Luxury Country House in Tuscany - Italy
We all have an iconic image of Tuscany in our mind, made of green rolling hills, a view of cypresses from a distance, wheat fields dancing in the wind and a stone-built country home on top of a hill, basking in radiant sunlight.
We do have all this and it can get a real part of your dream of living in Italy.
This amazing farmhouse will take your breathe away: placed in the countryside of Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most sought for locations in Tuscany, on top of a hill with a 360° view over the hills of Val D’Orcia, it is fully restored respecting the Tuscan traditions of style and local materials and surrounded by quiet and silent nature only.
The House is in excellent condition, tastefully refurbished and currently divided into 2 separate apartments, with independent access, but it could also be brought back to one single villa.
The first house is characterised by an explosion of colours, each one typifying a specific room. The total area of the house is about 255 sq.m. on two floors, divided as follows:
It features several French windows, thus guaranteeing maximum natural light all day and they will let you access the house both from the living room and the kitchen. The majestic double living room with arch, will impress you: the flooring, the stone fireplace and the original wood beams will give you the feeling of real authenticity. From the living room, you have direct exit to the external paved area, where you can enjoy a drink or have dinner looking at the “painting” of Val D’Orcia stuck in front of you.
The kitchen is refurbished in a rustic style, with precious details as the marble basin and the ceramics on the walls, that give a touch of colour and light to the severe style of the room.
Still on the same floor, there are a studio, a guest bathroom and a lovely double bedroom, with step-in closet and a “magic” bathroom, that will lead you directly to the covered area of the 24x4mt swimming pool. Just imagine diving here and swimming out between the blue sky and the green grass.
On the first floor, there are 2 spacious master bedrooms, characterised by a warm wood flooring and colours on the walls: the red bedroom enjoys an amazing yellow bathroom with double basin and precious ceramics, but the best part is the elevated bathtub with Jacuzzi. The other bedroom features lighter colours, still with the same cosy and warm elements of wood and ceramics. From all the rooms, you can enjoy beautiful views over the surrounding countryside.
The other home is similar but different. The element that mostly characterises the second apartment is wood, which dominates each room, in terms of flooring, original beams, and classy details that you can discover as you step into the rooms. Also Casa Wood enjoys a number of French windows, to let the sun get in and shine in every room. The total area of the house is 255 sq.m. on 2 floors:
The kitchen is spacious and characterised by old wood beams that spread around a scent of antique. All the elements are traditional and let you imagine how people in the past bustled about cooking for their big families. From the kitchen, via a few steps, you access the first living room, which could be also used as the official dining room when you have guests. Here you can admire a big, old fireplace, probably used in the past not only to warm up the house, but also to cook their meals.
The double living room, accessible both from the living/dining area and from 2 French windows has that lovely feel of a period room focused on the light coming in from the numerous windows. From here, you can access the guest bathroom and also the lovely bedroom, placed on a mezzanine, that kids will love for sure and will use as their play room.
On this floor, 2 spacious double bedrooms, with ensuite bathrooms are placed; one enjoys a step-in closet. The en-suite bedrooms make life equally comfortable for guests and family. As you step into each bedroom, you can feel the same atmosphere of noble landowners, thanks to the care for details and all the classy features that the current owners have chosen to make the property look so precious.
The house enjoys all modern comforts and what is important to notice is that all the connections to the systems are placed far from the house, including the air-con machines, so that the house, the pool area and the garden in general are completely silent.
The property enjoys a big annex of about 245 sq.m. divided into 2 big rooms, that could be used as a garage and storage for the gardening tools. On the other hand, it could be also used as spacious, silent rooms to practice Yoga. The best part of this annex is that it is underground and the entrance faces the opposite side of the house, so you can hardly notice it. The small white road for cars leading to the garage, is distant from the house, thus guaranteeing further silence.
