|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Villa Terra di Luna, is an exceptionally beautiful and spacious 18th century farmhouse. Five years was spent on the restoration of the house, additions were made and a pool and extensive terracing were created. This stone built farmhouse is composed of eighteen rooms – an entrance hall with cloakroom, a spacious split level lounge, a dining room, and a large kitchen, the second floor has three bedrooms and three bathrooms two of which are en suite. The barn comprises a bedroom with a shower-room en suite and a lounge/office, finally there is a wine cellar and a cantina. The house has been fitted to an exceptionally high standard utilising both outstanding taste and attention to detail. The architecture, interior design and the custom made furniture, is the work of the owner, sensitively balancing the original character and charm with the elegance and simplicity of contemporary and historical influences to produce a unique house.
** For further info see link below to owners website
Exterior Information: There are three paved terraces, the first terrace which is directly accessed from the kitchen has a dining area and large B.B.Q., it leads to the second terrace which is the main exterior dining area, a massive table with seating for up to 14 people has been built here, together with seating for relaxing before dining. The pool and sunbathing area, with its spectacular views across the magnificent Tuscan countryside to the snow covered Apennines in the far distance, include a pergola with a marble table and seating and a herb garden. Terrace three is to the far right of the house and is a quiet shaded spot with the amenity of a jacuzzi. The terraces and pool are served and connected by a series of gates and walled paths laid with marble pebbles and stones. At night the entire exterior is bathed in light. The property includes substantial land with olive trees, vines and a variety of fruit trees, a large walled garden has been created, which will in time serve the house with its produce
Communications & Publications: Terra di Luna in addition enjoys the facilities of:
worldwide satellite TV, wireless internet and an office.
Villa Terra di Luna has been the subject of numerous publications including:
Italia Viva 365; photographed by Karl Dietrich Buhler, published by DVA (2007)
Life and Style, photographed by Andreas Von Einsiedel, published by DVA (2007)
The Sunday Times (April 2007)
A.D. Italia (November 2006)
Glorian Koti (2005)
Karl Dietrich Buhler, 365 Tage (20. Mai) Gartenkunst - Landschaft - Garten, Poesie, published by DVA, Munchen (2005)
Futher Information: Villa Terra di Luna with its olive trees, vines, spectacular landscape and views of the Apennine Mountains is perfectly situated amongst the unspoilt peaceful meadows and gently forested hills of Lunigiana ‘the land of the moon’ Northern Tuscany, a region as breathtaking and beautiful as any in Italy. Lunigiana is renowned for its gastronomy cuisine and fine Trattoria’s; serving dishes of fresh, local and seasonal produce.
Fivizzano – Tuesday (morning),
Sarzana – Thursday (all day),
Castelnovo - Thursday (all day),
La Spezia – Friday (all day),
Aulla – Saturday (morning)
The picturesque ports and beaches of the Italian Riveria; Lerici, Portovenere, the Cinque Terre, Portofino and Forte di Marmi with their excellent seafood restaurants and fine wines are within easy and pleasurable reach.
Pisa, Lucca, Parma and Genoa are approximately 1 hr by autostrada, Florence and Siena with their wealth of art and history 2 hr.
We made a return visit to Villa Terra di Luna in June 2012, and enjoyed that week even more than our first visit a few years earlier. The villa is situated in a quiet hamlet and has the most stunning views of the Apuan Alps. They are breath-takingly beautiful at all times of the day, but never more than in the late evening as the sun sets, when the mountains seem to change in colour from white to grey to orange to purple and finally black - really stunning.
What sets the villa apart is the combination of its setting and the fabulous work done on the property itself by Michael Playford to make it a perfect place to use either as a base or in which to just laze around (and in) the pool all day. The air is crystal clear, there are occasional tinkles of cow-bells (attached to horses as it happens) and you occasionally encounter one of the local community doing some errands - its a perfect place to wind down.
The outdoor areas are very well thought-through and, inside, the house has a great kitchen and plenty of space for dining / relaxing, so its great to have really good cooking facilities. All of the bedrooms are very tastefully decorated and spacious.
For people who need it, a satellite dish delivers UK television channels, and there is wifi in the house itself.
The nearest town, Fivizzano was a significant place in the time of the Medici) and has all you need in the way of foodstores, pharmacies and so on and a brilliant pasticceria on the square run by the hardest working Italians known to man, the very efficient Ricci sisters - great cappucino and spremuta in the morning, and seemingly no end to the supplies of limoncello in the evenings.
