|Size:||up to 400 sqm|
|Swimming pool:||Project authorized, to build|
|Nearest town with services:||Castiglion Fiorentino|
|City or Zone:||Castiglion Fiorentino|
The estate is located 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 classified by the Authorities as being of historical interest.
The range of 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.
The estate comprises 10,000 square metres of prime land, featuring cypress, oak, umbrella pines and 200 mature olive trees.
Overlooked by the 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 and functional external relaxation and entertainment areas.
Land adjacent to the dwellings has been planned to include contoured olive grove terraces, and landscaped gardens featuring a striking infinity swimming pool.
Pedestrian and vehicle access points, leading to discreet car parking areas set amongst olive plantations, have been thoughtfully considered.
Proposed layout of the farmhouse interior capitalises on its inherent and historic features, and skillfully harmonises an overall theme based on 'comfortable-contemporary'. Considerable emphasis has been given to maximising use of space and natural light, via sympathetic opening-up of walls, enlarging existing windows and strategic use of skylights.
The second property - labelled dependence guest house - shall comprise the collective volume of old outbuildings and constitute a new structure, suitably distanced from the farmhouse, and proposed to follow the prevailing design theme.
The external appearance of each property shall be typically Tuscan.
Farmhouse - 270 square metres of 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 seating area
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 and pool have been preapproved 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, are available, including layout suggestions for furnishings and/or 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 circa 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 several noteworthy restaurants and traditional shops. Its rail station provides high speed connectivity to major destinations: journey time to Florence is one hour. Rome can reached in two and a half hours.
By car, Cortona is 15 minutes drive and Arezzo is less than 30 min. Montepulciano and surrounding renowned wine estates are within an hour. The highly rated Cortona golf course and spa resort 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.