This is an attractive and very substantial three story property, newly offered on the market. Typical of the large village houses one finds in the area, this stone-built stucco-clad property is located in the small village of Gazzano, deep in the heart of the Apennine Mountains. A thriving village, with a large hotel, shops, bars, restaurants, public sports facilities such tennis, football, open-air swimming pool, Gazzano is convenient for all year round activities. Near the Tuscany border, there are 6 major ski-slopes and resorts all within a half hour’s drive, the beach at La Spezia is around an hour away, while the excellent road system in this area means that major cities, such as Pizza, Reggio nell’ Emilia or Parma are all within easy reach.
Entrance to the house is via a private flight of steps, flanked by wooden ‘Swiss-style’ banisters and railings. The main door leads into a fitted kitchen. A charming room, 14ft x 10ft approximately, all the kitchen walls have had the stonework fully exposed, while the ceiling beams are also fully exposed. On one wall there is a very large open-style fireplace with large dog-grate, while the floor is paved in red terracotta-style tiling. On the far wall, a double-glazed door leads onto a balcony, while to the right another door leads into a small hallway, which has wooden stairs to the second floor, a door to the right leading into the living room and a door to the left. In front, past the stairs, entrance is to a fully finished and tiled bathroom, with full-length bath, wash-basin, toilet and bidet, all units being in white ceramic. The living room is fully finished, with full double glazing to both windows and large red terracotta-style tiling on the floor. An attractive brick and marble open fireplace forms the main feature of this room, complimented by the muted colours and excellent decoration. From the hall, and through the door on the left, leads to a self-contained part of the house, currently unfinished, with regards to the décor and decoration, but which could either be fully incorporated into the main house, or be left as a self-contained flat or ‘granny-annex’. Consisting of a very large (14ft x 8ft approximately), ceramic-tiled hallway, part of which is taken up with a floor to ceiling built-in wardrobes/cupboards, two bedrooms (one being used as a utility/store room), both approximately 14ft x 12ft and a living room measuring approximately 14ft x 14ft. From the stairs to the first level landing and entrance on the right into the ‘master’ bedroom. This is an exceptionally large room (16ft x 16ft approximately), with exposed beams to the ceiling and full double-glazing to all windows, the room has the benefit of built-in cupboards along one wall and a bathroom ‘on-suite’. The bathroom has been fitted out with first quality materials, with luxury tiles to the floor and walls and ‘gold’ colour bathroom fitments. Opposite the master bedroom is a second bedroom, which, although not as large overall as the master bedroom (16ft x 12ft approximately) is also fully fitted.
From the landing, a small flight of three steps leads to the sun lounge. This is a very large room with one wall as fully glazed ‘french’ doors or floor to ceiling windows. Naturally, all the glazing is double and of first quality. The back wall is exposed stone, while the ceiling is wood-lined with exposed beams. Exceptionally light and airy, this room is a perfect sun lounge or occasional and informal living room. The ‘french’ doors lead outside and onto a full length, fully paved patio area. Sited and sheltered in such a way as to allow complete privacy and enclosed with a low retaining wall and ‘ranch’ style dark wood rails, this large patio (12ft 1x 16ft approximately) provides the perfect place for all-day sunbathing, eating outside, or just relaxing and enjoying the fabulous views of the village and the mountains. The third floor, also reached via the second floor landing, is currently in an ‘rustic’ state as the owner died before he was able to complete the refurbishment. All walls in this level are exposed stone, while the ceilings (which are the underside of the roof) show exposed beams etc. Currently providing 4 rooms, because of the nature of the work still left to do, the internal layout, the number of rooms available and their function, can be altered to suit. As described, the property is fully habitable, having been refurbished, in the main parts, to a very high standard. The property has the benefit of a new roof recently finished. Throughout there is full double-glazing on all of the windows and all new doors are of first quality and made from solid wood. Unfortunately, as mentioned, the owner died before being able to complete all of the interior refurbishment and although currently there are only 4 bedrooms, extra space is available on the third level to provide an extra 4 bedrooms, plus 3 more if the ‘granny annex’ is also utilised. Set in the thriving and beautiful village of Gazzano, with 4 substantial bedrooms currently available (and the possibility of adding an extra 4 bedrooms if the third floor is utilized), a magnificent sun-lounge and patio and only 50yds away from the nearby open-air swimming pool, this property is ideal for anyone looking for a family or a holiday home with rental potential.