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Historic villa, private pool & gardens, outdoor kitchen/dining, wifi, in village

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3 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
6 guests
4 nights minimum
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'Real Italian country life, very comfortable house, fantastic pool.' (Guest 2018) Al Palazz is set in a tiny hillside village, with wooded walks, rock pools, a well-rated small restaurant, and church bells that chime Ave Maria at dinner-time. It is just outside the charming medieval Tuscan town of Bagnone, with the Cinque Terre and major cities in easy reach. Guests love the private heated salt-water pool and poolside dining area, set in extensive landscaped gardens. There are wonderful views over wooded valleys to Bagnone castle and the mountains beyond, with many different spots to relax in comfort. Guests describe the villa as “spacious”, “comfortable”, “lovingly restored”. They highlight the well-equipped kitchen, the spectacular views, the amenities –free wifi throughout, library,...'Real Italian country life, very comfortable house, fantastic pool.' (Guest 2018) Al Palazz is set in a tiny hillside village, with wooded walks, rock pools, a well-rated small restaurant, and church bells that chime Ave Maria at dinner-time. It is just outside the charming medieval Tuscan town of Bagnone, with the Cinque Terre and major cities in easy reach. Guests love the private heated salt-water pool and poolside dining area, set in extensive landscaped gardens. There are wonderful views over wooded valleys to Bagnone castle and the mountains beyond, with many different spots to relax in comfort. Guests describe the villa as “spacious”, “comfortable”, “lovingly restored”. They highlight the well-equipped kitchen, the spectacular views, the amenities –free wifi throughout, library, DVDs, games, fresh herbs and salads in the garden, private parking. Al Palazz sleeps up to six in great comfort. It works well for families, for up to three couples, and multi-generation groups. The villa has two double bedrooms and two well-appointed bathrooms, two sitting areas, and a traditional Tuscan kitchen and dining room. If required, a third luxury double bedroom/bathroom, plus kitchen and dining/sitting areas, can be added in the inter-connected ground-floor apartment La Cantina. (Note: the apartment is never let separately when guests are in the villa.) 'The garden and pool area are just so beautiful we lived outdoors.' (Guest 2016) The totally secluded 11m x 4m solar-heated salt-water pool is warm from late May to late September. There are sun loungers, and fully equipped changing-rooms and shower-rooms, and WC. A covered terrace with summer kitchen and dining facilities, including sink, fridge, all tableware, and large Weber gas BBQ - and table tennis - overlooks the pool The acre of private landscaped gardens has three large paved terraces, furnished with comfortable LaFuma recliner chairs, a swing seat, small and large tables and chairs. There’s sun and shade and spectacular views throughout the day. The whole area can be gently lit at night for magical evenings looking out at the stars. 'We loved eating at the old farm Vecchio Podere across the street.' (Guest 2018) Al Palazz offers you a true taste of real Italian life. The villa is historic, dating from the 14th century, with wood beams, vaulted ceilings, stone walls and terracotta floors. The ‘big house’ of the village (al palaz in dialect), it was once the summer home of a local noble family. Just across the square is a small farm restaurant which offers traditional lunches and dinners. Just down the lane are rock pools and wooded walks. The pretty little town of Bagnone, with all services, is an easy stroll for coffee or shopping. All around are medieval castles, tiny towns and villages, with weekly markets, family-run restaurants, and seasonal food festivals. Guests say the villa makes an excellent base for sightseeing too: the Cinque Terre and Italian Riviera are under an hour away, and Lucca, Pisa, Florence Parma, Genoa are all easy days out by train or car. “You won’t find a more authentic Tuscany countryside experience.” (Guest 2014) Property details Kitchen: Traditional Tuscan kitchen with all modern comforts. Marble table seats six. Antique marble sink and wooden units. Opens onto a terrace for coffee/aperitivi overlooking the square. The kitchen is fully equipped to enable a serious cook to make a feast! There are herbs and spices, and kitchen basics like sugar and flour, plus fresh herbs and salad in the garden. Sitting: Spacious comfortable sitting room with heavenly views across the valley to Bagnone castle. Plus dining area 'snug' with sofas, Italian TV, DVDs, maps, guidebooks, games and our House Books on the area. Dining: The antique dining table seats six comfortably, or dine informally round the marble-topped kitchen table. Or - as guests often do - eat out on the poolside terrace with its summer kitchen and BBQ. Bedrooms/Bathrooms: Two large double bedrooms with luxury king-size beds that can also make two singles. One looks over the valley, the other over the square. Each bedroom has its own modern fully-tiled bathroom with shower, bidet, basin, WC, shaver point, heated towel rail. The main bathroom also has a whirlpool bath. A cot is available on request. A third double bedroom/bathroom, plus kitchen, dining/sitting areas, can be added in the ground-floor cantina apartment if needed. Everything’s included: Weekly change of linen and bathroom towels; all fuel; cleaning before and after each visit; cleaning materials and basic cooking essentials, so you don't need to worry about buying the boring stuff. Safety note: The villa is three-storey. There are also flights of steps into and around the gardens and some unfenced drops. The pool is 1.4m throughout. More information and more guest reviews can be found on our own website: search Al Palazz Bagnone Tuscany. More
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About the Owner
Jane and David W
Languages spoken:English, Italian, French
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:January 2011
Interaction with guests
“Jane & David couldn’t have been more helpful from start to finish.” (Guest 2016) We provide detailed pre-holiday and arrival instructions so that you can get here easily and settle in quickly. We provide detailed House Books, updated each season, on the villa and the locality. And we’re available via email, phone or WhatsApp to help with advice and bookings as needed. With 15 years’ experience of living at Al Palazz and hosting guests, we know a lot about the area – best restaurants and places to go, best things to do. Our team of local suppliers are on hand for any emergencies, which are rare - we have a full maintenance programme. We want all our guests to have a great time at Al Palazz, so if you have queries, please just ask.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My partner and I had a fantastic week-long stay here. Jane and David were very welcoming hosts, and superly knowledgeable about the area. Very helpful indeed. The area is beautiful and away from the more well trodden tourist parts of Tuscany, and yet, all are...More

