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Historic Tuscan villa and mill

People10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Space 3,875 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Historic mill in Lunigiana countryside - 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

The property is the Mulino (mill) set in beautiful gardens, against a backdrop of an unspoilt natural valley with wild flowers, birds and animals - all within close reach of the Stretti di Giaredo for gorge walking. There is access to the private swimming pool situated in terraced gardens overlooking meadows and fruit trees.

The Gordana valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty, protected by Italian law as a Site of Regional Interest, home of several protected species of birds, fish, frogs, bats and insects. The hills are covered with chestnut trees. Further upstream are the Stretti di Giaredo, a spectacular 500m long gorge that is famous throughout Italy for walking holidays – it has 50m high rock walls and in places is only a few metres wide.

Pontremoli is a lively market town with an enchanting historic quarter, and a market twice a week. The old town inhabits an elongated stone island surrounded on both sides by the River Magra. Many beautiful historic bridges cross the river on both sides of the town. There are cafés, restaurants and shops, the Duomo and Campanile, the Castello del Piagnaro and two very beautiful piazzas. There is a theatre (the horseshoe-shaped Teatro della Rosa, early 18th Century) and a cinema (Cinema Manzoni). There is the national book festival at the end of July (Premio Bancarella).

Cavezzana is a unique and magical property. Everyone who comes to the house falls in love with it, and several families return year after year. We like to feel that the Mulino is really suited to the people who go there – it is not ideal for toddlers or the very elderly, as parts of the garden have terracing, and the millpond is situated outside the kitchen door, with a bridge across the water to the outside eating area.

It is a great place for outside eating with lots of different places to eat, drink and picnic in the lovely gardens. With the well-equipped kitchen it is great for groups. The home cinema (in the building that was the original village school) is always popular, and there is a very good collection of DVDs.

The house is part of a complex of stone buildings including:

• the 'Casa Padronale' - the main house,

• the 'Casa Colonica’ - the house for the miller, which at one time housed an 'osteria' (an inn) for the village.

• the 'Scuola' - the former village school. There are local people who were taught there in their youth

• there are stables, haylofts and mill buildings.

The oldest parts of the main house date from the 14th century and it was occupied for many years by officials associated with the diocese of Pontremoli - the building has a chapel on the upper ground floor. In the 1850s, while Garibaldi was travelling through northern Italy between Genova and Ravenna, he stayed in this house for 8 nights - the largest bedroom on the first floor is still called 'the Garibaldi Room' by locals.

The house is built of local sandstone from the river and most of the rooms have vaulted ceilings, many of them decorated with late nineteenth century murals that have been carefully restored.

The stone structure keeps the house cool during the summer.

The lower floor is given over to the mills and stables and the original mill equipment can still be seen. There is a millstream that flows past the house to the millpond outside the kitchen and water flows in a cascade to the lower stream in the field. There are two corn mills, two chestnut mills and a 'frantoio' (olive mill). To complete the agricultural activities were a lime kiln 'calcinaia' (next to the swimming pool) and a chestnut drying house ('essicatoio per le castagne'), where chestnuts were dried following the harvest. There is still agricultural activity on the estate and a local farmer grazes cattle and horses in the main meadow in front of the house.

The terrace is wonderful for relaxing, sunbathing, having cocktails or dancing at midnight. Cavezzana is a very special Italian experience.

Not suitable for young children. No smoking. No pets.

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2017
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2018

About The Owner

British architects, who have owned this house for over 30 years.

The Owner purchased this house in 1987

Why The Owner chose Pontremoli

Cavezzana is a unique and magical property. Everyone who comes to the house falls in love with it, and several families return year on year. It is primarily a family home rather than a rental property, and the Mulino is usually only rented to 3 or 4 families or groups a year. We like to feel that the Mulino is really suited to the people who go there – it is not ideal for toddlers or the very elderly, as parts of the garden have terracing, and the millpond is situated outside the kitchen door, with a bridge across the water to the outside eating area.

What makes this house unique

The property is the Mulino (mill) set in beautiful gardens, against a backdrop of an unspoilt natural valley with wild flowers, birds and animals - all within close reach of Gli Stretti di Giaredo for gorge walking. There is access to the private swimming pool situated in terraced gardens overlooking meadows and fruit trees.

The Gordana valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty, protected by Italian law as a Site of Regional Interest, home of several protected species of birds, fish, frogs, bats and insects. The hills are covered with chestnut trees. Further upstream are the Stretti di Giaredo, a spectacular 500m long gorge that is famous throughout Italy for walking holidays – it has 50m high rock walls and in places is only a few metres wide.

