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Riverside villa - Puccini House

Overview

The region around Bagni di Lucca is called Media Valle - Garfagnana and has a multitude of lovely spots and historical towns like Barga, Castelnuovo, Coreglia degli Antelminelli etc... all at an altitude of 500m (1500 feet). This region has attracted many illustrious British visitors in the past two centuries Byron and Shelley, for instance, visited Bagni di Lucca many times. The thermal baths of Bagni di Lucca have been known for many centuries. Montaigne, the French writer, cured his illness in Bagni di Lucca and wrote about it in his memories. In the first half of the 19th century Bagni di Lucca became a fashionable resort of the court of the grand duke of Tuscany. The first roulette in the world was conceived and installed in the Casino of Bagni di Lucca. Although Bagni di Lucca is a small village, its 19th century dwellings confer to the town the looks of an important centre, as for instance the Anglican church, the Protestant Cemetery, the municipal Casino, the Ducal (later Grand Ducal) Palace and Stables, the Demidoff hospital, the Circolo dei Forestieri, Villa dei Fiori, Villa Ada and the Bagno alla Villa.

Another singularity of Bagni di Lucca is its being composed of two separate villages, called "Ponte a Serraglio" and "La Villa". Along both of them flows a lovely mountain river called the Lima, which offers opportunities for fishing and canoeing. There is a large Municipal swimming pool using the thermal water, with a separate diving pool and a smaller pool for children. Excellent tennis courts are also available. There are good opportunities for Trekking and mountain bike riding on trails and paths which afford some lovely views of the valley. Parachute jumping from the peaks of the Apennines is also available in the vicinity of Bagni di Lucca.

During winter, you can enjoy the skying resorts of the Abetone

The house
Riverside Villa is composed of 3 houses attached to each other, and facing a large garden bordering the river Lima. The 2 houses on the right (in the picture) have been united into a larger house, that is not offered for rental for the moment. The Annexe is the (independent) house to the left. You will have access to the common garden and the river.

Just next door are the Mirafiume Tennis courts. The municipal swimming pool is within walking distance. A good supermarket can be reached in two minutes walking. The village of "La Villa" has several good restaurants and stores.

The Puccini house has 2 stories, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 with a bath, 1 with a shower, 1 with only WC and sink), a kitchen, a dining room and a large sitting room with a fireplace. The Puccini house has direct access to the garden. Accommodation is for 5 people (one single room, two double). Bed sheets, blankets and towels are provided.

Summary:

Beautiful house in the historical village of Bagni di Lucca, with a very large private garden and private access to the river.

Facilities

Property type: House

Room details

Bedrooms:

3 bedrooms, sleeps 5

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed, En Suite
Bedroom 2: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 3: 1 Single bed

Additional beds:
2 cots
Seats:
Room for 5 in the dining area
Room for 5 in the living area
Bathrooms:
3 bathrooms, 3 Separate WC's

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
Internet
Radio
Telephone
TV Languages in Local
Heating and air con:
Central heating
Open fire
Household:
Cooker
Crockery
Cutlery
Fridge
Freezer
Glassware
Iron / board
Oven
Pots / pans
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Other:
Balcony or terrace
Parking
Private garden
Tennis court
Extra information (Next door to Riverside Villa is the Tennis Club Mirafiume, with 4 tennis courts available. A mountain river is just 50 meters from the house.)

Suitability

Suitable for
Infants
Pets (Pet are welcome in the garden but are not allowed inside the house.)

Sports and activities

Climbing
Cycling
Fishing
Golf
Horse Riding
Mountain Biking
Skiing
Walking

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Museum
Shopping
Theatre
Cinema

Prices and availability

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Changeover days and minimum stays
Arrival date range Arrival and departure days Whole weeks only Minimum stay (nights)
7th January 2015 to 30th September 2016 None set No 5

Discounts and extras

If more then one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.


Discounts

Early Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made more than x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st January to 31st December 6 Months 10%
Long Stay Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking is equal to or longer than x days/weeks/months Discount
1st January to 31st December 4 Weeks 20%
1st January to 31st December 2 Weeks 10%

Extras

Compulsory extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
Cleaning of the house after your departure All year N/A £32.76 per booking

Paid with booking

Bed sheet and towel are provided, and the beds made on your arrival. For stays of 2 weeks or longer, the cleaning lady will come one week after your arrival, and every successive week to leave a clean set of bedsheet and towel. All year N/A £14.56 per week

Paid with booking

Optional extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
Heating: the house has a centralised heating system. The price is based on the quantity of gas burned, based on what is displayed on the gas meter. All year cubic meter of gas burned

Paid locally

Location

This is the general location (within 1km of the property)

Nearby:
  • Nearest beach: 50km
  • Nearest bar: 0.3km
  • Nearest restaurant: 300m
  • Nearest ski lift: 40km
  • Nearest supermarket: 200m
  • Peretola Airport: 90.4km
  • Tassignano Airport: 32.1km
  • Lucca: 25km
  • Beaches of Versilia (Viareggio & Forte dei Marmi: 50km
  • Florence: 80km
  • Abetone mountain: 40km

