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Villa Ariola in Villafranca, Tuscany

260
  • £
  • $
per night
sleeps 8
7 rooms
4 bathrooms

Key features

  • Private Pool
  • Large Enclosed Garden
  • Detached Spacious Villa
  • Quality Linen
  • 3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms
  • Large Well Equiped Kitchen
  • Historic Hill Village

Villa Ariola description

Luxurious detached villa in large enclosed gardens; renovated to high specification. It is a light and airy villa, elegantly furnished, stylish and spacious. Modern kitchen & dining room is equipped with everything a chef could require, or dine on the shaded terrace with black granite table. Pool 9.5 x 4 x 1.5m with travertine paving, Heated outside shower; Loggia and BBQ surrounded by lawns, beyond are olive terraces and forest. On the 1st floor 3 bedrooms each with balcony, lovely views, extremely comfortable beds, beautiful white linen, and 4 bathrooms with quality fittings and Carrara marble tiles. The very comfortably furnished sitting room has a log fire, SKY, X box 360 and surround sound, shower room and utility on this floor. The villa is ideally situated on the edge of a medieval village in a totally unspoilt part of Tuscany, 10 km from the Autostrada with Pisa, Lucca, Florence, and several beaches all within easy driving distance.

Wild life and countryside: This is a paradise for country lovers; at dawn and dusk it is possible to see the occasional deer and even wild boar, as they venture from cover in search of food, they had historical come into the garden until we erected the fence which encloses the property. We recommend you bring a pair of binoculars to watch eagles and other rare birds as they soar above the hills and down the valleys. Don't worry if you do forget yours as there is a small pair in the house, all part of the service! Also there is plenty of walking immediately available, the meadows mountain top meadows are abundant with flowers and heavy with their perfume.
This sunlit land of chestnut covered hills crowned by medieval villages is easily accessible. You will enjoy the very best of Italy - wonderful landscapes, good food and a warm Italian welcome.

Culture and History: The region is scattered with castles built by the Malaspina family, the Brunella fortress of Aulla houses the Lunigiana Museum of natural History. The castle at Villafranca was occupied by the Germanys during the second world war, Before they left they blew it up, it's ruin remains.
Genoa; European capital of culture for 2004 is a 1hr drive and well worth a visit. Florence is 1.5hrs drive, or Lucca 1hr drive a delightful city; hire a bike and pedal around the city walls. Parma for the opera 1hr away. Pisa for it's culture is also 1hr away. You can take the train to all these places from Villafranca
The sea is readily accessible from Marinella, southwards there are shallow, sandy beaches; whilst at Lerici and the Gulf of Poets (where Shelley drowned, Byron swam and D. H. Lawrence meditated) it is rocky. Further on from Lerici you find the Cinque Terre - five famous fishing villages, which are extremely picturesque. It is possible to take a boat from Lerici to the Cinque Terre.

Lunigiana: Lunigiana derives its name from the Roman port of Luni at the mouth of the river Magra, destroyed by the Normans. Historic sites are not restricted to Roman remains, the Luni figures date back to 3000 BC, Lunigiana, the northern corner of Tuscany, is an unspoiled area of breathtaking natural beauty set between the Apennine mountains and the Mediterranean sea. There are countless natural curiosities such as the caves near Equi Terme, site of the natural sulphur baths.
Unknown to the crowds, yet close to the cities and The Cinque Terre. Lunigiana links the Gulf of Poets and the coastal province of Liguria to the west with the Apennines (made famous by Eric Newby's book Love and War in the Apennines) in the north-east. To the south-east the region is dominated by the mountains of the Parco Alpi Apuane (from where Michelangelo choose the marble for his statues).
In winter, the nearest ski resort is Zeri & Ceretto approx 1-1.5hr drive away.

Luxury Accommodation

A luxury villa at the heart of historic Tuscany. Set within a landscape where time suits your pace. The medieval backdrop of Irola village has changed little in centuries. Comfort and space in a villa that redefines relaxation. Enjoy the privacy of your own pool or travel a short distance to visit to one of several local beaches. All within a few kilometres of the Autostrada.nn Your holiday has to match your dream. Villa Ariola gives you this and much more. This one-time Presbytery has been renovated and modernised to provide you with comfort for all your family. Furnished to a high level, it is well appointed, stylish and spacious. The combined fully fitted kitchen and dining room add to the family feel of the villa, as does the shaded outside terrace and cool black granite table.

