TUSCANY, ROMANTIC HILLTOP HIDEAWAY WITH STUNNING MOUNTAIN VIEWS

Bruno & Roberto Donati

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TUSCANY, ROMANTIC HILLTOP HIDEAWAY WITH STUNNING MOUNTAIN VIEWS

Villafranca in Lunigiana House Rental Photos and Description

2Bedroom house in tuscany, sleeps 2-5)

The house newly is renovated (2012) and is set in a medieval village at the foothills of the Apennines, surrounded by chestnut forests and olive groves, it makes a wonderful base to explore Tuscany. The entrance of the property is from the terrace which has magnificent views of the Lunigiana valley. The door of the house opens into the typical Italian hallway, there is central heating throughout. The kitchen is equipped with cooker, fridge and microwave. The sitting room has a comfortable sofa bed and LCD TV and SATELLITAR TV . The bedroom has a double bed.For YOUNG CHILDREN:a little bed and a high chair. The bathroom has shower, bidet, toilet and hand basin. The terrace is spacious and has a vine shaded area for dining alfresco or simply enjoying the beautiful view. This property is perfect for people who want to experience local village life, it is a wonderful place to relax, ideal for romantics just wanting to enjoy Tuscany.

Culture and History : The region is scattered with castles built by the Malaspina family, the Brunella fortress of Aulla houses theLunigiana Museum of natural History. Genoa; European capital of culture for 2004 is 1hr drive and well worth a visit. Florence is 1.5hrs drive or you can take the train from Villafranca Lucca 1hr drive a delightful city; hire a bike and pedal around the city walls. Parma or Genoa are both 1hr away for the opera.CINQUE TERRE at40 min drive.PISA and LUCCA at 45 min. drive .Marble's quarries of CARRARA at 45 min. drive.

Sports and Leisure nearby : There are sandy beaches at Marinella and Marina di Massa. There is an excellent open air olympic size swimming pool in Villafranca (10min) with a high diving board, water fountains and children's pools. If you prefer swimming in freshwater there are many freshwater rock pools, made by the fast flowing water from melting snow. There is a tennis club in Villafranca with indoor and outdoor courts. The nearest ski resort is Zeri half an hours drive. Nearest Golf course is at Villafranca 10 min. Botanical gardens 30min. Mountain and forest walks right outside your door. The high meadows are abundant with flowers and heavy with their perfume. Parma is 1hr away for the nearest Seria A football team.CINQUE TERRE at 40 min drive .Swimming pool at 5 km.CHILDREN can to play FREELY on the village whithout to be afraid of road traffic.A walk on the forest...out of village.Kitchen garden with vegetables to pick up free. 2 bottles of our wine free,every week to stay.

Lunigiana and Liguria : Lunigiana unknown to the crowds, yet close to Florence, Pisa and the Cinque Terre, in this sunlit land of chestnut covered hills crowned by medieval villages you will enjoy the very best of Italy - wonderful landscapes, good food and a warm Italian welcome, the northern corner of Tuscany, an unspoiled area of breathtaking natural beauty set between the Apennine mountains and the Mediterranean sea. Lunigiana links the Gulf of Poets(where Shelley drowned, Byron swam and D. H. Lawrence meditated on his next book) and the coastal province of Liguria. The region is dominated by the mountains of the Parco Alpi Apuane (from where Michelangelo choose the marble for his statues). The marble quarries 45min by car are open to visitors.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Bruno & Roberto Donati

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
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Minimum Stay 2 nights
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4.6
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Tuscany, romantic hilltop hideaway with stunning mountain views
average rating of 4.6 based on 20 reviews
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Villafranca in Lunigiana Massa Carrara
Round the world
5

Lovely View and Wonderful Host.

  • 5 of 5
The view from the house was really amazing. The view was never the same everyday when my family (2 adults and 2 kids) stayed for one week. The house has a big balcony where one can enjoy wine (by Mr Bruno) and admire the view or simply enjoy the day. The location of the place was about 15 min drive uphill from Villafranca. The place is a little tight for my family but the outdoor space (balcony) was spacious for my kids to play and run around.

We used the place as a base to visit the nearby villages and even a day trip to Cinque Terre and Carrara.