The villa is very well-located for exploring northern Tuscany and southern Liguria - trips to the Versilia, Portovenere, Lerici, to the Cinque Terre, Portofino etc are all quite do-able as day trips. We have been going to the Fivizzano area for nearly 15 years now - discovering Villa Terra di Luna guarantees that we will continue to do so, just now in a lot more comfort and style than previously! A great house, in a great location.
We had a fantastic time staying at the Villa Terra di Luna near Fivizzano in Northern Tuscany, our first trip to Italy as a family of 4, with two children aged 7 and 4. The villa was incredibly spacious and full of character and you could see that the owner Michael had spent a significant amount of time restoring it and decorating it to a high standard.
It is located in a small hamlet of villas and is very quiet, but has wonderful views over the valley and towards the Apuane Alps.
The highlight had for us had to be the split level outdoor area which had a great BBQ and large, communal table near the villa with the pool and other areas lower down. The salt water pool was the main attraction, and the kids loved being in it at every opportunity. It had a large shallower area which made it ideal for our youngest to start to learn to swim. The surrounding area had enough loungers and shaded areas to suit all tastes which meant you could spend all your time in the villa if you wished without venturing out further. The fact that the pool was on a different level and gated off meant we could also keep the children safe when required.
Whilst the surrounding area may not be the typical Tuscan landscape, the local town of Fivizzano has a strong sense of community. We were lucky enough to be there to see "La Disfida degli Arcieri di Terra e di Corte" medieval procession and archery competition and the central square had a number of places to eat and drink both during the day and in the evening which have been commented on in previous reviews.
Further afield, the villa is ideally placed to visit the Cinque Terre, Pisa and Lucca.
As it was July when we visited, we obviously had warm temperatures in the high 20's and low 30's, however due to the mountains and general elevation the area can be prone to Summer storms which did sometimes knock out the power for a short period of time.
Finally, the owner Michael Playford was very helpful and helped to point out local attractions and places to eat and visit.
We had a great time while at Michael's home. It was unfortunate that there was a cold snap and we were unable to fully enjoy the outside areas. The house is just as pictured, very comfortable with all the conveniences.
We did have a wonderful hike to the beautiful small village a short distance below. The countryside and mountain views are breathtaking.
The home was clean and well organized with a fabulous kitchen for chatting and cooking.
I would recommend this house if you are staying in Northern Tuscany.
Michael Playford promised us an unforgettable holiday – and that’s exactly what we had!
We stayed 2 weeks at Villa Terra di Luna from the end of August until beginning of September. This architecturally outstanding home is located in the region of northern Tuscany and the landscape is breathtaking.
The whole property, especially the extraordinary pool area was very clean and maintained daily by an adorable Italian lady.
We appreciated knowing the owner Michael Playford lived next door. He received us with kindness and hospitality and was always helpful in any way.
We mainly cooked our meals at the house using the beautiful well equipped kitchen.
Our most memorable souvenir goes to our three unforgettable dinners organized by Michael. A local young chef- helped by his charming wife- prepared outstanding dinners from local products which we enjoyed on the spacious terrace having a spectacular view over the Apennine mountains.
We are already missing the house and the nice people who cared for us- we will most certainly return !
For one week we stayed at the Villa Terra di Luna with our 5 Teenies and we had a wonderful time.The great outdoor area did invite us to barbeque almost every evening and we engoyed the silence of this lovely area. We all loved the interior design and the kitchen was also a great place to be.
Thanks to Michael, the owner of the house, we also found some very good restaurants in the area.
The property with the wonderful swimmingpool was very clean and perfectly maintained. We would recommend this property to everyone! Hopefully we can come back to spend another great time at this fantastic place with its magic view.
Franziska und Hans Achermann, Switzerland
Our week long stay at Villa Terra di Luna in July 2011 could not have been better. The villa is outstanding in every aspect. All that owner Michael Playford has written on his website to describe the villa as a home built and designed with attention to detail, elegance and comfort is entirely true. This is a fantastic property!
Our party consisted of 6 adults. The 4 bedrooms were spacious and comfortable. We all had use of our own bathrooms. The common rooms provide plenty of space for relaxation and the furniture is of a very high standard. We enjoyed time in the kitchen which is large, modern, well-equipped and became a focal point for our family gatherings. And, to top it all off, the pool, patios and gardens situated as they are within the large property to take advantage of the magnificent countryside, makes the overall northern Tuscanny experience at Villa Terra di Luna one that you will never forget - peaceful, breathtaking, wonderful! I give it a 10/10. Kudos to you Michael.
Villa Terra di Luna is quite amazing. From its situation on a beautiful mountaintop to the finishing in the house, it is truly beautiful. Our two favorite areas in the home were the outside decks and pool area and the amazing chef's kitchen. The views are amazing.
