This impressive independent Villa surrounded by rolling green hills with olive trees is located in the centre of Calabria in the Comune of Montalto Uffugo (cs).Accessed by electric gates onto a driveway that wraps around the house and set in stunning gardens of approx. 2000 mq with a wide variety of mature trees and shrubs the house was built by its current owners in 1998. Externally there is a tennis/basketball court, bowls court and space for a swimming pool should it be required. Relax watching the light changing water fountain featured in front of the house while enjoying the outdoor living experience with the gazebo covered barbeque area with oven and sink. The grounds are currently maintained by a regular gardener.
The house itself, approx. 470mq, has been finished to an extremely high standard with many extras. It is made up of 4 levels:
Ground floor: Enter from the terrace into a large living area with fireplace, a dining area with extendable table, a fitted kitchen with marble worktops and guest bathroom and laundry room with built in closet. A study benefits from a sliding library area and separate PC area, patio doors open onto the terrace. There is air conditioning in the lounge and ceramic tiled floors. A guest bathroom is also present on this level.
Stairs with a beautiful wooden banister lead to the first floor –
First floor: There are 3 large bedrooms – 2 of which has access onto a covered terrace. 2 bathrooms provide the option of a jacuzzi bath or shower. A walk-in storeroom offers ample storage and there is access to a lower loft area used for extra storage. Beautiful parquet floors throughout this level. All bedrooms benefit from air conditioning and central heating.
The wooden stairway continues to the 2nd floor –
Second Floor – Benefits from 1 main bedroom, with a 2nd bedroom used also as a study and the control area for the video surveillance. Bathroom. Parquet flooring continues on this level. This area also benefits from central heating and air conditioning.
Basement level –My favourite area. Here we have a bar with several bottles of nice wine and champagne (hopefully they’ll be left), relax area with TV. There is a table tennis and billiards table for those with a competitive edge. A guest bathroom with sink and toilet. This area also benefits from central heating. Double doors access the drive and garden areas. A beautifully tiled stairs lead to the ground floor.The whole house benefits from gas central heating, supplied by LPG gas a tank of which is located to the rear of the property. Windows are wood and double-glazed with aluminium shutters and mosquito screens and wrought iron grills.Accompanying the property is approx. 14,000msq of land which has 80 olive trees and a variety of fruit trees.
While basking in the tranquillity of this property you are not too far away from amenities, with the town of Settimo just a 5-minute drive away and here you can take advantage of the many shops, café bars, restaurants supermarkets together with the other necessities of life.
Montalto historical centre is approx. 8km from the house and rich in history with the Chiesa della Madonna della Serra being the main feature of the village, built at the beginning of the 13th century and consecrated on 1 August 1227 by Bishop Andrea of the diocese of San Marco, by delegation of the archbishop of Cosenza. Several other churches an also be found in the village together with the Ruggiero Leoncavallo Museum which is located in the monastic complex of San Domenico. This famous Italian composer spent part of his life in Montalto and composed his most famous work: I Pagliacci there. Walking around the village you will also discover the Monument to the Fallen of Montalto.
Within 15 minutes’ drive you can be in the centre of Cosenza which is one of the regions largest cities. This offers all of the conveniences of a large city with the delightful pedestrian shopping area of Corso Mazzini offering a variety of boutiques, café bars/ gelatria, eateries etc.
La Sila National Park, which is approx. ½ hr drive away and boasts some of the most spectacular and dramatic scenery offered in the area coupled with year-round activities such as walking, pony trekking, quad bikes and in the winter month skiing and skiddooing. The main town of Camigliatello hosts many festivals throughout the year based around the wonderful foods that are produced in that area, with porcini mushroom being among its most famous!!
Within just 30 minutes are the beaches at Paola and San Lucido along with many other beach towns dotted along the west coast of Calabria – Fuscaldo, Amantea and Belmonte Calabro to name but a few. Here you can enjoy the coastal towns, beautiful beaches, and crystal-clear sea. Many of the beaches have beach bars and lidos in the summer months and host numerous summer festivals.The nearest airport is Lamezia Terme which is approx. a 45-minute drive south from the property.
This is a stunning property and a great opportunity for anyone wanting to move here permanently and taste the Dolce Vita in a tranquil location but not too far from amenities!!