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WiFi, Air Con, Large Garden Out Door Kitchen, Private Parking

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,013 sq. ft.
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 an hour
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Calendar last updated:
July 21, 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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Filattiera Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3013 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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.


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average rating of 4.904762 based on 25 reviews

Lovely villa, furnished and equipped to a very high standard in a lovely, peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

This villa is beautiful. It is in a lovely location which is very peaceful and secluded. We loved the outdoor area with the swimming pool, hot tub and outdoor kitchen. We had great fun with the pizza oven and enjoyed eating in the different areas provided. It was also fun watching the family of wild boar that visited every evening!

The villa is equipped to a very high standard and was very clean when we arrived. There wasn't anything missing that we felt we needed.

We came here to celebrate our joint 60th birthdays with our children and their partners. Everyone came away saying that it was one of the best holidays that we'd had and the memories would last forever

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice spacious villa in a private location.

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely time in the villa. We love cooking gourmet food, which is especially easy in Italy with all the lovely high quality food and we had everything we needed in the very well equipped gourmet kitchen. The outdoor kitchen is also a wonderful addition, we made delicious pizzas in the wood fire pizza oven, absolutely loved it.

The quality of the beds in the villa is high, they are very comfortable. The villa is nicely decorated, very clean and spacious and then there is also the large garden, terrace and pool area. Many nice places in the area to explore, both small towns and larger cities. We went for a couple of day trips, to the beautiful Chinque Terre and also drove up to Genova. So many interesting places to visit within 2 hr. drive.

Villa Ariola fits well for a nice family vacation or 2 couples with children.

The owners are very helpful and quickly attended to all our needs. We had a wonderful and relaxing time.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This villa is a true gem of a find. It had everything that we were looking for and more - a beautiful pool, a BBQ grill (both gas and a wood-burning grills), a well-apportioned and very nice kitchen, clean and spacious bedrooms, plenty of bathrooms, a number of outdoor and indoor dining/seating options, and plenty of garden space. On top of that, there is a natural pizza oven, a hot tub, and outdoor kitchen and bar area. The villa is nestled with a few neighboring houses up top of the hills overlooking the Magra river valley below and served as a private retreat for our family. It was perfect.

We stayed for a week in late June, and while the temperature was quite warm during the day (which was perfect pool weather), it never got too hot in the house. The natural breeze that came up into the hills from the valley below provided a refreshing flow of air through the house that was quite nice. So, while there was an option to use the air con, we never had to, nor did we use any of the provided fans.

The groceries options were not too far of a drive away in the valley towns below. We would stop by them almost daily on our way back from visiting the lovely surrounding villages.

We never found ourselves wishing for more during our stay at this villa. We highly recommend it if you are looking for a true getaway into Tuscany.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Doug Thank you for your kind comments, glad everything met your expectations. Also we were so pleased you got into making pizza's in the outdoor kitchen oven, we appreciated the photos of your pizza's, looked delicious. Come back some day, you all would be very welcome. Lynn and Bill
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Amazing well equipped place - ideal outdoor area

  • 5 of 5

The place is excellent; large and very well set out; you will need a car to get here.

The kitchen is amazing, very well equipped we cooked in it every night. The island is perfect for working on your pizza dough and pizza boards great for carrying the pizza to the oven. The dresser contains a book on Italian food, we used this for cooking some excellent local dishes.

The place is set up for you sitting outside and my wife and myself enjoyed most evenings in the hot tub watching the stars while waiting for the pizza ovan to finish; top tip is wait until the embers are burnt through, no flames will stop your pizza burning.

The table outside the back door is perfect for the morning sun and breakfast. The covered pool, was a little chilli in May but would be perfect in the summer. There are two BBQs and a pizza oven. There is a working SMEG fridge and running water so everything you need for outdoor cooking. The hot tube is kept at 37/38 degrees is was amazing and quickly back up to temp by putting the cover on.

There is a well equipped pool house with sun beds and chairs. We didn't spend much time around the pool as we went out each day but if you wanted a holiday next to the pool this is perfect. Back inside and the house is on three levels, downstairs basement has the lounge area with a bathroom and sofa bed, we didn't use this at all but would be a very cool place in the summer or cosy place in the winter. Upstairs are three great bedroom with genuine comfortable beds. The master bedroom is worth going out the doors and round the side of the house to watch the sun set and rise, a truely wonderful site over the Tuscan hills. The two other bedrooms are a great size and all come with AC which we found excellent for getting warmer or cooler very quickly.


Visit lucca - an excellent city about an hours drive away and a great place to sit and watch people or visit historical Italy without the crowds.

The chica terra is close and worth a visit. Make sure you get the 10:30 boat otherwise you won't have enough time to stop and visit all five ports.

Lynn and Bill are wonderful hosts and if you need anything before or during your stay just ask them.

The wine they supply is very drinkable, white and red would recommend getting a few extra bottles of each from them.


Only one, a long way from Florence; over two hours drive.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tim and family thank you for your review, so happy you enjoyed your holiday. We would love to welcome you back anytime. Best wishes Lynn and Bill
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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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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

Filattiera Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 15 2017 - Aug 18 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 19 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
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
Jan 6 2018 - Jun 22 2018
3 night minimum stay
Jun 23 2018 - Jun 29 2018
3 night minimum stay
Jun 30 2018 - Jul 6 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 7 2018 - Jul 13 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 14 2018 - Aug 17 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 18 2018 - Aug 31 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2018 - Sep 14 2018
3 night minimum stay
Sep 15 2018 - Dec 21 2018
3 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2018 - Jan 4 2019
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $581.4

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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