Family of 4 (mom dad & 2 teens) booked 8 nights in August 2018. Il Fienile is exactly as shown in the pictures. The pool was fantastic, especially the view overlooking Lucca and the valley below. And although the pool is shared with the other Villa, each property has complete privacy. The hosts, Marina and Poalo, were delightful (highly recommend doing a cooking class with Poalo-so much fun!) Lucca is about a 15 min drive away, Pisa 30 mins, Florence an hour and the Cinque Terre about 1.5 hours. Thanks Marina and Poalo for sharing your beautiful property with us!
Once you have successfully navigated the steep and, in some places, rutted track up to Il Fienile, it is a lovely property. It is comfortably furnished and has a well equipped kitchen and comfortable beds. A good wifi signal was available. The pool is quite large and is kept clean with saline rather than chemicals which we liked. Although it's shared with the other villa on site there is plenty of seating and the area is large enough not to feel cramped in fact there are 2 distinct sitting areas.
Perched on the side of the hill it overlooks the plans on which Lucca sits and thus has lovely views. The village of Matraia is nearby as are a couple of local restaurants. There is good walking in the area along waymarked paths and we would recommend the walk down (and back up!) to Villa Reale.
The owner, Marina, and husband, Paolo, live on site and are very friendly and helpful but unobtrusive if you want to be undisturbed.
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