Villa Daniela – Italian Villa & Tuscan Cooking School

Details

Type:
Villas
Area:
Lucca
Bedrooms:
11
Bathrooms:
18

Features

  • Accommodation & Reception on Site
  • Air Conditioned
  • BBQ
  • Central Music System
  • Computer Facilities
  • Daily Cleaning Service
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Full Staff
  • Gardener and Pool service
  • Hair dryers in every bedroom
  • Heated Pool
  • Luxurious
  • Safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Security/Surveillance system
  • Staffed
  • Stereo
  • Telephone
  • Washer and Dryer
  • Wifi Internet
  • Workout Room with Cardiovascular and weight equipment

Property Description

Overview

Villa Daniela is a sumptuous eleven bedroom air conditioned luxury Villa located only seven Kilometers from the fabulous walled city of Lucca. This historic and newly renovated 15th Century regal estate has absolutely everything one could wish for – including spectacular Italian gardens, luminous and spacious rooms, marvelous frescoes, a huge professional kitchen, an interior elevator, a brilliant pool and a tremendous location! You can see we’re running out of superlatives and we haven’t even started to describe this sensational villa!

Like many Italian villas, Villa Daniela has a remarkable history. Built originally in the 15th century as a summer home by a noble Luchese family, it remained in the same family until the 19th century when it was given to an order of monks left homeless when Napoleon seized all church property in the region. The monks added a secondary school that was attached to the villa. The current owners bought the property and spent the past 14 years restoring it to its original beauty, including hiring their own “Michelangelo” to restore the beautiful frescoes!

Villa Daniela has all the modern amenities, including air conditioning and Wifi internet.  It also features a beautiful heated swimming pool.  Guests receive a welcome dinner, daily breakfast service, and three hours daily of maid service as part of the rental price. There is also one bedroom and bathroom which are handicap accessible. The villa’s charming owner lives on site in the west wing of the ground floor. She has her own private entrance and parking area. Guests have total privacy – but the owner is there to arrange any questions or arrange any special requests they might have!

But perhaps the real gem of Villa Daniela is the partnership the villa entered recently entered into with Valentino, one of the most dynamic and creative young chefs in Italy and his fantastic partner Larisa, who is a tremendous sommelier. To eat a meal prepared by Valentino is like going to a Michelin 3 star restaurant without the stuffiness. The owners of TuscanDream have followed his career for several years and we can honestly say the best lunch and the best dinner we have ever eaten in our lives were prepared by this outstanding chef – and to think now you can enjoy Valentino’s creation in Villa Daniela’s gorgeous dining room – you will learn the true definition of Mama Mia!

We are pleased to announce that we will be featuring Valentino and Larisa’s Villa Daniela Tuscan Cooking School in October of 2015. Please inquire for details!

Villa Layout

GROUND FLOOR: On the ground floor there is a beautiful, spacious and bright salon with chairs, sofas and coffee tables in a charming Italian style. It is furnished with satellite television and games, and there is a door to a full equipped study (PC, printer, copier) and wireless broadband internet access. Adjoining the salon is a large painted ceiling dining room, with a table large enough to seat all guests. Also on the ground floor is a magnificent modern kitchen well-furnished and equipped to a standard which would satisfy the most exacting cook. Next to the kitchen is a laundry room, fully equipped with washing machine, dryer, iron and a half bathroom. To complete the ground floor there are two guest bathrooms with handicap accessible toilets and an elevator for the convenience of bringing luggage up and down from the bedrooms.

FIRST FLOOR: Accessible from either the elevator or the stairs. There is a hall running along the north side of the villa; across from the elevator is a bedroom with a queen sized bed and en suite bathroom with a shower. Down the hall you have four, one bedroom suites – which are identical in layout. You enter through a foyer with a full bathroom with a bathtub, and a large wardrobe with a safe. From the foyers are living rooms with a sofa bed and mini bar. In each suite there is a staircase leading to a loft bedroom which can either have a king sized bed or be divided into two twin beds. Each of these bedrooms has an armoire, a writing table, a second mini bar and a fully equipped bathroom with a shower. Continuing up the north hallway and up a short flight of stairs leads to the last bedroom suite, furnished like the previous suites, except that both bathrooms have showers. Each of these suite is elegantly furnished and decorated with individually hand-painted frescoes on the ceilings. All the rooms have their own individual thermostats to control the air conditioning or heat.

SECOND FLOOR: Accessible by either the elevator or the internal staircase. The first door to the left of the elevator leads to a bedroom, featuring a king sized bed with an en suite bathroom with both a shower and bathtub. The next door leads to a brilliant suite overlooking the formal gardens. In this suite there is a formal study, a bedroom with a king sized bed, an en suite bathroom with a shower. Further down the hallway is a cozy living room, adjoining a bedroom with a king sized bed and an en suite bathroom with a shower. Finally there are two bedrooms, with matrimonial beds overlooking the formal gardens, which share a large bathroom between them.

Outdoors

As with all formal Italian villas, the immediate area around the house has fine gravel leading to the sprawling well planned gardens. There are tables and chairs which can comfortably accommodate 40 guests under a large white canopied gazebo. A paved path or a flight of steps takes you to the walled formal gardens replete with a magnificent fountain from the 1600’s. The views from the gardens look out over the valley and over a quaint village. Adjacent to the formal gardens is the large swimming pool area, surrounded by banks of roses and jasmine, citrus and herb plants.  The swimming pool can be heated if the clients wish at an additional cost.  There are ample sun umbrellas and pool furniture, and this is a truly magnificent way to relax!

Distances
  • Lucca – 7 Kilometers
  • Pisa Airport – 52 Kilometers
  • Forte dei Marmi – 52 Kilometers
  • San Gimignano – 76 Kilometers
  • Florence – 77 Kilometers
  • Cinque Terre – 92 Kilometers
  • Siena – 142 Kilometers
  • Venice – 310 Kilometers
  • Milan Malpensa Airport – 344 Kilometers
  • Rome Fiumicino Airport – 378 Kilometers
Prices

 

High Season –  1 June – 7 September

  • 1 – 14 Guests – 11,100 Euros per week
  • 15 – 22 Guests – 12,500 Euros per week

Mid Season (Easter, 4 May  – 1 June  &  7  September  –  12 October )

  • 114 Guests – 9,990 Euros per week
  • 15 – 22 Guests – 11,350 Euros per week

Low Season (all other times)

  • 1 – 14 Guests – 8,600 Euros per week
  • 15 – 22 Guests – 9,990 Euros per week

Villa Daniela rents exclusively on a weekly basis from Saturday to Saturday

 

Additional Services
  • Air Conditioning – billed on usage basis as per meter reading
  • Heat  for villa – billed on usage basis as per meter reading
  • Heat for swimming pool – billed on usage basis as per meter reading
  • Breakfast 10 Euros per person (with a minimum of 10 people dining)
  • Extra Maid Service – 15 Euros per hour (4 hours maid service daily included in rental price)
  • Extra bed 100 Euros
  • Chef Service
  • Wedding Planning Service
  • Car Rental
  • Guided Tours to Lucca, Florence and Siena
  • Guided Tours to Cinque Terre
  • Limousine Service

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