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WiFi, Air Con, Large garden.

Bedrooms 3
Space 280 m²
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Luxury Villa, Beautifully furnished Sleeps 6/8, Medieval Village in Tuscan Hills

Luxurious detached villa renovated to high specification. Take a look at our video click the left arrow on the photo's.

A light and airy villa, elegantly furnished, stylish, spacious in private gardens with electric gates, parking within the grounds for several cars. Complimentary wine and Prosecco on arrival. Hampers on request.

The modern kitchen on the ground floor is equipped with everything you would require to make a fabulous Italian feast. Off the kitchen through the patio doors dine on the shaded terrace with large black granite table overlooking the garden.

Heated pool 9.5 x 4 x 1.5m is paved with travertine and decking, the new hot tub with 76 jets has seating for 5 and includes 2 chaise-Longue. The outdoor kitchen comprises of gas and wood fired BBQ’s (wood provided), pizza oven, a fridge, sink and work station, a bar with stools makes the sociable side of pizza making enjoyable. The loggia also offers shaded dining in the garden. The fire pit has comfortable seating to enjoy cosy evenings watching the stars and wildlife who roam from the forest. All this is surrounded by beautiful lawns beyond are olive terraces and forest.

Inside the villa there are 3 bedrooms each with balcony, lovely views, extremely comfortable beds memory foam cool mattresses, beautiful white linen, tasteful furniture carefully chosen to give each room individuality and space. White Christy's bath towels and spa bath robes are provided, 4 bathrooms 2 are en-suite all with quality fittings Carrara marble tiles and heated towel rails. The sitting room is comfortably furnished has a huge log fire with glass door (logs provided). There is a sofa bed in the sitting room and shower room next door. 50 inch Smart TV, 10 MB Wifi in all rooms and garden

The villa is ideally situated on the edge of a medieval village in a totally unspoiled part of Italy, Pisa, Lucca, Florence, and beaches such as Lerici and the Cinque Terre with the five famous fishing villages, all within easy driving distance. You can catch the boat from Lerici or La Spezia to the Cinque Terre, boat hopping is a popular way to see the Cinque Terre. If you prefer to take the train you can reach all these places from Villafranca 4km from the property.

The area is a paradise for country lovers; at dawn and dusk it is possible to see the occasional deer and even wild boar. Watch the eagles and other rare birds as they soar above the hills and down the valleys. There is plenty of walking immediately on the door step, mountain top meadows are abundant with flowers heavy with perfume. The region is scattered with castles steeped in history, you will enjoy the very best of Tuscany, the wonderful landscapes, lots of local restaurants, good food and a warm Italian welcome.

More Details

Lynn and Bill Taylor
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2017

About Lynn and Bill Taylor

We are both English working in the UK, in 1989 we visited Tuscany many times searching for a holiday home and eventually discovered a small house in the village of Irola. Villa Ariola is our second house here in the village. We had a building company in the UK for many years, and have renovated many properties, Villa Ariola took 14 months to complete, with carefully chosen Italian materials to compliment the style of the house. Every time we open the front door it never fails to wow us and even though we only get to enjoy the house a few times a year Villa Ariola is part of us. It hurts to leave and we are always longing to be back. When we retire we will live in Italy permanently, until then we are able to share our villa with you!

Lynn and Bill Taylor purchased this villa in 2007

Why Lynn and Bill Taylor chose Massa Carrara

Lunigiana is known as undiscovered Tuscany we love waking up to the sunshine and beauty of nature. It is lovely to walk in the forest collecting wild herbs, fruits, nuts and mushrooms. We also enjoy the wildlife, the swallows, eagles, wild boar, dear, badgers and the fireflies at night. We never tire of the landscape it is so beautiful dramatic and completely unspoilt. We like to sit outside a bar and watch the world go by or go into town for lunch and shopping. Often we go for dinner to one of the excellent restaurants close by or down to the sea for the best fish restaurants anywhere on the Mediterranean. Florence Pisa and Lucca are close, all the major attractions of Tuscany within easy reach. But these days we tend not to travel far enjoying the Villa, pool, hot tub and outdoor kitchen where we entertain friends with great BBQ's in the afternoon sun.

What makes this villa unique

Villa Ariola is away from the hustle and bustle yet it is close to the beaches, the mountains, the main cities of Lucca, Florence and Pisa, and to all the essential facilities (supermarket, restaurants). It is your oasis. During the summer the Italians that are able leave the sea side and cities to the annual mixture of heat mosquitoes and tourists, they head for the hills where the air is cleaner cooler and calmer. We have written a comprehensive 'Guide for Guests' we describe the beaches recommend lots of restaurants, places of interest boat trips and scenic drives to help you get the very best from your holiday. “When in Rome do as the Romans do”

Guestbook comments from the owner

“you have really found a paradise!”

