Villa Anna is uniquely positioned on an even plateau of approximately 5,000 sq m in the village of Capriglia, overlooking the ancient town of Pietrasanta. It is situated approximately 10km away from the sea and the beach resorts of Forte Dei Marmi, Viareggio and Marinadi Pietrasanta providing a more comprehensive range of shopping, entertainment and dining.
Sporting and recreational facilities in the area include: golf, yachting,horse riding, tennis, mountain biking and wind surfing. The house is ideally situated within a close proximity of the motorway, allowing an easy and pleasant drive to Milan, Rome, Florence andGeneva as well as to all of the famous destinations of the French Riviera. Pisa international airport is also approximately 40 km away.
Villa Anna is an impressive 18-century classical Tuscan villa, meticulously restored by its current owners in the year 2009. Historically known as “Villa Cerpelli”, it is believed to be one of the oldest properties in the area dating back to approximately 1780s. Surrounded by manicured formal gardens in the heart of impressive woodland, the front of the Villa stands open to a breath-taking panorama that embraces the whole Tuscan archipelago in a single glance: from Livorno, Elba and Corsica islands on the left all the way to the Ligurian coast on the right.
Thoughtfully restored and reconstructed, the estate still possesses many of its original features including; pavements in terracotta and marble, antique marble staircases and cast-iron balustrades.The entire property is surrounded by its original hand built wall made of local stone. In the restoration the property has been fitted with many modern facilities and features, including: an elegant elevator that connects all the main floors of the villa, integrated underfloor heating and cooling system, alarm system, CCTV, WiFi, an independent automatic generator and more.The property consists of the main house (The Villa) and a detached traditional Tuscan country house (The Dependance), ideal for guests, staff or relatives, as well as for entertaining. The property has two electronic gates with brick piers made of forged iron. In 2009 the new gate was built to allow direct access to the main entrance of the Villa. A separate garage for 1 car is attached to the estate wall from the external side.
The driveway leads to a turning circle with a central antique round marble fountain. On the right the drive continues to an open carpark with approximately 6 parking bays.
The entrance to the house opens into a linear corridor paved in original grey and white Carrara marble. An elegant open enfilade divided by vaulted arched doorways connects the formal Dining Room with the Breakfast Room to the left and the charming Drawing/Tea Room to the right. The coffered oak ceiling of the rooms is a masterpiece brilliantly executed in neo-classical style. All windows face the sea view and the Dining room door opens up onto the Belvedere terrace.
All Kitchen furniture has been made to measure by local artisansand appliances include a state of the art Grand Palais 180 stove by La Cornue, Gaggenau equipment, large Sub Zero refrigerator and a wine chiller unit. The ceiling beams of dark chestnut have been restored to their original state and the floor paved with antique terracotta tiles. The Kitchen is adjoined with a spacious utility room comprising laundry/ironing room and storage facilities including a walk-in refrigerator.
The corridor features a built-in chestnut cupboard that services the Dining Room and the elevator and also the Guest Bathroom of green and white marble. One of its two opposing doors exits to the Swimming Pool and the Gardens, the other takes you to the summer dining terrace of The Dependance.
Almost all interiors of the Villa maintain their initial layout. The vaulted ceiling entrance hall features an original white Carrara marble staircase with painted cast iron railings, connecting the First floor with the Second floor and the Attic. The main Reception/Drawing Room has a perfect view to the sea from its antique white Carrara marble balcony. The walls are depicted in architectonic elements and symmetric doors on both sides of the room are faceted in local “Pietra Serena” grey stone. All bathroom cabinets, wardrobes and all doors and windows with their “Persian” shutters, have been individually designed by architects and made to measure by famous local artisans.
The First floor features a Study with a grey oak library. This double aspect room overlooks the swimming pool and gardens across to the sea beyond. A spacious Bedroom with a separate Living room and en-suite is located to left of the main entrance.
The master bedroom is a separate unit containing a spacious dressing room and en-suite state of the art bathroom and shower. Two further spacious bedrooms face each other, sharing a separate bathroom made of an incredibly rare type of marble called “Cippolino”.
There is a cosy living room with an en-suite shower and toilet connecting with one of the bedrooms that can be used as a bedroom for an au pair, a child’s bedroom or a study.
The attic boasts a stunning open-plan drawing room under spectacular chestnut beams. This space can be transformed to suit your personal preference, potential plans for this have already been drawn up. For example; an entertainment room with a bar, games table and a small library. There is a self-contained staff bedroom with a separate WC and 2 storage rooms. Secondary Accommodation Villa Anna boasts ample ancillary accommodation ideal for guests, staff and entertaining. The building is a traditional Tuscan country house on two floors. It has been divided into two well-equipped selfcontained apartments with a charming little kitchen, garden and orchard opposite.
On the ground floor there is a summer kitchen with a traditional wood stove and a covered terrace for outside summer dining.The kitchen is connected to a drawing room that can be also used as a dining room during winter. There is a further sitting/tv room, a separate WC and an original vaulted wine cellar.
The interiors of the Dependance have been elegantly decorated with close attention to detail and each room has an individual style. A self-contained housekeepers’ apartment is situated at the far end of the building with a fully equipped security room above.
Gardens and Grounds
The house is surrounded on all sides by lit terraces and sweeping lawns with a variety of exceptionally fine mature trees including secular oaks surrounded with rhododendrons and laurels.
At the far end of the garden a graceful tented pavilion made of cast iron and twined with Clematis, provides an excellent spot for afternoon tea, reading and relaxation with exceptional sunsets and views of the Apuan Alps.
The garden is an ideal place for entertainment and childrens’ activities with a delightful fish pond and a playground. An 18 metre heated and lit Swimming Pool with a spacious terrace offers excellent facilities for summer entertainment. A direct and easy access to the kitchen of the Villa makes two spacious poolside gazebos an excellent facility for a pre-dinner cocktail or a pool party.