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Andrew McKean

Member since: 2009
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Speaks english, italian

Villa Massa, 16th-century villa with private swimming pool and wi-fi

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 6 nights


Photos and Description of this Villa Collemandina holiday villa

Situated in panoramic position, the villa has 3 large bedrooms sleeping 8

The ancient 16th-century stone Villa Massa stands in panoramic position in Garfagnana, between Lucca and Versilia. It features a private swimming pool, stunning covered terrace and small garden. Free Wi-fi is available in the house.

The villa has been finely renovated respecting its original style and using traditional materials, such as terracotta tiles, stone and wood. It is furnished in period style and with great attention and care to details.

Standing in Massa Sassoroso (850 m above sea level), a typical village of Garfagnana on the side of the Pania di Corfino and close to the Parco Naturale dell`Orecchiella (Orecchiella Natural Park), the villa is the ideal destination for relaxing holidays and at the same time an excellent starting point for visiting cities of art such as Pisa, Lucca and Florence or for spending a day at the sea (56 kilometres away), on the fashionable Versilia Riviera.

The villa features a private swimming pool (7.5 x 5.5 m), and a large furnished balcony covered with an arched loggia.

Garfagnana: Garfagnana is 'Hidden Tuscany' at its best. With its stunning scenery it is the best area in Tuscany for walking and outdoor activities. We have close ties with an Outdoor Activities company who offer many international class adventures.

Castelnuovo, the nearby market town, has many restaurants, cafes, bars, supermarkets and all other types of shops. There is a tourist information office and a weekly market selling a wide variety of fashion, household goods, flowers, fruit and vegetables.

Mountain biking, hill walking and horse riding are all available locally.

More Details
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Andrew McKean (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Call Manager
Speaks english, italian


based on 6 traveller reviews

Villa Massa, 16th-century villa with private swimming pool and wi-fi
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 6 reviews

An unforgettable trip!

  • 5 of 5

This house is absolutely amazing! It made the perfect getaway for us traveling with friends and our children. The house is so charming and wonderful, that we ended up requesting to stay an extra day because we did not want to leave. Yes, it is a far drive from all of the major cities, but we found plenty of things to do around the area that were worth exploring! Also the village bar owner Olga created us a menu and served us a 4-5 course meal of local dishes that we found to be something so special. We can't wait to stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful holiday villa, very helpful owner, one or two drawbacks.

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful week at this property. The setting is stunning, with views out to the Apuan Alps. The swimming pool is clean (and appears to use a non-chlorine purification system). The owner, who lives in the next village, is helpful and thoughtful. We toured some of the many nearby beauty spots, relaxed on the balcony, and swam in the pool. Bliss!

One or two points, however. As other reviewers have said, the beds are uncomfortable. The mattresses have a lot of springs and not enough foam! The Owners Direct website says that there is parking. However, it is not at the property but a couple of hundred meters away in the village, with a walk up a steep hill. This was not a problem for us, but other visitors might find it challenging. It would be best if the website could make the position clear.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tuscan pearl

  • 5 of 5

A fantastic house in beautiful, beautiful Garfagnana. The views, the outside areas, the pool (that was cleaned often), the surroundings, the people in the little village, the lady at the local pub, very good bathrooms, big kitchen and dish- and wash machine. The only thing that didn't meet up with the rest of the experience was the comfort of the beds - not good I´m afraid. And you have to be a good driver to get here...

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very nice but a bit far away from everything

  • 4 of 5

Very nice house, pool... But situated deep in the mountains. It takes 1.5 to 2 hours to get to the sea, 1 hour to Lucca, etc... So very nice if you want to get away from it all, a little bit less if you want to visit cities and do activities...

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of Villa Massa. This lovely villa is in the mountainous area of Garfagnana and is indeed 'away from it all', which is one of the main reasons to come here. The mountain air is fresher in summer than the more humid areas nearer the cities (especially at night) so many people prefer this location. Our information is clear and accurate about its proximity to Lucca etc so I hope this wasn't a surprise to you. We really appreciate your time to provide a review as we always appreciate feedback.
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Dream Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Words cannot possibly describe our stay in Massarossa. Incredible home, views and close enough to drive to see other places as well. The owner was more than helpful and gracious. 20 stars!!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a wonderful review. This is truly a special place with the most amazing views. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you can return some time. If you do return, remember to ask for 'returners discount' that we offer to all our clients. Also, we offer a 'recommendation discount' so if your friends or family book with us they can claim the discount using your name and providing the name of the house you stayed in. Best Wishes, Susan 'Friends of Tuscany'
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Sjarmerende stil

  • 5 of 5

En veldig sjarmerende villa i en liten og hyggelig landsby. Stille og rolig område med en fantastisk utsikt. I landsbyen er det en liten butikk og kafe drevet av en koselig dame - for større utvalg av dagligvarer må du kjøre et lite stykke.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Villa Collemandina
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Castelnuovo Garfagnana
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Sasso Rosso
Nearest Ski
8 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
55 Kilometres
Forti dei Marmi
Car: recommended

The area around the commune of Villa Collemandina has some of the most beautiful scenery in Garfagnana, which itself has arguably the loveliest and most dramatic scenery in all of Tuscany.

The natural park of the Orichiella, with all its tourist attractions, is within the boundaries of the commune.

Garfagnana has the best walking in Tuscany, and there are a range of outdoor activities to suit everyone. There are also many medieval villages in the area which have interesting artistic attractions.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday villa in Villa Collemandina, Italy

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
1 Oct 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
5 night minimum stay
1 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
Low Summer
29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
Low Summer
27 May 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
Mid Summer
17 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
6 night minimum stay
High summer
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
6 night minimum stay
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
6 night minimum stay
Late summer
16 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee A$0

Low season prices till June 17 and after September 10 are for 2 people only. For 3-8 people an extra £200 is charged.

A 500 euros returnable deposit will be asked for by the owner

Flexible entry dates. Saturday to Saturday not essential.

Rental includes bed linen and towels

Final cleaning included.

During colder periods if central heating is required the use is measured and paid directly to the owner.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in Villa Collemandina, Italy

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 single bed , en-suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , en-suite
    Bedroom 3 - 3 single bed , en-suite
  • There are 2 double bedrooms, 1 with an extra single bed, and a bedroom with 3 single beds. As there are 2 living rooms beds can be changed around.
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Tennis ...
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
There are 2 living areas in the house, and large balconies off both upper floors. It is therefore possible to have quiet privacy even with a large family or group of friends. The house is very ancient, with wonderful medieval features such as stone columns, stone fireplaces and cool stone floors, and chestnut beams and ceilings throughout. This is a villa of very high quality.