Sylvia. Berlin Germany May 2010

Hallo Lynn and Bill

the 2 weeks in Tuscany were very nice and rest full, you have really found a paradise! Thank you again. And if you like to visit Berlin simply call me

Best regards Sylvia
May 2010
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Villafranca in Lunigiana Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 280 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Family bathroom with bath and shower - toilet , tub , shower
    En-suite 2 - toilet , shower
    En-suite 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 king
    3 - 2 twin/ single
    2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Bed sette in sitting room
  • The marble stairs lead to a large spacious landing with patio doors and balcony, a wide corridor leads to the three bedrooms with extremely comfortable beds and beautiful white linen. All three bathrooms have efficient plumbing quality fittings and marble. The family bathroom has a large shower, separate full size bath, hand basin, and toilet. Across the landing bedroom 3 has two single beds, bedside cabinets, a chest of draws and wardrobe, patio doors to balcony. Bedroom 2 has king size bed, bedside cabinets, chest of draws, wardrobe, en suite shower room with large shower, and patio doors to a large terrace with mountain views, over looking the garden and pool . The master bedroom has a king size bed, two chest of draws, a dressing table, wardrobe, en suite shower room and patio doors to a balcony with views of the garden, and down the valley to distant mountains.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The lawned garden is completely enclosed with tall gates and parking for several cars, further land and our piece of Forest are beyond the fence making it safe for children to play. Also the kitchen terrace has a child gate. The villa is equipped with a cot and high chair. There is a parking area inside the grounds. There is a shaded Loggia with table and chairs next to the pool house, and excellent large barbecue built within the pool house with brick chimney and marble worktops We installed a private water supply for the pool, house and garden irrigation.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

WiFi, Air Con, Large garden.
average rating of 4.9375 based on 20 reviews

A fabulous place to stay

  • 5 of 5

• This house is amazing and if you are looking for a fabulous place to stay that affords fantastic degrees of privacy, first class facilities and a great base for exploring this bit of Italy then I honestly don't think you will find better than this. The house is clearly loved by the owners and has been restored to the highest of standards. It has everything you need and more. The outside space is truly superb. We shared the house with our friends so that meant three girls age 9,10 and 11 and four adults and we had acres of space. the kitchen is well kitted out and there is even an outdoor kitchen with Pizza oven which was great fun. The pool and hot tub were in constant use and brilliantly warm and well-appointed with an adequate number of loungers and shaded areas to escape the sun should you want to. AC in the bedrooms also ensured that everyone was happy at night and the beds were so comfortable, I had the best sleeps I have had for years. I have never taken to writing a review before but this house and location is special and has inspired me to contribute this. Just to give a slight touch of balance the road up to the property is steep but it only takes ten minutes and its oh so worth it. We hope to return many times and that’s the best recommendation I can give. Pete.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review we are so pleased your holiday was so fabulous and we would love to welcome you back. Thanks again Bill and Lynn
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Amazing family holiday. Wonderful Villa

  • 5 of 5

This Villa is a wonderful place to enjoy a family holiday. It sits at the top of a hill and there are lovely views from the many balconies.

It is immaculately kept, Lynn and Bill have put a lot of thought into the furnishings and the outside space is as spectacular as the photos look. The villa is very private and secluded yet the local supermarkets are all within a 10 minute drive (bearing in mind the access road takes around 8-9 minutes). It is also ideally situated to visit La Spezia (40 mins) Parma (1h10) Moderna (1h40) and Lucca (1h10).

Lynn and Bill also provide you with a list of restaurants both close by and slightly further afield and all of the ones we tried were very good.

We honestly can not fault the Villa or the service provided by Lynn and Bill and although we didn't need them once there, I'm sure we would have been able to contact them easily if we and any queries or issues.

We would thoroughly recommend staying at this Villa, and if one day we are looking to holiday in the same area again we would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning property and fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

The villa is truly beautiful and set in a glorious location tucked away in the Tuscan hills. It was quiet and peaceful and yet within easy reach of good amenities and many fascinating towns and villages. The villa itself is spacious and beautifully furnished and provides all that you need to make your stay a comfortable one. I would agree with previous reviewers that it is so lovely it's is hard to tear yourself away. However, we did make a few excursions to Lerici, Lucca, Pisa and Portovenere a gorgeous port town that we particularly loved. We spent half our week at the villa by the fantastic pool and jacuzzi. The family especially enjoyed using the pizza oven and afterwards relaxing by the fire pit in the evening listening to the rustlings of the wild boar in the surrounding forests. Lynn and Bill made us feel very welcome and were helpful with any queries.

