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Sharon Lewis

Member since: 2014
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STUNNING VILLA, POOL, SPECTACULAR VIEWS IN THE HILLS ABOVE LUCCA 5 bedroom 5 ba

37 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Pieve di Brancoli holiday villa

Beautiful mountain and river views pool 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, sleeps 10

Campitino di Leonida, is part of a working agriturismo, that produces olive oil that is exported to the United States. There are also numerous fruit trees and a vegetable garden (orto) on the property, that guests are welcome to pick from. The compound consists of two homes, Leonida and Luca, furnished with a blend of antique and contemporary furniture and eclectic and traditional art. A library with many books for varied interests, a terrace with sweeping views, chairs, and tables for dining, reading, or contemplating the views, a pool that was featured in the August 2010 Architectural Digest 'Pools around the World'

A laundry room, a TV room for watching satellite TV or movies and Wi-Fi through out the houses. Leonida, the larger upper house has 3 bedrooms, two of the rooms have two queen sized beds, one has an en suite bath and the only bathtub, and the other has a bath across the hall and the third has 2 singles that can be converted to a queen size and an en suite bath. There is a fully equipped kitchen, dining room and living room with fireplace. With an intimate dining terrace in front. Luca, has two bedrooms one with a queen sized bed and en suite bathroom and one with two singles that can be converted to a queen size also with an en suite bathroom with shower tub combined. There is also a fully equipped kitchen, living room with fireplace. Chefs can be hired to cook dinners either on the conventional stoves or in one of the two wood ovens on the property. Dinners can be served on the long tables under the wisteria on the terrace or inside either house.

This is the perfect property to spend a week with nature and enjoy the village life, or use as a base camp for exploring this amazing area.

There are many steps in each house, all bedrooms are upstairs. Smoking is not allowed in either house. Pets are not allowed. Cribs can be arranged.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sharon Lewis (Property Manager)
Member since: 2014
Call Manager
Speaks english

About Sharon Lewis

We, my husband, daughter and myself, have been coming to the Lucca area since 1994. I am half Italian, my husband loves Italy, and our daughter leads small tours to the Lucca area. We all live in the Pacific Northwest, but love the time we spend in Italy.

Sharon Lewis purchased this villa in 2014

Why Sharon Lewis chose Piana di Lucca

My grandmothers parents came from Ponte a Moriano at the bottom of the hill. My grandfather came from Quiesa, a village near Massarossa, outside of Lucca. In 2010 we bough Casa Lucy, a small cottage, with 250 olive trees. We started exporting olive oil to the United States in 2012. After we bought Lucy we discovered that Campitino was up the road and for sale. As fate would have it, I had seen Campitino on the internet in 2009 and fell in love with it. This year we had the opportunity to purchase Campitino from the Brannen family who had the vision to restore and build this amazing compound. We were able to add 375 olive trees to our farm. We also farm 250 olive trees for a neighbor.

What makes this villa unique

This is a beautiful area, where you can be at the sea, in Pisa, or Florence in less than an hour, Or just hike the property and enjoy the beauty of the area.

The houses are comfortable for family or groups. The terraces and pool offer spectacular views of villages, churches, mountains, valleys, and the Serchio river. Leonida, the upper house is 400 years old, we named it for my Grandmother, who was born in California and never came to Italy. Luca, the terrace house, is named for my great-grandfather who lived in Massarosa, use to be a storage place for wine and the lemons in winter, now it is a stunning home with views from every window. You can walk for pizza or pasta in the evenings or have dinner on the terrace. Arrangements can be made if you are there in November, to join in the olive harvest.

Reviews

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based on 37 traveller reviews

STUNNING VILLA, POOL, SPECTACULAR VIEWS IN THE HILLS ABOVE LUCCA 5 bedroom 5 ba
average rating of 4.972973 based on 37 reviews
5

