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Tuscany Holiday Villa with Pool

Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

Situated right on the Northern Tip of Tuscany, is this newly renovated imposing, light, airy, spacious and beautifully furnished Tuscan Villa. The property is situated on the far edge of a tiny and peaceful mediaeval village, but has a private back garden and side garden. This imposing detached villa is reached from the front by fairly steep steps and is surrounded by its own garden. There is a further entrance to the property at the side with just a few steps.

There are 4 large bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (one of which is en-suite), 2 large hallways, a comfortable ground floor living room, large and well equipped kitchen diner, and upstairs landing with further sitting/reading area. Private pool.

Property specifics are: 2 large entrance halls (one from front and one from side of house). Spacious comfortable living room with fireplace. TV, DVD and stereo. Large kitchen diner with washing machine, dishwasher, oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer. Ground floor twin bedroom. Ground floor shower room (shower cubicle can also be used as small bath for children).

First floor: Large landing with further sitting/reading area. 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and small terrace, fireplace. 1 twin bedroom. Third shower room (shower cubicle can also be used as a small bath for children).

The house has been carefully and beautifully furnished throughout with restored period furniture.

Outside: Parking. Garden surrounding house with choice of spots to eat. Pool at back of house – 8M x 4M. Good views of fields and mountains. 2 BBQs, one gas, and one traditional.


More Details

Property Manager
Lorraine Venturelli
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 4, 2018


Casola in Lunigiana Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • We can add an extra bed into the twin room on request
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

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Tuscany Holiday Villa with Pool
average rating of 4.894737 based on 19 reviews

A real taste of Italy

  • 5 of 5

This was our third time at Villa Martini, and hopefully won’t be our last. Beautiful house and garden..very clean and well maintained. Lots of lovely local restaurants in surrounding area, great food at very reasonable price.. grocery van with fresh products comes every other day and bread van on a daily basis.. very friendly bar/cafe 2 minutes away..Fabio as always is the perfect host, arriving with his homegrown tomatoes and grapes.. also his own produced olive oil.. very helpful and full of local knowledge.. if you want a taste of authentic Italy , this is the perfect place to stay..

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. It's great to hear that you enjoyed the real Italian experience once again! We're pleased that you liked the local restaurants and enjoyed all the fresh produce. Fabio would be delighted to welcome you again. Lorraine at Tuscan-Retreats
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A Warm but Lovely Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We booked the Villa Martini based on its appearance and the previous write ups. It was in an area of Tuscany that we had never experienced before and so it was with some trepidation that we drove up the winding road towards Vigneta. But the astounding views of the Apuane Alps with its jagged peaks were a real surprise and over the next next two weeks we watched the changing light over Mt Pisanio as the clouds or the early morning mist changed its appearance. Villa Martini was a real delight. It is an old building with well proportioned rooms and restored to a high standard. All the rooms were adequately spacious and the abundance of showers and baths was a real blessing, given the heat wave we lived through. The kitchen was spacious and well equipped and the dining table easily accommodated the seven of us.

Outside, the pool had a fixed depth throughout but quite adequate for swimming if not for diving. Particularly pleasant were the views from the poolside patio, which was where we took our breakfast most mornings. To the side of the house, the landlord had thoughtfully designed a shady retreat where a long table and chairs were sheltered from the mid-day sun and where cooling breezes came in from the mountains beyond. A modern gas fired BBQ proved very useful.

Given that we holidayed in the 2018 heat wave with daily temperatures ranging from 38-40c, the presence of the shady side of the house was a godsend, so too were the thick walls of the house which helped to make the interior always cool. If there was one thing that the landlord could consider, that would be to construct a similar awning over the far side of the pool where the current table and umbrella do not cope with the mid-day sun.

The village of Vigneta was served with a daily service of fresh bread and twice a week an excellent greengrocer arrived, while down in the nearby village just minutes away a fish van came once a week and butcher also. But a bit further down the valley there was a small supermarket that stocked most things. However the highlight of Vigneta was the recently refurbished bar, whose opening we were invited to. A lovely couple run this oasis and are adept at making Spritzers - as well as expresso if desired.

Finally, the Landlord Fabio - a truly lovely man who often appeared with a bag of tomatoes, zuchinni, or onions from his own garden. And one memorable day he took us to visit the marble quarries.

Villa Martini is a holiday venue we thoroughly recommend

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your in depth review of this popular house! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at this spacious, and light and airy property, and that you found the garden and views relaxing too. We will pass all your comments/suggestions onto Fabio , who we agree is a lovely host, whom will be very happy to welcome you again another time! Lorraine at tuscan-retreats
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Fantastic villa in perfect surroundings

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for a week in June this year with 7 friends, and we had a fantastic time! The villa is everything we hoped for and more, it had everything we needed - the swimming pool is nicely located behind the villa so as to offer privacy, the views in the surrounding area are spectacular (the view from the balcony is especially lovely!), and inside the villa is kept to a very high standard as well.

Specifically for our group the villa offered excellent kitchen facilities, and a lovely outdoor eating space with traditional and gas BBQs to choose from. Although there is not much in the way of shops or cafes nearby, there is a bar in the village and a shop in Casola (a nearby village) which is easy to access. There is also a lovely river between Casola and Vigneta to which we walked and spent a day out - perfect for a refreshing dip and a bit of gorge walking.

