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Rod and Caroline Swail

Member since: 2010
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Speaks English, Italian

Villa with stunning river views, splash pool, garden, easy walk to restaurants

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday villa in Media Valle del Serchio

sleeps 8-10 large elegant villa, ideal for groups and larger families

This villa offers the rare and sought after combination of a large, elegant villa with stunning river views and garden with pool yet within easy ealking distance of a beautiful historic spa town in northern Tuscany, with bars and restaurants just 5 minutes away on foot.

Strong, free wi-fi throughout the villa.

Easy access to public transport mean that it's possible to leave the car behind and make day trips by bus or train.

Guests can choose to rent either the top floor (4 large bedrooms, all with ensuite shower room) or the whole villa (6 bedrooms, 5 bath/shower rooms plus seperate toilet). With either option you will be the only guests staying at the villa and will have sole use of the loggia, garden, terraces and splash pool.

The views are breathtaking, looking down on the river below. The loggia with its three terracotta arches is the perfect spot to relaxi with friends and family and a glass of Tuscan wine.

The splash pool is ideal to cool off in on a hot summers day and the terraced gardens provide for relaxing under the Tuscan sun or dining al fresco with is a traditional chimney barbecue.

The Villa is on two floors. The top floor has 4 large double bedrooms all with ensuite shower room, kitchen, lounge area with open fire place, another living/dining room, plus of course the loggia with its terracotta arches, stunning views and further seating. For those choosing the 6 bedroom option this includes also the first floor with a larger kitchen/dining room, 2 double bedrooms, one bathroom (with bath) and seperate toilet.

Bedrooms are made up with high quality white cotton bedlinen and towels. Pool towels are provided.

As many of the bedrooms are large it is possible to make rooms up with extra beds or to make some rooms with twin single beds instead of double beds. We aim to be flexible and we will try to arrange the rooms to suit your groups needs. Please contact us to discuss your ideal sleeping arrangements.

The villa is very well equipped with everything you need for your holiday: guidebooks, maps and local information, plenty of novels, DVDs and CDs (mostly English language) to choose from, board games and a wii video games console with a good selection of games.

A welcome basket is provided with local specialities, Tuscan wines, and some basics to ensure a stress free start to your holiday.

The villa is reached by a series of steps and is not suitable for those with mobility difficulties.

The accommodation is an historic Tuscan villa making it ideal for larger families or groups of friends.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Rod and Caroline Swail (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks English, Italian

About Rod and Caroline Swail

We are originally from Great Britain where we worked in hotels and teaching.

Rod and Caroline Swail purchased this villa in 2006

Why Rod and Caroline Swail chose Media Valle del Serchio

The view! Looking down onto the river and the old stone bridge, with the surrounding hills is an amazing view . It's a view we never tire of as it's always changing; every day the water level, movement and light is different, but always beautiful. The town of Bagni di Lucca is a charming place, beautiful scenery and a lovely, easy and relaxing atmosphere. It's a great place to unwind.

What makes this villa unique

Whilst other properties had views, or were large, we knew this particular combination was fairly unique: a large villa with an amazing view yet within easy walking distance of bars and restaurants. When we are on holiday we don't want to always have to drive home after a meal, a leisurely stroll along the river is far nicer! It was unusual to find somewhere so close to town yet with a superb view and outside space. We knew this villa was special, a magical combination, and we love to share this with our guests.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A fantastic stay in a charming town in a wonderful house full of charm and good atmosphere. Hospitable and helpful hosts who did everything so that we might feel comfortable and have a good time. It was with sadness we have to leave, but we are looking forward to come back. And we would definitely recommend Villa Toscany Rosalena to everyone. We were a family of ten people, from 2 years and up to 60 +, and the place was great for all of us. Several different common areas we could use both indoors and outdoors. Toys and games for the little kids, and we adults had fun in the pool even if it was not very large. The kitchen was well equipped and gave us the opportunity to create superb dinner dishes. The barbeque space was a cool oasis with trees that umbrella by day and fireflies danced around in the evening which made the atmosphere magical.

