A recently built 3 bedroom (2 doubles and a single) Villa sleeps 5 with covered outside dining area with Summer Kitchen and dishwasher, BBQ and wood burning Forno oven and private pool with views over the River Lima and mountains. There is a large Sun terrace with seating and sun loungers and a children's play area with swings and a trampoline. This quiet location is ideally situated for families to relax by the 8 x 4 metre pool or use as a base to explore the nearby Lima Valley or the Garfagnana, within a few minutes walk of Fornoli or Bagni Di Lucca with all their facilities. The Villa has it's own private drive with parking in secured gated area.
Sleeps 5. 3 Bedrooms. 3 Baths.
- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- 14 Dec 2018
Pool / Spa
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Relaxing villa for a taste of rural Tuscan village life
Wonderful stay in Tuscany.
Great directions from the airport at Pisa, where we picked up a hire car.
Villa had everything we needed - plenty of space, very well equipped kitchens both inside and an outside one too! We loved the pool. The weather was hot every day so a dip in the pool cooled us down.
We ate out in the local cafe's and pizzarias. Fantastic food. We bought our bread (and a few pastry treats) from the bakery each morning, and stocked up on fruit/veg/meats and essentials from the local supermarket.There's an amazing ice-cream cafe in the village too - best ice-cream ever tasted! We had some great food on trips out too - not getting on the scales for a few weeks - back to the diet!!
Amazing views out of every window. The mountains in the day and the stars at night.
Loved the shopping in Lucca, historic walled city with towers to climb and walls to walk round. Ventured to Cirque Terre and took the train between 5 beautiful fishing villages perched on cliff sides tumbling into the sea. Plenty of tunnels and walkways to explore. On the way home we had dinner high in the mountains looking out over the sea an the towns far below us. Fun twisty roads, even better in the dark!!
A beautiful part of the world to spend time relaxing and exploring.
The villa is finished to a very high standard and feels like a proper Italian home. We got used to the drive, it's a bit steep but gets easier each time. The electronic gates make you feel very safe.
The village is very welcoming, people are friendly.
Looking forward to coming back.
Thank you very much for your kind review Jo, you will be welcome back any time.
Great place to stay
We stayed here for one week at the end of July as a family of 5. The villa is accurately described and was very clean and tidy. The rooms upstairs remained cool by keeping the shutters closed and fans were provided for all rooms. Paul met us upon arrival and was very informative and was on hand if needed to answer any questions. The gate around the pool was a huge plus point for us with small children. The kitchens are fully equipped, the dishwasher is in the outside kitchen, the fridge in the inside kitchen. The driveway was good fun !! It is steep but is more than manageable to drive up, just remember to load the boot of your car the right way when you've been shopping ! Personally I would have liked a parasol around the pool to be able to use the loungers with some shade. Fornoli is approx 10 min walk along the road (no footpath) where there is a bakery, pizzeria, Co-Op and a great bar / gelatarie which also served fantastic Aperol spritzers ! Well located for day trips to Barga (beautiful), Lucca, Bagni di Lucca and Pisa. No hesitation in recommending Casa Ulqini
A very well equipped villa in easy walking distance of village. Great views!
A good spot for doing nothing yet not far from tourist centres of Pisa and Lucca.
Great holiday in a lovely property
The villa was lovely! Paul who greeted us was very kind, helpful and informative. The villa is very well equipped with everything you need for a great stay. We very much enjoyed the use of the pool especially since the days were very hot during our stay. There is no air confitioning but fans were provided to aid sleep which was appreciated. The owner came twice during our stay to clean the pool which was appreciated, though we would have preferred this to take place in the morning as cleaning precluded our use of the pool when it was done around midday and took quite a long time when we were waiting to take a dip. Contrary to previous reviews Fornoli now has only one restaurant (selling only pizzas - which were very good) the others appear to have closed. Bagmi di Lucca has several though, the one behind the car park was a delight. The Coop supermarket was very handy for supplies with another Conrad at Bagni which was slightly larger and better stocked. Siena is a must see, we preferred it to Florence. Lucca and Barga are well worth a visit too. If you are able also make a trip to San Gimignano and Voltera which are both delightful. A word of caution many of the towns museums / Duomos are closed on Mondays
One small criticism the drive up to the villa is incredibly steep and the slow electric gates make this more difficult, but there is a parking place at the bottom of the drive for the more feint hearted.
spacious inside and out, refreshing pool, helpful manager
Paul is the English manager for the Italian/Albanian owners. He was very friendly and helpful and contactable by text/phone/email if needed. The villa has plenty of space inside, and a choice of tables for eating outside. As we had hot sunny weather we mainly used the largest table which is shaded. We enjoyed cooling down in the pool. With the aid of thick walls and the shutters, the inside stayed cool even after a whole week of sun and 28-30 Celsius temperatures and was comfortable for sleeping.
Having supermarkets nearby was useful, but for our main shop we drove 20 minutes to Ponte a Moriano for the Esselunga which is huge with masses of choice.
Please don't read the below as criticisms, they are just pieces of information:
1) the driveway is steep, narrow with a sharp bend part way up, so it needs a confident driver
2) this is a family home and some of the furnishings are a bit "lived in", but all the important stuff works just fine.
3) the TV is big and good quality, but all channels are in Italian. There are some English language DVDs and we took some downloaded programs on a tablet and connected up with HDMI cable
4) the road below and in front of the villa has more traffic than we were expecting, so there is some road noise but we soon got used to it and did not bother us much.
5) we had an adult in the single room and is was adequate whereas the other bedrooms were large.
Overall we liked the area, had a good holiday and were happy with the villa.
Thank you for the Review Chris we are all glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Regarding the driveway, yes it is a wee bit steep, but we do have a separate area at the bottom of the drive beside the road that the 'Less Adventurous' drivers are free to use.
Thanks once again
Beautiful location. Close to all sights and amenities
The villa is in a beautiful location with terraces front back and side to give you sun all day and early evening. The pool is smalll and ideal for a cool down and kids but not for serious training. Security is very good Food and drink nearby is very reasonable in price and very good in quality. The house has three bathrooms with two good showers -no baths.
The driveway is very steep -so if you are less than confident in a car you'd struggle to park within the confines of the grounds. However there is an off road area just below the drive where you could park.
We've just had 10 days there and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a great base for touring around and plenty of good food and drink locally. I would go again.