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Stunning Country Villa in Panoramic, Private Setting

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Last updated: 04/16/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Villa Lavanda is a completely reconstructed - mostly 18th century villa above the Tuscan village of Bagni di Lucca - 35 minutes from the incredible 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.

The villa is 90 minutes from the treasures of Florence, and the cliff villages of the Cinque Terre. Pisa - and its airport - is 50 minutes away. Carrara with its marble quarries (used by Michelangelo), Rapallo, Santa Margherita,Forte di Marmi and the Tuscan riviera are all close by. Bagni di Lucca is at the start of the Garfagnana valley - renowned in Italy as a center of production for artisanal foods --- ham, sausage, cheese, chestnut flour, porcini are just some of the delights.

The area is also particularly known for its hilltop villages and churches, along with the multitude of outdoor activities --- hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, river rafting, paragliding, just some of the many that are available. The provincial capital of Lucca (40 minutes) is a gem with its walls, beautifully preserved buildings and churches, villas with classic gardens, elegant shopping, and many cultural activities from opera (it's the home town of Puccini), to music festivals, a summer rock festival, photography and food fairs and exhibitions among the many attractions.

Without the seasonal crowds of Florence its a place to enjoy and experience real life in an Italian town --- while still being able to explore and enjoy Renaissance art & architecture.


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Property Type

  • Villa
  • 8000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

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


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • 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

  • Children Welcome:

    House is suitable for most children - but please discuss with owner prior to rental, because of art, type of furnishings, stone staircases and balconies. Children's car seats, stair gates, cribs, books, toys etc are available. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking in courtyards, terraces....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    The main floor - includes kitchen, study/TV, living and dining room, 2nd living room, one bedroom with en suite bathroom, further bathroom can be made wheelchair accessible with wooden ramps. ...moreless

Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 14

  • Bedroom 2: Guest - Upstairs: 1 queen

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

  • Bedroom 3: Main floor: 1 queen

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

  • Bedroom 1 : Master - upstairs: 1 queen

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


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books:

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

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Numerous with iPod connections or players. SONOS multi-room system. ...moreless

  • DVR
  • Foosball
  • Games:

    Piong-pong table; Bocce field; Selection of board games + pool toys, cards, bord games, backgammon, chess etc...moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library:

    Very large and eclectic...moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

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

  • Stereo:

    Yes: multi room...moreless

  • Television:

    37' HDTV in Study with DVD; satellite; computer connections HDTV + DVD in gym...moreless

  • Toys:

    Children's games, toys, some pool toys....moreless

  • Video Library:

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


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


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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

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 & Adventure Activities

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

Communication / Internet

  • Fax


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

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

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 14 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer:

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

  • Computer Available:

    Yes - laptops: MAC & Windows...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Multiple fireplaces. Wood supplied...moreless

  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

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

  • Free Long Distance:

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

  • Gym
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

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

  • Internet:

    2: 1 via satellite service : 1 via ADSL ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    Yes - weekly linen change. Additional changes available ...with service charge....moreless

  • Living Room:

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

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Macintosh Computer
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:


  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking area on driveway...moreless

  • Printer
  • Safe
  • Scanner
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

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

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

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

  • Washing Machine:


  • Wireless Internet:

    Throughout much of the house...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    In living room....moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    Espresso (Nespresso); + Jura + traditional Italian + 'American drip' ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Completely equipped...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 plus....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    One in each kitchen...moreless

  • Freezer:


  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen:

    Main kitchen (of 2): Completely quipped for gourmet cooking with cuisinart (magi mix), espresso machines, toasters, ...moreless

  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave:


  • Oven:

    Large electric - in each kitchen...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Welcome basket - oil, honey, coffee etc. All basic cleaning materials for bathrooms and kitchens. Candles, firewood for woodstove, fireplaces and pizza ovens. Herbs, spices etc ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Large with freezer in main kitchen. Additional in 2nd kitchen...moreless

  • Stove:

