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An Old Bishop's House, Now a Charming Holiday Villa for 10/14 Guests in a Mosquito Free Area between Florence and Lucca

Bedrooms 6
Separate WCs1
Space 3,659 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

6 Bedrooms, Private Garden and Pool, Wellness Area with Sauna and maxi-Jacuzzi

'Villa Le Panche' was built in 1718 as a summer retreat for the Bishop of Pistoia. It has been recently refurbished and it is now a very comfortable mansion with wide common areas such as two living rooms, one of which with pool table and sofa bed, a fully equipped kitchen, large indoor and outdoor dining areas and a wellness room with a 4 place sauna and a 7 place hydro massage.

The villa can accommodate up to 14 guests in 5 double bedrooms ensuite, a twin bedroom with bunk beds and a supplementary king size sofa bed in the mansard lounge near the pool table.

Outside the Villa, our guests can enjoy the heated swimming pool, relax in a 2000sq.m private garden with apple and maple trees and walk along the shady banks of the Reno River.

'Villa Le Panche' is in fact located in a mosquito-free lush valley, at a distance of just 15 minutes from downtown Pistoia and 40 minutes by car from Florence and Lucca. Our area is also close to Abetone, a famous Tuscan winter resort with some 80 km of ski slopes.

For those who are interested in visiting Tuscany's art cities or the beaches of Versilia, Pistoia stands in a central position and is very well connected via highway and railway with all potential destinations.

More Details

Property Manager
Mr. Davide Ferrari
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 September, 2018

About Mr. Davide Ferrari

I am the manager of “GMG Holidays”, a small family business operating with its self-catering properties near the town of Pistoia, a few dozen minutes away from other important art cities like Florence, Lucca and Pisa as well as from the beaches of Versilia.

What we aim at offer you is the chance to spend a relaxing holiday in the nature of a green valley set between the town of Pistoia and the Tuscan Apennine Mountains. This is a well known and loved winter holiday destination, famous for the ski slopes of Abetone, but also an enchanting holiday spot between spring and autumn, thanks to its pretty paths and silent ancient forests.

Our properties are charming historic buildings which have been recently renovated and fully equipped to meet the needs of increasingly demanding tourists. In fact, my father and I are both passionate travellers and this helps us to empathize with the potential demands of our guests. We are truly committed to your satisfaction and looking forward to welcoming you to one of our properties! We will do our best to make you feel at home!

Mr. Davide Ferrari purchased this villa in 2007


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa around the San Marcello Pistoiese around the Province of Pistoia

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3659 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fan
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Ski Locker
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Toilet 1 - Toilet , Bidet
    Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
  • 3 bedrooms are equipped with double beds. 2 bedrooms have single beds that can be joined together. 1 bedroom has bunk beds. The sofa bed is double.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden Table & Chairs
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Parasol
  • Veranda
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Hydrotherapy
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • 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
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis


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An Old Bishop's House, Now a Charming Holiday Villa for 10/14 Guests in a Mosquito Free Area between Florence and Lucca
average rating of 4.8965516 based on 29 reviews

Spectacular location

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely family stay here this year. There were 11 of us and the villa met all our needs. Facilities were great and location beautiful. We travelled to Florence by train which as very easy and hassle free.

The only thing I would recommend is for a fan in the upstairs bedroom as it did get hot al night time. Thank you fDavide for making our stay memorable.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous family holiday

  • 4 of 5

The villa is beautiful with plenty of space for a large family. It was very clean, large bedrooms and a well equipped kitchen. The outdoor space was great, so the 2 children and dog were well entertained. You definitely need a car to get around but there is a village only a 10 minute walk away with a shop with a butcher which had most of the things we needed and did fresh bread/pastries. We didn’t realise the villa was very close to the road but this wasn’t a problem as it is very secure. It is also next to a garage which could be quite noisy sometimes but those were the only downsides. Davide and his father were extremely helpful, very easy to contact and would get in touch quickly - even coming over if there was a problem, which gave us peace of mind. I would strongly recommend the villa for a relaxing family holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful place. Beautiful Villa. Very comfortable and spacious. Davide and Nedo gracious and helpfu

