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Extensive partially converted water mill with original mill workings, character features,
terrace, gardens

This impressive stone mill for sale in Corsica is situated just next to the river at the edge of the village of Ville di Paraso, and offers enormous potential for the right buyer. The major structural works are now complete, requiring the final arrangements of the interior space.

The main door is situated at the back of the Moulin Malaspina on the upper level, and opens onto a large open plan space with vaulted ceilings, stone floor and supporting columns which have created a beautiful ecclesiastical feel to the room. This room would lend itself well as a spacious family kitchen/diner. At one end, a doorway leads to a bathroom with rolltop bath, sink and toilet, which in turns leads onto a spacious bedroom.

The vast living room can be accessed either via a doorway from the vaulted area, or from the master bedroom. This room boasts exposed stone walls, wooden ceiling beams, huge windows with views over the river, and access to three more rooms which have been planned as two bedrooms with a further bath/shower room at the far end. These rooms have yet to be completed. The main living room also features an amazing glass floor panels with views to the floor below where most of the original mill workings are still intact - absolutely superb when the lower level is lit. It is planned that a staircase will link from this main room to its counterpart below, and the opening has already been cut and covered with a hatch so that the spaces can be separated if desired. There is also a doorway to the large upper terrace which enjoys views over the garden and the river.

Currently, access to the ground floor level is via an impressive vaulted terrace area. This door opens directly onto the enormous mill room. Work has been started on the windows on this level to remove the existing French windows which are approximately 1m above floor level, and replace them with huge picture windows to make the most of the views over the river. To the left is a large room running the width of the house, which would be ideal as a large en-suite bedroom, whilst to the right are the original wooden mill workings, behind which doorways lead onto three further rooms leading one to the other. All these rooms have vaulted ceilings and some have retained original ironwork hooks which would have served a practical purpose during its time as a working mill.

Stone steps lead down to the garden level where there is access directly to the river and the narrow terrace that runs the length of the property to the garden area at the side. There are four further rooms on this level; a smaller room and three that mirror the upper levels. The room at the far end would lend itself well to a summer kitchen as there is also access from here to the side terrace and garden.

Outside, there is a large area that would have been used as the water reserve when the mill was operational which would be the ideal place to install a swimming pool, as well as gardens to the side of the house and land leading from the house down to the banks of the river. The Moulin Malaspina forms the major part of an immense mill building, the smaller part being occupied just occasionally and facing away from all outside areas associated with the part currently offered for sale.
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The island of Corsica is in the Mediterranean, approximately 100 miles south of Nice. Though it has its own distinct identity and culture, its language and legal system are French. The scenery is stunning. Corsica's tallest peak is nearly 9,000 feet and the Moulin Malaspina enjoys the advantages of both coast and mountains. On the coast the numerous sandy beaches and turquoise bays are perhaps the best in the Mediterranean.

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In the mountains there are villages, churches, forests, rivers (with rock pools deep enough to dive into), and waterfalls. Little has changed in centuries, Corsican is still commonly spoken and there is often snow on the peaks until June. The people of Corsica are extremely kind and generous, with strong family values. Tourism has not yet taken over, and Corsica is still a wonderful escape.

Ville di Paraso (population 2-300) has a small shop, post office and bar, and a restaurant which opens for the summer season. Similar facilities can be found in several other surrounding 'perched' villages. L'Ile Rousse is the nearest town (25 minutes' drive) with an ancient pillared market, cobbled streets, shops, supermarkets, banks, beach cafes, restaurants etc. At Calvi (about 45 minutes' drive) there is an historic citadel and stylish waterfront and marina.

Air France operates year round (indirect) flights to Bastia and Calvi or daily Easyjet flights from both Paris and Lyon to Bastia. During the summer months direct flights arrive at Bastia and Calvi from several European countries including the UK. There are also ferries to Corsica from several French and Italian ports.

Pool: No, but space for a large pool subject to permissions
11km, Lozari
Small shop in village 500m, or Belgodere 7km
Nearby villages, 2.5-7km
North - Calvi or Bastia
Car hire:

PRICE: 645,000 Euros (approx. £586,370 **)

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* Sterling price is based on a rate of exchange of 1.116 euros / £ which is correct as at 22/03/11.

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Converted Water Mill, Ville-di-Paraso