|Minimum Stay||6 nights|
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Medieval restoration with modern comforts for up to 20, Villa Perpoli is luxurious, spacious, private, and memorable. Truly 'once in a lifetime' housing with both high-speed internet and an opportunity for complete escape, Villa Perpoli serves as the perfect Italian villa for honeymoons, retreats, meetings, family reunions and vacations. Perpoli is the most famous and strategically located of Italy's hill towns and the views from Villa Perpoli are everything you could hope for in Tuscany.
Once the summer residence of the Bishop of Pisa, this 800-year-old villa has been completely restored, exceeding its original glory. A rich and colorful history belongs to this historic, three-story old world 'Villa Perpoli', Reviewers from previous listings of this property have said that they intended to use it as a base to visit Tuscany's cities and charms, but instead found the perfect vacation on the veranda looking out at the marble mountains and pool and eating in the huge medieval kitchen with modern appliances.
Located in the charming hilltop village of Perpoli, this villa enjoys the feel of the Italian countryside, yet is only minutes from the bustling town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, the entrance to Italy's most famous region, offering endless entertainment, shopping, dining, and annual international music festival. Experience the oldest street market in Italy, hosted every Thursday, and pick up a bottle of hand-pressed olive oil or locally grown chestnut beer. Close to Lucca, but without the terrible heat and crowds of tourists. Live in the cooler hills with the fabulous views and ancient villages, go to Lucca in a half hour, Pisa in an hour, and Florence in 90 minutes. With breathtaking landscapes from the privacy of home, to international fun and fare minutes away, Villa Perpoli is the ideal location to relax and enrich, for 2-25 people.
This massive villa is perfect for large families, weddings, reunions, or can serve as an event venue or a corporate retreat. The residence boasts 7 private bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, four separate living areas and a dorm/salon, and multiple outdoor dining areas. The spacious veranda off the grand living room provides an ideal dining space for entertaining and enjoying the dramatic sunsets against the Carrara mountains. Two large rooms have held 100 guests seated for concerts. Villa Perpoli’s landscaped acres feature terraced orchards, gardens with fresh fruit and vegetables, a greenhouse, flat lawn with restored ruin columns, and a solar-heated pool.
Substantial 21st century renovations have introduced the highest standards of modern living and luxury while preserving the villa’s irreplaceable cotto tiles, huge medieval fireplaces, and stunning arches. Several tons of steel were added within the floors and walls of this ancient restoration, along with new wiring, plumbing, solar and other modern technologies, to last another thousand years. You’ll find beauty indoors and out, with hand-painted frescoes and original pre-medieval stone carvings, and different world-class views from every one of the 70 windows.
The mountains nearby provide a cooler environment in the summer than the rest of Tuscany. In addition to the villa’s five grand wood fireplaces, a modern zoned system of oil fired radiators in every room keeps out the winter chill. Every season is beautiful. Spring planting, wine and olive harvests during the legendary fall, and nearby winter skiing provide for an amazingly comfortable palazzo year-round.
Live your dream and follow your heart to Villa Perpoli!
ADDITIONAL PROPERTY INFORMATION:
* Large open-plan living and dining area with grand entrance door and central stair, huge medieval open fireplace and doors leading to original veranda which has sun canopies for shade.
* Spacious, country-style, hand-laid kitchen with open fire, 2 large marble counters and marble sinks, US style fridge/freezer, 5 ring hob, double oven, and dishwasher
* Double bedroom, original décor
* Bathroom with tub and shower over
* Shower with a utility room (washer and dryer)
* Study with hidden double-bed, full office equipment i.e., phone, hi-speed wireless internet, and satellite
* Huge second living room with original arches, huge fireplace, drawing room seating
* Master bedroom with four poster bed
* Grandchild bedroom
* Children’s room with 3 L-shaped beds
* Double bedroom
* 1 shower room
* 1 bathroom with 3 person jacuzzi
CANTINA, with stairs to gardens and pools
* Available to rent with main villa or as a separate apartment. To see separate listing go here: VRBO Listing #319766
* Marble kitchen with oven, hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer
* Living room with double sofa bed, enormous arched windows overlooking private side gardens and ruins of ancient castle outbuilding
* Double bedroom and dorm to sleep 6-10 persons
* Shower room, modern Italian style amid ancient stone walls and multiple interior arches
* Many terraced orchards, fresh fruit and vegetable gardens, and lawns
* Spectacular panoramic views from every terrace
* Private solar-heated 5M x 12M graduated pool
* Level for children’s play area and lawns
Property is taken care of by a British manager and a local cleaning person, as well as a groundskeeper/handyman and cleaning person.
Having lived and worked in the States, we have found Tuscany to be a most wonderful refuge. The people have welcomed us with open arms and we share many happy memories together.
We started traveling with our kids to the area many years ago, and we were enchanted. We happened to find this amazing 800 year old hilltop villa. We knew we had to have it and we wanted to share it.
