|Village / Town:||10 mins|
|Size:||up to 400 sqm|
|Beds / Baths:||up to 6 / 6|
|Garden / Pool:||Yes / authorized|
|Energy label:||G - Epi > 195 Kwh/mq per anno|
|City or Zone:||Castiglion Fiorentino|
The estate is situated at the southern entrance to the beautiful Val di Chio and features a detached unrestored farmhouse and several outbuildings. The farmhouse, regarded as the district's stand-out property, was built over 200 years ago and recently classified by the Authorities as being of historical interest.
The buildings are situated in an attractive setting with uninterrupted views of picturesque Castiglion Fiorentino and neighbouring olive groves, vineyards and arable land. Working farms, traditional dwellings and church spires dot the landscape.
Comprising 10,000 square metres of prime territory, the estate features cypress, oak, umbrella pines and 200 mature olive trees.
Overlooked by the resplendent Castello di Montecchio, the land is particularly captivating given its varied topography, interspersed with olive groves, several complemented by sandstone retaining walls. Characteristics of the estate fully support the plan to privatise and beautify the land, and create value-addition.
A design concept has been created to deliver refined accommodation, featuring two separate properties, enhanced by stylish external relaxation and entertainment areas.
Land adjacent to the dwellings has been planned to feature contoured olive grove terraces, and landscaped gardens, which include a striking infinity swimming pool. Pedestrian and vehicle access points, leading to discreet car parking areas set amongst olive plantations, have been thoughtfully considered.
The layout proposed for the farmhouse interior aims to capitalise on its inherent and historic features, and skilfully harmonises elegance and comfort. The design basis maximises space usage and natural light, via sympathetic opening-up of walls, enlarging existing windows and strategic use of skylights.
The second property - labelled guest house - shall comprise the collective volume of old outbuildings and constitute a new structure, suitably distanced from the farmhouse.
The external appearance of each property shall be typically Tuscan.
Farmhouse - 270 square metres of actual living space, planned to include:
3 double bedrooms each with full en-suite facilities: master bedroom to feature wood burner and dressing room
1st floor lounge with wood burner: lounge offers access to master bedroom and external upper balcony
Temp controlled wine room with access to external terrace
Open tread glass-step staircase framed in steel connecting ground and first floors
Ground floor lounge with built in wood burner
Signature kitchen featuring central island with seating
Walk-in pantry/utility room
Guest washroom facilities
Lounge, dining and kitchen offer full access to external terracing
Basement of raised terrace on the south elevation to incorporate domestic heating system
Separate driveway and car parking
Note: Internal configuration, styling and fixtures can be amended to suit individual taste and preferences: for example, first floor could house 4 bedrooms [instead of 3].
Guest House - 127 square metres of living space comprising duplex configuration:
2 double bedrooms each with en-suite
1 double bedroom with adjacent bathroom
Open plan kitchen with dining area
Duo living room areas
Sizeable storage/utility room
External portico with access to private dining and entertaining area
Separate driveway and car parking
Alternatively, the guest property could be configured to house two independent apartments: one comprising 2 en-suite double bedrooms with kitchen, dining facilities and living room area. Second apartment featuring 1 double bedroom with adjacent bathroom, complete with kitchen, dining facilities and living room area. Each apartment would have separate and private access.
Early morning to mid day sunshine falls on the eastern and northern elevations of the farmhouse. Southern and western elevations are bathed in sunlight post noon to sundown. The guest house will benefit from similar exposure. Designated garden areas and the swimming pool shall enjoy day long sunshine.
Planning Approval and Drawings
Redevelopment plans of the farmhouse and primary exterior features have been pre-approved by the Comune of Castiglion Fiorentino. Plans for the guest house have been formally approved and carry a 10 year validity. Project drawings, devised by a local architect, include layout suggestions for furnishings and fixtures per room, per property. Interior and exterior 3D images have been created to illustrate the project post renovation.
In combination, the two dwellings provide over 400 square metres of usable interior space. The scale presents flexible usage opportunities insofar as the entire estate is eminently suitable as a primary residence with guest facilities, or partly offered - using the guest house - for rental. Similarly, the farmhouse could be assigned to rental with the owners using the guest house. Conversely, both properties could be singular or collectively offered for rental.
Location and Amenities
The estate is situated just five minutes drive from the unspoilt and delightful town of Castiglion Fiorentino. The town boasts noteworthy restaurants and traditional shops. Its rail station provides high speed connectivity to major destinations: journey time to Florence is just over one hour. Rome can be reached in two and a half hours.
By car, Cortona is 15 minutes and Arezzo is less than 30 min. Montepulciano and surrounding renowned wine estates are within an hour. Cortona golf course and spa can be reached in 20 minutes.
On foot, an excellent local bar and restaurant is a mere 10 minutes away. The delightful Val di Chio, replete with vineyards, olive groves and wonderful off-road treks, is on the doorstep.
Professional estimates, relative to restoring the farmhouse, are available [in Italian and English] and include the cost of external terracing and pathways, access gates and swimming pool.
Farmhouse - civil work plus fit-out and external items, estimated to cost circa Euros 485,000 + IVA and professional fees
Guest House – estimated to cost circa Euros 165,000 + IVA
Cost estimate considers use of a first class builder and premium materials and fittings. Cost files and drawings are available for inspection.