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Brian Cave

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Secluded Villa With A Private Pool, In Its Own Grounds Of 3 Acres. Lovely Views.

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Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Bagni di Lucca - IT4482

Villa in Riolo - Bagni di Lucca, Lucca Province, Tuscany, Italy - Peaceful Location, Mountain Walks With Bagni Di Lucca 15 Minutes Away

Only 10 minutes from the town of Bagni di Lucca, and beautifully positioned within its delightful hills, lies Orchard Heights. A newly constructed house that is surrounded by an abundance of fruit trees, cocooned by a chestnut forest and is completely secluded sitting in its own grounds of 3 acres. The house is detached and consists of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, dining area and living room. There is a private swimming pool and a large terrace that borders the property.

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Brian Cave (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks English

About Brian Cave

We are Brian and Deborah Cave and we moved to the Bagni di Lucca area in 2007 with our two boys, following the sale of our business in England. We decided to start a new life in Italy and live ‘La dolce Vita’. We had been welcomed with open arms by our fellow villagers and although we have since returned to the UK, we are still overwhelmed by the hospitality and friendliness of everyone that we have met.

We decided to buy two additional properties to renovate and rent as holiday lets which we have done so successfully for a number of years.

We want everyone who stays in one of our holiday homes to have a fantastic time, experience this wonderful area of Tuscany without paying a small fortune to do so and feel that they have received a good service with value for money.

Brian Cave purchased this villa in 2003

Why Brian Cave chose Lucca Area

Having fallen in love with Bagni di Lucca, we found an idyllic area in the hamlet of Riolo - one of the many mountain villages that make up the commune of Bagni di Lucca - and decided to build our own holiday home.

The spot was absolutely perfect, set in 3 acres of unspoilt country side. We have a property sitting in its own wildlife park with the occasional visit from deer, beautiful birds of prey catching the thermals as they soar high above the house and the seclusion and peacefulness of being with one's own thoughts.

What makes this villa unique

Perfect for an away from it all holiday or an active holiday for walkers as the property is reached by car or on foot via its own no through track.

As the house is set on its own in 3 acres of countryside and woodland it is the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday. It's not too far from the town of Bagni di Lucca, only 10 minutes down the hill and a 5 minute walk from the main village of Riolo.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lovely and quiet - very easy to relax here. Directions excellent, despite our reluctance to follow them! Good service by train to Lucca and beyond. But done be fooled by the station being in Bagni di Lucca as it is actually in Fornoli (approximately 2 miles outside Bagni di Lucca).

The Buffham family, High Wycombe Bucks - UK - July 2011

Fantastic villa which is very well equipped for a holiday rental property. The owners couldn’t do enough to help out. Don’t worry about the entrance slope too much - it’s easy after a couple of times. The DVDs were very helpful on a couple of cloudy rainy days. The only thing missing from home was our dogs!

The Kent family, Whiteparish Wiltshire - UK - July 2011

We had a fantastic holiday, the villa is stunning and on numerous times we saw hawks deer and eagles. We recommend that you go to Garnaiola they have live music and good cheap food. The owners were a delight to talk to and they helped in every way they could.

The Galliers - UK Aug 2011
Nov 2010
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Secluded Villa With A Private Pool, In Its Own Grounds Of 3 Acres. Lovely Views.
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
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Total privacy

  • 5 of 5

When you arrive to Riolo and see the track to to the villa you think that why on earth someone has a house down there - but when you arrive to the house you understand :) With your own, private villa and pool there is no hurry to do anything, just enjoy Italian feeling.

Thanks to Monia and her husband, house was clean and everything as promised as we had two families with 3 toddlers and one teenager.

There is no air-con but it wasn't problem as it was nice breeze through upstairs in the night time.

As Brian and Debbie wrote, Il Birribisso offered great food and was nice drive from the house.

I recommend the villa for anyone who want's to enjoy private villa, pool and Italian wine instead of busy bar right next to hotel. Just be prepared - the track to the house may be scary at first.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Orchard Heights. The villa and its amazing grounds made for a perfect relaxing holiday and the housekeeper, Monia and her husband were always on hand and so helpful. The property is someway up the hillside and in quite a remote spot but it was perfect for us. The track to the property was initially a bit daunting but we did master this after a few days.

The villa is very well equipped with a lovely kitchen and modern bathrooms, and the large pool and poolside seating area are perfect for an afternoon in the sunshine.

We saw plenty of deer and wall lizards around the property during the day and fireflies at night, but our favourite part of the stay was leaving the bedroom shutters open at night with just the insect screen covering the window and watching the stars....really beautiful!

