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Private Villa heated Pool + Spa, Outdoor Kitchen, Pizza oven

People8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Property
villa
People
8
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
4
Minimum Stay
3 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Villafranca in Lunigiana - Villa Pool + Spa Last Min Disc

Luxury Villa, Beautifully funitured Sleeps 6/8, Medieval Village in Tuscan Hills

Luxurious detached villa in large enclosed gardens; renovated to high specification. It is a light and airy villa, elegantly furnished, stylish and spacious for your luxurious holiday. Food and wine hampers on request.

The modern kitchen on the ground floor is equipped with everything you would require, even the latest Nespresso machine order your coffee when you book your holiday. The dining area with solid oak table seats 8, through the patio doors dine on the shaded terrace with large black granite table overlooking the garden.

Heated pool 9.5 x 4 x 1.5m is paved with travertine, the hot tub (new for 2016)with 76 jets has seating for 5 and includes 2 chaise-Longue. The outdoor kitchen (new for 2016) comprises of gas and wood fired BBQ, pizza oven, a fridges, sink and work station, a bar with stools makes the sociable side of pizza making enjoyable, next to the outdoor kitchen is the loggia which offers shaded dining. The fire pit (new for 2016) has comfortable seating to enjoy cosy evenings watching the stars and wildlife who roam from the forest. All this is surrounded by beautiful lawns beyond are olive terraces and forest.

Inside the villa on the 1st floor 3 bedrooms each with balcony, lovely views, extremely comfortable beds memory foam cool mattresses, beautiful white linen, tasteful furniture carefully chosen to give each room individuality and space. White Christy's bath towels and spa bath robes are provided 4 bathrooms 2 are en-suite all with quality fittings Carrara marble tiles and heated towel rails.

On the lower ground level is the very comfortably furnished sitting room has a huge log fire with glass door logs are provided. 2 sofa's one of which is a sofa bed and 2 arm chairs, seats comfortably 8. Smart TV, 10 MB internet conection. There is a shower room on this level and a utility which houses the washing machine.

The villa is ideally situated on the edge of a medieval village in a totally unspoilt part of Tuscany, 10 km from the Autostrada with Pisa, Lucca, Florence, and several beaches all within easy driving distance.

Wild life and countryside: This is a paradise for country lovers; at dawn and dusk it is possible to see the occasional deer and even wild boar, as they venture from cover in search of food, they had historical come into the garden until we erected the fence which encloses the property. We recommend you bring a pair of binoculars to watch eagles and other rare birds as they soar above the hills and down the valleys. Don't worry if you do forget yours as there is a small pair in the house, all part of the service! Also there is plenty of walking immediately available, mountain top meadows are abundant with flowers and heavy with their perfume.

This sunlit land of chestnut covered hills crowned by medieval villages is easily accessible. You will enjoy the very best of Italy - wonderful landscapes, good food and a warm Italian welcome.

Culture and History: The region is scattered with castles built by the Malaspina family, the Brunella fortress of Aulla houses the Lunigiana Museum of natural History. The castle at Villafranca was occupied by the Germanys during the second world war, Before they left they blew it up, it's ruin remains.

Genoa; European capital of culture for 2004 is a 1hr drive and well worth a visit. Florence is 1.5hrs drive, or Lucca 1hr drive a delightful city; hire a bike and pedal around the city walls. Parma for the opera 1hr away. Pisa for it's culture is also 1hr away. You can take the train to all these places from Villafranca

The sea is readily accessible from Marinella, southwards there are shallow, sandy beaches; whilst at Lerici and the Gulf of Poets (where Shelley drowned, Byron swam and D. H. Lawrence meditated) it is rocky. Further on from Lerici you find the Cinque Terre - five famous fishing villages, which are extremely picturesque. It is possible to take a boat from Lerici to the Cinque Terre.

Lunigiana: Lunigiana derives its name from the Roman port of Luni at the mouth of the river Magra, destroyed by the Normans. Historic sites are not restricted to Roman remains, the Luni figures date back to 3000 BC, Lunigiana, the northern corner of Tuscany, is an unspoiled area of breathtaking natural beauty set between the Apennine mountains and the Mediterranean sea. There are countless natural curiosities such as the caves near Equi Terme, site of the natural sulphur baths.

