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Stunning Country Villa In Panoramic, Private Setting

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Property

Updated: 24-May-2016
Villa in Bagni di Lucca, Lucca Province, Tuscany and Florence, Italy - Villa Lavanda, A Completely Reconstructed Villa Above The Tuscan Village Of Bagni Di Lucca

Stunning Country Villa in Panoramic, Private Setting.

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Villa Lavanda is a completely renovated (mostly early 18c) villa above the Tuscan village of Bagni di Lucca - 35 minutes from the walled city of Lucca. The house - with its 13m pool, hot-tub, pizza ovens, bocce is surrounded by olive groves and fields of lavender and is furnished with antiques, contemporary, traditional & ethnic art and furnished - and used - by the owners as a principal residence. Daily housekeeping is included in the rental. There is a library of books, satellite TV and internet service, free international calling (land-line, multiple music systems, a gourmet kitchen with all appliances. The house looks out over Tuscan hill-towns, protected chestnut forests and the Serchio valley. It is 5 minutes - by car - from the town ---- which has shops of all types, supermarkets, and an emergency medical service.

There are numerous living areas providing both privacy and communal living spaces for guests, these include: A very large (14m x 7m) living room with a dining table that seats 16. The room has a huge arched window that opens onto panoramic views of the Garfagnana valley and Tuscan hill-towns. This is adjacent to a study/library - with HD TV - with fireplace and seating for 7; a large hallway with the front door opening on to a closed, gated, courtyard and a further study/office with fireplace and private terrace. A bedroom with en-suite bathroom connects with this bedroom. The main kitchen (15m x 5m) is also on this level, is completely equipped with 6 burner range, oven, microwave, espresso machine e

7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14

Bedroom 1: Master - upstairs - 1 queen, En suite bathroom; fireplace; sitting area; twin shower

Bedroom 2: Guest - Upstairs - 1 queen, Guest Room 1: en suite bathroom; private loggia

Bedroom 3: Main floor - 1 queen, En suite bathroom; adjoining private living room

Bedroom 4: Chapel - Lower floor - 1 queen, En suite bathroom; External entrance; sitting area

Bedroom 5: Emma - lower floor - 1 queen, 4 Poster bed; fresco, fireplace terrace & external entrance

Bedroom 6: Alexa - Lower floor - 1 queen, 2 twin/ single, Fireplace, fresco wall

Bedroom 7: Zoë - Lower floor - 2 twin/ single, Fresco walls, corner room

Four bedrooms are 'en suite' Three bedrooms share 2 full bathrooms (one with shower only - no tub) and one half-bath A crib is available and can be accommodated in most bedrooms.

6 Bathrooms,

1 Half Bath

Bathroom 1 - toilet, tub, shower, bidet, two showers in enclosure

Bathroom 2 - toilet, tub, shower, bidet

Bathroom 3 - toilet, tub, shower, bidet

Bathroom 4 - toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet

Bathroom 5 - toilet, combination tub/shower

Bathroom 6 - toilet, shower, bidet

Bathroom 7 - toilet, bidet

All bathrooms with modern fixtures, Italian tile and/or marble. Some with double sinks, all with bidets. 3 Main guest rooms all have both showers and tubs; 3 other bathrooms with shower in tub and one with only a shower.

More Details
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are an American family - originally from San Francisco and Boston - now based in Manhattan. We fell in love with this area when our youngest daughter was one year old and our children have grown up in this house and regard it as a 'home'; as do our grandchildren. After selling our large Boston home, we moved much of the art, antiques & books to the villa and we now spend about a third of the year living at the villa.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We are 8 adult women who spent an incredible week at Villa Fronzola. The villa is so much more than one would expect from a rental - it is a home, lovingly appointed and with exquisite taste. It includes everything one could want, and more. Alex and Ellen, our own culinarians, were so impressed with the kitchen, the pizza oven, and the gardens that provided many fruits, vegetables and herbs, we thought they would never leave to come back to the states.



