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Lets all ‘Buddymoon’ at Villa Dasya

Dec 12, 2018 Written by: Harriet Jones for Bride magazine
Villa Dasya is a stunning private home within a stroll of the centre of Lari, a beautifully kept medieval town with a castle and a collection of small shops and restaurants west of Florence near the Tuscan Coast.

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A stunning, private family home exclusively rented through the brilliant Tuscany Now & More. Expect seven bedrooms (sleeping 14) and six bathrooms in a sprawling villa - you won't believe the Tardis-like way it opens up from its unassuming door on the street, with multiple nooks and crannies to discover. There's even a glass lift to take you to the second floor.  

What's the vibe?

A grown-up, luxe group hangout. This isn't a place for smaller children - it's stuffed with beautiful antique artefacts, and the library is a triumph. What this pad is perfect for is the increasingly popular 'buddymoon'. Book this for the week after your wedding and fill it with your closest friends and/or family. Spend your days by the pool, Prosecco in hand, staring up at the cream façade of the house with its pretty olive-green shuttered windows and terracotta roof.

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Probably the most wonderful thing about this bolthole is its location: once ensconced within its walls, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were deep in the rolling Tuscan countryside - not a neighbour or town in sight. But step outside its fortress-like front door, take a five-minute stroll up the tree-lined road and you'll come to the historic village of Lari. Here, you'll find a couple of really good restaurants (nothing too fancy, but then that's the joy of being in Italy; finding authentic, cheap-as-chips food. Try I Burattinai - if you can, nab the largest table outside (the view is perfection). The staff are used to big groups, and the Carbonara is to die for. Afterwards, pop around the corner to the teeny plaza for an Aperol Spritz at Antica Osteria AI Castello, before  rolling yourselves home.

The luxe factor

Aside from the house that has it all, the five-star frills come in the form of luxury experiences and a concierge service from Tuscany Now & More. They'll arrange anything from truffle-hunting to winery visits: best of all, book pasta- or pizza-making with chef Alberto - he'll come to the house and cater for as many people as you need. Alternatively, have a four­ course meal served to you on the giant dining table, or let them dress the terrace outside: the setting is magical, with hundreds of twinkling tea lights.

Staving in

The villa has so many spaces to chill in, it's easy to get time to yourselves as a couple. There's a cosy living room (ideal for snuggling and films), the library with its squishy sofas... but the romantic spots outside take the trophy. Throw open the many doors at the back (it takes a while to lock up, FYI) and you'll find a charming canopied terrace with enough seating for a small army. Go down the stone steps and there's another level of seating, with a view of the glittering pool. But for the best seat in the house, head to the other side of the pool, follow a path and you'll find two wrought-iron chairs and a table cleverly situated for the best views of Lari, the rooftops of which just peek through the trees. The scent of fruit trees makes this the spot for chilled rose and star-gazing a deux.

On the doorstep

Yes, down the road you'll find the village (and with a location like this it can be ha rd to muster the energy to look beyond it), but Pisa is just a short drive away and a must-visit (expect pizza on every corner). Drive a Little further afield and you'll reach the tourist hub of Florence, worth the drive if only for the gelato, shopping and beautiful streets. Another must-see is the walled city of Lucca, a charming spot to stroll or cycle in, preferably along the 17th-century ramparts encircling the old town.

What to pack

Fewer outfits than you think - you won't get through them all. Days are spent in a bikini (no need for flip-flops: the cool, stone floors in the house are bliss on hot feet), before throwing on a kaftan or summer dress to go to the supermarket for the best five-Euro wine you've ever had (plus phenomenal fresh bread and cheese).

Honeymoon highlight

Rooms vary in size and decor (all are tastefully but quirkily done out, with air con) but the one to bagsy for yourselves is tucked away on the first floor with a king-sized bed, Jacuzzi bath, ornate Italianate-style chairs, a huge fireplace and enough room to unpack that giant wardrobe you couldn't help but bring (trust us, you won't wear it).

GO From £6,650 per week; tuscanynowandmore.com