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Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful house, old, atmospheric.....felt like we were transported into a Italian book, mid century. Fabulous pool, added bonus of coffee and lunch by the pool. Didn't mind at all the locals who also use the pool, all so civilized.
The place is magical. Eleanor was a wonderful hostess. It felt like we were at home.

Date of stay: August 2016
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank 95candidat
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Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

We stayed for one night in two attic rooms. These are very spacious: more like suites in any other hotel. Fans are provided to mitigate the hot Tuscan nights. The bathrooms are big with good showers. Original features abound. The beams in the ceiling are quite amazing.

The pool is clean, warm and a good size. It has a diving board and is attended by a person who will see to all of your needs. While we were there is was visited by locals who were not staying at the hotel which made for a wonderful atmosphere which the whole family enjoyed.

The continental breakfast was good and plentiful. While the restaurant was not open for dinner, Elena, the hostess, was quick to make reservations at local Pizzerias for us.

Grazie Mille.

Date of stay: August 2016
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Bond007123
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Reviewed 6 May 2016

Anyone looking for an unusual and beautiful place to stay near Pisa, Lucca, or Forte dei Marmi need look no further than the Villa Montecatini. This is a place which has character in spades. Most of the original features have been retained in excellent condition - murals, sofas, beds and other furniture, prints, porcelain. Breakfast is served in a magnificent two-storey room - a buffet with fresh bread, aged parmesan, and soft folds of local ham. You'll find pacious suites with pretty, modernised bathrooms; lush be-statued gardens; and a warm welcome from the owner, a truly memorable stay. Popular local restaurants, Lo Spietato and Le Meraviglie need to be booked on Friday and Saturday nights. Food at the walkable-distance Le Bernadone is excellent - try the house starters.

Date of stay: May 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank AubynCarus
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Reviewed 29 September 2015

We were walking the Via Francigena and wanted somewhere to stay between Pietrasanta and Lucca. The Villa Montecatini in Nocchi is only a short distance from the VF, but uphill, and when we arrived we were hot and tired. We were met on the drive by Elena, the owner, who was brought up in the property.

The entrance is round the back - you step into a cavernous entrance hall, with the office at one side. We were shown up to our suites on the first floor, both of which had a spacious sitting room with a tiled floor, and a large bedroom. Our bathroom was attractively furnished (see photo), although the shower was a little small and had a curtain (definitely time travel there). We had views across the grounds to the hills beyond.

Elena very kindly offered to drive us to a nearby restaurant (the Bernadone, reviewed separately), and arranged for a lift back for us.

We slept well - the beds were comfortable and the rooms cool despite the heat of the summer.

Breakfast brought to mind Downton Abbey. We were in the huge room overlooking the front drive, with large doors opening onto the double flight of steps at the front of the mansion. There were trompe l'oeil murals on the walls, and breakfast was arranged on a circular table in the centre of the room under an extremely large chandelier. We were the only guests, so sat in solitary splendour! There was juice, cheese and meat, muffins, eggs, home-made jam tart and yoghurts, along with bread, toast and tea or coffee.

The advantage of walking uphill to a night stop is that it's downhill in the morning! This was a wonderful place to stay, made even more special by Elena's kindness and helpfulness.

Date of stay: August 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

This is a wonderful old Villa in a stunning location. It was built for the Dukes of Montecatini, and as still family run today. The furniture and decor is genuinely antique, so you must make allowances for some flaky paint and dodgy window fittings. The fittings in this house are probably centuries old, and may have preservation orders on them. If you are expecting the modernity and mediocrity of a chain hotel, this may not be the place for you. However, the place is oozing with charm and the family who own and run it are very friendly. The rooms are huge. Only stayed one night on way to the airport - would love to go back and try out the restaurant, pool etc. The house is well back from the road, and I didn't notice the honking of horns as much as some of the other reviewers. They certainly stopped at night time, and when I did hear them during the day I could easily imagine they were hunters horns in the forest! However, if you were in the pool, you might hear them more, as it is near the road. There didn't appear to be any air conditioning - but it didn't matter - the thick walls and shutters of this house were designed to keep it comfortable in an era before air conditioning. Also the location, high in the hills is quite temperate. Don't let yourself be torn by the minor negatives of this place - you will be missing out on a unique experience if you don't stay here.

Room tip: Asked for a basic room, and got a large Suite! Perhaps the Deluxe rooms are even bigger?
Date of stay: August 2011
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank Pipistrellus
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