Unknown to the crowds, yet close to the cities and the Cinque Terre, Lunigiana links the Gulf of Poets and the coastal province of Liguria to the west with the Apennines (made famous by Eric Newby's book Love and War in the Apennines) in the north-east. To the south-east the region is dominated by the mountains of the Parco Alpi Apuane (from where Michelangelo choose the marble for his statues).

In winter, the nearest ski resort is Zeri & Ceretto approx 1-1.5hr drive away.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Lynn and Bill Taylor
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
28 November, 2016
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About Lynn and Bill Taylor

We are both English working in the UK, in 1989 we visited Tuscany many times searching for a holiday home and eventually discovered a small house in the village of Irola. Villa Ariola is the second house we’ve had here. We have a building company in the UK, and have renovated many properties, Villa Ariola took 14 months to complete, with carefully chosen Italian materials to compliment the style of the house. Every time we open the front door it never fails to wow us. Even though we only get to enjoy the house a few times a year, the house is part of our body and soul. It hurts to leave and we are always longing to be back - When we retire we will live in Italy permanently, until then we are able to share our villa with you!

Lynn and Bill Taylor purchased this villa in 2007

Why Lynn and Bill Taylor chose Massa Carrara Area

Lunigiana is known as undiscovered Tuscany we love waking up to the sunshine and beauty of nature. It is lovely to walk in the forest collecting wild herbs, fruits, nuts and mushrooms. We also enjoy the wildlife - the swallows, eagles, wild boar, dear, badgers and the fireflies at night. We never tire of the landscape it is so beautiful dramatic and completely unspoilt. Sometimes we like to sit outside a bar and watch the world go by. Occasionally we go into town for lunch and shopping. Often we go for dinner to one of the excellent restaurants close by or down to the sea for the best fish restaurants anywhere on the Mediterranean. Florence Pisa and Lucca are close, all the major attractions of Tuscany within easy reach, we tend not to travel far enjoying the Villa pool and garden.

What makes this villa unique

Villa Ariola is away from the hustle and bustle yet it is close to the beaches, the mountains, the main cities of Lucca, Florence and Pisa, and to all the essential facilities (supermarket, restaurants). It is your oasis. During the summer the Italians that are able leave the sea side and cities to the annual mixture of heat mosquitoes and tourists, they head for the hills where the air is cleaner cooler and calmer. We have written a comprehensive 'Guide for Guests' we describe the beaches recommend lots of restaurants, places of interest boat trips and scenic drives to help you get the very best from your holiday. “When in Rome do as the Romans do”

Guestbook comments from the owner

“you have really found a paradise!”



Sylvia. Berlin Germany May 2010



Hallo Lynn and Bill

the 2 weeks in Tuscany were very nice and rest full, you have really found a paradise! Thank you again. And if you like to visit Berlin simply call me

Best regards Sylvia
May 2010
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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)

Private Villa heated Pool + Spa, Outdoor Kitchen, Pizza oven
average rating of 4.9375 based on 20 reviews
5

A fabulous place to stay

  • 5 of 5

• This house is amazing and if you are looking for a fabulous place to stay that affords fantastic degrees of privacy, first class facilities and a great base for exploring this bit of Italy then I honestly don't think you will find better than this. The house is clearly loved by the owners and has been restored to the highest of standards. It has everything you need and more. The outside space is truly superb. We shared the house with our friends so that meant three girls age 9,10 and 11 and four adults and we had acres of space. the kitchen is well kitted out and there is even an outdoor kitchen with Pizza oven which was great fun. The pool and hot tub were in constant use and brilliantly warm and well-appointed with an adequate number of loungers and shaded areas to escape the sun should you want to. AC in the bedrooms also ensured that everyone was happy at night and the beds were so comfortable, I had the best sleeps I have had for years. I have never taken to writing a review before but this house and location is special and has inspired me to contribute this. Just to give a slight touch of balance the road up to the property is steep but it only takes ten minutes and its oh so worth it. We hope to return many times and that’s the best recommendation I can give. Pete.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review we are so pleased your holiday was so fabulous and we would love to welcome you back. Thanks again Bill and Lynn
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5

Amazing family holiday. Wonderful Villa

  • 5 of 5

This Villa is a wonderful place to enjoy a family holiday. It sits at the top of a hill and there are lovely views from the many balconies.

