Activities at The Villa

Relax at La Pianella with Tennis, Table Tennis, Swimming and walks in lovely countryside.

We were part of a large group who had rented both the villa and the adjacent farmhouse. The location is absolutely gorgeous, with amazing views out over the valley. Both houses were incredibly well looked after, very well equipped, bedrooms were made up beautifully and both houses were very clean, neat and tidy. Donatella, who looks after the houses for the owner, was incredibly helpful and attentive, and absolute delight to be dealing with. We didn't need it during our stay, but you can arrange for her to come up and cook! I couldn't recommend this place highly enough!
Wedding guests
enjoyed a restful, luxurious and restorative fortnight at this delightful property
THANK YOU! Our 18 strong family, aged from nearly 2 to 81, have enjoyed a restful, luxurious and restorative fortnight at this delightful property. We greatly appreciated the careful thought which had gone into all aspects of our stay. We all loved the peacefulness, the amazing views that changed so much with the light, the ciccades and the olive trees and the flowers. The lizards delighted the smaller children and the bats intrigued them. The swimming pool was a great source of fun and for some, genuine exercise! The tennis court was also hardly out of use, despite the heat. Most of all we loved the insurpassable, charming and ever-willing Donatella, who cooked us some truly wonderful meals (including pizzas of course!) and hugely enhanced our most memorable stay at La Pianella. Thank you so much....
Arabella and family GB
It's the absolute perfect place for a large gathering of people
Hello Clare, We're just home after the most fabulous three weeks in Lucca. The party was a huge success and the location was just glorious. It's the absolute perfect place for a large gathering of people. I thought I might try and write an article about it for a newspaper as there must be hundreds of people out there looking for the perfect venue for other such gatherings. The combination of the Farmhouse (which is just to die for by the way) and the Villa works so well. For the main party we had drinks down at the F pool and then wandered up to the Villa where we had the long table covered in candles. It looked spectacular and Donatella is a genius. She just takes on board immediately what you want and then produces it without any fuss. She's lovely and I think the women were equally as smitten as the men! Andrea also proved invaluable in his various roles. We managed to get 45 of our good friends there for what was a very memorable occasion and it now seems very sad that we've left them and Pianella all behind.. Thank you to you for what was a really fabulous two weeks there. We're hugely envious that you're able to pop over there so frequently and absorb all that beauty and serenity. Much love and a big thank you for making such a special place available to us. Margaret xx
Margaret (GB)
loved every moment....
some of the words used to describe La Pianella in the last week. Beautiful, sumptuous, lush, amazing,stunning, wonderful, magical, peaceful, glorious! Having just had our wedding here we have experienced one of the most amazing times of our lives, but so has everyone of our guests. This is a home first & business second and the people who stay here enrich it every time leaving a small trace of their pure delight. We have loved every moment and are sad to leave, but we leave with some of the best memories of our lives...thank you
Bev & Mike - Wedding (UK)
Beautiful Villa & Amazing Extended Family Holiday
We would highly recommend the beautiful La Pianella Villa. Our extended family (6 adults, 8 children ages 6 - 14) spent a wonderful week at the Villa this summer. The Villa and surrounding grounds were exceptionally clean and well maintained. The grounds around the Villa were filled with beautiful plants and flowers. The location provided beautiful views of the surrounding areas. There were many activities at the Villa to keep everyone happy, between the pool, tennis courts, ping pong table and several beautiful patios (also TV and books inside). We had to force ourselves to leave the Villa during the week for a few lovely day trips. Luca, Pisa, Florence and beautiful beaches were all easily accessible for day trips. Clare and Mary-Ann were wonderful in helping us arrange our visit and answering any questions we had. They checked in on us during our stay to make sure everything was going well. There was also a lots of helpful information at the Villa regarding grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and local attractions. They even provided a number for an English speaking doctor, which we needed during our stay. A highlight of our visit was the wonderful cooking provided by Donatella and her daughter Sonia. We cannot say enough kind words about their wonderful cooking and kindness to our family! Thank you very much to Clare and Mary-Ann for sharing their beautiful Villa with our family. And many thanks to Donatella and Sonia for sharing their wonderful food. We travel with our extended family every summer, but I don't think we will ever top our amazing week at La Pianella!
