VILLA ALBERTO - Elegant detached 1930's red-brick villa (270 sqm over 3 floors) with mature garden (800 sqm/ 0.2 acres) conveniently situated in the little town of Filicaia, just 5km from Castelnuovo di Garfagnana.
The front door opens into a hallway with 2 inter-connected sitting rooms on the left while on the right the dining kitchen (with WC off) opens onto a formal dining room with its traditional open fire. Wooden staircase to bedrooms.
Upstairs there are 3 double bedrooms, a large single and a bathroom with window. Most of the upstairs has wooden floarboards.
Central heating to radiators. 3 large cellars (height anout 2.5m) below the house and 2 parking spaces.
Filicaia village has a number of well-established food shops including a greengrocer, butcher, pub, cake shop and general store as well as a restaurant and bank. Excellent schools can also be found locally.
2km north of Filicaia village is Poggio train station on the main line from Lucca and Pisa airport.
2 km south lies Pontecosi village with its pretty lake, churches, traditional houses and café/village shop right on the shores of the lake, which not only stocks basic groceries but which sells ice cream and a small but tasty selection of reasonably priced hot and cold snacks.
The lake is a haven for wild birds and is also a good fishing venue. There is a traditional Italian bowling (bocce) alley and a children’s play park.
Horse riding, mountain biking and hill walking as well as fishing in the river Serchio are amongst the attractions of the area. Skiing (Abetone) and the coast (Forte dei Marmi) are just over an hour's drive away, making this an ideal property all year round.
Filicaia is about 5km from the bustling market town of Castelnuovo Garfagnana and about 15 km from the small medieval walled town of Barga. Lucca and Pisa airport are 48km and 70km respectively.