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Beautifully Restored Villa With Private Infinity Pool And Stunning Views



Updated: 15-Oct-2016
Boutique Accommodation For Up To 12 Guests

Beautifully restored farmhouse and barn located on a hill amidst chestnut covered woods. This is an inspired hideaway for families and parties looking for some peace and quiet yet only a few minutes drive to the amenities of Licciana Nardi and the valley road with easy access to the motorway and train station.

A private track leads to the gated driveway. The property comprises a group of buildings set around a courtyard all of which have been sympathetically restored externally to retain a rustic feel without completely removing the authenticity.

The interior has been designed to include much architectural detail. Thoughtful lighting emphasizes the many contrasts including exposed stone walls, arches and original beamed ceilings. Furnishings combine traditional design with modern comfort and practicality. The barn has been converted into a superb ‘loft ‘style contemporary living room to include a custom designed kitchen with marble work surfaces and integral basins. The kitchen has professional oven and large American fridge/freezer. A large table can accommodate up to 12 people. The comfortable sitting area is fitted with an open fireplace and is equipped with CD mini system. Doors lead to a pretty terrace with steps down to the garden. The infinity pool at the garden level cascades down into a plunge pool at a lower level. The decked terrace is equipped with recliners for sun enthusiasts.

The original chestnut barn overlooks the pool as a charming reminder of the property’s rustic origins. The main building comprises 6 bedrooms sleeping a maximum of 12 guests comprising 2 double rooms, 1 with en suite bathroom, 3 twin rooms and a children’s room furnished with bunk beds. The 3 designer bathrooms feature hand made tiles and contemporary fittings. An additional area with doors onto the courtyard provides a calm and relaxed living space with Cable/satellite TV. A store room at a lower level houses a washing machine.

Please note that every bedroom is equipped with a portable fan. The property does not have air conditioning.

This property has a rustic feel as it is set lower down on the estate at the edge of the woodland. The beauty of the property is that you feel as if you are miles away from anything while in effect you are only a couple of minutes away from the local town with a selection of traditional shops and services. This is a real ' getaway from it all' property without the inconvenience of being miles from anywhere.

A picturesque chapel sits at the entrance to the estate, which also makes this a lovely venue for weddings.

A table tennis table is available on request.

More Details
  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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I am sorry it has taken so long since our return from Tuscany to email and say what a fabulous time we had at Casa Dell Torrentello. A beautiful house, a wonderful setting, great support from Loris, and the general lack of a mobile signal an absolute bonus (when I did get one it was a bit of a disappointment!).

What Ali and I really liked about the area was the general lack of tourists and tourism and thus the real Italian feel to the whole place. Will definitely go back one day, maybe when the weather is not quite so good so we are motivated to get out and explore a bit more than we did.
Sep 2014
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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


This is a fabulous place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time at this lovely villa, which is perfect for a gathering of friends or family. It is really comfortable and spacious as well as being very stylish and attractively done out. The kitchen is equipped to a very high standard compared with other villas we have stayed in.

The pool is absolutely beautiful, the photos don't do it justice! It's also immaculately maintained, and the slide into the lower section is fun for kids. There are lots of sun beds as well as a comfortable outside sofa area which is good for a snooze in the shade or sun! We ate all meals outside on the terrace above the pool, with views of the surrounding hillsides by day and the stars by night.

This seemed to be a very unspoiled part of Tuscany, and if you can tear yourself away from the villa, there is lovely scenery and some interesting villages all around. Also good food shopping locally. There are several recommendations for local restaurants (ask Loris the caretaker) -we went to a great one up a hilly track - quite rustic, but the food was delicious. We also had seafood in Lerici (Bay of Poets) one evening.

This villa is the perfect combination of comfort, tranquility and accessibility - we would return there like a shot!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Castle Cary

A view to infinity...

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at this lovely villa. I suppose it is too obvious to say that we come back because we love it, but it is true.

The villa is immaculate and spotless, the terrace is shaded from the heat of the sun and the pool gets the sun morning and afternoon. The pool(s) are the crown jewels of the property. The upper is an infinity pool with an uninterrupted view to the hills miles away and on a clear day you can see the Massa di Carrara. The lower pool is better for a quiet splash (or a noisy one if your children are like ours) but there is no one to hear so they can make as much of a racket as they like.

On the terrace on a warm evening (and they all seem to be warm) with a glass of perfectly drinkable local red in hand, all you see is the night sky and a few house lights 2-3 miles away - and the fireflies which are out in numbers every night. Perfect seclusion and at the same time the property manager Loris lives less than a quarter of a mile away (behind the house) and is polite, efficient and obliging.

(The wife tells me) the kitchen was well equipped - my role was to be in charge of the barbecue and wood fired oven outside. The wi-fi is fine in the house and reaches the terrace which is all anyone can ask for.

The local guide written by the owners is excellent, with good advice on places of interest and local restaurants.

This is a part of Tuscany that is remarkably unspoiled. The scenery is glorious and tourists are relatively few and far between. Writing this review makes me think we should book to go again....

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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West Sussex

Beautiful villa in unspoilt area of Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

Last year we stayed in the sister villa up the hill and fell in love with this beautiful part of Tuscany. This year we decided to return for two weeks, to celebrate a significant birthday, and it was even better than we remembered. The villa is deceptively large and has been tastefully refurbished to an extremely high standard. There are plenty of nooks and crannies to escape to both inside and outside, should you wish to have some quiet time, whilst the communal areas are spacious and the pool is out of this world. At night the bats flit across the surface, and the view of the stars from the bottom pool is breathtaking.

