Villa Gli Affreschi

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Sleeps: 12 - 16 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 6


Pool Beach Nearby Pets Welcome Walk to Village

Villa Gli Affreschi is a lovingly restored-mansion that commands a grand presence on a hillside deep within the countryside close to the Liguria/Tuscany border. Surrounded by romantic, rambling gardens bursting with flowers and shady Mediterranean trees, this villa offers the superb getaway experience.

Dating back to 1700, this villa has been an imposing feature of the lush landscape here for centuries. Its interior has been carefully updated to provide unpretentious, yet comfortable holiday base without losing any of the mansion’s impressive original features or heritage.

The ground floor is home to the atmospheric and airy living/dining room, with original frescoes still the main feature on the whitewashed walls. Beautiful frescoes can also be found in the consecrated chapel. Features such as these give the feeling of having traveled back in time, with a sense of quiet majesty in every room. Soak in this restful mood as you relax on one of the living room’s comfortable sofas. Then continue this tranquillity as you pass though glass doors that lead directly into the garden. The outside space can also be accessed via the well-equipped kitchen with small table for breakfast or quick bite.

Over two further floors are several family bathrooms, meaning it’s easy to treat yourself to an indulgent bath or shower before getting into bed. Also found on the first and second floors are six spacious bedrooms, with two bedrooms being ideal for teens as they have two single beds each. One of the double bedrooms also has its own en-suite bathroom. All bedrooms enjoy views over the garden and to the hills beyond, as well as characterful original features.

A 2-bedroom annexe offers its own space for four extra guests with a dining room and a kitchen with small dining table. There’s also one double bedroom, one single bedroom with an extra bed and a family bathroom.

Within the beautiful gardens are outdoor dining and seating areas and a large, private pool. These lawned, traditional Mediterranean gardens offer the chance to totally unwind and relax in glorious surroundings.

At Villa Gli Affreschi you’re close to medieval towns such as Sarzana for historic sightseeing, as well as the coast for days out by the sea. Go swimming, surfing, boating and much more besides in nearby Bocca di Magra.

The famous Cinque Terre is an hour’s drive away, with its five fishing villages between them offering a sandy beach, botanical gardens and clifftop walks. Also around an hour away are the Apuan Alps for hiking and cycling with stunning scenery on offer.

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What you should know…

  • The main villa sleeps up to twelve guests whilst 'annexe' offers further two bedrooms for four more guests
  • There’s a relatively steep staircase leading down to the pool area and further garden areas
  • A car is necessary for getting around
  • When minimum occupancy is booked, certain rooms may not be accessible (subject to owner's discretion) - best to enquire with us beforehand

Property Features

Private Pool Internet BBQ Cable TV Wine Cellar DVD Working Fireplace Heating Chapel on Site

The Villa

Villa Gli Affreschi is a beautiful property with private pool and lush gardens. It can accommodate up to 16 people in 7 well-appointed bedrooms, with the villa sleeping 12 and the annexe 4 guests.

Main house

Ground floor
- Fully-equipped kitchen with dining table for 12 people and access to the garden
- Living room with TV, DVD player, fireplace and doors opening onto the garden
- Consecrated chapel

Mezzanine level
- Bathroom with bath and shower

First floor
- 2 double bedrooms with queen-size beds
- Bathroom with shower

Second floor
- Double bedroom with queen-size bed and en-suite bathroom with bath
- Adjoining twin bedroom
- Further double bedroom
- Bathroom with shower
- Further twin bedroom


Ground floor
- Kitchen with table for 6 people
- Living room
- Bathroom with shower

First floor

- Double bedroom
- Single bed with trundle bed

- Garden
- Pergola with dining area
- 4 parking spaces
- Swimming pool (12m x 5 m)

More facilities...

- Washing machine
- Iron and ironing board
- Fans
- Wine cellar
- Hair dryer
- Books
- Alarm system


About the surrounding area of Villa Gli Affreschi
Beach Nearby Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Watersports Sailing Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Cycling Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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With a few other country residences dotted around, the region around Villa Gli Affreschi is simply glorious, with vineyards, forests and hills as far as the eye can see. Enjoy long walks to appreciate this naturally beautiful area as you stumble across sleepy villages along the way.

The closest village is 3km away where you will find a selection of restaurants, shops, supermarkets, banks and wine shops.

Carrara is just over the border into Tuscany and is famous for its marble production. Go on a guided quarry experience to learn more about how the marble is quarried and a journey up the mountainside in an off-road vehicle. Also in the city is a museum that tells the history of Carrara where you can also see some beautiful marble sculptures on display.

Another fascinating place to visit is picturesque, medieval Sarzana. The brightly-coloured houses and buildings that lined the streets and squares are typical of such an ancient Italian town. Top sightseeing landmarks are 15th-century La Cittadella Fortezza and 13th-century Sarzana Cathedral. Lucca (54km) is another historical city that gives a serious history fix, with its intact Renaissance walls that encircle the city centre.

For a day at the seaside, head to Bocca di Magra (13km) or Lerici (18km). These coastal spots offer both long, sandy stretches and pebble beaches to enjoy. Venere Azzurra Beach between Lerici and San Terenzo is particularly popular and enjoys Blue Flag status. Here you can swim in its azure waters, hire pedal boats, or simply stay on the beach and relax on a hired sun lounger.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Pisa

(70 km)

Nearest Airport Genoa

(110 km)

Nearest Village

(3 km)

Nearest Town/City Sarzana

(10 km)

Nearest Restaurant

(4 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub

(4 km)

Nearest Supermarket

(2 km)

Nearest Beach

(13 km)


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Teens

Drive to the Cinque Terre village of Riomaggiore (43km) to enjoy a family day out exploring its botanical garden and visiting the bird-watching centre. If you’re all feeling particularly active, you can follow what’s known as The Path of Love, a clifftop walking trail between Riomaggiore and Manarola. Also visit Monterosso al Mare for its sandy beach experience and swimming in the sea.

Go hiking, cycling or horse riding through the scenic valleys and forests of the Apuan Alps for an unforgettable day out. For a more laidback day trip, head out to the coast and the beaches around Lerici. Swimming, boating and simply enjoying the beach are all on offer.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Watersports
  • Sailing
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • DVD
  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

  • Catering Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Catering Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport transfers
- Babysitting/childcare services

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Private chef
- Catering service
- Maid service
- Massages and spa treatment
- Guided tours

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfill your requests!

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Event information

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €800 paid in cash to the owner upon arrival and refunded after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4 pm.
Departure time 10 am.
Energy costs included? Included in the rental price.
Linen & towels included? Linen, bath & pool towels are included in the rental price.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner. If accepted, a pet supplement of €10 per pet per day will apply (paid locally).
Changeover day Saturday.
End of stay cleaning included? Not included, to pay in cash on arrival, for 12 people: €250,00; for 16 people: €300,00.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking inside the villa.
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
Minimum stay 4 nights in low season, 7 nights in July and August.
Heating costs included? Not included in the rental price, on consumption, €40 per day.
Internet access? Wi-Fi connection included.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings and celebrations are permitted on request.

Rental Rates

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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