A secluded, recently restored country property with 300 m2 living space, several outbuildings, swimming pool, richly decorated garden, orchard, well maintained olive grove and woodlands situated in the Ligurian Alps, 20 km from Ventimiglia
Surrounded by beautiful landscapes and enjoying stunning views over the Gordale valley at the foot of the Ligurian alps, this attractive property is situated above the small, romantic village of Castel Vittorio, about 30 minutes inland from Ventimiglia and only 40 minutes from the French border. Close by is the mediaeval village of Pigna with a selection of shops, several restaurants and a thermal spa hotel. Due to its importance in the renaissance period Pigna has significant cultural attractions.
1.5 Kilometres of small private road – currently awaiting repairs - connect the house to the main road towards Pigna. The enchanting property sits in a matured garden, flowering from early March until late September. A 56 square meter L-shaped swimming pool with sun terrace nestles in the garden where Mediterranean herbs give forth the scents of sage, oregano, lavender, rosemary, and thyme. The grounds, comprising of 100 olive trees, a fruit orchard, a vegetable garden and varied woodlands cover slightly less than two hectares of land.
With a total of four buildings, the property holds 300 square metres of living space including four bedrooms, three bathrooms and three kitchens – one of them in the spacious dining room - a large drawing room and various studies and utility rooms
The main building, a well proportioned house in natural stone – dating from 1820 - holds 160 sqm of generously proportioned living space. A large amount of French windows provide plenty of light and beautiful views on each of the three floor levels. The main entrance is situated at the middle floor level and opens into the open-space combined kitchen and dining room that occupies the entire floor. An open staircase leads to the upstairs living room with a large, open fireplace. The lower ground floor contains the master bedroom and an extravagantly designed bathroom. Both rooms are generously proportioned and feature vaulted ceilings and open brickwork. French doors connect the ground floor to a spacious south/west-facing terrace where a lime tree and a couple of plane trees offer comforting shade during the summer months.
A two storey stone building in the courtyard, opposite the main house entrance, contains a study on the ground floor and a bedroom above. (38 sqm)
A separate guest apartment is built around a spacious and bright studio/bedroom with one full glass facade facing the garden. This conservatory-like building also contains its own bathroom and kitchen/laundry room. (A total of 67 sqm additional living space)
The annex, found about 50 metres from the main building, also consists of a bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchen. (Yet another 35 sqm)
The property has been tastefully renovated and extended over the last 10 years. Many floors are covered with Venezian-style terrazzo marble. Solar panels provide floor heating and hot water with optional switching to gas heating in the winter months. The property has WiFi and satellite-receiver installations and an ample water supply from the local river through a private system shared and managed by the nearest neighbours.
This place of beauty and tranquillity, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, offers plenty of opportunities for creative living with its many separate buildings. In addition, the spacious inside of the main house would easily allow for the addition of extra bedrooms.