Stunning Country Villa in Panoramic, Private Setting

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:14
  • Bedrooms:7
  • Bathrooms:6.5
  • Property type:Villa
  • 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 is 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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Calendar last updated: 09/15/2016

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 who might fall off/injure themselves with high terraces, balconies or down stone staircases.. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    We welcome children, and the villa has books, some toys and DVD's and games for children. We can also provide cribs, booster & car seats etc for infants. Stair gates are also available. However, there are stone steps, some windows with relatively low sills and other areas which could be a problem for unsupervised, particularly active, children. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking only in courtyards, terraces, outdoors please....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. Staffing: housekeeping - 4 hours per day/3 (week)days per week are included in rental, as is Meet & Greet service. In addition, one hour or our manager's time - pre-arrival - is also available to make reservations or do some initial food purchasing etc. The manager also offers ongoing 'concierge' services on an hourly/availability basis. More information is available about this service. • 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:

    Two DVD players: (study and gym) ...moreless

  • DVR
  • Foosball
  • Games:

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

  • Games For Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library:

    Very large and eclectic in both CD and computer formats. Sonos system accepts use of own iPod/pads etc....moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

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

  • Stereo:

    Numerous CD players throughout the villa including most bedrooms. SONOS multi-room sound system....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 - ecclectic selection: English, US and European movies and TV series. A selection of DVD's for children...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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Five dining areas: (1) Living room - table seats 14: (2) kitchen - table seats 8. (3) Upper courtyard (pizza oven) seats 14-16 +(4) Pool pergola seats 14-20 (5) breakfast terrace table seats 6-8...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 14 people


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

    Yes: New, energy efficient machine. There is also a permanently installed exterior clothes-lines in the lower courtyard...moreless

  • Computer Available:

    Yes - laptops: MAC & PC available for guest's use...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Multiple fireplaces. Wood supplied...moreless

  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

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

  • Free Long Distance:

    Europe and US for land-line connections...moreless

  • Gym
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Three systems for redundancy; Wood, wood-pellet & gas. Radiators throughout the house. Solar heated hot water + hot-tub. Zoned heat...moreless

  • Internet:

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

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    Yes - weekly linen change. Additional changes available as optional extra...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Very large living room with windows opening to panoramic views Antique furniture , ethnic and contemporary art; comfortable seating, reading lamps. 2nd large living room. Office, study, loggia...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 in US and Europe...moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Yes - including pool towels. Changed 1x per week. Additional towels by request as optional extra....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    New, automatic, energy efficient machine...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Throughout much of the house...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    In living room....moreless

  • Fax


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

    Numerous choices: Nespresso & Jura automatic espresso machines; American 'drip' machine; Traditional Italian stove-top espresso machines...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. Polycarbonate glassware for pool use....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    One in each kitchen...moreless

  • Freezer:


  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen:

    Main kitchen (of 2): Completely quipped for gourmet cooking with cuisinart (magimix), espresso machines, coffee machines, toasters, microwave and battery of cooking equipment for gourmet cooking ...moreless

  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave:


  • Oven:

    2 in main kitchen. 1 Large, European, electric - in second kitchen...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

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

  • Refrigerator:

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

  • Stove:

    7 burner/ two oven + griddle, restaurant stove in main kitchen 6 burner - gas - plus large oven in second kitchen ...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Two + toaster ovens...moreless


  • Balcony:

    There are a number of balconies and terraces & courtyards. Some inside the house with large operable windows - the living room and loggia are partiuclarly notable. Other terraces outside...moreless

  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio:

    Numerous decks, patios, terraces in private, semi-private and 'public' spaces. Outdoor chairs & benches. Pool loungers...moreless

  • Golf:

    There are a number of golf courses in Pisa, Montecatini, Viareggio & Forte di Marmi --- all within an easy drive (1-1.5 hours) ...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    There are several outdoor, shaded areas including: Eating gazebo/pergola at pool Hammock gazebo with 2 hammocks Outdoor sleeping pavilion (optional extra) ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    20 acres of olive orchards, lavender terraces, rose garden, lawns,chestnut & acacia forest, fruit trees, and vegetable garden (guests have seasonal use.) 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 clay courts (tented in winter) in the nearby village - 10 minutes ...moreless

  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    8 person, outdoor, hexagonal, totally private, jacuzzi. Solar + gas heat. Gated....moreless

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

    40' x 20' (13m x 6m) mosaic tiled pool. Salt water chlorination. Gated children's play pool. Pool is gated....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Oct 1 - Dec 23, 2016
7 night min stay
Dec 24 - Jan 6, 2017
7 night min stay
Jan 7 - Apr 7, 2017
7 night min stay
Apr 8 - Apr 21, 2017
7 night min stay
Apr 22 - May 26, 2017
7 night min stay
May 27 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay
Jul 1 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay
Sep 2 - Sep 29, 2017
7 night min stay
Sep 30 - Dec 22, 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

• Initial deposit of 1/3 required to confirm reservation. Reservations are not confirmed until deposit has been received.

• 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 in advance or to manager; refundable on departure

• Rates do not include utilities - but a $150.00 credit towards cost is included in rental.

• Cancellation policy:

Cancellation more than 6 months prior to rental - deposit fully refundable less 10%

Cancellation between 3 - 6 months prior to rental - deposit is forfeit

Cancellation less than 3 months prior to rental - we guarantee to use our best efforts to re-let the property; in the event that we are unable to do so, the full rental is payable.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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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 artisanal 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, Lucca, Italy:
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. The area is now known for the variety and quality of the available outdoor activities. Also, we can arrange for cookery classes, art lessons and numerous other activities for adults and younger guests. 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. The laundry has washing machines and dryer; up-to-date heating and electrical systems (you can use multiple appliances simultaneously); a gym, Satellite TV and SONOS music players with iPod connections. The owners both cook and the (two) kitchens are fully equipped, with microwave, food processors, espresso machine, toasters, coffee-makers, restaurant stoves etc The large 13m x 6m, mosaic-tiled pool is equipped with a salinator purification system, while the 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. 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. Superb chefs are available by arrangement, (as well as other catering options) as are excellent masseur/euse) Cookery, art & Italian lessons; winery & food tours, are available; while horseback riding, paragliding, river rafting, tennis, bicycling & hiking are just a few of variety of other recreational activities that can be arranged.. 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 European and American films. 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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Calendar last updated: 09/15/2016

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  • Main Living Room

    Main Living Room

  • Main kitchen

    Main kitchen

  • Hot tub

    Hot tub

  • Bedroom


  • Bathroom


  • The gym

    The gym

  • Pool and lawn above villa

    Pool and lawn above villa

  • A sign at the entrance to the Villa

    A sign at the entrance to the Villa

  • Outside


  • Our neighbor:  Remo

    Our neighbor: Remo

  • Floor plan:  Lower floor

    Floor plan: Lower floor

  • 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


  • Outside bed

    Outside bed

  • Bedroom


  • Sitting area

    Sitting area

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

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

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

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

  • Outside dining

    Outside dining

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

    The owner in front of the Pizza oven built in 1737

  • Floor plan:  Main floor

    Floor plan: Main floor

  • Floor Plan - Upper Floor

    Floor Plan - Upper Floor

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