Beautifully renovated, stone village house with terrific views of the Niccone Valley on the Tuscan border for sale. Large garden and possibility to build a studio.
A beautiful renovated, stone village house in a fantastic position for sale. The house has been beautifully restored with as much as possible of its original charm left in place.
It is in a privileged position within the little hamlet of San Martino and has superb views over the Niccone Valley. Lisciano and Pierle castles can be seen from the house, with more fortifications a few kilometres away at Sorbello and Reschio. The valley hosts rolling vineyards and olive groves, crisscrossed by cycling and walking trails, along with excellent bars, bakeries, butchers and restaurants.
The villages of Lisciano (Umbria) and Mercatale (Tuscany) are a few kilometres away, offering a choice of eateries, coffee hang-outs, gelato stops, take-away pizza and shops.
Fully renovated, restructured, repointed and reinforced from 2014 to date, the house offers two double bedrooms with shared high-specification Juliet bathroom and additional accommodation in a newly completed self-contained apartment (planning permissions in progress). A large garden slopes gently downward towards the Niccone Valley and has mature fruit and olive trees. The roof was refurbished and a new chimney constructed. A seismic ring was added to the basement foundations and central heating has been installed on all levels. Modern, high efficiency appliances were specified throughout. Water pressure is maintained year-round by a powered autoclave pumping system, fed by a large reserve tank.
The focal point of the house is the kitchen and dining area which was custom-built by local craftsmen. The shelving unit and storage areas were constructed with timber reclaimed from restoration projects in other old houses in Umbria and Tuscany. The stone worktop and sink were sourced from masons in the Medieval walled town of Citta di Castello in the Upper Tiber Valley.
A terrace runs along the front of the house, with breathtaking elevated valley, mountain, castle and forest views, our favourite venue for morning coffee and sundowners.
Reinforced floors are finished with antique cotto tiles. The wooden furniture echoes treated original roof beams. A large master bedroom enjoys stunning views across the valley, with plumbing in place for a luxury bathtub.
The lounge retains its original bathroom window, admitting natural light when the main windows and doors are shuttered. The large archway to the kitchen and dining area links these spaces to form a large, open plan living area. Hand-made ironwork can hold a dividing curtain for greater flexibility. French doors open onto the terrace, overlooking the garden and Tuscan hills beyond.
The Ground Floor (planning permissions in progress)
Like the upstairs kitchen, the apartment cooking area was custom-made to reflect local traditions, incorporating ancient reclaimed timber, hand-made ironwork and a beautiful original built-in cupboard that was relocated during the restructuring process. Set into the hand-made wooden worktop is an induction hob.
The modern bathroom is finished in custom-made reclaimed stonework and exquisite Apennine stone tiling from quarries around Assisi. Two sets of French doors provide views of the garden. The large bedroom area was remodelled from the old animal stalls and still features the original 19th century date inscription.
The lean-to annex housing the utility area has been completely rebuilt. It houses a laundry room style sink unit, modern gas boiler and the pressurised hot and cold water system.
At the top of the garden is an area with the potential for construction of a studio. A local geometra produced plans for a two-storey garden house, which could be revisited; water and electricity connections are already present and the construction of a swimming pool is also possible subject to lodging the appropriate project documentation with the authorities at the Lisciano comune. Another possibility discussed with local craftsmen is a summer kitchen and outdoor dining area. The lower area has agricultural classification, with several mature fruit and olive trees. It is a haven for flowers and wildlife as well as people.