Located off A15, between Aulla and Pontremoli, Massa Carrara, Tuscany, Italy
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Why Owner chose Mulazzo
Location location location! Experience real Italy in a beautiful setting in the region of "Lunigiana" that is famous for its castles, food and wine. The market towns of Pontremoli, Villafranca and many medieval villages are nearby to be explored. The property is set in its own ground, with a terrace (leading from kitchen and living area) that is used constantly in the summer for al fresco dining. Former guests have mentioned the handiness of the nearby hotel when you don't want to cook. Property easily accessible from A15 Autostrada and proximity to airports.
What makes this Villa unique
New salted swimming pool exclusively for guests. Outdoor table tennis table. Beautiful views of the mountains. La Pineta hotel open seven days a week. The musical sound of the Church bells twice daily. "A true delight" Large comfortable bedrooms. Two bathrooms. Large parking area.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Great, spacious home
The house is lovely, spacious and comfortable and the pool is absolutely beautiful. Moreover, the owners are very kind, and friendly and did their best to make sure that our stay was a wonderful experience. We really enjoyed our stay. Thank you Helen and Jimmy.
Thank you Fanny. It was lovely to meet you all.
We hope all goes well for you and the baby
Elena and Jimmy
J & H directed us to wonderful natural treasures within reach.
We would certainty recommend visitors have a good map and take the time to talk to J & H about the best places to visit. They know the area and restaurants very well.
Caves, mountain springs - for refreshing (mostly private) swimming, river gorges for more swimming and historic old towns and villages.
The Villa has everything that a family would need. The pool is welcoming, clean and well maintained, there is table tennis and the WiFi meant that we could see some of the world cup, when we were not visiting the local attractions!
Some of the local wine is excellent.
Fantastic location, beautiful pool
We have just had the most amazing holiday & I highly recommend this villa & location. If you're looking for a slice of real rural Italy close to medieval cities, villages & towns then you should consider staying at this villa.
The villa is situated in a hamlet, Cravilla where the only commercial premises is the La Pineta hotel. The food there was excellent & really good value.
Since the villa is so rural, access to a vehicle is really essential, but the driveway accessing the villa is extremely narrow & quite challenging. Our fairly moderate sized estate car could just about get through, but a 4x4 might not fit.
Places to visit - we had some fantastic days out - Pisa, Lucca, & Bocci di Magra (amazing gelato!) all within an hour's drive. We also took the train from nearby Villafranca to get to Cinque Terre which is absolutely as beatiful as Google images shows! However the absolute highlights for me was the wild mountain swimming - we found some simply stunningly beautiful canyons, waterfalls, pools & streams. Accessing them involved quite a trek, but they were simply amazing & absolutely free!
Our hosts, Helen & Jimmy were fantastic - really friendly, helpful & sociable - accessible if needed, but also very low-profile if you prefer privacy.
Villa facilities - We are a family of 4 with older children & we had 35 degree temperatures for the whole of our 2 week stay, which was around 10 degrees hotter than would have been typical for the time of year. The pool was fantastic! It is about 10m x 4m & is not chlorinated but managed with salt & algae repellant instead - the result is that whilst you might get slight salt deposits on your sunglasses, the water tastes very close to fresh water (It's not salty). This brought an additional benefit in that every morning & evening we were treated to a flying display from swallows who swoop over the pool to drink from the water as they go.
The villa, itself has everything you need as a base. It has a small quaint kitchen which is well equipped & has retained what appears to be an authentic italian 1950s units & marble work tops. In terms of the 2 bathrooms; one has a shower cubicle & the other has a bath with a hand-held shower head. There are 3 bedrooms, each with a double or king size bed. There is also a single bed in the 2nd bedroom.
Bedlinen, bathroom & good sized pool towels are provided
Overall, staying in Villa Elena (Stone Villa) was absolutely perfect for us. We had an amazing time & I thoroughly recommend it.
Wonderful 2 Week Break in Villa Elena
Superb location up in the hills in northern Tuscany. Jimmy and Helen were perfect hosts, looking after us and giving us local insight whilst also giving us the space to relax and enjoy the holiday. Villa was lovely with outdoor terrace, pool and table tennis being star attractions! Great restaurants nearby, good supermarket in local town and great location to explore areas such as Pisa, Lucca and the marble quarries among other things. Thoroughly recommended!
