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An Old Bishop's House, Now a Charming Holiday Villa for 10/14 Guests in a Mosquito Free Area between Florence and Lucca

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 3,659 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

6 Bedrooms, Private Garden and Pool, Wellness Area with Sauna and maxi-Jacuzzi

'Villa Le Panche' was built in 1718 as a summer retreat for the Bishop of Pistoia. It has been recently refurbished and it is now a very comfortable mansion with wide common areas such as two living rooms, one of which with pool table and sofa bed, a fully equipped kitchen, large indoor and outdoor dining areas and a wellness room with a 4 place sauna and a 7 place hydro massage.

The villa can accommodate up to 14 guests in 5 double bedrooms ensuite, a twin bedroom with bunk beds and a supplementary king size sofa bed in the mansard lounge near the pool table.

Outside the Villa, our guests can enjoy the heated swimming pool, relax in a 2000sq.m private garden with apple and maple trees and walk along the shady banks of the Reno River.

'Villa Le Panche' is in fact located in a mosquito-free lush valley, at a distance of just 15 minutes from downtown Pistoia and 40 minutes by car from Florence and Lucca. Our area is also close to Abetone, a famous Tuscan winter resort with some 80 km of ski slopes.

For those who are interested in visiting Tuscany's art cities or the beaches of Versilia, Pistoia stands in a central position and is very well connected via highway and railway with all potential destinations.

More Details

Property Manager
Mr. Davide Ferrari
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

About Mr. Davide Ferrari

I am the manager of “GMG Holidays”, a small family business operating with its self-catering properties near the town of Pistoia, a few dozen minutes away from other important art cities like Florence, Lucca and Pisa as well as from the beaches of Versilia.

What we aim at offer you is the chance to spend a relaxing holiday in the nature of a green valley set between the town of Pistoia and the Tuscan Apennine Mountains. This is a well known and loved winter holiday destination, famous for the ski slopes of Abetone, but also an enchanting holiday spot between spring and autumn, thanks to its pretty paths and silent ancient forests.

Our properties are charming historic buildings which have been recently renovated and fully equipped to meet the needs of increasingly demanding tourists. In fact, my father and I are both passionate travellers and this helps us to empathize with the potential demands of our guests. We are truly committed to your satisfaction and looking forward to welcoming you to one of our properties! We will do our best to make you feel at home!

Mr. Davide Ferrari purchased this villa in 2007


Pistoia Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3659 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15.30 / Check-out: 10.30
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Holiday Resort
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fan
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Ski Locker
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - tub
    Bathroom 2 - tub
    Toilet 1 - toilet
    Shower room 1 - shower
    Shower room 2 - shower
    Shower room 3 - shower
    Shower room 4 - shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Garden Table & Chairs
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Parasol
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • hydrotherapy
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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An Old Bishop's House, Now a Charming Holiday Villa for 10/14 Guests in a Mosquito Free Area between Florence and Lucca
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

Lots of space, fantastic pool, everything provided

  • 5 of 5

from the moment i contacted the owner to when we left Davide was very helpful and always on hand if we needed any help. The house is really lovely and plenty of room for our 2 families of 4 adults and 6 children. Never felt on top of each other.

The pool was fantastic as the weather was so good we spent lots of time in the pool. The hot tub was a great bonus and the children loved it!

Lots to see and do in the area and major cities not too far a drive away.

We had the home chefs recommended by Davide to come in and cook us a 4 course meal that was amazing and good value for money. Well worth doing. Also the restaurant just up the road was happy to make us takeaway so was well used!

overall nothing to complain about - just perfect! Thanks

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for appreciating our job and for sharing your experience with our future guests! Davide and Nedo
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Wonderful villa! My frie...

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful villa! My friends and I enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. We had a full house including 3 children and a baby but there was more than enough space and things to do. The villa was the perfect mix of antique with modern amenities. The salt-water pool was really enjoyed, especially by me since it was better for my baby's skin.

The location is so great - it is a bit in the mountains so the temperature drops to a very comfortable cool level in the evening. So nice since it was extremely hot in the cities during the day.

There are many day trip possibilities but I especially liked taking the train from Pistoia into Florence. Really convenient and fast.

Davide was accommodating and hospitable before we got there and was helpful the entire time of our stay. His professionalism made me feel comfortable from the beginning.

The only thing that we would say in criticism is that the road in front of the villa is actually quite busy so there is some street noise. Not bad - we slept to the back with our baby and she slept perfectly.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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"A beautiful house with n...