The whole family absolutely loved the holiday and we would highly recommend the villa to anyone considering staying there. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Earl Yvette and family, We are delighted you had such a great time at our villa and enjoyed exploring this part of Italy. Thank you for your wonderful review and recommendation. Best wishes Lynn and Bill
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A Wonderful Family Villa!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I spent a glorious week in the villa. The facilities are seriously top notch - pristine pool, brand new spa, excellent bbq and pizza oven, with very comfortable seating, bathing and eating areas around the pool. A vast garden which is excellent for children, all very safe and secure and a great space to run off the pizzas. The villa itself is very comfortable, everything and more you could need in the kitchen. The bedrooms and bathrooms are all a very good size and very comfortable.The villa is a great place to spend the day but also a good point to reach beach / port locations (we visited Portovenere and Lerici). The owners Lynn and Bill were very helpful in getting together everything you could need for the villa and surrounding areas, and very easy to contact should you need. A fantastic villa with wonderful facilities and space, I'd highly recommend

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW what a great review thank you. So pleased you enjoyed your holiday and appreciated the Villa and the improvements we made for 2016. We enjoyed helping you with your holiday arrangements and look forward to welcoming you and your family again in the future. Best Wishes Lynn and Bill
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Maison et extérieur très agréable

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un très belle semaine dans cette maison avec nos 4 enfants. Les enfants ont bien apprécié la piscine chaufée, le jardin, et les sangliers et la biche qui descendaient tous les soirs de la forêt dans le champs d'à côté. Les adultes ont apprécié la cuisine extérieur et surtout le four à pizza, et le spa. La maison est très tranquille et agréable sauf le salon en rez de chaussé. Par contre elle est vraiment loin de tout (1h30 de Pises, 45min de la Spezia pour le départ des cinque terres) on a fait beaucoup de voiture... Mais on est tellement bien là haut, dans la maison, que nous la conseillons pour des vacances tranquilles en famille!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Google translated English to French Nous sommes heureux que vous avez apprécié votre séjour à Villa Ariola et ravi que vous nous avez 5 étoiles . Nous sommes désolés d'entendre votre lecteur à Pise et La Spezia a été si longtemps , nous supposons que le trafic doit avoir été particulièrement mauvaise . Les temps de voyage que nous citons , Pise 1 heure et La Spezia 30 minutes conduisent à des vitesses moyennes confirmées par Google et dans notre expérience de 28 ans vivant dans cette partie de l'Italie facilement atteint. Nous vous remercions de votre rétroaction positive , nous espérons que vous nous examiner à nouveau. Best Wishes Lynn and Bill We are pleased you enjoyed your holiday in Villa Ariola and delighted you gave us 5 stars. We are sorry to hear your drive to Pisa and La Spezia was so long, we assume the traffic must have been particularly bad. The travel times we quote, Pisa 1 hour and La Spezia 30 minutes are driving at average speeds confirmed by Google and in our 28 years experience living in this part of Italy easily achieved. Thank you for your positive feedback we hope you will consider us again. Best Wishes Lynn and Bill
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The best holiday ever!!

  • 5 of 5

The villa is situated in a small Tuscan village not too far from the stunning area of the Cinque Terre. Pisa and Florence are also just a stone throw away but believe it, once you get to the villa you'll feel in Heaven and won't want to go anywhere else. The house is spacious but cosy, the open space kitchen dining area is great if you like to cook and entertain family and friends. The outside area is probably the best part of the property. the outdoor oven/barbecue is massive and very well equipped, we cooked fab barbecues and made our own pizza. The kids really enjoyed the pool and playing in the gardens which are very well positioned and safe for the little ones, whilst us grownups made the most of the hot tub! A big thank you to Lynn and Bill ,the owners, who were very helpful in organising our stay. We will be back soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Natasha for your glowing review it was a pleasure to have you and your family stay in our Villa we are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday and look forward to your next visit. Best Wishes Lynn and Bill.
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Pisa and Genoa
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
La Spezia
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
28 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Villa Ariola stands proud above all in the Tuscan village of Irola di sopra, near Villafranca in Lunigiana, a little known panoramic medieval hill village. Within the National Park this is a paradise for walkers and country lovers, at dawn and dusk it is possible to glimpse deer and wild boar as they venture from cover in search of food, or watch golden eagles and other rare birds as they soar above the hills and down the valleys. The nearest town is Villafranca just a 10 minute drive away, with good supermarkets, bars, shops, banks. A thriving market visits Villafranca on Friday & Pontremoli Wednesday and Saturday, mostly food stall's you will find a good selection of wonderful locally produced fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese and salami. The villa is ideally situated 10 kilometres from the Autostrada with Pisa, Lucca, Florence, several beaches and the major attractions of Tuscany all within driving distance. Our guide for guests recommends local restaurants and vineyard.


Rates & Availability

Villafranca in Lunigiana Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Feb 11 2017 - Jun 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 24 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 8 2017 - Jul 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 15 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 19 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $534.65

We take a security deposit of €500, this money is completely refundable after your holiday assuming there are no damages or breakages, we understand that accidents happen and do not charge for the occasional glass, cup or plate, etc..

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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