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Casa Boccina - 19th century Tuscan Farmhouse

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Overview
5 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
10 guests
2 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
Casa Boccina is an early 19th century Tuscan farmhouse set in fourteen acres of gardens and forest by Monte San Quirico, a village just outside of Lucca. It is only a five minutedrive/ 35 minute walk from the beautiful walled city of Lucca. It is 14 acres of mostly flat land (7 of which is a protected forest) and has a farmhouse which sleeps ten. This is an eco friendly property. We have solar panels which will heat water for the house and pool and generate electricity in the autumn, and the forest provides wood to burn in the fireplace in the colder months. We have air-conditioning for the bedroom floor and kitchen which will be powered by electricity from our solar panels and will come on from late morning to early evening by timer. There are ceiling fans in the rooms during the evening...Casa Boccina is an early 19th century Tuscan farmhouse set in fourteen acres of gardens and forest by Monte San Quirico, a village just outside of Lucca. It is only a five minutedrive/ 35 minute walk from the beautiful walled city of Lucca. It is 14 acres of mostly flat land (7 of which is a protected forest) and has a farmhouse which sleeps ten. This is an eco friendly property. We have solar panels which will heat water for the house and pool and generate electricity in the autumn, and the forest provides wood to burn in the fireplace in the colder months. We have air-conditioning for the bedroom floor and kitchen which will be powered by electricity from our solar panels and will come on from late morning to early evening by timer. There are ceiling fans in the rooms during the evenings. A purpose built outbuilding across from the farmhouse houses a gym with two LifeCycle running machines, 2 LifeCycle Cross Trainers, a stepper, a reclining bicycle, a weight pulley system, a swiss ball and yoga mats, some free weights and an ipod docking station. We have 3 television monitors there so you can watch DVDs while you workout. Outside, we have a 12 x 6 metre pool with 1.2 metre shallow end and 3 metre deep end. It has a diving board, stairs for easy access, an outdoor shower and two shaded gazebos, one with a dining table and the other with a lounge area. Poolside, there is a Habitat double daybed, and several individual sun loungers 6. It is heated June-September courtesy of our solar panel array. There is a outdoor sound system to hook your iPOD up to. Surrounding the pool, is a metre-high flowering oleander hedge and dry stone wall with three sets of gates to deter children. Between the pool and the house is another relaxing area which is a small garden with the early 19th century well as the focal point. Beyond the pool is a 10 X 15 ft trampoline with safety net and walk a little further and on the hill you will find a large climbing frame. There is a forest with trails for you to explore across from the farmhouse. In the front garden we have a flower garden with potted lemon and mandarin trees with benches. We also have a five a side football pitch, outdoor chess board, table tennis and indoor pool table.There is plenty of parking within easy walking distance of the farmhouse.More
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About the Owner
Britta B
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:94%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:August 2007
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Hi. I'm the owner and my name is Britta. I live in a small house on the property and am happy to either answer any of your questions, reserve tables at restaurants, or if there is an issue at the house, have it resolved quickly. I clean the pool early each morning so you might see me there if you're an early bird. Some guests use me a lot, others don't and either is fine. I keep to myself and have a pool and garden behind my house that I enjoy. There is a fence and hedges between my house and the farmhouse for your privacy.
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Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

We’ve had a great time at Casa Boccina this summer, with three generations of the family staying. Britta and Stuart are great hosts and gave us lots of great tips and recommendations. Casa Boccina is a great base to explore Tuscany from. Lucca, the closest...More

Date of stay: July 2018
1  Thank randikaabeydeera
Management response:Responded 23 August 2018

It was a pleasure having you and your family stay, Randika. I’m so pleased to hear you had a wonderful holiday and hope you’ll come back to Tuscany again soon.

Reviewed 16 November 2017

This villa is beautiful. We stayed as part of a large group (6 adults and 2 children aged 5 and 10) and had ample space. The pool was a big hit with everyone and the owners couldn't have been more helpful. A hire car would...More

Date of stay: September 2017
Thank JenniferB3453
Management response:Responded 21 November 2017

I'm so glad you had an enjoyable holiday! It always makes me happy to see guests enjoying themselves. It was lovely to meet you and I would love to welcome you all back again in the future. all the best, Britta

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Reviewed 11 September 2017

Family of 8. 2 sets of grandparents. Our daughter and her family including a 10 and 5 yr old. Tremendous space a corner for everyone. The house caters for your every need. Outside the same. Britta the owner was so helpful even took us to...More

Date of stay: September 2017
Thank sandynn_12
Management response:Responded 21 November 2017

