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 gardens, fields, 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 air conditioning in the bedrooms, 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. It has the feel of being completely isolated, but in fact is 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.
- Cottage1291 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay7 - 15 nights
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen, large living room with patio and pool.
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- 4 Aug 2018
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Fantastic - highly recommended
Family of four - two kids age 6 and 8. We stayed for two weeks. Great house. Nice bedrooms with a/c. Well-equipped kitchen. Very cosy living room. Nice patio. Pool was superb and a favorite with the kids. Beautiful surroundings and views of mountains and ocean. Very easy distance to small beautiful villages (not touristy) and the well-known Lucca and Pisa. It makes for a fantastic vacation spot and we highly recommend it.
This is a beautiful house with fantastic pool large enough to swim properly and very peaceful
To clarify there are two bedrooms. A/C is in bedrooms only. To say there is satellite/cable is stretching things as there was at best one channel in English that we could find. Insect bites were a constant problem even though we were prepared. Having said all that a very high quality property in a lovely position very good for visits to Pisa Lucca Florence etc and we were pleasantly surprised by Viareggio as a resort. All in all good value. The pool and grounds in particular are gorgeous.
Perfect holiday at a beautifully kept property with a fantastic pool
This beautifully restored farm offers tranquility and luxury, and our stay was even richer from the contact with animals. In addition the farm is in an area which offers everything from culture to beach life and boat trips. We enjoyed lazy days by the pool, the mountains, the sea, Pisa, Lucca and Florence, great food and wonderful hosts - thank you Giusy and Martin!
Relaxing, peaceful, home from home
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.
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.
Martin and Giusy.
Wonderful house with great outdoor space
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!
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.
Martin and Giusy.
Great location and a fabulous pool
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.
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 garden, fields, 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.
N.B. During the high season period the change over day is Saturday. 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.