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Stunning Country Villa in Panoramic, Private Setting

Jonathan J Cohen

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Sleeps14
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms6
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Jonathan J Cohen

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Stunning Country Villa in Panoramic, Private Setting

Sleeps14
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms6
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Bagni di Lucca Villa Rental Photos and Description

7 Bedrooms, 6 +1/2 Bathrooms Sleeps 14

Villa Lavanda is a completely reconstructed - mostly 18th century villa above the Tuscan village of Bagni di Lucca - 35 minutes from the incredible walled city of Lucca.

The house - with its 13m pool, hot-tub, pizza ovens, bocce is surrounded by olive groves and fields of lavender and is furnished with antiques, contemporary, traditional & ethnic art and furnished - and used - by the owners as a principal residence. Daily housekeeping is included in the rental. There is a library of books, satellite TV and internet service, free international calling (land-line, multiple music systems, a gourmet kitchen with all appliances.

The house looks out over Tuscan hill-towns, protected chestnut forests and the Serchio valley. It is 5 minutes - by car - from the town ---- which has shops of all types, supermarkets, and an emergency medical service.

The villa is 90 minutes from the treasures of Florence, and the cliff villages of the Cinque Terre. Pisa - and its airport - is 50 minutes away. Carrara with its marble quarries (used by Michelangelo), Rapallo, Santa Margherita,Forte di Marmi and the Tuscan riviera are all close by. Bagni di Lucca is at the start of the Garfagnana valley - renowned in Italy as a center of production for artisanal foods --- ham, sausage, cheese, chestnut flour, porcini are just some of the delights.

The area is also particularly known for its hilltop villages and churches, along with the multitude of outdoor activities --- hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, river rafting, paragliding, just some of the many that are available. The provincial capital of Lucca (40 minutes) is a gem with its walls, beautifully preserved buildings and churches, villas with classic gardens, elegant shopping, and many cultural activities from opera (it's the home town of Puccini), to music festivals, a summer rock festival, photography and food fairs and exhibitions among the many attractions.

Without the seasonal crowds of Florence its a place to enjoy and experience real life in an Italian town --- while still being able to explore and enjoy Renaissance art & architecture.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Jonathan J Cohen (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Jonathan J Cohen

After many years of searching,we bought the property - with the house as a ruin - and spent two years undertaking a complete renovation. because this is a home to our family, we have continued to upgrade and update both the interior and mechanical features.

As we split our time between the US and Italy, the villa is our home and is not furnished as a rental property. It contains a portion of our contemporary & ethnic art collection, antiques and carpets, as well as large library,music, DVD and CD collection.

Jonathan J Cohen purchased this villa in 1989

Why Jonathan J Cohen chose Bagni di Lucca

The villa has a special sense of peace and privacy with an ideal climate and environment. The grounds are extensively planted with terraces of lavender and rosemary, while the courtyards have pots of azaleas, gardenias, lemons and camellia. The quality of both the air and water is extraordinary, and in the warm months, the days are hot and sunny, while nights are generally cool and comfortable.

Bagni di Lucca first became famous in the 18th C as the favored Summer spa resort for British and Russian nobility because of the cooler, more comfortable nights.

Besides the decor, the villa equipped to provide every convenience from wireless internet service in most areas; telephone, fax, printer/scanner and laptops are provided.

Laundry has 2 washing machines and dryer; up-to-date heating and electrical systems (you can use multiple appliances simultaneously); a gym, Satellite TV and multiple CD players & iPod connections.

The owners both cook and the (two) kitchens are fully equipped, with microwave, food processors, espresso machine, toasters, coffee-makers, 6-burner stoves etc The large 13m x 6m, mosaic-tiled pool is equipped with a salinator purification system, while the large - 8 person - hot - tub is enclosed in its own, separate, completely private, enclosed courtyard.

There are board games, a grass bocce field, and ping-pong table. The Italian/Scottish housekeeper comes in daily and is a remarkable resource for getting familiar with the attractions of the area.

The house is only 28 Km from the extraordinary walled town of Lucca with its surrounding vineyards, olive orchards, classic gardens and villas; while the Cinque Terre, Florence, Carrara & the fashionable seaside resort of Forte di Marmi are all easily accessible.