Reviews

19 out of 22 people recommend staying here

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Stayed Tuesday 30 June 2009
Simply a wonderful place! Perfect also with children (if not too small). The house is extremely charming and authentic, a real Mediterranean summer house of a wealthy bourgeoisie from 2 centuries ago. Yes, it is located directly at the village road – but the forefront only the backside goes to an enormous park falling slightly towards a wild mountain river. If you sleep in one of the big bedrooms on the park side, you will need to get accustomed to the river noise, not to the cars… The famous Spa is 2 km away, there is a great public pool on the hill at Villa Ada. Mountains, river bathing, markets and villages with excellent and cheap food all around, 30 minutes to Lucca, another 45 minutes to Firenze. (Once your children have discovered the river, you might be forced to cancel the beaches in your vacation agenda.)
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Stayed Friday 04 July 2008
I was disappointed at the quality of the property. Originally the Villas must have been a wonderful place. Obviously over the years it has faded and at present it leaves a lot to be desired. Generally it was clean, but the wiring for the hot water up stairs is a ‘death trap’. The garden was unkempt – the grass was actually cut on the last day of our holiday – and the leisure facilities are worn out and in a state of disrepair. A good point, though, is the position of the villa within Bagni di Lucca. Only a few minutes walk to the supermarket, restaurants and shops, and a short walk to the Lido outdoor swimming pool. Finally, the information folder does tend to underestimate the times and distances to the various places of interest. Still, my family enjoyed their short holiday.
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Stayed Saturday 16 September 2006
The house is very charming and its current rather worn decor and fixtures and fittings suit it well. No doubt there will be a gradual restoration process and that will be reflected in the price which is currently extrordinarily good value. However a couple of comfy sofas in the sitting room and some sun loungers to enjoy the lovely garden would have been appreciated. Also I think we visualised the village as being more rural than turned out and the busy road alongside the house was a bit of a surprise. It is a good area for touring and we enjoyed all the usual tourist haunts. Favourite days were spent in Pisa, cycling in Lucca and getting off the beaten track. The latter proved a welcome break from manic Italian driving skills! Our favourite restaurant in Bagni was the wonderful Circola Dei Forestieri where a delicious 3 course meal in a lovely setting cost 10 euro. All in all a very enjoyable holiday. Thank you Pietro and family for a 2 week taster of 'real' Italian living.
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Stayed Saturday 02 September 2006
Situated on the edge of a lovely, friendly village, the garden would have been great but we could not use it because of the bugs eating us alive. Plenty of room for all the family, a little bit hairy as the front door opens directly onto the main road passing by. Pietro was a great help overcoming our small problems immediately. An amazing bed in the second bedroom.
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Stayed Saturday 01 July 2006
We enjoyed our holiday at Bagni di Lucca in this house which was very spacious. The children liked the river and it was great just to be a few minutes walk from a good supermarket, and also to be able to walk to other shops and restaurants in the town. It is only a short walk to the very pleasant swimming pool in Bagni.We were able to travel to Pisa and Florence (by train from Pescia was easier for us than driving in)which were interesting but busy. Our favourite outings were into Lucca itself and the local surrounding country side which is beautiful, especiallly the gorge at Orrido di Bottri and the Grotto Vento. The local people are friendly ( roast chicken from the van at the Saturday market in Bagni is delicious) and the lady at the tourist information is very helpful. It was also quite an amazing experience to be there in town for Italy winning the World Cup, an evening we will long remember most fondly.
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Stayed Monday 05 June 2006
The house was fantastic. Very Spacious with all ameneties catered for. The garden is massive and the balcony overlooking it a real suntrap in the morning. The village is a beautiful place and the views all around were spectatcular. Lucca is a gorgeous city and would recommend a day trip there. We ceratainly enjoyed our stay in Bagni di Lucca and will definitely be back next year.
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Stayed Tuesday 16 May 2006
Lovely spacious house with plenty of character and a wonderful large garden with a river for swimming. The village has excellent amenities and a pleasant atmosphere, although the main road has surprisingly large amounts of through traffic. The house is easy to find, comfortable and good value for money, and is well placed for visits to Pisa, Lucca and Florence which we enjoyed very much. Families like ourselves with small children should note that the staircase in the house is not very safe due to the size of gap between the bannisters, so close supervision is needed.
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Stayed Friday 05 May 2006
Bagni di Lucca is about 20km on from the medieval walled city of Lucca. It's a smallish village that has seen better days with a couple of restaurants and a variety of shops including two supermarkets. The house is located on the main road and is very comfortably set up with cable TV, wireless internet, modern appliances etc. Very nice bathroom and ensuite. The garden is a little bit wild (but charming) and you probably can only swim in the river on VERY hot days (it looked freezing!).
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Stayed Saturday 20 August 2005
We had a lovely week in this beautiful old house, despite some disappointing weather! The rooms were spacious and we had everything we needed to be comfortable. It's perfect for exploring, we took the train from nearby Fornoli to Lucca, Florence (via Lucca) and Pisa, all easy journeys. Local shops and restaurants were good and we recommend the swimming pool nearby. It's only 10 minutes walk (uphill!) but not very well signposted.
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Stayed Saturday 30 July 2005
