand painted walls and ceilings, a superbly equipped professional chefs kitchen, a grand salon, library, TV room with Sky TV and a study complete this stunning home. A lift to all the floors and spa is discreetly incorporated into the building.

The owners have taken care to preserve the stunning original features including stone fireplaces, pillars and other features. Original beams and terracotta tiled floors have been restored and frescoes, soft furnishings and rugs of the highest quality have been added. The owners have successfully fused history with a contemporary feel, creating a wonderfully elegant home.

Luxurious spa facilities have also been added, including a Turkish bath and sauna (with programmable music, lighting and scent), showers, ice room and a mineral salt wall in the relaxation area.

In addition, within the hunting lodge, a few metres from the villa, there are 4 luxury apartments, and in the former stables near to the pool there is another luxury 2 bedroomed house.

Altogether 28 people can be accommodated in 14 rooms. The main villa is also accessible to wheelchair users, with a lift to the higher level and spa area below.

It is possible to rent either the main Villa Veneri on its own, sleeping up to 12 people, without the apartments which would remain empty ensuring that the pool and all facilities are private for the use of the villa residents only. Or the villa and the apartments are all rented together, sleeping up to 28 people.

The apartments in the fabulous hunting lodge at Villa Venere have recently undergone restructuring in the typical Tuscan manner retaining beautiful original floors and chestnut beamed ceilings. The furnishings are of the highest standard with designer fabrics. The colour schemes and attention to detail is tasteful and relaxing. All the apartments have en-suite bathrooms, modern kitchens, dining areas and lovely lounge areas.

In the front, a green lawn contrasts pleasantly with the tradional dark pink of the hunting lodge, and relaxing moments in the open air can be enjoyed under a delightful pergola of wisteria.

The fantastic pool is the only one of its kind (16 x 9 metres, max depth 1.5 metres). The pool has a slipway, with the water being constantly filtered by a technique which avoids the use of chlorine. There is a hydro massage area with seating so that even small children can use it. The surrounding lawn has high quality cushioned sun beds for relaxing in. Wi-fi is available at the poolside.

There is a children’s play area on the lawn to the side of the villa.

There are horse riding stables, tennis courts and a golf driving range nearby and it is a 30 minute walk (10 min drive) to the fabulous medieval centre of Lucca, the home of the great opera writer, Puccinni.

The beauty of the villa, its pool and grounds and the bright rooms of the apartments with their lovely furniture and red terracotta floors, ensure that a holiday spent at Villa Venere will be relaxing, comfortable and pleasing to the eye. Throughout the villa there is air conditioning, wi-fi in every room. The villa has staff available for 6 days per week, and additional maid service and daily or occasional catering and transport services can be arranged. A breakfast chef is included in the price. Food is not included in the price.

There is a wine cellar and a professional sommelier is available to provide wine tastings.

Massages and treatments can also be provided in the fine spa within the villa, or by the poolside.

Ideal for exclusive weddings in Tuscany, caterers and other wedding services including entertainment are available.

More photographs available on request.

We can help arrange mountain biking, hill walking, horse riding, gorge walking and cooking classes which are all available locally.

You can see more properties in the area on our website www.friendsoftuscany.com

More Details

Property Manager
Molly McKean
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
12 October, 2017

About Molly McKean

We first visited this beautiful and "undiscovered" region of Tuscany in 1988, buying a house in 1994 and since then we have been heartened by the number of visitors who have returned time and time again to enjoy the stunning beauty of the Garfagnana, the generosity of its people, wonderful food and local culture.

Guestbook comments from the manager

“A little piece of Heaven on Earth”

5 out of 5

There are so many wonderful things to say about our trip here I don't know where to start. The location was fabulous - we had the tranquility of Tuscany coupled with a short trip into Lucca - possiblity one of the most picturesque cities I've ever seen.

The set up of the apartments meant that within the villa we each had privacy but were together as a group often for dining or relaxing by the beautiful pool.

The setting was simply stunning and the villa itself was tastefully decorated, met all our requirements (including internet access) and I would definitely recommend the local restaurants within walking distance.
Oct 2010
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Available Rentals

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Weekly prices are based on a Saturday entry. Prices for midweek bookings are multiples of the daily rate, which includes 25% midweek supplement. Flexible entry days can be negotiated.

