PODERE TEVERINA - Stone mountain farmhouse for sale with pool, in Cortona, Tuscany/Umbria
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|Central heating system, LPG:|
|Swimming pool:||10 x 5 sqm|
|Nearest town with services:||San Leo Bastia - 25 minutes|
|City or Zone:||Cortona|
In excellent condition
Situated in an oasis of tranquillity and beauty, this wonderfully spacious and luminous mountain top farmhouse is perfect for someone in love with the true Tuscany.
If you enjoy your own company and take pleasure in long, country rambles with magnificent views at every turn or are happy to relax in front of a spectacular panorama extending for hundreds of miles while sitting in the last of the day's sunshine, then this is the perfect setting.
A glorious and completely private garden which has matured and been nurtured over many years surrounds the lovely swimming pool (10 metres x 5 metres) and there is a further 7.5 hectares of surrounding wood and meadowland.
This is a house to be shared with friends and/or family during the long, hot summer months. Especially cooking enthusiasts who will enjoy the well designed kitchen and the fresh vegetables provided by an Italian family who also keep an eye on the property.
There is accommodation for up to nine people with four double bedrooms, one single, and two bathrooms. There is a large kitchen/dining area, a sitting room with open fire place, patios to sit out on both front and rear and a vine covered pergola over the rear patio. The property has WiFi, the use of an irrigation pond to fill the swimming pool, and the garden is completely fenced in with an automatic irrigation system.
The property is situated in the mountains at approximately 475 metres above sea level, and its charm is in its isolation from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. On the other hand, day trips to many of Tuscany and Umbria's historic towns are made easy by their vicinity (Montepulciano, Siena, Montisi, San Gimignano, Pienza, Assisi, Perugia, Arezzo etc) as they are all within a ninety minute drive.
Podere Teverina is a thirty minute drive to the hilltop town of Cortona via a long and winding mountain road with some stunning views. From Teverina the house is accessed via a well maintained gravel road (roughly 1 km long). There are some electricity poles nearby, but neither of these things detract from the enchantment of the place. It is a genuine haven of peace and serenity.
The nearest shop is in the village of Teverina at 3km away, as is the nearest restaurant - open during the spring and summer months. Ten minutes away at Portole there is a bar/grocer's and restaurant, fifteen minutes away, at Castel Girardi there is an excellent pizzeria/restaurant. Fifteen minutes in the opposite direction - away from Cortona and towards Citta' di Castello in Umbria - there is the village of San Leo Bastia which is quite well serviced with two mini-supermarkets, a butcher's, two bars, a restaurant and a variety of other shops.
Nearest airports are Perugia 50 minutes, Florence 2 hours, Pisa 2hrs 30mins, Rome 2hrs 30 mins
"We fell in love with the house the first time we saw it, nearly thirty years ago, we loved the way that the house has a different character from every angle, we especially loved the little tower.
The house seems to grow out of the landscape, built onto and around the rocks.
We restored the house with the help of a local builder. We tried to keep as much of the old character of the place as possible, especially on the first floor where the old doors and floor remained.
We have been enjoying the peace and tranquility of the "podere" for many happy years, the cares and worries of the world seem to disappear as we drive down the white road.
We see our neighbour tending his vines and olives and know all is well with the world.
Our neighbour and his family is one of the great joys of the house, we were lucky enough to know his parents and we have seen his family grow. Arnaldo keeps an eye on the house and is an invaluable help. There is also the joy of their home grown vegetables and eggs.
We love to cook, and the kitchen is where we all gather, spacious enough for all, but also easy to take food out to eat on the front or back terrace. In the summer we fire up the old bread oven for a delicious home made pizza.
It can sometimes be hard to leave the tranquility of the valley but the hustle and bustle of life is not far away. At the top of the lane turn right for Umbria: Citta di Castello, Sansepolcro, Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio are all within easy reach.
Turn left and head to the sights of Tuscany: Florence, Sienna, Arezzo and the hill towns of Montepulciano, Pienza, the Val d’Orcia and much much more.
Teverina is a small community scattered over the hill sides, but once a year they all come together for the "Festa degli Stranieri", a party to welcome foreigners.
There we have met new friends and renewed friendships.
So why are we selling when we love it so much? Well easy to work out that if we have owned it for thirty years we are not getting any younger, and we feel it is time to pass it on for someone else to enjoy.
But we do so with much regret, and with memories that will never fade.”