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StoneVilla, swimming pool, family friendly. 3 bedroom 2 bathroom. Mountain Views



Updated: 21-Jul-2016
Villa Between Aulla and Pontremoli, Massa Carrara, Tuscany, Italy - Local Hotel 30

A modernised, 3 bedroom stone house (approx 300 years old). Swimming pool for exclusive use of guests. WIFI throughout. Access to terrace and living area, up eight stone steps, with hand rail. Accommodation is all on the one level. Ideal location for walking, cycling, swimming or relaxing at the pool. Also day trips to many famous towns, cities and places of interest (Pisa, Florence, Lucca, Parma, Carrara Mountains, Cinque Terre) or discovering this beautiful Lunigiana area (land of 100 castles) its food and wines. The terrace and large garden with a enclosed swimming pool, make it suitable for children. La Pineta Hotel, 300m from Villa, has an excellent restaurant, locally acclaimed. Set in a wooded hillside, 220m above sea level, the property is easily accessible. Situated off the A15 La Spezia - Parma Autostrada, and exactly 6.8km south of the Pontremoli exit. The nearest village Arpriola is 2.5km away, and has supermarkets, bank, bakery, pharmacy, doctor, hairdresser, and restaurant. The ancient town of Pontremoli has a multitude of family run shops and a market twice a week. The nearest town is Villafranca (5km) with rail network to anywhere in Italy. Railway station is called Villafranca-Bagnone.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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Speaks English, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

One week of celebration at the Villa, at Cinque Terra, at Florence, at Parma, at Forte dei Marmi, and a great walk at Camoglie, followed by a boat ride to Portofino, spectacular.
Mar 2016
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Fabulous,peaceful getaway

  • 5 of 5

It's the second time we have stayed at this fabulous villa in the Tuscan hills near Villafranca. The addition of the new fantastic pool made our families experience even more enjoyable.Great supermarket nearby for cooking in and fabulous hotel restaurant 50metres away if you can't be bothered to cook on your holidays.Best of both worlds.

The house itself has a great view of the Tuscan hills in the lunigiana and sleeps everyone comfortably.

Helen and Jimmy are lovely boasts and they always leave a bottle of fizz in the fridge, which helps!

The house is also very close to a great hotel which does lovely local food, where the head waiter speaks English for those non-Italian speakers.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lorna
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  • 4 of 5

Book this villa ! - excellent place to stay with lots to see and do - the owners Jimmy and Helen were very hospitable and very knowledgeable about the best places to see and eat and drink - a week was not long enough for us !

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A pleasure Andrew
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From the Owner

Location location location! Experience real Italy in a beautiful setting in the region of "Lunigiana" that is famous for its castles, food and wine. Beautiful market towns of Pontremoli, Villafranca and many medieval villages that are beautifully restored. The property is set in its own ground, with a terrace (leading from kitchen and living area) that is used constantly in the summer for al fresco dining.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : La Pineta at 300 Metres Nearest Ferry : Genoa at 100 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Lerici 9 holes at 40 Kilometres Nearest Train : Villafranca - Bagnone at 5 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A15 at Pontremoli at 6.8 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Giovanni, La Pineta at 300 Metres Nearest Ski : Cerreto Laghi at 60 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Coast of Ligura at 25 Kilometres Car: necessary


Lerici, (40 min) is an upwardly mobile resort of garden villas, seafront bars and trattorias. Cinque Terre is best reached by train from Villafranca, (one hour). Walk, take the boat or train between the villages. The Riviera di Levante east of Genoa (one hour) includes Portofino, Santa Margherita and Camogli. Punto Corvo beach is reached by boat from Bocca di Magra. (40 min). One hour south of the Villa from Forte dei Marmi to Viareggio large sandy beaches are in abundance,with designer shops.


By plane: the nearest airports are Pisa (100km), Parma (80km)

Genoa (130km) with Bologna (180km),

Bergamo (200km) and Milan (210km).

They are serviced by the low cost airlines from UK and Ireland.

Car Hire is recommended.

Driving from Northern France is approximately 14 hours.


Local Hotel 300m with an excellent restaurant. Pontremoli, 10km away is an ancient town with a beautiful duomo and twice weekly market in the piazza. The river Magra which runs down the valley is excellent for fishing and swimming in summer.

Throughout this Lunigiana area most towns and villages have outdoor festivals in summer, with local food specialities.