It is immaculately kept, Lynn and Bill have put a lot of thought into the furnishings and the outside space is as spectacular as the photos look. The villa is very private and secluded yet the local supermarkets are all within a 10 minute drive (bearing in mind the access road takes around 8-9 minutes). It is also ideally situated to visit La Spezia (40 mins) Parma (1h10) Moderna (1h40) and Lucca (1h10).

Lynn and Bill also provide you with a list of restaurants both close by and slightly further afield and all of the ones we tried were very good.

We honestly can not fault the Villa or the service provided by Lynn and Bill and although we didn't need them once there, I'm sure we would have been able to contact them easily if we and any queries or issues.

We would thoroughly recommend staying at this Villa, and if one day we are looking to holiday in the same area again we would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Stunning property and fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

The villa is truly beautiful and set in a glorious location tucked away in the Tuscan hills. It was quiet and peaceful and yet within easy reach of good amenities and many fascinating towns and villages. The villa itself is spacious and beautifully furnished and provides all that you need to make your stay a comfortable one. I would agree with previous reviewers that it is so lovely it's is hard to tear yourself away. However, we did make a few excursions to Lerici, Lucca, Pisa and Portovenere a gorgeous port town that we particularly loved. We spent half our week at the villa by the fantastic pool and jacuzzi. The family especially enjoyed using the pizza oven and afterwards relaxing by the fire pit in the evening listening to the rustlings of the wild boar in the surrounding forests. Lynn and Bill made us feel very welcome and were helpful with any queries.

The whole family absolutely loved the holiday and we would highly recommend the villa to anyone considering staying there. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Earl Yvette and family, We are delighted you had such a great time at our villa and enjoyed exploring this part of Italy. Thank you for your wonderful review and recommendation. Best wishes Lynn and Bill
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5

A Wonderful Family Villa!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I spent a glorious week in the villa. The facilities are seriously top notch - pristine pool, brand new spa, excellent bbq and pizza oven, with very comfortable seating, bathing and eating areas around the pool. A vast garden which is excellent for children, all very safe and secure and a great space to run off the pizzas. The villa itself is very comfortable, everything and more you could need in the kitchen. The bedrooms and bathrooms are all a very good size and very comfortable.The villa is a great place to spend the day but also a good point to reach beach / port locations (we visited Portovenere and Lerici). The owners Lynn and Bill were very helpful in getting together everything you could need for the villa and surrounding areas, and very easy to contact should you need. A fantastic villa with wonderful facilities and space, I'd highly recommend

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW what a great review thank you. So pleased you enjoyed your holiday and appreciated the Villa and the improvements we made for 2016. We enjoyed helping you with your holiday arrangements and look forward to welcoming you and your family again in the future. Best Wishes Lynn and Bill
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5

Maison et extérieur très agréable

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un très belle semaine dans cette maison avec nos 4 enfants. Les enfants ont bien apprécié la piscine chaufée, le jardin, et les sangliers et la biche qui descendaient tous les soirs de la forêt dans le champs d'à côté. Les adultes ont apprécié la cuisine extérieur et surtout le four à pizza, et le spa. La maison est très tranquille et agréable sauf le salon en rez de chaussé. Par contre elle est vraiment loin de tout (1h30 de Pises, 45min de la Spezia pour le départ des cinque terres) on a fait beaucoup de voiture... Mais on est tellement bien là haut, dans la maison, que nous la conseillons pour des vacances tranquilles en famille!!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Google translated English to French Nous sommes heureux que vous avez apprécié votre séjour à Villa Ariola et ravi que vous nous avez 5 étoiles . Nous sommes désolés d'entendre votre lecteur à Pise et La Spezia a été si longtemps , nous supposons que le trafic doit avoir été particulièrement mauvaise . Les temps de voyage que nous citons , Pise 1 heure et La Spezia 30 minutes conduisent à des vitesses moyennes confirmées par Google et dans notre expérience de 28 ans vivant dans cette partie de l'Italie facilement atteint. Nous vous remercions de votre rétroaction positive , nous espérons que vous nous examiner à nouveau. Best Wishes Lynn and Bill We are pleased you enjoyed your holiday in Villa Ariola and delighted you gave us 5 stars. We are sorry to hear your drive to Pisa and La Spezia was so long, we assume the traffic must have been particularly bad. The travel times we quote, Pisa 1 hour and La Spezia 30 minutes are driving at average speeds confirmed by Google and in our 28 years experience living in this part of Italy easily achieved. Thank you for your positive feedback we hope you will consider us again. Best Wishes Lynn and Bill
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5

The best holiday ever!!

