Commonly considered "The most beautiful house in Lucca," Villa Massei, in the hamlet of Massa Macinaia, has been featured in numerous glossy magazines including Vogue, Elle, Garden Design and Architectural Digest. It sits on 21 hectares of land, with its own producing farm, olive groves and pinewood. While it has all of the elements of a country estate, including privacy, remove from neighbors and silence, it is only 8 K from the walls of Lucca, and 4 K from the autostrada A12 (Forte dei Marmi is 25 minutes away and Florence is 50 minutes away). The garden at Villa Massei is among “The One Hundred Best Gardens in the World,” and it has been widely published in garden books in numerous languages. The formal gardens consist of 3 hectares of manicured garden "rooms," each created on a theme of Italian Renaissance style by the Villa's current owners. There is an Italian Garden with clipped box hedging, and a monumental "Umbraculum" with a 50 M long rose-covered pergola which leads to a large basin with fountain jets.
Built in the 16th century as a hunting lodge for the counts Sinibaldi, the estate consists of three dwellings: the villa, a guesthouse, and a custodian and service residence. In addition to this the rear garden of the Villa is embellished with a 16th century grotto complete with antique stone masks spewing water to five individual fountains. The swimming pool, 16 x 6 M, near the guesthouse, is fully private and gardened in flowering Mediterranean plants.
On the main floor of the villa, or main house, are three reception rooms, a dining room, and a large formal king-size bedroom with a luxurious marble bath en suite. There is also a study, kitchen and breakfast room.
On the upper floor are two en suite bedrooms, one a master king-size suite with large walk-in closet and en suite bath containing a separate shower and tub. The smaller twin room with extra large beds has its own deluxe bath with a tub. The large hall library contains more than 3,000 volumes and guests can freely borrow books for their stay. There is also a small study. There is a powder room for visitors on the lower level.
Al Pastore, the recently restored guest house, is just a few steps away from the main villa. It consists of a large reception room, eat-in kitchen, laundry, and a pool service area with changing room, shower and wet bar with refrigerator. The upper floor contains two large bedroom suites, one a deluxe twin room with oversized beds and the other a queen bedroom with its own private sitting room. Their en suite baths have tubs with overhead showers wall mounted.
Kitchen: eat in, fully furnished, equipped for fine cooking, adjoins a greenhouse/breakfast room (seats 6+) with views to rose garden.
Dining Room: seats 12 indoors. In all, there are eight places to dine at Villa Massei. The loggia can be adapted easily to accommodate twenty for a meal under cover of a roof, and the rear garden can host an outdoor dinner party for forty.
Large Sitting Room with fireplace.
Red Room: intimate sitting room, with fireplace.
Entry Hall: facing the garden and loggia.
Main Floor Bedroom: kind-size bed, marble bath en suite with tub, two sinks. Satellite TV. Air conditioned.
Study with free WiFi connection.
Loggia: seats ten or more for conversation.
Library/Hall: 3,000 books collected.
Master Bedroom: king-size bed, walk-in closet, en suite bath with tub and shower, two sinks. Satellite TV. Air conditioned.
Study: additional study with two desks and free WiFi.
Twin Bedroom: oversized beds, en suite bath with tub. Air conditioned.
Living Room: with fireplace, faces the garden terrace.
Kitchen/Dining: fully fitted kitchen, table accommodates six.
Laundry: washer and dryer.
Pool Service: changing room, shower, wet bar.
Outdoor Wood Oven: for pizza parties.
Hall: with chest of drawers.
Twin Bedroom: oversized twin beds, en suite bath with tub, satellite TV, air conditioning.
Queen Bedroom: with its own separate air conditioned sitting room, en suite bath with tub, satellite TV, air conditioning.
Pool: 16 x 6 M, adjacent dining area for six under a pergola, poolside lounge in shade.
Kitchen Garden: all the vegetables and fruits one could hope for (as available).
Private Gate: opens automatically.
Housekeeping six days a week, 9:00 AM till 1:00 (can be augmented as needed or desired).
Linen change twice a week.
Electricity (AC) up to €150 per week. Extra consumption will be deducted from deposit.
Seasonal heating up to €300 per week. Extra consumption will be deducted from deposit.
WiFi and local phone included.
Pool cleaning included.
All gardening included.
Local coordinator always available, speaks English, Italian, French, German.
Personal laundry service at €15 per hour.
Chef services by arrangement according to needs and desires.
Additional serving personnel, butlers, etc.
Excursions to Cinque Terra, boat trips, wine country, music festivals, day trips, cars and drivers, all available by arrangement.
Long distance phone service extra (It is recommended that the tenant use a calling card through the AT&T or Sprint international dialing numbers).
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