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Stunning Country Villa in Panoramic, Private Setting

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Last updated: 08/07/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Bagni di Lucca villa description

Villa Lavanda is a completely reconstructed 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.

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 8000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Included
          • Daily Maid Service
          • Staff
          • Massage
          • Private Chef


          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            The house is not suitable for unsupervised children who are mobile, adventurous and can fall off terraces, balconies or down stone staircases.. ...moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 14

          • Bedroom 1 : Master - upstairs: 1 queen

            En suite bathroom;; fireplace; sitting area; twin shower...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: Guest - Upstairs: 1 queen

            Guest Room 1: en suite bathroom; private loggia...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: Main floor: 1 queen

            En suite bathroom; adjoining private living room...moreless

          • Bedroom 4: Chapel - Lower floor: 1 queen

            En suite bathroom; External entrance; sitting area...moreless

          • Bedroom 5: Emma - lower floor: 1 queen

            4 Poster bed; fresco, fireplace terrace & external entrance...moreless

          • Bedroom 6: Alexa - Lower floor: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single

            Fireplace, fresco wall...moreless

          • Bedroom 7: Zoë - Lower floor: 2 twin/ single

            Fresco walls, corner room...moreless

          • 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...moreless

          Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower, bidet

            Two showers in enclosure...moreless

          • 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....moreless

          Other Amenities

              • • 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. • Smoking is not allowed in the house...moreless


              • Books:

                Approx 1,500 book library: very wide selection...moreless

              • Games:

                Selection of board games + ping-pong, bocce, some pool toys, cards, backgammon, chess etc...moreless

              • Music Library:

                Very large and eclectic...moreless

              • Video Library:

                Very large selection: English, US and European movies and TV series...moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                Satellite (SKY), multi-channel including US and UK. ...moreless

              • Stereo:

                Yes: multi room...moreless

              • DVD Player:

                numerous + iPod connections or players...moreless

              • MP3 Dock
              • DVR
              • Television
              • Radio
              • CD Player
              • Audio Tape Player
              • Books For Adults
              • Books For Kids
              • Games For Kids
              • Ping Pong Table


                  • Family


                  • Festivals
                  • Waterfalls
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Coin Laundry
                  • Restaurants
                  • Ruins
                  • Caves
                  • Churches
                  • Forests
                  • Library
                  • Museums

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Photography
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Walking

                  local services and businesses

                  • Groceries
                  • Laundromat
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Babysitter
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services

                  Location Type

                  • Mountain View:

                    Villa is in foothills of Apuan Alps with views - and looking down on hills, forests, hill-towns, lavender fields. Pool terrace has even larger views. ...moreless

                  • Rural:

                    Villa is completely private, with panoramic views, of hills, forest and Tuscan hill-towns; it is surrounded by National Forest & Parkland. We produce honey, olive oil and vegetables on the property...moreless

                  • Village:

                    4KM from Bagni di Lucca. The town has all necessary shops and services, ambulance service and Red Cross emergency clinic Bagni di Lucca is listed as one of the 'Most Beautiful Villages in Tuscany'...moreless

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Hunting
                  • Whitewater Rafting
                  • Spelunking
                  • Hiking
                  • Rafting
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Cycling
                  • Skiing
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Paragliding
                  • Freshwater Fishing

                  catering options

                      • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                      Communication / Internet

                          • Fax


                          • Dining Area
                          • Child's Highchair
                          • Dining:

                            Four primary dining areas: (1) Living room - table seats 12: (2) kitchen - table seats 8. (3) Upper courtyard (pizza oven) table seats 14-16; (4) Pool pergola; table seats 14-16...moreless

                          • Seating for 14 people


                          • Washing Machine:


                          • Clothes Dryer:

                            Yes: Also permanently installed clothes-lines...moreless

                          • Parking:


                          • Internet:

                            Satellite service - fastest obtainable +/-5Mbps ...moreless

                          • Towels Provided:

                            Yes - including pool towels. Changed 1x per week. Additional towels by request and with service charge...moreless

                          • Telephone:

                            Telephone with answering machine and fax. Also with free international service to land lines (only) in US and Europe...moreless

                          • Heating:

                            Two systems: gas and wood --- guests may select preference Solar heated hot water...moreless

                          • Linens Provided:

                            yes - weekly linen change. Additional changes with service charge....moreless

                          • Wireless Internet:

                            Throughout much of the house...moreless

                          • Computer Available:

                            Yes - laptops: MAC & Windows...moreless

                          • Wood Stove:

                            In living room....moreless

                          • Fireplace:

                            Multiple fireplaces. Wood supplied...moreless

                          • Living Room:

                            Very large living room with windows that open completely to view. Antique furniture , ethnic and contemporary art; comfortable seating ...moreless

                          • Fitness Room / Equipment:

                            Gym. Cross-trainer; treadmill; recumbent bike, 'multi-function' full body unit. Exercise mat; medicine balls et. TV...moreless