The rooms were large and cool, spacious and with enchanting views. Newly renovated in every room.
Jun 2013
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based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

Villa with stunning river views, splash pool, garden, easy walk to restaurants
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Everything it said it was!

  • 5 of 5

Have to say, it was everything it said it was. Communication with the owner very good prior to our arrival, meet us when we arrived, offered suggestions on where to go etc, do ask him as having lived there for 10 years he should know! Clean and tidy when we arrived, had the whole run of the property, all 4 beds made up for a party of 4, we could have had a room each! The view is to die for. In the older part of Bagni and a car is needed to get to the supermarket is it is in the newer part and that is a good walk. Local bar and restaurants just up the road. Whilst there we visited Lucca, Florence (by train from Lucca, 15 Euros return, although you could drive to Prato) and Pisa. So much to see in Florence you need more than a day. In fact you need more than a week for the same reason. I'd happily recommend it. Also offers B&B.

  • Review Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Brilliant, helpful owner and lovely, clean villa

  • 5 of 5

Listing description is spot on. This villa and everything in it is spotless with plenty of room to spare for us 9 ladies. Beautiful views, quiet and relaxing area with bars/restaurants with very good food with 5 minutes walk. Rod, the owner is so welcoming and helpful. Couldn't have asked for more, nothing too much trouble. Definitely would recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
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The best place to be.........

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family stayed here in June and we had the whole place to ourselves. Very large house well fittted out including a dishwasher 2 fridges and a great Barbeque. We took the owner Rod's advice and did the local walk over the top of the hill behind the property. It was such a lovely route and showed lots of places that we had not guessed were there. All the local restaurants were very special and not expensive. We went to Lucca and Florence but always couldn't wait to get back to the arched loggia to watch the lights come on in the town and to gaze at the river. We will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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beautiful villa in gorgeous location

  • 5 of 5

We would highly recommend this villa - we had a fantastic holiday and the local scenery is spectacular. The English-speaking owners, who live onsite, could not have been more helpful and accommodating.

The only negative is that it is unsuitable for anyone with mobility problems - there are a lot of steps up to the property and also within the building itself, but there is an advisory on this in the property listing.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with friends and hired the villa for a week. It's a stunning location and burnt a few calories climbing the steps to the villa but worth it for the stunning views from the loggia. The rooms are huge and spacious and bathrooms are lovely. Was a great place to stay and only a short walk from the town. We were here for a friends wedding and so glad we hired ths villa as gave us flexibility and comfort. The owners communicated excellently and gave a lovely welcome pack. Would not hesitate to return and recommend to others. Thank you so much.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
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Heaven in Northern Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

How do you start when reviewing Villa Rosalena? Do you extol the virtues of the accomodation or do you start with the great welcome from hosts Rod and Caroline.

We hired the top floor of the Villa Rosalena equating to 4 bedrooms in August 2011. A recently built kitchenette means that the self catering experience can be enjoyed with all mod cons provided!

In short, everything that the traveller can think of is on site, from a comfy loggia with soft seating and outside table (we never used the inside dining room ourselves) to a lounge area with SKY television (you can get English language for those of us less up to speed with the Italian language very easily), Wii, DVD's books etc.

The small decking area was fine for us to lie out in the baking heat (although the area is hilly, the sun hits the terrace from 9.30 to 5.30 at the moment and reached an abnormally high 42C in our first week) and a small plunge pool was welcoming if it got too hot (for those wanting an olympic size experience try Bagni's large public pool...we did'nt,,,but instead enjoyed a simple dip if we needed cooling down). Free Wifi was a big plus as we could check on trainItalias web site whilst lying in the sunshine and plan our next trip into Lucca or beyond.

All the rooms were spacious with plenty of cupboard space and all were en-suite. The view from Chocolato (our room) was perfect with whisps of smoke drifting across the valley and town in the early morning, which we saw through green shuttered windows.

We utilised the barbecue area twice and enjoyed the experience but, as many people had mentioned Caroline's cooking in previous reviews we had to sample an evening meal......In short the wow factor was achieved with ease! Tell her what you like and you'll experience a first class taste of Tuscany as well as friendly banter from Rod as he plays "mine host" making a "special" meal a truly family affair.

