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Stunning traditional Tuscan country house in Versilia with sea views.

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday cottage in Massarosa - Il Giardino

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen, large living room with patio and pool.

This beautiful Tuscan country house dating from 1753 is set in the lush hills of Versilia, overlooking the coast. The property approached by a private drive of 500 meters and is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and woodland that amount to 20 acres of secluded tranquillity. The property was completely restored between 2004 /2008 and is furnished to the highest standards having full underfloor heating and an open fireplace. Outside there is a 12m x 6m swimming pool, gardens and a patio to enjoy evening barbecue's. The grounds provide endless opportunities for walking, playing or just taking in the sun and tranquillity. A unique attraction of the property however is its location. Just 5 mins on foot to the village, 15 mins to the sandy beaches of Versilia and the town of Viareggio with its restaurants, shops and night life. 25mins to historic Lucca or the Appenine Mountains and 30 mins from Pisa Airport.

  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, German, Italian
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Calendar last updated:
13 October, 2016
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based on 12 holidaymaker reviews

Stunning traditional Tuscan country house in Versilia with sea views.
average rating of 4.75 based on 12 reviews

Relaxing, peaceful, home from home

  • 5 of 5

Il Giardino is a lovely, peaceful villa set in a stunning hillside location with impressive views. We stayed for two weeks with our two teenage sons and there was ample room for all of us. The villa itself is beautifully furnished, spotlessly clean and is exactly as shown in the photographs.The kitchen is well equipped and the bathrooms are large and modern. It was a joy to sit out on the terrace overlooking the large pool and garden which are beautifully maintained. Martin and Giusy live just behind the villa and are always around to offer advice or help when needed but they are never intrusive. There is a steep, winding track up to the villa but it is no problem to drive up and down and there are two dogs and some cats around the site but they are completely friendly and no bother at all (the dogs do bark momentarily as Martin & Giusy leave but they quickly settle again and did not bother us in the slightest). The villa is ideally located to visit lots of places - we visited Pisa, Florence, Lucca, Cinque Terre and drove up into the mountains and the Garfagnana. We were all very sad to leave Il Giardino (even our sons were sorry to leave) and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as a wonderful place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you all had a safe and uneventful trip back home. Very many thanks for your lovely review of property, so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. If we can be of help again at some point in the future, please let us know. Once again, many thanks for your kind words...and also for leaving the house so beautifully clean and tidy. Best Regards. Martin and Giusy.
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Wonderful house with great outdoor space

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a fabulous holiday in Tuscany at Il Giardino. The house is just beautiful, much bigger internally than it appears in the photos and the outdoor space is brilliant for children - a big grassy area where they could play, fantastic pool and Martin is happy for you to wander around the rest of the grounds. It's so peaceful and we really enjoyed the terrace too - it was lovely to sit there admiring the views and listening to the chimes of the bell tower on the hillside above. The house is well equipped, immaculately clean and full of beautiful pieces that the owners have collected on their travels. Martin's house is very close, but he didn't intrude at all, yet was always on hand and approachable if needed to give advice and recommendations and he was very interesting to talk to having led a very colourful life! The house is well placed to visit lots of places - Cinque Terre, the Garfagnana, the coast, Pisa, Lucca and Florence. Our boys loved Martin's dogs who were very well behaved and didn't venture into our part of the garden unless invited by the children. All in all we had a wonderful time (despite the mosquitoes) and can't wait to return, in fact we're worried about raving too much in case someone else wants the same week as us!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh thanks Guys. That's really kind of you. So glad you enjoyed yourselves, you were a pleasure to have around. Hoping we see you again in the not too distance future. Meantime, look after yourselves and enjoy life. Best Regards. Martin and Giusy.
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Great location and a fabulous pool

  • 3 of 5

This villa is finished to a high standard and is well equipped. The owner will request a 500 euro deposit on arrival.

All rooms are of a good size and the two bedrooms both have a/c which was badly needed.

The pool is fantastic, large size with a sloped entry making it ideal for young children and situated within good sized gardens.

This was our first time in a villa with owners on site. This was fine other than when they went out of an evening their two dogs barked incessantly which disturbed some of our evenings.

We all suffered from mosquito bites sitting out in the evening, so take plenty of repellent and bite cream!

The villa is ideally located 40mins drive from Pisa and is close to both the beaches and points of interest such as a Florence.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from our first trip to Tuscany, where we spent our second week at Il Giardino. The house is in a lovely setting with splendid views and a superb pool. The accommodation was spotlessly clean, extremely comfortable, and had all the equipment needed for any self catering we chose to do. Martin and Guisy were excellent hosts, very friendly with excellent restaurant recommendations. They have thought of everything when creating this amazing, relaxing holiday home.

