Gromignana, Lucca, Italy (our home was sold in 2009)

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[1.] Photo-gallery [2.] Video [3.] Building plans and layouts [4.] Photovoltaic panels
[5.] 360° panoramic views: living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, guest barn
[6.] Google Map link (external link, opens in new window) Zoom in on the green arrow.

Four bedroom, four bathroom property.
Three barns (one with guest bedroom & shower room), stone wood store, 19 loaf pizza oven.
16 metre infinity pool with counter current and integrated cover.
Ample parking.
Your own extra virgin olive oil from 25 mature and 50 young trees.  The 2009 crop looks excellent.
40 photovoltaic panels which are estimated to produce 11,000 KWs per annum.
7MB broadband recently installed.

Position:

Magnificent unspoiled panoramic view, down to the Serchio Valley and over the Apuane mountains, part of which is a national park.
40 minutes from Lucca.
One hour from Pisa Airport.
Close to a village, but at the end of a road and so both quiet and safe.
Views on all sides, but protected from the north wind.
Above the mosquito line at 535 metres (1,750 ft) above sea level.
One hour drive to the ski resort of Abetone.

Our home is warm, welcoming and comfortable, but not excessive! It has only been sold once outside the Mattei family in the last several hundred years and that was to us in 1988. Gromignana is a quiet but friendly small village, with a thriving church and is a happy place to live. We hope that the next owners will enjoy it as much as we have over the last 20 years. Anyone who has spent any time in Italy will already know that a moderate ability in the language is infinitely rewarded in the pleasure of living here.

House, approx 200sqm
On three floors, with an original stone staircase and the entrance on the middle floor.
The house is plastered in Siena pink, with a vertical brass sun dial, a trompe l’oeil window and trompe l’oeil stone surrounds. The floor coverings are made from reclaimed terracotta tiles and the ceilings have the original exposed beams. The cental heating is wood or gas fired and the chestnut windows are double glazed. The house is maintained to a high standard.

Top floor: Master bedroom, with shower and dressing room, guest bedroom, bathroom.
Entrance floor: Living room with open fireplace and dumb waiter for wood, dining room, kitchen with chestnut cupboards and granite worktops, large south west facing terrace.
Ground floor: Guest bedroom, shower room, laundry, wood boiler room, wood storage room, further storage room and swimming pool equipment room.
There is an integrated document safe and jewellery safe.

Main barn, in stone on two floors, with putto windvane
Large workshop on the ground floor. Adjoining 11,000 litre storage tank for rain water collected from the main barn and wood shed roofs and used to top up the swimming pool.
Stone steps to the main guest bedroom, with shower room and outside terrace. The guest bedroom has independent gas central heating and hot water.

Small barn, in stone on two floors
Garden machinery stored above
Wood and reclaimed building materials stored below

Stone metato (formerly the chestnut roasting house)
Used for garden paraphenalia and storage

Pizza oven
Original stone building with a 19 loaf terracotta oven installed in 1994.

Wood shed
Stone built in 2004, using traditional methods and reclaimed canaletti tiles. There is a wooden swing in one of the arches for sunny winter afternoons.

Swimming pool, 16 metres by 3.6 metres
An infinity edge pool, which was built in 1992 with a Jetstream counter current for exercise. There is an electric powered, terracotta coloured cover, which rolls up underground at one end and which retains the heat in the shoulder periods. The pool pavement is in hand made terracotta and the pool banks have been planted to give colour year round.

Parking
There is parking for three cars under a wisteria covered pergola and ample further parking.

Garden
There are ten acres of acacia, oak and chestnut woods, olive terraces and fruit trees. Around the house and swimming pool there is a mature garden, planted in harmony with the available rain, but with a computer controlled watering system to assist. At the entrance to the house there is a stone aia shaded by fig trees, two of which support a double hammock in the summer.

Photovoltaic panels
40 photovoltaic panels, out of view on the terraces below the house, will provide more than 11,000kw per annum of electricity. They have been installed and are connected to the grid by a two way meter.  They are subject to a Government incentive up to 2029.

Services
Mains water comes from a spring high in the Apennines, which feeds a storage tank at the top of the village. The ring main around the village was renewed with polyethylene pipes in about 1996, so there is excellent water pressure in the house and we have never run out of water.
GPL gas is delivered and stored in a 1,750 litre tank, below the drive and out of view.
The electricity supply is 3-phase, 15kw. There is a comprehensive system of lightning conductors and circuit breakers and a diesel powered generator as a last resort.

Permissions
The property was comprehensively restored in 1988/9 and unusually for properties in Italy, it is in full compliance with the law, with all alterations and additions fully documented and approved in the Comune and filed with the Land Registry.

Staff
There is an Italian gardener, who speaks good English and two local sisters, who clean the house and iron. It would be possible to arrange for the house to be managed, if the buyer did not live here full time. A local English speaking lady can provide a taxi service from Pisa airport.

Sale includes
Our home is being sold with some machinery, equipment (except chain saws) and all appliances and curtains.

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