The owner of the villa, Fabio, and his wife were both fantastically accommodating and made sure we had everything we needed. The countryside location of the villa offers the perfect place for relaxation, and opportunities to explore the around Tuscany also. We spent time in Pisa after staying in the villa as it was an easy train ride away, and it was great!

We loved staying in Villa Martini, we would recommend this to friends and family (we already have!) and will definitely return in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at this beautiful property and that you appreciated this unspoilt and stunning area... We will pass on your thanks to Fabio and his wife. Hope to hear from you again. Lorraine at tuscan-retreats
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Things you may know before to go there

  • 3 of 5

It's noisy. The house is located on a corner of a very busy road where buses, trucks and cars are honking all day long to let everyone know that they are on their way.

It is very authentic, not really Tuscany as you may dream of. It is more Lombardy-like. A (mediavel?) village lost in the hills in the middle of knowhere. Not much to do there (the tennis is devastated, the walking paths idem), not touristic, no nice places to have fun at evening.

You can easily go there with ! people, there is enough rooms for all, but unfortunately there is no big space to gather the whole group in a one place inside the house. Dommage.

If it is cool to have one's private pool in Italy, this one is quite cold (around 22-24 C° - I prefer 26-28).

Mr Martiny is a very nice guy.

Conclusion : I think that the agency is overselling a little bit this villa. It would be better to offer a discounted price and recommand the place for those who are looking for an authentic stop in Apennian village.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am really sorry to hear you didn't enjoy Villa Martini as much as you thought you would. I am really shocked to hear you found it noisy - we have visited many times and cars pass very rarely on this country road and we have found it very peaceful, and as seen from other reviews the house is regularly described as quiet and peaceful. I have just zoomed down on the property via google earth and can't even find a car on the road for quite a long distance... I wonder if there was a particular problem that week maybe with a main road closed off elsewhere. I will find out what I can as this is a very quiet spot! You are right that this is not the sort of place for nightlife - it is a peaceful rural place, and evening entertainment is limited to local restaurants or the odd festa. For daytimes there are plenty of trips to do, and many guests return again and again to try out new things but the beauty of the place is that it is an olde worlde slumbering type of area. This location on the northern tip of Tuscany is still somewhere in yesteryear, very natural and not geared at for tourists - a quiet mountainous area away from the crowds of Central and Southern Tuscany. This may not suit everyone . In terms of price, I am sorry you felt it was overpriced, but we are often told by guests that this house is very good value, and we have made sure to price it to be more competitive than most in the area. I do hope you managed to enjoy some aspects of this spacious house, along with the beautiful views and the stunning countryside .If there is anything specific you would like Mr Martini to do to improve the place then do please e mail us via the e mail address you have, and let us know so we can pass suggestions onto the owner who is always willing to help and listen /act upon suggestions. Thank again for taking the time to submit your comments
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Fantastic place and owner!

  • 5 of 5

We loved every minute of the 2 weeks we spend in Fabio's lovely house. We walked every morning to Casola to have a cappucino and a croissant at the small bar on the small square. We spend a lot of time around the pool and barbecued during the evenings. Fabio came with fresh fruit and salad and one day he took some of us in his Toyota 4 wheel drive up in the marple mountains, fantastic trip. We can only recommend this lovely spot in Italy.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad to hear you loved this place, and the area, and we agree Fabio is a great host! He sends his best wishes and hopes to see you again. Thanks Lorraine at
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Tres belle maison, lumineuse, spacieuse et propre.

  • 5 of 5

L' accueil du sympathique proprietaire est très chaleureux et ses conseils précieux .

Nous n'avons pas été deçus de la qualité de la propriété qui correspond en tous points à la description du site internet .Idéalement située pour se livrer en famille aux plaisirs de la randonnée ou du cyclisme au départ de la maison , elle convient aussi à la visite des 5 terres et de la Toscane en voiture.

Nous ne pouvons que recommander cette location à tous ceux qui souhaitent passer de bonnes vacances , sportives ou touristiques. Famille Falcoz

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup!
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The village has a bar and ‘mini-market’ so a car is not necessary for shopping. There is a good selection of restaurants within a short car ride, and there are a couple within walking distance (1.5 – 2km). The closest train station is less than 2km away, aiding easy exploration of Lucca, the market town of Castelnuovo, Pisa and Florence (with a change at Lucca). It is also possible to take the train to the Cinque Terre which is a big bonus! The market town of Aulla is 20 mins by car and it is less than 1 hour by car to the seaside.

This villa gives a unique opportunity to explore the totally unspoilt area at the tip of Tuscany, but since it is only 20 minutes from the motorway, then the usual sights are in fact easier to visit than from many properties further south. Ideal also for cheaper flights from Genoa although the property is equidistant from Genoa and Pisa airports.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax $1.23 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 14 years.

NB - The Stay Tax of €1 per person per night, is applicable for a maximum of 5 nights and is payable in cash on arrival.

Bedding and towels are included in the cost of any stay as well as all utilities except heating which is payable locally . Initial and final clean is included as well as weekly clean for 2 weeks or more.
Cot and highchair provided free of charge

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund