Stunning village house at Montegrazie, in the hills above Imperia, with wonderful views of the valleys and sea at the forefront. The house is made like a work of art with a dramatic impact. From outside the house seems a conventional village house, the stairs start to reveal a different character, with old stone and ardesia from another time beautifully polished and an antique chair seemingly casually placed on the landing. The house dates from the 17th century, it is eccentric and beautiful. From the sitting room window, the sea is dark blue, the antique spires of the village church and its dome, blend with the stunning fifteenth century Sanctuary of Montegrazie. This was the house where Mussolini habitually played at bocce in its garden, whilst he was a teaching french in Imperia. The sitting room is marvelously luminous, a harmony of colours and textures, a mix of antique Umbrian terracotta and warm light, spacious and well proportioned.
The sitting room leads to the dining room with its table for 12, lit by candle light. It has an arched ceiling. The dining room leads to the study which could be an alternative bedroom. The kitchen is accurate in its detail, hugely charming, with a rich dark parquet and a combination of modern hi tech fixtures with an ancient marble sink, a marble topped Victorian table. The kitchen leads directly out to the paradise garden, with immediately an old stone courtyard and some 2,300 sq m of terraced fruit garden, here there are plums, cherries, figs and lemons. From the garden the sea view is particularly good. The olive grove produces 100 liters of extra virgin oil per year. Also leading to the garden is a large and beautiful bedroom with bathroom/laundry room.
Stairs lead to the upper floor where the main bedroom and bathroom are to be found, these also look out onto the garden. Both are redolent with charm, a precise study of detail, from the brass footed bath to the double view from the windows of both sea and the garden.
The house was completely restructured in 2008, it is of 144 sq m. The attention to detail present in all of the house is also present in its technical systems, for example the house can be heated either directly from the 2 pellet stoves in the house or by its super modern gas radiator system. The radiators are of the highest quality Swiss thermo-steel. The house also has a large garage of 18 sq m.
Energy rating: G