  • 5 of 5

The villa is situated in a small Tuscan village not too far from the stunning area of the Cinque Terre. Pisa and Florence are also just a stone throw away but believe it, once you get to the villa you'll feel in Heaven and won't want to go anywhere else. The house is spacious but cosy, the open space kitchen dining area is great if you like to cook and entertain family and friends. The outside area is probably the best part of the property. the outdoor oven/barbecue is massive and very well equipped, we cooked fab barbecues and made our own pizza. The kids really enjoyed the pool and playing in the gardens which are very well positioned and safe for the little ones, whilst us grownups made the most of the hot tub! A big thank you to Lynn and Bill ,the owners, who were very helpful in organising our stay. We will be back soon!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Natasha for your glowing review it was a pleasure to have you and your family stay in our Villa we are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday and look forward to your next visit. Best Wishes Lynn and Bill.
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Location

Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Pisa and Genoa
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
La Spezia
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Villafranca
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Pontremoli
Nearest Beach
28 Kilometres
Marinella
Car: necessary

Villa Ariola stands proud above all in the Tuscan village of Irola di sopra, near Villafranca in Lunigiana, a little known panoramic medieval hill village. Within the National Park this is a paradise for walkers and country lovers, at dawn and dusk it is possible to glimpse deer and wild boar as they venture from cover in search of food, or watch golden eagles and other rare birds as they soar above the hills and down the valleys. The nearest town is Villafranca just a 10 minute drive away, with good supermarkets, bars, shops, banks. A thriving market visits Villafranca on Friday & Pontremoli Wednesday and Saturday, mostly food stall's you will find a good selection of wonderful locally produced fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese and salami. The villa is ideally situated 10 kilometres from the Autostrada with Pisa, Lucca, Florence, several beaches and the major attractions of Tuscany all within driving distance. Our guide for guests recommends local restaurants and vineyard.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Villafranca in Lunigiana, Massa Carrara Area

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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low
15 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£1,017
for 3 nights
£2,372
 
 
High
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,456
for 3 nights
£3,396
 
 
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Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
£1,017
for 3 nights
£2,372
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £420

We take a security deposit of €300, this money is completely refundable after your holiday assuming there are no damages or breakages, we understand that accidents happen and do not charge for the occasional glass, cup or plate, etc..

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Villafranca in Lunigiana in Tuscany

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 280 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Spa
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Family bathroom with bath and shower - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    En-suite 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    En-suite 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    3 - 2 Single Bed
    2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Sofa bed/Futon , Bed sette in sitting room
  • The marble stairs lead to a large spacious landing with patio doors and balcony that overlooks the village; a wide corridor leads to the three bedrooms with extremely comfortable beds and beautiful white linen. All three bathrooms have efficient plumbing quality fittings and marble. The family bathroom has a large shower, separate full size bath, hand basin, and toilet. Across the landing bedroom 3 has two single beds, bedside cabinets, a chest of draws and wardrobe, patio doors to balcony. Bedroom 2 has king size bed, bedside cabinets, chest of draws, wardrobe, en suite shower room with large shower, and patio doors to a large terrace with mountain views, over looking the garden and pool . The master bedroom has a king size bed, two chest of draws, a dressing table, wardrobe, en suite shower room and patio doors to a balcony with views of the garden, and down the valley to distant mountains.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • ski
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The lawned garden is completely enclosed with tall gates and parking for several cars, further land and our piece of Forest are beyond the fence making it safe for children to play. Also the kitchen terrace has a child gate. The villa is equipped with a cot and high chair. There is a parking area inside the grounds. There is a shaded Loggia with table and chairs next to the pool house, and excellent large barbecue built within the pool house with brick chimney and marble worktops We installed a private water supply for the pool, house and garden irrigation.

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