    6 burner - gas - in each kitchen ...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Two + toaster ovens...moreless


  • Balcony:

    Numerous --- both open and with operable windows. Living room arched window ...moreless

  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio:

    Numerous decks, patios, terraces in private, semi-private and 'public' spaces. Chairs, loungers...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Eating gazebo/pergola at pool Hammock gazebo Outdoor sleeping pavilion ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    20 acres of olives, lavender terraces, lawns, forests, fruit trees, and vegetable garden. Bee hives. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Large outdoor gas grill with high intensity infra-red burner. Large charcoal grill 18th Century large pizza oven...moreless

  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis:

    Public courts (tented in winter) in local village - 10 minutes ...moreless

  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    8 person, hexagonal, totally private, jacuzzi...moreless

  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    40 x 20 mosaic pool. Salt water chlorination. Gated children's play pool. ...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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from 11 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
Apr 25 - May 29, 2015
7 night min stay

Mid Season
May 30 - Jun 26, 2015
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

High Season
Jun 27 - Aug 28, 2015
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Mid Season
Aug 29 - Oct 2, 2015
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Low Season
Oct 3 - Apr 8, 2016
7 night min stay

Apr 9 - Apr 22, 2016
7 night min stay

Apr 23 - May 27, 2016
7 night min stay

May 28 - Jul 1, 2016
7 night min stay

Jul 2 - Aug 26, 2016
7 night min stay

Aug 27 - Sep 30, 2016
7 night min stay

Oct 1 - Dec 23, 2016
7 night min stay

Dec 24 - Jan 6, 2017
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,500
  • 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, welcome basket, complimentary first night dinner

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

• Rates do not include utilities

Cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 04/16/2015
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62 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Pisa & Florence (Florence 23 KM/10-15 min further
4 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Bagni di Lucca - in village
35 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Bagni di Lucca (Fornoli)
35 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Bagni di Lucca and Monti di Villa
65 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
65 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Viareggio, Pisa, Forte di Marmi

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 peace 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. By arrangement: Cooking lessons, Italian lessons, Drawing lessons are all available with excellent - English-speaking - teachers.

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  • The Villa

    The Villa

  • Pool and lawn above villa

    Pool and lawn above villa

  • Main Living Room

    Main Living Room

  • Main kitchen

    Main kitchen

  • Some produce from our orto (vegetable garden)

    Some produce from our orto (vegetable garden)

  • 'Master' Bedroom 2

    'Master' Bedroom 2

  • A guest room on the lower floor

    A guest room on the lower floor

  • The Hot Tub

    The Hot Tub

  • Autumn dining table (Persimmons from the garden)

    Autumn dining table (Persimmons from the garden)

  • Hiking near the villa

    Hiking near the villa

  • A Pizza party in the courtyard

    A Pizza party in the courtyard

  • The owner in front of the Pizza oven built in 1737

    The owner in front of the Pizza oven built in 1737

  • The  Villa - from below:  Showing living room 'Great Window'

    The Villa - from below: Showing living room 'Great Window'

  • Pool - view from pool pergola and dining table

    Pool - view from pool pergola and dining table

  • View from the  'Great Window' in the living room

    View from the 'Great Window' in the living room

  • Study/Library/TV


  • 'Master' bedroom 1

    'Master' bedroom 1

  • Master bathroom - all bathrooms with similar finishes

    Master bathroom - all bathrooms with similar finishes

  • The Chapel guest room --- private entrances

    The Chapel guest room --- private entrances

  • The gym

    The gym

  • Bagni di Lucca -- walking down to town from the Villa

    Bagni di Lucca -- walking down to town from the Villa

  • Alfresco lunch at the pool pergola

    Alfresco lunch at the pool pergola

  • The 'orto' --- the villa's vegetable gardens for guests' use

    The 'orto' --- the villa's vegetable gardens for guests' use

$4,875 - $9,950 per week (USD)
Minimum stay: 7 nights
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