Character stone farmhouse, retaining most of its original charm and features, surrounded by extensive land with infinity pool, porch and garage. The property benefits from spectacular panoramic views over lake Massaciuccoli.
Casale La Merenda is ideally located near lake Massaciuccoli, within a wonderful natural park with views across the lake, close to local amenities and only 15-20 mins' drive from the seaside.
The access to this lovely family residence is through a short private driveway leading to the main entrance gate and up to the house and to the garage.
The property is surrounded by terraced land extending to 12.000 sq m (3 acres) including landscaped gardens and olive grove with 500 olive trees, some of which are century-old trees. A beautiful infinity pool with charming porch and pizza oven, where having "al-fresco" dining with family and friends, have been built next to the building.
The property, that in the past used to be the local school then converted into habitation, maintains most of its original features including ancient cotto floors, exposed chestnut wooden beams on ceilings, ancient wooden windows and stone staircase with handmade wrought iron railings.
It offers large and comfortable accommodation arranged on three levels comprising kitchen with open fireplace, dining room, utility room, wine cellar and spacious living room with stone open fireplace and door opening on to the external courtyard facing the pool and porch on the ground floor. The first floor features a wide bathroom and two well-proportioned double bedrooms with panoramic views, one has door opening on to the study.
Upstairs there are other two generous double bedrooms, one with living room that could be converted in to the fifth bedroom in case of need, and bathroom.
Just a few metres away from the main building there is a garage, where it is possible to park 2 cars, with adjoining storeroom. Show more Show less
The property is set in the municipality of Massarosa, on the first hillside in Massaciuccoli locality, with spectacular views on the lake and coastline; despite being immersed in the green with absolute privacy, the property is not in isolated position being part of a complex of villas and houses.
The villa is at about 4 km away from the centre of Massarosa and from all the main services, at about 15 km from the seaside of Viareggio and a mini-market together with some restaurants are at about 200 metres from the house, easily reachable on foot.
Massarosa, town of Roman origins, is a major tourist, agricultural and industrial centre, located to the west of Viareggio between Sarzanese road and Massaciuccoli lake and has a territorial structure spread among hills, plains and lakes. The area is dotted with a lot of exclusive villas (dating back to the 16th and 19th centuries), villages and historical churches. Massarosa is also well known for its natural beauties, especially for the famous Massaciuccoli Lake inside the natural Park of Migliarino, San Rossore, Massaciuccoli. The park extends along the coastline between Pisa and Lucca and also includes the former Presidential Estate of San Rossore, the pinewoods of Tombolo and Macchia Lucchese. In 2005 the Park was awarded with the European Diploma of Protected Areas and, thanks to its rich fauna, is a LIPU oasis, as well.
The most outstanding hilly areas, if considered from a panoramic point of view along the shoreline, are Corsanico, Bargecchia, Mommio Castello, Montignano and Pieve a Elici, where one can appreciate breathtaking natural sights, historical and artistic beauties, immersed in the greenery and tranquility.
From those hilly areas, the centre of Massarosa, the seaside and the beaches of the famous Versilia Riviera can be conveniently reached by car in just a few minutes. The hilly hinterland allows to go walking, cycling or horse riding on the old paths of the pilgrims along the Via Francigena. Show more Show less