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Tuscan villa with large private pool, fountain & pizza oven



Updated: 25-Nov-2016
4 bedroom, 4 bathroom spacious villa with magnificent mountain views

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Tuscany is the beautifully restored turn-of-the-century Liberty-style Villa Montanara. Looking out over wooded hills (including its own chestnut wood) with views of the highest peaks of the Apuan Alps, the villa is on the edge of two National Parks. Despite the hot summers, the property is light and airy with windows on two sides of every room and cool marble and stone flooring. The large private swimming pool just a few steps from the villa incorporates a shallow play area for young children as well as a fountain; and has internal lights for night-time use. There are terraces at the front and back to provide sun and shade at all times of the day; and next to the pool is a stone-built pizza oven with a terrace (and plenty of wood).

The drive leads past the front lawn to the front doors where there is parking for three cars. The front hall leads to the large marble-tiled sitting rooms to the right. Each of these is 5m (16 feet) square with high 3m (10 feet) ceilings. They are linked by double French doors and each has double shuttered windows, and double doors leading to the front terrace and lawn.

Opposite these are the marble-tiled dining room and modern kitchen with the same dimensions and linked by a large arch. In anticipation of parties we have a large dining table inside (and two further tables on the front and rear terraces.) and there is plenty of china, glasses and cutlery and two dishwashers to ensure no one ever needs to wash up anything. The kitchen also includes a cool granite work surface; a large American-style fridge-freezer with crushed ice and iced water dispensers; an ice cream maker; a De Longhi espresso and capuccino maker; a breadmaker (useful for pizza dough); electric ceramic hob and oven; microwave; toaster and, for those who want tea, a kettle.

Each of the kitchen and dining room leads out through double doors to the deck which runs the whole width of the house. This incorporates deck lights for use in the evenings and looks out over the rear garden, pizza oven and pool.

The rear garden slopes gently down to the pool which was designed for both confident swimmers with a depth of 1.5m, and for young children and therefore incorporates three wide steps forming the shallow end where children can play safely. There is also a fountain which runs into the shallow end and this, and the water jets incorporated into the steps, can perform a rigorous hydromassage for shoulders and back.

The terrace round the pool has 8 sun loungers; and for shade there is a curtained gazebo. A couple of the apple trees also provide shade over part of the pool terrace during the mornings. The underwater pool lights allow for night-time dips; and if you want to keep the daytime warmth in the water, there is a rollered solar cover which keeps the warmth in overnight and adds heat during the day.

Adjacent to the pool is the stone-built pizza oven with plenty of wood, and a pizza paddle. The terrace here is where the barbecue is kept.

Below the pool is a meadow area with wild flowers and beyond that, the chestnut wood and views over the mountains.

Upstairs are the four bedrooms. Each of them has long double windows with internal and external shutters. The master bedroom includes an antique brass king-size bed and an en-suite marble lined bathroom with twin walk-in showers; the second bedroom includes a double bed and marble-tiled bathroom; the third bedroom includes original Tuscan twin beds; and the fourth bedroom includes a king-size bed together with a single bed. Any of these bedrooms can accommodate the cot.

More Details
  • Sleeps 11
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Hello I'm Stella and here's a picture of me with our youngest child - taken just at the start of the long Italian school summer holidays - hence the broad smiles. Since then my husband, children and I have moved back to England although we still spend as much time as we can in Italy. We want you to be secure in making a booking and so are happy to accept payment through Paypal which offers you security guarantees.

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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews

United Kingdom

Tuscan villa

  • 5 of 5

I have spent two very happy holidays in this villa. It is in a beautiful, unspoilt area of Tuscany and is gloriously quiet. The view out over the valley to the mountains beyond is a joy every morning while swimming in the lovely pool or sat on the terrace.

The villa is large with lots of space to spread out in and has been tastefully restored. I particularly liked the space in the huge kitchen/dining room which would be great for family gatherings. The owner has obviously thought carefully and the villa has everything you will need for your stay.

There is a very good local restaurant within an easy 15 minute walk; the food is delicious and very reasonably priced. Other excellent restaurants are only a short car journey away.

Train stations are within easy reach and make for a great way to visit places further away like Florence or Cinque Terre.