  • 5 of 5

Would definitely return. Location great for exploring other areas. Beautiful villa. We were 8 adults and 6 children. Hard to say who enjoyed it more

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Mary. It would be a great joy fo us to host your wonderful family once more at Villa Le Panche!
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Lovely Property

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this villa in Tuscany. The property was lovely with lots of history but all the amenities you could want. The grounds were very pretty and the children loved the pool and jacuzzi. I would definitely recommend a stay here.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We wish to host you again sooner or later!
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Lots of space, fantastic pool, everything provided

  • 5 of 5

from the moment i contacted the owner to when we left Davide was very helpful and always on hand if we needed any help. The house is really lovely and plenty of room for our 2 families of 4 adults and 6 children. Never felt on top of each other.

The pool was fantastic as the weather was so good we spent lots of time in the pool. The hot tub was a great bonus and the children loved it!

Lots to see and do in the area and major cities not too far a drive away.

We had the home chefs recommended by Davide to come in and cook us a 4 course meal that was amazing and good value for money. Well worth doing. Also the restaurant just up the road was happy to make us takeaway so was well used!

overall nothing to complain about - just perfect! Thanks

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for appreciating our job and for sharing your experience with our future guests! Davide and Nedo
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Wonderful villa! My frie...

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful villa! My friends and I enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. We had a full house including 3 children and a baby but there was more than enough space and things to do. The villa was the perfect mix of antique with modern amenities. The salt-water pool was really enjoyed, especially by me since it was better for my baby's skin.

The location is so great - it is a bit in the mountains so the temperature drops to a very comfortable cool level in the evening. So nice since it was extremely hot in the cities during the day.

There are many day trip possibilities but I especially liked taking the train from Pistoia into Florence. Really convenient and fast.

Davide was accommodating and hospitable before we got there and was helpful the entire time of our stay. His professionalism made me feel comfortable from the beginning.

The only thing that we would say in criticism is that the road in front of the villa is actually quite busy so there is some street noise. Not bad - we slept to the back with our baby and she slept perfectly.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Montecatini Terme
Nearest Train
22 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
22 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Liberamente Le Panche
Nearest Ski
20 Kilometres
Cutigliano - Abetone
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Villa Le Panche is located 17 km North of the town of Pistoia. The closest restaurant, the beautiful and truly Tuscan 'Liberamente Le Panche', is located next to the villa and reachable on foot through a private path. The area around Villa Le Panche, known as the 'Pistoia's Apennines' is a perfect holiday destination for people who appreciate a very well preserved environment with plenty of trekking routes to enjoy on foot, on horseback or by mountain bike. It is rich of rivers for canoeing and fishing and offers many opportunities for practising all kinds of outdoor sports.

Located 20 minutes from Florence and Lucca, Pistoia also has much to offer in terms of history, art, monuments, traditions, nature and cuisine. Walking through the picturesque streets of its historic centre, visitors will find many good restaurants that offer authentic dishes of the Tuscan tradition, as well as local wines, at fair prices. Very interesting is the huge market that takes place on the monumental Piazza del Duomo and surrounding streets twice a week. Pistoia also offers one of the major zoological gardens in Italy.

To visit, nearby, Vinci with the Leonardian museum, Montecatini with its thermal baths, the medieval villages of Valdinievole including Collodi, the town of Pinocchio, the Butterfly House and Villa Garzoni.​

Major destinations such as Florence, Lucca, Pisa and the coast of Versilia are within 1 hour distance from the villa. The medieval town of Siena and the wonderful Cinque Terre area are reachable in 1h30 minutes.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £177.45

Special rates apply to reservations of 2 weeks or more
Tarifs spéciaux pour les séjours d'au moins 2 semaines
Tariffe speciali si applicano a soggiorni di almeno 2 settimane

Included in the rental fee:

1 weekly set of bed linen
1 weekly set of towels (a beach towel plus 3 bath towels per person)
Electricity, Gas, Water consumption
Free internet Wi-fi access
Heating when needed
Final Cleaning
Extra Cleaning (on request) €15 per hour

Rental Conditions:
Arrival times Check in: 16.00-19.00 (please inform us about your expected arrival time)
Check Out before 10:30 AM
Pool opening dates from late April to late September
Pets are welcome!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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