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Michael Ringrose

Member since: 2004
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Beautiful villa near Lucca with private pool - Main house

1 Review
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Borgo a Mozzano Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Luxury rental with local English agent and daily cleaning service

Tucked away in a charming valley nestled in the heart of Tuscany, this luxurious country home will exceed your expectations and give your family memories to last a lifetime. A Parino is a beautifully restored historical chestnut mill just minutes away from the famed medieval city of Lucca. A Parino is conveniently located near Pisa, Siena, Florence, Cinque Terre, Barga and Forti dei Marmi, giving you access to a different piece of Italy every day and night. The villa’s antique cotto floors and high beamed ceilings are authentically Tuscan and beautifully accent the elegant furnishings, antiques, and classic wrought iron furniture. The enticing rustic elegance is only furthered by the expansive veranda that stretches across the front of the property, offering views of the surrounding hillside and the luxurious modern pool, ideal for al fresco dining and sun bathing. There are also a mountain stream and woodlands on the property for hiking and discovering local wildlife. A Parino comes equipped with a renovated guest apartment, perfect for guests seeking more privacy. No matter what kind of get away your looking for, A Parino is the perfect place to call your temporary home.

A Parino can be rented as the main house only (sleeps up to 10). The guest apartment can be rented to allow an additional 4 guests if needed. If the main house is rented on its own, the guest apartment is never used, to allow privacy for the main house guests.

A Parino is lovingly serviced by our friends and neighbours, Paolo and Alda Benedetti. Their services include daily cleaning and maintenance of the property. They are also willing to cook dinner for guests at an extra cost. Michael Ringrose is our great friend and manager of the property, who will welcome you to this beautiful part of Italy.

History: The property is located on the Via Clodia, the ancient Roman road, so is surrounded by history. It is also at the centre of the Gothic or Green Line, which was the German defensive line against the Allies in WW2. Above the property in the hills are the old fortifications.

Beauty: It is the tranquility and serenity of A Parino that most guests love the most. Deep in a hidden valley, it is the beauty of the location that attracts regular visitors. The house is surrounded by hillsides, which are full of local wildlife - deer, foxes, porcupines, badgers and wild boar. Above fly a pair of nesting eagles while swallows dip down to catch a fleeting dip in the pool. At night, the fireflies come out.

Children: All children of all ages love A Parino. While the TV and Internet are available, few actually use it. Most, especially the younger ones are playing down by the stream, where they build dams and catch tadpoles or frogs. The older ones go wandering in the hills or swim in the pool. There are also board games available: chess, Scrabble, playing cards available when they prefer the coolness of being inside.

More Details

Details for Main house 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, 3 Bathrooms

The house is large and very comfortable with a kitchen, dining room, living area and utility room downstairs and 5 bedrooms upstairs. The white walls and ceiling are very high and traversed by traditional wooden beams. The kitchen has very modern appliances. Most people prefer to dine out on the terrace or in the rear patio, close to the BBQ, rather than in the dining room. The living room is all soft seating around a large fireplace, with a TV and a games/book cupboard.

The main garden has seating in a pergola and also many sunbeds by the pool. There is a covered car port to shade the cars from the sun. The property is protected by electric gates and surrounded by a large hedge and fence.

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Michael Ringrose (Property Manager)
Member since: 2004
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Michael Ringrose

We are Fred and Aideen. Born in Ireland, we have spent most of our life together all over the world. We currently live in Singapore but A Parino is our cherished holiday home which we try get back to at least once a year.

Michael Ringrose purchased this farmhouse in 1999

Why Michael Ringrose chose Lucca Area

We first fell in love with Tuscany on a family holiday 17 years ago. We saw about 10 properties in one week and then immediately fell in love with A Parino, a true diamond in the rough. After 2 years of full renovations the house became completely transformed into a rustic paradise!

The previous owners are the Benedetti family, whose own home overlooks the property on the road to Domazzano and they feel so proud of what has been done to their old home.

