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Villa with enclosed, private salt pool. 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms. Mountain views

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Located off A15, between Aulla and Pontremoli, Massa Carrara, Tuscany, Italy

A modernised, 3 bedroom stone house. Salted swimming pool for exclusive use of guests. WIFI throughout. Access to terrace and living area is 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.

Day trips to many famous towns, cities and places of interest are possible (Pisa, Florence, Lucca, Parma, Carrara Mountains, Cinque Terre) or discovering this beautiful Lunigiana area (land of 100 castles) its food and wines.

The secure terrace and enclosed swimming pool with sun bathing areas, make it suitable for children.

Set in a wooded hillside, 220m above sea level, the property is easily accessible from the A15 motorway.

La Pineta Hotel, 300m from villa, has an excellent restaurant, locally acclaimed. The property is situated off the A15 La Spezia - Parma motorway, and exactly 6.8km south of the Pontremoli exit. The nearest village, Arpiola is 2.5km away, and has a supermarket, bank, bakery, pharmacy, doctors surgery, church, beauty salon, coffee shop and hairdresser.

The ancient town of Pontremoli (9km) 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.

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Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
11 April, 2018

Why The Owner chose Province of Massa and Carrara

Location location location! Experience real Italy in a beautiful setting in the region of "Lunigiana" that is famous for its castles, food and wine.

The market towns of Pontremoli, Villafranca and many medieval villages are nearby to be explored.

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.

Former guests have mentioned the handiness of the nearby hotel when you don't want to cook.

Property easily accessible from A15 Autostrada and proximity to airports.

What makes this villa unique

New salted swimming pool exclusively for guests.

Outdoor table tennis table.

Beautiful views of the mountains.

La Pineta hotel open seven days a week.

The musical sound of the Church bells twice daily. "A true delight"

Large comfortable bedrooms.

Two bathrooms.

Large parking area.

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

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , and washing machine
  • 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 All bedrooms are 20 square metres and because of the thick walls are practically sound proof. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1. King Size bed. Has the option of being en suite. Cot in bedroom 1. Bedroom 2. Double bed and single bed. Bedroom 3. King size bed and single bed. Double sofa bed in living room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski
  • swimming
The property is a modernised stone villa. There is no need for air-conditioning in summer due to the thickness of the walls. The large terrace and pool make it suitable for children. Outdoor 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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Villa with enclosed, private salt pool. 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms. Mountain views
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Escape to Tuscany!

  • 5 of 5

I travelled to Villa Elena for a week in June and was welcomed to the sight of Prosecco, Parma ham and a Pint! Villa Elena is very close to Pontremoli and Villafranca, towns you can catch trains to Parma, Pisa, Florence etc. though I would advise you to hire a car as there are many sights to spend a day at. I travelled West as far as Portofino (where I moor my yacht when I'm not using it) and hiked along the Cinqueterra. I still only achieved about 50% of what I had set out to do in that week (didn't get near the Carrara mountains).

This is the ideal place for couples and families alike who want to get away from the cities and enjoy the true Italian experience. Helen and Jimmy are there to give you sightseeing guidance using Helen's very detailed guidebook but also allow you to enjoy the peace and tranquillity you can only get up in the Italian Mountains.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Grazie Brian glad you enjoyed your stay it was a pleasure to meet you. Regards H & J
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Fantastic location, beautiful pool

  • 5 of 5

We have just had the most amazing holiday & I highly recommend this villa & location. If you're looking for a slice of real rural Italy close to medieval cities, villages & towns then you should consider staying at this villa.

The villa is situated in a hamlet, Cravilla where the only commercial premises is the La Pineta hotel. The food there was excellent & really good value.

Since the villa is so rural, access to a vehicle is really essential, but the driveway accessing the villa is extremely narrow & quite challenging. Our fairly moderate sized estate car could just about get through, but a 4x4 might not fit.

Places to visit - we had some fantastic days out - Pisa, Lucca, & Bocci di Magra (amazing gelato!) all within an hour's drive. We also took the train from nearby Villafranca to get to Cinque Terre which is absolutely as beatiful as Google images shows! However the absolute highlights for me was the wild mountain swimming - we found some simply stunningly beautiful canyons, waterfalls, pools & streams. Accessing them involved quite a trek, but they were simply amazing & absolutely free!

Our hosts, Helen & Jimmy were fantastic - really friendly, helpful & sociable - accessible if needed, but also very low-profile if you prefer privacy.

Villa facilities - We are a family of 4 with older children & we had 35 degree temperatures for the whole of our 2 week stay, which was around 10 degrees hotter than would have been typical for the time of year. The pool was fantastic! It is about 10m x 4m & is not chlorinated but managed with salt & algae repellant instead - the result is that whilst you might get slight salt deposits on your sunglasses, the water tastes very close to fresh water (It's not salty). This brought an additional benefit in that every morning & evening we were treated to a flying display from swallows who swoop over the pool to drink from the water as they go.

The villa, itself has everything you need as a base. It has a small quaint kitchen which is well equipped & has retained what appears to be an authentic italian 1950s units & marble work tops. In terms of the 2 bathrooms; one has a shower cubicle & the other has a bath with a hand-held shower head. There are 3 bedrooms, each with a double or king size bed. There is also a single bed in the 2nd bedroom.

Bedlinen, bathroom & good sized pool towels are provided

Overall, staying in Villa Elena (Stone Villa) was absolutely perfect for us. We had an amazing time & I thoroughly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house, stunning setting

  • 5 of 5

Had a week's stay here in July. Our fourth visit to Villa Elena and once again we were bowled over by the beauty of the setting, the friendliness of the hosts and the wonderful way of Italian life. There is plenty to do in the area and the property is ideally situated to access bigger towns and cities either via the motorway or using the excellent train system.

The latest addition of the swimming pool is fantastic. It is the perfect way to cool down on a hot day and is absolutely stunning.

The property was immaculately clean and the very kind hosts really went above and beyond what was expected of them. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back!!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful 2 Week Break in Villa Elena

  • 5 of 5

Superb location up in the hills in northern Tuscany. Jimmy and Helen were perfect hosts, looking after us and giving us local insight whilst also giving us the space to relax and enjoy the holiday. Villa was lovely with outdoor terrace, pool and table tennis being star attractions! Great restaurants nearby, good supermarket in local town and great location to explore areas such as Pisa, Lucca and the marble quarries among other things. Thoroughly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: 20-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lorna
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Book this villa !

  • 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: 03-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A pleasure Andrew
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Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
La Pineta
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Lerici 9 holes
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Villafranca - Bagnone
Nearest Motorway
6.8 Kilometres
A15 at Pontremoli
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Da Giovanni, La Pineta
Nearest Ski
60 Kilometres
Cerreto Laghi
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Coast of Ligura
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 approximately Pisa (100km), Parma (80km)

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

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

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, 9km away is an ancient town with a beautiful Duomo (cathedral) 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 Elena 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 supermarket.

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 from Villafranca-Bagnone railway station.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Province of Massa and Carrara, Italy

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
21 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
30 Jun 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2018 - 15 Sep 2018
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 10am and arrival time 4.00pm.

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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