Borgo Bernardini

Europe / Italy / Tuscany

Borgo Bernardini is an enchanting and beautifully restored historic little hamlet set in an aristocratic estate of cypress, magnolia and weeping willow trees, lilied lakes and fountains.

up to 12
up to 24
from 7
Min. Nights


Hidden away in the Lucchese hills yet just 10 minutes from the walled city of Lucca, it is a Tuscan retreat of great charm available for exclusive private rental (long or short-term) and also host to a 4 and 6-day Tuscan cooking school. With luxury guest accommodations as well as a brigade of enthusiastic and professional staff at hand, Borgo Bernardini is the perfect place for special gatherings of family and friends as well as accommodating conferences, incentives, and other individually tailored programs.


Ground Floor

  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Formal dining room
  • Drawing room with fireplace and satellite TV with dual-capacity video
  • Office with telephone, fax, and internet access. and computer facilities, central music system (CD, radio, cassette, and microphone), and security/surveillance system
  • Music room with piano and log fireplace
  • Card and billiard room
  • Wine library with a private collection of Tuscan/Italian wines
  • Workout room with cardiovascular and weight equipment
  • Sun lounge/reading room
  • Four ground-floor bathrooms
  • Service area and laundry room
  • Staff accommodation
  • Parking is available (up to 7 cars)

First Floor

  • 12 guestrooms (4 of which can either be king or twin bedded rooms) each with superb en-suite bath and shower facilities (5 with hydromassage baths), individually temperature controlled (heating and air-conditioning), linked to a central music system and equipped with telephone, hairdryers, bathrobes and pool towels

The property is made up of the following sections:

La Chiesina

The original stone chapel of the Bernardini estate now accommodates three warm, sunny, and luxurious en-suite bedrooms overlooking the swimming pool to one side and a courtyard filled with terracotta pots and lemon trees to the other. The rooms are situated above the sun lounges and TV room.


The oldest part of the property, once a wild-boar hunting lodge, with walls dating back to the year 1,000 and where the original olive press used to be housed. There are five central luxurious bedrooms in a horseshoe arrangement all with original beamed ceilings, terracotta floors, and overlooking our little Italian piazza. These guestrooms are situated above the music room, card, and billiard room, and wine library.


Four delightful and elegant guestrooms integrated around the original 17th-century fountains, overlooking the splendid Italian park and above the grand dining room and the formal drawing room.

Outdoor Facilities

  • Floodlit salt-water pool
  • Ornamental Peschiera overlooked by 17th-century fountains
  • Genuine Italian piazza
  • Outdoor tables & chairs for al fresco dining


12 Bedrooms, 12 Bathrooms

Sleeps 24 Guests

  • Air-conditioning (bedrooms)
  • Wireless internet
  • Satellite internet system able to perform over 20 mb/S
  • Fitness Room
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Telephone
  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Banquet hall
  • Sun lounge
  • Wine tasting room
  • Parking (up to 7 cars)
  • Safes in each bedroom
  • Surveillance system
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Library
  • Card/billiard room
  • Central music system


Bedroom Details

Bedroom 1 (La Chiesina): Mercurio – A warm, zesty and spacious, queen bedded room with two large armchairs and writing desk.   Large en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and separate box shower
Bedroom 2 (La Chiesina): Melograno – A citrus lime, small but cozy double bedded room with doors opening out to a view across the Italian gardens.  En-suite bathroom
Bedroom 3 (La Chiesina): Magnolia – A gentle clementine yellow and raspberry red medium sized king or twin bedded room with double doors leading out onto a small sun terrace.  En-suite bathroom
Bedroom 4 (Ferro-A-U): Venere – A spacious and cool wedgewood blue queen bedded room encircled with windows and comprising lounge area with sofa and chair, writing desk and a beautifully frescoed en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath
Bedroom 5 (Ferro-A-U): Trifoglio – A gentle gold and red cloverleaf king or twin bedded room with doors opening out and overlooking a courtyard area filled with terracotta pots and lemon trees. En-suite bathroom
Bedroom 6 (Ferro-A-U): Camelia - An intimate olive green queen bedded room with frescoed en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 7 (Ferro-A-U): Cipresso – A characterful, vibrant green and red queen bedded room with frescoed en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 8 (Ferro-A-U): Bacco – A regal peach and gold queen bedded room with sofa, writing desk and views across the 17th century fountains towards Lucca.  En-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath
Bedroom 9 (Peschiera): Diana – A large, soothing emerald green king or twin bedded room with writing desk and armchairs.   Luminous en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and splendid gold features
Bedroom 10 (Peschiera): Giglio – A spirited and lively strawberry red and gold queen bedded room with frescoed en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 11 (Peschiera): Ninfea – A fresh and reflective deep blue king or twin room with trellised frescos and an en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 12 (Peschiera): Apollo – A seductive midnight blue and gold queen bedded room with sofa and writing desk.  Bright en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath

