You will never find a better villa experience than here at Ave Maria. Every guest seem sto find themselves feeling like part of the owner's family.
The only thing understated about Ave Maria is its price.This villa gets 5 stars in our book and is priced much lower than other villas in the area of the same standards, another peek at the generosity of its most gracious owners. A perfect stay is guaranteed. Your only disappointment will be when you have to depart.
The owners, a home builder and physician couple, spent 14 years restoring this incredible villa back to its original splendor and adding state of the art luxuries such as glass enclosed rain showers, an extremely large, two room professional kitchen, formal gardens, rose and jasmine bordered swimming pool and of course free WiFi. No attention to detail was left undone. For example, they installed an elevator for the convenience of bringing luggage up and down from the bedrooms. Frigo bars and TVs are installed in the bedrooms.
For weddings, family parties and business conferences, the lemonaia has been restored to a beautiful all purpose room for additional dining or it can be broken down into four office/teaching rooms with built in projectors.
Like many Italian villas, this one has a remarkable history. Built originally in the 15th century as a summer home by a noble Luchesse family, it remained in the same family until the 19th century when it was given to an order of monks left homeless when Napoleon sequestered all church property. The monks divided the large rooms to smaller simpler ones and 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 "Michelangela", an artist from Florence who has been living in the villa for the past few years, painfully restoring the 18th century frescoes and adding her own interpretations as well.
The villa looks over a parterre and a beautifully reconstructed formal garden from the original 1843 plans. Beyond the gardens is a vista of olive groves and rolling vineyards, a small village and the backdrop of the distant mountains. The villa is ideally located, within walking distance to a small village with shops and supermarket and just sevem kilometers north of the historic city of Lucca. Many stately villas are open as museums for touring, such as Villa Torrigiani. On the grounds is another remarkable restoration. The lemonaia has been converted into a large airy space for meetings and lectures. It can also be used as a back up reception room in case of rain.
Villa Ave Maria is the ideal holiday home for families or friends, weddings, anniversaries or family reunions, cooking or language classes or business meetings. It is ideally located among local vineyards and ideal for interesting daytrips, exploring Tuscany's finest cities, villages and countryside. Only half an hour from the Pisa airport, it is also a good base to explore The Italian Riviera and the mountainous Garfagnana.
On the ground floor there is a beautiful, spacious and light filled living room with chairs, sofas and coffee tables in a charming Italian style. This room is equipped with satellite TV and games and opens up to the beautiful gardens and a large covered terrace with tables and chairs and a nearby barbecue area. Adjacent to the living room is your private office where you have a PC, printer and copier and the wireless broadband internet mode.
GROUND FLOOR - Continued from above
From the living room you reach the formal dining room with an impressive Tuscan table that can accommodate all twenty-two guests. This room has a large frescoed ceiling painted by the owner's resident artist. From the other side of the large living room you enter a magnificent professional kitchen that also has French doors leading out to the garden and outdoor dining area. It is a cook's dream, with all the latest professional equipment, able to prepare a Tuscan feast for one hundred or a simple breakfast for one - this kitchen will be a highlight for those that love to cook and what better place to do it than while in Italy! Beyond the kitchen is the pantry and guest bathroom as well as a fully equipped laundry room, everything neatly in its place, it includes a professional washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing board. There are an additional two guest bathrooms that are handicap accessible as well as an elevator to whisk your luggage conveniently upstairs.
Take the elevator or the staircase up to the first floor. At the stairs' landing the glass and mirrored elevator is on your right followed by a long hall way that runs along the north side of the villa. Just in front of the elevator there is a double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower. Across the hall there are four bedroom suites lined along the hallway that are mirror images of each other. Each suite is elegantly furnished and decorated with beautiful hand-painted ceilings in soft relaxing colors. All bedrooms have their own independent settings so that you can set the heat or air conditioning to your personal comfort.
As you open the door to any of these suites, the floor plan is the same. You arrive in the entrance way and to your left is a fully equipped bathroom with marble tub with shower. Further on down the hallway is a walk in closet with safe and ample space for clothes as well as a luggage rack. Beyond the walk in closet is a cozy living room area with a very comfortable sofa bed and for your convenience each bedroom has a small refrigerator or 'Frigobar'. From the small living area, an open staircase leads to the loft en suite bedroom which has two twin beds that can be combined into a king bed. The room is spacious and holds a large armoire, a writing desk and a second frigobar. The en suite bathroom is just as beautiful as the one downstairs but has a large walk in shower instead of a tub.
A fifth loft (sleeps 2) bedroom is at the end of the hallway, up a short flight of stairs. This bedroom is identical to the other four suites except that both bathrooms have showers instead of a bath and shower.
Continue up the staircase or take the elevator to the second floor. On the hallway behind the first door on the left is a king bedroom en suite bathroom with tub and shower. The second bedroom we find facing the formal gardens is a king bedroom suite with a balcony overlooking the formal gardens, this room also has a private study as well as an en suite bathroom with shower. Further down the hall way, a cozy living room and a king bedroom with en suite bath. Two additional double bedrooms that also face the formal gardens share a large bathroom at the end of the hallway.
