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Historic villa in village setting, private pool, garden terraces, stunning views

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Details
Property
villa
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
3
Minimum Stay
7 nights

Description

Bagnone Villa Rental Photos and Description

Near Bagnone, Lunigiana, Tuscany - Architect-restored home, 3 bedroom/3 bathroom, private 11m heated pool with poolside dining, stunning views, landscaped garden

Al Palazz sits at the heart of a centuries-old hamlet; perched on the valley side, its south-facing gardens look across to the medieval Bagnone castle and the hills beyond. It’s fabulously relaxing, with glorious panoramic views.

The villa is spacious, stylishly furnished, extremely comfortable and well-equipped. It has a traditional Tuscan kitchen, plus dining area and snug on the first floor; an enormous beamed sitting room with Wifi and heavenly views, and two large double bedrooms & bathrooms, on second floor. Prices listed are for up to four guests in the villa, which is perfect for a small family group, two pairs of friends, or a romantic get-away for two.

For five or six guests we include the ground floor cantina apartment (never let separately) which offers a third bedroom and shower-room plus living area and galley kitchen, and internal stairs to the main house – the perfect retreat for teens, grandparents or visiting grown up children!

The village is tiny and friendly. The church bells ring just twice a day. There's parking in the square and we also have our own private car park. As in all hillside villages, houses and gardens sit close together. Across the square you can eat lunch or dinner at the farmhouse if you wish (but book ahead as it is deservedly popular!)

The 11m x 4m heated private pool has changing rooms and all facilities, and a spectacular covered dining area on the terrace above. It is set in an acre of private landscaped gardens with comfortable furniture on three different levels where you can sit and relax, enjoy the views, the sunshine, the wildlife and the stars. The gardens and pool can also be gently lit at night so you can out till late. (Please note: there are unfenced drops and three flights of steps in the garden, and the pool is 1.4m deep, which mean that children need supervision outdoors.) Access to the gardens and pool is just a few steps across a cobbled car-free alley from the villa, or from our private car park.)

The pretty market town of Bagnone just down the hill has all services and restaurants; it’s one of many enchanting little hillside towns locally. The Cinque Terre and Italian Riviera are under an hour away; Lucca, Parma, Genoa, Pisa, Florence are all easy days out. There are hill walks and mountain pools nearby, and the ‘Farfalle in cammino’ offer weekly small group canyoning, hiking, e-biking and local history tours in English. The area is a foodie paradise – great local specialities and distinctive wines – and there are over twenty good local restaurants that we can recommend. This area is ‘real Italy’ and you will find at the villa our own highly-rated guide books to help you get the most from your stay.

Al Palazz ('the big house' in dialect) dates from the 14C and you can see original walls and vaults in the cantina. It was architect-restored to our plans in 2003-4 and we added the pool and garden landscaping in 2008. It’s very much our home from home and ten years on we still love exploring the Lunigiana area – and welcoming guests to stay when we can’t be there. We personally look after all aspects of your booking, with our tried and trusted team of local people taking care of cleaning and maintenance. We hope you’ll enjoy Al Palazz as much as we do!

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Jane Wolfson
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, italian
Calendar last updated:
December 1, 2016
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About Jane Wolfson

We fell in love with Italian cities in the 1990s, and wanted to get to know Italy better. We chanced on Lunigiana and three summers later fell in love with a ruin. The villa is now fully restored and the gardens and pool have turned out better than our wildest dreams! We've rented holiday houses ourselves for 35 years, and have included at Al Palazz all the things we appreciate as renters - comfortable furnishings, fully equipped kitchen, lots of household basics provided, good holiday information, and no hidden extras in the price. Now we’re semi-retired we spend a lot of time here ourselves – it’s the most relaxing place we know and perfect for family gatherings.

Jane Wolfson purchased this villa in 2001

Why Jane Wolfson chose Massa Carrara

This for us is 'real Italy' - a villa that's part of a village, with local shops and restaurants, in a traditional rural area - a complete contrast to our life in a modern city in England. We love the views, the light, the air, the water, the changing colours of the hillsides. We love being ‘away from it all’ lounging in the sitting room, in the gardens or by the pool. We enjoy pottering around local towns, days out at the seaside, visiting Florence and Parma, walking in the hills, dipping in mountain streams. And we enjoy cooking and eating out!

What makes this villa unique

The villa is perfect for grown up holidays. It’s spacious, comfortable and well-equipped, close to all facilities but away from it all. You can laze all day and evening by the pool or explore the many delights of the area – our House Books tell you where to find restaurants and castles, beaches and shops, and anything else you might need to know for a great holiday. Prices are flexible so that Al Palazz can be a romantic retreat, a family holiday house, or a place to share with friends.

