Beautiful villa,the best of many we have stayed in.,Where do I begin ,wonderful house and gardens ,magnificent views,lovely pool and barbeque,Bagni di Lucca 10 minutes drive[great shops and restaurants].Wonderful place to explore Tuscany.But a really special thanks to our hosts Steve and Denise who were brilliant and to whom we are so grateful for their help when a family member took ill back in Engand.Myself,Jackie,LIISA andSimon cannot wait to return one day to your very,very special villa .Many many thanks from all of us.
This really was a holiday second to none. The description and pictures of the facilities at the Contented Tuscan are true to life, it is an amazing property, well equipped and in a great hilltop location providing great views from the terrace and pool.
Steve and Denise have really thought of everything and provided it to the highest standard possible.
The en-suite rooms are of a five-star standard, with towels robes and slippers provided.
On arrival, the welcome hamper had everything we needed and more, to take care of the first few meals including wine and beer.
Steve and Denise were great hosts giving us complete privacy throughout our holiday, but were also on hand when needed to help with bookings and local information.
I have already recommended the Contented Tuscan to several people since coming home and we look forward to our next holiday with Steve and Denise.
We could not have wished for a better welcome or comfortable, well-equipped accommodation. Views from the terrace are amazing. Welcome pack was very good as was the option of a home-cooked meal prepared by Denise. We very much enjoyed our stay.
This amazing property exceeded our very high expectations, the house is beautifully restored and provides everything you could possibly want for a memorable holiday. As a passionate cook I was delighted the kitchen was so well set up allowing me to make the most of the beautiful local produce. The terrace outside with plunge pool is the perfect place to sit, relax and enjoy the incredible view. This is a must stay house.
Lives up to the hype! The contented Tuscan is located on a dreamy hillside in a tiny village four kilometres above the quaint spa town of Bagni di Lucca. Two bedrooms with modern ensuite upstairs and a well specified kitchen and dining/sitting room downstairs making it a real home from home. The antique furnishings and artwork throughout are tasteful and stylish, giving a lovely, unique ambience. Steve and Denise live below the property and welcomed us with a hamper with more than enough for a decent meal in the evening and breakfast the day after. We really weren't expecting this generous extra on top of the very reasonable rate for top quality accommodation. The side of the property has a beautifully appointed patio area with table and chairs, sun beds and a plunge pool and even a barbecue ready to go for lazy evenings out.
Our hosts were friendly and reassuringly available without being in-your-face. You do need a car to stay, but this is an ideal location for a chilled out sojourn in the Tuscan hills.
Ah, Tuscany in the early spring! Hillsides covered with wildflowers - primroses, violets, hellebores - and the elegant gardens of large villas in Lucca resplendent with magnolias and camellias. But perhaps best of all, there are no tourists! It is actually possible to find parking and walk around the delightful and sometimes underrated city of Lucca easily and appreciate the place in the way that people who live there must do outside the summer season. And there could not be a better base than 'The Contented Tuscan', in the small village of Guzzano up above the spa town of Bagni di Luca.
Steve and Denise have done a superb job in converting this stone-built villa into a holiday home on the top two floors. They live down below but you would never know they were there, unless you need them, in which case they could not be more helpful. The garden and plunge pool must be a great place to relax in hotter periods of the year and the inside of the house is full of interest. Attention to detail is second to none. We have never seen a better equipped kitchen and the ensuite bathrooms even have bathrobes and slippers supplied. Views out over the hills are superb. In general, the location is tranquil and very relaxing, though not always completely silent - you are on the edge of a small village and people do live and work there. Everyone is very friendly.
Do go - you will thoroughly enjoy it. We're already planning to go back.
We spent a wonderful week at Denise and Steve's villa and can't say enough about the location and treatment we received. From the welcoming basket of food/drink to robes and slippers waiting for us in the bathrooms we knew we were in for a great week. The villa was immaculate and had everything we needed to make it our home for 7 days. Denise and Steve were most helpful and kind and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We give it a 5 star rating and won't hesitate to recommend this villa!!
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