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Stunning traditional Tuscan country house in Versilia with sea views.

Massarosa, Lucca, Italy
  • Cottage1291 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay3 - 7 nights

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen, large living room with patio and pool.

This beautiful Tuscan country house dating from 1753 is set in the lush hills of Versilia, overlooking the coast. The property approached by a private drive of 500 meters and is surrounded by gardens, fields, olive groves and woodland that amount to 20 acres of secluded tranquillity. The property was completely restored between 2004 /2008 and is furnished to the highest standards having air conditioning in the bedrooms, full underfloor heating and an open fireplace. Outside there is a 12m x 6m swimming pool, gardens and a patio to enjoy evening barbecue's. The grounds provide endless opportunities for walking, playing or just taking in the sun and tranquillity. A unique attraction of the property however is its location. It has the feel of being completely isolated, but in fact is just 5 mins on foot to the village, 15 mins to the sandy beaches of Versilia and the town of Viareggio with its restaurants, shops and night life. 25mins to historic Lucca or the Appenine Mountains and 30 mins from Pisa Airport.



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    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, En Suite Shower Room with WC.
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single, Beds may be configured to make one double bed if required.
      • Folding bed in living room. May be moved to another bedroom
        1 sleep sofa /futon, In Sitting Room
      • The Bedrooms are tastefully fitted out to the highest standards with all linen and towels supplied. The Bedrooms have polished wood floors and double glazing. The house has full under floor heating and each bedroom is fitted with air conditioning.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, En-suit Bedroom 1
      • The Bathrooms are fitted out with local ceramic tiling, under floor heating and heated towel rails.

      Location Type

        • Near The Ocean
        • Rural


            • Family
            • Farm Holidays
            • Luxury


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      The living room is airy and spacious with terracotta and timber beamed ceilings. The flooring is of polished terracotta tiles with Turkish rugs in the sitting area. There are two sofas and two chairs.
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Air conditioning is fitted to the bedrooms
                    • Fireplace
                      Large Stone fireplace in the Sitting room.
                    • Firewood
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      The house has full under floor heating in all rooms.
                    • Internet
                      Yes. Internet supplied.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      All bed linen and towels provided.
                    • Filtered Water
                    • Parking
                      Parking space is available in front of the house.
                    • Security System
                    • Sofa Bed
                    • Sunbed
                    • Towels Provided
                      Towels for bath / shower and also pool towels provided.
                    • Tumble Dryer
                      Available if required
                    • Washing Machine
                      Washing Machine Available in the annex. Washing line is provided in the garden.
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Yes. Internet supplied around house and Verandah area.


                        • Microwave
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Both automatic capsule type expresso maker, Cafeteria, expresso maker and Filter coffee maker.
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Kitchen
                          Fully equipped kitchen, All dishes, pots, pans and utensils supplied.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          All supplied
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          All included.
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Usually outside on varandah. Dining table available for inside if required.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Piano
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television


                                    • Bicycles
                                    • Boat
                                      Boats can be rented for day trips in Viareggio. There are also daily trips to the Cinque Terra from Viareggio.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Weber Charcoal kettle type barbecue
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                      The Verandah overlooks the garden and pool area, and is surrounded by lush plants to provide some shade. There is a dining table and eight chairs. A high chair is available on request for toddlers.
                                    • Terrace


                                        • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Outdoor Pool
                                            • Private Pool
                                              The property has a pool of which guests are free to use. Please note, there is no exclusive use of pool. However owners always respect the privacy of their guests. Umbrellas and sunbeams are provided.

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Massage


                                                    • arboretum
                                                    • autumn foliage
                                                    • caves
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • forests
                                                    • live theater
                                                    • marina
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • ruins
                                                    • winery tours

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • paddle boating
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • Babysitter
                                                            • fitness center
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • pier fishing
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • fly fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • mountain climbing
                                                                • mountaineering
                                                                • paragliding
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • roller blading
                                                                • sailing
                                                                • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                • sound/bay fishing
                                                                • surfing
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis
                                                                • water skiing
                                                                • wind-surfing


                                                                    • The owners live on site and will be available to offer cooking and cleaning services by arrangement if required. They will also be able to offer any help, advice or assistance to make your holiday more enjoyable. Set in it's own grounds, ll Giardino offers complete tranquillity yet is close to all the amenities and local attractions. The area is famous for it's hospitality and good cuisine and truly offers something for everyone.

                                                                      15 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      This is a beautiful house with fantastic pool large enough to swim properly and very peaceful

                                                                      Michael H.Staffordshire UK

                                                                      To clarify there are two bedrooms. A/C is in bedrooms only. To say there is satellite/cable is stretching things as there was at best one channel in English that we could find. Insect bites were a constant problem even though we were prepared. Having said all that a very high quality property in a lovely position very good for visits to Pisa Lucca Florence etc and we were pleasantly surprised by Viareggio as a resort. All in all good value. The pool and grounds in particular are gorgeous.

                                                                      Perfect holiday at a beautifully kept property with a fantastic pool

                                                                      Kristian L.

                                                                      This beautifully restored farm offers tranquility and luxury, and our stay was even richer from the contact with animals. In addition the farm is in an area which offers everything from culture to beach life and boat trips. We enjoyed lazy days by the pool, the mountains, the sea, Pisa, Lucca and Florence, great food and wonderful hosts - thank you Giusy and Martin!

