The core of this villa is eco-sustainability, restored luxuriously.
This ancient farmhouse, built on the top of a hill which characterizes the magical environment in the Crete Senesi, Siena region in Tuscany.
The landscape, with its seasonal changes, offers a very wide view from Mount Amiata to the green hills of the Chianti, from the distant tops of the Casentino mounts to the close Medieval village of Serre di Rapolano.
This majestic stone farm dating back, in part, to the 12th century with a beautiful garden and an olive grove with about 120 olive trees next to it.
From a historical point of view, we believe that the villa was a legacy ( XIV and XV century) in favour of the Church, which held it until nowadays.
The farmhouse has been restored in 1999-2004, following the principles of the bio-building. In fact, the total restoration involved cork insulation, minimization of the use of cement in favor of Roman lime, electrical systems in the rooms and study with shielded cables, internal dyeing based on natural earth and slaked lime, treatment of beams, terracotta and travertine based on natural substances, painting of antique furniture and doors based on natural oils, use of taps made with production processes capable of reducing the internal content of nickel and lead, choice of new furniture treated with natural oils.
Furthermore, solar panels for hot water, photovoltaic solar panels (9.6 KWh), a small lake with water for irrigation, a water well used to contain the rain, as an extra reserve, have been inserted in the external part.
This amazing villa allows you to be in absolute privacy and confidentiality, but with easy access to the first town of Rapolano Terme with the natural-thermal park and within a distance of 30 km from the center of Siena.
A large swimming pool makes the atmosphere even more relaxing. The recent renovation has made it possible for the building to be transformed, while maintaining the typical elements of the Tuscan style, into a structure with careful attention to detail and with the adoption of bio-architecture systems.
Features of the property:
360 degrees all-round unobstructed panoramic view of the Crete Senesi,
The property consists of 4 buildings totalling 626 sqm in size,
More than 8.000 sqm of fenced land surrounding the buildings, with 120 olive trees and several other fruit trees,
A swimming pool with phenomenal view,
A natural pond of about 200 sqm,
The layout of the buildings:
1) The villa of about 400 sqm:
On the ground floor 218 sqm:
*) A spacious living room with French doors to the covered terrace,
*) Two spacious bedrooms with private bathrooms, one with access to its own private terrace,
*) Connecting the kitchen/cantina to the covered terrace with a traditional pizza oven and a smaller modern pizza oven,
*) Guest house of approximately 45 sqm with private entrance and terrace, consisting of a studio apartment with living room, bedroom, kitchen, and a bathroom.
The first floor 183 sqm:
With its own independent access, consisting of:
*) A second living room,
*) A traditional spacious kitchen,
*) A spacious bedroom with private bathroom,
*) Two spacious bedrooms with a bathroom.
2- Former stable – Current machine room – technical storage space – 114 sqm:
Is an open space of more than 120 sqm and is currently mainly used for storage. The new technical room for the hot water and heating installations and the new power station for the solar panels.
Very handy such a building to create more space for relaxing, as a sports gym, etc.
3- A work / hobby room of approximately 66 sqm which is linked to the former stable (see 2),
4- Two garage boxes of approximately 36 sqm,
5- A small storage area of about 9 sqm.
The villa has its own water source of approximately 10 meters deep. The water from this is used for various facilities in the buildings.
The property also has a natural pond, which the Crete Senesi is also known for. This water is used for irrigation system in the garden and for supplying the olive trees and the organic vegetable garden with water.
The property is also connected to the municipal water system for security.
The electricity consists of 3 phase power and supplies the whole property with enough electricity capacity. The system is connected to the solar panels which produce 9.6 KWh.
The property is also supplied with a fast car charger.
Please note, this may not be the properties exact location due to security reasons.
Asciano is 3 km for all facilities, cafes, restaurants, etc.
Serre di Rapolano 4 km,
Rapolano Terme 5 km,
Sinalunga 20 km
Lucignano 22 km
Monte San Savino 27 km
Sienna 33 km,
Airport Perugia 91 km,
Airport Florence Amerigo Vespucci 112 km,
Pisa Airport Galileo Galilei 162 km,
The territory of Crete Senesi contains all of those things which we have come to associate with Tuscany: a landscape of gently undulating hills, lined with cypress trees and covered by a patchwork of fields, olive groves and vineyards; a place where to find tiny rural villages, fascinating hill top towns, and great art cities.
Siena conserves an incredible quantity of historic buildings and artistic treasures. The stunning Cathedral and Santa Maria della Scala survey the city from on high.
In the city’s museums, masterpieces by artists such as Simone Martini, Jacopo della Quercia, Duccio da Buoninsegna and Pinturicchio can be admired.
Landscape painting in Tuscany
The Crete Senesi commence just beyond the gates of the city, extending over some five hundred square kilometers of countryside characterized by the ochre-tinged soil used by Renaissance artists to create the famous Sienna yellow.
One of the first towns to greet us on our journey southwards is that of Asciano, a town protected by a 14th century perimeter wall, within which we find the Museum of Sacred Art housing Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s painting of “St Michael slaying the dragon”.
Revolutionary houses of worship
Rows of cypress trees shelter the nearby Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore: a Benedictine monastic complex which, with its beautiful frescoed cloisters, pays homage to the artistic revolution of the Italian Renaissance.
Travelling onwards through the Ombrone Valley, we make a detour so as to visit the Abbey of San Galgano. The neighboring Chapel of San Galgano contains a number of important frescoes by Lorenzetti.
L’abbazia di Monte Oliveto MaggioreTypical products : Wine and cheese
A seemingly infinite procession of grapevines accompanies us along the road leading to Montalcino. This Medieval hilltop town is famous for the production of one of the world’s most highly prized wines: the Brunello of Montalcino. Whilst in the vicinity of Montalcino, it is well worth making the short detour to see the superb Romanesque abbey of S.Antimo.
Bagno Vignoni : an ancient spa
Beyond the valley lies Bagno Vignoni, a tiny spa town known since ancient times for the beneficial properties of its thermal waters. A large bath, filled by a constant flow of warm spring water, is located right in the center of Bagno Vignoni.
The Crete Senesi are four communities that enfold a magic territory: the ancient desert of Accona.