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Beautiful Villa, Sleeps 10, terraces great views, garden, Pool, Beaches 30 Mins

Sleeps11
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Space 4,843 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Generous Medieval Tuscan Villa for 10 With Large Garden, Pool, Terraces, Views.

Our house was once the center of the village and it has an incredible allure, its stone walls have seen eight centuries and you can feel the history and the spirit of real Tuscany in it!

It's really embedded in the history and life of the area: First mentioned in the 13th century, its ground floor was the covered village market, selling chestnut flour, honey and wine. What is now the kitchen was once the marriage hall, and the present day living room used to be the village school. It was even, more recently, a secret partisan hospital during the second world war.

Today it is a wonderful family home, with a long garden at the back and views over the Apennines Mountain range. A roof terrace for the main bedroom takes in the wondefull 350 degree panoramic views, while two larger terrace off the kitchen gives a beautiful place to sit outside and dine 'al fresco'.

We lived here for 10 years and have furnished and decorated with love and care, and wish now to share it with guests from all around the world. It offers 5 double bedrooms, large and comfortable, 4 bathrooms, an enormous kitchen for cooking and eating together, a fresh stone floored living rooms with sofas and armchairs to relax in the hot summer days, a second living room with piano with sofa bed for watching films.

Two terraces are at your disposal: one adjoining the master bedroom/bathroom, with a spectacular view over the mountains and the valley. The other terrace is outside the kitchen/dining, so that you can eat al fresco directly from the kitchen. In the garden there a second large stone terrace with umbrellas next to the Pizza oven and more tables and chairs and hammock to relax outside, under the persimmon tree. The pool area has sun beds and swinging bench with sunny and shadey areas. The garden has some 30 different fruit, berry and nut trees and bushes from figs, cherries and plums to rasberries and hazelnuts which you can help yourself to through out the year

The whole house is eco friendly, creating its own solar electricity and hotwater.

A detailed description: Enter through double doors into a wide stone flagged corridor which used to serve as an internal street when the house was the local marketplace. Two thirds of the way down, an arched staircase leads up to the front door proper and into the house. On the first landing you will find the first double bedroom, after which you continue up to the main floor and the hub of the house. Straight ahead you enter the large kitchen, open to the living room through an enormous archway. On the right, the living room, which used to serve as the village school, has a chunky beamed ceiling, lots of space and windows with views onto the village square. To the left, the kitchen has a door out onto a large terrace with spectacular views of the mountains and access to the garden. The eclectic furniture speaks of the artist owner's taste: apothecary cabinets, pew chairs, ancient oval table, a marble sink.

Back to the hub, a further living area leads to a large double bedroom with its own shower room. The stairs then lead up to a 3rd double bedroom - this used to be an old kitchen for the house, and still has a large fireplace, a stone sink, a built in medieval larder - as well as a giant terracotta vase which was used to doing the washing with ashes from the fire. A vestibule leads to a large shower room, which has a beautiful ceiling - a large split beam splaying low into the corner, set over an ancient church floor. Upstairs again one reaches the master bedroom, a vast room set under the eaves, with velux windows, an en suite bathroom and its own roof terrace. It has beautiful views over the mountains and back down the valley towards the sea.

The garden for this house is accessible either through the main entrance corridor or from spiral staircase off the kitchen terrace. The garden is an old agricultural terrace with old fruit trees - Persimmon, Quince, pear, apple, plums, apple and fig, walnut. The grapes are 'fragoline' a local sweet variety that is perfect for picking off the vine and eating. The pool is set at the end of the garden, with a shaded pergola supporting solar panels on one side, and views over the valley to the left.

The wood fired pizza oven is a highlight of the garden and great fun to use. It is at the entrance of the garden by the lower terrace. The oven is a hand built large 'roman' arch brick oven and is perfect for making pizzas Naples style in a minute on the teracotta base of the oven but also for slow roasting figs with gorgonzola or a full porchetta....Someone is available in the village to cook pizzas or a porchetta for a group. The Pizza oven has catered for cooking classes, weddings and pizza parties of 60 people in the garden.

More Details

Owner
Dan Dubrowitz
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

About Dan Dubrowitz

We are an artist and a teacher, we are keen travelers and foodies. We are a large family, we lived in this house for 10 years and since then have spent many wnderful holidays in this house!

Dan Dubrowitz purchased this villa in 2000

Why Dan Dubrowitz chose Fivizzano

It's unique: the house is really large and comfortable: it allows more families or a group of friends to have holiday together while maintaining a certain privacy. It has been furnished with unique pieces, collected and chosen by us personally to give a comfort and a style unique!

The village is quite and peaceful, still at 1.5 kms from Fivizzano, a lively little town with all you can wish to enjoy Italian holidays: restaurants, bars, shops, bank, post office, even a hospital. There are many events going on every month, ask us and we'll keep you updated!

What makes this villa unique

Hand built full scale pizza oven, panoramic views of the apuane mountains and down to the sea from one of 3 terraces and the pool. Rare corner of unknown and untouched medieval Tuscany,

Amenities

Fivizzano Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4843 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , in the laundry and utility room, for use with pool
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , adjoining Master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , private to second master bedroom with own living room
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 child bed
  • Master bedroom with en suite bathroom with bath tub and shower, exclusive terrace
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
Notes:
This is a great house to rent for a feel of a Tuscany that remains hidden, that is still much wilder than the civilized valleys of the Arno and the Elsa rivers, and it is also a house with a great sense of space, perfect for relaxing with a good book and a glass of the local white.

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Map

Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
pisa
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Fivizzano
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
La Spezia
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Fivizzano-Rometta
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Aulla
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Fivizzano
Nearest Ski
22 Kilometres
Cerreto Laghi
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Marinella di Sarzana
Car: necessary

These are the northernmost reaches of Tuscany, the hidden, dramatic and lesser known Tuscany of marble quarries, ancient paths across the mountains and enormous forests of chestnut trees. Read Eric Newby's account of being an escaped prisoner of war in these mountains, harboured and protected by the inhabitants, to get a feel of the atmosphere and beauty of the places: "Love and War in the Apennines".

There are fantastic restaurants hidden in the folds of the valleys, while the nearby museum in Pontremoli shows the stone carved self representations of the local warriors known as the "Lunis". There are wonderful walks to be had - the nearest little town of Fivizzano, with restaurants, cafes and a tiny little supermarket, can be reached along an old mule path, crossing an roman bridge along the way. And yet the coast is only around 30 to 40 minutes away.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,115.14

Owner'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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.