I highly recommend this villa as a perfect base for a peaceful holiday in Tuscany and hope to stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tuscan haven in the hills

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic holiday here last summer. The house is tremendous - spacious, cool and light. Morning coffee on the verandah in the sunshine, while enjoying the view of the mountains, was simply the only way to start the day.

The rooms were all generous, and authentically restored and decorated. The bathrooms are however modern, and really well finished and had a seemingly unlimited quantity of hot water.

There was plenty of space round the house to spread out and relax, around the pool in the garden and in the wooded area beyond. Skilled mushroom hunters would enjoy hunting for porcini, though we still managed to make a fine breakfast omelette using the the rather more common chanterelles.

A hire car provided us with convenient transport to and from the airport, and for shopping for food, for the location was gloriously remote. But this also enabled us to explore the surrounding area, nearby cities Lucca and Pisa, and the villages of Cinque Terre. In addition this driver particularly enjoyed the simple act of negotiating the quiet winding roads up to the villages and mountains of the Alpi Apuane. The views from up there were simply beautiful.

Meanwhile the local restaurant just down the road was convivial yet inexpensive, the food tasty and authentic. All in all we enjoyed a most pleasant holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Stunning Villa

  • 5 of 5

This is a stunning villa. The setting is amazing. The view from the pool with the mountains to your right, and pretty terracotta roofed houses clinging to the side of hills on the left, takes your breath away. The property is secluded, approached down a lane shared with only one other house. The owners communicated well and were easy to deal with.

It’s a big property. The proportions of the rooms are luxuriously expansive – I can say from experience (not me – one of the children!) that it is possible to literally cart-wheel from one room to another. The marble and tiled floors offer cooling comfort in the heat of a Tuscan summer. It is recently renovated, with fantastic modern bathrooms, and a well-equipped kitchen. There are lots of outside spaces, in the sun, or in the shade, so there’s plenty of room both inside and out - you can all be together, or spread out and have some private time. A very easy place to spend all day and into the evening, just chilling out. It can easily accommodate the numbers quoted on the web-site.

The lovely local village, Reusa, is only a short walk away, and is worth a look around. There is a friendly local restaurant a short drive away where we had an easy, very reasonably priced lunch.

We were only there for a week, so we didn’t do too much sightseeing, but we’d love to go back again and see more of the area, especially the coastal trips to Cinque Terre and Lerici.

We had a marvellous week there and would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to escape to the freedom of a private house and pool, whilst experiencing the joy of being wrapped in the ambiance of Italy.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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From the Owner

We had our honeymoon in Tuscany in 1987. Many years, several Italian holidays and three children later we decided to return to live here. Our Italian neighbours describe Reusa as the friendliest village in Italy and we can believe it. Not only that, it is surrounded by amazing views of the mountains and Tuscan hills, and filled with gentle rustic sounds. And of course the summers are hot and sunny. It is well off the tourist trails yet it's easy to reach the coast, as well as the main cities of the region both by car and train: there is a train station in nearby Casola where trains run direct to Lucca and Pisa.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa at 68 Miles Nearest Barpub : Vigneta at 2 Miles Nearest Train : Minucciano-Pieve-Casola at 5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Lo Spino Fiorito, Reusa at 0.8 Miles Nearest Beach : San Terenzo at 31 Miles Car: necessary


The picturesque seaside town of Lerici (famous for sea food) is 30 miles away; and the towns slightly further down the coast at Forte dei Marmi (famous for its designer shops) and Viareggio can be reached by train from Casola station. Portovenere is 40 miles and from there you can visit the famous Cinque Terre (which can also be reached easily by train from Casola). Genoa (89 miles) makes a fabulous day trip with plenty to entertain all the family.


The villa can be reached from several airports. The distances are given here: Pisa and Parma at 68 miles; Genoa 88 miles; Florence at 105 miles; Bologna 137 miles (or the slow route - only 107 miles); Milan Linate 144 miles; Milan Bergamo 166 miles; Milan Malpensa 176 miles.

A car is essential.


