The house currently offers 3 double bedrooms (2 of which are ensuite) with potential for easily increasing the bedrooms to 4 or 5 if required. It has been sympathetically restored to offer stylish living space, plus ample storage and an exceptional working space too (currently set up as an Artist's studio). There is private, off road parking for at least 5 cars.
Directly outside the house there is a stunning terraced garden with a marble graveled area featuring two beautiful olive trees together with numerous ornamental planters, in addition to swimming-pool. Rustic stone steps lead up the outside wall of the house to a 40m2 tiled sun terrace with panoramic views across the valley. To the west end of the house there is a sunken lawn and kitchen/vegetable garden. To the rear of the property an underground room provides ample storage for garden tools/equipment/ furniture. Grass terraced land with approximately 40 olive trees make up most of the remaining 1300m2 of land surrounding the property.
On the ground floor there is a well equipped, light and spacious kitchen/diner which to the front of the house leads out onto 180m2 of south facing terraced garden with the summer dining area immediately outside the kitchen protected by a stylish wooden and terracotta tiled portico.
The property is enclosed by quality metal railings and gates making it safe for dogs and children. Entrance from and to the off road parking area and wood shed is via the rear of the kitchen. Also on ground floor level are the entrance hall, utility room, large "walk in" larder, hallway (leading to the first floor) and a bathroom with shower, bath, toilet and washbasin.
The property benefits from an integral, spacious studio/work area and "summer lounge" which are also on ground floor level and are equipped with all services, a wood burner and its own bathroom. To the rear of the studio there is a large storage room.
The living space on the first floor is large and bright. It comprises a sitting room with exposed chestnut beams, exposed stone and brickwork, wooden flooring and a glass fronted wood burning fireplace. Full height french windows look out onto impressive views across the valley. Leading off the sitting room is another large room with double windows on 3 sides. It is currently used as an office, but with the addition of a door could become a further double bedroom.
The Bedrooms are on the first and second floors. On the first floor, leading down a corridor from the sitting room, the master bedroom has a large dressing area and an ensuite with bath and shower. Both the bedroom and the bathroom lead out onto the 40m2 sun terrace with panoramic views around the valley. A second, smaller double bedroom also leads off the landing. On the second floor (reached via an open plan staircase) there is a spacious suite with exposed stone walls comprising a double bedroom, ensuite and private living room with its own woodburner. This room doubles as a further bedroom by using a sofa bed, but it would not be difficult to make a more permanent conversion. Show more Show less
This beautifully restored old stone farmhouse sits in a sunny and peaceful position on the edge of a small village in the hills of Lunigiana 10-15 minutes drive from Barbarasco with its excellent delicatessen, butcher, 2 high quality restaurants (plus 4 excellent valueTrattorie/ Agriturismi very nearby), 2 bars, hairdressers, post office and bank.
The village is served by the following mobile shops (x weekly): bread and general provisions (3), Fish (2), Salumi and cheese (1), Fruit (1).
In the nearby town of Aulla, 20 mins down the valley, you find shops, restaurants and facilities including motorway access and railway station offering regular services to Milan, Parma, Pisa, Florence, Leghorn.
Lunigiana enjoys a great convenient location, between the sea and the mountains, within 1 hour from the main airports of Pisa, Genoa and Parma. It is a wonderful rural land dotted with medieval castles and fairy villages only 30-40 mins' drive from the long sandy Tuscan beaches as well as from the picturesque fishing villages of Cinque Terre in Liguria. For those who love skiing the nearest ski resort is only 40 mins. It is the ideal position for all those seeking a private peaceful setting without being away from the rest of the world.
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 prehistoric 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. Show more Show less