Villa nr Bagnone, Massa Carrara Prov, Tuscany and Florence, Italy - Peaceful Loc. 5 Mins to Bagnone, 45 mins to Lerici and easy access to the Cinque Terre
- English, Italian
About david knox
The walk through the woods, the rickety gate, the 210 degree view and the old barn was the place i fell in love with in 2004. I subsequently built the villa, cleared the land, planted the vines and olives and now live and work near to the property. The experience has given me the chance to meet many people in the area and sample food in the local restaurants which i am happy to book on your behalf. I can also organize daily trips and I am on hand to help in any other way in order to make your time in Lunigiana as special as possible. Best p.s. the picture was taken in Lucca on a rare day off! A beautiful city
david knox purchased this Villa in 2004
Why david knox chose Bagnone
Lunigiana is a stunning area in Northern Tuscany. Seasonal foods, the restaurants, Trattorias and the back-drop of the mountains add to the experience. The coast is 45 minutes away at Lerici and the train from the local town can take you to the Cinque Terre/Pisa/Parma/Genoa/Florence with ease.
What makes this Villa unique
The private location of the villa is perfect for a relaxing break. The large pool is close to the villa but can be closed automatically for child safety. There are a number of terraced areas which are perfect for time in the sun or shade. The proximity of the local town and railway station provides the opportunity to venture further afield without the stress of the car. Day trips can be arranged on your behalf as well as in-house dining. The owner produces saffron and fresh vegetables all of which are provided free of charge.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Exceptional house,amazing views,phenomenal host
Exceptional house, phenomenal views, amazing host created a truly perfect vacation for the 2 couples that stayed in the villa early in May. Each couple prepared the reviews below:
Our time at the villa was everything a vacation should be. Beautiful, relaxing yet exciting and overall one of the best vacation we have ever been on. The Villa is amazing, it feels like home immediately, the town is out of a storybook; the people could not be friendlier. We can’t wait to go back.
Bob & Bev
One of our best vacations ever. Villa was beautiful, very clean, view was stunning, pool area just gorgeous -wish we could have spent one day chilling by the pool but the weather did not cooperate. The sitting areas outside just fabulous with an all around panoramic view of the valley. Great community everyone very friendly and the owner went out of his way to make our stay memorable.
Buzz & Maria
Incredibly pretty , stunning views , perfection .
We had high expectations for this holiday as we were celebrating a 60th birthday with the family and we had spent several hours trying to find the most suitable place .
David kindly met us in the local village and we followed him up to the property.
When we arrived at the property we were literally blown away by the most incredible views. They really are spectacular .
However , the villa was not to disappoint.
It is a beautifully renovated building and it is clear that quality fixtures and fittings have been used to create this idyllic villa .
Every room has been beautifully decorated and the beds are extremely comfortable .
The kitchen is well equipped and there is plenty of storage . Brilliant cooking facilities and a huge fridge to keep all the wine chilled . There is a huge dining table both indoor and outdoor .
We had the most amazing memorable week . David would be round early morning to clean and maintain the pool and kindly got the water to the right temperature for the not so brave of us . The pool is huge and very clean .
There are comfortable sunbeds and plenty of pool towels .
David was always available for tips and recommendations for good restaurants etc but was also exceptionally respectful of our privacy .
I could go on and on about this place and I cannot express how amazing the place is . We are definitely going back as it really is perfection .
Anwen/John and family
Thank-you for your review.
It was a pleasure to meet you all and i'm glad the weather was kind for the birthday! Whilst September is a step towards autumn it's one of my favourite months. Blue skies, sunshine but a pleasant freshness in the air after the heat in July/August.
Thanks to John for the coffee in the morning and a quick chat on an array of topics.
Looking forward to seeing you all again. The final thanks goes to Jess and Lucia for helping me to get my insta account up and running.
Best to everybody
David & Ana
Breathtaking views, privacy, and serenity
This property is truly spectacular. The thing that first strikes you when you drive up is the serenity and privacy - you are well removed from your nearest neighbor - and the incredible views of mountains and the valley below, a view that changed from morning to night as the light changed. The pool was amazing and our family spent many happy hours swimming, relaxing, and reading by the pool. The villa is immaculate - it was spotless on our arrival and had everything a family of 6 needed. The area surrounding the villa could not be more charming - the town of Bagnone is beautiful and the locals were exceptionally friendly. We particularly enjoyed going to town for morning espressos and pastries. There was a wonderful Monday morning street market right in the middle of town where we bought wonderful meat, cheeses, and fresh fruit/vegetables. We took many walks of varying difficulty in and around Bagnone and the surrounding towns. We hiked in the Apennines and had easy day trips to Lucca and the Cinque Terre. Finally, the owner David is an amazing host - he cares deeply about the experience of his guests and does whatever he can to make the stay perfect. He was remarkably responsive during the booking process and readily available throughout the stay to provide recommendations for restaurants and activities. This property far exceeded our high expectations and we will make every effort to return as soon as possible.
