Beautifully and sympathetically restored water mill retaining a wealth of original features from the original mill as well as solid chestnut beams and original stone floors.
The Water Mill has a welcoming open plan dining kitchen/living area, hand built and restored by craftsmen using local wood and includes a built in dishwasher and fridge. Unless the weather is particularly cold, the wood burning stove provides plenty of heating. Central heating to radiators is also available from gas bottles.
Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms with lovely views and a bathroom with separate shower.
The pretty garden is divided into different areas including a picnic area with solid wood table and benches, small pond, hot tub and a small stream running through the mill.
Externally there is also a utility room with freezer and washing machine.
Valbona is a beautiful, traditional medieval mountain village at 673 m asl through which flows the Esarulo river.
In medieval times there was only the mill which served the local area and the Verucchia Castle. Little by little, other buildings sprang up around the mill until a small village grew, complete with little church. Today, it has changed very little although restoration carried out by the 30 or so residents in the last few years have given back to the village its “picture postcard” beauty.
Castiglione, less than 10 minutes drive away, has a variety of local shops for day to day shopping requirements. The medieval market town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana is a 15 minute drive away and provides all manner of facilities and shops as well as the local hospital and train station on the Pisa airport/Lucca to Aulla line.
Local skiing (Casone) – 18km (18 minutes)
Large ski resort (Abetone) – 50km (55 minutes)
The coast (Forte dei Marmi) – 59km (1 hour 10 minutes)
Lucca - 61km (1 hour 5 minutes)
Pisa - 83km (1 hour 35 minutes)