Villa Michelangelo is a beautiful villa near Lucca, sleeps 22+5
Villa Michelangelo is a beautiful restored
15th century villa near the Northern Tuscan city of Lucca, sleeping 22 + 5 guests in 11 bedrooms and suites, 15 bathrooms. These include 5 x 2 room, 2 bathroom suites for additional guests over 22. The villa’s hand painted frescoes and formal Italian
gardens have been painstakingly restored to their original splendour. Modern
services and facilities have been installed including a professional kitchen, air con, WI FI internet and sat TV. The villa also has a separate building suitable for events such as
weddings and it is possible to celebrate weddings at the villa. The villa is within walking distance to the local village, 2 local restaurants and only 7km from Lucca.
|6 March -
17 April - 1 May
9 Oct - 6 Nov
|3 April- 17
1 May - 29 May
11 Sept - 9 Oct
– 11 Sept
|x 7 bedrms
x 11 bedrms - €10,750
|x 7 bedrms
x 11 bedrms - €12,250
|x 7 bedrms
x 11 bedrms- €13,375
Like many Italian villas, Villa Michelangelo has a remarkable history. Built originally in the 15th century as a summer home by a noble Lucchese family, it remained in the same family until the 19th century when it was given to an order of monks left homeless when Napoleon sequestered all church property. The monks divided the large rooms into smaller simpler ones and added a school that was attached to the villa. When the current owners bought the property, they spent 14 years restoring it to its original beauty, including hiring their own “Michelangelo”, an artist from Florence who lived in the villa for a few years, painstakingly restoring the 18th century frescoes and adding her own interpretations as well.
The villa looks out over a beautifully reconstructed formal garden designed using the original 1843 plans. Beyond the gardens is a view of olive groves and rolling vineyards, a small village and the distant mountains. The villa is ideally located, within walking distance to the village, which has shops and a supermarket and just 7 km north of the historic city of Lucca. Within the villa grounds there is also a “limonaia”, which has been converted into a large airy space for events such as weddings.
On the ground floor there is a beautiful, spacious, bright reception room with chairs, sofas and coffee tables in a charming Italian style. It is furnished with satellite TV and games, and there is a full equipped study (PC, printer, copier) and WI FI internet access. Adjoining the reception room is a large dining room with frescoed ceilings, with a table large enough to accommodate all guests. Also on the ground floor is a magnificent modern kitchen – large and equipped to a standard which would satisfy the most exacting chef, whether he/she wanted to prepare a grand dinner, or demonstrate the art of Italian cuisine to guests. Next to the kitchen is a laundry room, fully equipped with washing machine, dryer, iron etc. and a larder and a bathroom. To complete the ground floor there are 2 guest bathrooms with disabled accessible toilet and a lift for taking luggage up and down to the bedrooms.
Both the reception room and the kitchen open onto the garden area, which is furnished with shaded tables where guests can barbecue their lunch, enjoy a glass of local wine or simply admire the view.
Take the lift or the staircase up to the first floor. The staircase leads you
to a hallway. On your right is the lift
and then a hallway that runs along the north side of the villa. Just in front
of the lift there is a double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower (wheelchair friendly). Off this
hallway there are four bedrooms suites, each with a fully equipped bathroom with
tub and an ample luggage and wardrobe space with safe. Then there is a living
room area with a sofa bed and mini bar. A staircase leads to a mezzanine bedroom,
which has two twin beds, which can be joined to make a king sized double, an
armoire, a writing table and a second mini bar. The mezzanine also has a second fully
equipped bathroom with shower. The hallway running along the north side of
the villa continues up a short flight of stairs, which leads to the last bedroom
suite, which has two bathrooms with showers. Each suite is elegantly furnished and
decorated with hand-painted ceilings. All guest accommodation is fitted with
individual heating/air conditioning so that all rooms are comfortable whatever
Continue up the staircase or take the lift to the second floor. Along the
hallway, the first door on the left is a
bedroom with a king sized bed and en suite bathroom with tub and shower. A
second bedroom faces the formal gardens. It is a king sized bedroom suite with
a balcony overlooking the formal gardens, this room also has a private study as
well as an en suite bathroom with shower. Further down the hallway, there is a
cosy living room and a king sized bedroom
with en suite bath. At the end of the hallway,
there are another two double bedrooms, which also face the formal gardens and share
a large bathroom.
As with all formal Italian villas, the area around the house has fine gravel and lawns. Tables and chairs, which can comfortably accommodate 40 guests are situated under a large, white, canopied gazebo (ideal for outdoor wedding receptions). A paved path or a flight of steps, takes you to the formal, walled gardens, complete with a large fountain - the air is scented by the nearby walls of roses and over 100 potted lemon and grapefruit trees, which are scattered throughout the property. The views from the formal gardens look out over the valley and a pretty village. At the far side of the formal gardens, there is a large swimming pool area, with banks of roses and jasmine climbing two sides of an ancient wall, creating a shaded canopy area for relaxing.
The Limonaia (original lemon house) has been converted into a large hall suitable for events such as weddings or meetings. It can be divided into four private rooms if needed for meetings (projector, internet connection available). Large round tables and large windows make this a wonderful all occasion room. (Additional charge for this room, please enquire for details).
The villa has an agreement with the local council allowing them to celebrate weddings on the property (civil ceremonies).
Individually controlled air con/ heating
Minibar - first stock included
Coffee & tea maker
4 x pillows - 2 feather, 2 anti allergic
Private "child friendly" pool (14x6m) - heated on request
Individually controlled air con/heating
WI FI internet in all rooms and outdoors
Study with computer/printer etc
Bathrobes & pool towels
Garden toys for kids
Laundry room with washing machine, dryer, iron
New flat screen televisions in all bedrooms
Hospitality trays in each bedroom for tea and coffee
WI FI hotspots outdoors and indoors (including the swimming pool area).
New Gazebo for outdoor events and new wooden floor for the outside dining area
5, 2 room, 2 bathroom suites with a sofa bed for up to 5 extra guests - on request
Bedroom close to the lift with wheelchair friendly bathroom and shower
Civil wedding ceremonies can be celebrated at the villa
Check in - 4pm - 7pm
Check out - before 10am
Pets allowed on request (€200 per pet per week)
Owners live on the ground and first floor of the west wing, they have their own entrance and parking space. They are available if needed.
Nearest restaurant at 300 mts
Local village 1.5 – 2km
Viareggio & the coast 47km