Lovely Full-Time Home Restored with 2 way Fireplace, Outhouse and Room for a Pool
The house is in a pretty mountain-top village with a flat and level piazza and tarmac roads. It has spectacular all-round views of surrounding mountains, valleys and forests, yet is only 15 minutes from Bagni di Lucca town centre.
The large private stone and concrete driveway with lighting has parking for 3 cars and leads up to the house. Further ad hoc parking is below the driveway.
This pretty stone-built property was built around 1670 and retains its character and most of the original features such as chestnut beamed ceilings and cotto brick floors in all rooms, a hand-carved stone staircase and stone fire surround.
The double-glazed windows are traditional chestnut wood with internal wooden shutters and marble window sills and there are typical green wooden outside shutters. Satellite TV reception is wired to sockets in all rooms. The ceilings are an impressive 3m high and the floor area is 156mq over three floors.
Central heating is by gas boiler with modern radiators and a large double-fronted wood-burning fireplace with warm-air ducts heating the sitting and dining rooms. The dining room has a compact but very efficient wood-burning stove with a chimney pipe that warms the two bedrooms above.
Entering the ground floor from the stone terrace, the chestnut double front doors lead into the large 5x4m sitting room with three windows, fireplace and original 350 year old, hand carved “pietra serena” stone staircase with iron balustrade. There is an office-corner with wired 8Mb ADSL Broadband Internet and VOIP telephone, and Wi-Fi is available throughout the house.
From the sitting room, a doorway leads through to the large, sunny dining room 4x4m, with original hand carved stone fire surround housing the double fronted fireplace. The wood-burning stove is on the opposite wall. An archway connects the dining room with the spacious kitchen-diner, 4x4m with stone sink and gas point. There is ample space for food preparation and another dining table and chairs. A door leads from the kitchen back to the sitting room.
Upstairs, three bright and spacious bedrooms have views of high mountains and the village. Two rooms are 4x4m and have modern en-suite bathrooms with showers, the third is smaller at 4x3m but has two windows over gardens. The separate, small family bathroom has a full size bath with shower over.
The house is particularly light and sunny as nine of the windows face south-east over the gardens towards the village. Below the house are two cellars with windows, lighting, power and water. One is 8x3m and houses the washing machines and wood-store and the other is a 5x4m cool cellar used for food, wine and general storage and a workshop. A large attic provides even more storage space.
The attractive garden with lighting is 275mq, flat, level and well-kept, mainly lawn with shrubs and mature trees. The area is large enough to accommodate a swimming pool and there is also a large, registered out-house that could be re-built as a chalet or garden house.
The village is very peaceful and quiet with its own bar/ restaurant/ pizzeria. It is very popular for holidays and the surrounding area is perfect for active vacations, with hill-walking paths, mountain biking, tennis, horse riding, paragliding and white water rafting all within a short drive.
The house is for sale with vacant possession or furnished, with a few antiques excepted, subject to reasonable offer.