What makes this villa unique

The house offers a unique sense of privacy and peace both outside - and in. The panoramic views from both the house and grounds are unique. In particular, the giant window in the living room - which is kept open all Summer - and which looks out and over hill-towns and the Garfagnana valley opens up the living room to the views. Views from the pool terrace are even larger.

There are multiple seating/eating/living areas in the house and grounds, so guests can always find a private spot to read or relax. No traffic disturbs the tranquility - and the lavender terraces perfume the grounds.

A superb chef is available by arrangement, as is an excellent masseuse.

The house is furnished as a family home with large, and eclectic, collections of contemporary and ethnic art; antique furniture and oriental rugs; a large library and collection of films (European and American)

We produce our own olive oil, honey and provide guests with the use of our large, organic, orto (vegetable garden) during Summer months.

Pizzas may be baked in the 18th century outdoor oven -- and eaten at one of several outdoor dining areas - and the layout of the house provides for 3 of the smaller bedrooms - along with a large living room and 2.5 bathrooms to be relatively separate from the main living areas...ideally suited for families with children as they can have their own living/play areas along with separate entrances to this area, courtyard (with ping-pong table) and gardens.

While the village of Bagni di Lucca - with its stores and supermarkets - is a five minute drive away, the house is in a completely secure location with its electric gate, long driveway, burglar alarm and farmer neighbors who live close by ... but essentially invisible to guests.

By arrangement: Cooking lessons, Italian lessons, Drawing lessons are all available with excellent - English-speaking - teachers.

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Sleeps14
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms6
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 11 traveler reviews

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Stunning Country Villa in Panoramic, Private Setting
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
5

Just perfect

  • 5 of 5

It would be difficult to find anything to say about Villa Fronzola that hasn't already been said by previous guests--and certainly impossible to say anything that would improve upon those comments. This is truly a special place, and we (including all of our guests) felt blessed to be here for a perfect week of re-connecting, exploring, relaxation and celebration (it was our 50th wedding anniversary). It was, as I said, just perfect and, like many of the previous guests, we thank Jonathan and Ellie for sharing this beautiful and memorable place.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

A great retreat

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my family for a little over a week and we loved it. The house itself is massive and has a ton of charm. Although it sometimes feels more like a castle than a house, it does feel like a home rather than like a rental property, which was really important for us. The pool, the courtyard, the great room, the pizza oven, the fireplaces, etc etc are all amazing. Also the housekeeper, Anna Maria, was really helpful calling various restaurants for reservations, and just generally making our stay more enjoyable. No regrets! Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Fabulous place for a relaxing week in Tuscany!

  • 5 of 5

What a fabulous place! Recently spent a week here with a dozen friends. The villa was spacious and incredibly comfortable, even with all of us in it. Additionally, the house is filled with gorgeous art and a huge selection of books, to help anyone feel at home. The kitchen is well-equipped and spacious enough for several to work. The area is truly picturesque, including great views from inside and outside the house.

Also, we found the housekeeper Anna to be a lovely, and the cook Paola's food spectacular. (Note we had to arrange Paola separately through the owner.)

Definitely a fabulous place for a relaxing week in Tuscany!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

A little piece of heaven, the perfect villa

  • 5 of 5

Pure perfection, such a beautiful house, each room so lovingly decorated, oozing in charm, you will struggle to beat the views this place offers. Amazing swimming pool, and first class facilities, oh, and the fantastic Anna-Maria!!!! Thank you so much for looking after us all, such a memorable week and our idea of the perfect wedding, just such a shame to have to come back to reality

We are already planning the next trip and will be remembering Fronzola for a long time for all the right reasons.. Hot tub,pool, top class BBQ , fantastic kitchen, comfy super beds, marble bathrooms, table tennis, funky music system, views that are good for the soul and an over whelming feeling of a house with a heart that definitely has a place in ours.

Anna Maria is the most warm friendly and helpful woman, a fountain of knowledge and a total star, I would happily have brought her home with us!

We may be biased as we were married here and celebrated a fantastic week of celebrations and honey moon but we ABSOLUTELY LOVE Fronzola..

Jonathan please can we come back to your fabulous house again soon??

