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Beautifully refurbished traditional Squire’s House in a mountainous village setting, with unrivalled views, and within walking distance of restaurants. Private pool and private gated gardens.
(NB photos taken just after grass was sown - new photos will arrive in Spring 2017).
Villa Corfino is a very spacious, light and airy village villa which has been newly refurbished as a holiday home ,complete with large brand new private pool. The owners have retained the traditional feel of the villa, preserving original flooring, doors, internal shutters and furnishing the house with antiques which are cleverly mixed with modern touches.
This 4 bedroom 2 bathroom villa is ideally located in a beautiful mountainous village in the Appenines, which feels like it is on top of the world, yet has the rare benefit of being able to walk to restaurants as well as being on a trekking route within 500M!
On the ground floor there are two living rooms (one contemporary with comfy seating and modern dining , and another formal and traditional sitting/cards room), along with large brand new and well equipped kitchen which also offers a breakfasting table.
On the first floor there are 3 double bedrooms, one twin room, utility room and 2 bathrooms (one of which is en-suite). The bedrooms have been furnished with care, retaining the traditional feel of the villa and using antiques/restored pieces where possible, all merged with modern touches. There is also a terrace overlooking the stunning vista of the Italian Apuane mountain range.
The owners have worked with a great deal of care, to convert their much loved villa into a mountain retreat for guests. They are enthusiastic about the area and happy to share local tips with you on request and they can also assist with organising trips etc.
Enter from front part of wrap around gated garden , into hallway with original tiled flooring.
To the right is the formal living room/cards room- 2 windows creating lots of light.
To the left is a large light and airy living/diner with large corner sofa, smart TV, DVD, and dining table seating 8 . Again there are 2 windows making room lovely and light.
At the end of the hallway, is the spacious newly fitted kitchen with brand new oven, hob, dishwasher, large fridge/freezer and microwave blending effortlessly with traditional touches. There is also a breakfasting table and fireplace here. This room leads to the garden.
Gas central heating
Up traditional staircase from which half way up there is a landing with views out to pool to:
3 double bedrooms, one of which has an en-suite shower room
1 twin bedroom.
All bedrooms have tables and a chair too .
Family bathroom with bathtub and shower over.
Utility area with washing machine.
There is also a terrace on the first floor boasting the most beautiful panorama over the Apuane Alps in front and part of the mediaeval village and the 16th Century clock tower. Stand in one mountain range with a view over to the other! The rooms upstairs have mountain or garden, or mediaeval village views all of which are really unique.
Both the front door, and the back doors lead to the wrap around garden, complete with:
Covered eating area for al fresco dining
Large private pool
Ample sunbathing area and whilst a village property there is a good level of privacy with the back area all treed, and the property to the side rarely used .
Covered relaxing area
And, a 15 minute walk away, a private chestnut wood with picknicking and BBQ facilities for when you fancy a change of scenery or a lovely shady afternoon.
A little about location:
Situated high in the mountains is the medieaval village of Corfino, popular in the summer with Italians wishing to escape the heat of the city.
This is a really peaceful retreat in the depths of the mountains, providing a relaxing break, yet with facilities so the village does not feel too remote! There is a mini market open 7 days a week, a baker, a shop selling local produce and a newsagents. There are also local bars, one of which shows international and premiership football, and there are also 3 restaurants, all easily reachable on foot. In the coolness of the evenings it is lovely to meander around this with its cobbled streets and wonderful views…
Being based in the Appenines, this is a walkers paradise and with the National Park of Orecchiella being only a 10 minute drive, there is plenty of space for picnicking, serious or relaxing walking and Eagle spotting! There is trekking just 500M from the house, and there is a lovely short walk around the village which takes just 10 mins or so which is great to do before evening dining.
Just a stone’s throw from the Villa is a beautiful little hotel with shaded gardens where one can relax after a traditional Italian meal, and where there are play facilities for children. Here it is also possible to arrange good value and good fun cookery lessons (let us know in advance if this is of interest since they are popular).
There are supermarkets in the local village of Pieve Fosciana, a 15 minute drive and the market town of Castelnuovo is 20 minutes away. One of the local hotels provides a minibus service for easy visiting of Castelnuovo on market day so that guests don’t need to worry about parking (small fee applies).
For days out, the medieaval town of Barga is 35 mins away and is great for an afternoon or evening out, meandering its beautiful streets, exploring its Duomo, and relaxing in the various little piazzas which have bars, good restaurants, gelaterias etc most with wonderful views.
Lucca is reachable in 1 hr 15 mins and is a good day out. There is a wealth of historic buildings, interesting architecture, cobbled streets, lots of Piazza's for relaxing, people watching and listening to music. There are of course the famous walls of the city, which are fully intact and wide. - a place for cycling, jogging, picnicking or just relaxing on the grass in the shade. A day out here is truly unique, and if you stay for the evening you can take in a Puccini recital. There are lots of cultural events, regular antiques markets, concerts often with world renowned bands/artists, & of course the designer shops!
Pisa is 1 hr 35 mins away so not too long from the airport, and why not pop and see the leaning tower on your way home…
Closer to your holiday retreat is the National Park of Orecchiella; the Zip wire park not far from the ancient fortress of Verrucole, the Wind Caves, water canyoning…
Lots to do if you wish, but if you just like to relax by the pool, in a beautiful setting, with facilities just a stone’s throw away, then why leave?!