Rental is for the main villa sleeping 12 only. The other 5 apartments can be rented together with the main villa.
Rental includes heating, electricity and water, wi-fi, towels, linen, twice per week cleaning and bed linen change.

An events charge of 1500 euro is applicable.

The owner requests a £3,500 pounds or 3,500 euro returnable security deposit (payable by bank transfer) which will be returned at the end of your stay.

Bookings are accepted on payment of 30%of the total rental.

The owner will collect a small tourist tax from you during your stay.

Charge for Spa facilities use according to consumption.


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

Property Type:
  • villa
Building Type:
  • lodge
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 30
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Lift
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 40 people
  • 13 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Double shower - two sinks
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 7 - Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 8 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 9 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 10 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 11 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 12 - Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 13 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 14 bathrooms plus; Full spa area including Turkish steam room, Sauna, Ice room, Showers, Relaxation room with mineral salt wall.
  • 14 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30
  • Large double bedroom - ensuite Main Villa - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Large double bedroom - ensuite Main Villa. - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Large double bedroom - ensuite Main Villa - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Picture window with views to Lucca
    Master bedroom - ensuite Main Villa - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Baby cot on request. Double aspect windows.
    Twin bedroom - private bathroom Main Villa - 2 Single Bed , Double aspect windows
    Twin bedroom - ensuite Main Villa - 2 Single Bed
    Hunting Lodge double ensuite - 1 Large Double Bed
    Hunting Lodge double ensuite - 1 Large Double Bed
    Hunting Lodge double ensuite - 1 Large Double Bed
    Hunting Lodge twin - 2 Single Bed
    Hunting Lodge twin - 2 Single Bed
    Hunting Lodge twin - 2 Single Bed
    Converted stable house double - 1 Large Double Bed
    Converted stable house twin bedroom - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: 6 bedrooms in Main Villa Mori - sleeps 12 6 bedrooms in Hunting Lodge in grounds - sleeps 12 2 bedrooms in Stable house in grounds - sleeps 4 Main Villa Mori can be rented without the Hunting Lodge and stable exclusively. Enquire about price.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Villa Venere offers its guests a fantastic pool that is the only one of its kind (16 x 9 metres, max depth 1.5 metres). The pool has a slipway, with the water being constantly filtered by a technique which avoids the use of chlorine. There is a hydro massage area with seating and pool fountains. The surrounding lawn has padded sun beds, comfortable table and chair sets and is surrounded by a rose covered pergola walkway. The garden is walled and has an electric gate. Immersed in beautiful green countryside and vineyards, the area is known for its 15th and 16th century villas. Due to its charming landscape, Vicopelago was an area of Lucca favoured by the nobles of the time. The villa, and its hunting lodge stand in private grounds of 1.5 acres.


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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Driving range
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
17 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

The villa is in the area of Vicopelago, one of the lovely rural areas of quiet country lanes, olive groves and vineyards which lie within the boundaries of the famous "Art" city of Lucca. The beautiful walled city is only 3 kms away, 10 minutes by car and is therefore perfect for sampling much of what Tuscany has to offer.

The walled city centre is only 25 minutes walk. Lucca is perfectly placed for visits to the other Art cities of Tuscany, such as Pisa, Florence, and Siena. The dramatic mountain scenery of the Garfagnana is nearby, as are the fashionable resorts of the Versillia.

Special interest holidays:

We have close links with an Outdoor Activities company, Apians, providing first class adventure experiences. Enquire for further info.

We are also able to arrange Tuscan cooking classes for experienced cooks, beginners and families.

Walking and sketching in the nearby Apuan and Appenine Alps can be arranged through the agency.


The famous resort of Viareggio is some 17kms by train or car.


Fly to Pisa from several UK airports including Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds/Bradford, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Edinburgh and Prestwick, with Ryanair, Jet2.com, Thompsons, BA and others. Other airports to fly to are Genoa 3 hrs drive, Milan Bergamo 4hrs, Bologna 2hrs.