Welcome to the place you never wanna leave!
We are renting houses for our yearly summer vacations, mainly in Italy and Spain, over a decade now. And we had rather high expectations for this property due to all the nice reviews and pictures. Good lord! People say pictures tell more than thousand words. Well, they can never ever meet the epiphany we had when David (Knox, the owner) took us through the property gates and onto the drive way to the house. It was the first time that my expectations have been exceeded in every single instance, by miles.
Some specifics why I think this must be one of the best locations globally. Starting with THE VIEW! Like a canyon watcher you could probably spend the whole day sitting on one of the several different terraces and feel the atmosphere shifting minute by minute.
Then the pool. Perfectly designed in terms of safety and cleaning features and moreover it's wisely equipped for the guests’ different needs: diving board for the athletic ones, two different type of sunbeds (one for the readers with sunshield, one for the chillers with soft mattress), shower and a “sunport” that provides semi-shade for yoga sessions.
The kitchen is for us probably the most important place indoors, especially during vacation. Hence, I am often annoyed how little attention summer house owners pay to that key space of social interaction. Not in this house! Two fridges (one for the beverages and one for food, if you like), a gas oven, a kitchen island with bar stools, a collection of actually sharp knives (!), large frying pans for infinite pasta cooking pleasure etc. Moreover, the kitchen has entrances to the house’s two main terraces and you're always passing the fridge...
Part of the kitchen of course, even if located outdoors and perfectly positioned for a GT sundowner, is the charcoal grill. Even if you’re less of a grilling freak than I am, a sufficiently sized dry-wood suited grill with three different grilling grate elevation levels doesn’t leave anyone’s eye dry.
But all these fantastic features of this place appear in the end almost profane compared to the service level and kindness the owner David Knox brings to the table. Whatever questions or considerations you have regarding the property or the area, David is only a call or a message away with solid and inspiring input. David seems to have friends in and tips for any given town, which we followed with an almost 100% hit-rate.
We will not wait for the next worldcup David, we'll be back sooner!
Thanks, Dino and the Swe
Dino/Christine & Family
The first thing is obviously to say a very big thank you for your kind words.
I had some trepidation when i left the villa to meet you in Bagnone. How do you greet guests from Sweden when just a few hours earlier it was Sweden 0 England 2 in the World Cup Finals? Thankfully a sense of humor came to the rescue.
I already had a sign ready for the gates if the score had been the other way around...."Gone Fishing". :-)
Jokes aside it was great to meet you all and thanks for joining us to cheer England on in the next round. Negronis with you guys watching England at Il Barretto in Bagnone will stay with Ana and I forever!
We are both looking forward to seeing you again in the future and a visit to Stockholm is on the cards...the only minor issue is Bagnone 1x Spritz including nibbles = Eur 4....Stockholm Eur 15....
Thanks again for the review.
Amazing stay with family
We had a truly amazing stay, words (or photos) do not do justice to the views-nothing will beat sitting on the veranda watching an electrical storm roll through the valley beneath us.
Our party had 4 children under 5 years old who were able to safely explore the house and the grounds.
As we had children we treated ourselves to the local chef (Stefan) who is superb and cooked us a range of local dishes. We have been recommending the property to friends and family-we intend to return again and thank you for your hospitality David!
Exceeded our expectations
The villa itself had everything you could think of. The weather was not kind to us so spent time inside and the log fire was wonderful. The rooms were spacious and spotless and the kitchen had all the utensils you could want. In the warm weather there would be plenty of seating for sun lovers as well as those wanting the shade. The pool and diving board are fantastic it was just a shame that we could not benefit from this as the weather made it to cold. Would love to visit again in the Summer. David was friendly and knowledgeable of the area and on hand if needed. Overall -highly recommend.
45 minutes to a sandy beach at Lerici by car. The Cinque Terre is accessible by train from the local town in 50-60 minutes
Pisa Airport 1 Hour 10 minutes by car
Parma Airport 1 hour 10 minutes by car
Genoa Airport 1 hour 15 minutes by car
Milan Linate 2 hours 15 minutes by car
Bagnone 5 minutes
Villafranca 15 minutes
Pontremoli 25 minutes
Aulla 25 minutes
La Spezia 40 minutes
Parma 1 hour
The house is close to a number of local restaurants that the owner is pleased to book on your behalf