|Village / Town:||5 mins|
|Beds / Baths:||4 / 4|
|Garden / Pool:||Yes / yes|
|City or Zone:||Cortona|
This estate is more than just Location! Location! Location!
South facing, on a hillside with awe inspiring views out over the Esse Valley and situated in the Pergo area of Cortona which is in itself a prime location, it ticks all boxes:
it has a vineyard, an olive grove, a mature garden dedicated to a wealth of lovingly nurtured shrubs, a little pond, a swimming pool and 2 hectares of surrounding land interspersed with secular cypress trees and a few maritime pines that provide welcome shade during the summer months.
The villa (440 sqmts) has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms a modern kitchen and a vast living room and dining area with high ceilings and double French windows all leading out to the terrace and garden. In addition to this there is a gorgeous mezzanine gallery in the sitting room area built in old chestnut wood (currently used as a study) and a wonderful light-filled conservatory with a barbeque and bread oven and sliding glass doors that lead directly out into the garden. There are also some storage rooms and a wine cantina for the preparation and storing of the estate’s home grown wine which is a mix of San Giovese, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes.
The internal spaces are larger, lighter and loftier than is generally common for Tuscan farmhouses.
This is due to the property having been built and designed by a well established architect from Rome just after the Second World War. The architect, engaged by the property’s Baroness owner who had fallen in love with Cortona and its surrounding area, had a great deal more freedom than one would today with a traditional restoration and used this to his advantage to create spaces in which natural light enters the house.
The graciousness and airiness of the vast sitting room and dining area are a great plus for entertaining and large family gatherings. The conservatory with its traditional bread oven and barbeque allow for sun filled meals even during the cooler spring and autumn months. The large double French windows in the various reception areas allow a maximum of natural sunlight even during the shorter winter months. A superbly designed property – perhaps unsurprising given that it was an eminent architect’s dream home!
The property has been on the market for some years. It began with a very inflated price tag, but has since come down in price making it a competitive and exciting proposition. Manageably sized vineyards and olive groves are few and far between. Add to this the magnificent views and the exceptional location – also within walking distance of an extremely well stocked and popular village – it is a one in a million proposition.
It is just 8 kms from the historical town centre of Cortona, a hilltop town – larger and more lively than most –dating back to the Etruscans and which is easily reached via Perugia or Florence airports (50 and 90 minutes respectively).
New planning regulations in place, would allow the main house to have an extension of 40 + 40 sqmts or a separate annex of the same proportions.
Annual council tax: E. 3.500 (to be confirmed)
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