The Via Francigena (Pilgrims route to Rome) runs down the valley, passing many castles and medieval hamlets.

Further Details:

Villa is between the towns of Pontremoli and Villafranca in the area called Lunigiana, which extends from the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines to the sea. It is a special area to discover and taste the local produce. Castles and walled villages, churches, medieval hamlets and noble residences follow one another between history and hospitality. The folklore traditions and cuisine never cease to surprise. 2.5km drive to Arpriola, the nearest village, with bakery, pharmacy, doctors surgery, bar/restaurant, and supermarkets.

Mulazzo, an ancient Byzantine settlement, seat of the commune, is 4km away, and a beautiful uphill walk, with two restaurants (one of them a fantastic pizzeria).

Villafranca, (5km) is the nearest town, (market day on Friday), has banks, supermarkets, and a variety of restaurants. It also has an outdoor Olympic size pool, kiddies pool and picnic area. Pontremoli,(9km) has the Piagnaro Castle that houses many famous Lunigiana Stele.

Filetto, Malgrate, and Bagnone, which can be seen directly across the valley from the villa, have ancient castles with splendid views and must be visited. Vineyards and wineries are found in the area and some do tastings.

The world famous Carrara Mountains (featured in the James Bond movie "Quantum of Solace") are an hour away and well worth a visit, to experience open mine quarrying and take a guided tour.

Italian Rail is efficient and not expensive (especially the regionale trains) therefore making Rome, Florence, Lucca, Parma, Genoa, Venice, Milan, Bologna, and many other cities accessible from Pontremoli or Villafranca (called Villafranca-Bagnone)

Lucca, a famous Tuscan walled town, home of Puccini (80km) is a wonderful day trip, and also accessible by train.

The famous towns of Montepulciano, Siena and San Gimignano are up to 3 hours away. The cinque terre villages are best visited by train direct from Villafranca-Bagnone.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 5
5 Nov 2016 - 7 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
We ask for a deposit of 25% to reserve a booking. Full payment is needed 6 weeks prior to arrival. Bookings will be made by email. The booking form, terms and conditions (T&C) will be sent by email. Booking form and (T&C) to be returned, signed, confirming booking with deposit. Unfortunately, deposits are non-refundable, and we regret that cancellations made within 4 weeks of the reserved time cannot be refunded.

Changeover Day:
Change over day Saturday, but may be different with prior arrangement. Departute time 11am and arrival time 4.00pm.

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Updated: 21-Jul-2016
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From the Owner

New swimming pool for 2016 exclusively for guests. Outdoor table tennis table. Beautiful views of the mountains. La Pineta hotel open seven days a week, to welcome you when you don't feel like cooking. The musical sound of the Church bells twice daily. "A true delight" Large parking area.

Property Type

  • villa


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


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


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


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


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

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 150 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1. Has the option of being en suite with bedroom 1. Bath with shower, washing machine, Italian designer lavatory and wash hand basin. Bathroom 2 with shower, wash hand basin and lavatory.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8/10 Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1. King Size bed. Has the option of being en suite. Cot in bedroom 1. All bedrooms are 20 square metres and because of the thick walls are practically sound proof. Bedroom 2. Double bed and single bed. Bedroom 3. King size bed and single bed. Double sofa bed in living room.


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: As the property is a modernised stone house (circa 300 years old) there is no need for air-conditioning in summer due to the thickness of the walls. The large terrace and pool make this villa suitable for children. Table tennis table is available for guests. There is gas central heating and an open wood burning fire. Outside lights and uplighters accentuate the property at night. All bedrooms are large, each with independent views. The thickness of the interior walls give good sound proofing. Outside: The large terrace has a seating area and shaded dining area, with stunning views of the tree lined valley. There are a variety of easy chairs and an outdoor dining table and chairs suitable for eight. There is direct separate access into the kitchen and living area. A cold water shower is available at pool and there is covered storage space under the terrace. Ample parking for 3/4 cars. Table tennis table is available for guests. Clothes line available beside pool. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service on request. We provide pool/beach towels. Maid service available on request. (Extra charge). Otherwise, guests responsible for cleaning and washing of towels and linen until leaving property. Washing machine in bathroom 1. Other: Large south west facing terrace, with roll out awning, dining table/chairs and deck chairs. Terrace is completely secure for children with gates. Everyone spends summer months here, having all meals outside. Good lighting for night time dining. WIFI.

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