Others will praise the villa and its environs, and we would concur. Our greatest praise, however, will be of Alyssia and Simonella, who were more than helpful. Alyssia readily assisted us with a late arrival in the rain, and always responded to our questions. Simonella not only kept us neat and organized, she was a delight to have around, a lovely woman.



We cannot think of anything that was not perfect! Thank you Jonathan and Ellie for providing such a classy environment!
Sep 2016
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3 Reviews

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based on 3 holidaymaker reviews

Evanston, IL
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Glorious Tuscan Villa

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed in this incredible villa two times. We loved our first stay so much [we were guests in a group with five other couples celebrating a wedding anniversary] that we recruited a different group of six other couples and returned the following year. Both stays left us raving to friends and encouraging them to rent the villa. The villa has so many special features is it difficult to decide which should be at the top of the list.

1. A beautiful salt-water swimming pool, perfectly situated to view the surrounding countryside and cool off on hot days.

2. A huge kitchen with an abundance of utensils and supplies that is perfect for preparing meals with all guests participating without feeling crowded.

3. A brick pizza oven next to the outdoor dining area, making it so convenient to pop the pizzas out of the oven and onto the plates of the diners.

4. A wonderful herb garden right outside the kitchen door.

5. Grape arbors, fruit trees, and berry bushes to pick and enjoy in season [we were there late August].

6. A dining area in front of a huge arching window overlooking the countryside.

7. Available chefs who prepare dinners that are incredible.

8. Beautiful rooms adorned with art and precious objects to admire.

9. Great bedrooms, some with bath ensuite, making for privacy and quietness.

10. Solitude and isolation from the bustle of the world, yet not far away from interesting towns with restaurants, shops, markets.

11. Lots of advice from the caretaker/manager/housekeeper crew.

This place is special and unique. You will enjoy it thoroughly and have many joyous memories to cherish.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning villa in the Tuscan mountains

  • 5 of 5

My family (10 people total) stayed in magnificent Villa Fronzola for a week this spring, and I cannot possibly put into words how gorgeous Fronzola is. The villa itself is perfectly laid out for a large group - lots of private nooks and areas to give everyone some space, combined with a few huge rooms to gather together for meals and relaxation. The villa is beautifully decorated with stunning art in various media and styles, and the property surrounding the Villa is perfection. The pool is clean and refreshing and you can enjoy beautiful views of the tuscan mountains while you take a dip. And the hot tub is a perfect way to relax after a long day of sightseeing. Fronzola is within a 2 hour drive of many of the wonderful Tuscan attractions (Florence, Lucca, Chianti, etc.), and the village of Bagni di Lucca (above which the villa sits) is absolutely charming.

The villa and the property are beautifully maintained. A cleaning woman came every other day to clean. The property manager was very easy to reach and extremely helpful with recommendations and reservations, etc. We took advantage of some of the recommended services (we had local chefs come in to cook us amazing Tuscan dinners 2 nights, and we had a pizzaiolo come one evening who made delicious homemade pizza in the pizza oven in the courtyard). The love and care with which Fronzola is maintained is obvious, and the privacy and tranquil setting are unmatched.

I highly recommend renting Villa Fronzola. I am counting the months until I can return to the villa for my next vacation!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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OUTSTANDING IN EVERY WAY

  • 5 of 5

Outstanding in everyway. We had 12 adults and 3 children under 3 and never felt crowded. The house, grounds, pool, hot tub are all first class. We have 2 chefs and 3 cooks in the group and made use of the terrific kitchen (and outdoor pizza oven) for wonderful meals of garden produce and local meats, seafood, cheese and specalities served in one of 3 dining areas. The manager of the property went out of her way to do everything possible to make the week a great one. If I can ever get the 15 people or others togather again I would love to go back.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Location