We hope you will have the opportunity of a lifetime to stay in this Villa, which was once the Bishop of Pisa's summer retreat. It has been completely updated and is most comfortable. You will have the pleasure of an easily accessible mountain stay, take a splash in the pool, enjoy views all around, and easy trips to other parts of Tuscany.
Kal purchased this villa in 2003
This is a town of 35 houses built in 1012, and at the center of local history, with grand views in every direction over northern Tuscany. The village is located in the heart of the green and mountainous Garfagnana with dramatic views at every turn, but whilst in the midst of the countryside, is also ideal for exploring. Peaceful and traditional, yet five minutes from a great little city with everything, including beauty, rivers, stores, routes to all major Italian areas, and few tour buses or major crowds.
The house is 800 years old and was built for a Bishop; it dominates the tiny town's one street, and has panoramic views over Carerra quarries, surrounding hill towns, and beautiful farm and forested vistas. Totally peaceful, but a short short drive to many interesting and entertaining settings, including Barga, Lucca, and famous hill towns. The house is a 60 minute drive from Pisa; 40 minutes from the walled medieval city Lucca; 20 mins from the artsy beautiful town of Barga; 90 mins from Florence; 25 mins from skiing at Carregine; half hour from the National Park of Orecchiella, and less than 90 minutes to the Versilia coast.
Closer to home and for shopping, bars, restaurants, etc. is the village of Gallicano (10 minutes) and the market town of Castelnuovo (7 minutes). All facilities can be found in these villages.
An enchanting and accessible retreat!
Once again your house was full of music, love, laughter and joy. All of us have been enjoying this incredible place and our lives have changed for the better. We have already been thinking of a return to Perpoli. Thank you for sharing this wonderful, wonderful place and for keeping an eye on us while we were here. Three generations of my family shared in this holiday and it will be hard to do this again!
"Ah Perpoli!" said an elderly Italian couple sitting next to us at a nearby vineyard restaurant as we described our wonderful stay at this villa. We spent three weeks touring Italy, from the ruins in Rome to the museums in Florence to the canals of Venice but our stay here was, by far, our best experience. The villa itself is, as advertised and reviewed. It's a castle with a majestic terrace view of the hills and the valley with the modern amenities of an in-ground pool, immaculate facilities, and a kitchen fit for a gourmet chef. Our party consisted of about a dozen, and we were all very comfortable. We also cooked plenty of meals here, but still managed to enjoy the local restaurants with superb, authentic Italian cuisine at very reasonable prices.
We used the villa as our home base to explore quant villages, marvel at the ancient churches, and shop in the local markets. I highly recommend Castelnuovo Garfagnana and Castelvecchio Pascal. We also took day trips to a vineyard, to the beach and to the marble quarries where the ancient Romans would cut slabs for statues and monuments. We also managed trips to nearby Luca for a tour of the city and a bike ride around the city walls and to Pisa for the Leaning Tour. Each night, however, we looked forward to returning to this castle in the sky as our home away from home.
One arrives at the Perpoli Villa after driving up a winding, narrow road until you think you're lost, then suddenly you pass through a stone archway and onto a cobbled alley that leads to the doorway of a classic country villa. This is a lovingly restored 12th century castle said to have been the summer Residence of the Bishop of Pisa. The first thing to do is step onto the terrace and take in sweeping views of the Tuscan hills, studded with tiny vineyards, fruit orchards, and pointy cypress trees that look like patchwork quilts of green along the gentle slopes in the distance. The house is extremely well-appointed, with a modern chef’s kitchen that was the center of family activity for our stay. The pool is a refreshing and luxurious retreat from the heat of the Tuscan summer. The rooms and baths have modern
amenities without losing any of the ancient charm of the place. We shared the house with three families, and kids of various ages, and there was enough space to gather everyone for meals or find private time away from the group.
This was my family’s first trip to Italy and while the villa feels very far from the crowded streets of the busy tourist cities,
we were close enough to visit the major Tuscan sights in a day trip. It was an easy drive to Pisa (about an hour), the Roman beach resort of Viareggio, the Carrara marble mines,
and the medieval walled city of Lucca with its fashionable European vibe (50 minutes). On market day, we drove 10 minutes to Castelnuovo di Garfagna where we shopped for iItalian linens, shoes, clothes and kitchenware, all ridiculously inexpensive.
My favorite hill town was tiny, magical Barga, just 10 minutes away, where opera poured from doorways and windows. On lazy days we stayed by the pool while the kids wandered through the orchards looking for plums, and then for dinner visited a restaurant 5 minutes down the hill that served pasta as good as any you’ll ever eat. My 11-year-old and 16-year-old proclaimed our vacation in Perpoli the best of their lives and keep asking when we can go back. We felt as if we’d been let in on a wonderful secret and we will return as soon as we can.