Mia and Andy

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Laid back luxury in idyllic surroundings

  • 5 of 5

As a seasoned and quite fussy traveller, it is always a welcome surprise to be asking yourself "is this the most wonderful place I've ever been?". It is impossible to see from the pictures quite how wonderful the views are - there is something of an alpine feel and as you relax by the pool, you know you are doing good to your soul just by looking around.

Every bedroom in the house is luxurious and most of them feel like master bedrooms. The quality of the beds and the bed linen are also exceptional and this is indicative of the attention of detail at every level. The bathrooms are luxuriously appointed and there are endless fluffly towels for every occasion.

We spent a week at Fonzolla with another family and we spent our time cooking and eating and pottering around locally all of which was highly enjoyable.

There is also a lovely depth of character to the villa and I spent a lot of time enjoying the art, the books and various curiosities around the house. There is even a very refined collection of DVDs which included many of my favourite foreign language films and other classics.

Anna Maria, Fonzolla's Housekeeper of 15 years (I think) is a wonderful warm presence and a font of knowledge. I am eternally grateful for her advice and for organizing us all to have extremely good deep tissue massages at the house one afternoon.

So on the whole, I can't fault it and I can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

The PERFECT Tuscan holiday

  • 5 of 5

The villa is situated just outside and above the beautiful small town of Bagni di Lucca, up a long private drive through an electronic gate and thus entirely private.

To describe the location as beautiful or direct you to the photographs would not begin to do justice to the surroundings. Views in both directions along a sweeping, wooded valley guide the eye to three hamlets perched atop hills; deer are regularly seen at the beginning and end of the day as they sneak out from the forests that carpet hills on all sides. Inside the villa all is cool and calm. The owners' extensive contemporary and ethnic art collection along with several walls of books make this feel entirely unlike a rental and exactly like a home from home. The bedrooms are all large, all beautifully decorated, all comfortable - there are no duds. And the house is HUGE. Huge but comfortable, with countless different places to sit and eat, both inside and out, large and small, to read or just escape for a snooze. It really is like a kind of magical castle made for rest and relaxation. The house is tended to daily by Anna Maria and her team and is thus spotless, whilst this wonderful lady's tips and local knowledge are akin to the finest concierge service one could possibly hope for. The pool and grounds are also beautiful, the hot tub luxurious...I could go on. If this all sounds overly like a gush then that's perhaps understandable but I can assure you that you will struggle to better this place anywhere in the world. My time on holiday with the family is precious and booking a holiday is always somewhat of a risk - does it really look like the photos? Will it be a good fit for our family? - but please be entirely assured that ( unless you like paired-back modernity) this place is truly wonderful and I am already looking forward to our next opportunity to book a week or two in this Italian Paradise.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Ponte della Maddalena
"An extraordinary 12C pedestrian bridge on the road to Bagni di Lucca"
Lucca
"Enchanting walled city without cars ---- museums; churches; elegant shopping; choice restaur..."
Riserva Statale Orrido di Botri
"'Eagle Canyon" a national park and hiking area through steep canyons and rivers --- home to ..."
Forte Dei Marmi
"An elegant beach resort with excellent restaurants and shopping"
Barbara Paci Galleria d'Arte
"One of he many contemporary art galleries in Pietrasanta --- becoming a centre for artists i..."
Colonnata
"Colonnata is a village nestled in the famed marble quarries of Carrara (where Michelangelo o..."
Castelnuovo
"Medieval Hill-town above the Gargfagnana Valley---- the Garfagnana is known for the local, a..."
Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre
"The world-famous Cinque-Terre with its five, cliff-edge towns connected by hiking trails and..."
Parco Villa Reale Ss
"In the hills above Lucca - and within 30 - 45 minutes of the villa are a series of 'Grand Vi..."
Abetone
"Under an hour's drive from the village of Bagni di Lucca, Abetone is a popular ski area ----..."
Pisa
"Pisa with its famous tower, Duomo and Baptistry is just under an hour's drive away from Bagn..."
Montefegatesi
"Montefegatesi is just one of the dozens of small hill-towns surrounding Bagni di Lucca. Eac..."
Carrara
"Visiting the marble quarries of Carrara is a unique experience. 4 x 4 tours are available ..."
Nearest Airport
62 Kilometres
Pisa & Florence (Florence 23 KM/10-15 min further
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Bagni di Lucca - in village
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Montecatini
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Bagni di Lucca (Fornoli)
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
A11
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Bagni di Lucca and Monti di Villa
Nearest Ski
65 Kilometres
Abetone
Nearest Beach
65 Kilometres
Viareggio, Pisa, Forte di Marmi
Car: necessary