Mr Bruno is such a wonderful host, he gave many advices where to visit and where to eat especially in the nearby villages. Knowing that we had not book our accommodation for the next destination, he helped us to locate one in Pienza (Which was a lovely farm house). He is caring gentleman.

Thank you for your warm hospitality.
  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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Owner's Response: Thank you, L. and J.,for your beautiful and polite review. Happy holidays around the world !!
Greetings to you and to yours very beautiful kids.
Bruno,Ginetta ,Roberto.
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5 sterren balkon

  • 5 of 5
Vijf sterren balkon

Het huisje heeft een groot balkon met uitzicht over de vallei van de Fiume Magre. Zowel overdag als in de nacht geeft het een weidse blik met alle dorpjes aan de
overkant van de vallei. ’s Nachts is het soms eerder een 5000 sterren balkon met de voorbij vliegende oplichtende vuurvliegjes als kers op de taart. Soms hoor je in de verte een kerkklok, waterval of een wild zwijn.

Vaak werden we getrakteerd door Bruno op verse groente uit zijn tuin. Courgette bloemen in beignet deeg zijn erg lekker. Ook de witte wijn die we mochten ontvangen
smaakte goed.

Het dorpje is een mengeling van gerestaureerde huizen en nog te restaureren huizen en heeft een knusse sfeer. In het weekend is het wat drukker omdat dan meer huizen
bewoond zijn. Ook is de eigenaar is het weekend aanwezig in zijn bovengelegen huis. Maar wie van een Italiaanse vakantie houdt met sociale contacten, goed weer en dolce far niente is hier op zijn plek.

De laatste dag hebben we een voettocht ondernomen naar de waterval in de buurt. Het was een Indiana Jones expeditie met lianen en al. Na een uur afdalen kwamen
we bij een oude vervallen watermolen met een mooie waterval van 15 meter hoog. Hier komt normaal niemand! De terugtocht was even meer werk maar na 2 uur klimmen (incl slang!) en waren we mooi op tijd terug voor de lunch!
  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Owner's Response: Thank you for your kindness.
Bruno, Ginetta ,Roberto.
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Victoria, BC
5

A Peaceful Getaway

  • 5 of 5
My boyfriend and I stayed at Bruno's house in Irola for a week in mid-May 2013 and were very pleased with our stay. Bruno was there to greet us and show us around the house and village. He had also prepared a lovely welcome basket including three bottles of his delicious organic wine and even shared some of his dinner with us on that first night. Throughout our stay Bruno was available for any questions or concerns but was not at all intrusive. He had many great suggestions about places to eat in the nearby town and other places to visit. We used the house as a base to visit Milan, Cinque Terre, Lucca, Pisa, Carrar and Parma. It was very central to every place we wanted to visit but we most enjoyed returning at the end of the day to watch the sun set and sip Bruno's wine on the terrace. After he found out how much we enjoyed the wine, Bruno even left a fourth bottle on our doorstep! I can't say enough what a kind and generous host Bruno is and his whole family seems just as nice. His wife even sent us off with a homemade jar of pesto!!

The house is very clean and has everything you need for your stay from towels to books to all sorts of kitchen gadgets. We did not want for anything while staying here and really enjoyed the quiet of the village and I would recommend Bruno's house to anyone looking for a peaceful Tuscan getaway.

Thank you to Bruno and family - meeting you was one of the highlights of our trip to Italy.

Michele and Mike.
  • Submitted: May 29, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
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Owner's Response: Dears Michele and Mike,
I thank you very,very much for your beautiful review.
It was a pleasure to be in your company.
If you return in Italy,I will be happy to see you again !
Grazie,ciao.
Bruno
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Authentique

  • 5 of 5
Maison située dans un authentique petit village médiéval. Retour dans le passé assuré !
Accueil très chaleureux de Gina et Bruno et dégustation de leur production viticole.
Location très bien située à proximité de lieux exceptionnels, (comme les 5 terres).
Au calme avec très belle vue de la terrasse.
  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
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Owner's Response: Hello G: and J:L:,
thanks very much for your kindness. I will remember you!!
Bruno e Ginetta
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5

Wonderful stay, beautifull place!

