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Secluded Villa with Private Pool & extensive views



Updated: 18-Oct-2016
Villa in Bagni di Lucca, Lucca Province, Tuscany, Italy - Tranquil very private Position Only 2km from Bagni di Lucca

Superb Villa Joba nestling in the wonderful wooded slopes of Tuscany with private pool. In Tuscany near the town of Bagni di Lucca in the village of Ponte a Diana. The property sleeps 4/5 in two bedrooms Small single story villa with all amenities including dining patio area with barbecue ,gazebo with further seating set in its own extensive grounds with private swimming pool and spectacular views.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Barbara and John Elmer prior to retirement John owned & ran a busy hardware store while Barbara owned & ran a successful holiday cottage business based mainly in Yorkshire. we both enjoyed meeting people.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for letting us stay in your wonderful villa you must be very proud of it. It is the best place we have stayed in for quite a time. It’s nice to be on our own and not to have to share the area with others. The boys loved the pool!

We’ve had a great 2 weeks holiday, can’t wait to come back! The idyllic location of the villa is matched by the style and charm of the villa itself. We didn’t eat out as much as most (the barbeque delivers delicious char grilled garlic chicken) however we would recommend Café del Sonno in Bagni-probably the best ever macaroni with fungi there is!

This is our third stay at Villa Joba and it is as wonderful as ever! We have enjoyed a lovely lazy week in beautiful weather actually doing very little and feeling totally relaxed.

The villa & its surroundings tick so many boxes & only those who have been fortunate enough to find & book this wonderful place will know its secret. Of course we shall return.

A really wonderful week we enjoyed the views & our time together. This is a truly lovely place and we hope to come back one day.

We have had a sublime 2 weeks a mixture of relaxing and recharging our batteries in the glorious surroundings.

The pool has been fantastic, the sunbeds comfy, the views amazing. Will we come back? Of course!!

We have always holidayed in villas in Spain but fancied a change which led us to Tuscany- we are in love even considering buying a villa here of our own.

Thank you to the owners for introducing us to the area & such a wonderful villa.
Oct 2007
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7 Reviews

based on 7 holidaymaker reviews


A magical place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This was our fourth time at Villa Joba - it just gets better. The swimming pool and extension have made a big difference but without detracting from the beauty and tranquility of the place. We had intended to revisit Lucca and Pisa which are only a train ride away, but the weather was very warm so we stayed put and soaked up the peace and tranquility, sitting looking out on to the fantastic views of the valley and marble mountains beyond - and making good use of the pool!

The villa is extremely well equipped, both inside and out, and you will want for nothing. The barbecue provided is excellent for cooking the local produce from Bagni di Lucca which is a lovely small and friendly town with good food shops, cafes and bars.

So if you want a truly magical place to stay then Villa Joba provides that and much more - a little bit of heaven on earth. But if you also want a base to visit the historic towns and cities, they are all easily accessible from here. We can't wait to go again.

Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Good property near to Bagni Di Lucca.

  • 3 of 5

The villa sits in a very secluded spot with good views across the hills. Unfortunately the peace and quiet we had hoped for from the description and reviews was marred by the daily construction works to the river in the valley below. This started very early and went on all day! We used the trains at Fornoli Station to Lucca, Pisa and Florence - all worth visiting.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful Italian idyll!

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful quiet retreat in the Italian hills of Tuscany. The villa was rustic and homely with all amenities for a wonderful stay. The pool was clean and inviting with some lovely outdoor features, such as eating areas, swing-seat, BBQ, umbrellas and sun loungers. Fantastic views of the valley and hills across the way.

We experienced some wonderful local wildlife; such as fireflies and lizards and a locust. The odd very harmless snake whizzed by as we were relaxing by the pool!

The villa is located in an ideal spot from the point of view of sightseeing. We caught the train into Florence. Easy to do and better than the hassle of driving and parking. Also it gave us an opportunity see the sights of Italy from the lofty heights of a double-decker train. Inexpensive also. Florence was just wonderful.

Bagni di Lucca is a gorgeous small town with lots of history and a good local supermarket and information centre. Very pretty and nearby to the villa.

We loved it all. The villa and grounds was private and pretty. Would recommend to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I spent a delightful week at Villajoba, Bagni de Lucca. The property was very clean and beautifully maintained. The furniture was of a high standard and the bed I had was very comfortable indeed. The views from the villa are spectacular. The grounds are well tended and it was lovely to sit out and appreciate the views. I was lucky enough to see 3 eagles flying high above the trees, hear a cuckoo and watch the lizards darting about the garden. There are many local bars which it was a pleasure to visit and I enjoyed excellent meals at three restaurants nearby. I enjoyed walking up the quite steep road to the villa but a 4 wheel drive is provided with the property for those not quite so energetic. I would recommend this property to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ange, Many thanks we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your delightful and informative revue. Barbara and John.
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North Yorkshire

Villa Joba Heaven

  • 5 of 5

If you want to be alone, quiet, communing with nature - enjoying birdsong (eagles included) come here. If you want a mix of peace halfway up a mountain with a lovely pool but also enjoy the local bars restaurants and local friendly people, come here. If you seek a base central for the many delightful villages and cities of Tuscany, come here. The property is spotless and lacks nothing. John and Barbara seem to have thought of everything. Our hosts are friendly and knowledgeable about the area. The tuition needed to attempt the ascent up and down the private road is patient and exciting. This house has been built with love and it shows in every respect. We particularly liked eating breakfast on the patio, barbecuing the excellent local produce in the evenings and making 7 days feel both like an eternity in a delightful place but at the same time far too short. Honeymooners and families, or jaded businessmen and women all love this haven. There is good railroad access from Bagni di Lucca to the Tuscan cities and as far as Rome should that be your choice, so no need to drive every day.