Reusa is the nearest village and is a 2 minute walk. Vigneta with a friendly bar and shop 5 minutes in the car. An easy 20 minute walk is Lo Spino Fiorito, a local restaurant serving typical Tuscan food at reasonable prices (3 course lunch with wine for €12 per person). Casola is a 10 minute drive and the lively medieval town of Fivizzano is a 20 minute drive. The Cinque Terre can be reached easily by train from Casola or boat from Portovenere (40 miles away). Lucca is 52 miles (lovely old walled city).

Further Details:

This Villa was originally our family home, our children attending the local school in Casola. Since 2014 it has been primarily our holiday home and we love this area. The location is stunning and we have tried to retain the original character of the house while at the same time adding modern comforts including hot water provided by solar panels. This is a place to really get away from it all. It is peaceful and tranquil and far enough off the tourist routes to be properly Italian. We can recommend various nearby restaurants where you will find reasonably-priced local fare; there are friendly local bars in which to chat and have a coffee or aperitivo (and eat ice-cream); there are miles of walks among the lanes and woodlands; a mountain bike is available and more bikes can be hired by the day or the week in Aulla, and in Lucca where you can cycle round the wide and level medieval city walls. You can get to Lucca, Pisa and further afield by train from the local station. For supermarket shopping head for Fivizzano (or Aulla) and try the Tuesday market in Fivizzano for local produce. Don't forget to stop for a coffee or ice cream (or both) at Ricci's cafe in the main square. For those who like history head for the Garfagnana area and try a visit to the fort of Mont'Alfonso in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana (23 miles) or the fort at Verrucola (16 miles). If you visit at the beginning of August, the medieval festival in the nearby town of Gragnola (8 miles) is great fun.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Summer 2017
17 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer 2017
8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
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
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

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From the Owner

We chose this house because of its large bright and airy rooms. All of the living rooms and bedrooms have at least two long windows on two sides which allow a gently cooling breeze to run through the house even on the hottest days. The villa has lots of land on three sides and great views. You will often see deer in the field and possibly even wild boar. The large flat front garden contains nut, cherry and fig trees as well as a trampoline. At the top of the lane leading down to the villa is a spring producing water year round. People come from miles around to take water for drinking - and swear by its health-giving properties. Now that we are based in England we appreciate the access from airports at Pisa, Parma, Florence, Genoa and Milan which makes getting there easy.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 200 m²


  • En-suite to Bedroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Twin walk-in rainfall showers
  • En-suite to Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Downstairs bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Main bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Each of the three upstairs bathrooms is lined with travertine marble and has a walk-in shower (that in the en-suite to Bedroom 1 being a twin shower) having both rainfall-style and directable jets. Two of the bathrooms have bidets and one has a bath with side taps.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot, The cot can be set up on request and fits in any room
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Sleeps 8-11 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with antique brass king-size bed and en-suite. Bedroom 2 with double bed and en-suite. Bedroom 3 with king-size bed and single bed. Bedroom 4 with Tuscan twin beds. Each bedroom can easily accommodate a cot. The double sofabed is downstairs. Each bedroom has long double windows on two sides with original internal and external wooden shutters


  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Sleeps up to 9 in the bedrooms (all upstairs) and 2 on a double sofa bed in one of the sitting rooms downstairs. A travel cot can be provided in addition and can easily fit in any of the rooms. Outside: Private pool 12m x 5m with fountain, sun terrace and 8 loungers and incorporating a shallow area for young children as well as underwater lights for night time use, and bordered by organic lavender plants; an original stone-built pizza oven - still in working order with its own terrace and plentiful supply of wood; the south-facing rear garden leads to a field and, lower down, 6 acres of woodland; secluded side garden; and a level front lawned garden of about 30m x 12m with a badminton set for four. The gardens include mature fruit trees producing figs, apricots, hazelnuts, plums, cherries and apples; front and rear terraces with dining tables and chairs; further small round terrace with table and two chairs under the cherry tree at the front; a trampoline with enclosure; and a hammock. The villa is reached down a leafy lane accessible by vehicles, and has plenty of parking space immediately outside. Utility Room: The utility room includes the 110-gallon hot water tank supplied by the property's solar panels. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: Towels and luxury cotton linen are all included, including pool towels. Other: Entrance hall with original tiles and double height window lighting the stairs. Rear dining terrace with fabulous views, leads direct to the pool (also with fabulous views).

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