Large, detached villa (275 sqm) set in the hills above Sarzana with distant sea views in grounds extending to one hectare (around two and a half acres). The house is approached from Sarzana, climbing up into the hills amongst the olive groves and with views to the sea. There is a gated drive and ample private parking at the villa.
Entered to the large living room with doors leading out to the covered terrace, on the ground floor is also a modern, country-style kitchen with fireplace, study room, bathroom; and upstairs is master bedrooms which opens onto a terrace and has an en suite bathroom, second similar double bedroom with terrace access and en suite, plus two further bedrooms and family bathroom. The villa is well-appointed and is connected to main services with central heating.
The mature garden is well-planted with olive trees, fruit trees and a large lawn to the front of the house. Excellent opportunity for a swimming pool. Small outbuilding.
Sarzana, just a 10 minutes drive, is a vibrant medieval market town with large elegant central piazza and cobbled lanes meandering through the town flanked with coffee shops and antique stores. During the summer months Sarzana often hosts festivals from dining in the piazza to concerts to open air events staged along the lanes. On summer evenings there is a local craft/ antique market which fills the whole town and is a joy to wander through in a welcoming atmosphere. The central castle has a number of exhibitions and events, and it too, is open on summer evenings.
Both the coastal areas of Versilia and the Gulf of the Poets are 7 km away with good public transport connections. Sarzana also has a train station with direct trains to Pisa, Florence, the Cinque Terre and Genova. 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 further on to The Cinque Terre. The Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World heritage site, comprising five little villages, clinging to the sea cliffs, full of excellent seafood restaurants and with excellent beach swimming. 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 who all lived here at some time.
Distances: Sarzana (trains, supermarkets, autostrada) 7 km, Lerici (beaches) 15 km, Cinque Terre 30 km, Forte dei Marmi 40 km, Viareggio 50 km, Lucca 60 km, Pisa (airport) 75 kms, Florence 140 km.