THE LAWNS, FORMAL ITALIAN GARDENS , AND SWIMMING POOL AREA
As with all formal Italian villas, the immediate area around the house has fine pea - gravel that leads to the sprawling lawns that are well planned out. Tables and chairs that can comfortably accommodate forty guests are under a large white canopied gazebo. A paved path or a flight of steps, takes you to the walled formal gardens that have been re-created from the original gardens of 1600's complete with a large fountain and ideal for leisurely strolls of solitude and quietness. The air is scented by the nearby walls of roses and over 100 potted lemon and grapefruit trees which are scattered throughout the property. The views from the formal gardens look out over the valley and a quaint village. Once through the formal gardens, you are at the large swimming pool area, with banks of roses and jasmine climbing two sides of the ancient wall and create a canopy for shade as well as remarkable scents of rose, jasmine, citrus and herbs. An incredible relaxing experience!
The Limonaia has been converted into a room for wedding receptions and meetings.
15 Full Baths
3 Half Baths
Large Garden Gazebo, Formal Gardens, Lemonaia for Weddings & Conferences
4 Loft Twin/King Bedrooms with 2 en suite baths (one with shower and one with tub) walk in closet, safe, two frigo bars and a small sitting area
1 Loft Twin/King Bedroom with en suite bath (with shower) walk in closet, safe, two frigo bars and a small sitting area
1 King / Twin Bedroom Suite with living room, en suite bathroom
1 King / Twin Bedroom with study and balcony overlooking gardens with en suite bath with shower
2 King / Twin Bedrooms with en suite bathroom with shower
2 King / Twin Bedrooms sharing a large hall bathroom with jacuzzi tub
8 Bathroom with Shower
7 Bathroom with Tub (includes either handheld or wall mount shower)
3 Half Bath
Washer and Dryer,
High Speed Internet Access,
Satellite TV with English Speaking Channels,
2 ovens, 2 stoves, stainless steel prep tables, Computer, printer, Fax WiFi throughout the villa, Each Bedroom has SAT TV and individual thermostats
14 x 6 meters,
HEATED and FENCED IN SWIMMING POOL 46.2 x 19.8 feet x
Welcome Buffet Dinner includes local wines from the nearby vineyard
Daily housekeeping 4 hours per day, Gardener/Pool maintenance daily
One Complimentary stocking of snacks and soft drinks in all bedroom mini bar
Bath toiletries includes toothbrush and toothpaste, artisan olive oil soaps and shower gel, hair gel, bath and facial tissue
Mid Week Bath and Pool Towel Change.
Bed linens changed on Saturdays.
Casio Privia Electronic KeyboardCASIO PRIVIA ELECTRONIC KEYBOARD
The Lemonaia can be rented out for wedding receptions, dinners, and business meetings at additional cost.
DISTANCE TO PARKING: on premises
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Weekly rate, Sat. to Sat. arrival/departures unless stated otherwise
Mar 07 - Apr 03
Oct 17 - Nov 06
Apr 11 - May 29
Sep 12 - Oct 16
Apr 04 - Apr 10
May 30 - Sep 11
| Villa is closed during the winter months
Arrival Time: 4PM - 7PM
DEPOSIT (payable on arrival to the key holder)
- will be returned upon departure
Payable on arrival in euros and returned at departure
Extra Beds in the 5 two story bedrooms only for 23 - 27 guests, Euro 280 per week
Heating of Pool ( optional )Telephone
Additional Housekeeping Euro 18 per hour
Grocery Pre Stocking EURO 35 plus cost of groceries
Luggage Porter Service Euro 50 per arrival and departure
Baby Cot and High Chair euro 30 per week
Wine and Oil Tastings at the villa
A Continental Buffet Breakfasts for the entire group, minimum of 10 guests euro 10 per person, Lunches and Dinners, Cooking Classes, Classical music events, any special event such as special dinners, birthday, anniversary etc, all custom designed and priced on request, Lemonaia rental EURO 500, event fee for weddings priced on request
Pets are allowed on approval at an additional charge
There is no Accommodation Tax at this time, but is always subject to change based on the Municipality ruling
NEAREST AIRPORT: Pisa 48km/45 mins,
Florence 75km/1 hour
NEAREST TRAIN STATION: Lucca,
CITIES AND TOWNS: Lucca and spas of Montecatina Terme 25 minutes
Ponte della Maddalena 30 minutes
Pisa, beaches of Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi, village of Barga 45min
La Spezia for the Cinque Terre 1 hour 15 minutes
Volterra, Chianti area ( Panzano in Chianti, Radda in Chianti) in Florence Province, Cinque Terre in Liguria region 1 hour 30 minutes
Siena 1 hour 40 minutes
SERVICES: Post Office, Bank, Pharmacy, Restaurants, Grocery Shops 1km
Last minute discount prices do not include arrival dinner or stocked mini bars.
The very kind owners live in the piano nobile on the east wing of the villa. They have their own private entrance and parking area.
Double bedroom on first floor is handicap accessible with open shower.