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Villa Lucciola With Outdoor Heated Private Pool And Spa



Updated: 03-Oct-2016
Luxurious Hillside Villa in Saliceto, Nr. Ceva, Cuneo Province, Piedmont, Italy

On a wooded hillside overlooking the valley of the Bormida river, Villa Lucciola commands impressive views of the valley and beyond. The house is reached by a steep private lane from the main road.

The land is contoured by impressive old, stone-walled terraces, once farmed, but as the people left the land, nature has returned with thick forest.

The stone villa has been carefully restored, extended and modernised to provide over 350 sq. m. of spacious luxury living. It can comfortably accommodate 8 people with 4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 5 wc.

Park land and gardens surround the house with magnificent flowering bushes and glades of wildflower.

The location, in Piemonte but close to Liguria, is very central and convenient with the vineyards of Barolo, Barbaresco, Alba and Asti; the beaches of the Italian Riviera and the ski slopes and mountains of Cuneo all within 60 km or 60 minute drive from the house.

The villa covers 350 sq. m. over 3 floors.

There are 2 lounges, both very different in character, setting and furniture. The main lounge is on the middle floor. This is the heart of the house and is a modern, bright, open-plan space with large floor to ceiling French-windows overlooking the valley and garden below. There is ample seating to suit every mood whether to watch satellite TV or a movie, listen to music, or just sit by the window and soak in the views. There is a wood burning stove for the colder months but the room also has underfloor heating.

The second lounge is on the top floor below the exposed chestnut, roof beams. The parquet floor and Queen Ann, antique furniture promotes a more quiet space, perfect for reading, have a quiet chat or collect private thoughts.

There are 4 spacious double bedrooms. All the bedroom windows are fitted with in-built insect screens.

The master bedroom is on the top floor. The room has tall ceilings with exposed chestnut beams. French windows overlook the side garden and onwards to the pool. There is a king size double bed with memory foam mattress and walk-in wardrobe. The spacious master bathroom is adjacent. It has a free standing designer bath and walk-in shower, washbasin and wc.

The executive bedroom is on the middle floor with French windows overlooking the side garden. There are two extra wide single beds. An antique wardrobe, rocking chair and Nepalese carpet add a unique touch. The private bathroom has a walk-in shower, wc and wash basin.

There are 2 double bedrooms, each with twin beds, on the ground floor. They share a walk-in shower room with wc and washbasin.

The modern fitted kitchen has a gas stove, fridge freezer, dishwasher, kettle, coffee machine (dolce gusto), filter coffee, toaster, bread maker.

The dining area is adjacent and comfortably seats 8. The area is open on 2 sides with floor to ceiling French windows offering magnificent views.

A laundry room with 2 washing machines, dryer and fridge freezer is off the main porch. Cleaning equipment, recycling bins and general waste bin are situated here. A changing room with wc is next to the laundry room.

The garden covers 2 acres across 5 terraces. It is mostly given to park land. Trees include oak, walnut and black locust (false acacia). Set aside areas of wildflower attract butterflies and bees. The local acacia honey is a speciality.

The gardens have been recently landscaped and some of the bushes, flowers and succulents are not fully established. Most special is a terrace of wild orchids. Best seen in late spring, the orchids are protected by law and must not be touched. This season is also the best for the amazing displays of pulsating light from the fireflies. The villa is named after these wonders of nature.

The outdoor kitchen is equipped with a 6 pit Gas BBQ.

The dining area seats 8. The whole area is covered by a sail sun shade.

The outdoor, saltwater pool measures 8x4 m and is 1.4 m deep. The pool is heated and guests are requested to help to maintain warm temperatures by ensuring they cover both the pool and spa bath at night. This also reduces the necessary cleaning of leaves and bugs.

The pool is open from May to October. Sun loungers complete the scene, arranged on the wooden decking.

Young oak trees provide some refreshing natural shade but there are sun umbrellas and sail shade. Pool towels are provided.

