Welcome to Il Mulino.
Many years of project management, hard work and seemingly miles of red tape has resulted in the completion of the restoration of this spectacular property. The mill is protected as a building of natural interest; of environmental interest; and of historic interest, so the transformation from derelict to idyllic has been an interesting journey.
The watermill is situated on the Ania River between Tiglio (near Barga) and Coreglia Antelminelli. A long and winding private tarmac driveway leads to a large parking area. From there you walk down a path behind the Shepherd’s Cottage to the mill itself.
Most guests enter the mill through the large entrance into the kitchen from the terrace; through those doors they catch their first glimpse of the original millstones. The kitchen and dining room in the mill have been finished with traditional design and practicality in mind. A local quarry was chosen for the stone used for the flagstone floors and polished work surfaces. This ground floor houses the three original millstones which have been illuminated to create a stunning entrance impact. There is a cloakroom on this floor with Wc, wash hand basin, and built in washing machine and tumble dryer. Secure rooms are provided for the boiler and a store (if the property is used for rental it is important that these rooms can be locked).
Stone stairs; with cupboard underneath, lead to a large hallway on the first floor. The formal ‘front door’ entrance to the mill also opens into this hallway. The hall takes you to the main reception room; to a balcony that extends across the front of the building; and to the first floor bedroom suite.
The large reception room; with open fireplace and lots of natural light, provides an excellent space in which everyone can relax or socialise.
The mill has a ‘bedroom suite’ on both the first and second floors; each one is
comprised of a sitting room leading to two bedrooms and a beautifully finished
bathroom. The suite on this floor has a sitting room with open fireplace; one double room; one twin room; and a bathroom with French doors out into the garden.
The solid chestnut staircase leads from the hallway on the first floor to a large landing on the second floor. To the left is the master bedroom with en suite bathroom and built in wardrobe/storage. To the right of the landing is the second floor bedroom suite. On this floor you enter the sitting room and have a double bedroom with French doors leading onto a private balcony; a full bathroom; and a small double bedroom overlooking the meadow and
The attic; which can be accessed from the second floor landing is used for storage and the sky television equipment.
In addition to the spacious accommodation provided in the watermill the Shepherd’s Cottage is laid out as follows:
On the ground floor there is a laundry room and storage. The main sitting room is double height and has a wood burning stove for atmosphere and to compliment the gas central heating system. A galley kitchen; a
shower room; and a double bedroom have also been designed into this former
shepherd’s cottage to provide a self-contained home for staff or friends.
There are two rooms on a second floor within the Shepherd’s Cottage – they are
mezzanine rooms, to allow for maximum light both upstairs and downstairs, you can see the gallery enclosing one above the bedroom. Both can only be accessed from the outside and are currently used as an office and the gardener’s store room.
One of the most dramatic transformations in this restoration project was to the Ivy Barn. This has been transformed into a stunning games room, perfect for evening entertainment but also used in the heat of the day, as it stays very cool.
Next to the 5m by 10m pool is the pool hut which houses the pump room (secured as it contains the boiler for heating the pool); a changing area and a Wc with wash hand basin. The mountains behind the pool create a dramatic back drop, whilst the river Ania can be heard just the other side of the stone boundary wall.
The grounds have designed to be in keeping with the environment yet conducive to entertaining and relaxation. Several specimen plants and trees are highlighted by garden walls or floodlighting. A small azalea garden and orchard provide quiet
areas. A large stone barbeque; set between the mill and the Shepherd’s Cottage, allows for plenty of al fresco dining. Whilst the hilltop town of Coreglia Antelminelli, voted one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, completes the Tuscan scene; a church tower at the end of the valley.
General background information:
The property has around 330m² of accommodation, all of which is fully restored and registered with the council as being with full consent and in compliance with building standards. A great deal of attention has been given to the interior design with natural materials used wherever possible - travertine (used for all bathroom floors and wall tiles) and solid chestnut (for floors and window sills) for example.
The property also owns a fourth outbuilding, which could be restored. It received
planning permission under the recent restoration project so new permission should be straight forward. This barn is quite a way from the other buildings (down stream) and the original plans to make an artist’s studio were shelved as work commenced on the main project.
The mill is the sole asset of a company in the Isle of Man so purchase of the company (rather than the property itself) may be very beneficial for the buyer from a tax perspective.
The mill is currently on the books of Cv Villas (an exclusive holiday rental agency) and commands in excess of £4,000 per week in the summer months.
Piastroso (bar and restaurant) 2 miles
Coreglia Antelminelli 4 miles
Barga 6 miles
Bagni di Lucca (spa town) 20 miles
Lucca 25 miles
Abetone ski resort 30 miles
Pisa airport 45 miles
Mediterranean beaches 45 miles
The mill is accessible by helicopter (eight seater pictured on the meadow) making Pisa 15 minutes away and the Abetone ski resort only 5 minutes away.
330 m² of habitable surface (3552 sqFt)
5 hectares of land (12.36 acres)
gas-fired central heating
good structural condition