Casa Berti

Gugliano, Lucca
Bed & Breakfast


Elegant and intimate B&B in romantic rural Tuscany with breathtaking views and pool. Take a cookery course, head to Lucca for the day

Bedroom

7 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2 – 6

The
Experience

Along winding lanes among olive groves and on the hillside of a lush green valley, this 17th-century villa and farmhouse have been in Ben’s family for 20 years. Together with partner Debs he’s restored the buildings with the utmost care, creating the atmosphere of a well loved home. The airy drawing room is welcoming with its antique furniture, rugs and wall hangings, the library cosy with its armchairs and book-lined walls. Comfy bedrooms are filled with treasures – an 18th-century wall hanging maybe, or an antique mirror – and have spotless bathrooms; some en suite, some with bathtubs and showers. Once you’ve breakfasted on the terrace you could simply relax, but there’s much to tempt you away from the poolside; Ben has a plethora of courses planned, including painting and sculpture, yoga and cooking classes, and there’s a baby grand piano to play. Lucca is a 20-minute drive away and for a real treat you can rent Ben’s 1970s sports car and whizz down to Forte dei Marmi on the coast, before returning for dinner and a glass of wine under the pergola. Perfect for big groups, it can also be rented as a self-catering spot – just ask.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 6 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement.
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Property
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Meals
Dinner, with wine, €40 per person. Wine list available. Restaurants 5-minute drive.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €80
Surcharges
Singles €100-€150. Dinner, B&B €45 per person.
1 Twin
From €100
1 Annexe for 6
From €80
4 Doubles
From €130

Reviews

Having holidayed with Sawday’s for over 20 years, we knew it would be good but Casa Berti exceeded all our expectations. The Palazzo itself delivered on all counts – welcoming and comfortable but with wonderful style and panache. The glorious views over the mountains from the sunny terraces with their potted lemon trees and the silvery olive groves were awesome and breathtaking. The utter peace was overwhelming . We arrived stressed and burnt out but Casa Berti’s magic and Ben’s care and kindness sent us home refreshed, restored and revitalized. We can’t wait to return!

Wendy & john, Dorking

Truly a delight. The house has the most breathtaking views, and is in a great position for enjoying the delights of Tuscany - not that we did this! Bewitched by the fire, the comfort of the salon, the delicious wine and intoxicating company, we hardly felt the need to leave. If we could have stowed away in the cupboards forever then we would have! Fed with delight by Debs, great breakfasts at our leisure, advice on local eateries and walks, and sparkling conversation... it will be hard to keep us away. xx

Kathryn, London

This place is so special. A tranquil Tuscan Palazzo steeped in history that overlooks unspoilt hills for as far as the eye can see. This is more than just another hotel/villa, it really is an inspiringly tranquil haven away from the masses. Huge pool that shares the grounds with the olive and pear trees. We stayed two nights and left feeling part of the family. Ben, the owner, is a charming character who couldn't do more for you to savour the stay. This was the best place by far in our Italian travels and I simply couldn't recommend it more.

Chris, London

You approach Casa Berti by winding up through olive groves and vineyards. When you get there it is a wonderful place with views to die for. The house is typically Tuscan with all that you need as well as use of the pool which has amazing views too. Ben is a great host and Lucca is a wonderful place too. We would thoroughly recommend it.

Tracy

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Ben Gooder

  • Casa Berti and its environs are home to an abundance of flora and fauna. Don't be surprised to see wild boar, eagles, Hoopoes in the garden, porcupine, edible door mice, owls, woodpeckers, pine martins, salamanders, and a huge variety of songbirds.
  • Thanks to its dominant position and views the villa was HQ for the American Army in the Second World War. Castelaccio, a ruined church, seen from the property, is a war memorial to the Buffalo Soldiers. Take the war tour in my original Willy's Jeep.
  • Until this century Casa Berti was home to the local priest. The small chapel attached to the villa is ideal for a wedding or vows renewal.
  • A huge working artists' studio is available to paint, draw and sculpt in, either under tuition or alone.
  • Expect delicious food using fresh local produce, some estate grown. We produce the finest extra virgin olive oil and limoncello.
  • Extensive woodland walks abound through ancient chestnut forest. Bring a bike or take a hike.