Villa | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 10
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 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|
|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, Single beds (2), Double beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
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
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 Oct 2013
We rented this lovely villa for a week with a group of friends. It is comfortable and spacious; well equipped and ideally situated for visiting the many delights of Tuscany.Ten of us stayed in the vil… More
21 Aug 2013
We stayed in the villa in July 2013 for my 30th birthday and had an incredibl week. John (owner) was absolutely amazing for the entire months leading up to our week by providing travel ideas and answe… More
1 Jul 2013
"Authentic Tuscan paradise; a gem waiting to be discovered...."
If you value lovely old buildings full of history, yet with the modern conveniences that make a holiday break relaxing, this is the place. Frescos, pizza oven, swimming pool, shady seating areas, mode… More
17 May 2013
"Even in February the sun shines"
We spend an amazing time here. The house is well looked after and fitted out. Stacks of logs for those chilly evenings. The house was easy to book and the owner recommended some great places to eat an… More
10 May 2013
"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).
28 Apr 2013
"Grab a glass of prosecco and watch the sunset from the balcony of this rather special Tuscan villa."
A group of us stayed over New Year and had a great time. The villa has been beautifully and carefully renovated, from the frescoes in the rather grand marble entrance hall to the rustic charm of the k… More
12 Apr 2013
"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
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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