Beautiful house, stunning setting
Had a week's stay here in July. Our fourth visit to Villa Elena and once again we were bowled over by the beauty of the setting, the friendliness of the hosts and the wonderful way of Italian life. There is plenty to do in the area and the property is ideally situated to access bigger towns and cities either via the motorway or using the excellent train system.
The latest addition of the swimming pool is fantastic. It is the perfect way to cool down on a hot day and is absolutely stunning.
The property was immaculately clean and the very kind hosts really went above and beyond what was expected of them. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back!!
Escape to Tuscany!
I travelled to Villa Elena for a week in June and was welcomed to the sight of Prosecco, Parma ham and a Pint! Villa Elena is very close to Pontremoli and Villafranca, towns you can catch trains to Parma, Pisa, Florence etc. though I would advise you to hire a car as there are many sights to spend a day at. I travelled West as far as Portofino (where I moor my yacht when I'm not using it) and hiked along the Cinqueterra. I still only achieved about 50% of what I had set out to do in that week (didn't get near the Carrara mountains).
This is the ideal place for couples and families alike who want to get away from the cities and enjoy the true Italian experience. Helen and Jimmy are there to give you sightseeing guidance using Helen's very detailed guidebook but also allow you to enjoy the peace and tranquillity you can only get up in the Italian Mountains.
Grazie Brian glad you enjoyed your stay it was a pleasure to meet you. Regards H & J
Lerici, (40 min) is an upwardly mobile resort of garden villas, seafront bars and trattorias. Cinque Terre is best reached by train from Villafranca, (one hour). Walk, take the boat or train between the villages. The Riviera di Levante east of Genoa (one hour) includes Portofino, Santa Margherita and Camogli.
Punto Corvo beach is reached by boat from Bocca di Magra. (40 min). One hour south of the Villa, from Forte dei Marmi to Viareggio. large sandy beaches are in abundance with designer shops.
By plane: the nearest airports are approximately Pisa (100km), Parma (80km)
Genoa (130km) with Bologna (180km),
Bergamo (210km) and Milan (200km).
They are serviced by the low cost airlines from UK and Ireland.
Car Hire is recommended.
Driving from Northern France is approximately 14 hours.
Local Hotel 300m with an excellent restaurant. Pontremoli, 9km away is an ancient town with a beautiful Duomo (cathedral) and twice weekly market in the piazza. The river Magra which runs down the valley is excellent for fishing and swimming in summer.
Throughout this Lunigiana area most towns and villages have outdoor festivals in summer, with local food specialities.
The Via Francigena (Pilgrims route to Rome) runs down the valley, passing many castles and medieval hamlets.
Villa Elena is between the towns of Pontremoli and Villafranca in the area called Lunigiana, which extends from the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines to the sea. It is a special area to discover and taste the local produce. Castles and walled villages, churches, medieval hamlets and noble residences follow one another between history and hospitality. The folklore traditions and cuisine never cease to surprise.
2.5km drive to Arpriola, the nearest village, with bakery, pharmacy, doctors surgery, bar/restaurant, and supermarket.
Mulazzo, an ancient Byzantine settlement, seat of the commune, is 4km away, and a beautiful uphill walk, with two restaurants (one of them a fantastic pizzeria).
Villafranca, (5km) is the nearest town, (market day on Friday), has banks, supermarkets, and a variety of restaurants. It also has an outdoor Olympic size pool, kiddies pool and picnic area.
Pontremoli,(9km) has the Piagnaro Castle that houses many famous Lunigiana Stele.
Filetto, Malgrate, and Bagnone, which can be seen directly across the valley from the villa, have ancient castles with splendid views and must be visited. Vineyards and wineries are found in the area and some do tastings.
The world famous Carrara Mountains (featured in the James Bond movie "Quantum of Solace") are an hour away and well worth a visit, to experience open mine quarrying and take a guided tour.
Italian Rail is efficient and not expensive (especially the regionale trains) therefore making Rome, Florence, Lucca, Parma, Genoa, Venice, Milan, Bologna, and many other cities accessible from Pontremoli or Villafranca (called Villafranca-Bagnone)
Lucca, a famous Tuscan walled town, home of Puccini (80km) is a wonderful day trip, and also accessible by train.
The famous towns of Montepulciano, Siena and San Gimignano are up to 3 hours away. The cinque terre villages are best visited by train from Villafranca-Bagnone railway station.