Villa Michaela

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Rental Description

Villa Michaela, sits on 50 acres of pine forests and olive groves south of Lucca and a short distance from the “Pieve” of Vorno. And only stone throw away from the city of Lucca, 25 mins from Pisa airport and an hour from Florence.
This stunning villa lies in the heart of the Renaissance.

​ The building is very large and has 3 floors and basement. The original building dates back to the 15th century, but through the years there have been many changes and the actual aspect of the Villa is that of the early 1800’s when it was purchased by the Nottolini family. The main façade is the one facing north, which has a large door with architrave and stone frames. There is also a similar entrance on the south side of the building where there is the flower garden, a pond, flowerbeds, rose gardens, paths and pergolas. The estate also includes other buildings such as the Limonaia, the building where the lemon trees were traditional stored each winter, now a beautifully decorated full service kitchen often utilized for cooking school demonstrations, the Stables (Coach House) where there wine cellar and wine tasting room is located, and the “Annunziata Chapel”, now consecrated for Anglican wedding ceremonies, which is of historic and artist interest.

​ The chapel dates back to the 13th century. The “Annunziata” has been owned through the years by different families; the Giglis, the Macariuis, the Simibaldis, the Carbolanes, the Lucchesinin and at the beginning of the 18th century it passed on the hand of the Nottolini family who restored the house, and between 1860 and 1870 rebuilt the chapel to a public chapel where mass held every Sunday and until the 17th century had its own priest. Each year on the 25th of March big feast were held with luminary processions and food was given to the poor people of Vorno. The chapel has a fine neo-classic façade, with an arch on the upper part of the building portraying floral motives and the Annunciation. You arrive at the chapel by a driveway built in 1910 after the old road of Valle (that used to pass in front of the “Annunziata”) was made private by the Capannori commune.

In the last century, Villa Michaela has been owned by the Basttananis, the Ciurlanis and the Rossis. The current owners have greatly restored the Villa and all its frescoes, transforming it into a modern and luxurious property without spoiling its original beauty.

Villa Michaela offers the perfect destination for private and corporate groups looking for a large villa rental, or venue for family reunions, celebrations and events. With a stunning swimming pool and tennis court, as well as large games rooms with billiard table, the Villa offers all the amenities and comfort you could need for a bespoke and authentic Tuscan experience.

​ This beautiful Tuscan villa is ideal for holding team building experiences, corporate meetings and management retreats.



​ In addition to long al fresco lunches, lounging by the pool and early morning hikes up the hills into the cool pine forests, there is a huge variety of activities that our onsite concierge team, can organize for your group.

​ The main Villa has 10 double bedrooms. Each room is uniquely decorated in a mix of Tuscan and British interior design. All bedrooms but two in Villa Michaela are en suite (which share a bathroom on the landing below). There are also several additional reception rooms with a grand piano, chess, backgammon, bridge and much more on offer.

​ Casa Una, is a luxury farmhouse on the same grounds of Villa Michaela with 4 double bedrooms and triple bedroom. There is also a exquisitely decorated sitting room, dining room seating six people and a kitchen with aga cooker. Outside Casa Una has a private terrace and garden with pizza oven and wonderful views of the Tuscan hills.

​ *Casa Una also has shared access to the tennis court and swimming pool of the main Villa as it sits on the same property grounds.

Officially sleeping up to 28 in total with some extra beds can sleep up to 32 people on the grounds.

It is possible to rent the main Villa and Casa Una, both separately or together.

Attractions & Activities


There are cookery courses held in conjunction with the RHODE SCHOOL OF COOKING and that incorporate an education in the local & national culture and cuisine; and language courses with the finest teachers.

They also offer wine and olive oil tasting, Tuscan Slow Food demonstrations, In House Opera with a trio singing arias Puccini and Verdi and Neapolitan love songs.

All other activities at the villa there is a plethora of distractions both near and far; any of which can be organized during your stay.

 

Amenities

Villa Michaela has Ten bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Two twin bedrooms on the top floor share a shower room on the landing below. All double beds are six foot wide, all single beds are 3' wide.

Casa Una the guest house sleeps 10 in 5 double bedrooms and bathrooms and is adjacent to Villa Michaela.

-There are wonderful views and a 12 meter pool with separate children’s pool, outside dining area, tennis court, central heating, air conditioning, cable TV, and an American pool table.





The house is luxuriously furnished in the style of an English country house. All bathrooms have showers and the main bedroom, Dante, has a double jacuzzi bath with spectacular views of the sunsets over Vorno church.

The main dining room with its impressive frescoes and chandeliers seats 36 to 80 and is perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, wedding parties , family re – unions , film shoots and product launches.

An American pool table  , ping pong and a cinema / party room in the basement perfect for late night or early morning  festivities.

Swimming pool, Tennis court, 50 acres of grounds, ornamental Italian lemon garden

Camellia garden, Wine cantina

Central heating, air conditioning

Formal dinging room to seat 36

Grand piano

Communications room with up to date computer, printer and internet access

Satellite TV

Video and DVD player, video library

Fully staffed, resident chef

A full nanny service can also be arranged if prior advice is given

Parking for 18 cars

Massage table and masseur available

Wedding Facilities:

Consecrated chapel seats 100, wedding license at The Commune di Capannori.

 

Rates

Peak Season (April-September):

​ Exclusive rental of main Villa: €25,200 per week, €3600 per night
Exclusive rental of Casa Una: €7000 per week, €1000 per night
Exclusive rental of both: €32,200 per week, €4,600 per night

​ Off Peak Season (October-March):

​ Exclusive rental of main Villa: €18,900 per week, €2700 per night
Exclusive rental of Casa Una: €5250 per week, €750 per night
Exclusive rental of both: €24,150 per week, €3,450 per night
Please note that this quote is subject to the following inclusions/exclusions:

INCLUDED
All utilities
Housekeeping/cleaner
Concierge

EXCLUDED

Any food wine or beverages
Transfers
Telephone
Personal laundry
Services of chef and/or waiters (to be quoted separately)

We would require a 50% deposit upon booking.

Contact Information

For More Information And To Reserve Your Presidential Retreat Contact…

Name: Angelica Alaniz
Phone: (210) 300-7330
Cell: (210) 535-0952
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