In a south-facing panoramic position, located in the lush green foothills overlooking the beautiful spa town of Montecatini Terme, Casa Azzurra is a tranquil 250-year-old traditional stone Tuscan house with blue shutters and a wealth of classical characteristics, that has been fully restored by international design consultants and by local craftsmen, to the highest standards.
The house is located in a small village within walking distance of Marliana, which is the provincial town offering all the facilities that the Tuscan way of life requires.
The property is arranged on two levels and is easily accessed from a small communal piazza from the properties private lane.
The house offers 92 sqm. of accomodation. From the arched entrance hedged gates, one enters the private level outdoor living environment. A stone South facing terrace gives access under a terracotta tiled pergola roof to the main entrance.
GROUND FLOOR: the generous entrance hall, accessed through chestnul framed glazed doors, leads to both the fully equipped kitchen/dining room, and the living room with a nice wood-burning brick&stone open fireplace and access to the terrace. As well as to the first floor through a typical stone staircase. A separate fitted utility and garden store room, with a contemporary fully tiled cloakroom, is accessed from the entrance terrace.
FIRST FLOOR: The staircase leads to the master bedroom, with en-suite shower bathroom and equipped with air-conditioning. The windows from this room provide panoramic views towards Florence and down to Montecatini Terme. The central bedroom is currently used as a design and artists studio, but can easily be converted into a further double bedroom. A small landing area leads to the bright guest double bedroom, with windows overlooking the private gardens and terraces, as well as the panoramic wooded hills, and access to the family shower bathroom.
A beamed terracotta tiled ceiling and floor with partly rendered stone walls, full double glazed chestnut framed doors and windows, provide a fine blend of contemporary Tuscan style.
GARDEN: The mediterranean landscaped private garden offers a total of 513 sqm. including the private gravel and grassed lane. Flowering pink oleander trees and a fine iron pergola covered by an old flowering wisteria shades stone terraced outdoor living areas, located close to the house. Integrated into the garden are lawned areas and palm beds with brick & stone decorative edgings, an elevated timber framed gazebo and a new summer house. A timber garden store, with Tuscan tiled roof, provides storage for garden tools and a container for rainwater collection. The garden has fine edges and cypress trees that make the garden a sheltered sun trap and completely private.
LEISURE GARDEN: directly across from the private gravel lane is located the 200 sqm. fenced leisure garden. Accessed throguh blue wrought iron gates and a paved ramp leading to an extensive terrace and a gazebo overlooking an above ground swimming pool at a lower level with adjacent paved steps down to further pooside terraces. Olive trees, lawned area and beds for vegetables and fruit complete this leisure garden.
Utilities: Gas central heating, part air conditioning, TV satellite dish, mains water, mains electricity, septic tank drainage system.
The house has been fully refurbished including the insulation and the reinstatement of the antique terracotta tiled roof and stone walls.
Main drive distances: Marliana nearest town with shops, bakery, etc. 3 mins, Montecatini Terme 15 mins, Pisa airport 55 mins, Lucca 40 mins, Florence 40 mins, Versilia coastline 1 hour.