Just a few notes, especially for Americans. There is only one true shower in the villa (in the separate barn area). Also, the drive from Fivizzano to the villa in Vallazano is a bit windy and narrow, especially at night. But the views from the villa are so beautiful that the drive is worth it.
On the edge of the small village of Vallazzana and 10 minutes from the walled Renaisance town of Fivizzano, the villa with its olive trees, vines and spectacular views of the Apennines is perfectly set amongst the unspoilt peaceful meadows and gently forested hills of Lunigiana ‘the land of the moon’ Tuscany, a region as breathtakingly beautiful as any in Italy. Lunigiana renowned for its gastronomy and fine trattoria’s; serving fresh, local and seasonal produce which together with the kind, friendly people is set in an atmosphere that leaves the rest of the world behind. The picturesque beaches and ports of the Italian Riveria; Lerici, Portovenere, the Cinque Terre, Portofino and Forte di Marmi with their excellent seafood restaurants and wines are all within easy and pleasurable reach. Pisa, Lucca, Parma and Genoa are 1 hour by autostrada, Florence and Siena with their wealth of magnificent art, architecture and history 2 hours.
** For further info see link below to owners website
Other Activities: Golf, Skiing, Tennis (5 km), Horse Riding
Golf: In Lunigiana history is evident in abundance, the wealth of surviving castles from the middle ages dot the landscape amongst them at Bagnone and Fosdinovo, many well preserved others in ruins, Sarzana (a somewhat undiscovered gem to rival Lucca) near the Ligurian Riviera has two, it is a delight with good restaurants, trattorias, bars and sophisticated night life, excellent shopping, an antique market, fashionable fun loving Italians nightly thronging its beautiful streets, a wonderful atmosphere to experience.
Fivizzano, a walled Renaisance town close to the villa has perhaps the finest castle at Verrucola, Fivizzano famous for its events (approx 50) throughout the year; in summer medieval archery, jousting, dancing and flag throwing, classical music evenings both choral and orchestral. The Sapori (taste) food festival (May-June) celebrates the best of the organic/artisan foods and wines of Lunigiana and its neighbours.
Romanesque churches and baroque palaces are throughout the region. There are many museums, in Pontremoli one devoted to the ‘stelle’ the stone statues peculiar to the area. Close by are the restorative thermal waters and caves of Equ Terme, at Frignoli the Botanical Gardens showing the huge variety of indigenous plants. Lunigiana is truly unique in Europe so well placed between mountain and sea yet a still (relatively) undiscovered retreat
It is with pleasure that we offer you the link to Villa Terra di Luna, Tuscany.
Ski: Lunigiana hold its Sagres (Festivals) throughout the year many in Summer celebrating the regional food culture; the wild boar, the truffle each delicacy has its Sagra.
The land is rich and unspoilt its produce of fine quality, authentic taste and flavour. Cheeses particularly pecorino, the famous local breads, honey both acacia & chestnut and the porcini mushroom are unequalled. When buying food all as traditional discuss how to cook it and what to eat with it, the natural passion and delight for the table is shared. Here they grow their herbs, fruit and vegetables, make their own cheese and raise their animals in the time honoured way.
Out of season ingredients are not contemplated why when the variety of fresh and delicious produce is at its very best and so abundant. The food is simple but generous the ingredients speaking both for themselves and in harmony with each other.
The coast abounds in seafood, the delicate white wines a natural match for the glistening daily catch
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Jul 9 2016 - Aug 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
Aug 27 2016 - Sep 23 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 24 2016 - Dec 16 2016
7 night minimum stay
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
• A 50% deposit is required to secure the booking
• A €.500 (Euro) security deposit will be required on arrival (repayable on day of departure)
2. Payment of Balance
• The balance is requested at latest 8 weeks prior to arrival
In the event of cancellation:
More than 4 weeks prior of arrival
• A full refund will be given should the property be re-let within the remaining timeframe. A 10% charge of the rental will be levied to cover any re-letting costs in this event
Less than 4 weeks prior of arrival
• Regretfully no refund can be given if the booking is cancelled within 4 weeks of the commencement of rental
4. Arrivals & Departures
• Saturday – Saturday – Guests may arrive between 4pm – 7pm and depart no later than 10am
• It is requested that arrivals after 4pm inform in advance of their estimated time of arrival
5. Number of Guests
• Unless by prior arrangement the number of guests must under no circumstances exceed the maximum of 8. Children under 2 years of age are not included in the occupancy figures
• Pets are most welcome by prior arrangement
• The house will be cleaned on Saturday. Linen is changed weekly
• Guests requiring additional maid service is by private arrangement