Beautiful stone house with four bedrooms, and a stone flagged terrace and with plenty of land, set in a peaceful little village in the Lunigiana hills of Tuscany.
The house is full of character with wooden beamed ceilings, exposed stone, terracotta floors and rustic fireplaces. From the well-equipped modern kitchen, there is an archway to the spacious sitting room with wooden floor. There is a bathroom with bath, which has wonderful countryside views. Three steps up and there is a double bedroom with ancient terracotta floors, with walk-in wardrobe, and another large bedroom with wooden beams and lovely floor. Two steps down there is a bathroom with shower. In another self-contained unit there is a large living room with doors to the garden, big kitchen with fireplace and doors to the garden, large bedroom with wooden ceiling and a bathroom with shower. So, in all, there are four bedrooms and three bathrooms and plenty of living area. The stone terrace off the house, with views to the mountains, is a lovely place to relax.
There are several 'cantina' (store rooms) below the house, also full of character, with vaulted stone ceilings. There is also a stone outbuilding and adjacent barn with three rooms, with a new roof. Gas central heating (lpg), wood burning fireplaces and solar panels.
Easy car access, plentiful parking and very nice land surrounding the house of around 30,000 sqm (around 7.5 acres). Ample space for a swimming pool (subject to planning).
The house sits in a quiet and peaceful location on a hillside with lovely views, between Licciana Nardi and Bagnone on the edge of a little hilltop village. Bagnone is a charming medieval town dominated by a castle and a cobbled piazza is ideal for watching the local town life go by while sipping a cappuccino in one of the many cafès. Cobbled lanes with interlinking archways and restaurants hidden under the stone vaults, shops offering local produce and the backdrop of the mountains make this a particularly pretty town in the area. Licciana Nardi is a town in the Taverone valley with a 13th century pedestrian street flanked with local shops. Central in the town is the Piazza del Municipio which hosts the 16th century Malaspina castle and many festivals such as the Chestnut Festival in the autumn. The castle is linked to the baroque church by a covered bridge so that the nobles had direct access to prayer and dealings with the local priest. There are also a bank, schools, restaurants and medical facilities. The nearby village of Monti has a castle on the hill above and offers a good selection of amenities.
Within 5 km of the house is one of the very best restaurants in the area, serving fresh, organic farm produce, the Agriturismo Montagna Verde at Apella:
The rolling landscape is liberally sprinkled with castles of Medici or Malaspina vintage and for lovers of the coast the sea is only just over half-an-hour away. The golden sandy beaches around Lerici and the pebble coves of the Cinque Terre (unesco World Heritage site) are ideal for swimming and sailing. The area is criss-crossed with marked footpaths for walks to the hills and mountains. The Tuscan towns of Florence, Lucca and Pisa make great day trips to take in the art and architecture treasures, or just to soak in the italian life, and the coastal towns of Pietrasanta, Viareggio and Portofino are perfect for an aperitivo in the sunshine. Importantly, the airports of Pisa, Parma and Genova are each just over an hour away.
Distances: Apella (excellent restaurant) 5 km, Bagnone 7 km, Licciana Nardi 7 km, Aulla (motorway and trains) 12 km, Lerici (beaches) 35 km, Cinque Terre 45 km, Lucca 90 km, Pisa (airport) 95 km.