Fully Restored Country Home with Manicured Garden
This property is perched high on a Tuscan hilltop in a quaint Italian hamlet of friendly locals. The village house was built circa 1218 and completely restored. This well appointed property has a private gated garden across from the front entrance with stone path, BBQ, terrace for al fresco dining. There is also a bistro set for those morning cappuccinos or evening wine, cheese, and antipasto refreshments. The view is magnificent of the surrounding hillsides of terraced olive groves and vineyards rolling down to the distant city lights of Lucca in the far-reaching valley below.
The solid rock home, boasting nearly 800 years of history has the original beamed ceilings, stone fireplace, and cotto flooring and is laid out on three levels. The ground floor has the kitchen, dining/sitting room, pantry, utility, and bathroom. The fully equipped kitchen is done in Italian Moderno with granite countertops, built-in fridge, dishwasher and microwave, and an “eat around” island. Flat screen satellite TV and DVD are easily viewed anywhere in the room. An iPod dock is available so bring it along. The bath is done in Italian modern with raised vessel sink, large walk in shower and surrounded in Italian marble. A washer/dryer is provided in the utility room for small capacity incidentals. The second level has one double bedroom and a daybed/sitting area for additional sleeping for one. The top floor is reserved for only the large master bedroom with king sized bed.
The road up the hill to the hamlet is half way between Lucca to the coast at Camaiore so either destination is ony 20 mnutes drive from the house. Just beyond Camaiore is the chic resort/beach town Viareggio, one of the Italian Rivieras most popular vacation spots. With Monsagrati (our town) located about half way between Lucca and the coast, you are 15 to 20 minutes from either destination. Not far to the north is the famous Cinque Terre, Tuscany’s version of the Almafi coast, worth a day’s adventure. From Lucca, the train, or the Autostrad (expressway), will get you to Florence in about 45 minutes. Florence is a destination not to be missed as one could spend weeks and not see all the important art, museums, and cathedrals in this capital city of Tuscany. All important destinations can be reached via Eurostar (fast train) from Florence easily and quickly. Pisa, and its’ airport, is only 45 minutes. Flying into Pisa or Florence is easy as both airports are small and convenient and offer rental cars.