Brewer (UK)
A lasting memory of a perfect holiday with family
For a family reunion we have stayed at villa La Pianella with 12 adults and 6 children. La Pianella is perfect for this occasion. It breathes a very welcome and relaxing atmosphere for everyone. The kitchen is excellent and very complete! Spacious and clean are the bedrooms and most of them have their own bathroom. Even the cut-flowers in the house are refreshed during the week. The garden and tennis court surroundings are very beautiful i.e. the wisteria in the tree and the wild flowers on the hill. For some of our family the first ride to the villa by car/camper was a thrill. The villa and facilities were the reason we’ve spent most of our holiday in and round the house. The tennis court was used intensively. We did go to Pisa via back roads and to Lucca for some culture and shopping. At Pasticceria Dolcevita we have bought delicious birthday cakes. At the villa we enjoyed most of our meals. The homemade pizza but also the dinner Donnatella prepared for us. She’s stunning indeed! We would love to come back to the villa for another reunion! Thank you very much Clare and Mary-Ann for giving us good care and memories.
Sturkenboom (Netherlands)
“IDYLLIC TUSCANY” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 for a stay in July 2014 We were a large family group of 16 celebrating some big birthdays. A big mixture of ages - 5 months to 70! A great rustic property high in the valley with spectacular views. The property suited us perfectly. Masses of space with bathrooms for everyone. Don't expect contemporary chic, this is a rustic farmhouse type style which felt cosy and comfortable.. We LOVED the tennis court, big pool - even further up the valley so lots of steps to get there...but the views..... table tennis - we were kept very busy. BEST OF ALL WAS PROBABLY THE WONDERFUL DONATELLA who came in to cook for us and babysit on quite a few occasions. Eating out on the Terrace with everything prepared and cleared away - some great family evenings with lots of noise and no-one to disturb! Easy journey from Pisa - just over an hour to Florence. Great taxi service from Andrea whenever we needed him. We should have spent more time in the lovely walled city of Lucca English speaking Doctor - we went to his surgery in Lucca with a couple of hours notice as one party member had left all his medications behind - we were charged 69CENTS!!!! Take your European health card! Be ready for the final windy road to the house - first time is a bit of a surprise but when you get there.....WOW! Very friendly, helpful pro-active owners- THANK YOU FOR A VERY HAPPY MEMORABLE STAY.
Thank you for a perfect holiday!
What a beautiful house, we had a really good time! Thank you for a perfect holiday!
Dan & kids
We did not feel the need to explore Tuscany any further...this is it!
The house is a truly enchanted place. Lovely rooms, beautiful garden, in a superb environment. Pizza with Donatella & Sonia was great fun (and yummy!) We did not feel the need to explore Tuscany any further...this is it! This place has everything.
Sylvia with family & friends
Altogether a delightful holiday with my family in superb surroundings
What a delightful place. It accommodated my entire family - all 17 of us from 1 yr. old to 75!! The children were intrigued by all the wild life - lizards, scorpions, bats etc... The pool & tennis court were in constant use. Ball hunting was a popular game with the children after a game! We counted 116 steps to the pool! Kept us all fit! Perfect weather, good walks, on small tracks. Accompanied by the constant accompaniment of the crickets and in the evening when we dined, it was the cicadas. Donatella was the perfect chef together with her assistants Sonia & Mattina. We made full use of the pizza oven one day. Altogether a delightful holiday with my family in superb surroundings.
Phil and family
Lovely weeks stay....
Lovely weeks stay, despite very angry thunderstorm on the first night & the 160 odd steps to the pool! Ate far too much - would recommend Gina's 5 mins. away and restaurant LEO in Lucca. Forte di Marmi market on Weds. was great for beautiful cashmere & handbags - but go early!
the "Green" family
The pool and area around it are spectacular!