This is the perfect place to stay in and relax. However, there is also plenty to do in the surrounding area. We would recommend a visit to the Lunae vineyard, a boat trip on the Bay of Poets, but, more than anything, be sure to get the amazing Loris to cook pizzas for you in the pizza oven.

We have been visiting Italy regularly for 20 years, but this is the first place we have returned to, and, needless to say, we have already booked our trip for 2016.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Italy at its best

  • 5 of 5

We have recently returned from this property and loved it. So much so that we have booked again for next year. This is our sixth rental in Italy and it was da league above the rest. The villa was beautifully done up and immaculately clean. You got the sense that this was a loved home and not a holiday let. The kitchen was brilliantly equipped and we enjoyed eating delicious local produce, dining under a pergola and watching the fireflies at night. Look out for the Gorgonzola the best I have ever eaten. Mobile signal was patchy but frankly a bonus as it meant our children weren't burried beneath their phones!

The owners produced an incredibly helpful manual advising us on local eateries and places to visit. It was hard to tear ourselves away from the beautiful setting so we are returning next year to explore more. The area is stunning and not besieged by tourists. I would not hesitate in recommending this property to my friends and family as it ticks every box. Just loved it!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect tranquility

  • 5 of 5

If you want to get away from everything, this is the place to come. Chic house in rural setting and an incredible view

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful authentic Italian villa

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful villa and pool with glorious far reaching views. Very tranquil and lots of fabulous walks from the villa. A car is essential but the local town is charming and walkable from the villa for a morning coffee or evening drink.

Lots of space for everyone and a great open plan kitchen/sitting room with large dining table. A taste of real Italy with good restaurants nearby and the coast within reach.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa at 86 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Licciana Nardi at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Lerici at 33 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Pontremoli at 25 Kilometres Nearest Train : Aulla at 9 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Aulla at 9 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Licciana Nardi at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Prato spila at 40 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Lerici at 33 Kilometres Car: necessary

Lunigiana is an area rich in history and tradition and set amidst magnificent scenery. The generous hospitality and relaxed pace to life make this a perfect destination for those wishing to escape the rush of modern life. The nearby Gulf of the Poets has attracted many writers, artists and film makers over the years. The quiet cosmopolitan coastline still retains its authenticity and charm. Excellent transport links provide easy accessibility to many of the centres of both Tuscany and Liguria.

If you have a passion for Italy and a desire to explore the less beaten tracks, then Lunigiana will not fail to impress. The only way to appreciate all that the region has to offer is to see it with your own eyes. We are sure that after your visit this will be a place you find difficult to forget.

Licciana Nardi In this region you can admire castles, parish churches, tower houses, hamlets and fortified control walls of the Malaspina family, all dating back to the same period. The old street is rich in decorated portals, picturesque facades decorated with window boxes overflowing with colour. An 11th Century fortified town with much of the ancient town wall still visible and narrow passageways running through immensely thick walls in to the village. In the Piazza del Municipo the imposing 16th Century castle dominates the square and is joined to the graceful baroque church by a small bridge spanning the entrance to the village. An autumn festival noteworthy of a mention is the chestnut fair held during October. The main street is decorated with chestnut branches, mock medieval shops fronts, old cantinas that open as rustic watering holes and the main piazzas feature large open fires for roasting this important ingredient. The local residents dress up in costume for the event to enhance the atmosphere. You may also see the odd donkey strolling through the village. Towering over Licciana Nardi is Bastia, a good base for walking, with high meadows and wonderful views out to the Ligurian coast. Bastia is built around the castle which is now privately owned. Monti is another village near Licciana Nardi, again a fortified village with a charming castle. The castle has been well restored and today is used as a summer residence by a surviving member of the Malaspina family. Below the old village, the new part of the town is developing and although not particularly historic, offers a good selection of local amenities. The Comune of Licciana Nardi encompasses many medieval hillside hamlets, protected as historic centres and most of which are very much alive today. Tavernelle from the road may seem quite bland on the surface however it is necessary to stop and walk into the old centre to understand the charm of this settlement. Once an important trade route leading from Parma, Tavernelle was a popular stopping point, bustling with Locande and guest houses. Taponecco and Varano are picturesque examples of ’borgo’ villages with narrow cobbled lanes and stone houses connected by arches and passageways. Villagers are very welcoming of new faces and go about their daily routine as if nothing has changed for centuries. Mostly these are farming communities however in recent years they have attracted buyers from Milan and other parts of Europe looking for a unique and unspoilt place to spend their holidays. Many houses have been restored to strict regulations to preserve the heritage of these villages.


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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Please Note: The owner of this property accepts payment in the original currency specified (GBP), before use of conversion tool. The conversion tool is provided for your convenience only. The owner may accept other currencies if specifically agreed in advance.
Refundable Damage Deposit £300.00

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Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, wc cloakroom
  • Bathroom 2 - Bath with Shower, master en suite
  • Bathroom 3 - Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 4 - Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 5 - Shower Enclosure


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, master with ensuite
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, can be a double if required
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed, bunk beds and a travel cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Can be a double if required
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The property allows for flexible sleeping arrangements on request.


  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • We can arrange an in house chef on request. He is fluent in Italian and English. We can put guests in touch with him prior to arrival so that menu's and selections can be made. Waitresses are also available if required. For guests that require additional assistance during their stay we can offer an additional concierge service to book restaurants, and generally be on hand giving guests peace of mind.

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