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The views East to Lucca and South to Pisa need no further descriptionThe view from the Upper Terrace over the Lower Terrace in August.
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Restored villa + complete privacy + amazing view

William

Restored villa + complete privacy + amazing view

14 guests
6 bedrooms
14 beds
5.5 baths
14 guests
6 bedrooms
14 beds
5.5 baths
HOME HIGHLIGHTS
Great check-in experience100% of recent guests gave this home’s check-in process a 5-star rating.
Great location100% of recent guests gave this home’s location a 5-star rating.
PoolThis is one of few homes in this area that has this feature.

Combine a peaceful location, with modern facilities, infinity pool and a simply stunning view, and suddenly you find yourselves in rather more than a Tuscan villa. We liked it so much that we turned it into a home to share with like-minded guests.

Amenities

Free parking on premises
Wifi
Kitchen
Indoor fireplace
Air conditioning
Pool

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed
Bedroom 3
1 king bed
Bedroom 4
1 king bed
Bedroom 5
1 bunk bed
Bedroom 6
1 bunk bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules

Check-in time is 4PM - 7PM
Check out by 10AM

Availability

5 Reviews

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Dion User Profile
Dion
May 2018
We had a great stay at the villa. Views were amazing and the quality of the house was 5 stars! Was a memorable experience to prepare meals and enjoy dinners and sunsets while viewing the lights of Lucca down below. William was a great host and provided clear communication wheneve…
William User Profile
Response from William:
Dion, thanks. We are delighted you enjoyed it as much as we do: we would not have bought the property and spent almost 5 years restoring it, had we not been so captured by the amazing view. Yes, please do come again, and also consider our villa in Marbella, southern Spain, if ever you go that way: it's also on Airbnb and features another amazing view, Best William
May 2018
Ryan User Profile
Ryan
September 2017
We absolutely loved our stay at the villa and wished that we had booked the place for longer, 2 nights were simply not enough! The Villa was as described and more, we really couldn't fault it. The grey handbook was very thoughtful and we commend you for it; other landlords can on…
William User Profile
Response from William:
Thanks, Ryan. Yes indeed: how could I have done this restoration without my heart being in it?! This applied from Day One, when, in 2002, with the sales agent we cut our way up to the ruins with a machete, and right through the 5 years it took us to tame the land, bring the property back into use and start living here. It is particularly nice to hear that you liked the 'Grey Book', our "Guest Information Pack". We encourage guests to download and read it before their stay. We also share our local secrets (restaurants and a lot more) in another document, and also in our (Website hidden by Airbnb) dot is dot us (instant gram) feed.
September 2017
Helen User Profile
Helen
July 2017
Williams place is such a beautiful home. It was certainly a restful and beautiful stay with everything we could possibly need, fully equipped and welcoming. The views are breathtaking, the photos simply cannot capture the expanse of the spectacular scenery. The local people inc…
William User Profile
Response from William:
Thanks, Helen. We love having people who appreciate this wonderful property (I can say this, because that was my opinion 15 years ago when I first saw it, having cut my way up to it with a machete, prior to buying it as a ruin, and restoring it using traditional materials, whilst including mod cons such as a/c, wifi, not to mention a new approach road). Please come again, or to our villa del Gato in Marbella or St Petroc, our holiday house in North Cornwall, both with widespread sea views and both on Airbnb. Best William
July 2017
Graham User Profile
Graham
August 2016
This was our first AirBNB and the experience far outstripped our expectations. The villa is beautifully located on the side of a peaceful wooded valley where the only sounds are of birds and the distant toll of a bell marking the hours. The house was spotlessly clean and bett…
Brett User Profile
Brett
August 2016
This is a beautiful private villa up on the top of a hill with breathtaking views. The road up for big cars is not the best but once you get there the villa is very comfortable and well designed. The kitchen is great for cooking and a lot of entertaining areas. The pool is beauti…
William User Profile
Response from William:
Thanks, Brett For the benefit of other Airbnb users, the answer to the issues you raised are: - it has (for the summer) been exceptionally dry this year, and made the gravel unusually loose on the access road, which has since been repaired; - the pool is in a very rustic location - there are some times of the year when there are more insects than others, depends on the climactic conditions, and so it's difficult to predict; I am one of those people whom insects like to bite, and from experience I know that a good anti-insect product solves the problem; the house is protected by all but invisible mesh screens on the windows and fine mesh curtains screen the French windows. - the pool: we discovered during your stay that a minor fault had developed in the pool's compensation tank: this was fixed by our technician (who comes extremely early in the morning) and it took a few days to return to its usual brilliance (note no adverse comment in Graham's review: he stayed after you); - the garden: well, it is completely natural that the grass should go brown, and that everything is a little tired (so would we humans, if we had to stand out in the Tuscan sun for a couple of months!). On my instructions, the garden designer spent a lot of effort in creating a garden that would look natural in the context of the villa's location. Come again in the Spring and you will see wonderful green grass and wild flowers. There are no water restrictions, but being 'green', we prefer to be 'brown' at this time of year. In fact, the gardener is under specific instructions not to make it look perfect; otherwise it would not seem natural. I have today posted some shots of the pool on our Airbnb page taken just before your stay: as is evident, not everything is brown, even in the summer. - our welcome is aimed at being responsive to guests' particular needs: unlike you, many of our guests arrive after a long flight and don't really want a full scale lecture: as the caretaker comes every weekday, she often finds herself explaining more on Day 2 and it is appreciated that way. In addition, our comprehensive Guest Information Pack explains just about everything, and guests are sent this in advance. Brett, thank you for your comments: we always like to know how we can improve. I hope the above explanation puts your and other readers' minds at rest. We are delighted you enjoyed everything, and had a great time. That's the most important thing. All best. William
August 2016

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Outside business, I enjoy travel, music, golf and entertaining guests. I am a keen and creative cook.
Languages: English, Español, Français, Italiano, Ελληνικά
Response rate: 82%
Response time: within a few hours
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