Casa Fontanella - For Sale €575,000

ID-Casa Fontanella

Historic 18th Century town house, within the mediaeval Barga Vecchia, Fully Renovated to provide a large comfortable family home, a Palazzo two apartments or, as it is currently used, a Successful B&B with modern facilities and a sunny walled garden.


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  • Within Walking Distance of Amenities
  • Fantastic Alpi Apuani views
  • Completely Restored
  • Full Central Heating
  • Bed and Breakfast package available
  • Otherwise, 2 apartment package
  • Otherwise, large family home

Overview - Although the property is within the walls of Barga, it has one resident's parking space right outside the front door of the house

The house is suitably placed to get the most amazing views of the Apuane Alps including the mighty Pania overwhich there are the most spectacular sunsets.

The house is on four floors but one enters into a raised first floor underwhich there are the tavernas and the garden.

The ground floor has the owners bedroom and ensuite as well as a guest sitting room, and a large sitting room which the owners currently use as their office.  This room has French doors leading out to a panoramic balcony.

There are three double bedrooms on the first floor, all with en suite shower rooms. Two of the rooms have french doors leading on to balconies with magnificent views to the mountains beyond. The third has a beautiful view up vicolo Chiaro, one of the oldest streets in Barga, leading to the Duomo. On the second floor there is a large double/triple bedroom with en-suite bathroom (with bathtub) with spectacular mountain views; and a family suite comprising a large double room and a smaller double room sharing a shower room. 

All the rooms are restored and decorated in Tuscan style with Lucchese floors and exposed beams.  Two of the rooms still have alfrescos done by the artist Bruno Cordati who was known for his murals of the Liberty period.

Underneath the house are stunning rooms with French doors opening onto the garden bringing in light.  While this building is being operated as a Bed and Breakfast, the owners serve breakfast in here or in the garden outside.  These cantinas date back to the 14th century.

The shutters are all wooden and have been well renovated.  The boiler is new and works on piped methane gas.

The garden is set on the mediaeval city wall, above the valley of the Fontana stream, now a public park with mature pine trees. The garden is of traditional Italian parterre design with beds of flowers, fruit trees and vegetables separated by gravel paths. There is a shady pergola, a covered barbecue area and plenty of seating areas for quiet sunbathing and reading. 

Barga is set in the spectacular Garfagnana valley in northern Tuscany, between the Apuane alps and the Appenines, close to the Apuane national park. Dating from the 8th century, this historic hill town crowned with its Duomo, has retained many mediaeval features. The narrow flagstoned streets are lined with tall elegant stuccoed Palazzi, and shady piazzas are surrounded by antique shops and restaurants.

There are a number of small intimate cafes and restaurants in the old town all within walking distance, providing a wide variety of menus.

Throughout the year there are a number of festivals and Arts events including Opera, Jazz and Theatre. There are a number of small art galleries and an antiques and craft market is held on the second Sunday of each month.

The area has spectacular walks through chestnut forests, which are suitable for all levels of ability and fitness, from a gentle stroll to a full day mountain hike. See a satellite image here: Google Maps

There are several riding centres in the area and rides can be arranged through the countryside for capable riders. There is an excellent modern open air swimming pool in Barga.

Further afield the famous marble quarries of Carrara which supplied Michelangelo are still in production and make an fascinating day trip. Lucca, Pisa, Florence and Siena are all easily accessible by car, by train or coach. The beaches of the Italian Riviera are two hours drive through the spectacular mountain pass, and further north on the coast the Cinqueterre wine terraces, which are situated in a World Heritage Site.

The owners are able, under Italian law to operate a 'non-professional' bed and breakfast out of their home. There are some favourable terms for an overseas' owner, if you, as the owner want to only work for the Summer months.  Otherwise, just bring the family, the schools are excellent here and often lead to bilingual children having excellent career choices.


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