                          • Parking Off Street:

                            Parking area on driveway...moreless

                          • Free Long Distance:

                            Lan-line only to Europe and US...moreless

                          • Activities Guide
                          • Alarm Clock
                          • Firewood
                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Laundry Soap
                          • Local Activities Guide
                          • Local Maps
                          • Paper Towels
                          • Local Restaurant Guide
                          • Shampoo
                          • Basic Soaps
                          • Toilet Paper
                          • Printer
                          • Scanner
                          • Gym
                          • Iron & Board
                          • Macintosh Computer
                          • PC
                          • Safe
                          • Baby Gate

                          house cleaning

                              • Housekeeper Included


                              • Kitchen:

                                Main kitchen (of 2): Equipped for gourmet cooking with cuisinart (magi mix), expresso machines, toasters, mandolines, ...moreless

                              • Dishes & Utensils:

                                Complete sets of all types of plates, wine and water glasses; serving platters, cooking utensils, salad bowls etc. Plates glasses for 20 pax....moreless

                              • Coffee Maker:

                                Espresso (Nespresso); + traditional Italian, on- stove metal models; + electric drip type...moreless

                              • Toaster:

                                Two + toaster ovens...moreless

                              • Pantry Items:

                                We provide just 'starter' tea, coffee etc. Spices etc supplied as are candles for the many candlesticks...moreless

                              • Dishwasher:

                                One in each kitchen...moreless

                              • 4 Ring Stove
                              • 2 Ring Stove
                              • Kitchenette
                              • Gourmet Kitchen
                              • Blender
                              • Coffee Grinder
                              • Lobster Pot


                              • Outdoor Grill
                              • Outdoor Furniture
                              • Porch Furniture
                              • Barbecue
                              • Lawn / Garden
                              • Terrace
                              • Balcony
                              • Beach Towels

                              Pool / Spa

                              • Outdoor Pool
                              • Hot Tub
                              • Outdoor Hot Tub
                              • Jacuzzi


                              Write a review 5
                              from 9 traveler reviews
                              Rental basis: Per property
                              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                              Rate 4
                              Jun 29 - Aug 29, 2014
                              7 night min stay


                              Changeover Day: Saturday

                              Rate 5
                              Aug 30 - Sep 26, 2014
                              7 night min stay


                              Changeover Day: Saturday

                              Rate 6
                              Sep 27 - Dec 19, 2014
                              7 night min stay


                              Changeover Day: Saturday

                              Rate 7
                              Dec 20 - Jan 2, 2015
                              7 night min stay


                              Changeover Day: Saturday

                              Additional information about rental rates


                              • Taxes Not included


                              • 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.

                              • Security deposit of $1,500 payable to manager; refundable on departure

                              • Rates do not include utilities

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                              Last updated: 08/07/2014
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                              • Ponte della Maddalena

                                "An extraordinary 12C pedestrian bridge on the road to Bagni di Lucca"

                              • Lucca

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                              • Colonnata

                                "Colonnata is a village nestled in the famed marble quarries of Carrara (where Michelangelo o..."

                              • Castelnuovo

                                "Medieval Hill-town above the Gargfagnana Valley---- the Garfagnana is known for the local, a..."

                              • Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre

                                "The world-famous Cinque-Terre with its five, cliff-edge towns connected by hiking trails and..."

                              • Parco Villa Reale Ss

                                "In the hills above Lucca - and within 30 - 45 minutes of the villa are a series of 'Grand Vi..."

                              • Abetone

                                "Under an hour's drive from the village of Bagni di Lucca, Abetone is a popular ski area ----..."

                              • Pisa

                                "Pisa with its famous tower, Duomo and Baptistry is just under an hour's drive away from Bagn..."

                              • Montefegatesi

                                "Montefegatesi is just one of the dozens of small hill-towns surrounding Bagni di Lucca. Eac..."

                              • Carrara

                                "Visiting the marble quarries of Carrara is a unique experience. 4 x 4 tours are available ..."

                              62 Kilometres
                              Nearest Airport
                              Pisa & Florence (Florence 23 KM/10-15 min further
                              7 Kilometres
                              Nearest Train
                              Bagni di Lucca (Fornoli)
                              35 Kilometres
                              Nearest Motorway
                              65 Kilometres
                              Nearest Beach
                              Viareggio, Pisa, Forte di Marmi
                              4 Kilometres
                              Nearest Barpub
                              Bagni di Lucca - in village
                              65 Kilometres
                              Nearest Ski
                              35 Kilometres
                              Nearest Golf
                              4 Kilometres
                              Nearest Restaurant
                              Bagni di Lucca and Monti di Villa

                              Car: Necessary

                              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 accesible. 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.


