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“Gorgeous village house with amazing pool area”
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Solar heated pool with spectacular terrace dining area above and showers and changing rooms below.
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Solar heated pool with spectacular terrace dining area above and showers and changing rooms below.
Poolside dining is easy, with a well-equipped, lit kitchen bar, fridge and BBQ … Al Palazz sits at the heart of a tiny hamlet (bells ring only twice a day).
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Solar heated pool with spectacular terrace dining area above and showers and changing rooms below.
Poolside dining is easy, with a well-equipped, lit kitchen bar, fridge and BBQ …
Al Palazz sits at the heart of a tiny hamlet (bells ring only twice a day).
Geraniums line the villa’s entrances; the garden gate is just around the corner.
Lots of relaxing seating in an acre of spectacular private south-facing landscaped gardens.
Enjoy the fabulous view with a bottle of local wine.
It’s easy to spend whole days and evenings on the terrace by the pool.
The pool (11 x 4m) is solar-heated with a cover, and the pool area can be lit at night.
Relax until the sun goes down and the stars come out!
The kitchen is traditional Tuscan style and fully equipped for cooking.
The dining room and snug provide a cool retreat on hot days …
… and there’s always time for a drink on the kitchen terrace.
Large windows in the big beamed sitting room offer spectacular views.
The master bedroom with wall hangings also looks over the valley.
All bathrooms have 4-piece suites and the master bathroom has a whirlpool bath.
Beds are king-size and comfortable - the second bedroom looks over the square.
In the ground floor cantina apartment contemporary design complements 14C walls.
Take the rose arch path to arrive at the pool, which sits in the sun all day.
There’s also a path down to the pool area from our private car park.
There are lots of enchanting small towns to explore and many good place to eat.
Florence, Pisa, Parma and Genoa are easy day visits with many sights to see …
… and the Italian Riviera and Cinque Terre villages are just 45 minutes away.
Your first glimpse of Al Palazz, nestling in tranquil hills 1km above Bagnone.
Al Palazz – pretty as a picture!
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Bagnone, Province of Massa Carrara, Tuscany

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ceri f
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Gorgeous village house with amazing pool area”
Reviewed 1 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We had a wonderful week at this beautiful house in August. The pool area is absolutely amazing and would not be out of place in a small boutique hotel, with shower, changing area, toilet facilities, outdoor kitchen, table tennis and BBQ facilities. Just across the road is a small restaurant which was full every lunch time and evening and at about 13 euros a head, including wine, for a home cooked 3 course meal you could completely understand why. There are some lovely restaurants in the nearby town which is a 5 minute drive away and we used the location as a base to visit Palma too, which was gorgeous. The pool is huge, and warm, and most evenings our three children were in the pool until late into the evening, the views are incredible and the house is very well equipped and spacious. A very special house!

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Liked best: Pool area
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
3 Sep 2015
Agreed - there's nothing to beat relaxing by the pool, taking in the view, or swimming by starlight! And dining at Al Vecchio Podere is a real Italian experience that we enjoy on every visit.
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Size12
Lancs Uk
Level 6 Contributor
189 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Amazing views and all the comforts of home!”
Reviewed 21 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Al Palazz ticked all the boxes on paper for us and we were not disappointed with the real thing when we arrived!
Firstly, it is within an easy, if Italian, drive from Pisa airport and the directions provided were spot on, even down to warnings about speed cameras. The roads leading upto the small village were in good condition so no worries on the rental car wheels etc.
The villa is situated between a quiet B&B property and a mostly quiet Church. The bells are occasional and interesting! (but didn't sound at night). The website correctly described the rooms and facilities so I wont go over them again. We found it a lovely place to stay and although there is no air con, there are fans, and if you follow the guidance about how to use the window blinds (like a local) we found the 34C heat manageable!
The gardens and pool area are great and a lot of time and effort has been (and still is) made in their upkeep. A pool side fridge is a great idea that others could do to follow!
Jane and David have produced books to help visitors get the most from the area and we managed to use the local trains and restaurants with their guidance. The house is well stocked with books of all sorts and also lots of maps. Oh and the teenage essential of wifi worked fine all the time...

All told we had a great 2 weeks there and would be happy to return.

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Liked best: Views, pool, lounge area
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Management Response
27 Jul 2015
Thanks for your feedback - and thanks also for the couple of good suggestions you gave us for next year's house books. Our aim is always to help guests have the best stay possible!
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DKay1246
Grand Rapids, Michigan
1 review
“A Picture Perfect Spot”
Reviewed 29 October 2014 for a stay in September 2014

You won't find a more authentic experience in the Tuscany countryside. Everything exceeded our best hopes. The owner was so easy to work with and answered other questions about the area. It is close enough to do easy day trips. The views are breathtaking. Be sure to have dinner at the neighbor's farmhouse restaurant.

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Liked best: The villa came with three notebooks full of information about the house, the grounds and the area nearby.
Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
1 Nov 2014
Thank you for your lovely comments. We're delighted we were able to answer all your questions - and that you had such a good time. Our aim is always to help people have great holidays!
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MisterSB
Reigate, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Exceeded all expectations”
Reviewed 24 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013

We have just returned from a very relaxing week at Al Palazz. A week did not seem enough - we did not want to leave! The house, pool and gardens are incredible. The website photos are great, but seeing is believing - the views and surrounding countryside are amazing.