The information given regarding supermarkets, restaurants and local attractions was very useful, and would recommend "Il Birribisso" restaurant in Granaiola, 5-10 minutes drive from the property.

Every year we pick a villa somewhere in Europe to stay with our grown up children for a family holiday/catch up, and I have to say this is one of our favourites to date :-)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words Angela. Brian and I are delighted that you had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed your stay at our house. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
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Location

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Graniola
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Bagni Di Lucca
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Lucca
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Graniola
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Viareggio
Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

Viareggio, is approximately 50 kilometres (30 miles) away and the Versillian coastline offers some lovely beaches.

Travel:

Pisa is the nearest airport approximately an hour's drive away 65 kilometres (40 miles.) Fornoli in Bagni di Lucca has a train station with a direct line to Lucca. A car is essential.

Distances:

Approximate distances to:

Bagni di Lucca 4 miles (6.5km) - 10 minutes by car.

Fornoli 4 miles (6.5km) - 10 minutes by car.

Lucca 18.5 miles (30km) - 30 minutes by car.

Pisa 40 miles (65km).

Florence 60 miles (96.5km).

Further Details:

There is a small bar in nearby Pieve di Monti di Villa, which is run by a local family. It has a small shop and an outdoor seating area. 5 minutes further on by car, is another restaurant in Granaiola. This has a wider menu and is popular within the local area with residents and tourists alike. They also provide a pizza take away service.

Bagni di Lucca offers a host of bars and restaurants, which is approximately 10 minutes down the hill. There is a night club in Chifenti, which is open during the weekend and hosts musical events as well as the usual night club scene. Also in Chifenti there is a fantastic ice cream bar with numerous and wonderful flavours available.

Approximately 15 minutes up the mountain Orrido di Bottri, the local nature reserve can be found. Here you can: take a tour and explore the gorge by walking up the river bed, marvel at the wonderful wildlife - maybe spot a golden eagle or see some rare plant life, or simply have a lovely picnic and enjoy the peace and quiet. During the summer a fiesta is held there and local produce e.g honey or cheese can be purchased. There is also a large barbecue which is a great experience to mingle with the local residents and soak up the Italian lifestyle.

Throughout the summer months many mountain villages in the area host their own fiestas, providing foods indicative of their area. A marvelous and exciting way to see and experience the real Tuscan life.

Borgo A Mozzano is approximately 20 minutes away, by car, and has the famous bridge Ponte della Maddelena. Also known as The Devil's Bridge. The city of Lucca is 30 minutes away and a magnet for Puccini fans. There is a museum dedicated to him and open air concerts are regularly held to celebrate his works.

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Prices & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer
4 Jun 2016 - 11 Sep 2016
5 night minimum stay
£1,286
for 5 nights
£1,800
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
£1,143
for 5 nights
£1,600
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
A deposit of £250.00 will be required on booking and the remainder is to be received 8 weeks prior to the date of your arrival. An additional security deposit of £250.00 will be required with your balance and this will be refunded within 14 days of your return home, provided that there are no breakages.
Please contact us for our terms regarding cancellations.

Changeover Day:
We prefer that all arrivals be on a Friday or a Monday, however, should you have a specific day please feel free to contact us. The house must be vacated by 10am for departures and arrivals are to be from 4pm. Thank you.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Bagni di Lucca in Tuscany

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1: full size bath with shower over, toilet and basin. Bathroom 2: separate shower, toilet and basin.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: King size bed, bedside tables, double wardrobe, balcony with beautiful views Bedroom 2: Double bed, bedside table, double wardrobe, balcony with beautiful views. Bedroom 3: Twin beds, bedside table, lovely views.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Outside: The private swimming pool is a below ground pool and is completely secluded. It measures 9m x 4m x 1.4m (constant depth) the perfect size for a good swim. Pool furniture is provided (sunloungers, table and chairs, umbrella and pool toys). The house is surrounded by countryside and deer regularly visit the grounds, which is a sheer delight whilst having your morning coffee on the balcony. Wild boar also make a visit, but only late at night and when the surroundings are still and quiet. Eagles can be seen soaring high up in the sky, catching the thermals, and during the month of June fireflies can be seen twinkling in the dark like little stars gently flashing. It truly is a wondrous and enchanting location, to experience nature in your very own wildlife park. The pool is open from April until the end of October. Utility Room: Dishwasher, fridge freezer, washing machine and kitchen sink. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. Should your stay be for more than 7 nights, then the linen and towels will be changed and the house cleaned.

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