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Stunning Country Villa in Panoramic, Private Setting

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
7 nights


Bagni di Lucca Villa Rental Photos and Description

7 Bedrooms, 6 +1/2 Bathrooms Sleeps 14

Villa Lavanda is a completely reconstructed - mostly 18th century villa above the Tuscan village of Bagni di Lucca - 35 minutes from the incredible walled city of Lucca.

The house - with its 13m pool, hot-tub, pizza ovens, bocce is surrounded by olive groves and fields of lavender and is furnished with antiques, contemporary, traditional & ethnic art and is used by the owners as a principal residence. Daily housekeeping is included in the rental. There is a library of books, satellite TV and internet service, free international calling (land-line, multiple music systems, a gourmet kitchen with all appliances.

The house looks out over Tuscan hill-towns, protected chestnut forests and the Serchio valley. It is 5 minutes - by car - from the town ---- which has shops of all types, supermarkets, and an emergency medical service.

The villa is 90 minutes from the treasures of Florence, and the cliff villages of the Cinque Terre. Pisa - and its airport - is 50 minutes away. Carrara with its marble quarries (used by Michelangelo), Rapallo, Santa Margherita,Forte di Marmi and the Tuscan riviera are all close by. Bagni di Lucca is at the start of the Garfagnana valley - renowned in Italy as a center of production for artisanal foods --- ham, sausage, cheese, chestnut flour, porcini are just some of the delights.

The area is also particularly known for its hilltop villages and churches, along with the multitude of outdoor activities --- hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, river rafting, paragliding, just some of the many that are available. The provincial capital of Lucca (40 minutes) is a gem with its walls, beautifully preserved buildings and churches, villas with classic gardens, elegant shopping, and many cultural activities from opera (it's the home town of Puccini), to music festivals, a summer rock festival, photography and food fairs and exhibitions among the many attractions.

Without the seasonal crowds of Florence its a place to enjoy and experience real life in an Italian town --- while still being able to explore and enjoy Renaissance art & architecture.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Jonathan J Cohen
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
September 15, 2016
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About Jonathan J Cohen

After many years of searching,we bought the property - with the house as a ruin - and spent two years undertaking a complete renovation. because this is a home to our family, we have continued to upgrade and update both the interior and mechanical features.

As we split our time between the US and Italy, the villa is our home and is not furnished as a rental property. It contains a portion of our contemporary & ethnic art collection, antiques and carpets, as well as large library,music, DVD and CD collection.

Jonathan J Cohen purchased this villa in 1989

Why Jonathan J Cohen chose Lucca Area

The villa has a special sense of peace and privacy with an ideal climate and environment. The grounds are extensively planted with terraces of lavender and rosemary, while the courtyards have pots of azaleas, gardenias, lemons and camellia. The quality of both the air and water is extraordinary, and in the warm months, the days are hot and sunny, while nights are generally cool and comfortable.

Bagni di Lucca first became famous in the 18th C as the favored Summer spa resort for British and Russian nobility because of the cooler, more comfortable nights. The area is now known for the variety and quality of the available outdoor activities. Also, we can arrange for cookery classes, art lessons and numerous other activities for adults and younger guests.

Besides the decor, the villa equipped to provide every convenience from wireless internet service in most areas; telephone, fax, printer/scanner and laptops are provided.

The laundry has washing machines and dryer; up-to-date heating and electrical systems (you can use multiple appliances simultaneously); a gym, Satellite TV and SONOS music players with iPod connections.

The owners both cook and the (two) kitchens are fully equipped, with microwave, food processors, espresso machine, toasters, coffee-makers, restaurant stoves etc The large 13m x 6m, mosaic-tiled pool is equipped with a salinator purification system, while the 8 person hot - tub is enclosed in its own, separate, completely private, enclosed courtyard.

There are board games, a grass bocce field, and ping-pong table. The Italian/Scottish housekeeper comes in daily and is a remarkable resource for getting familiar with the attractions of the area.

The house is only 28 Km from the extraordinary walled town of Lucca with its surrounding vineyards, olive orchards, classic gardens and villas; while the Cinque Terre, Florence, Carrara & the fashionable seaside resort of Forte di Marmi are all easily accessible.

What makes this villa unique

The house offers a unique sense of privacy and peace both outside - and in. The panoramic views from both the house and grounds are unique. In particular, the giant window in the living room - which is kept open all Summer - and which looks out and over hill-towns and the Garfagnana valley opens up the living room to the views.

There are multiple seating/eating/living areas in the house and grounds, so guests can always find a private spot to read or relax. No traffic disturbs the tranquility - and the lavender terraces perfume the grounds.

Superb chefs are available by arrangement, (as well as other catering options) as are excellent masseur/euse) Cookery, art & Italian lessons; winery & food tours, are available; while horseback riding, paragliding, river rafting, tennis, bicycling & hiking are just a few of variety of other recreational activities that can be arranged..

