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Villabuona, Tuscany, Italy

€85,000 | Detached House | 1 Bedroom | 625 sqft


  • Completely structurally restored, new insulated roof
  • blank canvas, ready to extend
  • close to all amenities, yet and quiet
  • commanding position over church piazza
  • 25 mins to Lucca walled city
  • 45 mins to Pisa airport
  • 50 mins from Florence
  • New private terrazza and balcony with breathtaking view
  • Ready for doors and floors
  • Can become a fabulous two bedroom apartment


This is a small house(with potential for easy enlargement) in the much sought-after region of north Tuscany. It is in a quiet hamlet close to Lucca (25mins drive to the city centre), and cars are parked 100 metres from the hamlet which affords the peace and quiet of ancient history both day and night. The building has been structurally restored (new insulated roof with reinforced ring beam and all stonework 'knitting' and repointing done by expert local stonemasons), and the stone now gleams as it would have done three hundred years ago. The site around it was excavated in 2013 to reveal a room below leading onto the church piazza, the centre of the hamlet, with breathtaking views of the valley below, so the house is in a commanding position towering over the piazza. It has a new balcony and new surrounding terrazza. It only needs doors windows and floors to make a pretty one-bedroom apartment in a splendid location, all services available beside the gable wall. This makes it a blank canvass and much the preferred option for builders, with nothing to clear out or away. A short drive to fifteen restaurants, shops, pharmacy, medical doctor, and yet the hamlet is surrounded by woodland, with only the sound of the church bell by day and the hooting of the owls by night. Selling for the bargain price of E85,000, with an estimated E50,000 required to finish the building and an option to extend to make an extra bedroom above a large living/kitchen/dining room with an unobstructed view over the piazza and down the valley. Perfect as an artists' retreat, a hideaway to practice meditation, or simply to enjoy a relaxing break from working life, it is surrounded on two sides by its own private terrazza offering ample space for comfortable sunbathing for ten people if required! Situated in north-central Italy, it is close to the motorways A11 and A12 which lead to Florence (50 minutes), Rome (3 and a half hours), Venice (3 hours 15 mins), Bologna (2 hours), Milan (3 hrs 15 mins), and crucially the airport at Pisa is only a 45 mins drive, not to mention the Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistry), so Italy is at your doorstep!

Bernard Wade (Dublin and Lucca.)


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