Rod and Caroline quite simply are the perfect hosts and do their utmost to look after you in this little piece of Tuscan heaven. Although the steps up to the villa are, in truth, not for the faint hearted, Rod was always there to help with cases and the views from the loggia make up for the walk from the road below where we parked our car (a car would be a good suggestion if you want to get up into the more hilly villages or simply explore higher altitudes). Ask for advice and it's there, ask for a place to relax and enjoy Northern Tuscany..go no further!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2011
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Nearest Airport
62 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Bar Italia
Nearest Ferry
74 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
55 Kilometres
Versilia, Montecatini
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Bagni di Lucca
Nearest Motorway
26 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Da Vinicio
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
54 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Bagni di Lucca is a historic spa town in northern Tuscany.It is the ideal destination for those who want to enjoy a relaxing holiday amidst stunning hill and mountain scenery.

This small, tranquil Tuscan town on the banks of the River Lima has all the restaurants, bars, supermarkets and other facilities for an easy vacation along with superb open air public swimming pools and the thermal spa. In the past its thermal waters, mild climate and beautiful setting attracted a C.18th and C.19th 'who's who' of poets and princesses whose legacy has left the town with many elegant villas and a genteel atmosphere.

Bagni di Lucca makes an ideal base for walking holidays with so much stunning scenery all around and the countryside is dotted with medieval hill villages unchanged for centuries.

It is ideally placed for day trips throughout northern Tuscany. By car or public transport. the charming walled city of Lucca is 25 minutes away and Pisa airport only an hour. The Versilia coast is easily reached as is Florence. By car the cinque Terre and Siena can also be visited as day trips.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Bagni di Lucca, Media Valle del Serchio

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 2016
1 Jun 2016 - 1 Jul 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
summer special 2016
2 Jul 2016 - 3 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2016
30 Sep 2016 - 12 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Christmas and New Year
15 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Price includes: electricity, hot water etc, full clean before and after your stay, all bed linen, large towel and hand towel per person. pool towels provided. (for stays of more than one week a mid stay light clean and change of bed linen and towels)
No extra charges.
A complimentary welcome basket of local wine, basics and Tuscan specialities is included

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Media Valle del Serchio in Lucca Area

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 165 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • town
  • village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • All four en-suite shower rooms have white Italian sanitary ware and chrome fittings and are tiled in a simple modern ivory colour scheme. All have large washbasin, matching bidet and toilet. Showers are luxury dual showers with choice of large overhead spray or hand-held spray , white ceramic shower tray and cream curtain. Each shower room has shelving, chrome hooks for wash-bags and a towel rail. One large bathroom towel and one hand towel is supplied per guest. Pool towels are also supplied so no need to bring any of your own.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , can add a single bed or cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , can add cot
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , can add a single bed or cot
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , can be double bed
  • The four bedrooms are all larger than average. They are stylish and decorated in light fresh colours with a hint of classic Tuscany. Mattresses were carefully selected for comfort, bedding is crisp white cotton. All rooms have two bedside tables with lamps and wardrobe. Three rooms have double beds whilst bedroom four can be made up with either two twin single beds or a double bed according to preference. As the rooms are so large we can easily add extra single beds or cots for babies on request. All four bedrooms have stunning views, two of the river and town and two of the thermal spa. All bedrooms have their own private modern en-suite shower room.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • 12 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Guests renting the 4 bedroom option on a self catering basis have sole use of the whole of the top floor of the villa, the garden, barbecue and splash pool. The top floor has a private entrance and can be completely seperated from the other floors of the villa for guests total privacy. The top floor consists of private entrance, hall, loggia, dining room, kitchen, lounge and four bedrooms each with ensuite shower room. The owners may use the first floor as a seperate apartment with seperate private entrance. The owners do not use the garden when guests are staying but do regualr maintenance such as watering and weeding. Keen cooks are encouraged to freely use the fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables grown in the garden. Parents should note the terraced garden and steps are not suitable for the very young unless well supervised. Please note access is by a series of steps and it is not suitable for those with mobility difficulties

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