Celle Dei Puccini, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
- Recently renovated to a high standard
- Tastefully furnished throughout
- Original features include chestnut beams, stone fireplaces, terracotta floors
- 55 sqm heated swimming pool
- Olive Grove and Fruit trees
- Panoramic views from most rooms
- Fully equipped Laundry
- Private Office
- Private Parking
- TV connections, internet and wireless connectivity
The original property, built around 1594, occupies the highest point of the tiny medieval village of Celle dei Puccini, nestled against the sweeping hills of Lucca. From an elevation of 400 metres, panoramic views are a particular feature, providing glimpses of hidden valleys, tucked away villages and deep forests below. On a clear day one can see as far as the Roman city of Lucca. The village of Celle, with its ancient narrow streets, is celebrated as being the ancestral home of composer Giacomo Puccini. A museum in his name sits in the pretty cobbled town square close to a rustic restaurant and bar serving excellent home cooking. Generations of Celle families have cultivated the local land for centuries, and they continue to do so. The rich dark soil continues to produce an abundance of local wine, olive oil, porcini mushrooms and wonderful fresh vegetables and fruit. On a clear night the unpolluted sky comes alive with stars - a true astronomical experience.
The property comprises four separate apartments, each retaining the thick stone walls of its 16th century origins. History tells us the original property was built firstly as a convent, and given its tranquil, Shangri-la like setting, it's not hard to image why.
For the last fifteen years the property has undergone a complete renovation; lovingly restored at no expense, under the guidance of a much-admired local architect. Working with the current owners, and with the full support of the village community, his design has embraced both the style of the past and the excellence of locally sourced materials. The project utilised the finest craftsmen the area could provide.
The property has been sympathetically rearranged into four independent, self-contained dwellings, each with its own unique design. The largest is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom unit. In addition, there are two double-bedroom units, and a single bedroom apartment. Each has its own entrance, kitchen, bathrooms and private living areas. There are private terraces and balconies with spectacular views over the local countryside.
All the apartments now boast contemporary appliances, quality plumbing and modern electrics, while maintaining their traditional Tuscan charm. There is a fascinating mixture of high beamed ceilings, wrought iron metalwork, chestnut timbers and doors, stone fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, stone staircases and beautiful terracotta floors.
Each apartment is furnished to a high standard in keeping with the local taste.
Attached to the main property, there is a separate laundry, and a private office.
A 55 sqm heated swimming pool is set in its own grounds, commanding an unbroken and breath-taking panorama of the surrounding hills, this is indeed a special spot.
This all provides the buyer with a wonderful life changing opportunity to enjoy Tuscany as it was meant to be. Far from the madding crowd, yet just a short distance from local shops and the grand old city of Lucca.
As a place for extended families to use as a holiday home or as a long-term residence this property is unrivalled in the region. In addition, the property has a proven track record as a successful holiday rental business, with all the facilities for any commercial purchaser to start almost immediately.
RECREATION NEARBY - culture, the beaches, ski-slopes and eating out.
There are miles of west facing, sandy beaches within easy reach from Celle (45 mins).
Viareggio, Lido di Camiore, Forte di Marmi are just a few of the many stretches of beaches that can be found, not forgetting the lovely beaches of Pisa. The celebrated ski resort of Abetone is just over an hour away by car. Nearby, just a short car ride away, there is much to see and many places to walk.
A variety of restaurants, serving delicious local Tuscan food, are close at hand while picnicking is dead-easy - it's a short walk from the terrace.
A railway station, ten minutes away in nearby Diecimo, has regular services to Lucca with connections to the glorious city of Florence, which can be reached in less than an hour and a half. Ancient Pisa with its modern international airport is less than an hours distance by car.
Activities for the more energetic and adventurous Horse-riding, paragliding, freshwater scuba diving, birdwatching, golf and cycling are available close by, -
Local shopping - Less than ten minutes away by car, is the village of Diecimo, where there is a wide selection of locally shops and supermarkets, including a Post office, two petrol stations, a hardware store, a chemist and a baker who bakes on the premises. There are two coffee shops serving fresh ground coffee, delicious cakes and freshly filled rolls, and a number of other businesses selling local produce and household goods
- BY TRAIN
The nearest train station is 6.3 km (9 mins) where you can park for free and take the train to Lucca (19 mins - it is a rural train so stops at stations on the way). From Lucca you can take the train towards Pisa or Florence.
Diecimo to Lucca 19 mins
Diecimo to Pisa (direct 1 hr 7 mns) short walk to the Leaning tower
Diecimo to Viareggio (beach) 1 hr 14 mins - short walk to beach (6 mins)
Lucca to Pisa 30 mins
Lucca to Florence 1 Hr 19 mins
Lucca to Siena 2 hrs 25 mins (changing at Florence)
- BY CAR - from Celle
Pisa Airport - 55 mins
Lucca - 25 mins
Barga - 30 mins
Garfagnana Region - 30 mins
Beaches at Viareggio and Pisa - 45 mins
Torre di Lago - Giacomo Puccini open air opera house - 50 mins
Carrara for the Marble tours - 1hr 10 mins
Vinci - birth place of Leonardo - 1hr 10 min
Florence - 1hr 15mins. We recommend travelling by train (a doddle) as parking
can be tiresome in the City.
Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra- 2 hrs The Chianti area between Florence and Siena is one of the most beautiful in Italy
Cinqueterre - 2 hrs 30 mins
Numerous places for walks, Close to the Alpi Apuane
Horseriding, - very local
Paragliding in Diecimo - very local
Adventure Park, tree climbing, and zip wires
Canyoning Park - very local - Fresh water scuba diving (one of the 4 top places in the world - as mentioned on a Place in the Sun), paddle boarding, (SUP boards) zip wires across the canyon, rafting
Bird watching on the Lake of Massaciuccoli - the most important wetland breeding
location in Italy
Golf - Pisa, Castelfalfi
Skiing in Abetone - 1hr 5 mins
Celle Dei Puccini, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
NEAREST AIRPORTSDistances are straight line measurements
- Galileo(International)20.3 miles
- Florence(International)38.8 miles
- Peretola(International)39.1 miles
- Borgo Panigale(International)57.3 miles
- Marina di Campo(International)83.9 miles
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