The spa bath can easily accommodate 4 people. Water temperature and jet power is adjustable. We provide Hamman towels to add to the ambiance. It is a wonderful area to bathe and relax yet still have a view across the valley. The Spa bath is open all year. Side covers with transparent windows are fitted during the colder months.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

I am Dutch and my husband and I both live and work in The Netherlands.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We traveled down to Piemonte, with the hope of exploring the local wines, maybe taking in the celebrations for the annual truffle festivals we have read about and having a relaxing break too, and we were not disappointed.

The house itself is in a magnificent setting overlooking a spectacular river valley. It’s set on a hillside set up above a minor road just outside a little village, so there are no immediate neighbours. It is beautifully appointed, and on a grand scale. It’s clearly almost new and well maintained. A lovely open plan living space with a super kitchen. It’s got a magnificent picture window looking out across the valley, and a fancy wood burner which heated the place up in the evening.

There are three lovely rustic bedrooms with antique furniture up in the roof space.

In front of the house is a pleasant terrace above and orchard with a Jacuzzi and a heated swimming pool. It comes with a sizeable plot of land so you can take walks straight from the back door up in to the hills behind.

The hosts Monique and Matt, who were both there for the weekend, stay in separate accommodation, but they made us most welcome and spoiled us with their hospitality and their incredible knowledge of the area and where to indulge our passions for food and wine!

We drove down from Milan through the heart of the region and the roads were very good, much better than I expected. It’s basically motorway all the way. We returned via the coast which was spectacular stopping off in the lovely town Varazze for a great lunch.

I could not recommend this location enough. The temperature was pleasant enough in October, but I am hoping to come back in Spring next time, which I am told is equally spectacular.
Oct 2014
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12 Reviews

based on 12 holidaymaker reviews


Amazing Villa

  • 5 of 5

What an absolutely beautiful Villa. The view is breathtaking, the house is modern with all the necessities. Loved every moment.

Will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. Hope to be able to welcome you back soon.
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magnificent views and accomodation, great location

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was amazing. The views were breathtaking and the owners made us feel very welcome. It had full amenities and it was spacious inside and out. It was extremely clean and tidy on arrival and we had plenty of room to relax. This is a must when travelling to Italy, you will not be disappointed. I highly recommend this holiday Villa and will definitely recommend to all of my friends.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. It was wonderful to meet you. Hope to welcome you back again.
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Great villa, great time

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time in Villa Lucciola. Monique was very welcoming and both Noemi and Antonia were brilliant helping us (from advise on where to eat, help with finding stuff in the villa and even collecting a package for us from Savona!). Villa is lovely; pool and Jacuzzi great, rooms great, nice layout, etc. Beautiful views over the valley (we watched an amazing thunderstorm come over one evening). Not particularly designed for small kids (we had 5yo/3yo/1yo) but we did a couple of things to make it more child friendly (eg - block off the stairs with a big bench)...not a issue, just make sure you do a quick health and safety check to think about the things little ones might do that you can prevent. Hope to return again some day.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at the villa. Hope to see you again.
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Perfect location to break from the hectic at home

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful decorated and well equipped house, located in the hills with nice views over the valley.

Lovely garden with terraces, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and outside area for the body massage.

Warm and enthusiastic owner and cook, who make you feel at home.

We stayed a long weekend for an all-in yoga weekend and it was superb. The yoga lessons were perfect, all meals were the best and the back massage by Fabrizio was super relaxing.

The perfect location to break from the hectic back home.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

De ontvangst van de eigenaresse was allerhartelijkst. Je voelde je direct thuis. Het huis is echt geweldig! Prachtige kamers met heerlijke bedden en super mooi sanitair. Ruime open keuken met vaatwasser. Apart washok met wasmachine en droger. Je kunt het zo gek niet bedenken of het is er. Huis is smaakvol en met veel aandacht ingericht. Vanuit elke etage heb je prachtig uitzicht op de groene heuvels van de Piemonte. Wat een fantastische locatie!

