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Al Bastini-Tuscany villa, rental home in Lucca Tuscany

Lucca Villas welcomes you to Villa Al Bastini in Tuscany, Italy a beautiful 18th century Tuscan farmhouse, basking in the sun on a lazy hillside setting above the medieval city of Lucca. Fifteen minutes from the centre of Lucca, this magnificent Tuscan rental property is also conveniently located within comfortable reach of the historical cities of Florence, Siena and Pisa. Just a short drive away is the Versilian coast with its seaside towns of Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio. Al Bastini is one of our more popular Tuscan vacation homes, with over fifty per cent of bookings from previous clients who have stayed here. A truly exceptional rental property in Tuscany.

TUSCANY  VILLA RENTAL
 sleeps 10
6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
  kitchen (ice maker)
billiards room, table tennis
air conditioning
hall/ study
heated pool(on request)
satellite tv (large plasma), DVD
wireless internet
 covered parking

Al Bastini-Tuscany villa, rental home in Tuscany-Lucca

This stylish Tuscan rental home was built from stone and chestnut wood harvested from the surrounding slopes. It has been lovingly restored to very high standards and perfectly  blends its antiquity with the functionality and comfort of a thoroughly modern vacation property.
Al Bastini and its gardens sit in seven acres of gentle sloping terraces laced with centuries old olive trees, fruit trees and woods.

There are many outdoor eating areas for "al fresco" dining in this magical setting. These include a covered terrace with access from the kitchen and dining room offering outdoor eating at its best, cool and protected yet fully exposed to the surrounding views of the valley and nearby hills, which make this area so special. This jasmine-scented terrace situated just off the kitchen, has a stone built barbecue, large stone dining table and refined teak loungers. It is framed by a fragrant rock garden featuring most of the typical Italian herbs. It falls away to superb views beyond, soaking up the sun from early morning to late evening.

Views from the Tuscan farmhouse
Terrace off the kitchen/dining room
Pool view-Tuscany rental

This delightful Tuscan farmhouse, comfortably located close to an array of good restaurants and fine dining, will give the visitor a taste of Italy at its best. You can stay at home and laze on the terraces drinking in the atmosphere with your glass of local wine while having a charming Lucchese cook prepare her specialities. Or visit one of the many local restaurants within just a few minutes drive.

The terracotta tiled pool area is strategically placed at a close, level walk from the house, near enough for convenience yet secluded enough to allow the guests privacy and quiet. The pool receives the sun from early morning to late evening and commands open views across olive groves and cypress trees towards Lucca and Pisa beyond. With child safety in mind, the pool is enclosed by low local redbrick walls with access through a wrought- iron gate.

Al Bastini pool-rentals in Tuscany Italy

The pool surround is furnished with the sun worshipper in mind, offering a choice of sun beds and deck chairs. There is a wisteria-covered pergola, which gives shade from the heat of the summer and where you can take poolside meals cooked on the pool barbecue. In both early and late summer months the pool heater maintains the pool temperature at your own setting. This classic 5m x 10m pool is totally engaging and blends into its harmonious surroundings.

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"A slice of heaven" is how one Al Bastini guest described this setting. There is a large old brick- built barbecue alongside a herb garden to add flavour to your dishes. A large cast-iron table with local stone top provides yet another area for those cool evening soirées in true Tuscan style.
Throughout the gardens and pool area, there is suggestive lighting highlighting the wonderfully variegated greens of the olive trees.
A short walk from the house there is a covered car parking area for two cars.

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The main house with the sun terrace to the right and the pool further to the right.

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GUEST REFERENCES 2009 to 2012

Just wanted to drop you a note letting you know how much we enjoyed the house and our vacation.  Rarely have I had an experience that was better than it looked on the web, but Al Bastini was even better than we expected.
New York July 2010 TR.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful house with us. We had a fabulous time! We are all thinking about a return trip in the future!
California August 2010 MD

Claudia B.
Al Bastini - How I wish i was there now!
Submitted: November 29, 2012 Stayed: July 2012
This was our 2nd trip to Al Bastini and we had a wonderful stay yet again. The villa is perfectly equipped for those of you with children with the pool, DVD's, table tennis etc. all meaning that our 3 kids (12, 9 and 2) were kept entertained constantly! And the cot and high chair meant that the little one ate well and slept well! There were 11 of us during our stay and the villa never once felt over crowded. We certainly recommend this villa to anyone wanting a perfect family holiday.
 

Margaret W.
Wonderful holiday
Submitted: November 19, 2012 Stayed: June 2012
Al Bastini is a beautiful old Tuscan farmhouse set in a idyllic setting
in the Tuscan hills. This lovely home provides everything you could need
for a perfect holiday.

The interior of the house is beautifully well equipped with lots of character.
The open terrace leading from the kitchen is a wonderful, relaxing area for evening meals and entertaining.

The swimming pool enjoys wonderful views over the surrounding hills and countryside and is a perfect place to sunbathe or play in with no noise or distractions.

During the summer the flowers and plants surrounding the house are a wonderful blaze of colour with lots of hidden areas to enjoy the views whilst enjoying your evening drink.

A perfect place for either a romantic getaway or for a family wishing to relax and escape the bustle of today.