We were sorry to leave.

Thank you, Martin and Guisy.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely Villa in great location.Private & peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

Villa was the most comfortable and well equipped one we have ever stayed in. The location was great. Totally peaceful and great for relaxing, yet close enough to the motorway for easy access to Florence, Pisa, Siena and Chianti. Kids loved the pool and the Alpacas! Martin was very helpful when we needed him and gave us advice on where to eat out and shop. We all had a great holiday and would not hesitate to return, to finish the bits we did not manage to do.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

We (two adults, two kids, 8 and 10 years) stayed at Il Giardino for two weeks. It was a perfect stay and we enjoyed it a lot. The property is even nicer and bigger than it looks in the pictures. Everything is very well maintained and clean. The house is furnished nicely and beautiful pieces of art are decorated everywhere which the owners brought from their journeys. The A/C worked perfectly, so did the WLAN. The pool is very big and inviting. It is surounded by a huge English-style lawn, where the children used to play when they were not in the pool (which they were most of the time). Furthermore, there are 2 dogs, a few hens, 17 alpacas (!!!), 2 goats and 5 cats living on the property. The kids just loved to hang around with all the animals, in particular with the two cuddly dogs. The dogs are super friendly and are trained not to come close to the guests' house, so even if you are afraid of dogs (as I am), this is no problem at all. It was particularly funny to sit on the terrasse in the evening, have dinner, watch the sun go down and then watch the Alpacas coming to the fence which separated the lawn/ pool from the grazing land of the Alpacas. Please note: As the animals are kept in the distance on the property,they did not at all intrude the pool/ lawn/ house area, no smell, no noises. It was like having a little private zoo without having any discomfort from it. Martin and Giusy, the owners of the property, live in an adjacent house on the property. They were very friendly and helpful and not intrusive at all. Our son needed to see a doctor during the stay and Martin arranged for a doctor's appointment in the near village and even accompanied us, as the doctor only spoke Italian (which we do not). All together we can only highly recommend the stay in Il Giardino and we will certainly come back when we visit Tuscany again! Thanks a lot for the very pleasant stay, Martin and Guisy!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
45 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Il Giardino is located in the hills just above the village of Stiava and reached by a private road. Just across the valley is the Village of Bargecchia who's church bells are said to have inspired Puccini to write the opera 'Tosca'. The house is surrounded by 20 acres of vineyard, olive groves and woodland with views to coast. Thanks to it's location the area keeps it's green and verdant look for all of the year. The resort town of Viareggio with it's beaches, restaurants and excellent shopping is 15 minutes by car and Historic Lucca 25 minutes. Between the coastal plane of Versilia, with its pine woods and lakes, to the Appenine Mountains famous for their marble mines, and stunning scenery the area really offer something for every one. It is possible to partake of almost every sport and activity imaginable from Golf to Skiing, Sailing to Walking, Paragliding to fishing. The area is also close to many famous cultural areas such as Firenze, Pisa and Sienna with all they have to offer.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Massarosa, Versilia

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn Season
10 Sep 2016 - 4 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter Season
5 Nov 2016 - 1 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas 2017
23 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
New Year 2017/18
29 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
Spring Season 2017
2 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Season 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn Season 2017
16 Sep 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Winter Season 2017/18
5 Nov 2017 - 1 Apr 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Note 1. The rental terms are 30% paid at time of booking and the Balance paid six week before the holiday start date.
Note 2. A security deposit of € 500 is payable to the owners on arrival.
Note 3. The Christmas and New Year and the Easter week period are charged at the Mid Season rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Massarosa in Tuscany

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Luxury
  • Air Conditioning
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suit Bedroom 1
  • The Bathrooms are fitted out with local ceramic tiling, under floor heating and heated towel rails.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , En Suite Shower Room with WC.
    Folding bed in living room. May be moved to another bedroom - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , In Sitting Room
    Fully equipped annex available at extra cost - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Please call for details. Accomodates 2 x Adults + 1 x Child.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Beds may be configured to make one double bed if required.
  • The Bedrooms are tastefully fitted out to the highest standards with all linen and towels supplied. The Bedrooms have polished wood floors and double glazing. The house has full under floor heating and each bedroom is fitted with air conditioning.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 2 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • 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
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The owners live on site and will be available to offer cooking and cleaning services by arrangement if required. They will also be able to offer any help, advice or assistance to make your holiday more enjoyable. Set in it's own grounds, ll Giardino offers complete tranquillity yet is close to all the amenities and local attractions. The area is famous for it's hospitality and good cuisine and truly offers something for everyone.

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