Buiten een heerlijk zwembad met een jacuzzi en ligbedden. Geweldige tuin met verschillende zonneterrassen. Het prachtige huis met adembenemend uitzicht maken dit een van mijn favoriete bestemmingen!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent stay at a beautiful country villa

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful vila. Very clean and light but also warm and welcoming. High standard of the materials used which makes you dream away and offers every opportunity to relax and unwind in beautiful surroundings. After a small or long walk you can take a swimm in a nicely warm pool or go into the jacuzzi. Had a perfect stay!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Villa Lucciola was a ruin when we brought it. But the location was perfect for us. Four international airports within easy reach. Genoa and Turin only 60 and 90 minutes away by car. We have restored and improved the property to provide over 350 sq.m. of bright, comfortable, modern living yet still retaining many original features. The house lies on a forested hillside with fantastic views across the valley of the Bormida river. Most important for us was the delicious food (white truffle), the finest wine (Barolo) and the friends that we have met locally.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Genoa at 83 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Saliceto at 3 Kilometres Nearest Train : Saliceto at 4 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Millesimo at 11 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Saliceto at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Savona at 39 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

There is a ravioli making class available at an extra cost of €15 per person with a minimum of 4 people.

A masseur can also come to the villa for an extra cost of €60 per hour.

We also use Villa Lucciola as a Yoga retreat during certain weeks of the year, please enquire with the owners for the dates.

Travel: Airports -

Genoa 80 km,

Torino: 120 Km,

Milan Malpensa 254km,

Nice 190 km


Millesimo - 10 km (on satuday's there is a small market)

Mondovi - Outlet village shopping centre 44 km

Savona - 40 km (on monday's there is a large market)

Further Details:

The local shop "Alimentari Tabacchi da Monica" has fresh baked bread, fruit, vegetables. It is a small local shop with a variety of goods. The local butcher provides so very good cuts of meat. The village also has a small supermarket.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
6 May 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
10 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
1 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4
9 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
15 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £712

Booking Notes:
Please sign and return the booking conditions form by both post and email. The bookings conditions form can be send to:
M Huijer
Maarland Noordzijde 25
3231 CE Brielle
The Netherlands.

Changeover Day:
The changeover day is Saturday. Departure time is 10am and arrivals are no earlier then 4pm.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The villa is centrally located to many of the attractions of Piemonte and Liguria. From the beaches of the Italian Riviera, to the famous vineyards of Barolo, Alba and Asti to the ski resorts and hiking trails of Cuneo in the Maritime Alps: all are within 60 minutes and 60 km from the house. The Villa provides bright, spacious, modern living with both contemporary designer and antique furniture set within old stone walls and exposed and majestic chestnut, roof beams. The gardens are extensive with outdoor, heated, salt-water pool, spa, outdoor kitchen with BBQ and dining area. The landscape has plenty of sunny terraces and natural shady glades. Sun-loungers, cushions and pool towels are provided.

Property Type

  • villa


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


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


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • ski
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 350 m²


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Toilet 2 - Toilet
  • Master Bathroom - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Master Bathroom - with freestanding bath, walk-in shower,basin and wc Bathroom 2 - with walk-in shower, basin, and wc Bathroom 3 - with walk-in shower, basin and wc


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master Bedroom with double bed Bedroom 2 with 2 twin beds Bedroom 3 with 2 twin beds Bedroom 4 with 2 twin beds


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


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: We would recommend that guests have their own transportation. Outside: The gardens are extensive. There are various patios with outdoor seats. The heated salt-water swimming pool (8m x4m and 1.40 deep), is surrounded by wooden decking. The spa bath can easily accommodate 4 people. Water temperature and the power of the multiple water- jets are adjustable. There are sun-loungers available. The outdoor kitchen contains a 6 pit Gas BBQ with sink and preparation area, the dining table can seat 8 and is covered by a shade cloth. Utility Room: 2 washing machines, dryer, fridge/freezer, kettle, kitchen units with sink. Next door is a Changing room with wc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linens and towels included. A cleaning service comes each Wednesday and Saturday. Towels only are changed on Wednesday. Bed linen is changed on Saturday. A Caretaker is present daily for a couple of hours.

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