Modern villa with land and sea views, combining architectural flair with bright rooms in a stunning position overlooking the Bay of the Poets, close to La Spezia.
The property is accessed through a gated drive. Entrance is to a large living area with fireplace and large sliding windows opening onto the terrace with sea views, kitchen/dining room also opening onto terrace, bathroom with shower; three bedrooms, of which two with terrace, bathroom with bath; on the lower ground floor there are six rooms currently used as basement rooms with access to the garden.
The garden totals 1.5 hectares (nearly 4 acres) of land with fruit and olive trees. There is a stand alone garage and boiler room. Main services with underfloor heating, solar panels.
The property was designed by the architect owner with attention to detail and with a high tech spec. The property is set high on a hill overlooking the bay and a car is essential. Set on a hill above the town of La Spezia and within walking distance of a hamlet with shops. La Spezia is a large town with a pedestrian shopping centre and botanical gardens along the seafront. There are regular boats to Portovenere and The Cinque Terre as well as a main line train station.
The Gulf of the Poets is an enclave with a group of three islands at its tip, fishing villages with exceptional fish restaurants, as well as opportunities for sailing, canoeing, snorkelling or just relaxing on one of the beaches hidden in craggy bays around Fiascherino or Tellaro. The easiest way to get around the gulf is by boat which runs between Lerici, La Spezia and Portovenere or on to The Cinque Terre. The name Gulf of the Poets is from the literary connection as some of the world’s most famous poets including Shelley, Byron and D H Lawrence lived here at some time.
The Cinque Terre are five picturesque villages strung along the narrow coastline north of the Gulf of the Poets and La Spezia with pretty coves, beaches and are accessed on foot, boat or with the local train that shuttles between the villages. Anyone visiting the Cinque Terre should take a walk along the cliff paths which link one village to the next, stop in one of the bars or restaurants and try the anchovies marinated in olive oil and garlic, served with bread and delicate white wine made from the grapes that grow up the steep terraces above the villages. The Cinque Terre are a UNESCO World Heritage site.