Balboa goes to Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

This was our 6th trip to Leonida Villa in Pieve Di Brancoli with guests from the Pacific Northwest that are friends and wine-club members, we spent wonderful days exploring Toscana. We have so many great memories some include having Chef Aurelio from Antica Locanda Di Sesto come to the Villa for a cooking class/dinner, visiting Montechiari Winery, spending days in Lucca eating and shopping, wine-tasting at NostraVita Vini di Montalcino, the LEGENDARY IVANO coming to the villa to make his amazing Pizza's from the ancient wood fire ovens, visiting a copper shop in Lungo Il Fiume Pescia, where a 87 year old man will be the last of his craft in Italy due to government safety issues, hanging at the Devil's Bridge in Borgo Mozzano, just to name a few!!! The villa has a breathtaking view, the accommodations are just perfect, and we love hiking around on the Roman trails and up to the Croce! We miss you Leonida!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love having you stay with us and hearing of you adventures. We have so enjoyed seeing your photos, following your adventures, and meeting your guests. You always have a wonderful group of terrific people exploring beautiful Toscana. See you again soon.
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5

Spectacular

  • 5 of 5

Our family had the pleasure of staying at Campitino di Leonida in October, 2016. It could not have been a more wonderful experience. The houses are comfortable and welcoming, the view is spectacular and the staff is exceptional. It was a week we will never forget! We hope to return in the future!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Katherine! it was a pleasure for us having you and yoyur beautiful family. Have a wonderful holiday season. all our best wishes! Jaqueline and the Leonida team.
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My overall impression of Leonida Villa; "Stunning!".

  • 5 of 5

The Villa is a hidden oasis up in the mountains overlooking the city of Lucca. We did have problems initially finding the villa and I would suggest redoing the directions and having an address, for the villa, to put in a phone. If the villa has no adequate address for GPS, I suggest using the nearby restaurant in the village which is also a good place to park. We had personal chefs, Morena and Ivano, cook for us every other night, including the first night we arrived. Their food was delicious and plentiful! Another suggestion would be a Chiminea on the patio as the evenings can be quite chilly. 5 Star stay! :)

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so sorry about having a hard time finding Leonida. I looked at our directions and realized we have not added the GPS coordinates. We will correct that at once. We will also investigate the addition of a outdoor fire spot. Thank you so much for your kind words and we do hope you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to see you in the future.
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5

Better than we could have imagined!

  • 5 of 5

I don't even know where to start. For anyone considering this villa for your next vacation, stop looking, and book it. The villa exceeded our expectations, including all of the wonderful people the helped make our stay so special. The view is breathtaking, and all of the wonderful terraces is where we spent most of our time. The two houses are beyond charming, and everything was well kept and clean. The pictures almost don't do it justice, there was nothing like walking up the steps for the first time, and realizing we never wanted to leave! Beyond the accommodations, which were fantastic, the people that work with the estate were amazing and really put this vacation over the top. Jaqueline was so helpful throughout the planning all of our meals and day trips and made sure we had everything we needed. She even checked in with me during her own vacation to make sure we were happy and enjoying our stay. Mauro, our driver that she arranged, was excellent. I think he knows everything. He was full of information, and we learned so much from him about the area and the history during our drives. Morena, our chef, was wonderful. Her dinners were beautiful, from the food itself to her service, and table settings that she handled all herself. I wanted to bring her back with us, she was such a pleasure. Ivano, or the "pizza machine", was something special. One day he brought us fresh vegetables he picked for us to enjoy, he popped in and brought us a biscotti cake one morning, and we think he even took some trash to the cans for us one day while we were out. And the pizzas - how amazing it was to enjoy our terrace with the old brick pizza oven in view, and watching him make more pizzas than we could eat, and all delicious! He left us so much food we didn't need dinner the next night. He was an absolute treat, all around. We walked through the charming village to the restaurant a couple of nights, where Paolo the owner was so welcoming to us. I'll always remember him in his apron and flour covered hands smiling as we walked in, even with me asking for a table in my spotty Italian. This was a trip for a lifetime for us. Everything from the houses and the view, to all of the wonderful people that helped make this vacation as special as it was, will make this a visit we will never forget. Thank you all.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Leslie, Thank you so much for your kind words. Your description of your stay is exactly how we want your experience at Leonida to be. Jaqueline, Jake, and all of the team at Leonida strive to make your visit the best holiday possible. We hope to see you at Leonida again.
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Leonida Villa Exceeds Expectations!

