2-BED APARTMENT, PANORAMIC TERRACE, NEAR OLYMPIC POOL COMPLEX IN RURAL TUSCANY

Alan Church

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Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
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Minimum Stay 4 nights
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2-BED APARTMENT, PANORAMIC TERRACE, NEAR OLYMPIC POOL COMPLEX IN RURAL TUSCANY

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Romantic 2 bed, 2 reception apartment in tranquil hillside village

A bright, sunny apartment in an ancient village called Virgoletta on a hill between Villafranca and Bagnone only 2.5km from a beautiful swimming pool complex and 35 minutes drive from the beach. Recently restored with a panoramic terrace, French doors to the living room, a large kitchen/dining room, a beautiful bathroom, and two bedrooms upstairs.

With magnificent views from the house and the terrace to the Apennines.

Steps lead up from the narrow cobbled street where all village life takes place. The single street leads to the castle at the head of the town. It is possible to drive to the door for unloading, and there is a large carpark nearby.

The property is probably 13th century but has been recently restored throughout. The village has a small 'shop' that sells bread and milk in the morning, with a range of shops, bars and restaurants in Villafranca 2 km away which also has a large swimming pool complex and a train station with trains to Florence, La Spezia, and Parma.

HOW TO GET TO US

The apartment is centrally located for three airports, Genoa and Pisa which are 75 minutes away and Parma is 60 minutes, so you have plenty of choice for flights.

We have a welcome pack which we will send to you once you have confirmed your booking this gives you directions to the property as well as further details of the following. There is also lots of extra information held in the house for you to read.

FOOD AND DRINK

At Il Tinello you are in the heart of a lively Italian village, but can also sit peacefully on your terrace with a glass of wine looking out across the valley to the hills beyond. In the village follow directions to the fontana where you can collect fresh spring water that runs continually straight from the Apuane Alps. Or why not visit the bakery that is open 6 days a week to buy freshly baked Italian breads, foccaccia and pizzas. Each day listen for the horns announcing the arrival of the travelling vans bringing locally grown produce, fish, meat or Italian ice creams to the village. If you enjoy cooking, all the ingredients you need are brought to you! There are individual shops as well as a well stocked supermarket in Villafranca.

Markets - There are a full list of these are available in our welcome pack and in our book at the house. There is a market in the local area 6 days a week, in particular Villafranca, 2km from the apartment, holds a large, colourful market every Friday morning selling local produce, clothing and gifts.

ACTIVITIES

Swimming - At Villafranca 2 km away there is an Olympic-sized pool with diving boards, as well as a leisure pool with paddling pool area for small children and a jacuzzi. Hire sunbeds for the day and have lunch in the outdoor cafe onsite.

There is an another outdoor pool with slides just outside Aulla on the road to Equi Terme.

There are many lovely drives and walks into the hills where river pools for bathing may be found, details of locations are in our guide book in the apartment.

Beaches - Lerici and San Terenzo has two safe, sandy beaches with sunbeds to hire and beach cafes. Marinella di Sarzana is 40 minutes away by car with a long stretch of beach that runs down to the chic resort of Viareggio.

Tennis - At Villafranca there are is one indoor and two outdoor clay courts to hire. Rackets can be hired.

Mini Golf - At Quercia, just outside Aulla, there is a restaurant for snacks and meals, as well as table football and pony rides for children. The venue often holds themed evenings with entertainment.

Horse Riding - Available at Monti 30 minutes from the apartment, all abilities welcome.

High Rope Adventure Park - This is situated at Fosdinovo and has six courses for all ages and abilities.

Cycling - Hire bikes and cycle round the city walls of Lucca. Bicycle hire also available at Aulla with prices for 2012 from €20 per day.

Walking - You are spoilt for choice as there are many areas to hike and explore in the surrounding hills. The Garfagnana region just north of Aulla has hiking for all abilities and has stunning scenery with Lakes and Mountains, a real feast for the senses.

SIGHTSEEING

A short 5 minute drive away is the beautiful town of Bagnone, known as the 'jewel of Lunigiana', where there are cafes, shops and restaurants and stunning waterfalls.