Date of stay: October 2018
Thank OneEyed K
Resort510652, VR Owner at Historic villa, private pool & gardens, outdoor kitchen/dining, wifi, in village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

So pleased you enjoyed your 'slice of real Italian life' here! It was a pleasure to host you as guests at Al Palazz.

Reviewed 21 August 2018

Al Palazz surprised us pleasantly in many ways! The house is as nice as shown on the pictures, beautifully situated next to the church on a tiny village square above the bigger village Bagnone. Everywhere flowering geraniums and roses, vegetables and fresh herbs, thanks to...More

Date of stay: August 2018
Thank Roos M
Management response:Responded 23 August 2018

Thank you so much for your warm appreciation of everything Al Palazz has to offer for a truly memorable Italian holiday. You love all the same things about it that we do. Come back another year!

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Reviewed 9 October 2017

The cities of Italy are beautiful and full of history, but for a true taste of Italian life, I highly recommend this charming villa. Nestled on the side of a hill in a picturesque village, this clean, attractive villa offered two spacious bedrooms, bathrooms, and...More

Date of stay: September 2017
Thank southernNHKayaker
Management response:Responded 10 October 2017

Delighted you had a great time - we'd love to have you back one day! There is plenty locally to explore in a second week, and the cantina offers a third bedroom/bathroom/sitting room should you need it. Thank you for taking such good care of...More

Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

We travelled as a family of 4 with 2 daughters aged 18 and 21 The villa is wonderful and beautifully restored with all amenities needed. The views are spectacular. We particularly enjoyed the lovely pool area with the outside marble kitchen and seating areas, The...More

Date of stay: July 2017
Thank 807lulu
Management response:Responded 16 August 2017

So pleased you enjoyed your holiday at Al Palazz and thank you for taking such great care of everything. Delighted to hear you enjoyed the fresh produce (this year's innovation)! We hope you'll come back again one day.

Reviewed 20 October 2016

The most relaxing holiday I have possibly ever had! I stayed here in July with my husband, 2 daughters, aged 5 and 8, and my parents in the adjoining flat and had the most wonderful family holiday. The house is set in a small hamlet...More

Date of stay: July 2016
Thank helenmartinknight
Management response:Responded 20 October 2016

So pleased you had a relaxing holiday! You're right, the outdoor living in summer is wonderful, and adding the separate ground-floor apartment is great for gathering larger family groups in one place. We hope you'll come again!

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Towels Provided
Private Garden
TV
Parking
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Fishing Nearby
Central Heating
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Balcony
Mountain Views
Ping Pong Table
Private Outdoor Pool (Heated)
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Terrace
Fireplace
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About the neighbourhood
This area, Lunigiana, is a little-known part of northern Tuscany, yet in easy reach of all the major sights. The Cinque Terre and Italian Riviera are an hour away. The big cities - Lucca, Parma, Genoa, Pisa, Florence - are easy days out. Bagnone is a pretty little town at the heart of the Apennine National Park. Locally there are hill walks and mountain pools, historic towns and castles. Canyoning, hiking, e-biking, and history tours are available. The area is a foodie paradise – great local specialities and distinctive wines – with good local restaurants in easy reach. Guests often spend days lazing in the gardens and the pool, with maybe a stroll to Bagnone or dinner at the farm restaurant in the village. It's easy to relax here!
Getting around
A small rental car is perfect for getting around the local area and visiting its charming hill towns and seaside villages. It's a quick and easy drive to the A15 motorway (under 25 minutes) if you want to travel further afield. There are good train services from nearby stations in Villafranca-Bagnone, Aulla and Pontremoli. A taxi service can be booked. It's possible to spend a relaxing week at Al Palazz and walk, swim, eat and shop locally (Bagnone is just 20 minutes down the hill); but most guests do prefer to have a car so that they can explore further afield.
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