Beautiful stone villa (310 sqm) with paved garden and large dining pergola, and with swimming pool. The villa has been restored with love and care, and with particular attention to detail. Authentic rustic characteristics of natural stone, wooden beamed ceilings, fireplaces and terracotta floors have been retained and married with modern fittings to create a light and airy home, full of charm. There is an easy flow to the house and great connection from inside to outside, making it delightfully comfortable and relaxing.
The house is entered to a spacious entrance hall which leads through to a well equipped, light and open kitchen /diner with immediate access to a beautiful, paved south-facing garden (180 sqm) to the front of the property with wonderful views. A large, stylish wooden and terracotta tiled portico offers an excellent summer dining area, to seat eight easily, and it is a wonderful place to relax. The kitchen accesses a large larder/ storeroom and there is a utility room with washing machine and boot storage which can be accessed directly from outside. There is also a bathroom with whirlpool bath and separate shower on the ground floor.
Upstairs the stunning living space is large and bright. It comprises a sitting room with chestnut beams, exposed stone and brickwork, wooden flooring and a glass fronted wood burning fireplace. Full height french windows look out onto impressive views across the valley. Leading off the sitting room is another large room with windows on three sides. It is currently used as a study, or it could easily become a further double bedroom. Across from the living area are two bedrooms. The master bedroom has a large dressing area and an en-suite with bath and shower. Both the bedroom and the bathroom lead out onto a beautiful sun terrace, again with the panoramic views. There is also another double bedroom.
On the second floor there is a spacious bedroom suite with exposed stone walls comprising a double bedroom, en-suite bathroom and a private living room with its own wood-burner. There is potential here for a further bedroom.
The property benefits from an integral, spacious studio/work area and “summer lounge” which are also on ground floor level and are equipped with all services, a wood burner and bathroom. To the rear of the studio there is a large storage room.
The pretty paved garden with a marble graveled area featuring two beautiful olive trees together with numerous ornamental planters. Rustic stone steps lead up to the tiled sun terrace with panoramic views across the valley. To the west end of the villa there is a swimming pool (8m x 3m) built in August 2018. To the rear of the property a room provides ample storage for garden tools/equipment/ furniture. Beautiful olive groves with approximately 40 olive trees on grass terraces surround the property and the property is entirely enclosed by metal railings and gates making it safe for dogs and children. This land area is around 1,300 sqm. There is central heating and wood-burning stoves. Ample private, off road parking.
The villa is on the edge of a small village in the Lunigiana hills, only 10 kms from Aulla where there is an autostrada exit, a train station, supermarkets and shops. There are numerous country farm restaurants to discover nearby, serving local specialties and excellent walking trails abound. The small town of Barbarasco is close, set on the banks of the river Magra, and offers a selection of shops and restaurants, schools, chemist and one of the best cheese shops in the area.
Lunigiana is a magical part of Tuscany. The rolling landscape is liberally sprinkled with castles of Medici or Malaspina vintage but for lovers of the coast the sea is only half-an-hours’ drive away. The golden sandy beaches around Lerici and the pebble coves of the Cinque Terre are ideal for swimming and sailing. The airports of Pisa, Parma and Genova are just over an hour away.
Distances: Aulla 10 km, Lerici (beaches) 30 km, Cinque Terre 40 km, Viareggio 60 km, Lucca 80 km, Pisa (airport) 85 km.