- SQM 800
What makes Villa Lavanda Unique?
Among its attributes is the unrivaled peace and tranquility - coupled with a sense of privacy and security...without feeling isolated. Although being only a 7 minute drive from the nearby village, and with near neighbors (farmers who also take care of the gardens, olive groves and vegetable gardens for the villa) there is nothing to disturb you. The house is not on an airline flight-path nor near any heavily trafficked road. Additionally, the air - and water - is pristine. In fact the area is celebrated in Italy for these qualities. Ancient Tuscan hill-towns with delightful Romanesque churches can be explored on the surrounding hills, while the area provides unique opportunities for thrilling outdoor adventures. Yet the cultural delights of Lucca are only 40 minutes away, and Florence, Carara & Pietrasanta (marble quarries, galleries and working artists) are close by; as are the beaches of Forte di Marmi, Viareggio and others.
Lucca, Florence, Pisa all have a constantly changing cycle of exhibitions and cultural activities --- while, of course --- the art, architecture and museums alone, could keep you busy for a lifetime.
The villa is located at the start of the Gargfagnana Valley: the area is renowned for its physical beauty, benign climate (except, perhaps, in February) and the passion for the production of organic and artisanal foods --- prosciutto, cheese, honey, oil, chestnut products etc. Every season brings its own series of local events; from summer jazz and rock concerts, outdoor Puccini festivals, celebrations of local food & seasonal specialities --- porcini, chestnuts, wild boar, among many others --- in the surrounding villages. September is porcini season and the grape harvest; October/November brings olive picking and fresh oil, cinghiale (wild boar), and chestnuts. Staying here an experience of going back in time to 'old Tuscany'.
The area is renowned for the purity of air and water and the summer climate. (Our spa town was the favorite summer gathering place for 19C British & Russian aristocracy because of it's benign temperatures.) The Garfagnana valley - with its famed artisanal food production - begins here and there is superb hiking, white-water rafting, paragliding, horseback riding, tennis and mountain biking, all available in the immediate neighborhood. The spectacular walled city of Lucca (birthplace of Puccini) is 40 minutes away, as is the ski area of Abetone. The Cinque Terre, the beaches of Forte di Marmi and Viareggio are easily accessible, while art exhibitions, local village food and music festivals are common during much of the year.
Living areas are located on three levels --- connected by interior staircases.
• The entry/ground level comprises the main kitchen (with adjacent dining area); the study/TV room with fireplace; the entrance hall; 2nd study/office (fireplace) that also serves as a living room for the adjacent double bedroom with ensuite bathroom. The main living room (wood stove) has the main dining area within an alcove with enormous arched windows that completely fold back and open to views of mountains, hilltop towns and the river valley. There is an additional full guest bathroom on this floor.
• The upper level comprises two of the principal, double, guest-rooms. One with fireplace, ensuite bathroom (2 showers); the other with ensuite bathroom and an adjoining, private loggia (with a small kitchen); windows fold back to the same views as the living room, although even more dramatic.
• Lower level consist of four bedrooms: three located around a large central living room/playroom and sharing one and half bathrooms, as well as an additional bathroom up a flight of stairs. Two bedrooms have fireplaces; three have frescoes. Two contain two single beds each; one is a canopied bed with a private terrace looking over lavender terraces. Additionally, the former chapel is a very private suite --- with a bedroom and large sitting area, with private entrance to both upper and lower courtyards and an en suite bathroom. The full laundry is also on this level.
Bathrooms and kitchens are finished with marble and hand-painted tile: All have bidets and most have separate baths as well as showers. (Of course, all linens & towels - including pool towels - are provided, and are of superior quality.
All basic bathroom supplies - including hair dryers, soaps, toilet paper etc are provided...as are all cleaning supplies for the kitchen and the house. Salts, spices, candles etc are provided for the kitchen.
The Villa Interior: he villa is furnished with an extensive collection of antique furniture, and contemporary art and has wireless internet; satellite TV (and large, eclectic selection of DVD's), and a very large library; there are music systems - with CD's and internet inputs; multiple fireplaces; a full laundry, and up-to-date mechanical systems. A Ping-pong table, bocce court, board games & toys provide other entertainment options.
A property manager - along with housekeeping & garden staff - take care of the property and guests' needs; a variety of catering options - from gourmet chefs to local pizzaiole (pizza-makers) are available by arrangement, as is a masseuse. Organic seasonal fruits, vegetables, olive oil and honey are all produced at the villa. A holiday planning/concierge service is available to plan your entire time here, or just to schedule and book activities: from cooking lessons, guided winery and artisanal food tours; hiking, river rafting etc, to other recreational and educational tours and activities for both adults and children.
The airports in Pisa (1 hour) and Florence (75 minutes) provide easy access, and the area is also served by bus and train service. A car is, however, necessary.
7 Bathroom, 7 Bedroom, 1 Dining-Room, 2 Kitchen, 3 Living room, 1 Playroom
Sleeping1 Baby crib, Bed linen, 1 Fold-away bed, 5 King bed, 5 Queen bed, 4 Single bed
CookingBlender, Child's high chair, Coffee machine, Cooking utensils, Dishwasher, Grill, Kitchen stove, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Spices, Toaster
Heating/CoolingAir conditioning, Central heating, Fireplace
OutsidePrivate Balcony, Private Terrace
EntertainmentComputer, DVD-Player, Fax, Broadband Internet, Stereo system, Telephone, TV (Satellite)
SanitaryBidet, Hair dryer, Essentials, Shower, Towel-set, Hot Tub, Washbasin
LaundryClothes dryer, Bathroom & Laundry, Iron & Board, Washing machine
MiscellaneousBuzzer, Carbon Monoxide Detector, Fire Extinguisher, First aid kit, Safe, Safety Card, Security system, Smoke Detector, Vacuum cleaner
Spa & GymPing-Pong-Table, Private Fitness-Room, Unheated Outdoor swimming pool
OutsideGas BBQ, Deck chairs, Private Garden