The property sits on a 1,8 hectares land and up to 5/6 hectares of additional land could be bought. It is all agricultural ground, meaning that no one will ever build around the property, which will stay forever free from any modern building.
The extension of the land, will let you enjoy full privacy. Other houses can be seen only from a distance.
Taking care of the garden is not difficult, since it is all grass around, meaning that no great work is required to keep all in good order.
The garden enjoys an amazing 24×4 swimming pool, partly ending into the house: just imagine having a swim in the internal area, when it’s cold outside and looking at the beautiful panorama in front of you. On the other hand, enjoying the external area of the pool will be a pleasure, too, since it is placed in a very private area, overlooking the Val D’Orcia sweet, rolling hills.
This is a home that seems to embrace you as you approach, there is a wonderful sense of privacy. Pulling up on the driveway you feel as if you have left the world behind.
The property occupies a perfect secluded location in the Tuscan countryside with the added benefit of convenient proximity to Pienza with its numerous cultural sites and unforgettable architecture. The very heart of Pienza is just 6 km away, but also the other iconic places of Val D’Orcia are all at your fingertips, as San Quirico D’Orcia, Montalcino and many others.
Why Buy It
The list of reasons why buy this house is long and we’ll try to summarize: the first quality is clear and evident for all to see, because the house is beautifully restored with great taste. There are no additional works to be done, because everything is in good order, meaning that you just have to get your keys and step into. It is a family home, for those looking for a special place to stay, where class is spread all around: being divided into 2 apartments, one of them could be used as a home for the in-laws.
Thanks to the location, restoration and structure of the house, it also has a great rental potential: if it will be your holiday home, you could rent out to tourists the whole villa on a weekly basis with very good incomes. On the other hand, you could decide to live in one apartment and rent the other one, thus covering the yearly costs of maintainance. Do not forget that Pienza and Val d’Orcia in general are very sought for destinations for international tourists, who are looking for an exclusive place to stay, while discovering Tuscany.
Last but not least it is a safe investment: despite the crisis that hit the housing market, Pienza and Val D’Orcia have always maintained a stability in the number of people looking for a property in the area, meaning that the prices never faced a real decrease. Buying a house in Pienza and surroundings will give you the guarantee to be the proud owner of a property, that you can resell any time, with regret for parting from it, but also with economic content.
Energy Efficiency Rate Certificate: ordered
- PROPERTY: Country House
- SIZE: 510
- ROOMS: 22
- BEDROOMS: 8
- BATHROOMS: 9
- LAND / GARDEN: 1,8 hectares
- GARAGE: Yes
- SWIMMING POOL: Yes
- ANNEXES: Yes (245 sq.m.)
- CONDITION: Excellent
- POSITION: Hill
- CITY / TOWN: Pienza
- PROVINCE: Siena
- REGION: Tuscany
- ACCESS: White Road
- ELECTRICITY: Yes
- WATER: Yes
- TELEPHONE: No
- INTERNET: Yes
- GAS: Yes
- HEATING: Yes
- Disable Friendly: No
- OTHER: 360° panoramic views
SP146 to Florence: 1,9km
San Quirico D’Orcia: 6,4km
Airport of Perugia: 92km
International Airport of Florence: 118km
About the area
The magnificent natural scenery of Val d'Orcia that extends through the Tuscan hills was listed in as a UNESCO World Heritage in 2004. It is included in the province of Siena and partly in the province of Grosseto. The main towns of Val D’Orcia are Castiglione d’Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza, Radicofani, and San Quirico d’Orcia.
The main feature of Val D'Orcia, that made the area famous all over the world, is the gently-rolling hills covered with vineyards, olive groves, cypresses, beech and chestnut trees, as well as Medieval towns, rural villas and castles boasting towers – all surrounded by peaceful nature. This is the scenario that visitors enjoy when the get to Val d’Orcia.
Whether you decide to spend a few weeks in Val d'Orcia or to make it your “home”, you can't help being enchanted by its amazing colours, shapes and tastes.