Amenities

  • Balcony Terrace
  • Barbeque
  • Bath towels included
  • Bike rental
  • Broadband Wi-Fi
  • Central heating included
  • Cot available
  • DVD
  • Detached property
  • Dishwasher
  • Downstairs WC
  • Downstairs bathroom
  • Downstairs bedroom
  • Drying machine
  • Easy walking access
  • Enclosed garden / patio
  • Family friendly
  • Fuel & power included
  • Games / Play facilities
  • Golf nearby
  • Good for couples
  • Highchair
  • Horse riding
  • In the mountains
  • Internet access
  • Linen included
  • Microwave
  • Nature walks
  • Open fire
  • Oven
  • Parking
  • Relaxation
  • Satellite TV
  • Short breaks
  • Shower
  • Ski
  • Swimming pool
  • TV room
  • TV
  • Washing machine
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Availability

December 2016 - May 2017
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Reviews

G.A Newport shrops
14 September 2013
13-Feb-2014 - We as owners are new this year to this site, we have copied this review that was posted on another site who we advertise with. A True Tuscan experience. My partner and I went out for a week last September The whole holiday was fantastic and much needed. The villa was so luxurious and completely equipped with everything we could have wished for. The pool and gardens was lovely and private. With the forest behind giving the perfect backdrop for the alfresco dining. The internal accommodation was second to none. All the bedrooms are really good sizes with comfortable beds and good quality linen and the bathrooms all ooze Italian chic. We were close enough to visit Florence Pisa and Lucca on days and visited 2 excellent restaurants recommended in the guide for guests, Candella Rayna on the island and Ca di Muro in Pontremoli. The owners were very helpful and nothing was too much trouble when we were planning our holiday. We would definitely go back, Thank you so much.
G.A Newport shrops
14 September 2013
We as owners are new this year to this site, we have copied this review that was posted on another site who we advertise with. A True Tuscan experience. My partner and I went out for a week last September The whole holiday was fantastic and much needed. The villa was so luxurious and completely equipped with everything we could have wished for. The pool and gardens was lovely and private. With the forest behind giving the perfect backdrop for the alfresco dining. The internal accommodation was second to none. All the bedrooms are really good sizes with comfortable beds and good quality linen and the bathrooms all ooze Italian chic. We were close enough to visit Florence Pisa and Lucca on days and visited 2 excellent restaurants recommended in the guide for guests, Candella Rayna on the island and Ca di Muro in Pontremoli. The owners were very helpful and nothing was too much trouble when we were planning our holiday. We would definitely go back, Thank you so much.
Peter Southport UK
7th September 2013
We all had a brilliant holiday. The house was wonderful, very homely and very comfortable; it was everything described, and a great base to enjoy the area. The kitchen is great, fantastically well equipped; we have really enjoyed cooking here, especially the wild mushroom risotto from the Tuscan cookbook, which is now one of our favourite dishes! We really loved the area as there was so much to see and do, and we have a lot of wonderful memories. Unfortunately 2 weeks just isn't long enough. I think some of our best memories are of sitting on the terrace eating and drinking as the sun goes down behind the mountain and the deer feeding in the forest just beyond the garden. Thank you Lynn and Bill for allowing us to stay in your beautiful villa, we hope to return one day. Best wishes
Peter C
September 2013
We all had a brilliant holiday. The house was wonderful, very homely and very comfortable and completely clean, it was everything described, and a great base to enjoy the area. The kitchen is great, fantastically well equipped; we have really enjoyed cooking here, especially the wild mushroom risotto from the Tuscan cookbook, which is now one of our favourite dishes! We really loved the area as there was so much to see and do, and we have a lot of wonderful memories. Unfortunately 2 weeks just isn't long enough. I think some of our best memories are of sitting on the terrace eating and drinking as the sun goes down behind the mountain and the deer feeding in the forest just beyond the garden. Thank you Lynn and Bill for allowing us to stay in your beautiful villa, we hope to return one day. Best wishes Peter
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