This house is also much more than a holiday home to us. We all feel very close to A Parino - it's part of our soul - and any visitor will tell you the same. It is utterly enchanting.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Breakfast on the verandah with the sun appearing over the hills

The birdsong every day

The views

The peace and calmness - you never want to leave

The pool to cool down in on hot days

Alda and Paolo - just super people in handling everyone's needs

The close proximity of Lucca and other restaurants

Guestbook comments from the manager

A Parino was definitely more than we expected and more: the photos do not do justice to the whole property. Absolutely fabulous location. The children enjoyed roaming around, catching tadpoles in the stream and chasing fireflies. Excellent restaurants nearby. Lovely candlelit barbecues at home with local fresh produce. We will return!! Australian guests

A superb summer holiday. Thank you to Michael for all his expert advice on what to see and where to eat. We loved having breakfast on the terrace every morning, watching the sun appear from over the hills. Special thanks to Paolo and Alda for keeping the property and pool wonderfully clean and their friendly courtesy. English guests
Nov 2007
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Reviews

1 traveler review

Main house
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
5

Fabulous Tuscan villa

  • 5 of 5

Aparino is a beautiful and very stylish villa in the heart of the Tuscan countryside.

The house is large,very comfortable and really well equipped.

The gardens are a treat, a great pool (much used), a lovely terrace with seating and dining areas, looking onto woodland and rolling hills. Super private!

Michael, our host was very helpful and gave us some terrific advice on restaurants to visit in the area.

I cannot recommend this villa highly enough, we were only sorry we didn't stay longer.

If you're looking for a classy villa in an amazing location, book Aparino!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. We are thrilled that you enjoyed Aparino so much.
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Map

Vigna Ilaria Ristorante Locanda
Antica Locanda di Sesto
La Fenice Morianese
Canuleia
St. Bartholomeo
Port Ellen Clan
Antica Locanda dell'Angelo
il Posto
Ristorante Filippo
L'Enoteca Marcucci
Buonamico
"Great seafood restaurant"
Ristorante Lorenzo
Obica Mozzarella Bar - Tornabuoni
Ristorante Vipore
Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Ponte a Moriano
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Lucca
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Lucca
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Antica Locanda di Sesto
Nearest Ski
35 Kilometres
Abetone
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Forti dei Marmi
Car: necessary

Lucca is a beautiful walled medieval city, which is the birthplace of Puccini. The city is mostly pedestrianised, which is fantastic for cycling and walking. Most guests enjoy cycling round the ramparts of the city wall. The countryside north of Lucca is breathtaking with many medieval villages perched on wooded hillsides. There are many beautiful palazzos and vineyards to visit in the area. Florence, Pisa and the beaches are all within a short distance. There are excellent restaurants within 10 minutes of the house. The Tuscan ski resort of Abetone is only 1 hour away and has generally excellent snow from January to March. The immediate surroundings of the house are beautiful and most guests enjoy this most, whether for relaxation or exercise. There are lovely walks and circuits ( between 2 to 6 kms ) in the wooded hills around the property. Visit the ruined church on top of the hill. See the snow-capped Apuan Alps from the hillside opposite the house.

Other Activities: The Ski resort of Abetone is 1 hour away by car

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Rates & Availability

Borgo a Mozzano Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Mid
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
$3,920
 
 
Low
Oct 1 2016 - Dec 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
$3,248
 
 
Low
Jan 1 2017 - May 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,248
 
 
Mid
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,920
 
 
High
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
$5,264
 
 
Mid
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,920
 
 
Low
Sep 30 2017 - Jun 1 2018
7 night minimum stay
$3,248
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Borgo a Mozzano Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Luxury
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • All the bathrooms are bright and modern with showers.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 3 twin/ single
  • All the double bedrooms are four poster beds. The single beds are all antique iron beds. All come with mosquito nets. All bedrooms have fans.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
In the main house, the kitchen is well equipped with modern oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and microwave. The barn has its own separate kitchen, again well equipped with modern oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and microwave. Daily cleaning service is provided (inclusive in the price). Michael Ringrose, the local manager, lives nearby and gives great local advice on everything. There is free WiFi and English channels on satellite TV. A local chef can be reserved at extra cost for private dinners. We provide 1 beach towel, 1 bath towel and 1 hand towel per person per week.

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