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Lucca, Tuscany
Sleeps 24 in 5-star luxury: 12 bedrooms with en suite baths, fully air-conditioned, with pool, wine tasting room, billiard room, fitness room, Italian gardens, lily pool, WiFi in every room
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Borgo Bernardini in Lucca, Tuscany

fish pond, water feature

sitting room

formal dining room, Borgo Bernardini



double bedroom with queen bed, en suite bathroom

double bedroom (queen), en suite bathroom

sitting room. Borgo Bernardini



swimming pool

Borgo Bernardini, a former hamlet tucked away among the gently folding Lucchese hills, provides a gracious and luxurious Tuscan retreat. Originally a hunting lodge, where noble guests of the Count Bernardini resided while engaged in the time-honored contest between man and beast, the borgo later was used as lodging for the count's multitudinous staff. Modern renovation has rendered it a magical oasis. Rambling old walls surround weeping willows, fountains and formal gardens. A gorgeous floodlit salt water swimming pool and ample area for outdoor barbecuing and dining promise many pleasant hours spent under the Tuscan sun. There are numerous sitting areas and a courtyard for dining al fresco, most notably the gracious table near the magnificent peschiera, a goldfish pond on grand scale complete with flowers in terra cotta pots, waterlilies, and fountains with lights at night.

In the immediate area you will find tennis facilities, horseback riding stables and a golf driving range (with full golf courses located in nearby Montecatini or Versilia). The location is convenient to the beaches of the Versilian Riviera (1/2 hour), splendid hiking in the Cinqueterre (1 hour), and to nearby Lucca, as charming a medieval town as any in Italy, offering Romanesque churches, exquisite gardens, wonderful restaurants and elegant shops. It also draws music lovers, as Puccini was born here. Stroll, bike, or picnic on Lucca's ramparts, a series of surrounding walls originally constructed in Roman times. From atop the walls on a clear day you can see the Apuan Alps.

The attention paid to the renovation of Borgo Bernardini has rendered it truly magnificent.

  • 12 uniquely decorated double bedrooms (8 have queen beds and 4 have twin beds that can be joined as queens), each with its own en suite bathroom (4 have Jacuzzi tubs), individual temperature control, music system and telephone.
  • Many receptions rooms and living areas, including a domed music room, sun lounge with library, formal living room with satellite TV/DVD and doors leading out to the ornamental pond and fountains
  • Banquet hall (seats 24), card and billiard room, wine tasting room with a private selection of Tuscan wines
  • Fully equipped Tuscan kitchen
  • BBQ
  • Guest office with centralized music system, computer facilities, wireless internet access
  • Security system
  • Fitness room with cardiovascular and weight equipment
  • Floodlit swimming pool (8m wide x 16m long x 1-2m deep)
  • Italian gardens (2,000 sqm) with gazebo, ornamental fish pond, fountains
  • Additional rooms: laundry room and four powder rooms.

Fully air-conditioned and heated throughout, the villa has a central music system and many CDs are provided, but some guests may prefer to hear the tinkling of keys on the beautifully restored 1890 Steinway.

Full staff is provided, including daily housekeeping and chef services for breakfast and your choice of lunch or dinner, gardener, pool attendant, concierge on call.

Amenities: satellite TV/DVD, WiFi, guest safe in each bedroom, security system, crib and high chair available


  • Lucca: 4 miles
  • Pisa: 12 mi
  • Florence: 31 mi
  • Siena: 50 mi
  • Beach (Viagreggio, Forte dei Marmi): 12 mi
  • Cinque Terre: 37 mi
  • Rome: 170 mi
  • Venice: 160 mi
  • Milan: 190 mi
  • Nearest hospital: 2.5 mi
  • Golf course: 18 mi / Putting green: 1.5 mi
  • Tennis: 1.5 mi

2015 Prices

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