This property was ideally placed for exploring the surrounding area. It was in easy reach of Lucca and Pisa and not too far from Florence. Surrounding Countryside and villages were lovely. The owners made us most welcome. There is a plentiful supply of books to read, a playstation 2 and a few games like Monopoly.The balcony from the dining room is a real sun trap.The garden was huge and the river at the bottom was ideal to cool down in and safe. The house is a few minutes walk from a most useful supermarket, and the town of Baggni di Lucca, with its shops and cafes. The town is attractive with a river running through and surrounded by hills.We would certainly go back.
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Stayed Sunday 27 March 2005
The area is ideal for exploring Tuscany and we were very happy with the location. Pietra was very helpful and available for any problems.
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Stayed Saturday 19 June 2004
This is a great location with much to see in easily commutable distances in all directions, as well as in the local area. The sleeping, eating and relaxing areas of the apartment were very adequate and it was lovely to have the windows open and listen to the river going by. The local eateries were great with everything from take away to what we felt was a 5 star restaurant. The local supermarket was well priced and offered everything you could wish for. Of course the local wines were both cheap and excellent. Concerns - Instructions on using the washing machine would have be good and I would be concerned about how cold the apartment would be in winter particularly in the main passage and stairwell areas considering the gaps around doorways to the front and back.
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Stayed Saturday 19 June 2004
The house was a lovely old property, with plenty of room for us, but we were very dissapointed at the noise from the road, especially in the front bedroom ( the noise from trucks and motorbikes seemed to go on all night ! ) We were also dissapointed at the lack of outside seating and the general lack of upkeep both in the garden and inside the house. Bagni di Lucca is a lovely town and is very well situated for visiting the surrounding hills.
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Stayed Monday 14 April 2003
A well kept secret. Lots of charm and hidden suprises. Great scenary, walks and local food.
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without doubt a beautiful location.the poole was close by and excellent.river access was wonderful and the house was very close to all to see.great food and a great super market wthin walking distance. The photos of the house are not accurate.the house needs some work doing to it.rustic.so if your looking for the perfectly modern placde to stay.this is not it..a little more effort could be made to keep lawns cut etc.and rendering is coming off the walls.however it is a 200 year old hous. better arangements for key collection would help.a bit hit and miss. sound of the river in the evening was wonderful and the traffic is no real problem either. wonderful holiday
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On first sight the house looks quite shabby, particularly from the road, however the vast garden and access to the river make up for this from the rear. The house is a good size and really convenient for the local cafes and restaurants, although too far from the railway station if you dont have a car. The garden is the best feature of the house, is really peaceful and perfect for relaxing. The rest of the house is well furnished, our only complaints would be to be able to have the water heater on at the same time as the oven without tripping the electricity out, and perhaps a lick of paint everywhere, it is a beautiful house but tired and would benefit from a bit of care and attention.
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the House met all our needs.We loved the garden size and enjoyed the generous room, in the house. We road noise needs to be considered as we couldnt use the front bedroom to sleep in. We were fortunate to meet Pietro and would like thank him for his hospatality and consideratation while he was in Bagni di Lucca.
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A beautiful and spacious villa that was excellent value for money. The garden was a great benefit too. Not really suitable for toddlers and youngers though - too many steep stairs! Would be perfect for slightly older families.
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What can I say - great place. The 5-6000 sqm park is fantastic (Rustic but fantastic), the river is superb, the location is excellent, the restaurants in Bagni Di Lucca are good (Try Bar Borghesi for lunch -great value for money) Visit Buca di Baldabo in Vico Pancellorum - fantastic food and views. Supermarket Conad is just around the corner - Great. The house is great, rustic but great. Expect noise from local traffic when inside the house - not to worry - you get used to it - it's Italy! We stayed for 4 weeks in May/june - could have stayed forever. Thank you Pietro and Sibilla for at great stay at your house. We will be back some day!
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Although we visited in January the surroundings more than made up for the Cold Weather. After a slight hiccup with the heating, which Pietro was very helpful in fixing, the house soon warmed up. Althought the decoration is a wee bit tired, the house is lovely, and in summer should be spectacular with the river so close by. Bagni Di Lucca is a wonderful town and all the people are so so friendly. Several excellent Restaurants very close by ( Mamo being one of the best) and the local supermarkeet is excellent value with everything you could want. Well worth a visit and we would go again but we have just bought a house in a nearby village, so will be there next time. Thanks Pietro.
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This townhouse with a very big garden facing the river is a very nice place to relax. We would recomend this place to anybody.
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We had a fantastic stay. The house was clean, tidy and with a wonderfully eclectic library ranging from Carlos Casteneda in English through Barbara Cartland, Japrisot in French and Calvino in Italian. The wooded gardens with the sound of the river was a marvellous place to eat at any time of the day. Bagni di Lucca itself has some decent restaurants and a useful market. Furthermore, the house is well situated for practicalities as it is 3 minutes walk from one of the biggest supermarkets in the area. My only criticism for the whole stay was that there were slightly more tunnels on the drive from Lucca to the house than indicated on the instructions.

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