                              Owner info

                              Year Purchased: 1989

                              About the owner: After many years of searching,we bought the property - with the house as a ruin - and spent two years undertaking a complete renovation. because this is a home to our family, we have continued to upgrade and update both the interior and mechanical features. As we split our time between the US and Italy, the villa is our home and is not furnished as a rental property. It contains a portion of our contemporary & ethnic art collection, antiques and carpets, as well as large library,music, DVD and CD collection.

                              Why the Owner Chose Bagni di Lucca:
                              The villa has a special sense of peace and privacy with an ideal climate and environment. The grounds are extensively planted with terraces of lavender and rosemary, while the courtyards have pots of azaleas, gardenias, lemons and camellia. The quality of both the air and water is extraordinary, and in the warm months, the days are hot and sunny, while nights are generally cool and comfortable. (Bagni di Lucca first became famous in the 18th C as the favored Summer spa resort for British and Russian nobility because of the cooler, more comfortable nights.) Besides the decor, the villa equipped to provide every convenience from wireless internet service in most areas; telephone, fax, printer/scanner and laptops are provided. Laundry has 2 washing machines and dryer; up-to-date heating and electrical systems (you can use multiple appliances simultaneously); a gym, Satellite TV and multiple CD players & iPod connections. . The owners both cook and the (two) kitchens are fully equipped, with microwave, food processors, espresso machine, toasters, coffee-makers, 6-burner stoves etc The large 13m x 6m, mosaic-tiled pool is equipped with a salinator purification system, while the large - 8 person - hot - tub is enclosed in its own, separate, completely private, enclosed courtyard. There are board games, a grass bocce field, and ping-pong table. The Italian/Scottish housekeeper comes in daily and is a remarkable resource for getting familiar with the attractions of the area. The house is only 28 Km from the extraordinary walled town of Lucca with its surrounding vineyards, olive orchards, classic gardens and villas; while the Cinque Terre, Florence, Carrara & the fashionable seaside resort of Forte di Marmi are all easily accessible.

                              The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
                              The house offers a unique sense of privacy and quiet both outside - and in. The panoramic views from both the house and grounds are unique. In particular, the giant window in the living room - which is kept open all Summer - and which looks out and over hill-towns and the Garfagnana valley opens up the living room to the views. Views from the pool terrace are even larger. There are multiple seating/eating/living areas in the house and grounds, so guests can always find a private spot to read or relax. No traffic disturbs the tranquility - and the lavender terraces perfume the grounds. A superb chef is available by arrangement as is an excellent masseuse. The house is furnished as a family home with large, and eclectic, collections of contemporary and ethnic art; antique furniture and oriental rugs; a large library and collection of films (European and American) We produce our own olive oil, honey and provide guests with the use of our large, organic, orto (vegetable garden) during Summer months. Pizzas may be baked in the 18th century outdoor oven -- and eaten at one of several outdoor dining areas - and the layout of the house provides for 3 of the smaller bedrooms - along with a large living room and 2.5 bathrooms to be relatively separate from the main living areas...ideally suited for families with children as they can have their own living/play areas along with separate entrances to this area, courtyard (with ping-pong table) and gardens. While the village of Bagni di Lucca - with its stores and supermarkets - is a five minute drive away, the house is in a completely secure location with its electric gate, long driveway, burglar alarm and farmer neighbors who live close by ... but essentially invisible to guests.

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                              • The house with its views

                                The house with its views

                              • Approaching house through lavender fields

                                Approaching house through lavender fields

                              • Pool from dining pergola

                                Pool from dining pergola

                              • Living room from right

                                Living room from right

                              • View from Living Room/Dining area

                                View from Living Room/Dining area

                              • Study


                              • Office


                              • Main bathroom

                                Main bathroom

                              • A guest bathroom

                                A guest bathroom

                              • Chapel guest room --- private entrances

                                Chapel guest room --- private entrances

                              • Lower Living room

                                Lower Living room

                              • Upper courtyard --- pizza oven & BBQ's

                                Upper courtyard --- pizza oven & BBQ's

                              • A further view of the house, showing main bedroom on the upper floor.

                                A further view of the house, showing main bedroom on the upper floor.

                              • Pool setting

                                Pool setting

                              • living room from left

                                living room from left

                              • Section of the living room showing dining area and windows open for Summer

                                Section of the living room showing dining area and windows open for Summer

                              • Main kitchen

                                Main kitchen

                              • Some produce from our orto (vegetable garden)

                                Some produce from our orto (vegetable garden)

                              • Main bedroom

                                Main bedroom

                              • A guest bedroom

                                A guest bedroom

                              • A guest room - opens on to private terrace

                                A guest room - opens on to private terrace

                              • One of the smaller (2 beds) bedrooms

                                One of the smaller (2 beds) bedrooms

                              • Hot tub

                                Hot tub

                              • Gym


                              $4,875 - $9,950 per week (USD)

                              7 Bedroom / 6.5 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 14

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                              Minimum stay: 7 nights
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