Villa near Bagni di Lucca, Tuscany - Tranquil Panoramic Location, Set in 34 Acre
Pool / Spa
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 12
- Only bookings Saturday to Saturday are allowed during Late Spring, Early Summer, High Summer and Late Summer.
Special interest holidays:
Bagni di Lucca is a vibrant spa town on the edge of the Garfagnana, an area of outstanding natural beauty with mountain ranges, mountain passes to the Mediterranean coast, lush valleys, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons, and caves with wonderful rock formations. It is a popular area for walking, climbing, cycling, touring, birdwatching, and exploring the numerous hilltop medieval villages. The area is also popular for painting holidays and cookery classes - available locally.
The chic seaside resort of Viareggio on the Mediterranean coast is 45 minutes drive away. A day trip the beautiful Cinque Terre coastal area is a wonderful experience.
The village of Guzzano is situated four kilometres from Bagni di Lucca. The walled medieval city of Lucca is half an hour’s drive away, Pisa (with its international airport) an hour’s drive and beautiful Florence an hour and a half away. Car hire is recommended for this area.
Bagni di Lucca is 4 kms from the property. Lucca is about 30 minutes drive. Pisa one hour drive. Florence 1½ hours drive. Beautiful Barga, one of the principal towns in the Garfagnana, is about 30 minutes drive.
Bagni di Lucca is situated on the banks of the beautiful Lima river. The town has a great selection of reasonably-priced restaurants, pizzerias, ice cream parlour, patisserie, cafes and bars. There are several supermarkets, butcher, baker, and other shops, banks, a twice-weekly market selling local produce, a large public swimming pool and a lovely town park with a children's playground. There are several pretty bridges, including an historic chain foot-bridge, which provide lovely views of the natural river and wildlife. There is a recently renovated lovely casino with a tourist information point. The town has a special historical connection with the UK from the Victorian age, with an 'English Church' and an English Cemetery. The renowned spa is open to the public to take advantage of the thermal waters and minerals with a range of health and beauty treatments. There are a number of recommended walks incorporating the main features of the town and the spa, as well churchs, chapels, monuments and other points of historic interest in the surrounding hills.
Patricia and John Gray
- english, french, german, italian
About Patricia and John Gray
Patricia and John come from a Hertfordshire village. John is a retired quantity surveyor. They have two grown-up children who adore spending time at La Dioma , either chilling out in the lovely hot summers or skiing and snowboarding in the winter. They also now have two little grandchildren who adore coming on holiday to La Dioma, especially swimming and jumping in the pool! One of the first rental owners in the Bagni di Lucca area, John and Patricia have an established history of 12 years of renting their holiday home to very happy guests from all over the world - as their guestbook will testify!
Patricia and John Gray purchased this Villa in 2002
Why Patricia and John Gray chose Guzzano-pieve di Controne
We spent three weeks in Italy looking for a small holiday home with no land. We found La Dioma, a three storey detached house with 34 acres of land! We fell in love with the spectacular peaceful location and the magnificent views of the mountains and the pretty town of Bagni di Lucca in the valley below. The original features of the house were covered with plaster, but initial prodding revealed huge period chestnut beams, cotto tiles, fireplaces and rock walls. We set about lovingly restoring La Dioma to its former beauty. After two years, the house was renovated, furniture purchased and the magnificent swimming pool and sun-bathing terrace finished. Patricia learnt Italian, and John - let's say it's work in progress! We feel very privileged to own our own corner of Tuscany with our property known locally as "paradiso"!
What makes this Villa unique
Apart from the stunning natural beauty and tranquility of the area, staying at La Dioma is a real Italian experience. This is not an area of mass tourism. Our neighbours are busy going to work, tending vegetable gardens, making wine and olive oil, picking mushrooms, hunting wild boar and stacking wood for the winter. They may not speak much English but they are incredibly kind, hardworking, fun-loving and friendly. Everything revolves around the family and often food! There are so many great local restaurants and cafes with authentic and reasonably-priced food, it is difficult to decide which one to go to! On the other hand, barbecuing lazily on the terrace with a few beers or a bottle of wine, and popping into the swimming pool and soaking up the lovely views, isn't a bad option either!