Pontremoli is a lively market town with an enchanting historic quarter, and a market twice a week. The old town inhabits an elongated stone island surrounded on both sides by the River Magra. Many beautiful historic bridges cross the river on both sides of the town. There are cafés, restaurants and shops, the Duomo and Campanile, the Castello del Piagnaro and two very beautiful piazzas.

It is a great place for outside eating with lots of different places to eat, drink and picnic in the lovely gardens. With the two kitchens it is great for groups as both are well equipped for cooking. The home cinema is always popular, and there is a very good collection of DVDs.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Pontremoli in Province of Massa and Carrara

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3875 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite with Bedroom 2
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - Garibaldi Room - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 5 - Butterfly Room - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - Twin bed room - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - Castagno Room - 1 Double Bed , Beds can either be one double or twin beds
    Bedroom 2 - Main Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , En suite bathroom, with private sitting room, coffee machine
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Local farmer grazes cattle and horses in the field in front of the house. Farmer runs riding school. A family of cats lives in the outbuildings.

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Location

Nearest Airport
107 Kilometres
Pisa, also Genova (135km) and Parma (85km)
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Pontremoli
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
La Spezia, Livorno (122 km), Genova (136 km)
Nearest Golf
48 Kilometres
Sarzana
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Pontremoli
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
A15 Austostrada della Cisa
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Pontremoli
Nearest Ski
23 Kilometres
Zum Zeri
Nearest Beach
48 Kilometres
Cinque Terre, Lerici, Portovenere
Car: necessary

The property is set in beautiful gardens, against a backdrop of an unspoilt natural valley with wild flowers, birds and animals - all within close reach of Gli Stretti di Giaredo for gorge walking. There is access to the private swimming pool situated in terraced gardens overlooking meadows and fruit trees.

LOCAL AREA

The Gordana valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty, protected by Italian law as a Site of Regional Interest, home of several protected species of birds, fish, frogs, bats and insects. The hills are covered with chestnut trees. Further upstream are the Stretti di Giaredo, a spectacular 500m long gorge that is famous throughout Italy for walking holidays – it has 50m high rock walls and in places is only a few metres wide.

PONTREMOLI TOWN

Pontremoli is a lively market town with an enchanting historic quarter, and a market twice a week. The old town inhabits an elongated stone island surrounded on both sides by the River Magra. Many beautiful historic bridges cross the river on both sides of the town. There are cafés, restaurants and shops, the Duomo and Campanile, the Castello del Piagnaro and two very beautiful piazzas. There is a theatre - Teatro della Rosa, which is an early seventeenth-century horseshoe-shaped theatre - and a cinema (Cinema Manzoni). Every year at the end of July the Italian national book prize is held at Pontremoli, reflecting the town's tradition of ambulant booksellers being based in the city. The city was famous in the Second World War for its partisan resistance based in the hills above the house, supported by the British SAS. Every year the Monte San Martino Trust (which sponsors English-language study bursaries in England to Italians), carry out an annual Freedom Walk through the Gordana valley to commemorate their exploits.

EXPEDITIONS

It is a great base for expeditions in the surrounding area. With the A15 autostrada nearby, there are good links to the sea on the Ligurian coast, to Parma and the Po plain and to the cultural centres at Lucca and Florence.

The Ligurian coast offers the spectacular rocky coastline of the Cinque Terre, Lerici, Portovenere and Portofino (the resort of the stars) and the Gulf of La Spezia – the gulf of the poets Byron and Shelley. Boat expeditions are available from La Spezia or Lerici which serve the Cinque Terre and Portofino.

Parma is 80 km away, and is a fine, cultured city with museums, galleries, theatres and an opera house. It is one of best gastronomic centres in Italy and is where Parmesan cheese and Parma ham originate from.

Further afield, the great cultural centres of Florence (175km, 2 hour drive), Pisa (100km, 1 hour drive) and Lucca (100km, 1 hour drive) are easily reachable by motorway for a day trip.

Carrara (60km) offers visits to the historic marble quarries dating from Roman times.

TRAINS

The railway provides good connections, with direct trains to La Spezia (45 minutes), Parma (just over 1 hour), Florence (3 hours) and Genova (2 hours). There are good connections to Rome (as little as 4 hours)

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Refundable Damage Deposit £900
Cleaning fee £100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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