The house, owned by the painter and sculptress Karen Wilberding, is adorned by her sculptures, paintings and works on paper inspired by ancient beauty of the Tuscan landscape and imbued with an inner poetry yet suggesting an intimate connection between human, animal and natural worlds. The house was recently restored and the interiors designed by the finest craftsmen with respect for both Tuscan traditions and the highest standards of comfort.
The living areas situated on the ground floor have exposed, whitened beams and original terracotta tiles throughout. There is a living room with a stone fireplace, a further living space to play cards, the dining room followed by a welcoming kitchen. All rooms open onto the outdoor terrace through four large arched doors, the original stable doors. On the ground floor there is furthermore a small double with a shower room.
On the first floor there are two large bedrooms, a huge artist's studio and a library with Italian history, literature and travel books, on the second floor lie two additional large bedrooms with bathrooms .
There is outdoor dining under the pergola and a covered outdoor living area. There are meticulously maintained walled gardens, a 18 meter mosaic pool, and an outdoor pizza oven.
From here you can easily enjoy the daily town life of Lucca, the beach resort of Forte dei Marmi or spend a day in Florence or Pisa.
• Another pergola shades an outdoor living area with comfortable rattan sofas
• White and pale blue mosaic tiled pool, 18 meters, with electric cover system
• Bountiful and blooming garden
• Vegetable garden and orchard available to clients
• 40 acres of olive trees and vineyards
• Pizza oven
• Easy road access
• Easy flow between indoors and outdoors thanks to many french windows and different outdoor furnished spaces
• Various living and reception areas
• Huge artist's studio with large arched door onto the front yard, desk, sitting area with stone fireplace and TV
• The ground floor is composed by a sequence of living, dining and playing areas connected by larges arches
• Open plan kitchen equipped for fine cooking, opens onto dining pergola and outdoor living room
• Dining doom with fireplace which opens onto outdoor terrace
• Card Room with game table and board games
• Cosy living room with 16th century fireplace, satellite TV, DVD, stereo
• Library with Italian history, literature and travel books
• Wi-fi throughout
• Second floor bedrooms are fully air-conditioned, first floor bedrooms have portable air-con
• Two flat screen cable televisions
• Two DVD players (European and American)
• Stereo surround sound in the living room
• State of the art security system
• Italian finest bed and bath linen
• Mosquito screens throughout the house
• Laundry facilities with washing machine and dryer
• Baby equipment available on request
• AC included up to 503 KW per week
• When needed, house heating is included up to 82 m3 per week of usage
Staff | Service included
• Housekeeping service seven days per week
• English-speaking coordinator
• Weekly linen and towel changes
• Pool cleaning and garden maintainance
Staff | Service on request
• Day of arrival dinner service
• Special Pizza Party dinner
• Extra Housekeeping upon request
• Personal laundry and ironing
• Concierge services available through the House Manager. Services include restaurant reservations and booking guest transportation.
• A quality, local limousine service is available for hire to all Italian destinations.
• Special guest services, including tours, wine tasting, cooking courses, marble quarries, yoga, spas, picnics, hiking, etc.
• Electricity/AC above 503 kW a week
• House heating above 82 m3 a week
• Long distance phone service is extra
• Closest commercial and private airport – Pisa 40km - 25 miles, 35 minutes drive
• Lucca 10 km - 15 minutes drive
• Pisa 20 km – 30 minutes drive
• Forte Dei Marmi 40 km – 40 minutes drive
• Florence 90 km – 1 hour drive
• Portovenere 90 km – 1 hour and 20 minutes drive
• Volterra 100 km – 1 hour and half drive
• The Cinque Terre 100 km – 1 hour and half drive
Things to do
The historic part of the city is contained within impressively intact city walls which stretch for kilometers providing a thick skirt around Lucca’s center. Down below, a small but perfectly formed criss-cross of streets sprawl out to the four corners of the city walls connecting one picturesque piazza to another by way of cobbled streets that are the very stereotype of Italian life.
In Lucca a chilled-out café culture by day folds itself nicely into the restaurant and bar scene by night, but, most impressive of all, and as you might expect from the place where world-famous opera composer Puccini was born, world-class musical events await.
• Around Lucca - In the countryside outside the walls of Lucca are vineyards, olive groves, and several historic villas, Some of them were the residence of the noble Italian families and great patrons of art, and are living examples of the various styles of architecture in Tuscany, have occurred over time. The most famous of the Lucchese villas dating back to 1500 and are of great importance, both historically, and environmentally because their gardens are rich in rare species of trees, plants and citrus trees, but mainly because they are the most beautiful gardens Italian. The three most important and most beautiful villas of Lucca are Villa Torrigiani, Villa Reale and Villa Mansi
• Versilia - Is the area right along the Tuscan coast in the northwestern edge of the province of Lucca is widely known for the fashionable beach resorts along its Riviera, with numerous night clubs attracting visitors for its active night life during the summer. The coastal shelf along this part of the Tuscan coast is really sandy and gradually slops into the sea, making it perfect for families with small kids during the day. The many shops and restaurants (as well as hotels) along the seafront also make the Versilia a great place to spend the summer, with everything you need within easy reach.
• Forte dei Marmi - Sea and culture are the two characteristics of Forte dei Marmi, one of the most famous tourist centers along the Tuscan shore. The center of town is rich in shops and high fashion boutiques with designer's clothes and it is a must for visitors to go out shopping also late in the evening.
• Porto Venere - A small town considered one of the most beautiful places on the west coast of Italy. In 1997 Portovenere and the villages of Cinque Terre were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Portovenere sits on a rocky peninsula in the Gulf of Poets. It was once popular with poets and writers such as Byron, Shelley and Lawrence. With its small harbor lined with colorful houses, its narrow streets leading up to the castle and the church standing on top of the rock, Portovenere it is well worth a visit.
• The Cinque Terre - The name Cinque Terre literally means "Five lands", but in this case stands for "Five small medieval villages". These unique villages hide between green, steep hills and the turquoise Ligurian sea, their pastel-colored houses are built on top of rocks or in little bays. When you look at them, you feel like you are in a fairy tale. The Cinque Terre National Park is a great choice for an active holiday. You can hike on 100 kms of trails, swim in the tiny bays of this 15-km coastline, sea-kayak, dive, ride a bicycle, rent a boat, go fishing or sailing. You can do wine and olive oil tasting, take a pesto making or cooking course or sit around in one of the many restaurants and try the delicious local specialties.
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