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Beautiful Tuscan Villa, stunning views, outdoor pool

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Excellent 5/5

14 reviews

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Villa Villenia

Villa / 6 bedrooms / sleeps 10

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Villa / 6 bedrooms / sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Villa Villenia is a 16th century villa built on a valley side in a small village just north of the wonderful Tuscan city of Lucca. There are stunning views from the garden across the hills. There are many excellent restaurants in the locality: supermarkets are nearby. The house is large with five double bedrooms and a further room with a double bed settee. Two bedrooms have en suite facilities. There is a large marbled formal room with a balcony overlooking the garden and the valley; a music room with murals; a large living room with TV, DVD, wifi etc; a study and library. A modern kitchen with all facilities is next to a large dining room; there are four bathrooms including a jacuzzi and two other cloakrooms. In the garden there is an outside eating area and a large swimming pool. We bought and restored the house in 2010, including specially commissioned furniture such as a massive four poster bed. There is parking for three cars at the front of the house as well as a shrine to the Virgin Mary. There are many festivals in the area, which guests can attend as well as the many beautiful Tuscan towns and villages in the locality

Size Sleeps up to 10, 6 bedrooms
Nearest beach Viareggio
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Pisa
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
Pool Private outdoor pool (unheated)
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (4), Single beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users

The Tuscany region

The house is a little way north of Lucca just at the beginning of the Garfagnana national park. The Garfagnana hills are the foothills to the Alpi Apuani so the area north of us is full of heavily wooded valleys, stunning villages and some precipitous churches; good walking and skiing and mountain routes through to Modena and Parma.

The main town to the south is Lucca. Lucca is why we chose the area and is one of the great towns of Italy. The city walls are huge and intact. New buildings, hotel chains, McDonalds etc are not allowed within the city walls. Outside the city are a number of famous villas and gardens that are open to visitors.

And just south of Lucca is the famous town of Pisa. Less famous than the leaning tower but more beautiful and interesting are the Cathedral and the Baptistery on the same site – the Campo dei Miracoli

There is a motorway connecting Lucca to Florence or just take the train. Florence speaks for itself

The famous hill towns of Tuscany are scattered in the countyside south of Pisa. The most famous is San Gimignano (which can be a bit touristy though is very special). Nearby is Volterra which is nearly as fine. There are so many others you lose track.

Needless to say there are many wine regions and towns to visit. The great Chianti area kicks off to the south east of Florence. Close to the house is Montecarlo (not to be confused with the casino town) which makes some of Tuscany's finest white wines.

To the south are the great towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano. Both are stunning in their own right yet alone for wine tasting.

To the west (and once again either by motorway or train) there is a sequence of seaside towns – Viareggio, Forti dei Marmei etc. this is basically a very long stretch of beach and a promenade behind. Viareggio has a world famous carnival with huge floats every February.

Further north on the coast is an area called the Cinque Terre. This is a more rugged coast line with small fishing towns that have now become holiday resorts. Porto Fino is pretty classy; others such as Levanto are more homely. One can only be reached by boat or walking.

Or you could stay at the Villa

Lucca

Dezza Alta, where the house is, is part of a string of pretty villages. Just along from us is Colognora (where they shoot movies when a typical Italian village is needed) and the Celle di Puccini (where the composer's mom lived and so did he for a while)

A bit north is the beautiful hill top town of Barga with it's old city and monumental church with 360 degree views. There are lots of good restaurants nearby; specialist shops, a bank and a few supermarkets.

Sports wise there is golf, tennis, fishing, and so on.

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10 May 2013

5/5

"Puccini and Prosecco!"

This villa, set in a tiny hamlet, perched on the side of a mountain, is a delight! The house has been beautifully restored, retaining original features but making no compromises in providing high quality bedrooms, bathrooms and other facilities. The property is enormous, with good space for communal gathering but plenty of quiet corners - inside and out - to escape to. The views are terrific and the mood changes constantly as the sun sweeps across the valley. There are many pretty villages to explore nearby and Lucca has all a visiting group could want in a city. For me, the highlight was hearing a recital of Puccini's work (performed nightly in a church) in Lucca and a visit to the annual Puccini festival on the coast is in easy driving distance (his mum lived in a village down the valley).

12 Apr 2013

5/5

"Beautiful, spacious, atmospheric villa, high on a Tuscan hillside"

Lovely old house with a real sense of history, but well set up with its own pool and other modern must-haves.

7 Apr 2013

5/5

"Bravissima!"

Very happy memories of Tuscany in the spring. And a perfect jumping-off point to explore Lucca, Florence, Viareggio etc etc. Very well-equipped, a fabulous garden, a hide-and-seek quality to the stairs and rooms, and a magical stay all round. Alla prossima...

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