  • 5 of 5

It is rare to find a magical place that transports you to another time and space. Our family enjoyed all that Leonida and the surrounding area had to offer. The team helped me create a vacation getaway for my family that was full of fun experiences -- including, a personal driver, fabulous chefs and relaxing massages, for all 7 of us. The premises are everything described on the website and more. It is obvious that the owners care about their place -- and most importantly, care about the overall guest experience. There is no detail too trivial for them -- Jaqueline and Jake were a phone call or text away and were very attentive to our needs-- which is very comforting when traveling so far from home. And details make all the difference! We all felt like Leonida was this beautiful canvas -- that enabled all of us to unwind, relax and re-connect. From there, we created incredible memories that we will share for a lifetime! Thank you Leonida team for making our time together so exceptional. I highly recommend this Villa -- I know, we will be back again someday.

Janet Jackson and family

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: ahh I just got goosebumps reading this. Thank you so much for your heartfelt response Janet. So wonderful to hear you have taken away with you some life long memories. Lets hope we get to see you and your family here again sometime in the future. Jake and Jaqueline
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The ultimate Tuscan Experience

  • 5 of 5

We spent many many hours on the internet searching for a Villa for our Tuscan experience. When we found Leonida we fell in love with it

and made our reservation well in advance. Sharon was amazingly helpful and so responsive to every e-mail and question that we had. Once

the date of our arrival got close she put us in touch with Jaqueline, her on site manager to coordinate our arrival. On our arrival, everyone in

our party was amazed with the beauty and spectacular views of this property. It was everything Sharon said it was. If you want a true Italian

experience, this is the place for you. We loved the little village and ate frequently at the local restaurant.

The staff

of Leonida were unbelievable. We took advantage of everything we could in the week we were there. Jaqueline was very responsive and helpful

in arranging all of our tours and scheduling chefs, sometimes on very short notice. The only thing I would warn visitors is that you must be

in good physical condition to navigate the area around Leonida. This is not a walk in the park. The upside is that you will work off the many

calories you consume by enjoying the wine & pasta that you eat all week.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We enjoyed very much having your group at Leonida. We hope to see you here again sometime. Thank you for staying with us.
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Map

Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Florence
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Ponte a Mariano
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
A-11
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Da Tosca Pieve di Brancoli
Nearest Beach
35 Miles
Pisa
Car: necessary

Leonida is located on a working Olive and fruit tree orchard, that is also home to an organic orto (garden) planted with herbs and vegetables. We are 20 minutes to Lucca a beautiful walled city with great shops, beautiful churches and wonderful opportunities to walk or bike around the wall. There are tours to wineries and historic villas, or the Gothic line that can be arranged. Visit the wineries in Montecarlo, or Matria. Closer to home you can hike the Roman roads that fan out behind the house, or learn more about the olive oil we produce from our trees. Day trips to Florence, Pisa, the marble quarries of Carrara, Cinque Terre, Voltera, or Bulgheri are easy drives from the house.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday villa in Pieve di Brancoli, Italy

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
WINTER
14 Jan 2017 - 1 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
A$6,449
 
 
SPRING 2017
2 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$7,094
 
 
summer
3 Jun 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$7,810
 
 
Fall 2017
10 Sep 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$7,094
 
 
WINTER 2018
1 Jan 2018 - 5 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
A$6,879
 
 
SPRING 2018
7 Apr 2018 - 2 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
A$7,810
 
 
SUMMER 2018
3 Jun 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
A$8,455
 
 
FALL 2018
2 Sep 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
A$7,810
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
A$6,879
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$931

Heat will be monitored and charged for during the winter months. We will refund your deposit, minus a 50 euro booking fee, if you cancel 45 days before your arrival.

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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in Pieve di Brancoli, Italy

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Lucca master - toilet , shower enclosure , en suite bathroom
    Lucca 2nd - toilet , bath with shower , This is bathroom is en suite
    Leonida Master - toilet , bath with shower , bidet , This is an en suite bathroom
    Leonida middle - toilet , shower enclosure , This bathroom is across the hall from the middle bedroom
    Leonida 3rd - toilet , shower enclosure , en suite
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Leonida Master - 1 large double bed
    Leonida middle - 1 large double bed
    Leonida 3rd - 2 single bed , This room can be made up as 2 singles or 1 queen
    Luca Master - 1 large double bed , retractable windows with view of the mountains and valley
    Lucca 2nd - 2 single bed , this room can be made up as a queen or two singles
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming