Villa Bernardino

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Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5

Overview

Wedding Venue Pool Ideal for Kids
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With patchwork views of Tuscan landscapes around you from the elevated swimming pool, Villa Bernardino offers charm and character in beautiful surroundings, perfectly positioned between Lucca and Florence.

This is a handsome five-bedroom villa with a picture-perfect yellow façade and pretty shutters which is sure to impress you on your arrival. The casa dates back to the early 19th century and has been wonderfully restored to retain a great sense of history throughout. Expect characterful elegance, antique furnishings and terracotta floors alongside modern comforts such as a superbly equipped kitchen, modern bathrooms and air-conditioning in most of the bedrooms. Set over three levels, if you are not admiring the incredible frescoes on the ceilings of some of the second-floor en-suite bedrooms, then you’ll be gazing out at the typically Tuscan views of cypress trees, vineyards and olive groves.

Relax in the magnificent gardens with its stone terrace and barbecue for al-fresco dining in style, benches and parasols with wonderful views and a second dining area ideal for feasts on warm summer evenings with family and friends. Wander up to the top of the terraced grounds at the rear to cool off in the glorious and sunny swimming pool surrounded by stunning parkland and yet more tremendous vistas.

Close to the spa-town of Montecatini Terme, you can experience one of the nine thermal spas within just a ten-minute drive as well as exploring the historic buildings and fountains or browsing the high-end shops. Take the 19th century funicular up to the medieval village of Montecatini Alto for more spectacular views and take time to visit other enchanting places such as Pescia, Collodi and the famous Vinci with its museum and birthplace of the great artist.

The historic city of Lucca must be visited for its beauty and character whilst Florence and Pisa can also be easily reached for superb days out. Take nature walks through the wetlands at Padule di Fucecchio or head further south to the Chianti vineyards and perhaps even as far as Siena. For a complete change of scene, experience Tuscany by the beach with the popular summer resorts of Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi under an hour away. 

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What you should know…

  • The swimming pool is in an elevated part of the garden (as the grounds are on terraced levels)
  • Air-conditioning is featured only in the four second-floor bedrooms as well as the first-floor living room
  • The unobtrusive owners live on site and are there if guests need anything
  • Please note that this property is located in the beautiful Tuscan hills

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ Hairdryer Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site

Villa Interiors (350m2)

Ground Floor

-    Large reception area with double sofa-bed and fireplace
-    Second reception area
-    Laundry room

First Floor (can be accessed via stairs inside or externally)


-    Kitchen, well-equipped including dishwasher, fridge-freezer with ice-maker, oven, microwave, toaster Italian moka coffee maker, kettle, bench and chairs. Doors lead to al-fresco dining terrace
-    Living-room with fireplace, air-conditioning and open-plan dining area with piano (decorative only)
-    Bedroom with double bed and desk (can be used as a study)
-    Shower room with sink and WC

Second Floor


-    Bedroom with double bed, air-conditioning and en suite shower room with sink and WC
-    Bedroom with double bed, desk, air-conditioning and en suite shower room with sink and WC
-    Bedroom with four-poster double bed, air-conditioning and en suite shower room with sink and WC
-    Bedroom with twin beds, air-conditioning and en suite shower room with sink and WC

Outside Grounds

-    Swimming pool (15x5m, depth: 0.9-1.4m) with partial fencing. Open approximately May to September
-    Poolside terrace with sun loungers, chairs and parasols
-    Al-fresco dining terrace with BBQ
-    Front garden with al-fresco lounge and dining area
-    Consecrated chapel
-    Gardens on various levels (some steep)

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi
-    Air-conditioning (some rooms)
-    Heating
-    TV
-    Hairdryer
-    Mosquito nets
-    Washing machine and dryer
-    Ironing facilities

Location

About the surrounding area of Villa Bernardino
<1hr to Airport Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Villa Bernardino is located in northern Tuscany between Lucca and Florence in the beautiful hills filled with woodland, olive and cypress trees, looking out towards the spa-town of Montecatini Terme. The land surrounding the villa comprises ten hectares of parkland and terraces growing olive trees and vineyards. 

It’s just a five-minute drive to two of the oldest villages in the area and there is a variety of traditional Tuscan restaurants in a 10 to 15-minute drive. The nearest supermarket is around 6km away or head to Montecatini Terme (7.5km) for a greater choice of amenities.

Indeed, Montecatini Terme (7.5km) is a wonderful place to visit and is well-known for it’s nine thermal spas where you can experience a number of different treatments as well as admire the historic buildings in which they are housed. Explore the town itself, looking out for historic fountains, impressive buildings and high-end shops. Take the 19th century funicular up to the medieval village of Montecatini Alto and be mesmerised by the spectacular views around you.

Other local villages to visit include Pescia (10km) with its grand cathedral, Collodi (13km) with its famous associations with Pinocchio and Monsummano Terme (12km), again known for its thermal springs including the incredible Grotta Giusti, a natural paradise.

For nature lovers, a visit to the Padule di Fucecchio wetlands, around half an hour away, is another wonderful day out. The nature reserve is perfect for long walks as you spot a number of migrating birds, a variety of herons and discover all sorts of unusual flora and fauna – look out for guided tours departing from the visitors centre in Larciano (24km).

You are also close to the picturesque village of Vinci (28km), a delightful place to explore not just because it’s the birthplace of Leonardo di Vinci. Visit the museum, enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch, perhaps sampling some of the local olive oil and wine, then follow the 3km-long trail (the Sentiero Verde) through the vineyards to the artist’s birthplace.

Of course, a visit to Lucca (30km) is a must when staying in this region – be enchanted by its exquisite architecture, atmospheric squares and medieval centre. The world-famous cities of Florence (60km) and Pisa (50km) are also around an hour away by car (consider travelling to Florence by train from Montecatini Terme) or head south, perhaps passing some of the idyllic Chianti villages, until you reach Siena, around 120km away.

For beach lovers, head to the beaches of the Versilia coastline, under an hour away, where you will find sandy shores, blue-flag beaches, watersports opportunities and overall a great day by the sea. Viareggio (55km) and Forte dei Marmi (65km) are particularly well loved seaside resorts that are easily reached.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Florence Airport

(50km)

Nearest Airport 2 Pisa Airport

(65km)

Nearest Train Station Montecatini Terme

(8km)

Nearest Village

(1.5km)

Nearest Shop Local village

(1.5km)

Nearest Restaurant

(3km)

Nearest Supermarket

(6km)

Nearest Town Montecatini Terme

(7.5km)

Nearest City Lucca

(30km)

Nearest Golf Golf Montecatini Terme

(17km)

Nearest Tennis Montecatini Terme

(9km)

Nearest Beach Viareggio

(55km)

Region

Nestled in the heart of Tuscany, Italy, the Lucca and Pisa region is a captivating destination that effortlessly blends rich history, stunning architecture, and natural beauty. This picturesque region is renowned for its unique and unforgettable attractions, making it a must-visit for any traveller. 

Tuscany 

With its rolling fields, historical heritage and a cuisine that’s a delight for all the senses, it’s no wonder Tuscany is one of the most popular regions in Italy for holidaymakers. Yet even with its popularity, you can still kick back in one of our luxury villas in Tuscany and feel peace, tranquillity and the joy of seclusion. 

This is one destination that really does have a little bit of everything for everyone, whether you’re travelling with family, friends or are just looking for a romantic getaway with that special someone.

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Children will love this superb part of Tuscany with so much to appeal to a variety of ages.

First of all, Pinocchio Park in nearby Collodi (13km) is a popular theme park with rides, shows and other attractions whilst next door there is an enchanting Butterfly House set in beautiful historic gardens.

Heading north-east towards Pistoia, spend the day visiting the town’s zoo (20km) or admire the outdoor sculptures at the Fattoria di Celle (30km).

Art-lovers will also appreciate the charming village of Vinci (28km) with its museum all about the famous artist and a beautiful 3km trail which leads to Leonardo di Vinci’s birthplace.

Not forgetting the beach which can be reached in under an hour. Resorts such as Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi offer summer watersports, plenty of beachside cafes and restaurants as well as other attractions for all the family. 

