|Floor Area:||~250 m²|
Surrounded by flowering meadows and Mediterranean forests, with views over the Piedmont hills to the Swiss Alps beyond, this well-maintained property has an unparalleled, tranquil yet un-isolated location: at 700 meters above sea level, it is cooled by a pleasant sea breeze from the Mediterranean Sea about 60 km away.
The property is accessed via a small paved road: the nearby village, reachable on foot, offers a welcoming restaurant and a bar, post office, bank, pharmacy and simple local shops. The nearest small town, Cortemilia, can be reached in 10 minutes, and Acqui Terme in 25 minutes. The international airports of Milan, Turin and Genoa, as well as the beaches on the Riviera in Liguria and the ski resorts of the Western Alps, are about 60 to 90 minutes away.
The antique stone house has been lovingly restored by its current owners to a very high standard, with a luxurious finish and a well thought-out use of the available space. Natural materials such as stone, chestnut wood and terracotta have been used with a commendable eye to detail: they combine to give the house a warm and homely, yet harmoniously contemporary ambience. The efficient underfloor heating makes the house perfectly usable in the winter - and there is a big wood stove in the kitchen for the transitional seasons.
The terrace on the south side of the house leads into a vestibule, and from there into the large, open, modern and well-equipped kitchen. A functional kitchen island (240 cm x 120 cm) divides the kitchen from the dining area, which has a large dining table for 6 to 8 people. The large covered terrace, used intensively in the summer months, has fantastic views of the wonderful landscape - it's the perfect place to contemplate the sunset over the Alps with a fine aperitif.
The ground floor also has a double bedroom for guests and a bathroom with shower, toilet and sink plus an integrated washer / dryer.
A wooden staircase leads from the ground floor to the open living area / gallery on the first floor. Here there is a very spacious master suite with a chic, open bathroom (with bath, shower, toilet and two sinks) plus a second bedroom, currently used as an office.
Just above the main house there is a small, stone-built guest house for up to four people. The well-equipped guest house has a living, dining and kitchen area plus a bathroom: a staircase leads up to a loft that is used as a bedroom. The portico (covered terrace) in front of the guest house has both dining and sitting areas.
Services: gas central heating, mains water and electricity, septic tank, telephone and internet
A romantic garden with roses, lavender and hydrangeas surrounds the house. The garden features stone-paved paths, low stone walls and several shady seating areas, and there is an enclosed vegetable garden behind the house. A covered terrace beside the house has a large heated Jacuzzi for 5 people, installed in 2013. The former cellar has been extended, and now serves as a workshop.
The plot is separated from the quiet country access road by a thick hedge: a gate leads to a gravel parking area and a carport for two vehicles.
Our personal opinion: A perfectly-renovated gem of a country house, offering spacious living in a natural setting - it also has excellent revenue-generating possibilities.