Dear Clare We had a super time in La Pianella! There were 14 of us for the week, which essentially was my husbands mum and dad, 2 brothers, sisters in law and kids. My sister and 3 of her kids joined us for 2 nights so we had a full compliment of 18 those days! We all absolutely loved the house. The space was fantastic and worked really well for us. The fact that the bedrooms were located in different areas around the house was also ideal and we were able to allocate them really suitably between families/little kids/bigger kids etc which worked well for bedtimes/noise etc. Thanks so much for the room plan you provided in advance and apologies for all the trouble your friend went to do it, but it turned out to be invaluable as we had a much better sense of layout and could plan the room allocations much better before we got there and avert any difficulties! The pool and area around it are spectacular! We were all stunned by its size and really loved it and spent most of our time up there. While the steps up were possibly initially a bit daunting we all got very good at them and even granny, grandad and all the kids were fine on them (bar the baby and the hill was a bit of a struggle with the pram but we managed!). We had Donatella and Sonia come in 4 of the evenings which was fantastic. They are both so lovely and a pleasure to be around. It was lovely also to experience real local cuisine and such a treat to essentially be waited on and not have to do the wash-up afterwards! The other nights we cooked (once!), BBQ'd and did the pizza thing (which was great fun but we will never get jobs in pizzerias!). Tina and Enzo were also both lovely and looked after the house, gardens and pool very well. We had great fun with the tennis and ping pong and ran a few challenges which kept us entertaining before dinner most evenings! All in all we had a super time and one which will be remembered for many years to come. Many thanks Anna and family
Anna & family
A truly memorable week...
A truly memorable week with very many happy memories. The pool was used virtually all the time. It really is brilliant! Love the salt water system. Tennis court also saw some exciting action, but not quite up to the standard we watched at the center court last Sunday. Thank goodness for SKY! Wonderful, wonderful
P, J & 3 daughters, partners & eight young!A truly memorable week...
Thrilled by the house and garden
Thrilled by the house and garden. Loved the tennis court and the pool. The views are sensational. Went to Lucca, Pisa, Camaiore, Lido di Camaiore, Tone del Lago, Peschia, Monteccatini and Gombitelli. Arrived in a down pour and found the road up daunting but got used to it. Greatly enjoyed a log fire every evening. Ideal number and disposition of rooms. Thank you for providing such an imaginative place. (p.s. Tried the pizza oven but reckon we need to go on a course!)
Annie & David, Dan & Emma, Nick & Phoebe + families
A wonderful family retreat - my mother's 70th and family flew in from Oz, France and London. A wonderful week had by all.
I really do not want to leave....
I don't think that I have been more relaxed on holiday. I am here with a group of friends and my daughter. Fourteen of us in total but this didn't make the environment any less tranquil. The views are breath-taking. The pool is divine and the kitchen is a pleasure to cook in. I really do not want to leave.....look out for the fire-flies at night!
Sarah & Eden - London
10/10...amazing villa, stunning location, lovely owners!
A beautiful and well catered villa in a stunning location - a perfect place to set up a very stylish camp for a Tuscan holiday adventure. Great facilities ranging from everything you need in the kitchen to very comfy rooms and garden WIFI, tennis court & a pool with a view! Loads to do and explore in and around the area, beach resort within short drive, beautiful countryside to explore, great local restaurants and sights - of just the perfect base to stay and enjoy some quiet time.
review posted on Trip Advisor
"Absolutely perfect"
La Pianella was the perfect place for our extended family of 15 to spend a week. We loved everything about this house - the views, the pool, the garden, the rooms and the kitchen. We are a family of cooks and loved that we could grill, make pizza, bread, etc. with ease and enjoyment. The house and grounds are even more spectacular than the pictures and the lay out of the house is really designed for both individual privacy and common spaces. The memories of this week will definitely last a lifetime. Working with the owners was easy, directions were spot-on, minor repairs were made immediately and the local area is truly lovely. So highly recommended - I would go back in a heart-beat!
As reviewed on Trip Advisor
We stayed in La Pianella with a group of 14. We loved the place, its view is beautiful, the surroundings are lovely, 20 mins. to Lucca, 1 hour to Florence and half an hour to the beach! The place is well maintained and the garden is superb! The salt water pool is great, no chlorides, so you can swim all day! The owners were very friendly in helping out. One point which could be improved, is the WIFI connection, which is poor and unstable, so take your own 3G connection.
