Tenuta San Michele is a magnificent historic property, enjoying a picturesque setting on the Lucca hills, comprising an exquisite 17th century villa, 2 charming lemon houses/orangeries (limonaie), a well-proportioned guest house and 1 character farmhouse.
The property, conveniently located only 7 km away from beautiful Lucca town centre, is surrounded by 5 hectares (12,35 acres) of mature ground comprising a large olive-grove, with approx. 1.100 olive trees, that makes an excellent olive oil, a vineyard extending to 5.000 sq m (1,23 acres) and 2 hectares (5 acres) of woodland situated not far from this fabulous estate.
The main villa, dating back to early 1600, is a genuine example of Lucca historical villas architecture and is nested inside a landscaped walled garden with a wonderful "nymphaeum" to the rear side that reminds us to ancient times and 2 large charming lemon houses/orangeries.
From the main villa we can reach the olive grove walking through a lovely short path, while enjoying the most spectacular views that extend across the gently Tuscan hills and to the local roman little church that proudly dominates the countryside.
The villa is well preserved and has maintained its authenticity throughout the centuries . It provides more than 1.000 sq m of total surface area arranged on three floors plus attic.
The entrance to the villa is through its majestic stone staircase. The ground floor consists of the second entrance, the billiard room, the old traditional Tuscan-style kitchen, utility room and wine cellars. The first floor (the noble floor) features a spacious elegant reception room of 120 sq m with original cotto floors, coffered wooden ceilings and charming stone open fireplace, the 19th-century library room, a lovely sitting room, TV room, dining room, kitchen and wide double bedroom with en-suite bathroom.
The sleeping area is on the second floor and consists of 5 bedrooms, 3 well-appointed bathrooms and a charming painting studio- room with large windows facing the rear garden and its fabulous ancient nymphaeum /statue.
During the past centuries the villa hosted many artists and the most famous personalities of the era who used to spend time in this property where they created beautiful art masterpieces, while walking through its painting studio-room and across the library to the various living rooms.
Outside, the walled garden is located just in front of the villa, while 2 lemon houses/ orangeries, that measure 110 sq m each, and the old vegetable garden are situated on both sides, in this part of the land there is plenty of space to build a 11 x 5,5 pool, the project of which has already been approved.
Adjoining to the main villa is the character guest-house of 300 sq m comprising a generous apartment of 120 sq m with kitchen, dining room, living room, two bedrooms and bathroom, in addition to garage, various wine cellars and storeroom. In addition the guest house benefits from an attic space that can be restored and offers scope for further conversions.
In addition, 1 building of 150 sq m, in need of complete renovation that could be restored and converted into dwelling houses, are included in the sale of this unique property. Show more Show less
This unique historic property of immense value is conveniently located in peaceful panoramic setting, among the picturesque Lucca hills in Tuscan countryside, yet only 7 km away from Lucca town centre and only 5 km from amenities. The city of Lucca is traditionally called “the city of the hundred churches” for the great number of worship sites belonging to different ages, set inside the imposing tree-lined renaissance walls surrounding the city, being one of Tuscan treasures. A small and old city-state with its unchanged charm, a starting or crossing point that cannot be omitted for its artistic beauty and evocative atmosphere. After visiting this city, many foreign visitors chose this city as place of residence. Exploring Lucca means immersing yourself through the narrow streets of the best preserved historical centres, walking around the famous walls, enjoying typical local dishes in taverns and taking part in artistic-cultural initiatives. Whoever visits the city of Lucca will be positively surprised by the possibility to live peacefully every aspect of its historical centre and hilly surroundings, together with the chance to reach the sea of the famous Versilia coastline, only 30 km away.