L'ARANCERA DI VILLA GRABAU
By Rhiannon Taylor, July 2018
At the north westerly region of Tuscany lies the historic walled city of Lucca. Founded by Etruscans, it became a Roman colony in 180 BC famous for it's wealth, noble families and silk trade. Today, the city sits intact retaining it's charm and splendour within it's perfectly preserved walls. The greater province of Lucca is home to rolling hills, wineries and an endless smattering of historic villas, many as vacation properties for noble families and European investors.
Among these lies Villa Grabau; a gleaming white villa that sits proudly on large grounds with an abundant botanical collection of trees surrounded by smaller houses. Within this estate is L'arancera di Villa Grabau. Formerly the villa's horse stables, this property has undertaken a complete renovation and been converted in to guest apartments. Entering a gravel driveway you're met with perfectly manicured hedges and a terracotta villa surrounded with young olive trees that overlooks the tuscan hillside.
There are 9 bedrooms which can be individually booked or the property can be rented in it's entirety. All rooms come with their own country-inspired bathroom, complete with bespoke tiling and some with showers, others with bathtubs. The villa is divided in to 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, with a shared kitchen and lounge for each. All apartments come with doors that open to an outdoor area equipped with deep lounges to watch the tuscan sunset.
Deep-set in the lower level grounds is a slick pool that is perfect for cooling off in the hot months. Surrounded by loungers and umbrellas, all thats missing is an Aperol Spritz for a near perfect Italian Summer scene. If you manage to drag yourself away from the pool, you can tour the nearby estates of which there are plenty. Or partake in a cooking class, which the villa can arrange for you on site. The town of Lucca is only a 10 minute drive down the road and if you feel like venturing further Cinque Terre and Florence are both easy day trips. And if this is all seems a bit much, you could pick up some local cured meats and cheeses and lose yourself in the views of the Tuscan hillside in the gardens of the villa. Perfetto!
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