As posted on Trip Advisor
We spent one week with 8 adults and 6 children from 3-9 years old. A beautiful and well furbished house with a nice garden with a great view. The tennis court was a highly appreciated extra. We were welcomed with a fruit/vegetable basket. Making our own pizzas was fun as well (but a lot of work). The pool is 100 steps above the house, which has advantages as well as disadvantages. Shopping takes a 20 minute trip down a steep and narrow road to the village but that's the price for absolute quietness and privacy.
As posted on Trip Advisor
we had a wonderful time
We just want to let you know that we had a wonderful time at the Villa. Lots of space for all of us and so central for exploring the area. It is a lovely place. Thank you for arranging Donatella for us. She cooked delicious Tuscan meals for us and also invited us to her home and to friends. What a gem! Donatella and Sonia really enhanced our stay and expanded our Italian experience...The Best
Carolyn and Pete
It was quite simply perfect for the whole family
Hi Clare Just want to say what a wonderful holiday we had at La Pianella. It was quite simply perfect for the whole family and we didn't move very far!! The house, pool, tennis court and table tennis court kept everyone exercised and were such fun. My son in law perfected pizza in the outdoor oven by the end of the week and we found it a great way to use up the left over food on the last day. All the adults enjoyed sitting out in the evening with the view and the stars and the warmth - assisted by the wine and the food. Utterly blissful. Please pass our good wishes and thanks to your mother - and of course to your good self. Best Regards
Barbara & the cooks amongst us
Exceeding all our expectations.....
Exceeding all our expectations PLUS superb personal welcome - thanks!
Ian, Celia & rabble, Clive & Maggie, Max & Danny, Paul & Yvonne
The villa is idyllic.....
Hi Clare, wonderful holiday at La Pianella, lovely to meet your Mum on our last day. The villa is idyllic and we had so much fun around the pool and tennis court, we even managed to hold our own olympics with swimming, diving, water polo, synchronised swimming, tennis, table tennis and football, great fun was had by all. I hope we can all return again for my 75 or 80th!! Thanks again and best wishes for the future
Regards Brenda
we are a family of cooks & everyone loved the kitchen
Dear Clare We are back in the States now, and just wanted to let you know how very perfect La Pianella was as a holiday house. It is truly beautiful and we especially appreciated how well-equipped it is. We are a family of cooks and everyone loved the kitchen. Not to mention the pool, the view, the rooms etc... It really is a perfect place and we fell lucky to have been able to spend time there. Julia and family
Julia & family from the States
La Pianella is a truly magical place
"La pianella is a truly magical place, perfect for experiencing the Italian way of life. We stayed for a week in September 2011 to celebrate our marriage with close family and friends, in what was the most amazing time of our lives. The villa is perfect for large groups of able bodied adults and small children. There were 18 of us, aged between 1 and 68 years old, yet the house never felt crowded. The pool area is great, plenty of space in and out of the water for all the group and THE most wonderful views over beautiful Tuscan countryside. At night we would sit around the long table on the terrace while the children played on the lawn, enjoying delicious food made with fresh local ingredients and, of course, sampling the beautiful local wine. On our wedding day, we had an extra 16 guests that were easily accommodated on the huge terrace. The caterers' at our reception utilised the pizza oven and I can safely say that we ate the best pizza any of us had ever tasted! We feel truly fortunate to have come across this precious gem in the middle of the Tuscan countryside as no other place would have given us such magnificent memories against a breathtaking backdrop. Prior to, and during, our stay the owner and key holder could not have been more hospitable. We took a huge leap of faith in booking the villa for our wedding day having not viewed the property in person. They answered any queries we had really quickly and could not have done enough to help. We cannot wait to return"
Helen and Scott, Cumbria, UK.
No words can describe the Pianella experience!!!!
We would like to say “thank you” for the wonderful stay at the villa Pianella from 23 – 30 July. We and our 3 children + partners + 6 grandchildren had a wonderful time at the villa. There are hardly any words to describe the “Pianella experience”. We all enjoyed swimming in the swimming pool with the most stunning view of Tuscany. It was very convenient that we could stock our drinks in the fridge there. We played many family tournaments at the tennis court, even the smallest children wanted to particpiate in them. The kitchen is everything a good cook could wish for. There are some good cooks in our family and we enjoyed cooking the most delicious meals. The grandchildren had much fun helping to make pizzas. The villa is beautifully situated on the mountain, and we all remember the evenings with the sun setting, while we were having our dinner. We regretted that we could not stay longer, and we highly recommend your house.
