Stunning detached 6-bedroom villa with swimming pool and self contained 1 bedroom apartment privately situated in the small hamlet of Piane di Villa, less than 1 km from the village of Villa Collemandina.
The villa is built over 3 levels and has a floor area of about 450 sqm. It benefits from luxurious fixtures and fittings, computerised central heating (new Wolf boiler), solar panels, hand made gates (some of which are electronically opened and closed), shutters on the windows (some electronically controlled), some double glazing.
Main floor: Welcoming entrance hall leading directly to open plan luxury lounge and dining room with French windows to balcony; enormous, sunny family dining kitchen (also with French windows to balcony); large study overlooking the the garden; 2 double bedrooms; bathroom; shower room (with Grohe power shower).
Upper floor: Sumptuously appointed galleried level with 4 bedrooms, family bathroom (jacuzzi bath, separate shower, two windows), storage room and additional loft storage.
Lower ground floor: Self contained 1 bedroom apartment (which is also linked to the main house via an internal door) with proven rental potential (open plan living/kitchen/dining area with working pizza oven; shower room) with private entrance and private patio leading to the swimming pool; garage, wine cellar, laundry room.
The villa is surrounded by about 1500 sqm (1/3 acre) of level, mature garden and has plenty of parking space and a wood shed.
Villa Collemandina is less than 1km from the house and has a traditional baker, butcher, chemist, café, post office, and doctor's surgery. There is picnic area near the “Lago di Villa” lake in Villa Collemandina, which provides trout for fishing and beautiful walks along its shores.
About 3km away (40 mins walk cross-country) is the walled and turreted town of Castiglione di Garfagnana. Castiglione is an ancient mountain town (545m asl) with much of its historical heritage intact. Local shops include grocery store and cafés, restaurant, hotel, butcher's shop and chemist.
Just 10 minutes drive away is Pontecosi village with its pretty lake, churches, traditional houses also has a 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 small children’s play park.
Also 10 minutes drive away is the medieval market town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana (227m/745ft; population 8,000) lies in the heart of the Garfagnana, as this stretch of the fertile valley of the Serchio, flanked by the Apuan Alps to the west and Apennines to the east, is known. The district provides a range of sporting activities and promotes folk, agricultural and cultural events.
Castelnuovo train station is on the main Pisa/Lucca to Aulla line and there is a bus station with good links to the surrounding area.
The ski slopes of Il Casone are about 15 minutes away. The coast (Forte dei Marmi) and excellent ski resort of Abetone are about 1 hour away by car (in opposite directions!) Lucca and Pisa airport are about 1 hour and 1.5 hours away respectively.