On a first trip to beautiful Italy, one would hope to stay in a historic, stunning, storybook get-away that would help foster priceless memories of such a special trip. If that sounds like the place you are looking for, look no further - Perpoli Villa is just such a magical place. The view from the private terrace atop the secluded little town is absolutely stunning - really more reminiscent of a professional postcard photo than what you would expect to awaken to every morning. And the home has been wonderfully renovated with lot's of special features. All in all, this villa is perfect for a large family or group to create fabulous memories.
Large, eclectic, and historic, this mansion has plenty of space and lots of nooks to please the largest family. Ours spent more time either on the terrace overlooking the valley or in the spacious kitchen but the bedrooms were roomy and the baths were updated and well-appointed. Our group consisted of three couples but the villa would easily hold five couples without much strain.
As to location, we barely had time to experience much of what the villa offered because we were doing our best to enjoy as many of the special Tuscany sights as possible during our family's week-long stay. Florence, Lucca, Cinque Terre and Greve in Chianti wineries were just a few of the special places we traveled to from this home base in the Garfagnana mountains. And I would recommend them all - if you don't mind racking up a thousand kilometers on your rent car! It's not that any were that distant - all were within an easy hour and a half drive - it's just that we wanted to see it all!
In summary, if you want to truly immerse yourself in old world Italy, this is a wonderful place to create an unforgettable experience!
The villa surpassed our expectations. Each day we were overwhelmed by the breathtaking views from the balcony and the incredible beauty of the rooms inside. The frescos and ancient stone archways are complemented by all manner of modern comforts that combine to make this a magical place! The kitchen at the heart of the home was spacious and well equipped and gathering for each meal was a special event in itself.
From the villa we took day trips to Florence and Lucca but we always found ourselves longing to get back to top of Mt. Perpoli for a swim in the pool or a glass of wine in front of the fireplace. Three generations of my family went on this enchanted adventure and it was the trip of a lifetime; one which none of us will ever forget!
When one journeys 18 hours from Western Canada, there is some natural trepidation for what lies on the top of Monte Perpoli. There is no cause for concern, as Villa Perpoli (pronounced Pair-poly) is all and more for which one could hope.
Tucked away from tourists and nestled in the Tuscan hills, one family’s dream rapidly becomes yours for a magical time. The valley vista alone is worth the cost, however the wonderful neighbouring towns such as Garfagnana Castelnuovo and medieval Barga top all expectations. Even for seasoned European travellers, the vagaries of overseas travel fade into oblivion, with the wine botega panini lunches and world class dining experiences within 5-20 minutes of Villa Perpoli. Within 1-2 hours driving are the classic Italian adventures of Pisa; Florence; Lucca, Lerici; Portofino; Parma; Cinque Terre and many other wonderful destinations.
Local access to support (domestic help and owner’s representation) is a huge comfort. The villa has all the modern conveniences and surpassed our family’s expectations for comfort. The work entailed in the restoration of this 800 year old villa is beyond description to the uninitiated land owner, as one can only imagine what went into this project. A sense of history is perfectly married to the feeling of family. The sounds of nature and the beautiful valley’s chiming bells should last a lifetime. The old movie line of “Damn the torpedos and full speed ahead”, comes to mind, if you really want an Italian getaway to remember !
Don’t miss a very worthwhile read of the owner’s fascinating novella “Second Ticket to the Dance”, that marries his real life gritty medical experiences, to the dream of Villa Perpoli.
Le famiglie BRD/MF
The Perpoli estate is unlike anything we have ever experienced. The view from the balcony of neighboring towns can have you mesmerized for hours. The owner had warned us that some visitors come and remain at the house the entire time! We were eager to explore the area but took every other day during our stay to be around the villa and enjoy this panoramic view. The house is situated on very well maintained grounds with a stunning pool where we could relax. The furnishings were comfortable and unimposing. The kitchen has all of your familiar items such as filtered water and dishwasher, coffee pot and espresso maker. We weren't missing a thing.
This was my second trip to Italy after having lived in Florence during my college years. This area is a wonderful place to visit for a family or a few couples if you are hoping to see "more of Italy". Nearby towns offer cave walks, hiking, marketplace shopping and excellent family food places. Do try the Chocolateria between Barga and Lucca. Yum!
The owner was communicative and inviting when making our plans. He placed us in the good hands of some local folks to answer our questions and help us in any way we needed.
If you choose to pursue this vacation option, you will not be sorry. It is both relaxing and invigorating. You will come home with a new found knowledge of a historic and beautiful culture and geographic region. Don't forget to bring a good camera and listen for the dog that barks around 2pm in the valley somewhere miles away!
This is a gorgeous mountain area with very easy access to the Villa. There are jeep tours of this incredibly scenic region, as well as wonderful hikes.
You have the option of renting the entire Villa and Cantina or just the Villa or just the Cantina. Villa alone sleeps up to 20. Cantina alone sleeps up to 7. Please inquire.
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My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
|Utilities / wk.||$200|
All rates are subject to discussion and negotiation up or down, based on usage.
Extra charges will apply for cooking and cooking lessons, language lessons, tour guiding, trip planning, possible car included, and other services to be arranged.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.