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Secluded Villa with Private Pool & extensive views

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,033 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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.

john elmer
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

About john elmer

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.

john elmer purchased this villa in 1980

Why john elmer chose Bagni di Lucca

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.

What makes this villa unique

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

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Bagni di Lucca in Province of Lucca

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1033 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • river
  • rural
  • 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
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Fully tiled shower room with WC.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
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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Secluded Villa with Private Pool & extensive views
average rating of 4.75 based on 9 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a very hot, weeks stay, at Villa Joba. What an amazing place to base yourself! The villa with it's lovely pool, allowed us to avoid the midday sun in the most pleasant way. It is in an area of the mountains with beautiful views and just the right amount of seclusion from the nearest villages. The local area is stunning, with a gorgeous river in the valley, and many small towns to explore. We watched the eagles, spotted some deer, and narrowly avoided two porcupines, whilst returning from the local restaurant. We had a hire car, and visited Lucca, Pisa, and Florence on different day trips, with no difficulty. Highly recommend the villa, and would love to go again.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your wonderful review, we really appreciate it.
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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: 09-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 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: 03-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear anonymous, We are very sorry that your stay was disturbed by some local reconstruction work, the work was completed by mid September and now complete peace has been restored.
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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: 15-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 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: 14-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 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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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: 12-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Rudy bar gelateria osteria
Nearest Ferry
60 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
23 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Mia ma
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Bagni di Lucca, Lucca Area

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early summer
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Sep 2018 - 3 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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.
Access to the villa is up a steep asphalt road with 2 sharp corners, the road is 240m long for those not wanting to take their own car up the hill our 4x4 car is available (no charge for this) after leaving your car at the private car park at the bottom.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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