We rented one of the self catering units - the Farmhouse - for two weeks in June 08. It has 4 bedrooms, two double, two wingle, each with an en suite. In addition there is an eat-in kitchen and a sitting room. There were four adults in our party (my husband and I, our daughter and son-in-law) and a 10 month old granddaughter.
Alle Camelie is an Agriturismo and is run by Augusto Orsi and his wife Inge. (Inge is German and a real linguist! She speaks German, Italian and English really well and Augusto speaks French and Italian.) The welcome we received was amazing. Prior to our arrival I had had lots of questions about the equipment of the house, since we live only 5 hours drive away in southern Switzerland, and I could bring "essentials" with me. Inge replied quickly and with very accurate information. In addition to the two self-catering units there are 8 double B&B rooms, all with access to a shared, large and cheerful sitting/eating area and kitchenette. In addition there is a shared swimming pool for everyone.
This is truly a farm. They have loads of olive trees and make their own oil which they sell to shops and hotels in Lucca. In addition they make their own San Giovese wine, which is very nice indeed. They also raise Camelias for sale and have many varieties growing around the property. They have also many rare species of bushes and trees, all carefully labelled with lots of information on the plant concerned. The entire place is just beautiful! There are little, private sitting areas dotted about the hillside, and everyone is welcome to use them.
The onyl drawback for us was the lack of air conditioning during a very hot spell.
The farm is an easy 20 minute drive from the Porta Elisa in the old town of Lucca. Simple to pop in and out. For those self-catering, or wanting to make a simple meal int he shared kitchen, there is a good little supermarket 11 minutes away, and an excellent mini-market with local products 2 minutes down the road. You are allowed to do laundry at the farm (3Euros/load) from Monday to Thursday inclusive. However we found a super lavanderia in Capannori, en route to Lucca and just beyond the autostrada to Florence. They washed, dried and folded the laundry for us!
Alle Camelie is about 40 minutes from the coast (Viareggio) and about 1 hours from the centre of Florence - both by car. You need a car to get to the farm.
We loved our stay with Inge and Augusto, who are very, very hospitable (Augusto brought us courgettes from the garden every day and we enjoyed the "fiori fritti" as a result. We were also told not to hesitate to pick basil or parsely or any of the other herbs growing around the farm as well as to help ourselves to the lemons and oranges at our door!!