Villa Raghezzi has been successfully used as a hosting facility for the Canova Association's international field schools ( canova canova.com ) and is ideal for group projects or multi-family sharing. Its total privacy and yet close access to shops and town makes for an ideal resting place guaranteeing tranquillity and beauty.
The villa ( 140 m2 ) and guesthouse ( 116 m2 ) are surrounded by 6 hectares ( 15 acres) of forest and park, centuries-old plantings and trees, vineyard that does not require treatment, fruit orchard, and a collection of 180 heritage roses, and hydrangeas. The property is blessed with its own abundant spring water which provides drinking water, lovely pool, fountains, fishpond and for irrigating the large vegetable garden. The views of the alps and pastoral valley is breathtaking. No chemical fertilizers or pesticides have been used on the property for the past 13 years.
The guesthouse is a charming renovated farmhouse consisting of well-equipped kitchen with original 17th century stone floors and fireplace, a 31 m2 living room, one bedroom and bath. Upstairs is a private apartment with two bedrooms, kitchen corner, and bath. There are two terraces off the kitchen, one covered by wisteria and the other with roof for all-weather dining.
Two ziplines across a ravine are very convenient for bringing in and out heavy objects or even daily shopping, besides providing some great entertainment.
There are four other outbuildings currently used as a sheep shed, haybarn, a quaint and lovely extra bedroom, and an ancient winepress building ideally suited for group activities or studio space. In the forest at the top of the property next to the spring there are three stone barns which could be recuperated and restored.
A small train station on the international train line is just below the property. Trains stop a few times daily providing direct and easy access from Switzerland. By car one arrives to the Preglia di Crevoladossola train station and it is approx. 10 minutes walk up to the houses.