Margaret Waddell
 

Dudley B.
Al Bastini

Submitted: October 22, 2012 Stayed: August 2012
This was the perfect villa to stay with an extended family. Our group included young people and parents and the combination of swimming pool, snooker and table tennis kept us all occupied at the villa. It was in a perfect setting, surrounded by wildlife, - including wild porcupines - and though a little difficult to find on the first night of arrival, it was very convenient for visiting nearby Lucca - just ten minutes drive away, and en route to Lucca is a well placed Supermarket.

The rooms and facilities were first class, very comfortable and clean, and the full range of BBC programmes available on the television, especially in Olympic week, added to a memorable holiday. There was also free wi-fi available for those addicted to keeping in touch with the outside world.

But the best part was the sense of perfect isolation, especially in the evenings with the full Milky Way available overhead as we sat outside for evening meals.

Other bonuses included being able to use barbeque facilities, and the excellent pool, big enough for the whole family to use for play or swimming, and hammocks to sunbathe or snooze in afterwards.

We were a party of four older adults and four younger adults, and the facilities suited us all, and made for a real family holiday which we will always remember.

The owner, Les, was very helpful on the lead up to the holiday and everything was as expected We had been to the Lucca area a few times before and knew our way around the town, and this is a non-touristy Italian town which is a delight to explore.
 


Maureen D.
We Hope to Return
Submitted: October 18, 2012 Stayed: September 2012
So often a place does not match up to the pictures.

In this case, the reality surpassed the pictures, which could not include waking to a chorus of bird song every morning and having a beautiful herb garden we were urged to use.

In addition, our host was very attentive to our questions and needs.

We hope to return.

Maureen and Paul Draper
 


Michelle F.
Captures the Charm of Tuscany
Submitted: October 17, 2012 Stayed: July 2010
We stayed at Al Bastini in the summer of 2010 with a group of close friends, some of whom where visiting Italy/Europe for the first time.

This villa is stunning and captures the charm of Tuscany while still offering the modern conveniences savvy travelers expect. There is a fresh herb garden adjacent to the kitchen, making for a wonderful culinary experience. One of our friends was so enamored, they are booked for this upcoming summer. We truly hope to return one day!


Michelle Fischetti
 


Robert P.
Al-Bastini For Beauty and Tranquillity.
Submitted: October 17, 2012 Stayed: July 2012
My family and I have now stayed at Al-Bastini 3 times over the past 4 years, each time for 3 weeks, and we always wish we could stay longer. Al-Bastini is very comfortably furnished with spacious rooms and stunning views.

It offers a wonderful tranquil and relaxing environment with plenty of space so that some can read and bask in the sunshine, while others enjoy the swimming pool, or TV, or billiards in the games room and make whatever noise they like without disturbing others. The local area offers plenty of good restaurants and shops within a couple of miles of the villa, and the beautiful town of Lucca, less than 20 minutes' drive away is well worth a visit; cycling the medieval wall round Lucca is a very pleasant exercise worth experiencing, which provides an actual city wide view of Lucca's lay out and architecture.

We cannot praise Al-Bastini highly enough, although perhaps we should keep it a secret to ensure we get our preferred holidays weeks!

Bob Parish
UK
 

Peter L.
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Al Bastini
Submitted: October 15, 2012 Stayed: September 2011

Les,

Your home is beautiful and worked well for our family needs. The bedrooms were very comfortable, and the house was well equipped. You were very helpful with offering restaurant suggestions and use of local maps and tour books in the home was greatly appreciated. Views are wonderful and the estate is very private. We loved the landscaping and the fig trees. The Pool was warm and relaxing, and we enjoyed playing ping pong in the evenings! Our only suggestion would be to add screens to the windows and add some additional lighting to the steep driveway.

Best Regards,

The Loening Family
 


Liza K.
Just Amazing!!!!
Submitted: October 15, 2012 Stayed: September 2011
We stayed at Al Bastini in September 2011 and what an amazing time we had. The photos on the web-site really do not do it justice.

We arrived late at night, so it wasn't until the morning when I woke up in the master bedroom, opened the shutters and saw just how amazing the surroundings were. The view is just breathtaking from every single angle, it really did take my breath away.

The house is decorated in a style of timeless elegance that is in keeping with its surroundings. The house is equipped as a home, not as a rental, everything from the bed linen, towels, crockery and kitchen equipment are of the highest quality and it felt like being at home but not at home. There was not a single thing I looked for that was not there, such care has been taken to ensure you want for nothing. The house and grounds were spotlessly cleaned to a 5 star hotel standard.

You could dine at a different location within the grounds for every single meal there are so many dining areas to choose from. We generally stayed at the house for breakfast and lunch whilst around the pool then ventured down the mountain for amazing suppers in the very local vicinity. The pool area has again everything you need, heated pool, shaded dining area where we would have lunch, very comfortable sun loungers with shade should you require it. Just a perfect location to relax and take in the rays.

I really cannot recommend this beautiful house and location enough and I thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us…

Liza
 

Les,

Hope you are keeping well and back in your wonderful home Al Bastini. It was lovely to meet you at last and to be able to put a face to the name. I just wanted to thank you for being so very generous and allowing me to visit for the week. You have created the most wonderful home there, of which I am sure you are very aware. I had a wonderful peaceful week by the pool and taking in all of the beautiful scenery.
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Wonderful house!
Submitted: November 14, 2011 Stayed: July 2011
We loved Al Bastini! It worked so well for all of us. And it turned out to be a wonderful place to give a party. Meanwhile we send our best to everyone at Al Bastini and look forward to booking next year. All the best, Carol
 

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