                                                                      Relaxing, peaceful, home from home

                                                                      Andy & Sharon H.

                                                                      Il Giardino is a lovely, peaceful villa set in a stunning hillside location with impressive views. We stayed for two weeks with our two teenage sons and there was ample room for all of us. The villa itself is beautifully furnished, spotlessly clean and is exactly as shown in the photographs.The kitchen is well equipped and the bathrooms are large and modern. It was a joy to sit out on the terrace overlooking the large pool and garden which are beautifully maintained. Martin and Giusy live just behind the villa and are always around to offer advice or help when needed but they are never intrusive. There is a steep, winding track up to the villa but it is no problem to drive up and down and there are two dogs and some cats around the site but they are completely friendly and no bother at all (the dogs do bark momentarily as Martin & Giusy leave but they quickly settle again and did not bother us in the slightest). The villa is ideally located to visit lots of places - we visited Pisa, Florence, Lucca, Cinque Terre and drove up into the mountains and the Garfagnana. We were all very sad to leave Il Giardino (even our sons were sorry to leave) and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as a wonderful place to stay.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Glad you all had a safe and uneventful trip back home. Very many thanks for your lovely review of property, so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. If we can be of help again at some point in the future, please let us know. Once again, many thanks for your kind words...and also for leaving the house so beautifully clean and tidy.

                                                                      Best Regards.

                                                                      Martin and Giusy.

                                                                      Wonderful house with great outdoor space

                                                                      Vicki M.

                                                                      We have just returned from a fabulous holiday in Tuscany at Il Giardino. The house is just beautiful, much bigger internally than it appears in the photos and the outdoor space is brilliant for children - a big grassy area where they could play, fantastic pool and Martin is happy for you to wander around the rest of the grounds. It's so peaceful and we really enjoyed the terrace too - it was lovely to sit there admiring the views and listening to the chimes of the bell tower on the hillside above. The house is well equipped, immaculately clean and full of beautiful pieces that the owners have collected on their travels. Martin's house is very close, but he didn't intrude at all, yet was always on hand and approachable if needed to give advice and recommendations and he was very interesting to talk to having led a very colourful life! The house is well placed to visit lots of places - Cinque Terre, the Garfagnana, the coast, Pisa, Lucca and Florence. Our boys loved Martin's dogs who were very well behaved and didn't venture into our part of the garden unless invited by the children. All in all we had a wonderful time (despite the mosquitoes) and can't wait to return, in fact we're worried about raving too much in case someone else wants the same week as us!

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Oh thanks Guys. That's really kind of you. So glad you enjoyed yourselves, you were a pleasure to have around. Hoping we see you again in the not too distance future. Meantime, look after yourselves and enjoy life.

                                                                      Best Regards.

                                                                      Martin and Giusy.

                                                                      Great location and a fabulous pool

                                                                      mark p.

                                                                      This villa is finished to a high standard and is well equipped. The owner will request a 500 euro deposit on arrival.

                                                                      All rooms are of a good size and the two bedrooms both have a/c which was badly needed.

                                                                      The pool is fantastic, large size with a sloped entry making it ideal for young children and situated within good sized gardens.

                                                                      This was our first time in a villa with owners on site. This was fine other than when they went out of an evening their two dogs barked incessantly which disturbed some of our evenings.

                                                                      We all suffered from mosquito bites sitting out in the evening, so take plenty of repellent and bite cream!

                                                                      The villa is ideally located 40mins drive from Pisa and is close to both the beaches and points of interest such as a Florence.

                                                                      Fabulous Holiday

                                                                      JPHillsborough N.I.

                                                                      We have just returned from our first trip to Tuscany, where we spent our second week at Il Giardino. The house is in a lovely setting with splendid views and a superb pool. The accommodation was spotlessly clean, extremely comfortable, and had all the equipment needed for any self catering we chose to do. Martin and Guisy were excellent hosts, very friendly with excellent restaurant recommendations. They have thought of everything when creating this amazing, relaxing holiday home.

                                                                      We were sorry to leave.

                                                                      Thank you, Martin and Guisy.


                                                                      Massarosa, Lucca, Italy

                                                                      Il Giardino is located in the hills just above the village of Stiava and reached by a private road. Just across the valley is the Village of Bargecchia who's church bells are said to have inspired Puccini to write the opera 'Tosca'. The house is surrounded by 20 acres of garden, fields, olive groves and woodland with views to coast. Thanks to it's location the area keeps it's green and verdant look for all of the year. The resort town of Viareggio with it's beaches, restaurants and excellent shopping is 15 minutes by car and Historic Lucca 25 minutes. Between the coastal plane of Versilia, with its pine woods and lakes, to the Appenine Mountains famous for their marble mines, and stunning scenery the area really offer something for every one. It is possible to partake of almost every sport and activity imaginable from Golf to Skiing, Sailing to Walking, Paragliding to fishing. The area is also close to many famous cultural areas such as Firenze, Pisa and Sienna with all they have to offer.

                                                                      Rates & Availability

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                                                                      Damage Deposit

                                                                      N.B. During the high season period the change over day is Saturday. Note 1. The rental terms are 30% paid at time of booking and the Balance paid six week before the holiday start date. Note 2. A security deposit of € 500 is payable to the owners on arrival. Note 3. The Christmas and New Year and the Easter week period are charged at the Mid Season rate.

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