Fourteen years of restoration and this warm and friendly husband and wife team have brought this villa to its original glory. Villa Ave Maria has everything on almost everyone's Tuscan Villa Wish List. Pretty views over your personal formal Italian gardens, rural and village settings, walk to town, owners that embrace you with warm Italian hospitality.Luxury suites with en suite marble baths, large living room and dining room and the owner's Italian hospitality. This villa experience will be one you will remember forever. You will never find a better villa experience than here at Ave Maria. Every guest seem find themselves feeling like part of the owner's family. 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 seven 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. ROOMS Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Study, Library, Family Room, Private Laundry, Terrace, Balcony, Courtyard, Garden, Large Garden Gazebo, Formal Gardens, Lemonaia for Weddings & Conferences 4 Loft Twin/King Bedrooms (Sleeps 2 + 2 each) with 2 en suite baths ( one with shower and one with tub) walk in closet, safe, two frigo bars and a small sitting area with a double sofa bed. 1 King Bedroom Suite (Sleeps 2) Bedroom, private study, en suite bathroom 2 King Bedrooms (Sleeps 2) with en suite baths 2 Queen Bedrooms (Sleeps 2 each) sharing a large bathroom with jacuzzi tub 8 Bathroom with Shower 7 Bathroom with Tub (includes either handheld or wall mount shower) 3 Half Bath FACILITIES Stove, Oven, Microwave, Private Barbecue, Refrigerator, Freezer, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, Phone, High Speed Internet Access, Satellite TV with English Speaking Channels, Alarm Clock, Stereo, Each Bedroom has SAT TV AMENITIES Private In-ground Pool, Elevator, Air Conditioning, Fireplace, Central Heat, Maid Service, Views, Maid Service 2 hours per day, Welcome Dinner, Bathrobes
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