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  • Tuscany
Price £2,268,344

Property Description

A beautifully restored farmhouse with many unique features and far reaching views of the Arno valley and beyond. Entrance Hall with reception room, Drawing room, Dining room, Sitting Room, Cloakroom, Kitchen, Utility Room, Master Bedroom and three guest bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms, 2 other bedrooms with a bathroom, Two guest apartments each with bedroom, bathroom and sitting room, one bedroom Cottages, Extensive gardens. About 4 hectares. The Main House (428 sqm), Dating from the 15th Century the house has its origins as a monks farm of Vallambrosa Monastery. Currently a family home, it is also an attractive and popular wedding venue and agriturismo, permitting plenty of scope for a business opportunity. The property has been beautifully restored to an extremely high standard whilst leaving the original structure unchanged. ,Many of the original features remain such as the stone staircases, a mixture of chestnut and terracotta ceilings and much of the original terracotta and brick flooring. Where it has been necessary to improve certain areas, the same handmade or original materials have been used. The house is suitable for occupation throughout the year with central heating and external outer glass doors to all the main wooden doors, to enable light and views. The principal bedrooms and reception rooms face west and so take full advantage of the view.,The accommodations is arranged on three floors and, all measurements approximate, briefly comprise:,Courtyard Floor,Wide terrace from the courtyard leads to the double arched front doors which open to the entrance hall (4.3m x 4m) with a coat hanging area, cloakroom with hand wash basin and WC. Archway to reception hall (5.8m x 5.5m) suitable for use as a library or games room. External door to the spring terrace, and double doors to the staircase which leads to the terrace floor and to the family and principal guest accommodation: sitting room (6.4m x 4.1m) Originally the monks kitchen, with wonderful open fireplace. Original antique stone basin. Door to stairs to first floor and to: bedroom 4 (4.55 m x 4.1m) Original fireplace surround, ensuite bathroom with twin pedestal hand basins, WC, panel bath with fixed overhead shower attachment and heated towel rail.  Door from Sitting Room also leads to a corridor with an external door to glass enclosed loggia with original oven and to bedroom 5 (4.1m x 3.5m) and BEDROOM 6 (5.15m x 3.25m), bathroom with pedestal hand basin, WC, and panelled bath with fixed overhead shower attachment and heated towel rail. Apartment number 1: comprising, bedroom 7 (4.2 m x 4.0m) with ensuite bathroom. Sitting room ( 4.25 m x 4.50m) with a corner fireplace and an open plan kitchen. First Floor: Original pietra serena staircase rise to the first floor: master bedroom 1 L shaped (5.4m x 4.75m) with beamed ceiling. ensuite bathroom with twin pedestal hand basins, panelled bath with hand shower attachment, separate shower, heated towel rail and separate WC with further hand basin. bedroom 2 (5.8 m x 5.7m) ensuite bathroom with twin pedestal basins, WC, raised paneled bath with fixed overhead shower attachment, brick ceiling and terracotta floor. bedroom 3 (4.5 m x 4.2m) ensuite bathroom with wash hand basin in vanitory unit panelled bath with fixed overhead shower unit and heated towel rail. Ground Floor : Approached via the original peitra serena staircase from the Courtyard floor or via double glass doors from the terrace via a partially enclosed verandah. Sitting Room (6m x 3.7m) with a built in fireplace, recessed antique basin with water sprout leading directly from the natural spring and separate door to the verandah and terrace. A double archway behind the staircase includes built in Bar area with fridge and leads beyond to the dining room also with its own access to the verandah and main terrace. Door leads through to the kitchen with a range of wall and floor mounted stainless steel fitted kitchen units, dishwasher, sinks and drainer, with separate door to the main terrace and to the WINE CELLAR with terracotta wine racks for about 1400 bottles. apartment 2 comprising : sitting room (4.40 m x 4.40m) fitted with kitchen corner and corner wood burning fireplace. Arched doors lead through to bedroom 8, 5.40 m x 4.20 and en suite BATHROOM with double pedestal basin, WC, paneled bath with fixed overhead shower attachment. Both rooms have direct access onto a west-facing terrace with pergola. Studio and pool changing room : Set of three rooms with private terrace and pergola approached from the main terrace and located on the garden terrace above the swimming pool. studio with brick ceiling and stone walls door to a changing room and beyond to a shower room with wash hand basin, WC and shower unit. Laundry (12 sqm) This separate building off the Courtyard is used as a utility room with a number of washing and drying machines. Guest Cottages, Both the cottages enjoy the same views as the main house. The two cottages are traditional Tuscan farm buildings and have been converted to a high standard. Both cottages are surrounded by oak trees, have private terraces and enjoy views into the orchard. They are about a two-minute walk from the swimming pool. Both cottages have independent central heating systems.,Guest Cottage 1 (70 sq m) ,This converted old stone built farm building has a double bedroom and bathroom upstairs and downstairs has a large open plan living room and kitchen with doors out onto a large stone paved terrace with BBQ. The private terrace and the cottage are reached by a private stone staircase from the car park. Guest Cottage 2 (90 sq m). This cottage is slightly larger than the first cottage with a good-sized family room upstairs with bathroom. Downstairs is a large open plan living room and kitchen while the front door leads to a private stone paved terrace shaded by oak trees. Like the other cottage, the villa is finished in traditional Tuscan style, with terracotta floors and oak beams. The principle gardens are to the west of the house, descending from the main terrace and walled garden area which provides extensive outside eating areas and shaded by a large walnut tree. A series of grass terraces descend from the main terrace, one with the new 12 m x 6 m swimming pool. To the east of the house is predominately woodland with a mixture of oak and chestnut tress and from which a number of natural springs originate. The gardens have mixed colour rose beds, a herbaceous border, and terracotta pots which give colour through the seasons. There is also a vegetable garden. Location, this outstanding property stands in an elevated position facing west with wonderful far reaching views across the Arno and Sieve valleys below and above towards the Appennini and the far Carrara Massa and a twinkling Florence at night in the medium distance, just 25 kms away. The village of Pelago (3km) has a number of shops, bars, post office, banks, and pharmacy. Pontassieve (about 10 kms) is the nearest large town, which provide frequent rail and bus access into Florence (about 25 km), Rome and other large Italian cities. ,International communications are excellent from Florence airport (30 km), Pisa and Bologna airports (90 km) providing regular flights to most European capital cities. The surrounding area provides access to the many historic towns of Tuscany.,Services:,Mains Electricity, Private Spring Water, Sophisticated water storage and supply system. Gas central Heating, telephone, satellite TV.

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