An opportunity to acquire a substantial, superbly located property that has been recently renovated to an extremely high standard and to an imaginative and perfectly balanced design. Striking original features, mostly in stone, have been preserved and combined with tasteful modern features to provide a quietly elegant and atmospheric accommodation. Due to its large size and location it could be used as a hospitality facility, as business premises or as a large family home, for all of which purposes it could, of course, also be rented out.
Spacious and well designed, the villa sits in 3,571 sq. mtrs (0.9 acres approx.) of fully landscaped grounds, with the building layout and the major living areas mostly arranged over two main floors (the ground and first floor). There is also an attractively designed and usable second floor, which currently provides 2 bedrooms, a mezzanine room and a small bathroom. As a whole the villa could easily be divided into two separate living areas or self contained apartments, each with their own independent approach and entrance. Access to the first floor of the house is from the road at the top (where there is ample off-road private parking for three cars) and via wide stone steps, down and through the garden and into an entrance hall through a main door, while access to the ground floor living area is reached via a long sloping driveway and again, through a wide hallway through the lower main door. The exterior at the front of the house is currently used as a parking area but could easily accommodate a garage, a swimming pool or be landscaped to blend with the garden currently running along one side and the back of the house, according to individual taste.
Full security features are in place with major access points (all external doors and windows) covered and alarmed with any alarm warning triggered connecting directly to the local police.
Internally and in terms of accommodation, there is a superb amount of living and working space, with 7 rooms on the ground floor, 9 on the first floor and 4 on the second floor. Currently, the villa is being used as offices and therefore, the majority of the rooms and their use can be altered to suit. However, as well as numerous rooms that could be used as bedrooms, offices etc., in common, each floor has two very large rooms (one of which leads out onto a magnificent terrace area) and which either or both would make exceptional living rooms. There is also a large fully fitted bathroom and spacious kitchen on each floor. In total, the villa provides 424 sq. mtrs. of quality living area. Naturally, with a property of this standard, there is full double glazing throughout, centrally controlled gas central heating, with a radiator in every room – each independently thermostatically controlled and all floors are laid with top class ceramic tiles, which this area is internationally renowned for.
Sitting on a magical spot and on an elevated position with a commanding view directly above the small town of Toano, the villa has a front view that opens out onto a spectacular all-round panorama of the whole Apennine ridge. At the back, surrounded by verdant fields and woods and nearby, is the Romanesque Pieve di Toano, one of the most historically important places of worship during the rule of Countess Matilda of Canossa in the 11th and 12th centuries. The rich blend of natural and historic assets of the setting gives a unique feel to the property itself and is a window on the countless attractions of this area.
Toano itself (the centre of which is only a couple of minutes walk away) is a charming and interesting township and as the municipality centre provides all of the civic and social amenities required, such as a town hall, post office, medical centre, bank, hotels, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars, and other public facilities – include a superb swimming pool situated in a breath-taking natural setting. The town sits on the edge of the magnificent Appennino Tuscany-Emilia National Park, renowned for its extraordinary environmental assets – from lush and thickly-wooded hills to the moorlands carpeted with cranberry and blackberry shrubs on the highest peaks (of which Mount Cusna is the highest, at 2,120 mt. above sea level), with rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and a rich wildlife plus rare plant species that make the whole area a veritable paradise. There are excellent outdoor sports facilities, including for skiing, rock-climbing (particularly at the Bismantova Rock, an imposing natural wonder mentioned in Dante’s Purgatory which can be admired from almost anywhere around this area) and mountain-biking, as well as countless family-run restaurants where you can relax and enjoy the delicious local cuisine and typical products like Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Balsamic Vinegar, Parma Ham and so on. Just an hour away are the cities of Reggio Emilia and Modena, with extensive facilities, which are not only charming examples of Italy’s historic, artistic and architectural heritage, but are also extremely well-connected to other major Italian cities via the high-speed train and motorway networks.
Completely restored (to the highest standard) in 2012, the villa in superb and optimal condition throughout.
Property detailsRef. Code: CB069
Price: € 495,000
Type: Business, Detached House, Mansion, Small Villa, Villa
Location: Emilia Romagna, Reggio Emilia, Toano
Number of Buildings: 1
Number of Apartments: 1
Land Available: 3570 m2
Total Floor Area: 424 m2
Energy Efficiency Rating : D
EPI (Energy Performance Index): not defined