This distinctive and prestigious 13th century villa is located in the territory of Montalcino, in the countryside of San Giovanni d'Asso, at the very center of the area famous for its culture, wine (Brunello), oil and truffles. It is an important complex that covers a built area of approximately 640sqm (gross), completely restored. The property includes 0,7 hectare of land, consisting of gently sloping parkland, some wood land and a swimming pool, overlooking the valley.
The medieval fortress of San Giovanni d’Asso is located 35 km from Siena, the administrative center of the province. Other places of interest such as Pienza, San Quirico and Montepulciano fall within a 30km radius. The nearest A1 motorway exit is in Bettolle, 25 km far. The Chiusi and Arezzo train station, from which you can reach Florence, Rome and Milan, is 55km away. The seaside town of Castiglione della Pescaia is approximately 95km far, while the small ski resort of Monte Amiata is at 60km.
The property consists of two buildings and several annexes.
The main building consists of two levels and measures a total of approximately 375sqm. The ground floor comprises a monumental ‘portico’ entrance, a very spacious living room/large lounge (90sqm) with a beautiful fireplace and three arched doors leading directly into the garden on the sunny south side, a study with its own fireplace, two well equipped kitchens allowing for easy catering from two sides, a double bedroom with large bathroom, two multifunctional spaces (bedroom/study/dining/art) with extra bathrooms, one with a Turkish Bath. Upstairs we find three bedrooms with three bathrooms, a light and spacious lounge (with kitchen area) with wonderful views on three sides, and a panoramic terrace. The upper floor has an independent outside entrance; however, ground and upper floor could also be connected inside. (Drawings for an inside staircase are available upon request.)
The separate building comprises of two apartments; connected they can be used as one. The first apartment, measuring about 95sqm, has two levels; the ground floor has a large living room with fireplace, a kitchen area and a small bathroom; the upper floor has two bedrooms and a comfortable bathroom. It has a wonderful sunken terrace in front. The second apartment measures approximately 170sqm and consists of three levels. The ground floor consists of a large lounge with fireplace and kitchen area. The upper floor consists of the sleeping area with 3 bedrooms and a bathroom. The basement is currently used as a large living area and it’s equipped with a large bathroom. Also this part of the building has a terrace with a wonderful view and a shaded private garden around the house.
The property is completed by two annexes. One annex is the former hay-barn, shaped into a spacious outside kitchen with a BBQ and a deep wood oven, an outside family dining place and a rest room. The other annex is a semi-underground technical room with large storage area.
The villa is surrounded by a comfortable garden with beautiful trees (cypresses, fruit trees and olive trees) and panoramic views. The large scenic pool has a locker-room and is surrounded by a travertine terrace. It features an electric cover; it is located within the garden, allowing absolute privacy. Completing the estate there are some parts of forest, a small vegetable garden and a modest (but fun) outside theater.
State and finishes
The renovation/reconstruction was carried out with great skill and great attention to detail. The tiles of the roofs and the materials used were chosen to match local history. The floors are in “cotto”, some parts in precious wood and travertine. The ceilings are traditional, with exposed beams. Tasteful garden design.
Special features: this villa is GREEN
This is a ‘green’ villa. Hot water and electricity are generated by photovoltaic panels and a geothermal installation. There is floor heating and floor cooling. Walls and roofs are well insulated. All windows have double glazing, are equipped with inside and outside shutters and integrated screens. Most rain water is collected in an underground reservoir serving ten water taps in the garden. If the reservoir is empty the private well starts to refill the reservoir. Waste water is purified before flowing back into nature. There’s an alarm system with cameras and a spacious parking facility. The house combines a lovely mix of independent serenity and proximity of the village (1 km) with all its services (shops, bank, post, medical doctor, pharmacy, restaurants, etc). The villa has deliberately been reconstructed for multi-functional purposes.
This villa could be used as a family house for one family with generous space for children, family and friends, maybe an independent part for grandparents or a guardian/nurse. There’s space for a study, a music or playing room, a hobby room for sculpting, painting, etc. If desired, some parts of the house offer the possibility of being rented out.
(The villa could also be used in four or even five separate apartments, each apartment having its own private entrance, sharing the garden and the pool. Any mix of the above described possibilities can be conceived and realized with minimum effort.)
The villa is perfectly suited for either residential use or vacationing.