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • <1hr to Airport
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

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

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Cooking Classes Available
  • Yoga Classes Available
  • Wine-Tasting Available
  • Transfers Available
  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • Tours 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 pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Breakfast
- Meals
- Private chef
- Cookery classes
- Wine-tasting tours
- Babysitting
- Yoga/pilates
- Massages
- Personal trainer
- Event planning
- Tours
- Transfers
- Horse-riding
- Balloon trips
- Boat trips
- Maid service and linen change

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 fulfil your requests!

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Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

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 upon departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m
Energy costs included? Included up to 200 Kw. Excess charged at €0.80 per Kw, payable locally.
Heating costs included? Extra €8m3, payable locally.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pool towels included? Yes.
End of stay cleaning included? Extra €400, payable locally. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit. Failure to follow waste separation and collection guidelines provided may result in 50% loss of deposit.
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately May to September. Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Changeover day Saturday. All other changeover days on request.
Minimum stay 7 nights.
Tax Italian Visitors Tax payable locally in cash (typically costs €1-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Internet access? Wi-Fi internet access included.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.
Other Ts and Cs A cot and highchair are available on request.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
Feb 23rd 2024 - Mar 30th 2024 £2,965
Mar 30th 2024 - Apr 6th 2024 £4,644
Apr 6th 2024 - Apr 20th 2024 £2,965
Apr 20th 2024 - Jun 8th 2024 £4,644
Jun 8th 2024 - Sep 7th 2024 £5,731
Sep 7th 2024 - Oct 19th 2024 £4,644
Oct 19th 2024 - Dec 23rd 2024 £2,965
Dec 23rd 2024 - Jan 11th 2025 £4,644
Jan 11th 2025 - Mar 29th 2025 £2,965
Mar 29th 2025 - Apr 5th 2025 £4,644
Apr 5th 2025 - Apr 19th 2025 £2,965
Apr 19th 2025 - Jun 7th 2025 £4,644
Jun 7th 2025 - Aug 26th 2025 £5,731

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
Feb 23rd 2024 - Mar 30th 2024 €3,225
Mar 30th 2024 - Apr 6th 2024 €5,053
Apr 6th 2024 - Apr 20th 2024 €3,225
Apr 20th 2024 - Jun 8th 2024 €5,053
Jun 8th 2024 - Sep 7th 2024 €6,235
Sep 7th 2024 - Oct 19th 2024 €5,053
Oct 19th 2024 - Dec 23rd 2024 €3,225
Dec 23rd 2024 - Jan 11th 2025 €5,053
Jan 11th 2025 - Mar 29th 2025 €3,225
Mar 29th 2025 - Apr 5th 2025 €5,053
Apr 5th 2025 - Apr 19th 2025 €3,225
Apr 19th 2025 - Jun 7th 2025 €5,053
Jun 7th 2025 - Aug 26th 2025 €6,235

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
Feb 23rd 2024 - Mar 30th 2024 $3,491
Mar 30th 2024 - Apr 6th 2024 $5,468
Apr 6th 2024 - Apr 20th 2024 $3,491
Apr 20th 2024 - Jun 8th 2024 $5,468
Jun 8th 2024 - Sep 7th 2024 $6,748
Sep 7th 2024 - Oct 19th 2024 $5,468
Oct 19th 2024 - Dec 23rd 2024 $3,491
Dec 23rd 2024 - Jan 11th 2025 $5,468
Jan 11th 2025 - Mar 29th 2025 $3,491
Mar 29th 2025 - Apr 5th 2025 $5,468
Apr 5th 2025 - Apr 19th 2025 $3,491
Apr 19th 2025 - Jun 7th 2025 $5,468
Jun 7th 2025 - Aug 26th 2025 $6,748

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Reviews

  • Unique with beautiful views

    on 10/10/2022

    The Villa is on several levels which makes it feel unique, the rooms are well decorated and comfortable, with air units in rooms if it’s hot. The kitchen leads out to nice eating area and the pool is located atop a hill and feels like luxury. The hosts left us some bread and drinks in the fridge-so kind. It was a little tricky to find and is up in the hills a bit more than we expected but definitely worth it! A small town is not far away for groceries. Very lovely place and setting! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend for anyone who wants to be in the country but still reach Florence, Pisa, Sienna and surrounding areas without difficulty.

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