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Borgo della Madonnina
Ranked #9 of 73 Speciality Lodging in Lucca
Brussels, Belgium
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“A perfect location in all seasons”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2011

I have stayed at the Borgo della Madonnina in spring, summer and autumn. Every season has something to offer. Whether sipping a glass of wine on the patio of La Stalla (one of the houses in the "Borgo") or hiking in the hills in the vacinity, I've always felt each day was rewarding. Certainly, this is added to by the hosts of the "Borgo", Adrian and Christopher. There is always the right balance of friendly welcome and privacy.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2010

Had a wonderful week's stay in the Borgo hosted by the delightful Adrian and Christopher and of course Stella the wonder dog. Even though the weather wasn't great Adrian helped out with tips on where to go and great directions (even with a GPS proper local directions are needed!!) they told us the best beach to go to, the best restaurants even helped us with the pharmacy and doctors! They couldn't do enough for us. The place is comfortable and its the little touches that made the visit lovely, the welcome pack and the way the place was decorated and the atmosphere of the place. Adrian and Christopher are on hand when you need them and not when you need some privacy.
We had a lovely holiday! Great shopping in Lucca!!
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Helen and Jules

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Naas, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2010

We stayed at Borgo della Madonnina towards the end of July and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It took us quite some time to take in this fabulous location embedded in the heart of a wooded valley in the hills above Lucca.

We stayed in the La Stalla property which was perfect. More secluded that the other properties, equipped with all that we needed and a nice large terrace with stunning views. Our hosts Adrian and Christopher (and Stella the family dog) were very welcoming and excellent hosts providing assistance whenever we needed.

A great base to visit surrounding villages and of course Lucca.

Stuff about food and drink:

Supermarket: Pennymarket is probably the best to use. It also has a great butchers next door where you can pick up meat for the BBQ. Remember the usual thing...stock up if arriving on Saturday as supermarkets are closed on Sundays! Adrian and Christopher also leave a welcome basket containing some essentials.

Breakfast: In Italy we make a habit of getting morning coffee and croissant in a local village bar. The Blubar 5km away in Piegaio fitted the bill with a v friendly owner.

Dinner:
Molin della Volpe (500m) is really handy and nice food. They also do takeaway pizza if you want a night in.

La Fonte in Piegaio (5km) is great with a buzzing atmosphere.

Antica locanda di sesto (7km) is currently No. 1 Restaurant in Trip Advisor for Lucca and is really close. A bit more upmarket pricewise but still great value compared to home. A fantastic holiday treat & great location. Ask for directions and turn off can be easily missed.

Bars: Local bar in Diecimo and Valdottavo worth a visit.

Looking forward to another stay at Borgo della Madonnina!!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2010

We have just returned from a two week holiday here, in the larger, two bedroom property, which was just lovely, a very authentic Tuscan hideaway. We had everything we needed from the moment we arrived.....a glass of wine on arrival (very gratefully recieved, since we had forgotten to print off instructions how to get there, so had a little adventure finding it!!), and enough food to keep us going, plus the house was well equipped for all our needs. Adrian and Christopher were perfect hosts, very knowledgable about the area, and extremely helpful, when we needed it. We visited lots of places with this as our base, with days at the very quiet and secluded pool in between, and had the most perfect family holiday. We'd all recommend it, although do remember to pack the instructions on how to get there(!!), and maybe some DVD's if you're travelling with kids.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2010

After reading the reviews in Trip Advisor we decided to stay there i july. But we were very dissapointed.
The place and house is nice and charming and the surroundings are perfect but we had following experiences:

- We were the only people staying there so we felt the place were a little spooky
- 3 times we found black small scorpions in our house. The owners told us that they were not dangerous, but the second one we found were in our bed the first morning.....and this was to creepy for us. We have beeen travelling around Italy and rest of europe for many years but this is the first time we found scorpions.
- Every night we woke up very late cause the owners came home and were very noise. - The pool was only cleaned once
- The dishwasher did not work and was not fixed. When some of our friends stayed in the same house the week after the dishwasher was also not fixed.
- The temperature was very high, so we were missing an aircon. The fan did not help much and was by the way not working well.

We decided to find another place after staying there for a few days. We were of course glad when the owners told us, that we could have back some of our money for the days we did not stay.

We are used to stay in places like this, but we do not find the standard in Borgo della Madonnina in same level.

The owners are friendly but it is like they need some new motivation to run the place.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2010

A fantastic place! A beautilful house with breathtaking views and some lovely owners who made our stay even more enjoyable.
You would like to stay there for ever. Borgo della Madonnina is very well located, close to many fantastic cities (Lucca, San Giminiano, Siena, Firenze) the sea and the mountains.
You could not ask for more. We will definitely come back! A dream in Tuscany.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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manchester, uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2009

Just returned from a week here...we did not want to leave. These cottages are perfect and the setting has to be seen to be believed. Lots to do - (note that a car is a must as the cottages are in a smaller viallge less than 30 min drive from Lucca) Pisa, and the smaller Tuscan towns that are in the surrounding area. We did some walking (though this time of year its a little hot !) and was even insane enough to drive into Florence (not advised...get the train!). The owners Adrian and Christopher are so helpful and friendly - what more could you need ! We are already looking to book a return holiday here and know will return for many years to come.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Borgo della Madonnina
Address: Lucca, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Lucca
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Ranked #9 of 73 Speciality Lodging in Lucca
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Borgo della Madonnina is set in over seven acres of pine and chestnut forest, with abundant olive and fruit trees and beautiful views over the valley. The small touches make a stay here special. The houses date from the mid 1700s and have many original features, including exposed stone walls and original ceilings with chestnut beams and cotto tiles. The overall feel is light and airy, with simple but thoughtful décor, pleasant furniture, pretty bedding and plenty of fresh towels. ... more   less 

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