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Detached Stone House with Private Plunge Pool and Wonderful Views

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 699 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

A detached stone villa with 2 bedrooms & 2 en-suite bathrooms

The Contented Tuscan is a very ancient stone villa on two levels brimming with character and restored with total respect for its rustic simplicity. All rooms are furnished to excellent standards, in an elegant country style with old terracotta floors and original chestnut beamed ceilings. There is a fully equipped kitchen with a beautiful fireplace, log burning stove and dining/sitting room. This two-bedroom villa sleeps up to four people. The bedrooms each with queen sized beds and both have en-suite bathrooms.

The gardens and plunge pool are for the exclusive use of the guests, in a private, enclosed terrace we a have a pergola providing a shady space to eat. What better place to relax with a glass of beer or wine and take in the stunning views after your day of sightseeing!

The villa is located in Guzzano a mountain village 4km above the pretty spa town of Bagni di Lucca. Many of the famous Tuscan landmarks are within striking distance. Previous guests have enjoyed day trips to Pisa, Lucca, Florence, Cinque Terra, Viareggio, Siena and San Gimignano.

The property is located in a mountainous region of Tuscany. Our guests can park directly outside the villa or in an area some 50 meters from the house and should not pose any issues. The owners live below the rental space and will be on call should you need any assistance.

The surrounding area is perfect if you are a keen walker or mountain biker. You can enjoy bird watching, fishing, painting and photography, as well as skiing and snowboarding. We are the first village above the town, walking down will take around 30-40 minutes and you can always hop on the local bus to return to the village.

Bagni di Lucca has a number of super restaurants, serving hearty Tuscan fare. You can also enjoy a post supper flutter at the recently re-opened casino.

You'll find a public swimming pool, tennis courts and thermal baths, along with banks; supermarkets and on Wednesday and Saturday mornings there is a traditional Tuscan market.

More Details

Owner
Steve Tuttle
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
25 May, 2018

About Steve Tuttle

Steve & Denise purchased the house to be used as a holiday home. After many stressful years working in central London we opted to take semi retirement and offer the house as a holiday let. Our wish is for guests to experience the simple quiet life of Guzzano, we feel blessed to live here.

Steve Tuttle purchased this villa in 2008

Why Steve Tuttle chose Guzzano-pieve di Controne LU

We did very little research actually – third house we saw on a fact-finding trip, which did not include buying a house! I guess the clichéd “saw the house and fell in love with it”. The sights and sounds of our village are so at odds with our past London life. The silence and tranquillity at night is incredible. You will feel the stress levels lowering with each day you’re here.

What makes this villa unique

The rustic charm – we spent a great deal of effort securing the originality of the house. We are sure the locals are pleased with the subtle changes we have made inside and outside the house. Many of the famous Tuscan landmarks are within striking distance. Previous guests have enjoyed day trips to Pisa, Lucca, Florence, Cinque Terra, Viareggio, Siena & San Gimignano.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Guzzano-pieve di Controne LU in Province of Lucca

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 699 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Ensuite
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Ensuite
  • 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Brass bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Brass bed
  • Both bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
We have done our best to retain the rustic charm of the property. We have been passionate about collecting antiques for years and have bought many of our possessions with us to Tuscany. We have enjoyed sourcing items from Portobello Road antique market in the UK and more locally in Lucca and Abruzzo antique markets. I guess the property steers away from the standard rental in terms of décor. If you enjoy spending time in a holiday home with a twist we are sure you’ll love our house.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Detached Stone House with Private Plunge Pool and Wonderful Views
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5

We would highly recommend staying in this property.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in this beautiful, well equipped, comfortable house in this amazing part of Northern Tuscany completely exceeded any expectations we may have had.

The warm welcome we received from Steve and Denise, with our every possible need considered, began our 7 days (5th-12th May 2018).

From our trips to Lucca and Florence (by train), to walking in the hills between M. Coronato and M. Fiorito, where there were wild narcissi scenting the air, it was all inspiring and relaxing in equal measure. We also had some lovely shorter evening walks, along to the next village and then up to the church at the top of the hill. The wildflowers were wonderful- orchids, pansies, red clover, wild strawberries and blue and purple vetches.

We ate most of our meals on the terrace outside, and would sit outside for hours, gazing at the stunning views. The plunge -pool was perfect for cooling down when we returned from our walks.

Thanks so much for a brilliant week!