Pool Details

Floodlit salt water swimming pool (8 m wide x 16 m long with depth from 1-2 meters)

Staff and Services

Daily Chef service for preparation of breakfast and one meal (lunch or dinner) 6 days a week (Wednesday day off)
Daily maid service in the morning 6 days a week (Sunday off)
Concierge service on call and on site
Porter service on arrival and departure
Access to tennis/volley/soccer courts located in Villa Controni’s Estate
Pool attendant
Linen change on Saturday and Wednesday
Internet wireless connection 30MG available in every room
Grocery shopping

Staff and Services (at Additional Cost)

Chef + table service for 2nd daily meal
Cost of Groceries as follows:
Italian Continental breakfast- €15 per person. The breakfast will be composed by: traditional food hand made by the chef, eggs and bacon, cold cuts, cheese, fresh fruits, fresh mozzarella, tomato, cereals, biscuits, jam, Nutella, peanut butter, fresh juices, yogurt water, soft drinks, coffee and we are always open to requests made by the guest
Classic Menu - €45 per person and composed by: starter, main course , dessert hands made by the chef, water soft drinks and 1 bottle of wine every 4 pax (this menu can be either fish or meat)
Deluxe Italian Menu - €55 per person and composed by: starter, first course, second course with side dish, dessert hand made by the chef, water soft drinks and 1 bottle of wine every 4 pax (this menu can be either fish or meat)
Buffet Italiano - €55 per person and composed by: 2 starters, 2 first course, 1 second course with side dish, dessert hand made by the chef, water soft drinks and 1 bottle of wine every 4 pax (this menu can be either fish or meat
Extra maid service
Cooking classes

Location Details

Approximately 2.5 km to the village of Vorno
The medieval walled town of Lucca is a 10 minute drive away
The Leaning Tower of PISA (30 minutes away) has recently opened to the public – it is stunningly set in an open lawned piazza which also houses the Cathedral, Baptistery and Campo Santo Cemetery
A 40 minute drive will take you to the little port and town of Lerice overlooked by a cliff top castle from where boats leave every hour to Portovenere and the World Heritage site of the Cinque Terre - five dramatically cliff clinging villages
Renaissance Florence is just an hour away, either by train or car
Siena is an hour and a half away with possible stops on the way to San Gimignano and Monteriggioni, as is Chianti where you can arrange a wine-tasting at one of the many vineyards
For those interested in art and sculpture there are the impressive marble quarries of Carrara as well as the sculpture town of Pietrasanta
Forte dei Marmi is a lively beach stop with some great shopping as you join the masses in the early evening stroll through the town

Villa Notes

Rentals are from Saturday to Saturday
Check in after 4:00 pm
Check out prior to 11:00 am
Final Cleaning included
Heating, air-conditioning, water, and gas included
Electricity is provided up to 2000 kWh.

Rates and Availability

Tax Service Charge Details*
Special rates apply for holiday weeks
Electricity is provided up to 2000 kWh. Any overage is an additional cost.
Event fees
Security Deposit Details
€5,000 pre-collected
Accidental Damage Waiver
A $199 Accidental Damage Waiver applies to every reservation.
Minimum Stay Details

One week

Check-In Times
Check in: 4:00 PM - Check out: 11:00 AM

Exclusive Offers

Book by September 16, 2024 and get 20% off regular villa rates.

Valid for new bookings made now to 9/16/2024 for travel now to 09/30/2024. 7 Night minimum booking required. Subject to availability and may not be combinable with other offers. Additional restrictions may apply; please call for full details.


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