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Welcome to Bridgewater’s Idyllic Italy


 

Handpicked Luxury Villas in Italy |  Personal Approach | 46 Years Experience

 

Bridgewater is one of the UK’s longest established Italian villa rental agents. Our story began in 1973 when Barry and Christine Pearson began renting villas in Versilia, on Tuscany’s golden coast. Today, we remain family owned and managed by Nicola and Lucy Pearson. Our expertise has been built over a lifetime of living and working in Italy which means we are lucky enough to know Italy’s culture and customs intimately and even after all this time – this wonderful country never fails to delight us with each new visit. You can learn more about our heritage and story so far here.

Finding the perfect villa rental can be time consuming – we understand that your time is precious and so encourage you to leave the hard work to us. Your Bridgewater team have already handpicked some of the finest villas in Italy which you can view here for inspiration and then contact us with your requirements. From stunning romantic retreats to wedding villas, great golf villas to private tennis courts, sea views to villas on the beach, there’s something for everyone.

We appreciate how important the human approach can be when organising something as special as a holiday – for this reason we handle each enquiry on an individual basis, listening to what is important to you and then getting in touch within 24 hours with a bespoke selection of properties – chosen especially for you. If you don’t see what you are looking for on our website let us know – as we do have more properties than are shown online.

We look forward to hearing from you and being your hosts in Italy for many years to come.

Nicola and Lucy Pearson
Your Bridgewater’s Idyllic Italy team

 

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Our friendly team of Italian travel specialists are on hand with advice, inspiration and ideas for your next villa holiday. We use our wealth of experience, knowledge and contacts in Italy to find your Idyllic Italian rental. Over the past 45 years we have curated a portfolio of luxury villas in Italy which we know will provide you with the best experience of this wonderful country

Complete this quick enquiry form or call us on +44 (0) 161 787 8587 and your personal villa specialist will be in touch with a bespoke selection of available properties within 24 hours – chosen especially for you.

 
 

Exploring Italy’s Regions – Your Italy Villa Holiday


Choosing your corner of Italy is a joyful choice to have. Will you opt for Tuscany’s meandering hills, the glittering blue waters of Amalfi or the allure of the Italian lakes? Whichever region you choose, you can be sure of breathtaking scenery, friendly locals, and cuisine beyond compare.

Italy is said to have more masterpieces per square metre than any other country in the world. Its’ magnificent cities are full of iconic sights.

Whilst our destination guides offer an introduction to each region – the only real way to experience them is first hand for yourself, with a stay in one of our stunning, luxury Italian villas.

Tuscany Countryside


Tuscany is no stranger to tribute or applause. It’s no novice to tourism or success. And it’s certainly no neophyte when it comes to luxury. And we can certainly vouch for that here at Bridgewater’s Idyllic Italy.

Tuscany Coast


The Tuscan coast remains 'Our special part of Italy' which year round offers an interesting and varied holiday. You will find beautiful Medieval towns, wide golden beaches & plenty for all ages to do including: Golf, tennis, water-sports, horse-riding, cycling & walking in the Apuan alps.

Umbria


Umbria is the only region of Italy without coastline or border with another country - for that alone, the region is completely unique. Lodged between Tuscany, Le Marche and Lazio, Umbria is the heart (and soul) of Italy.

Amalfi Coast


The Amalfi Coast is one of the most famous and beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. It goes without saying that this Italian gem is mesmerising in its beauty, all consuming in its appeal. But for travellers looking for more than just mind-blowing aesthetics, there’s so much more to the Amalfi Coast than its peripheral.

Lakes & Mountains


The Italian Lake District is quite possibly Italy’s most desirable destination. Both Ezra Pound and Alfred Tennyson wrote about the Italian Lakes in their poetry, and to this day the area upholds its prominence as one of the most stylish holiday resorts in the world.

Sardinia


If you’re looking for a beach holiday in Italy, your destination has to be no other than Sardinia. As the second largest island in the Med and surrounded by azure blue waters, Sardinia is an island paradise which offers beautiful beaches, a world of outdoor adventures and timeless historical charm.

Sicily


Off the foot of the Italian boot stands the Mediterranean’s largest island, Sicily. With over 25,000 kilometres of land to call its own, and as the polygonal crossroad between Europe and Africa, it’s no wonder that Sicilians dance along to their own melody; a melody which differs from any other region of Italy.

Veneto / Prosecco


Veneto is quite possibly Italy’s most romantic region; how could it be denied such title when the region is home to the most romantic city in the world? The one and only, Venice. The city of marble palaces, never-ending canals and gondolas that come complete with serenade. Yet, a Venetian romance is but a small part of the region’s charm.

