FOR SALE: Situated within the medieval walls of the well-known town of Barga, a trio of properties comprising corner studio/shop, workshop and fully restored apartment on the bustling, cobbled Via di Borgo, a stone's throw from both the historic parts of Barga Vecchia (Old Barga) and Il Giardino, its modern bustling centre.
The studio, with its original terracotta floor tiles, beamed ceiling and large shop window is registered as a commercial premise. It was once the local shoemaker's shop and more recently it has been used as a successful craft studio and shop as well as an artist's studio, used by award winning landscape artist, Richard Clare (http://www.richardclareart.com).
The studio itself measures about 20 sqm. At the back it is separated by a wall from a workshop (about 15 sqm) which has its own independent entrance via original solid chestnut double doors on Vicolo della Fontana. It would be a simple matter to put a door or archway in the wall at the back of the studio to join the two premises, thereby almost doubling the size of the studio.
Above the studio is a fully restored, 1 bedroom apartment (about 45 sqm), also with independent entrance from Vicolo Orsini. The apartment comprises open plan living/kitchen area, bedroom and good sized shower room. It has a successful history of summer lets as it provides comfortable accommodation close to all amenities.
The apartment, parts of which are hundreds of years old, has recently been sympathetically restored and updated by skilled local artisans. They have worked together to recapture the beauty of this house with its original marble kitchen sink, beamed chestnut ceiling, tiled floors, wooden shutters and traditional stone architraves. At the same time, the electrics and gas central heating have been brought up to modern standards of safety and comfort.
Barga is a traditional, medieval, walled town of Longobard origin with a wealth of sites of historic and cultural interest. These include its famous "Duomo", a cathedral whose origins pre-date the year 1000. Set in the beautiful Garfagnana region of northern Tuscany, the area is characterised by chestnut woods and olive groves, but bounded by the rugged peaks of the Apennines and Apuan Alps.
There is a lively music and arts scene through Opera Barga and Barga Jazz. Barga also has its own theatre: Teatro dei Differenti. Outside the original walled town, is a more modern centre offering a further choice of cafés, restaurants and shops, as well as tennis courts, a riding centre and a swimming pool.
The region offers a wealth of activities for those who wish to venture beyond Barga's cafés including: mountain biking, trekking & mountaineering, horse-riding and skiing. The Mediterranean beach resorts are just over hour's drive Lucca is 45 minutes drive away and of course Florence, Pisa and Siena are all within easy reach. The well equipped ski resort of Abetone is also just over an hour away.
-Energy efficiency class: G
-Energy Performance Index: 463,3 kWh/sqm year.
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