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Tuscany Villa Rental 8 Bedrooms | Tuscany | Ref 833
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Situated in a hamlet di Camaiore in the province of Lucca. Only few places in Italy remain in tact over the centuries like this one, so much as to evoke a sense of amazement. The road, which on the left goes to the town, winds through a thick pine forest, which suddenly opens up to a picturesque view of the town and the hills behind.

The core of the town’s buildings stands on a rocky base and fans out towards the summit of the hill, its outposts the old houses on one side and the large ‘Castello dei Canonici’ on the other. Further down, the now abandoned old mill, is silent and solitary, a reminder of the times when olives were brought in from every valley for pressing, and the mills worked from dawn till dusk. Before entering the town, the wide road climbs in a straight line towards the first houses and ends swooping down, almost as if it wanted to tell us that from this point onwards, one enters a different time and a different dimension. The very narrow street almost acts as a filter, a barrier, between the old and peaceful village and the busy, noisy outside world. The stones that were once part of the Castello dei Canonici are now part of the solid walls of the houses, may of which have been tastefully restored, fully respecting the architectural traditions of the past.

Recently restored, furnished in contemporary style and equipped with technological systems of the highest quality, the castle has several hectares of land, covered with olive groves and woodland, ancient ruins and terraced paths.

The heated infinity swimming pool is a short walk up behind the house from where one enjoys stunning 270° views from Florence to the islands of the Tuscan coast including Gorgona and Elba. The swimming pool is unfenced, for this reason children under 6 are not allowed.

Around the castle there are many wonderful walks in the surrounding hills. The village is also a popular stop en-route for serious cyclists and there is a number of clearly marked bike trails.

For those who choose to rest and truly relax, Castello dei Canonici is extremely private as it has no direct neighbours. But if you do fancy a short walk down the drive for an ice cream or an espresso, there is a small bar in the tiny hamlet, which, during the summer evenings, is open and also popular with the locals.

If you can bare to leave the peace and tranquillity of Castello dei Canonici, there are lots of things to do within easy reach. The beaches are just 20 minutes away, including chic Forte Di Marmi and the marvellous lidos of Viareggio, with its glorious Belle Epoque architecture and wonderful seafood restaurants. Florence is less than an hour away, and the Garfagnana, with its stunning National Park, is just to the North.

Please note that there is currently no direct car access up the driveway except by a 4x4 panda, as the drive is steep and narrow. There is a tractor and trailer that can bring luggage and shopping up to the house. There is ample parking on the church square.

Olive oil is made from the olives that grow in groves in the grounds of Castello dei Canonici and the castle has its own springs too.

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Property Details

Sleeps: 16    (doubles 8   twins 0   singles 0   bathrooms 9   guest bathrooms 1)

Sqm: 800

Ground floor: The central entrance to the ground floor is through a pair of doors leading into the large entry hall, which has a beautiful antique marble fireplace and local Matraia stone staircase up to the first floor. Small anteroom leading through to the large, well equipped kitchen. This kitchen is designed for both cooking and entertaining. Through a massive ancient restored arch of exposed brick and stone, the kitchen leads directly into the dining room. There is a marble fireplace in the dining room and both the kitchen and dining room feature decorative antique Murano glass chandeliers. The kitchen opens up onto a beautiful terrace with citrus trees and fabulous views of the surrounding hills to the South and West, and of Lucca and Florence to the East. There is also plenty of scope for al fresco entertaining in a space with tables, outdoor sofas, umbrellas and exterior lighting for summer dining or for a casual BBQ in the evening.To the left of the large entry hall there is a sitting room, equipped with 5.1 surround sound, flat screen TV. Venetian plaster walls and a stunning Venini glass chandelier provide the completing touches. Guest bathroom.

First floor: it can be accessed by one of two staircases. The main one with its polished stone steps and iron balustrade runs up through the middle of the house. On the left through double doors at the top of this central staircase is the living room with an antique stone fireplace and amazing views through the balcony windows. Smaller library/den, which leads through to the oldest part of the house. A double height music room with a Yamaha grand piano and an oversize fireplace. The room opens out on to a raised terrace. To the right of the central staircase there are two lovely bedrooms; master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 1 double bedroom with a king-size bed, 1 bathroom with bath tub and a separate shower, 1 double bedroom with a king-size bed and en suite delightful bathroom with bath tub and separate shower. The laundry room is also on this floor with large washer and dryer, iron and ironing board.

Second floor: accessed by both the main central staircase and the East staircase. 5 bedrooms with king-size beds each with en suite bathrooms. All those rooms are “attic rooms”;1 double bedroom with a king-size bed and en suite bathroom with shower, bath tub and two basins, 1 double bedroom (the smallest of the bedrooms) with a king-size bed and a beautiful en suite bathroom with shower, bath tub and two basins, 1 double bedroom (with a wonderful view), with en suite bathroom with the shower over the bath tub. This bedroom can be linked with another double bedroom to form a family suite of two bedrooms and two bathrooms. This bedroom has another king-size bed and a wonderful en suite bathroom with bath tub and shower, 1 double bedroom with a king-size bed and en suite bathroom with shower and bath tub. There is also a sitting room equipped with 5.1 surround sound and large flat screen TV. There are 4 additional fold out beds suitable for children.

Outdoor: dining area with table for 14, in front of the entrance door of the villa.

Property Features

• large heated infinity pool

• high speed WiFi internet connection throughout

• integrated sonor sound system

• two 5.1 surround sound system

• two dishwashers

• wine store

• 6 burner Wolf range


• DVD player

• laundry room

• fax machine

• CD player