The house is furnished as a family home with large, and eclectic, collections of contemporary and ethnic art; antique furniture and oriental rugs; a large library and collection of European and American films.

We produce our own olive oil, honey and provide guests with the use of our large, organic, orto (vegetable garden) during Summer months.

Pizzas may be baked in the 18th century outdoor oven -- and eaten at one of several outdoor dining areas - and the layout of the house provides for 3 of the smaller bedrooms - along with a large living room and 2.5 bathrooms to be relatively separate from the main living areas...ideally suited for families with children as they can have their own living/play areas along with separate entrances to this area, courtyard (with ping-pong table) and gardens.

While the village of Bagni di Lucca - with its stores and supermarkets - is a five minute drive away, the house is in a completely secure location with its electric gate, long driveway, burglar alarm and farmer neighbors who live close by ... but essentially invisible to guests.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Stunning Country Villa in Panoramic, Private Setting
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We are 8 adult women who spent an incredible week at Villa Fronzola. The villa is so much more than one would expect from a rental - it is a home, lovingly appointed and with exquisite taste. It includes everything one could want, and more. Alex and Ellen, our own culinarians, were so impressed with the kitchen, the pizza oven, and the gardens that provided many fruits, vegetables and herbs, we thought they would never leave to come back to the states.

Others will praise the villa and its environs, and we would concur. Our greatest praise, however, will be of Alyssia and Simonella, who were more than helpful. Alyssia readily assisted us with a late arrival in the rain, and always responded to our questions. Simonella not only kept us neat and organized, she was a delight to have around, a lovely woman.

We cannot think of anything that was not perfect! Thank you Jonathan and Ellie for providing such a classy environment!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning villa, perfect vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

My family (10 people total) stayed in magnificent Villa Fronzola for a week this spring, and I cannot possibly put into words how gorgeous Fronzola is. The villa itself is perfectly laid out for a large group - lots of private nooks and areas to give everyone some space, combined with a few huge rooms to gather together for meals and relaxation. The villa is beautifully decorated with stunning art in various media and styles, and the property surrounding the Villa is perfection. The pool is clean and refreshing and you can enjoy beautiful views of the tuscan mountains while you take a dip. And the hot tub is a perfect way to relax after a long day of sightseeing. Fronzola is within a 2 hour drive of many of the wonderful Tuscan attractions (Florence, Lucca, Chianti, etc.), and the village of Bagni di Lucca (above which the villa sits) is absolutely charming.

The villa and the property are beautifully maintained. A cleaning woman came every other day to clean. The property manager was very easy to reach and extremely helpful with recommendations and reservations, etc. We took advantage of some of the recommended services (we had local chefs come in to cook us amazing Tuscan dinners 2 nights, and we had a pizzaiolo come one evening who made delicious homemade pizza in the pizza oven in the courtyard). The love and care with which Fronzola is maintained is obvious, and the privacy and tranquil setting are unmatched.

I highly recommend renting Villa Fronzola. I am counting the months until I can return to the villa for my next vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous Fronzola!!!

  • 5 of 5

In a word, our stay at Fronzola was FABULOUS! We felt transported onto a Tuscan movie set yet inside were all the comforts of a warm and exceptional home. The views are spectacular - especially from the gorgeous dining area and the lovely pool. Dining al fresco either at the cozy front table or the beautiful courtyard area was a most special treat. The amenities are superior and the courteous service from all was outstanding. I would definitely recommend this fantastic villa to anyone - for any occasion!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Outstanding in everyway. We had 12 adults and 3 children under 3 and never felt crowded. The house, grounds, pool, hot tub are all first class. We have 2 chefs and 3 cooks in the group and made use of the terrific kitchen (and outdoor pizza oven) for wonderful meals of garden produce and local meats, seafood, cheese and specalities served in one of 3 dining areas. The manager of the property went out of her way to do everything possible to make the week a great one. If I can ever get the 15 people or others togather again I would love to go back.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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  • 5 of 5

We had a family trip to Italy and held our wedding on the property. It was truly unbelievable - the villa was magnificent, and one of the most beautiful venues we've ever been in. Jonathan was a remarkable host, and the wedding itself was perfection. We got married up by the pool, looking out onto the hillside with family and friends in attendance, and it couldn't have been better.

Highly, highly recommended, and worth every single cent.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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  • 5 of 5

I love this villa so much that I have been 2 summers in a row, and every time I leave I am already planning when I can return. I cannot recommend this villa enough - it is perfect for a weekend getaway or longer vacation. It is equipped with everything you need and in the perfect location to both hideaway and be a tourist in Tuscany. For me, there is no better holiday and no better home-away-from-home...