  • 5 of 5
We are a couple in early thirties which stayed in this apartment for 10 days during the summer. The apartment is very clean and well maintained, and it has all the amenities you need. A bedroom for two, a nice clean bathroom with washing machine, living room and a nice kitchen with all the equipment you need. Outside the kitchen is a large terrace with a beautiful view over the valley. The terrace is a great place to eat all the meals of the day from morning to evening, and also great to just relax and enjoy the sun. The host, Bruno, was very friendly and took great care of us if we needed his help and also stayed out of our way when we didn’t. He has a lovely vegetable garden beside the house and we were given fresh tomatoes and other vegetables nearly every day and could pick what we needed if we wanted to. We also were given a couple of bottles of Bruno’s own wine, which were lovely. The village of Irola vas very little, and you need a car to get to and from it, but it was a beautiful place and we will absolutely recommend this apartment to anyone. We are foodies, and we found a couple of really good restaurants in the nearby towns. Trust Bruno’s recommendations for restaurants, they are great.
  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
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Owner's Response: Thank you very ,very much,Pal and Britta ;remember that you have a house and a friend in Italy: in Irola
Greetings
Bruno .
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A beautiful and pleasant place

  • 4 of 5
We have spend two weeks i Irola in Bruno´s house. You have to stay more than one week, to get the tranquility into your mind. The house is well funktionating and equipped with everything for self-household. It is suitabel for a couple or a family with small children. A dog is wellcome!
The most attractive is the big terrace overlooking the river Magra valley. We had wonderfull mornings and evenings with dinner in the sunset.
We went to see small villages where we enjoyed our lunch and we could also have dined out in many small places, but we enjoyed so much making our own dinner.
We too will mention the kindness of Bruno and Ginetta - good advices of where to go, fresh fruit and vegetables from the garden.
Absolute a recommendable place!
  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Pisa and Genoa
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
La Spezia
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Villafranca Lunigiana
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Pontremoli
Nearest Beach
28 Kilometres
Marinela di Sarzana -Marina di Carrara
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Villafranca
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Villafranca ecc.
Car: necessary

The property is ideal for a couple or small family seeking the peace and tranquillity of a medieval village in the Tuscan mountains. Just half an hour to the sea, or half an hour to the nearest ski resort. The beautiful cities of Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Genoa and Parma, Cinque Terre,Portovenere ,Forte dei Marmi ,beach of Versilia,marble quarries of Carrara (Michelangelo ),Alpi Apuane for treking, are all a short drive away. Swimming pool at 5 km . CHILDREN can to play FREELY whithout to be afraid of road traffic. A walk on the wood...out the village! Kitchen garden to pick up vegetables free. 2bottles of our wine free ,every week stay .A walk on HORSEBACK...Please see facilitations at 'rates'.

Other Activities: kitchen garden.Vegetables at your disposal gratis. Beach at 35 km. River at 5 Km. Fresh torrent at 4 Km.

Golf: A golf club is in Villafranca Lunigiana, at 5 km from Irola.

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Villafranca in Lunigiana House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Sum
Aug 2 2014 - Aug 29 2014
2 night minimum stay
€65
€550
 
 
Sum.
Aug 30 2014 - Sep 26 2014
2 night minimum stay
€65
€470
 
 
Aut.
Sep 27 2014 - Dec 19 2014
2 night minimum stay
€60
€420
 
 
Christmas
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 9 2015
2 night minimum stay
€65
€470
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €100
Notes No Extra Charges; Prices are inclusive of a welcome hamper, Linen and towels, final cleaning and heating. .
2 bottles of typical wine of our own production will be offered every week REDUCED PRICE OF 10% FOR 2 WEEK STAY,or, if you prefer,1 HOUR and HALF of RIDE ON HORSEBACK FOR TWO PEOPLE ( W ITH GUIDE ), in the countryside and woods of Lunigiana . UNFORGETTABLE!!!!!
Kitchengarden free!!!

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Villafranca in Lunigiana House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 40 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Sofa Bed
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Freezer
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Oven
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • One double bedroom and a double sofa bed . In addition: a folding bed on supply and a high chair. A cot for kid.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • CD Player
  • Radio
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • winery tours
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • churches
  • museums
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain climbing
  • tennis
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • golf
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • mountaineering
  • freshwater fishing
Notes:
SAT NAV available, no extra charge, (refundable deposit required) excellent for trips, when visiting cities. internet Wi-FI.. Kitchengarden with vegetables free for guests.
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