20 minutes drive takes you to Pontremoli, a stunning town set on the banks of the Magra river with an old Malaspinan castle to explore, housing the Museum of Lunigiana. It is home to weekly book and food markets.

Within 90 minutes by car are the cities of Pisa, Parma and the walled medieval city of Lucca.

Florence is easily accessible by train from Villafrance station or 2 hours by car, although parking could be a challenge.

Also a visit to the World Heritage site of the Cinque Terre on the Ligurian coastline is a must. Take the train or go by car to La Spezia and then by boat to see the stunning colourful villages clinging to the cliffside. Alternatively there is a boat from Lerici to Portovenere with it's beautiful churches and castle from where there are regular boats to the Cinque Terre.

To experience real Italian chic and to see the yachts of the rich and famous, visit Portofino by boat from Lerici or La Spezia.

AND FINALLY...

If you have any questions about the apartment, location or things to do and see, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Alan Church (Owner)
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Reviews

4.7
based on 6 traveler reviews

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2-bed apartment, panoramic terrace, near Olympic Pool complex in rural Tuscany
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 6 reviews
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2-bed apartment, panoramic terrace, near Olympic Pool complex in rural Tuscany
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Villafranca in Lunigiana Massa Carrara
5

Tranquil, beautiful break

  • 5 of 5
Wonderful setting that never ceases to impress in all weathers. The apartment was clean, well equipped and welcoming and very peaceful. All you can hear are several sets of church bells all chiming at slightly different times! Plenty of accurate and detailed information, maps, restaurant recommendations in the property. We sampled several restaurants and heartily agreed with the reviews. Tried out a new one in Filetto which became our favourite, we have written about it in the guest book. We hired a car but enjoyed renting bikes from 'Due Ruote' to explore the local area.
We will be back again - so much more to do but we also like to read and relax with a bottle of prosecco whilst on holiday. Thank you
  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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2-bed apartment, panoramic terrace, near Olympic Pool complex in rural Tuscany
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Villafranca in Lunigiana Massa Carrara
5

The perfect escape!

  • 5 of 5
Situated in a stereotypical Tuscan village, you get an authentic Italian experience. Very comfortable and homely apartment with lots of personal touches and an abundance of local information and recommendations. The large terrace has stunning views you could look out on all day and the kitchen is well equipped, so it is easy to cook up some pasta and while away the evening on the terrace with a bottle of local wine.
For swimmers and sunbathers, the local Olympic Pool complex is less than 10mins drive away and has fantastic facilities.
There are many places of interest and stunning countryside within easy reach. A car is essential, and a satnav handy, but the driving was very straightforward and there is beautiful Tuscan scenery on every journey - 1 hour from Pisa Airport, 50mins from lovely sandy beaches, just over 1 hour to Lucca, 2 hours to Florence. Many other pretty villages, restaurants, supermarket and other amenities just a short drive away.
It was a fantastic relaxing break - if you are looking to take in some sights, but also get away from it all and enjoy a slower pace of life, this is the place to go. Highly recommended.
  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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2-bed apartment, panoramic terrace, near Olympic Pool complex in rural Tuscany
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Villafranca in Lunigiana Massa Carrara
5

5-Star Holiday

  • 5 of 5
We would highly recommend this house to anyone who wants to get away from it all. The locals are friendly, the property is well equipped and the view from the balcony stunning. Due to the location of the house, you need a car but that is a bonus as it means you can travel to other nearby places of interest and make the most of your time in this wonderful country!

The owners are very professional and they provide excellent customer service and value for money.

If you want to get away from it all and experience traditional Italian life, then this is the place for you!
  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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2-bed apartment, panoramic terrace, near Olympic Pool complex in rural Tuscany
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Villafranca in Lunigiana Massa Carrara
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Fantastic Apartment

  • 5 of 5
This is a lovely apartment in a fantastic setting. The terrace has fabulous views and plenty of space for sunbathing, dining and just enjoying the scenery. Some great local restaurants and a short walk to the local town where the swimming pool is a must to cool off in the summer. The bakery in the village is great for fresh bread and pizza .The house is charming,clean, well maintained and well fitted out with plenty of space, we had a brilliant holiday here and will definitely love to visit again
  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
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2-bed apartment, panoramic terrace, near Olympic Pool complex in rural Tuscany
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Villafranca in Lunigiana Massa Carrara
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Historic charm in a rural hideaway