  • Review Submitted: May 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

When we arrived at Il Fienile we couldn't believe the views and the quality of the accomodation, it was superb! We had lots of space both inside and out. The owners have thought of everything from the fixtures and fittings to the little touches such as the hammocks and wine rack, the property was quality and we could not have picked better. The centre is close and the village is lovely to walk around, we did several circular walks and booked an Italian cooking mamma to cook a meal for us via the owner on arrival. Well worth it would highly recommend booking her! The private pool has its own sun terrace with parasols, table and chairs and with views to die for of the surrounding countryside. The location was great for days out to Lucca, Pisa and Florence and we even fit in a day in Siena. We just didn't have enough time to see everything and have already booked another week next year, can't wait to go back. We would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a place in Tuscany!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We were very busy people and constantly in the public eye,who loved Italy and the Italians, already having friends in Pallanza., because of this we wanted our own piece of this beautiful Country. When we first saw this place it was a ruin with no acsess completely overgrown with trees and Brambles but we had the splendid view and the most wonderful feeling that it was right for us. After years of hard work we still have that feeling and love the house with all our hearts.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Rudy bar gelateria osteitis at 1.5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Livorno at 60 Kilometres Nearest Golf : pietrasanta at 40 Kilometres Nearest Train : fornoli at 5 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : SS12 at 300 Metres Nearest Restaurant : Il Folletti at 1.5 Kilometres Nearest Ski : abetone at 40 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Viarregio at 40 Kilometres Car: recommended


The coastal resorts of Viareggio and Versilia are less than an hour's drive away.


The nearest airport is Pisa a 45 min drive away. Pisa is served by low-cost carriers Ryanair, Jet 2, Thomsonfly, 1st Choice, Easyjet as well as BA . They offer flights from Gatwick, Stanstead, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, Newcastle, Coventry, Bournemouth, Bristol and East Midlands. Ryanair also fly from Brussels, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Barcelona and Sardinia to Pisa. There is also an airport in Florence which offers more destinations but it's a longer drive.


The villa’s location provides easy access to the local medieval villages and National Parks. The nearest town is the spa town of Bagni Di Lucca, and the impressive walled City of Lucca is only a 30 min drive away. The A1/A2 motorways provide easy access to Pisa (1 hour), Florence (1.5 hours) and the city of Siena, town of San Gimignano and the Chianti region (2.0 hours). For motor sport fans the town of Maranello (the home of Ferrari) is a scenic 2.5 hour drive.

Further Details:

The Spa town of Bagni di Lucca is 2km from the villa. It offers many restaurants, bars, small shops and boutiques and also a supermarket. The Spa offers a variety of treatments at reasonable prices to help you relax and unwind. There is a very popular tennis club & large outdoor swimming pool. There are many local restaurants - not surprising in an area famed for it's gastronomy. The most popular with our guests has always been the Antico café Del Sonno which offers a very good choice of classic Italian and regional dishes. This is located in Bagni di Lucca. The bar and pizzeria 'I Folletti' is on the main road into Bagni di Lucca and offers a huge selection of pizzas and foccacias. The restaurant of Villa Aurora is located on the road to Casabasciana, in a rural location, they offer a large range of home made Italian dishes and during the summer you can eat outside on the terrace. One restaurant in town rated by Michelin is the Corona where it is possible to enjoy top quality cuisine served in the dining room or on the terrace overlooking the river. There is an excellent restaurant in the small town of Ponte a Moriano The Locanda di Sesto has good food at reasonable prices.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
30 Oct 2016 - 18 Nov 2016
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19 Nov 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
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24 Dec 2016 - 14 Apr 2017
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Early spring
15 Apr 2017 - 5 May 2017
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6 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
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Early summer
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
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1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
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2 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
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My Standard Rate
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
The deposit is 25% of total with balance being due 55 days prior to departure. Discounts of up to 50% available for last minute bookings, e-mail or phone for price.

Changeover Day:
The changeover day is Saturday.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 18-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

The cottage is quite a surprise when you drive or walk up the lane and see the sparkling pool with the building beyond nestling amongst the trees and gaze at the magnificent wooded slopes and the Carrara Mountains in the background where The Romans obtained their Marble and the Italians still do. The peace is all consuming and you quickly learn to relax

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • mountain
  • river
  • rural


  • churches
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Fully tiled shower room with WC.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with large double bed and vanity unit. Bedroom 2 with twin beds.


  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Children are welcome but must be supervised in the pool. WiFi throughout the house Outside: The terraced garden surrounding the house is an area of 7500sqm and is very private. It is a mixture of wild and cultivated flowers and trees (sweet chestnut, cherry, apple, acacia and fig). On the south facing patio, from which there are marvellous views down the Lima valley,there is a large barbeque, table and chairs with parasol and a relaxing swing chair. Another table and more chairs are provided under the Gazebo and around the pool. A private swimming pool (7.2x3.6m) is available for use from May – September. Utility Room: Storage space, iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The house will be cleaned before you arrive and all towels and linen are provided.

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