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Private Pool and Stunning Views within a small hamlet

Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Four bedroomed villa with fabulous views to the front and sides . Ten minutes from motorway junction and railway station.

A restored ‘Liberty Style’ villa with large windows, period tiled floors and marble staircase enjoying an elevated position at the edge of a small hamlet. The position affords open aspect and views from all sides coupled with welcome cooling breezes in summer. There are 2 solariums/terraces attached to the villa plus two/three outside seating/dining opportunities. This is coupled with extensive gardens. There is a large 12m x 5m private pool with steps and a solar panel shower and terracing around the pool with table and chairs and sun loungers. A fantastic outdoor kitchen plus toilet and sink incorporating a brick built barbecue and pizza oven which is accessible from the outdoor seating area complete the garden amenities. Most guests find it difficult to drag themselves away from the property enjoying the pool, garden and views that the house affords.

Lizzie Simpson
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, German
Calendar last updated:
30 April, 2017

About Lizzie Simpson

My husband and I are retired after spending our working life in the public sector. We share our time now between Italy and the south coast of England.

We both enjoy going to art galleries and share an interest in opera, art and gardening. Our gardens here in Italy are quite extensive and have provided us with ample occupation to maintain. Being near Florence, Pisa and Lucca has provided us with opportunities to indulge our cultural tastes but of course these cities have loads of shops/markets so my store of scarves, gloves etc etc has grown! I enjoy cooking and discovering new restaurants and food experiences. My husband says that my language skills in Italian are excellent for shopping and buying food and ordering in restaurants! I leave the calculation of purchases to my husband as he is a former economist.

Lizzie Simpson purchased this villa in 2004

Why Lizzie Simpson chose Massa Carrara Area

We had been visiting Italy for a number of years and I, especially always wanted a home on the near continent. We came across the area when we were travelling back to the UK from our annual holiday. On our return I investigated property in the area on the internet and booked a trip out that November.

We arrived at La Villa on a cold, damp drizzly day with poor visibility. However, in spite of the weather and birds flying in and out of the windows, we fell in love with the house and the area. It is elevated but not at all remote and is easy to reach from the main road in the valley which was a definite plus point. This has proved invaluable to us over the years as easy access to the motorway (10 mins) is a definite advantage to ourselves and our guests.

The views from the house and gardens are truly spectacular with the Apuan Alps in front and the Appenines to the rear of the property.

What makes this villa unique

The villa is easy to reach from three airports and the motorway is only 10 min away. We do not have a twisty, windy road to travel to reach the house which is a boon when we have been out for a night. We have a local restaurant in the village which is excellent and serves pizza and seafood along with pasta and meat dishes. The weather here in summer is hot but because of the high ceilings and room sizes, the villa is a cool oasis. As we are elevated we enjoy the cool breezes that arrive each afternoon.

Our outdoor dining/seating spaces are varied with spectacular views and for the most part our garden is

level rather on a number of hard to reach terraces. We have included a climbing wall/swings/slide and sand boat for our youngest guests. The outdoor kitchen and wood burning barbecue and pizza oven have been a very popular addition and we have enjoyed the comments of guests after they have tried them.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Aulla in Province of Massa and Carrara

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ground bathroom with shower, wc and sink. First floor bathroom with bath/shower over, wc and bidet. There is a toilet with sink in the outside pool house.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with king sized bed, a further double room with double daybed and a third bedroom with 2 single beds that are designed to join together to form a double bed. Another double room with single beds that join together on the ground floor.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The villa has newly installed WiFi and freeview satellite TV.the BBC The outside dining/seating are designed to take advantage of the truly spectacular setting with a very large marble table covered with a pergola with vines and kewi. There is a further large table alongside of the pool with seating capacity of 8/10. Umbrellas and sunloungers and small tables are provided. We have two baby cots a highchair, bath and changiing mat. Former guests with young children have been delighted with the facilities provided. On the grassed area is a large play tower with swings, slide, climbing tower house/cafe and separate picnic table and sandboat for the younger guests. Outside: The pool measures 8m x 5m and has steps at one end. There is also a solar shower. Outdoor furniture is provided with two large dining tables and a further two tables and chairs available, one on the back upper terrace (accessed from one of the bedrooms) and another at the side of the pool. There is a kitchen plus stone pizza oven and barbque plus toilet and sink in the poolhouse The front garden has climbing roses, clematis and loads of lavender, jasmine, nicotiana and night scented stocks along with a large fig and persimmon tree. The back garden also has plantings of climbing roses, clematis, jasmine, mimosa and again night scented stock. The pergola is covered with vines and kewi plus morning glory. A herb planter is filled with herbs for guests take advantage of the opportunity to create that special meal alfresco! There is a front portico entrance area with chairs and above this is a large south facing balcony that is accessed from the hallway upstairs with amazing views. Utility Room: Utility room is in the cantina and has a washing machine and store for garden furniture. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cotton bed linen is provided plus house towels and pool towels. The property is cleaned on changeover and linen is changed weekly. Extra cleaning can be arranged at time of booking if requested. Other: Leading off the kitchen there is a good sized dining room seating 10 with open fireplace. The views from here are of the garden and pool.


