A rare opportunity to own a fabulous, unique, luxury country estate, nestled in Lunigiana countryside, northern Tuscany, close to Liguria coastline and the Tuscan Riviera.
Reconstructed and renovated in 2006 to a quality standard, this 17th century fortified Castello, together with its detached cottage surrounded by its 6 acres of land with private pool, offers spacious accommodation in the Tuscan style and design.
The property was in a state of ruin when purchased in 2003 by its present owners who carried out a careful and tasteful renovation with much consideration to traditional detail with the help of modern day techniques making this property a perfect combination of old traditional Tuscan style and contemporary comfort. Inside the property features original stone work, chestnut beamed ceilings, terracotta floors and wood-burning fires.
The main stone villa-castello, with its crenellated tower which makes its look so unique, provides comfortable and stylish accommodation arranged on 2 levels and boasts great outsides areas, such as the wonderful loggia overlooking the pool and its private patio immersed in the woodland as well as its large sunny terrace on top floor, all ideal for "al-fresco"dining with family and friends enjoying the panorama and the peaceful setting.
On the ground floor is the main entrance through the 17th Century arched two- metre stone doorway into the spacious and relaxing open space lounge with open fire and door opening onto patio and large dining room with exposed stone walls, from the living you can reach the fully equipped kitchen and the breakfast-room, on this level you also find a wc and the charming loggia overlooking the 12x5 private pool and the green hills beyond, a sort of semi-outdoor area which has been created from 2 of the original castello rooms. On the first floor are 4 double bedrooms, two bedrooms have en-suite bathroom while the other 2 share a large bathroom (Jack and Jill bathroom). On this level there is a large terrace with stunning views across the mountains and the countryside.
The lovely cottage, situated approximately 50 metres away from the main villa-castello, which once used to be the animal hay storage barn, offers comfortable accommodation comprising kitchen with open plan dining/living area, bedroom and bathroom on the upper level and en-suite double bedroom on the lower level, this level features its own entrance and terrace. The cottage benefits from a large terrace with pergola where relaxing and enjoying the Tuscan sun.
The property occupies a very private panoramic position, yet close to amenities and is ideal for all those seeking privacy and a peaceful setting without being away from the rest of the world. The property can be used as luxury holiday home as well as main residence and offers great investment potential. Show more Show less
The property is located in Lunigiana, northern Tuscany, in very private position nestled among beautiful hills, less than 1 kilometer from the local village with bar, restaurant, butcher and post office. In the town of Licciana Nardi, 10 mins' drive down the valley, you find a good selection of local shops, bank, ATM, post office, doctor, bar, restaurant, mini supermarket and bakery.
The nearest motorway access is in the town of Aulla, 20 mins by car, where you also find shops, restaurants and facilities including railway station offering regular services to Milan, Parma, Pisa, Lucca, Florence and Leghorn.
The property is conveniently located to travel down to Tuscan beaches or to visit the picturesque Cinque Terre in Liguria or Lerici in 40 mins by car, while for those who love skiing the nearest ski resort is only 30 mins.
It is ideally situated also for those who use to travel, in fact the international airports of Pisa, Parma, Florence and Genoa are all within an hour and 20 mins' drive.
The Lunigiana is an historical territory of Italy, which today falls within two districts and administrative regions. The “high-middle Lunigiana” is located at the extreme north of Tuscany, in the district of Massa Carrara. The “low Lunigiana” is positioned in the district of La Spezia along the last stretch of the Magra river.
It has always been a land of passage and a natural corridor between several areas located in the Po Valley, Tuscany and Liguria.
A prosperous land where time seems to have stopped, the landscape has maintained its original charm and the signs of man have been preserved for centuries and engraved in stone and marble: the mysterious and prehistori, Stele statues, the numerous and fascinating castles, the Romanic medieval churches, the typical medieval villages, the ancient paths of Via Francigena and a series of remarkable and refined works of art from the medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods.
A very hospitable land that has maintained its popular traditions, as folklore and the production of local products, all to be tried and savored: PGI honey, “testaroli” (a type of pasta), “panigacci” (a typical bread), DOP chestnut flour of Lunigiana, olive oil and the wines of Candia and Colli di Luni, cured meats and cheeses. Show more Show less