Puglia


Forming the high heel of Italy’s boot, Puglia (otherwise known as Apulia) is Italy’s Southern gem. With sun-soaked panoramas and lush green landscapes, this lesser known region is a hidden secret for those in the know. Escaping the rest of the country in its picturesque peninsula, and bearing a conquered past in the hands of the Turks, the Greeks and the Spanish, Puglia has formed its own very unique, very remarkable, and very distinct identity.

Our Clients Testimonials


  • We had an amazing holiday at Villa Madonna and would highly recommend it. The garden space is fantastic with a gorgeous pool and table tennis table. The barbecue and pizza oven were great fun. The best part was the terrace - a wonderful space for outside eating, drinking coffee, reading etc. Views were excellent. We also enjoyed having a chef, Cinzia, cook for us one night. We also hired a guide, Stefano from Wild Trails and did a wonderful hike to Mount Croce in the Apuan Alps.

    Tracy Hill 2019
  • Nicola - hello - we are back from an absolutely glorious week at Villa Marzio (le cannicelle in Villammare) - everything was more than we hoped for, Marzio runs an excellent villa, extremely comfortable and great for little kids (though we were on full alert because pool not gated) .... but Marzio was super attentive to all our needs, there is so much to do in the area, hikes, boat trips, pool amazing etc etc etc.
    We are super thrilled with how the holiday went.
    Many thanks indeed for organising this for us ...
    Shelley

    Shelley Sawyers 2019
  • Hi Nicola,

    We will not likely be returning next year as there is lots of the world left to see. But we will definitely keep you on our radar for future trips and I have passed on your information to friends who are interested. You and Lucy were wonderful to work with!

    Mrs. Hubbard 2018
  • Dear Nicola
    We arrived to a bottle of wine and a note from you - thank you so much for all of your attention to detail, planning and recommendations. I really don’t think that we’d change anything about our trip.
    We will of course pass on your details to anyone who asks and recommend you without a second thought.
    thanks again.
    Mike & Julie

    Mike and Julie: July 2019
  • I have used many travel agents over the years and Bridgewater Travel ranks amongst one of the best. A total delight and pleasure to deal with, they listened to my needs and we had probably one of the best holidays ever. I would recommend them without any hesitation.  

    Julie- Anne 2017
  • We have just returned from Rome and although we have visited Italy before and love the county and it's people, this was the first time we have booked with Bridgewater. I would like to thank you for your excellent service. Our apartment was delightful and exceeded our expectations. Thank you for an excellent holiday, now we have discovered you we will most certainly be booking future holidays with Bridgewater.

    Marlene, Keith & Matther Powley
  • Villa Eva had everything we needed. Family from 11 to 80. We swam in pool, enjoyed hot tub & sauna and had such wonderful evenings baking our own pizzas in the garden room. Breakfast on terrace every day. This is as well as sightseeing nearby Lucca, tower climb, picnic & bike rides on wall. Train ride to Fl,orence, visit to Vespa museum & lovely drive through Appuanne Hills.  Finished with Pisa before flights home.

    Mary Hibbert April 2019
  • Travelling to Tuscany with both a mix of ages and some who hadn’t visited Italy before, Nicola’s advice was invaluable in finding the right villa and location for us. The villa did not disappoint and Alessandro was a helpful and friendly host. For serious cyclists, some of our party had a great time exploring the area on bikes. We loved the local trattoria recommended by Alessandro and had a wonderful time exploring Lucca. We would all happily stay in Bianca Lucca again Villa Bianca Lucca, May 2019

    Natalie Wallace 2019
  • We had a fantastic holiday at La Limonaia. The villa was absolutely beautiful and our group of 16 were well looked after by the staff at Bridgewater’s idyllic Italy. Nicola made various excellent recommendations, one of which was a chef who came to the property and cooked a delicious meal. I would highly recommend this villa and Bridgewater’s idyllic Italy! Thank you for a wonderful holiday!

     

    N. Mountcastle 2018
  • Hello Nicola

    I just want to let you know we had a wonderful stay at Villa Castelli.  Perfect location, not far from airport for the wee baby and toddler, but in the hills with lovely views.  Very spacious and comfortable. The huge gym was a great bonus and I found the heated pool warm enough even after one day of copious rain. Thank you for your help with directions. We needed them and with them found it without difficulty. We had a terrific catered meal in their pupose built private estate dining room after a short walk through the vinyard and wine tasting. Babies came too. Truly memorable way to celebrate turning 65/70.

    Mrs. Fernie 2018
  • Your recommendation to stay near Lucca, given the age and experience mix of the party, was spot on.  The villa was wonderful and Alessandro welcoming and helpful. We would happily stay there again and would definitely both recommend Bridgewater’s and hope to rent a villa through you again.
    We had a wonderful meal in Lucca at Buca Di S. Antonio from your suggestions and also in a local trattoria near the villa suggested by Alessandro. The written directions to find the villa were clear and when one car in our party got separated, it meant that they found the villa without too much hassle.
    Best wishes, Natalie

    Natalie Wallace 2019
 

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