Set high in the idyllic landscape of the hills north west of Lucca, this patrician country house dating back to the 1700's was once the hunting lodge of the aristocratic Spada family. Elegantly spread out over two floors the villa is grouped around an imposing central drawing room on the ground floor and surrounded by an extensive and enchanting well-kept garden terraced on three levels. Stone lions guard the tall villa gates and the gardens are shaded by a centuries old lime tree which is sufficiently magnificent to be famous throughout the region.
On the ground floor, French windows lead out from the sitting room to a terrace with table and chairs which overlooks a small walled-in formal garden and the panorama beyond. A few steps lead down to an extensive lawned terrace and the swimming pool rimmed with borders of old roses, irises and hydrangea bushes. Lawns also lead up to the entrance of the villa framed by cypress trees, hibiscus and lemon trees in terracotta vases and the age-old spreading lime tree. The kitchen is fully equipped and there are five spacious bedrooms all of which have a splendid view. They have been decorated in an elegant country house style with pastel washed walls, wooden bedsteads, as well as paintings and other antiques belonging to the family.
- Household help included
- Welcome dinner
- First shopping
- Baby equipment
- Hifi stereo
- Internet access
- Child safe pool
- Parking Private parking
Floorplan of the villa
1 double bedroom with bathroom en-suite
1 twin/double bedroom with bathroom en-suite
1 double bedroom
2 further bathrooms
Laundry (1 further twin is possible)
Ground floorgarden :
Sitting room with French windows to the terrace
Smaller sitting room with fireplace
Swimming pool 12 x 6 m secured by a gate
Pergola with table and chairs next to the pool
Terrace with table and chairs off the main living room
Small formal walled in garden at the back of the house
Large lawn in front of the
Map & Getting there
The estate Orbicciano is at 15-20 minute drive from Lucca and 25 minutes by car from the sea.
Valpromaro, the closest village 4,5 km
Lucca 17 km
Forte dei Marmi 40 minutes
Pisa 45 minutes
Florence 1 hours 20
It is nearly 2 weeks now since we have returned from our holiday in Italy. I can say without reservation that we all had a wonderful time at Villa Spada. Villa Spada is a lovely, very old and quite large villa set in the hills overlooking La Val Freddana. The view is spectacular. It is very quiet and private and there was more than enough room for our family of 5 plus 2 guests. The villa is nicely decorated and is very comfortable. Our hostess, Isabella Spada, was most hospitable. She and a local woman, Maria Luisa, prepared several evening meals for us, all delicious and many dishes were authentically Lucchese as was the wine which we requested. We spent most days touring the area (we highly recommend a trip to Volterra) and it was a delight to return in the evening to a home cooked meal. We would have antipasti on the terrazza overlooking the valley followed by dinner in the dining room. Very memorable!
The villa is about a half hour drive from Lucca, a city that we adore. We were able to hire a driver which made our trips worry free. We are not that familiar with Italian roads, many of which, including the drive up to the villa, are very narrow and winding, not at all like North American roads. We also did not have to worry about where to park and how to negotiate the toll roads. As we were only in Italy for 1 week, it was worth the expense.
We would absolutely consider staying at Villa Spada again and have no doubts in recommending it. My communication with Trust and Travel (Anke) was smooth and efficient. Anke promptly answered any of my questions and we were very pleased with the process particularly since we found Villa Spada on the Internet and rented it through Trust and Travel without anyone's recommendation - a leap of faith on our part, I know, but it did work out rather well! My correspondence with Anke was very professional and allayed any fears I might have had.
We will all look back very fondly on our trip to Italy and to Villa Spada.
Elizabeth Williamson and Family, Canada, May 2011
Isabella – Thank you for a stay in your beautiful home. What a blissful way for Andrew & me to celebrate our 40th birthdays, in the country of my birth. The house was perfect, the food was delicious, and the location terrific for both; lazy days by the pool & day trips all over ! We thought we might be a little nuts to try to travel with 5 small children, but our week here proved us wrong! Thank you as well to Gabriella, and sweet Apple!
Melora & Andrew B. USA, July 2006
Dear Isabella, thank you so much for our wonderful two weeks at Villa Spada. We had a fabulous time, one week shared with our friends. Everything was perfetto and splendido.
Karin, Paul, Nicholas and Kate Kingsley, New York, August 2007
Villa Spada is a magical place! We have had a fantastic time celebrating a 60th Birthday. The house and setting could not have been more perfect. We very much hope to return again in the summer to enjoy the pool + garden more. Thank you from us all.
Emma Bishop., England, November 2007
We have feasted our eyes on the beautiful landscape surrounding Villa Spada for 3 weeks. We were spoiled by the warm sun, the cool pool, and the shade of the awe-inspiring tree at the front of the house. Many the night we spent star gazing on the patio, counting the shooting stars ... We shall return home thoroughly rested and refreshed. Thank you for a lovely holiday. Special thanks to sweet Apple , who did everything to make our stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible, and to Gabriella, who managed to get us a plumber within 24 hours in the middle of August. Most impressive!
Andrew & Meike D. England August 2008
Mid season 2
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* Low season : 01 January 2013 - 23 March 2013, 02 November 2013 - 31 December 2013
* Mid season : 23 March 2013 - 25 May 2013, 28 September 2013 - 02 November 2013
* Mid season 2 : 25 May 2013 - 29 June 2013, 31 August 2013 - 28 September 2013
* High season : 29 June 2013 - 31 August 2013