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Beautiful Spacious Villa With Private Pool In Large Gardens

Lynn and Bill Taylor

Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english, italian
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Lynn and Bill Taylor

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Speaks: english, italian
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Beautiful Spacious Villa With Private Pool In Large Gardens

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


Bagnone Villa Rental Photos and Description

Luxury Villa, Sleeps 6+2, 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. Modern kitchen & dining room is equipped with everything a chef could require, or dine on the shaded terrace with black granite table. Pool 9.5 x 4 x 1.5m with travertine paving, Heated outside shower; Loggia and BBQ surrounded by lawns, beyond are olive terraces and forest. On the 1st floor 3 bedrooms each with balcony, lovely views, extremely comfortable beds, beautiful white linen, and 4 bathrooms with quality fittings and Carrara marble tiles. The very comfortably furnished sitting room has a log fire, SKY TV with surround sound, shower room and utility on this floor. 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, the meadows 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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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Lynn and Bill Taylor (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, italian
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Calendar last updated:
April 7, 2015

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 Bagnone

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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Beautiful Spacious Villa With Private Pool In Large Gardens
average rating of 4.875 based on 12 reviews

Italian country-side at its best.

  • 4 of 5

We had seen a lot of pictures of Villa ariola - but could it really be true? and yes all our expectations was fulfilled - the house is fantastic and we enjoyed every moment in this tiny village. The pool was clean and we used it from day one. The lovely quietness was just what we needed. and with only 35 minutes to Lucca or Forte Dei Marmi we could not ask for more. Our local town Villafranca have some very nice food stores, butcher, baker you name it.

We will be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review its very satisfying to here how much you enjoyed your stay, we hope you will return soon. Many Thanks Bill and Lynn

A True Tuscan experience

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I went out for a week last September The whole holiday was fantastic and much needed. The villa was so luxurious and completely equipped with everything we could have wished for. The pool and gardens was lovely and private. With the forest behind giving the perfect backdrop for the alfresco dining. The internal accommodation was second to none. All the bedrooms are really good sizes with comfortable beds and good quality linen and the bathrooms all ooze Italian chic.

We were close enough to visit Florence Pisa and Lucca on days and visited 2 excellent restaurants recommended in the guide for guests, Candella Rayna on the island and Ca di Muro in Pontremoli.

The owners were very helpful and nothing was too much trouble when we were planning our holiday.

We would definitely go back,

Thank you so much.


Newport shrops

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Owner's Response: It's very satisfying to get such great comments, it really makes us feel like we're getting it right. Thank you. Do come back someday soon Bill and Lynn

A fabulous Villa, & we fell in love with Lunigiana

  • 5 of 5

We all had a brilliant holiday. The house was wonderful, very homely and very comfortable; it was everything described, and a great base to enjoy the area. The kitchen is great, fantastically well equipped; we have really enjoyed cooking here, especially the wild mushroom risotto from the Tuscan cookbook, which is now one of our favourite dishes! We really loved the area as there was so much to see and do, and we have a lot of wonderful memories. Unfortunately 2 weeks just isn't long enough. I think some of our best memories are of sitting on the terrace eating and drinking as the sun goes down behind the mountain and the deer feeding in the forest just beyond the garden. Thank you Lynn and Bill for allowing us to stay in your beautiful villa, we hope to return one day. Best wishes Peter

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Great Villa, Lovely Holiday

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have had two fabulous weeks at Villa Ariola. The house is beautiful, located on the edge of Irola village which is delightful, peaceful and relaxing, truly a step back in time. The interior of the house is lovely, very well equipped and very clean. The linen and towels were 5 star, in fact everything was 5 star.

We have returned home with many fabulous memories of relaxing by the pool and enjoying meals on the terrace in the evenings. I really couldn't criticise the house at all, and we intend to return again for more of the same! The owners Lynn and Bill were very helpful, answering queries promptly and providing lots of useful information before our holiday so we could plan. Thanks for everything Jo, Tim and boys.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Wonderful stay in large, beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

My group of friends (6 women) rented this house as a home base for exploring Cinque Terre and some of the smaller Italian towns after a week in Florence. It's up in the hills off the main highway between La Spezia and Parma. The house was huge, clean and well appointed. There was plenty of room for 6 (or more) adults to be on the property all together for a meal or to each have space to do our own thing. It was still a little chilly most of the day to enjoy the pool when we were there, but we were able to grill, sit by the fire at night, and enjoy the quiet of the outdoors. It feels nicely remote when you are there, but you aren't far from all the basic shopping you'd need and some restaurants in neighboring towns - 15-30 by car from plenty of options. Irola di Sopra and di Sotto were nice to explore on foot. I think we doubled the population with our arrival, but we met some nice neighbors on a walk through the tiny villages. Bagnone (a larger nearby town) was a beautiful place to explore with some nice walks. We took day trips to Cinque Terre and Parma and sometimes just sat at "home" with wine, our own food, and relaxation. The internet was spotty, but after a day or so, we decided it didn't matter. The owners were easy to deal with. We had a minor plumbing issue in the downstairs bathroom. One phone call, and it was taken care of within a day. We received our deposit back promptly after our return. They provided an extensive notebook with tips for places to eat and information about the surrounding area, which was incredibly helpful. Highly recommended for a group of friends or a family looking for an alternative to the urban experience in Italy, but with relatively easy access to some tourist destinations.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway

Perfect Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

We were very lucky to book Villa Ariola for just 4 days before a visit to Rome.

We visited Pisa on our way to the Villa and that was all the sight seeing we did, because once we'ed arrived at the Villa we couldn't bring ourselves to leave. The house is beautiful and feels more like an elegant home than a holiday villa.

Just what we were after and more.

Many Thanks, Karin & Jon

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Pisa and Genoa
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
La Spezia
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
28 Kilometres
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.


Rates & Availability

From €315 Per night

Bagnone Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 25 2015 - Jun 19 2015
4 night minimum stay
Jun 20 2015 - Sep 18 2015
7 night minimum stay
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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €300
Notes 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..

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Bagnone Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 280 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • 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
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Family bathroom with bath and shower - toilet , tub , shower
    En-suite 2 - toilet , shower
    En-suite 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 king
    3 - 2 twin/ single
    2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 sleep sofa /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.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback 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 small game
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
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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