It was wonderful to have you stay and see you all enjoying the property and Lucca area. I wish you all the best and hope you decide to stay if you're in the area again in the future. Best wishes, Britta

Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

Fantastic holiday villa very comfortable extremely child friendly loads of toys and books Well landscaped gardens with amazing warm pool which our 4 year old would lived in! Well equipped kitchen and clean modern bathrooms . Near well stocked supermarket and excellent cafe and really...More

Date of stay: June 2017
Thank jalaw48
Management response:Responded 21 November 2017

It was lovely to meet you and so glad you enjoyed your holiday. It's always great to hear that children enjoy the toys and the pool as we try and make it very child friendly. Please remember us if you're in the area again as...More

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Reviewed 15 June 2017

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Date of stay: June 2017
Management response:Responded 21 November 2017

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Porch
Washer
Highchair
Safe
Outdoor Dining Area
Air Conditioning
Towels Provided
Private Garden
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
A Winter Sun Getaway
Books
Ceiling Fans
Hairdryer
TV
Corporate Bookings
Rural/Countryside Retreats
City Getaway
Linens Provided
Playground
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Trampoline
Internet Access
Toaster
Swingset
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Gym
Game Room
Pool Table
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Alarm Clock
Central Heating
Blender
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Hiking Trips
Good Nightlife
Microwave
Ping Pong Table
Private Outdoor Pool (Heated)
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Fireplace
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This early 19th century Tuscan farmhouse has been lovingly restored retaining all its charm with terracotta floors and beamed ceilings throughout. Inside, you will find a large inviting entrance hall leading to the main lounge with a large wood-burning fireplace, a tv/games room equipped with SKY TV, DVD player (UK terrestrial channels unavailable due to limiting SKY footprint over Europe), a large selection of DVDs for adults and children and a games room with a pool table and dart board and selection of games and puzzles for adults and children. There is a large well-equipped kitchen/dining area that seats 10 that has a large Rangemaster stove, coffee filter machine, toaster, microwave, electrical kettle, boiling water on tap, selection of utensils, spices and cooking essentials, recipe books and baking and presentation dishes, shower room and utility room equipped with english Bosch washing machine and dishwasher. We provide dishwashing liquid, dishwasher tablets, and washing powder. There is an ipod docking station in the kitchen and UK electrical outlets for plugging in chargers. Upstairs, there is a large landing/ sitting area off of which there are three double rooms two of which have four poster beds, a twin room and a single room with a bunk bed with oriental rugs, antique furniture and tasteful original art and tapestries. There is a bathroom and a shower room also with 2 available hairdryers. All three bathrooms are newly refurbished with marble walls and Philippe Starcke bathroom suites. On the upstairs landing, there is a substantial bookcase. Guests are welcome to borrow books to read from this and have also left some behind in exchange for taking a new one. Please feel free to use this. There is a selection of children's books on a bookcase for use at the property. Individually wrapped soaps and toilet roll can be found in the bathrooms to start you off and there are hand towels in the bathrooms and two towels for each guest on the beds for house and pool use. There is also a few items at the property for use by toddlers and babies, which save you packing them when travelling. There are two highchairs, 2 travel cots, an attachment for side of bed, toys, puzzles, and books for young children plus plastic plates and bowls. Directly in front of the farmhouse is a covered porch which has a formal dining table that seats 10 with a ceiling fan and outdoor iPod/iphone connection for listening to music al fresco. In front of the porch is a pergola with a lounge seating area and a barbeque. Across from the farmhouse is a small gym, situated at the end of the Barn house (where the owners live) and contains the following professional life fitness equipment: Cross-trainer, tread mill/running machine, reclining bicycle, stepper and free weights. There is an ipod docking station and television with dvd player.
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About the neighbourhood
Casa Boccina is located only five minutes from the beautiful walled city of Lucca. There is much to do in Lucca. The walls provide a tree-lined pedestrianized promenade circuiting the city with parks, playgrounds and cafés, and are perfect for cycling around on hired bikes or picnicking. Within the city, every third Saturday, there is a large monthly antique market within several piazzas, an Opera Festival that celebrate the home of Puccini, an open air Music Festival in July that has recently featured Jamiroquai, Peter Gabriel, Dido, Van Morrison and Elton John. The famous landmark in Lucca is a tower that has an oak tree growing on the top of it, which you can climb. There are also a number of wonderful restaurants within Lucca and in the surrounding area that are recommended. The shoppi...
Getting around
Car is the preferred method of travel in the area, but there are regular trains to Florence and Pisa as well as express coaches to Florence (arriving at Santa Maria Novella Station) and Pisa which are cheap and you can take from the bus station on the west side of Lucca.
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