  • 5 of 5

"A beautiful house with nice garden and outdoor pool. Clean, spacious rooms, all the amenities someone could wish for. Jacuzzi was a hit for children, since the weather was a bit cool.

The owners are very friendly and helpful."

  • Submitted: May 12, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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"Villa Le Panche was simp...

  • 5 of 5

"Villa Le Panche was simply fantastic. The house and the grounds are spacious, well maintained, and clean. The property owners were very gracious hosts and went out of their way to make our stay memorable. We had a fantastic time and highly recommend it for families looking to vacation in Tuscany. It is also a great location for day excursions to Florence, Siena, Pisa, and Cinque Terre among others!"

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic property with excellent amenities

  • 5 of 5

Had a fantastic week here, with friends and children. Beautifully appointed house with lovely owners who take the time to make you feel welcome and provide any information you require. Nice restaurant next door and good pizzeria a short walk away. Davide arranged a wine tasting in a beautiful vineyard for us and in addition we used the services of a home chef recommended by him.

Weather was glorious so the pool was used all day, BBQ by night with local shop just a few KM away and a delightful bakery next to the pizzeria.

Really couldn't fault this holiday

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks a lot for sharing your experience in our villa, Martin! It was a pleasure meeting you and your enjoyable group! Davide & Nedo
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Einer der besten Urlaube die ich je hatte

  • 5 of 5

Ich habe mir das Haus als Ziel für die Abifahrt meiner Freunde und mich ausgesucht. Die Buchung und der Vermieter waren unkompliziert. Als wir das Haus erreichten, erwartete uns der Vermieter bereits und zeigte uns das große und geräumige Haus. Anschließend schilderte er uns die Wege zu Supermärkten und Sehenswürdigkeiten in der Nähe. Ich würde jederzeit wieder in das Haus fahren, und kann es jedem empfehlen der auf der Suche nach einem ruhigen Ferienort ist.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Montecatini Terme
Nearest Train
22 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
22 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Liberamente Le Panche
Nearest Ski
20 Kilometres
Cutigliano - Abetone
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Villa Le Panche is located 17 km North of the town of Pistoia. The closest restaurant, the beautiful and truly Tuscan 'Liberamente Le Panche', is located next to the villa and reachable on foot through a private path. The area around Villa Le Panche, known as the 'Pistoia's Apennines' is a perfect holiday destination for people who appreciate a very well preserved environment with plenty of trekking routes to enjoy on foot, on horseback or by mountain bike. It is rich of rivers for canoeing and fishing and offers many opportunities for practising all kinds of outdoor sports.

Located 20 minutes from Florence and Lucca, Pistoia also has much to offer in terms of history, art, monuments, traditions, nature and cuisine. Walking through the picturesque streets of its historic centre, visitors will find many good restaurants that offer authentic dishes of the Tuscan tradition, as well as local wines, at fair prices. Very interesting is the huge market that takes place on the monumental Piazza del Duomo and surrounding streets twice a week. Pistoia also offers one of the major zoological gardens in Italy.

To visit, nearby, Vinci with the Leonardian museum, Montecatini with its thermal baths, the medieval villages of Valdinievole including Collodi, the town of Pinocchio, the Butterfly House and Villa Garzoni.​

Major destinations such as Florence, Lucca, Pisa and the coast of Versilia are within 1 hour distance from the villa. The medieval town of Siena and the wonderful Cinque Terre area are reachable in 1h30 minutes.


Rates & Availability

Pistoia Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Last Minute
Jul 26 2017 - Jul 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Last Minute Summer
Aug 19 2017 - Aug 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 15 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Low Season
Sep 16 2017 - Oct 8 2017
4 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 28 2017
4 night minimum stay
New Year
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 4 2018
4 night minimum stay
Early Season
Apr 20 2018 - May 18 2018
4 night minimum stay
Mid Season
May 19 2018 - Jul 6 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Jul 7 2018 - Aug 24 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Aug 25 2018 - Sep 14 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Season
Sep 15 2018 - Oct 7 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Special rates apply to reservations of 2 weeks or more
Tarifs spéciaux pour les séjours d'au moins 2 semaines
Tariffe speciali si applicano a soggiorni di almeno 2 settimane

Included in the rental fee:

1 weekly set of bed linen
1 weekly set of towels (a beach towel plus 3 bath towels per person)
Electricity, Gas, Water consumption
Free internet Wi-fi access
Heating when needed
Final Cleaning
Extra Cleaning (on request) €15 per hour

Rental Conditions:
Arrival times Check in: 16.00-19.00 (please inform us about your expected arrival time)
Check Out before 10:30 AM
Pool opening dates from late April to late September
Pets are welcome!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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