Properties overseas - Italy
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     Colonica con 22 locali con vista panoramica A large stone-built south-facing 22-roomed stone house with panoramic view
     990K EUR 
     400 sq.m. (pl.)
     20000 sq.m. (site)
     Italy, Tuscany
     A typical Tuscan hill-farm, parts of which date back to 1641, the property is a rare opportunity for a buyer seeking an alternative life-style, an active retirement, or for one or two who are interested in developing a shared holiday-home complex.
     • A large stone-built south-facing 22-roomed casa colonica
     • 5 ground floor barns and a further "chestnut house" outbuilding - suitable for development
     • A pool
     • Rural tranquility and spectacular views.
     Nestling in 2 hectares of well-maintained terraces of olive trees and woodland, over-looking the village of Pietrabuona, the property is a large, long, three-storied building. It is, in fact, two houses. The main house is currently occupied by the owners Attached to it is a second house which is divided into two self-contained guest apartments.
     Both houses have been completely renovated and modernised (central heating, roof insulation, re-pointed exterior walls, and, in the main house, double-glazed windows and French doors...but "cotto" floors and chestnut-beamed ceilings, so typical of Tuscan hill farms, have been faithfully retained.) Untypical is the spacious size of the rooms and height of the beamed ceilings, which are much more generously proportioned than those usually found in the Tuscan farmhouse.
     The property has two water supplies -- one from a stream which serves as garden supply, and a second from a neighbouring spring which feeds into tanks holding 5,000 litres which overflow into an ornamental pool between the pergola and the guest apartments' parking area, shaded by cherry and walnut trees.
     A GPL gas tank holding 1000 litres supplies gas for cooking and central heating in both houses...both of which are separately metred.
     The main house is supplied with satellite TV. Broadband is available in the village of Pietrabuona and is imminent up the hillside.
     The property (circa 300m asl) overlooks, and is, 3.5 km from the nearest village, Pietrabuona (post office, butcher, bar and restaurant), including 1.7 km of well-maintained private road, asphalted in the steepest parts.
     It is 10 mins by car to the thriving 13th century market town of Pescia (pop. circa 22,000) which has railway and bus stations, a large hospital, schools, banks, supermarkets, shops and restaurants, a theatre, art gallery and a museum.
     It is also home to the second largest flower market in Europe and is a well-known horticultural centre, especially for the cultivation of olive trees.
     It is 1 hour to Florence, 1 hour to Pisa airport and 40 mins to the walled city of Lucca -- a medieval gem.
     Beach resorts of Viareggio and Forte di Marmi are 1hour 15 min away. Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra and the Cinque Terre are comfortable day trips away. The ski slopes of Abetone are 60 km north.
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