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Nearest Airport
62 Kilometres
Pisa & Florence (Florence 23 KM/10-15 min further
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Bagni di Lucca - in village
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Bagni di Lucca (Fornoli)
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Bagni di Lucca and Monti di Villa
Nearest Ski
65 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
65 Kilometres
Viareggio, Pisa, Forte di Marmi
Car: necessary

The area is renowned for the production of artisanal food and as an outdoor recreational area - particularly for hiking, walking, paragliding, and numerous other outdoor activities. The beginning of the Garfagnana Valley, with numerous famous hill-towns and villages --- which produces some of the best sausage, cheese, wild boar prosciutto, chestnut flour baked goods, honey and other local specialties is just minutes from the villa. Bagni di Lucca is close to the marble quarries of Carrara and the villages of the Cinque Terre. Florence with its art treasures can be reached within 90 minutes. Lucca itself is a unique walled town - essentially closed to traffic - with wonderful architecture, lovely shops and restaurants. One can walk - or bicycle - around the walls, visit Romanesque churches and museums. Surrounding the town are wineries and classic villas and gardens many of which may be visited. Pisa - with its leaning tower is one hour away. The towns of the Cinque Terre - visited by walking along the cliffs or a dedicated small railway must be experienced and the fashionable beaches and restaurants of Forte di Marmi are easily accesible. The marble quarries of Carrara are also well worth a visit. The area is a particularly un-spoilt, traditional part of Tuscany; hunting wild-boar (in season) still occurs in the woods, along with harvesting porcini and chestnuts. It's Tuscany before the advent of mass tourism and agribusiness.


Rates & Availability

Bagni di Lucca Villa Rental Rates

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Oct 1 2016 - Dec 23 2016
7 night minimum stay
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 6 2017
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Jan 7 2017 - Apr 7 2017
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Apr 8 2017 - Apr 21 2017
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Apr 22 2017 - May 26 2017
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May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
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Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
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Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
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Sep 30 2017 - Dec 22 2017
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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500

• Discounted rates for periods over one week
• Initial deposit of 1/3 required to confirm reservation. Reservations are not confirmed until deposit has been received.
• Rates include 'meet and greet' by house manager; daily housekeeping service; all linens; laundry kitchen and bathroom supplies; internet service; english speaking manager with knowledge of the area, welcome basket, complimentary first night dinner
• Security deposit of $1,500 payable in advance or to manager; refundable on departure
• Rates do not include utilities - but a $150.00 credit towards cost is included in rental.
• Cancellation policy:
Cancellation more than 6 months prior to rental - deposit fully refundable less 10%
Cancellation between 3 - 6 months prior to rental - deposit is forfeit
Cancellation less than 3 months prior to rental - we guarantee to use our best efforts to re-let the property; in the event that we are unable to do so, the full rental is payable.

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Bagni di Lucca Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 8000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gym
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Macintosh Computer
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Printer
  • Safe
  • Scanner
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • fax
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Two showers in enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , bidet
  • All bathrooms with modern fixtures, Italian tile and/or marble. Some with double sinks,, all with bidets. 3 Main guest rooms all have both showers and tubs; 3 other bathrooms with shower in tub and one with only a shower.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2: Guest - Upstairs - 1 queen , Guest Room 1: en suite bathroom; private loggia
    Bedroom 4: Chapel - Lower floor - 1 queen , En suite bathroom; External entrance; sitting area
    Bedroom 5: Emma - lower floor - 1 queen , 4 Poster bed; fresco, fireplace terrace & external entrance
    Bedroom 6: Alexa - Lower floor - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Fireplace, fresco wall
    Bedroom 7: Zoë - Lower floor - 2 twin/ single , Fresco walls, corner room
    Bedroom 3: Main floor - 1 queen , En suite bathroom; adjoining private living room/fireplace
    Bedroom 1 : Master - upstairs - 1 queen , En suite bathroom;; fireplace; sitting area; twin shower
  • Four bedrooms are 'en suite' Three bedrooms share 2 full bathrooms (one with shower only - no tub) and one half-bath A crib is available and can be accommodated in most bedrooms
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • DVR
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
• House is multi-level, but ramps can be installed on the ground (first) floor to allow wheelchair mobility. There are hand rails/grab bars at various locations on this level and in the bathroom • Because of the nature of art and furnishings - and stone staircases etc - the house may not be suitable for children between the ages of 2 -8. Please discuss this with the owners prior to renting. Staffing: housekeeping - 4 hours per day/3 (week)days per week are included in rental, as is Meet & Greet service. In addition, one hour or our manager's time - pre-arrival - is also available to make reservations or do some initial food purchasing etc. The manager also offers ongoing 'concierge' services on an hourly/availability basis. More information is available about this service. • Smoking is not allowed in the house

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