A few weeks ago, our family headed to Vorno,  a small village 10 minutes outside of the city of Lucca, Italy. This rustic villa set in the rolling Tuscan countryside was a perfect base for a week away with the family.

The villa had everything we needed, it slept up to 12 people with 5 bedrooms inside the house, with another bedroom situated in its own building on the property.

The private pool was located at the end of the garden along a path lined with olive trees. Whilst initially it was a little coldwe found it perfect for cooling off in the hot afternoons, the diving board helps!

Top Tip: Be sure to bring Mosquito repellent  we were bitten badly. Don’t worry, if you forget it is only a short drive to Lucca wheretwo large supermarkets are located.

Included in the weekly rental was a delicious prepared breakfast every day by Roberta, a local who would not only have everything laid out for us by 8am but would also clear everything away after and put the leftovers in the fridge for our lunch. Breakfast was typical continental: meats and cheeses, pastries, yogurt, fresh fruit  and cereal; as well as an array of local hot and cold delicacies that would change daily. We were also welcomed to the property with a prosecco and tapas spread.

The villa was equipped with afull kitchen and outdoor barbecue, perfect for self catering. The ice machine in the kitchen was a welcome addition, and very useful for taking ice buckets for drinks down by the pool. If you are not so inclined to cook on holiday, there are four restaurants in Vorno within around a 15 minutes walk..

We recommend: Ristorante Pizzeria A Bimbotto, a fantastic family run restaurant with a wide choice of local eats.

The age range of our guests was 18 months – 59 years old and it met everyone’s needs, with a highchair and cot provided. The website said that it building would be accessible as it is located at the foot of the hills – we would read into this carefully as there was no access to the pool or garden except up steps, with uneven ground between the house and pool area. Also there were no bedrooms on the ground floor – however we did not have access to the extra building.

We had a great time at the villa, Tuscany is such a beautiful region and the villa worked as a good base forexploring either by car or foot. Whilst it wasn’t modern, it had a rustic charm to it and way certainly very clean and well kept.

We’re already looking to go back next year!

This villa can be booked with Bridgewater Travel