Dols family Netherlands
Everything we imagined and more...
We just wanted to say thank you so much for everything. We have been back from La Pianella for a few days and already miss it so much. We had such an amazing time and could not be happier with our experience. Katinka was wonderful and very helpful. She set us up with a great winery tour and places to eat dinner near by. The catering company you suggest were also great. We feel so fortunate that we found your villa online because it was everything we imagined and more. When we return to Lucca, which we plan on doing, we would not want to stay anywhere else. Thank you so much again, and best wishes for everything in the future!
Lindsey and Mark
Beautiful House
I highly recommend this wonderful house. Amazing views, very helpful owners in a very nice part of the world. Close enough to Lucca for day visits and very private. We had a very memorable stay. On a practical note, the house was clean and well maintained, gardens were pretty and the tennis court was great.
Craig GB
More Stunning Than Any Photo Can Do Justice!
This is the ideal gettaway from a busy life! My second visit to the house, that should say it all but here goes; The web-site understates this amazing location, the view from my bedroom window looked across the valley and was simply breathtaking. The descriptions used on the web are accurate but cannot describe the wonderful ambiance and the 'feeling of home' that you have just as soon as you get there. Beautifully maintained and 'Swiss' clean! I cannot recommend this highly enough. You'll love the pool, ideal for a dip or if you are feeling sporty it is large enough for laps, not forgetting the tennis court or even the table variety (the table has been added since my first visit). I cannot wait to visit again in 2011. Thank you for allowing us to visit your very special home.
Kayto Aberdeen
Taste Tuscany
"We stayed here with five families in the summer of 2010. What a great location! A great pool, the best tennis I've ever seen and a nice cozy house. Together with our friends we have the vacation of our life . Our children (between 8 and 12 years) enjoyed themselves greatly with table tennis, badminton, tennis and a swimming pool. There is a pool-house with a refrigerator so you do not need to go to the house as well equipped. In the kitchen, everything is great for cooking. We have real food lovers and we left nothing to short. The villa is located on a fifteen minutes from Lucca so that's nice and close for a day of sniffing culture. All in all a lovely villa a great location"
Don Corleone Veghel, The Netherlands
Beautiful La Pianella
I had a wonderful stay here at La Pianella. Within an hour of arriving I had left my London worries behind me and I was sat relaxing on the terrace of this fabulous villa, with a gin and tonic in hand! Every morning I would climb the 99 steps up to the inviting pool, and in the early evening I would play a vigorous game of tennis - I have never played on a court in such a stunning location. The court is nestled into the hillside, and I am told that in the spring the colourful wisteria hangs from the trees and hugs the court. Day trips in to Lucca are a must. It has so much history to devour and the beauty is as you would expect of an ancient Tuscan town. My stay here was relaxing, educational and full of Tuscan cheer, my only regret is that I could not stay longer. You must visit here to appreciate it's beauty, as they say 'seeing is believing'.
Jemma London
The perfect holiday!
We visited in the summer of 2009. Brought along a teenage boy - always difficult to please....... Not so at La Pianella - a great swimming pool with views to die for and the sun all day, an amazing tennis court with a great surface to play whoever would oblige and a superb choice of terraces from which to chose for long, sociable meals. A well equipped kitchen to produce healthy, or not so healthy, mouthwatering meals from ingredients from the local stores, fresh figs for breakfast and starters from the garden as well as fresh lemons for adding to the drinks all added to the "relax and feel at home" environment at La Pianella. Clean, cool and comfortable bedrooms with bathrooms with lashings of hot water. A comfortable sitting room for get togethers and card games in the colder evenings. Situated in Pescaglia the options for day trips - if you can tear yourself away from the villa that is! - are huge. Plenty of choice of local friendly villages or the bustling town of Lucca. The beach is not too far for a day trip either. Altogether we can certainly recommend La Pianella for a relaxing time away with family or friends of all age groups. It was hard to tear ourselves away at the end of our stay - we felt very much at home and very spoilt - the perfect holiday.
Harry & Sue Uckfield UK