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Description

A unique villa of historic significance having all the facilities of Barga Centro Storico a short stroll away while having dramatic views over the mountains of the Alpi Apuane. The villa has its own terraced gardens and a brick built capanna which may be converted into a cottage with a swimming pool alongside. The villa makes a stunning, comfortable home but also has the potential for use as a bijou hotel.
The property is offered for sale with an option to purchase a separate apartment located in a wing of the main structure.

Location
The villa is located within the walls of the Rinaissance city of Barga which lies about 30 km north of Lucca and has a resident population of about 5,000. Although within the walls, the villa benefits from complete car access and private parking in the piazza alongside. Florence and Pisa airport are a little more than an hour away by car as are the famous beaches of Versillia.

Further Information
The villa itself lies just below the Duomo (cathedral) and dates from the 16th Century when it was built adjacent to the city wall. The property has been developed to a very high standard with interior design by a Tuscan architect who has restored original features such as cotto arches and chestnut beams while incorporating them into the setting of a fully functional and absolutely stunning home.

The villa is arranged on three floors giving a total living space of 350 m2 with another 30 m2 of sun terraces. It is very energy efficient, incorporating German gas fired heating system, solar panels, double glazing, thick stone walls and thermal insulation. Engineering consultants designed anti-seismic reinforcement and all electrical and hydraulic building services utilizing latest technological innovation. The villa is connected to city water and sewerage, methane gas, electricity and telecommunication services. Water is heated by solar panels and there is a high wattage electrical supply.
Double entrance doors open onto a large 5x5 m reception room with pellet burner currently used for formal dining. All reception rooms are on the ground floor including a magnificent traditional Tuscan kitchen where guests may gather to eat just as the nuns did in earlier times. A large brick arch and original working Tuscan fireplace and massive overhead beams give this room its striking character. The kitchen gives access to a long external terrace and stairway leading to the garden terraces below.
There is a spacious guest bathroom with shower, WC, bidet and hand basin adjacent to a walk in cloakroom which also houses the central heating unit and solar panel collector. The main lounge is accessed from the entrance room and is also about 5 x 5 m and well illuminated from windows looking out on two elevations. From this room there is access to a further living room, currently used as a music room which therefore has a teak parquet floor giving the room excellent acoustic properties. From this room there is an external door which also gives access to the terrace from which there is a breathtaking panorama over the mountains which can be enjoyed while engaged in al fresco dining.
The lower floor consists of a huge cantina containing a bar, workshop and laundry as well as a studio/office in one wing from which a corridor leads to a tower with spiral staircase to the garden terraces below. Also located at cantina level is the main electrical control panel as well as the autoclave and pumping system designed to ensure an adequate flow of hot and cold water to all parts of the building.
The wide stairway from the entrance reception room to the first floor has original stone steps and vaulted ceiling which date from the days when the building was a convent. The stairway is also reached from the music room.
On the first floor is a wide corridor leading to each of the three large double bedrooms in the main wing of the building. There are two acoustically insulated bathrooms one of which is en-suite to a bedroom overlooking the hills at the rear of the property.

At the top of the stairway and the end of the corridor is a doorway leading to a glazed and heated atrium which can be used as a dressing room, studio or a relaxing place to read and take the sun in winter.

The atrium has large glass panelled doors which give access to a roofed west facing sun terrace. Another pair of double doors provides access to the oldest wing of which the magnificent 7 x 4 master bedroom and en-suite bathroom form a part. Originally this bedroom was the mother superior’s reception room which accounts for its fine wood panelled ceiling dating from the 1500s. Her kitchen is now a luxurious bathroom where some of the original features are preserved. This spacious bathroom has a hydro-massage tub, separate glass shower enclosure, double hand basins, W.C. and bidet.

The grounds of the property consist of three external terraces planted with ornamental shrubs. External floodlights give the villa a dramatic effect at night. The terraces have a concealed irrigation system and low consumption LED lighting fixtures for both security and aesthetic effect. The hillside below is cleared grassland which has been planted with mature conifers and ornamental shrubs. The perimeter of the land is marked by a roadway which is part of the property but with access to the public as it is part of the “strada panoramica” around Barga. The total area of this land is about 2,350 m2.
On the other side of the strada panoramica is a further land parcel of about 1,000 m2 on which is located a brick built barn for which the owner has obtained planning consent to convert to a cottage and permission to build a pool.


Main Features

Property condition
Renovated
Garden
Private
Kitchen
Eat-In Kitchen
Heating
Independent
Accessories: Air Conditioning, Fireplace

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