Price: 950.000 EUROS
Borgo Puccini is a hamlet of an historic farmhouse and three cottages situated in a beautiful wooded valley in the hills above Lucca, at the start of the Garfagnana National Park. The houses date from the mid 1700s and have many original features, including exposed stone walls and original ceilings with chestnut beams and cotto tiles.
Casa Puccini is 240 m2 and was originally built in 1743 and completely restored in 2004. On the ground floor is a large eat-in kitchen with SMEG cooking range, and lower units in dark grey and upper units in white, utility/shower room with shower, bidet and WC, and a dining room with high beamed ceiling, and a large rock that is part of the foundation of the house. Large wrought iron and glass doors exit to the rear terraces and pro vide light into the kitchen.
A sweeping iron and chestnut staircase leads to the first floor which is arranged as a suite of three sitting rooms. Each room has exposed beams and terracotta tiles. The Sitting Room has a large working fireplace and double doors leading to the marble paved courtyard. The Summer Room, open to the staircase, has double aspect views across the valley. The Winter Room has another large fireplace and an iron wood burning stove. A door leads from this room onto a small, raised terrace that gives wonderful views across the valley.
The staircase continues to the third floor which has two bedrooms and a large bathroom. Both bedrooms have double aspect windows and original beams. The large bathroom is tiled in travertine stone and has a large shower. There is also a slipper bath with claw feet, which sits at an angle to the window, allowing a wonderful view up the valley from the bath. There is also a bidet and WC. Beneath the farmhouse is a small laundry room which has separate access from the farmhouse.
La Roccia is 90 m2 and is situated across the marble courtyard from Casa della Madonnina. Downstairs has a large eat-in kitchen with marble worktops, dishwasher, chestnut cupboards and exposed beams. There is an original working fireplace. On the ground floor is also a bathroom with shower, wash hand basin, bidet and WC.
Up the wrought iron staircase is a sitting room, double bedroom and bathroom with tub. There is an open fireplace in the sitting room, which is dreamlike in the autumn and winter. The house overlooks the valley and has two private, outside terraces.
La Stalla is 60 m2 two storey cottage, formerly a stable dating from 1743. It has a pretty sitting room with a wood burning stove, a kitchen downstairs, a double bedroom and a bathroom with shower upstairs. The private outside terrace has extensive views over the valley. The cottage is about 50 m from the other houses and overlooks - but isn't overlooked by - the swimming pool.
Il Forno is the second of the smaller two storey cottages and has 60 m2 of living space. It was originally the bake house and still has the original, full size pizza oven in the sitting room.
The pool measures 8 m x 4 m with wonderful views across the valley. Set in 35,000 m2 of land with garden, woodland, olive and fruit trees and terraces.
Borgo Puccini is accessed via a long concrete drive. At the end of this is a wall with large wrought iron gates. Next to the gates is shrine dating from the 1740s, which is also owned by the property.
Borgo Puccini is connected to mains water, which is metered, and mains electricity. There are two gas tanks, one of 1,500 litres and the other of 1,000 litres. All of the buildings have full independent gas central heating.
Borgo Puccini is close to Celle dei Puccini, one time home of the Puccini family, and the beautiful hill village of Pescaglia, perched at the top of a steep hillside. Bordered by the forested Apennines to the east and the Apuan Alps to the west, the Garfagnana area is one of alpine meadows, lush hills, rivers and gorges, making it ideal for walkers and hikers.
The Medieval and Renaissance glories of the walled city of Lucca are only 18 kilometres away, while Pisa and Florence are close enough for day trips. The glamorous beach resorts of Viareggio, Marina di Pietrasanta and Forte dei Marmi are only a short, but stunning drive across the Apuan Alps. Nearby, Barga and Torre del Lago have wonderful music and opera festivals throughout the summer.
Rental of the three cottages has generated an annual income of between 35,000 and 40,000 per year for the last two years. The property could either be sold as a going concern, if the future owner would like to continue the rental business, or also as a large family estate for a family who would like to live together but with a degree of independence.
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