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Private Pool and Stunning Views within a small hamlet
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Lovely traditional-style villa in beautiful, quiet surroundings with mountain views.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the traditional style of the villa with high ceilings, shuttered windows and tiled floors.

We also particularly enjoyed eating outside on the terrace with views of the mountains. There is a good barbecue and pizza oven, both of which we used. The pool was great for cooling down and relaxing in during the very hot week we were there in August. The surrounding garden is attractive. The villa is well-equipped and comfortable for a family or group of adults. The owner was very helpful in providing equipment for our 16-month old grandson. Our only suggestion to improve the villa's provision would be to renew some of the poolside chairs and loungers, some of which were broken or damaged and perhaps provide some outside lighting above the barbecue/pizza oven. However, these are minor issues as overall we thought it was a super place to stay with our extended family. It was quiet and peaceful but within reach (by car) of busier areas like the Cinque Terre. Overall we loved it and didn't want to leave!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Well maintained comfortable property with a wonderful pool and stunning views.

  • 5 of 5

A well maintained and comfortable traditional villa with a stunning pool and views. The outside space is perfect for socialising and dining. The local villages are quiet and somewhat lacking in character but the local pizzeria is fabulous. There is easy access to the autostrada and railway for fabulous day trips to the likes of Sarzana, Lerici and Barga.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much to your review. We try and create a relaxing and beutiful space to enjoy the views around the villa and provide a base for exploration further afield. Lizzie
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Gorgeous Villa in the Italian Mountains

  • 5 of 5

This place is absolutely amazing. As you walk up the garden path you are surrounded by beautiful flowers, and their scent, and then stunned by the mountainous scenery. The villa is what I would class as 'typically Italian', with tall ceilings, large airy windows, and all the furnishings you would have in your own home. The facilities were exactly as described, was immaculately clean and very well maintained. We went in May, and the weather was perfect, hot but not too hot.

The children loved the place, especially the swimming pool, and the large garden area. One of the most magical things for me was when the sun began to set, and the mountains take on this pink glow, and the fireflies come out. It's definitely not something you can get at home.

The owner was fantastic. Any questions we had about local amenities, she was able to answer, and promptly, and she was a delight to deal with.

The local facilities were also fine, and you're not too far from Pisa or Florence when it comes to venturing out a bit further. All possible to visit as a day trip.

I would definitely recommend this property to my friends and family, and am considering returning again.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review. We really do try hard to make the holiday experience at La Villa as pleasurable as possible.
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exactly what we were always looking for

  • 5 of 5

charm,luxury,comfort,child friendly,good position

we have stayed here several times, also with our grandson, and always felt we are in a little paradise. for us a big plus point is that the beach is also easily accessable.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind comments. It is always nice to hear that guests have had a pleasant stay at La Villa.
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Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Car: necessary


The world heritage site of the Cinque Terra is approx 30 mins drive away from La Villa. Lerichi, a resort made famous by Byron, Keats and Shelly is approx 25 mins drive away. Here you will find loads of cocktail bars and restaurants specializing in seafood. Lerichi is a delightful place to visit for the evening passigiata.


The villa is equidistant from Pisa, Genoa and Parma airport. All of these are approx 1 hour drive away. La Spezia is 25 mins drive away and has ferries to Sardinia. A car is recommended, however we have had guests who used local transport including taxi to get to La Villa. We are less than 10 mins from Aulla train station.


Aulla, the nearest largish town is 10 mins drive away with motorway and rail connections to Florence, Pisa and Parma/Milan. The nearest village with shops, restaurant and bars is 1km downhill from the villa. Sarzana, in the neighbouring distract of Liguria, is a very pleasent town with excellent market and a factory shop outlet. Forti Di Marmi (30/40 mins drive) has the best market in the area with the rich of Florence vying with tourists on grabbing the best cashmere and other fashion bargains.

Further Details:

The villa is 1km from shops, restaurant, bars and takeaway. Nearest bank is approx 2km. There are ample walks and drives in the area which are filled with castles/villages nestling in the hills. In front of the villa rises the mountains of marble which are the quarries of Carrera. It is pleasant to take the leisurely train trip to the beutiful city of Lucca on the single track train that runs through the valley to the front of the villa. The nearest station is only 3km away. At Aulla, 10 mins drive away, the new railway station has direct trains to Florence, Pisa, Parma and Milan. There is of course no problem to drive to these towns as the motorway connection at Aulla is less than 10 mins drive away.

The surrounding area is a mixture of woodlands, mountains, vineyards and farms. The area is filled with charming villages and hamlets with numerous castles complementing the natural delights of the countryside. It is a painter and naturalist heaven with abundant flora and fauna.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Aulla, Tuscany

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
To confirm, an initial booking a deposit of 25% is required. The final balance is due 8 weeks prior to the holiday.

Changeover Day:
The changeover date is Saturday and no earlier than 4.00pm. On departure guests must leave by 10am to allow for essential cleaning to be undertaken.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.The high season rate is £1,800. This period is 21 June to 3rd September 2017

25% of full amount payable when confirming booking. The balance to be paid 8 weeks before the holiday commences along with the £200security deposit. Payment to be made by cheque or bank transfer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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