From the Owner

The countryside around the villa still maintains the character and feel of 'old Tuscany' with chestnut forests with porcini mushrooms and wild boar; wonderful hill-towns, pristine air and water and local residents preparing traditional foods. Bagni di Lucca - sited on the banks of the Serchio river - has been a place of retreat for a variety of European writers and artists such as Byron, Goethe & the Shelleys... as well as being a fashionable spa town for Russian and English nobility in the 18th & 19th centuries and so has retained a wonderful mixture of architectural styles. Bagni di Lucca is located at the edge of the famous Garfagnana valley (and close to the foothills of the Apuan Alps) with its renowned production of artisanal cheeses, chestnut-flour & mushroom products, fruits & vegetables. The villa is on a hill about 3km from and 400 metres above - the village. The location adds summer evening breezes to the already pure air, and has panoramic views in all directions --- looking out on forested hillsides, and unique hilltop villages and paved medieval footpaths. The building's history reflects the love of place from the generations who have lived on - and worked - this land for many hundreds of years. . We've now added our lives and love for this place - along with our art, furniture and books - giving the villa a unique character...a classic Italian country villa, now with all modern conveniences, set in a place of unparalleled peace, beauty and tranquility.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa at 60 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Ponte Serraglio at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Viareggio at 60 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Montecatini at 50 Kilometres Nearest Train : Fornoli - Bagni di Lucca at 5 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Lucca at 25 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Ponte Serraglio at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Abetone at 100 Kilometres Nearest Beach : at 60 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

museums

caves

churches

coin laundry

festivals

forests

library

restaurants

ruins

waterfalls

winery tours

walking

antiquing

horseback riding

photography

scenic drives

sight seeing

freshwater fishing

hunting

spelunking

whitewater rafting

mountain biking

mountaineering

paragliding

skiing

cycling

hiking

mountain climbing

rafting

swimming

tennis

ATM/bank

Babysitter

fitness center

groceries

laundromat

massage therapist

medical services

Coast/Beach:

Nearest Beach 65 Kilometres

Viareggio, Pisa, Forte di Marmi

Travel:

Nearest Airport 62 Kilometres

Pisa & Florence (Florence 23 KM/10-15 min further

Nearest Train 7 Kilometres

Bagni di Lucca (Fornoli)

Nearest Motorway 35 Kilometres

A11

Distances:

Nearest Barpub 4 Kilometres

Bagni di Lucca - in village

Nearest Restaurant 4 Kilometres

Bagni di Lucca and Monti di Villa

Further Details:

The area is renowned for the production of artisinal food and as an outdoor recreational area - particularly for hiking, walking, paragliding, and numerous other outdoor activities. The beginning of the Garfagnana Valley, with numerous famous hill-towns and villages --- which produces some of the best sausage, cheese, wild boar prosciutto, chestnut flour baked goods, honey and other local specialties is just minutes from the villa. Bagni di Lucca is close to the marble quarries of Carrara and the villages of the Cinque Terre. Florence with its art treasures can be reached within 90 minutes. Lucca itself is a unique walled town - essentially closed to traffic - with wonderful architecture, lovely shops and restaurants. One can walk - or bicycle - around the walls, visit Romanesque churches and museums. Surrounding the town are wineries and classic villas and gardens many of which may be visited. Pisa - with its leaning tower is one hour away. The towns of the Cinque Terre - visited by walking along the cliffs or a dedicated small railway must be experienced and the fashionable beaches and restaurants of Forte di Marmi are easily accessible. The marble quarries of Carrara are also well worth a visit. The area is a particularly un-spoilt, traditional part of Tuscany; hunting wild-boar (in season) still occurs in the woods, along with harvesting porcini and chestnuts. It's Tuscany before the advent of mass tourism and agribusiness.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low Season
1 Oct 2016 - 21 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£5,755
for 7 nights
£5,755
 
 
Low Season
7 Jan 2017 - 8 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,843
for 7 nights
£3,843
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £1,182

Booking Notes:
Security deposit of $1,500 payable to manager; refundable on departure

Changeover Day:
Saturday

Notes on prices:
Discounted rates for periods over one week.

