"Casa Paola" is a traditional 2 bedroom stone built village house (about 80 sqm) with garden and far reaching views of the Apuan Alps in a sunny position in the village of Gragnana just a short drive from Piazza al Serchio.
Steps lead to the front door which opens into a welcoming lounge with open fire. This leads to a large dining room with galley kitchen off and stairs to the first floor where there are 2 double bedrooms and a shower room . A summer kitchen off the little garden has been built on the ground floor.
Upstairs there are two double bedrooms (one with large terrace with exceptional views) and a shower room.
On the top floor there are two attic rooms used as bedrooms.
The house has central heating to radiators but the boiler needs to be replaced. The upstairs windows need attention.
The ancient stone built village of Gragnana has a rich and historic past, traces of which can still be found. The village grew up along a traditional mule track which led to Lunigiana. According to local legend, the bell of Santa Margherita church was blessed and would be rung to dispel the Black Death. A medieval bridge, which joined Gragnana to Piazza al Serchio via San Michele is still standing.
The local café and little village car park are just a stone’s throw from the cottage (although it’s possible to park at the cottage). The bustling mountain town of Piazza al Serchio (on the main Pisa/Lucca to Aulla train line) is about 4.5 km away and provides extensive shopping and services as well as a weekly open air market.
Aulla, (with its great access to the Italian motorway network), Lucca and Pisa airport are about 40km, 64km and 90 km away respectively.
The world famous coastline of the “Cinque Terre” is just an hour's drive away. There are local ski slopes in Careggine (20 mins) and a very good ski resort in Abetone (1 hour 15 minutes), making this a great base for holidays at any time of year.