Once part of a midieval village, the twelve-bedroom, fully restored Villa Lucchese offers the luxury of a hotel in the privacy of a home. Enjoy the manicured grounds, face off against family and friends at tennis or golf, take a quiet moment for a spa treatment or organize a cooking class or horseback ride for the whole group. As its name implies, the villa is conveniently located only 4 miles from the center of Lucca.
The villa is set on an aristocratic estate featuring cypress, magnolia and weeping willows, with views of olive groves and the surrounding hills. Swim day or night in the floodlit pool, meditate by the 17th-century fountain, while away the afternoon in the reading room, and dine al fresco by the outdoor barbecue. Active guests will want to take a spin on the mountain bikes or work up a sweat in the gym. For entertainment, there’s Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and rooms for a piano, cards and billiards.
Inside, Villa Lucchese is refined and elegant, with traditional beamed ceilings and cotto floors accented by Persian-style rugs, gold and crystal chandeliers and sconces and marble-topped tables. Multiple living rooms ensure there’s space to spread out, while a formal dining room can seat everyone at once. The fully equipped, professional-grade kitchen is spacious enough for a cooking lesson or a wine and cheese tasting.