Villa Lavanda is a large, early 17th century stone villa -- completely rebuilt in 1998, and constantly updated since -- located 5 minutes from the beautiful town of Bagni di Lucca in the foothills of the Apuan alps. The house is an easy drive from the magnificent walled city of Lucca; at the start of the famed Garfagnana Valley - renowned for its artisanal food products, and a famous center for outdoor recreational activities; hiking, riding, paragliding, river rafting, biking, are among the many available choices. The area is also famous for its hill-towns and villages. Pisa 60 minutes) and Florence (75 minutes) airports are within easy reach and Florence, Sienna, the Chianti and the Cinque Terre can all be visited on day trips.
The area first became famous during the 18th Century as the favored summer retreat for Russian & British nobility because of its hot-springs, but more particularly because of the benign summer climate ---- warm days, but cooler, pleasant nights; air conditioning is not needed.
The house is set in 10 hectares (20+acres) of completely private, gated, landscape grounds, with olive, fruit and vegetable orchards, a large mosaic-tiled pool, outdoor pavilion, numerous outdoor, shaded eating & sitting areas -- one can always find a quiet corner - and there are extraordinary panoramic views from the entire property..
The house itself is on 3 floors and - with 7 double bedrooms & 6+ bathrooms - is large enough for 14 guests, but the layout is such that it's extremely comfortable and not overwhelming for smaller parties.
The house is furnished to the highest standards with contemporary and ethnic art, antiques unique artifacts. The main kitchen has an 8-burner restaurant stove, along with virtually every appliance and tool necessary for preparing gourmet meals. Bathrooms are marble-tiled, equipped with sinks (some double) and bidets & most with both bathtubs and separate showers. All bathrooms have hairdryers.
The house has state-of-the-art heating, electrical an mechanical systems.
The main courtyard - besides the dining table seating 14 - has an 18th Century fully, functional pizza oven as well as both gas and charcoal BBQs. Naturally there is satellite TV, a large library of books, DVD's,CD's, multi room music system, iPod/phone docks, & wireless internet throughout the house. Child gates, cribs, high chair along with children's books and games are also available. There is an extensive library of travel guides. The main courtyard - besides the dining table seating 14 - has an 18th Century fully, functional pizza oven as well as both gas and charcoal BBQs.
Alongside the 13m x 6m tiled pool (salt generator for purification) is a vine-covered pergola with a table for al-fresco meals. A large hot-tub is within its own private, gated courtyard. There is also an outdoor, summer sleeping pavilion.
Housekeeping services are provided and included in your rental, as are all basic necessities for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry. Linens - including pool towels are provided. A selection of cooks and chefs - and catering options are available by arrangement, as is a masseuse, and baby sitting can be arranged.
On arrival, guests will be met by our property manager who will show you around the house and familiarize you with its workings. She is also available by phone or email for any particular problems, questions or requests during your stay. The manager will be present at your departure to read meters and attend to any requests. We have maintenance staff on call for mechanical emergencies.
For an additional charge, a full 'concierge service' is available to arrange tours to wineries, visits to local artisans or shopping expeditions, for purchase rail tickets, provide shopping services etc. Airport car service is also available.
|Nearest Airport||pisa||60 km|
|Nearest Bar||Ponte a Serraglio||3 km|
|Nearest Beach||Forte di Marmi||60 km|
|Nearest Bus||Ponte a Serraglio||3 km|
|Nearest Golf||Montectini||45 km|
|Nearest Restaurant||Ponte a Serraglio||3 km|
|Nearest Ski||Abetone||45 km|
|Nearest Train||Fornoli||6 km|
villages of Bagni di Lucca, Lucca, Tuscany
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