Authentic detached farmhouse, with five bedrooms, in a peaceful and panoramic hillside and private location, perfectly positioned to take advantage of the mild climate and with full sun from morning till evening. Just outside the beautiful, historical town of Calci. This is a unique opportunity to acquire a great property in this sought after area, in gentle rolling hills just above Pisa, to provide a special, comfortable family home. With lovely land and swimming pool.
The farmhouse is approached on a good road, with just the final part unpaved. The view is breathtaking, as the house is set on a sunny hillside and you can see over the extensive olive groves towards the sea over Pisa right up to the islands of Elba and Gorgona. You enter the property to a level grass lawn at the front of the house where there is a swimming pool (10m x 5m) with blue mosaic tiles and with a shower and WC. This is a lovely area to enjoy and it is equipped with a BBQ for sociable evenings.
This lovely house is full of character with terracotta tiles floors and wooden beamed ceilings, and much of the character has been retained. The main entrance is into the large living room and through to the nicely appointed kitchen with fireplace and onto a dining room, also with fireplace. There is a further room with fireplace (Bedroom or further reception room) and also on this level is a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom. There are 2 staircases to the first floor level offering the possibility of dividing the building into two seperate untis. Up the first staircase there is a bedroom with ensuite shower, plus a unit of bedroom, bathroom and kitchen which can be used as an apartment in itself, or the kitchen could be altered to be another bedroom. Up the other staricase are two more bedrooms, each with ensuite.
Central heating. Easy car access and plentiful private parking. There is a small outbuilding for storage.
Originally a stone barn, the house has has been plastered and painted on the front elevation. The spacious accommodation comprises ample living space as well as five bedrooms each with a bathroom, which makes it perfect for a large family house and guests, or is ideal as a B^B opportunity. The sunny hillside is mainly covered with olive trees but there are also lemon, mandarin and orange trees with wonderful aromas, which are plentiful and thrive in this Mediterranean climate as they are sheltered from the breeze. Set in a beautiful area, in the hills between Pisa and Lucca and facing the sea. There is a good restaurant just 1 km away and Calci is just down the way.
Calci lies at the foot of the Monti Pisani, a small mountain range which divides Pisa from Lucca, in the green Valgraziosa valley. This mountain is dotted with historical villages, medieval castles and Romanesque churches and it is characterised by terraced olive groves. The town is on the slopes of the Monti Pisani, on the side which faces Pisa. The area is full of marked walking trails with spectacular views towards the sea and the mild climate means that great trekking is available year round. Of particular interest in Calci is the Calci Charterhouse, the Certosa di Pisa, which is a monumental Baroque building, once a Carthusian monastery and now housing an important Natural History Museum with the collection from the University of Pisa.
The Monti Pisani are well known for the high quality extra virgin olive oil and there are many opportunities to sample and purchase this local speciality. The spectacular Chestnut Festival takes over Calci each year in October when it is possible to taste hand-prepared traditional chestnut cake, as well as a host of other great local produce. Calci has a selection of shops, excellent restaurants and a nice patisserie. This is a truly excellent location. The countryside is awash with perfect walks along the old mule tracks making it just right for a gentle stroll or for longer hikes. The cultural centres of Tuscany are all within easy reach, with Lucca just 20 minutes and Pisa airport in a very short hop. There is the famous ancient thermal spa at San Giuliano Terme reachable in only 10 minutes. The elegant town of Lucca with beautiful piazzas and spectacular surrounding walls, is on your doorstep. Lazy summer days at the anfiteatro, or cycling around the ancient city walls, or an evening at the many concerts of the Lucca Summer Festival are just waiting to be enjoyed. The Leaning Tower, the River Arno and all the other beauties of Pisa are almost within touching distance. All the art, architecture and treasures of Tuscany are within easy reach to be admired time after time.
Distances: Calci 3 km, San Giuliano Terme 10 km, Pisa (airport) 15 km, Lucca 25 km, Marina di Pisa 25 km, Livorno 30 km, Viareggio (beaches) 35 km, Volterra 60 km, San Gimignano 70 km, Florence 80km.