Villa Michaela Review – Traditional Tuscan Villa with Rustic Charm

August 15, 2016
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First Glance

Rustic Chic. Old-World Tuscan Villa. Honeymoon hideaway.

I couldn't decide which title to apply to Villa Michaela - a quaint villa perched on the Tuscan hills, south of the historic walled city of Lucca.

Driving along a narrow snaking road in the early July heat, one is reminded of the simplicity of a rural lifestyle as it may have been lived many years ago. One where modern technology, gleaming architecture, or a fast paced lifestyle seem rather out of place.

Push the buzzer and the electric gates swing open. A young bikini-clad girl walking down the driveway to welcome us indicates that this is a different sort of luxury accommodation option. If traditional five star service is what you are after, that's not Villa Michaela.

And that's not a bad thing. Sometimes slowing down to take in each moment – free from internet, TV, and all things digital – allows the freedom to relax.


Getting Acquainted

Having never stayed in an actual villa in Tuscany, I had no real basis to form expectations. Certainly, one anticipates the obligatory characteristics of charm, rustic beauty, and old-world decor.

Villa Michaela certainly delivers on the unspoken promises of a Tuscan Villa. More than that, it satisfies an inner nostalgic yearning to connect with a foreign people and simplistic way of life that seems untouched for centuries.

When you can boast, "I'm off for a summer stay/wedding/vacation at a villa in Tuscany," the cache and allure attached to that phrase is immense. Even if you've never been to Tuscany, the phrase 'Rustic Tuscan Villa' creates all kinds of fantastic worlds and dreams in your mind's eye.

Villa Michaela is remote in the sense that there are not many neighboring buildings, save for a few other villas and a church. Yet, a short drive down the road and you'll find yourself in the heart of the wonderful city of Lucca.

Its character and charm stem from a farmhouse rustic chic style – both inside and out.

Take the opportunity to roam freely around the property and indulge on your own Tuscan Time. However, the fantastic pool area will likely occupy the majority of your relaxation time.


The Verdict

I wanted to glimpse the lifestyle and allure of a Tuscan Villa for myself. And I feel Villa Michaela was the perfect partner who whispered her many secrets, leaving me wanting more.

Villa Michaela is an excellent accommodation option in Tuscany for friends and family to come together for an authentic, laid-back experience under the Tuscan sun.


 
Disclosure: As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary accommodation for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this hotel review, LoveAndLavender.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

One comment

  1. The place is very nice.It’s beautiful and romantic.I love it.

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