  • 3 of 5
Ideal for independent travellers who want to get away from it all, with amenities are close by (a car is essential). The multi-levelled house has its own historic charm, tucked away in the ancient walls of the mediaeval village of Virgoletta, but all mod cons are provided. There are some local restaurants if you want to take a break from self-catering. The balcony is the place from which to experience the peaceful ambience of Lunigiana, perhaps while sipping red wine, nestled in the wooded hills with the awesome backdrop of the mountains, and swifts swooping around.
  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2008
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2-bed apartment, panoramic terrace, near Olympic Pool complex in rural Tuscany
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Villafranca in Lunigiana Massa Carrara
5

Un séjour exceptionnel

  • 5 of 5
Tout correspond parfaitement à la description.dans un village très authentique. La maison est vraiment très bien située .Très propre avec tout le nécessaire pour passer un délicieux séjour. La région est magnifique. Les propriétaires nous ont fait parvenir des indications très précieuses. Ils ont été de très bons conseils pour les restaurants alentours, les marchés,les excursions avec mise à disposition de documents concernant la région.
Impossible d'être déçu...
C et MJ
  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Villafranca
Nearest Ferry
28 Kilometres
La Spezia
Nearest Golf
27 Kilometres
Lerici
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Villafranca in Lunigiana
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Aulla
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Bagnone
Nearest Beach
27 Kilometres
Lerici
Car: necessary

The shops, weekly markets, bars and restaurants of Bagnone and Villafranca are 5 to 10 minutes away by car. The local area is full of medieval castles and beautiful walks and to cool off there is an Olympic sized Swimming Pool 2 km away or swimming in the river pools at Bagnone.

Our apartment is centrally located for visiting Parma with it's beautiful architecture and gastronomic delights or the walled city of Lucca , to ride bicycles along the top of the city walls, visit the birthplace of Puccini or climb some of the many towers.

For the beach lover, Marinella di Sarzana offers a choice of private and free public beaches and Lerici has two safe, sandy beaches and a beautiful castle. From here, take the ferry across to Portovenere to explore the beautiful Cinque Terre.

Fosdinovo, 45 minutes away by car, has a beautiful castle, stunning views and a high ropes adventure park for all ages. Walkers are spoilt for choice in the Garfagnana region 30 minutes away by car.

Other Activities: Olympic pool complex with jacuzzi 2.5km from the house

Golf: There is a golf driving range and golf course at Ca del Moro outside Pontremoli, 30 minutes from the apartment.

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Villafranca in Lunigiana Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Mid Season
Sep 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
4 night minimum stay
£50
From
£55
Fri,Sat,Sun
£360
 
 
Low Season
Nov 1 2014 - Apr 30 2015
4 night minimum stay
£40
From
£45
Fri,Sat,Sun
£300
 
 
Mid Season
May 1 2015 - Jun 30 2015
4 night minimum stay
£55
From
£60
Fri,Sat,Sun
£375
 
 
High Season
Jul 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
£60
From
£70
Fri,Sat,Sun
£420
 
 
Mid Season
Sep 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
£55
From
£60
Fri,Sat,Sun
£375
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit £100
Notes Rental includes cleaning and all linens apart from beach towels. For different stay lengths than those shown above, please contact us directly for price. Price shown above is for 2 people.

Deposit £100
Heating in low season £10 per day, paid prior to travelling.

Balance of rental payment and £100 breakage deposit to be paid 6 weeks before arrival by arrangement with owners.
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Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Amenities

Villafranca in Lunigiana Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • Bright airy bathroom with lots of natural light; over-bath shower with mixer tap, wc, wash basin and bidet.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • There is space to hang clothes in the main bedroom behind a pretty curtain, a chest of drawers and two bedside cabinets. In the second bedroom is a wardrobe, a bedside cabinet and a stereo. There is a sofa bed in the dining room which can be used to comfortably sleep an extra adult if required. There is central heating in each bedroom. Both bedrooms offer stunning views of the mountains and Magra valley.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Unfortunately we cannot accept bookings for children under 5 years, as the stairs to the bedrooms are steep.
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