This spectacular villa, situated in the heart of Tuscany, faces the famous Florentine castle of Lari, formerly a medieval fortress, which was restructured by the Medici family in the 16th century and became the administrative and legal headquarters.
This spectacular villa, situated in the heart of Tuscany, faces the famous Florentine castle of Lari, formerly a medieval fortress, which was restructured by the Medici family in the 16th century and became the administrative and legal headquarters of the Florentine rule, which had jurisdiction over a large part of the surrounding territory.
The position of the villa offers a picturesque view of the plains of Pisa on the one hand, and of the Pisan mountains on the other.
The villa takes its name from the eighteenth-century Fonte di Cara (the Cara Fountain, wellspring of the Zannone river), which is situated by the gate on the main driveway. The villas built in Lari, Crespina and Fauglia were, from the 17th century, the summer residences of the Pisan nobility, as the favourable climate and natural surroundings ensure a pleasant and relaxing stay.
The hamlet of Querceto di Lari is situated on the outskirts of the village proper, which can be reached in a few minutes on foot.
Villa di Cara was featured in the monthly magazine La mia Casa in 1996.
Two buildings and three adjacent premises make up the residential complex: the Villa, the annexe (an additional house), the garage, the tool storeroom and the tennis court/swimming pool changing rooms.
The land surrounding the buildings, together with the agricultural land, amounts to more than 3,400 hectares.
All the buildings have recently been renovated and are completely habitable.
Access to the Villa is via a nineteenth-century gate, at the end of a wide avenue which is flanked by a row of lime-trees. This also leads to the parking area (max 25 cars) near to the annexe. Next to the villa, is the garden, framed by pine-trees, Lebanese cedar-trees and magnolias and which has potted lemon-trees and a gazebo for al fresco dining. At the back of the villa there is a barbecue and a brick wood-fired oven for making bread and pizza.
The swimming pool (12 x 5 m. and 1.40 m. deep) is situated in front of the villa and features two cherub statues pouring water from small jars. This lends a unique feel to the suggestive surroundings. At the back of the villa there are three distinct paths, which cross the woodland filled with oak trees, olive trees and more local species (beeches, holm oaks, laurel trees, etc). The paths lead to a 670 sq.m., tennis court and to the changing rooms and toilets.
Next to the changing rooms there is a generator which is powerful enough both to illuminate the tennis court at night, and also to be used to partially supply the villa in the event of power cuts.
Next to the villa is the bowls court.
The villa has a park of almost one hectare, as well as agricultural/wooded land which totals 2,500 hectares. This land includes the Strada Provinciale, which is the main road, and the Via Vicinale dei Filosofi (Via di Crinale). The driveways to the villa and to the park have wrought iron nineteenth-century gates, and are the main access points from the Via Provinciale, and the three secondary driveways from the Via dei Filosofi. There are two walkways from the Via Provinciale.
The main avenue, the parking area, the villa, the annexe, the swimming pool, the pathways to the tennis court and the bowls court are all illuminated at night by cast iron street lamps, wall lamps and lanterns.
Description of the annexe (additional house) and other spaces
The annexe has a large multi-windowed room of 45,00 sq.m on the ground floor, which can be used as a greenhouse, and an adjacent storeroom of 23 sq.m,; on the first floor there is an apartment, 86,00 sq.m., comprising a kitchen, living/dining room, two bedrooms and a bathroom, an 8,00 sq.m., terrace and two storerooms which total 27,00 sq.m..
The garage is near to the annexe building, whilst the tool storeroom is near to the secondary gate (the first one you find arriving from Via dei Filosofi).
The tennis changing rooms have an entrance, two showers and a toilet.
The swimming pool has basement changing rooms, with a wide entrance, two showers and a toilet.
The small cellar, carved into the tufa, faces the rear of the main building and comprises four rooms and is reached via an iron gate
Covered areas: there are three covered areas totalling 60,00 sq.m., for storing wood.
Gas, electricity and water supply
There are connections for drinking water, electricity and gas.
All the gas, electrical, water and heating systems are fully functioning.
The villa (870 sq.m.) has a ground floor of 320 sq.m., and a first floor of 320 sq.m, as well as an attic space of 230 sq.m, two terraces and a gallery.
Ground floor: from the large entrance, on the right is the living room with a large fireplace, on the left is the dining room, and at the back of the ground floor, the kitchen, a dinette with fireplace, the breakfast room, the bathroom, the boiler room, the store-room and the laundry room. All the rooms have direct access to the grounds. The floors of the living areas have the terrazzo tiles and coloured concrete of the early 19th century.
First Floor: the first floor is reached via the main staircase and the secondary stairs which also lead to the attic area. The wide corridor on the first floor leads to two suites with their own bathrooms, a suite with a large boudoir and ample terrace, and three bedrooms with shared bathroom. The bedroom corridor also leads to another living room with large windows dating from the early 1900s with views of the valley, and a small terrace.
Attic rooms: a useful multi-functional space. There is a toilet and a stair which leads to the small tower.
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