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Liked best: Outside space
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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vmtownsen...
Worcester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Real Italy”
Reviewed 9 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013

We have just returned from Al Palazz, we had a wonderful time. Everything was as advertised and the pool area is the best we have ever had. It was heated by solar panels and the eating stage above was wonderful. It had a kitchen with fridge, huge BBQ, real good quality furniture and, best of all, that wonderful view.
Because we were there for a hosting week we only had use of the pool from 12, this gave us time to visit the lovely town of Bagnone for breakfast and shop for lunch. Wouldn't have missed it! The information which our hosts supplied in their books was very helpful.
I will give our downsides although they did not reduce our enjoyment. So-the flies around early afternoon were big biters (still have them!), there was no signal for TV so I missed the news from home, and the bedrooms were a little hot at night as we closed the shutters at night to keep the biters out! Air con in the bedrooms would make this perfect.
However these are dwarfed by the beautiful views from the second room sitting room. Heavenly!
I was with my husband and son and we would all like to return and will be recommending to our friends. Thank you Jane and David.

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Liked best: Wonderful views and pool area.
Liked least: Flies
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
23 Sep 2013
Jane and I are so pleased you really enjoyed your stay, in particular the pool area and the views. We enjoyed welcoming you during a Hosted Week when we were living in the cantina apartment and available for queries. We welcome your feedback as it helps us improve things where we can … we’re sorry we could do nothing (except provide spray!) about the afternoon flies, which Italian neighbours say were exceptional this year. The TV signal is fine so our instructions must faulty – we’ll review them. We’ll also add tips on how to set windows, shutters and fans to keep this old stone house cool in summer in the local way – we prefer not to have air con because of the environmental impact. Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you and your friends in future.
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LeeTaylor...
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A beautiful relaxing place for a 'slow', green holiday”
Reviewed 19 November 2012 for a stay in October 2012

We wanted as green a holiday as possible, and travelled there by train. It all worked out well - pick ups from local station, travelling on buses, using the local village as our base. The shops, cafes and restaurants there are great; we ate and drank very well during our stay, especially as it was chestnut and mushroom season: really enjoyed cooking local dishes discovered from the many cookbooks on the shelves. The information provided by the owners on the house, and things to do, and the support whilst we were there were terrific, especially as our command of Italian was modest. We enjoyed walking from Al Palazz - castles, churches, woods, rivers, other hamlets and villages accessible from the doorstep, and wonderful views. The house is very well equipped and comfortable, and the swimming pool with its panoramic views most enticing. It was good not having to jump into a car; I think you probably need to be reasonably fit given the living is over three floors and the terraced garden/pool area, and the walk in and out of the village, but this was all part of it being good for us.

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Liked best: the owners providing such good support
Travelling group: Friends
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Jeff W
Bicester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A special place for a special birthday.”
Reviewed 11 June 2012 for a stay in May 2012
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This was an important family holiday that was a year in the planning to celebrate my 60th birthday with my wife children and their partners.  We wanted somewhere memorable and special. Al Palazz is both of those. The views!  The location! The house is so comfortable and very well equipped - it has a wow factor but is unpretentious and very very pretty.  The website pictures are great but nothing can beat waking up and looking outside down to the valley below.  The spacious and wonderfully sited house suited our needs in every respect and I can't wait for another excuse to go again.
Nothing is left to chance and all needs and requirements are anticipated and catered for. The days out guides are great and the house manuals comprehensive. A nice touch is the fact that unlike many rentals the house comes with all the essentials for cleaning and a good selection of basic food ingredients so you don't waste time and money getting the house set up. It's all there for you to use and replace as you go along. If there is a weakness its that you really need two weeks not one to do this area and Al Palazz justice.  
The owners had very helpfully assisted us to organise a family birthday Sunday lunch at a nearby restaurant - Locanda Gavarini.  It was simply brilliant  -  the food and the venue superb and the staff so so helpful and accommodating.  Delicious food and talk about value for money.  Do go there – (closed Mondays) a good 5 course meal for around 30Euros and a bottle of local wine for 15Euros a bottle. Other than that it was a little bit of touring to see nearby towns and villages but it was the pool area and the terraces at Al Palazz that were so relaxing.
The only advice I would give is just remember to take everything with you when you go to the pool - it's a long haul back to your upstairs bedroom just to pick up you sunglasses - especially when you reach 60!! You definitely need a car for convenience and to get to see some of the surrounding areas. Great walking - challenging gradients in places - but the views and locations are worth it.
 We had a great holiday and the owners were brilliant in helping make it a truly memorable fantastic week. I would  - and have unreservedly recommended Al Palazz as a brilliant family high quality villa for a trouble free totally relaxing stay.

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Liked best: The views and the terraces at the villa
Liked least: Its set on a steep hillside so its a bit of a climb back to the house but not a real problem
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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