We're experienced hosts. We know the area extremely well, and are happy to answer any questions, before or during your stay. Since 2005 we’ve shared the joys of Al Palazz with over 60 families across more than 100 weeks. You can read their comments on our website at http://www.palazz.it/what-visitors-say.html or find comments from 2014 and 2015 under Reviews on this site.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Al Palazz is very well equipped with terrific views, situated in a quiet hamlet. This is the ideal place for a relaxing holiday." (PR, Jun 2016)



"My family (husband, two teenage boys and my Mom) spent a week at the villa. Plenty of space, everything we needed to make ourselves at home and feel like we could unpack and relax. The villa is well appointed, comfortable and spacious – everything we needed was there. The view, however, cannot be captured in words or pictures. The distant church bells, cow bells and breezes filled the valley air to provide nature's music once the windows are thrown open. The grounds and flowers are beautiful and the pool was a balmy 92 degrees! The villa is perfectly situated to have easy access to the bigger destinations either by car or train. But when not engaging with other tourists – the location provides a peaceful retreat."(BK, Jun 2016)
Jul 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Bagnone
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
La Spezia
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Villafranca-Bagnone
Nearest Motorway
18 Kilometres
A15 at Aulla or Pontremoli
Nearest Restaurant
In the village
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Lerici
Car: recommended

Coast/Beach: The picturesque port and beaches of Lerici are just 45 minutes/40km away. Portovenere and the Cinque Terre, tiny villages clinging to a rocky coastline, are an hour/50km away and can also be reached by train or boat. The full Italian beach experience – sun loungers, umbrellas, all facilities - can be found at Marina di Massa (about an hour) and beyond. There are also many local crystal-clear streams for paddling, dam-building and swimming locally. Full details in our detailed Out & About book.

Travel: Nearest airports are Pisa (1 hour), Genoa or Parma (1.5 hours). All have car hire. You can also get here in a few hours from cities with airports and stations throughout northern and central Italy, including Bologna, Rome, Milan, Turin, Venice. Nearest stations are Aulla, Villafranca-Bagnone, Pontremoli. The villa is 20 minutes from the A15 motorway exit and railway stations. A car gets you round more easily, but guests have also managed on foot and with trains, taxis, buses.

Distances: A short 1.5 km drive, or a 20-minute walk down the hill on a track through the woods, takes you to Bagnone - a lovely small town with bars, restaurants, all shops, doctors, pharmacy, post office, banks, play park. 15-30 mins driving takes you to many villages, Villafranca, historic Pontremoli and modern Aulla. There are good restaurants, excellent markets and specialist food shops. 30-60 mins lets you explore Lunigiana (see below). Pisa, Lucca, Parma are 75 mins away, Genoa 90 mins, Florence 2 hours.

Further Details: The villa is most suitable for people looking for a relaxing holiday in 'real Italy', who will enjoy the comforts of a family home in a village with Italian neighbours and who will relish the chance to explore an unspoilt part of Tuscany with deep-rooted values, local traditions … and great food! The towns and villages of Lunigiana are small gems - wander cobbled streets and squares, historic castles, churches, houses, museums. Many guests mix days at the villa and by the pool with days in the valleys, at the seaside, in the mountains, or seeing city sights. Wherever you go, we can signpost you to things to do, places to see, and great places to eat - Parma ham, Parmesan, pecorino, chestnuts, porcini mushrooms, lamb and wild boar are just a few of many local specialities. Our detailed House Books, rated highly by guests, cover the property, the area, and eating out. We are also available by phone for queries on arrival and for any issues during your stay.

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Rates & Availability

Bagnone Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Autumn/Spring
Oct 1 2016 - May 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,256
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid season (pool open)
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,763
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season (pool open)
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$2,271
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $32 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Season (pool open)
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,763
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Autumn/Spring
Sep 30 2017 - May 25 2018
7 night minimum stay
$1,256
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $381

Prices quoted are for up to four guests in the villa. Up to two more guests (maximum six in the property) may use the ground floor cantina apartment of the villa (connected by internal & external stairs) at the additional price ppn shown in the table.

Rentals run 4pm SATURDAY- 10am SATURDAY in Mid and High Season. Flexible start/finish dates in Spring/Autumn only.

You are required to return an Information Form providing us with required data before we confirm your booking. This is sent to you along with our full Booking Conditions at the time we provide you with a quote.

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Amenities

Bagnone Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Bathroom 1 whirlpool bath, shower, bidet, basin, WC, shaver point, heated towel rail. Bathroom 2 shower, bidet, WC, basin, shaver point, heated rail. Bathroom 3 (in ground floor cantina apartment) shower, bidet, WC, basin, shaver point, heated rail.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Cot for infant available on request Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - luxury super-kingsize bed, which can also be two singles, views over valley. Bedroom 2 – luxury kingsize bed, which can also be two singles, views over the square. Bedroom 3 in cantina - luxury kingsize bed, contemporary furnishing.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • swimming
Notes:
Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Weekly change of linen and bathroom towels, and weekly basic cleaning, are included. The villa is well-stocked with cleaning materials and cooking items. Guests are expected to clean the villa before they leave and replace any items they finish.

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