The area is renowned for the production of artisinal food and as an outdoor recreational area - particularly for hiking, walking, paragliding, and numerous other outdoor activities. The beginning of the Garfagnana Valley, with numerous famous hill-towns and villages --- which produces some of the best sausage, cheese, wild boar prosciutto, chestnut flour baked goods, honey and other local specialties is just minutes from the villa. Bagni di Lucca is close to the marble quarries of Carrara and the villages of the Cinque Terre. Florence with its art treasures can be reached within 90 minutes. Lucca itself is a unique walled town - essentially closed to traffic - with wonderful architecture, lovely shops and restaurants. One can walk - or bicycle - around the walls, visit Romanesque churches and museums. Surrounding the town are wineries and classic villas and gardens many of which may be visited. Pisa - with its leaning tower is one hour away. The towns of the Cinque Terre - visited by walking along the cliffs or a dedicated small railway must be experienced and the fashionable beaches and restaurants of Forte di Marmi are easily accesible. The marble quarries of Carrara are also well worth a visit. The area is a particularly un-spoilt, traditional part of Tuscany; hunting wild-boar (in season) still occurs in the woods, along with harvesting porcini and chestnuts. It's Tuscany before the advent of mass tourism and agribusiness.

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Rates & Availability

From $4,875 Per week

Bagni di Lucca Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season
Jan 10 2015 - Apr 10 2015
7 night minimum stay
$4,875
 
 
Mid Season
Apr 11 2015 - Apr 24 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$7,300
 
 
Low Season
Apr 25 2015 - May 29 2015
7 night minimum stay
$4,875
 
 
Mid Season
May 30 2015 - Jun 26 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$7,300
 
 
High Season
Jun 27 2015 - Aug 28 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$9,950
 
 
Mid Season
Aug 29 2015 - Oct 2 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$7,300
 
 
Low Season
Oct 3 2015 - Apr 8 2016
7 night minimum stay
$4,875
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$4,875
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Notes • Discounted rates for periods over one week
• Rates include 'meet and greet' by house manager; daily housekeeping service; all linens; laundry kitchen and bathroom supplies; internet service; english speaking manager with knowledge of the area, welcome basket, complimentary first night dinner
• Security deposit of $1,500 payable to manager; refundable on departure
• Rates do not include utilities

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Bagni di Lucca Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 8000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gym
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Macintosh Computer
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Printer
  • Safe
  • Scanner
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Two showers in enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , bidet
  • All bathrooms with modern fixtures, Italian tile and/or marble. Some with double sinks,, all with bidets. 3 Main guest rooms all have both showers and tubs; 3 other bathrooms with shower in tub and one with only a shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2: Guest - Upstairs - 1 queen , Guest Room 1: en suite bathroom; private loggia
    Bedroom 4: Chapel - Lower floor - 1 queen , En suite bathroom; External entrance; sitting area
    Bedroom 5: Emma - lower floor - 1 queen , 4 Poster bed; fresco, fireplace terrace & external entrance
    Bedroom 6: Alexa - Lower floor - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Fireplace, fresco wall
    Bedroom 7: Zoë - Lower floor - 2 twin/ single , Fresco walls, corner room
    Bedroom 3: Main floor - 1 queen , En suite bathroom; adjoining private living room/fireplace
    Bedroom 1 : Master - upstairs - 1 queen , En suite bathroom;; fireplace; sitting area; twin shower
  • Four bedrooms are 'en suite' Three bedrooms share 2 full bathrooms (one with shower only - no tub) and one half-bath A crib is available and can be accommodated in most bedrooms
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • DVR
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
• House is multi-level, but ramps can be installed on the ground (first) floor to allow wheelchair mobility. There are hand rails/grab bars at various locations on this level and in the bathroom • Because of the nature of art and furnishings - and stone staircases etc - the house may not be suitable for children between the ages of 2 -8. Please discuss this with the owners prior to renting. • Smoking is not allowed in the house

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