Immaculate house (145 sqm), light and airy, which has been finished with materials of the highest quality, in the heart of a stunning hilltop village in Liguria, with a delightful terrace which has wide views of the sea.
The house is approached from the main ‘borgo’, cobbled pedestrian lane, of this very pretty village and it is on various levels, each one unique. Currently arranged as a spacious two bed house there is potential to create a wonderful two or three bed property in the existing space.
The accommodation comprises a large open plan sitting room, dining room and kitchen, inter-connecting and flooded with light, with a full glass door off the kitchen to give access to the perfect terrace, which has a wonderful sea view out to the Gulf of the Poets. The terrace is just right for an afternoon in the sunshine and could easily hold six or eight friends for dinner. On the level below there is a large double bedroom with outstanding walk-in wardrobe/ dressing room, and an adjoining bathroom. The bedroom window looks out to the picture perfect little village with colourful, charming, rows of houses. The interior exposed stone wall gives the rustic feel and the house is full of light. The quality of the materials is evident – the stairs are of quality stone, there is marble, quality fitted bathrooms, wooden beams and beautiful terracotta floors. From the bedroom level there is an iron spiral staircase down to a studio room below which could be used as an additional bedroom, or as kids’ room, cinema room or games room. Down a separate staircase there is a very useful, and immaculate laundry room and a luxury bathroom, with a beautiful, large bath. It could be possible to change the use of this space to an additional bedroom, thereby creating a three bed house.
The terracotta tiles throughout are hand-made. The quality of the fireplace is of the highest order. From the cobbled side lane outside there is access to a very useful ‘cantina’ for storage. The exterior of the house has recently been painted to fit in with the village colours. There is easy free parking in the village square and a train station at the bottom of the hill with a good service of trains to the Cinque Terre in particular, and to La Spezia and beyond.
This is an exceptional, quality property in a perfect location close to the beautiful Ligurian coastline, offering outstanding value.
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 (UNESCO World Heritage site). 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 is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Distances: Vezzano Ligure on the doorstep, Venere Azzurra (beaches) 10 km, La Spezia 10 km, Cinque Terre 25 km, Pietrasanta 40 km, Lucca 70 km, Pisa (airport) 80 km, Florence 150 km.