Large Country Home, Completely “Off the Grid” with Independent Guest Suite, Room for Pool and Large, Partly Restored Barn

 

This would make a great property for an AirBnb property as it is ready to move into but still has scope for restoration and a good project.  With 1750 mq of land and full car access this property still has lots of potential.  It is situated in one of the closer villages of the Controneria area just 4 km above  the historic spa town of Bagni di Lucca

The main house is 180 mq on three floors.  There are huge cantinas on the ground floor where the owner currently has a laundry and extra WC of 20 mq, a work shop of 15 mq with a ceramic kiln in it, a garage for bikes of 15 mq, and a large unfinished cantina with a bread oven built into the wall.  A taverna one asks?

As traditional in these parts, the main living area is on the first floor, one walks into a spacious hallway of 9 mq with the kitchen of 15 mq, flowing into the dining room of 15 mq under an arch then into the sitting room (20 mq).  There is a wraparound balcony with delightful French windows off the dining room and kitchen.  This balcony enjoys commanding views across the vineyards up to the mountains in both directions.

Up the original stone stairs there are three bedrooms of 15 mq, 12 mq and 10 mq each and two bathrooms (one of 9 mq and one of 3 mq), one of which is a new bathroom.

Up in the roof one can see the level of insulation that the house has.  There are two types of insulation, the first is under the roof tiles but there is also a second layer on top of the floor tiles in the attic.  Another interesting thing about this house is that it is completely ‘off the grid’ with latest technology solar panels and batteries to store the electricity built up during the day in the Sunshine.  There is also a diesel generator and the option to re-attach to mains electricity as the meter is already present.

The other interesting and surprising thing about this house is its heating which again, is eco-friendly in many ways.  The main heating is by large wood burner which then heats water which is stored in a heat bank, hidden in the main bathroom in a cupboard.

There is also a pellet burner and if one is feeling lazy, a gas boiler both of which are attached to the heat bank that then sends hot water around the radiator system.

The guest suite consists of 68 mq of apartment on two floors with a large living area of 24 mq, one large bedroom  of 12 mq and large bathroom of 8 mq.  This suite has its own terrace for ‘al-fresco’ dining.

There is another barn across the garden which is partly restored into a potting shed of 17 mq with a sun terrace above.  The other half of the barn currently has a clear plastic roof for one to envisage the possibility of an indoor plunge pool.

The restored parts of the property have original Tuscan features, with beams and terracotta floors.  The property is offered including some of the furniture as the owner is moving to a smaller property in Italy.

 

 

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