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Deurne, Netherlands
5

Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

Although we have quite some experience, never before have we stayed in a house as perfect as this lovely holiday cottage in Tuscany. The views from the small but very well appointed garden are stunning, the house itself is beautifully decorated, very clean and abundantly equipped in every possible way, from the kitchen utensils to the vast collection of books and DVD's. Still best of all was the warm reception and the great service we enjoyed from our hosts Steve and Denise (including drinks in the fridge and a food package for the first day). Beautiful places as Florence, Lucca and Cinque Terre nearby, we still found it hard to tear ourselves away from this little piece of paradise.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your super review. We very much enjoyed playing our part in ensuring you had such a fabulous time here. Thanks too for your kind comments on the villa, gardens and complimentary hamper. We really want people to feel things could not have gone better. It makes all the work worthwhile when we receive feedback that we got it right for our guests. You were a pleasure to have as guests at our home and hope to see you again Steve & Denise.
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5

A wonderful place to stay in northern Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

We cannot praise too highly this wonderful property set high in the hills above Bagni di Lucca. Steve and Denise have created the perfect place for a comfortable but very stylish stay and have thought of simply everything to make your holiday memorable. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your lovely review – what a super way to start our fourth season. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at The Contented Tuscan. The spring weather played its part – Tuscany can be such a great place to visit before the heat of summer arrives. Thank you for choosing our holiday home and for your appreciation of the house and views. Thanks too for your comments on the facilities. We very much enjoyed playing our part in ensuring you had such a fabulous time here. We look forward to welcoming you back again next year. Ciao Steve & Denise.
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5

Lovely and welcoming stay!

  • 5 of 5

We only had 4 days in mid-october to enjoy this nice house together with our two teenage-kids in the mountains near Bagna di Lucca. Dealing with the owners went smooth and easy, as it did when we arrived. They had made us a huge basket of food, which could have fed us for two days: and it was good too! Everything in the house was taken care of as well, really couldn't find something we missed. Overall a very nice experience with great hospitality by very friendly couple, we hope to return once during the summer!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your super review. We very much enjoyed playing our part in ensuring you had such a fabulous time here. Thank you too for your kind comments on our welcome hamper – we feel it important that after what is normally a long day, our guests feel comfortable that they can start their holiday on arrival and not need to drive out to stock up at a supermarket on your first day. Thanks again for your kind comments and we would love to welcome you back to our tranquil part of Tuscany soon. Ciao Steve & Denise.
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
5

Beyond expectations

  • 5 of 5

This place was simply amazing. We arrived to our surprise with a big welcome basket with some supper and morning necessities to keep us going until the next day when we could do groceries. The owners welcomed us with open arms and although were around for any help they went about their business unnoticed. The attention to detail was such we have never seen before. They really cared about their guests. The home was just the way you see it in the pictures. The views beautiful and the location was great for day trips around the area. We would definitely return and highly recommend to anyone for an amazing stay.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review. Thank you for choosing our holiday home. We are pleased our welcome hamper was well received and ensured you had a great start to your holiday. Thanks too for your kind comments about us as hosts and appreciation of our house and views. It makes all the work worthwhile when we receive feedback that we got it right. You were a pleasure to have as guests at our holiday home and we really hope to see you again Ciao Steve & Denise.
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4

Authentic stone house

  • 4 of 5

We received a wonderfull and thoughtfull welcome from Steve and Denise on arrival. The stone house is charming, authentic

and comfertable. All the things needed to make for a great stay were provided.

We had one issue early on during our stay and when pointed out to Steve and Denise it was corrected immediately.

Because the weather did not cooperate (rain) we did not get to enjoy the loveley patio and plunge pool but we gave the completely outfitted kitchen a good workout.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Bagni di Lucca
Nearest Ferry
57 Kilometres
Viareggio
Nearest Golf
60 Kilometres
The Montecatini Golf Club
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Bagni di Lucca
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
SS12
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Bagni di Lucca
Nearest Ski
39 Kilometres
Abetone
Nearest Beach
57 Kilometres
Viareggio
Car: recommended

The surrounding area is perfect if you are a keen walker or mountain biker. You can enjoy bird watching, fishing, painting and photography, as well as skiing and snowboarding. We are the first village above the town, walking down will take around 30-40 minutes and you can always hop on the local bus to return to the village.

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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Not suitable for children under 12 years

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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