Rates include 'meet and greet' by house manager; daily housekeeping service; all linens; laundry kitchen and bathroom supplies; internet service; English speaking manager with knowledge of the area.

Rates do not include utilities.

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Facilities

From the Owner

The sense of privacy and quiet - along with spectacular panoramic views - is extraordinary and yet the villa is minutes away from a beautiful local village and only 40 minutes from Lucca itself... with all that that city has to offer. Besides the comfort of the house, the quality of the furnishings, its library and art, the layout of the villa is such that it feels comfortable with just a couple of people, or with a large group as there are numerous indoor and outdoor living areas allowing for both privacy or companionship. From its gymnasium, library, extensive film collection, gourmet kitchen, bocce court, music system, wireless internet, hot-tub and ping-pong table , the villa provides entertainment for every taste --- while the mechanical systems, laundry and kitchens are all completely modern. The pizza oven has been in constant use since 1737 and we like to think imparts a special quality to foods cooked in it. The pool - with its pergolas and dining area - sits on a terrace above the villa and, while totally private, has astonishing views in all directions. The villa produces its own olive oil, honey and - in season - vegetables.

Property Type

  • villa

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

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

Dining

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

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff

Suitability

  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • caving
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 800 m²

Bathrooms

  • Guest 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet, Twin sinks, marble, Italian tiles
  • Master bath - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet, Twin sinks; marble; views
  • Guest 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet, Marble: Italian tile; views: twin sinks
  • Emma's bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Chapel Bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bidet, Part of 21/2 bath complex for 3 bedrooms
  • Upstairs Living room cloakroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, Adjacent to kitchen and living room
  • 1 - WC, tub, shower, bidet, two showers in enclosure 2 - WC, tub, shower, bidet 3 - WC, tub, shower, bidet 4 - WC, combination tub/shower, bidet 5 - WC, combination tub/shower 6 - WC, shower, bidet 7 - WC, bidet

Bedrooms

  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master - 1 Large Double Bed, En suite bathroom/ twin shower Pellet fireplace
  • Guest Suite 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, En suite bathroom: private living room with fireplace
  • Guest suite 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, En suit bathroom; Private loggia w. small kitchen
  • Chapel bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed, En suite bathroom: private access; lrg. seating area; pvt.
  • Emma's room - 1 Large Double Bed, En suite bathroom, private terrace, fireplace
  • Zoë's room - 2 Single Bed, Shares 21/2 bathrooms with Emma & Alexa
  • Alexa's room - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 14 (7 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: 1 queen Bedroom 2: 1 queen Bedroom 3: 1 queen Bedroom 4: 1 queen Bedroom 5: Emma - 1 queen, 4 Poster bed Bedroom 6: Alexa - 1 queen, 2 twin/ single Bedroom 7: Zoë - 2 twin/ single

Outside

  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...

Meals

  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: House is multi-level, but ramps can be installed on the ground (first) floor to allow wheelchair mobility. There are hand rails/grab bars at various locations on this level and in the bathroom • Because of the nature of art and furnishings - and stone staircases etc - the house may not be suitable for children between the ages of 2 -8. Please discuss this with the owners prior to renting. Outside: Outdoor Grill Outdoor Furniture Porch Furniture Beach Towels Barbecue Lawn / Garden Terrace Balcony 12 garden chairs 10 beach chairs Utility Room: Laundry Soap Iron & Board Washing Machine Clothes Dryer Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen & towels provided Other: Baby Gate Printer Gym Activities Guide Firewood Hair Dryer Local Activities Guide Local Maps Paper Towels Local Restaurant Guide Toilet Paper Safe Macintosh Computer PC Computer Available Wood Stove Fireplace

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