4 bedroom villa for sale
Italy - Tuscany, Arezzo, Cortona
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- Stunning view
- Renovated with artistic elegance
- Located in the prestigious Pergo area
- Mature garden
- Mature olive trees
- Pool with surrounding patio
- Central heating
- Within walking distance of Pergo village
- Just 8 kms from Cortona
It has all the necessary requisites:
Situated on a hillside with stunning panoramic views, it is a charming property with noble origins. It is located within walking distance of the small, but busy village of Pergo and a further five minutes from the hilltop town of Cortona where one can enjoy fine wines in the open air piazzas, excellent restaurants and an eclectic mix of both foreigners and Italians.
Once part of the extensive estate belonging to Cardinal Passerini; lands bestowed on him by the Medici family in the 1500's, the estate stands in private grounds of one and one half acres (4,300 sqmts) entered via an electronic gate offering added security.
Originally built in the 1800's, the two buildings which comprise the property were converted in the 1980's by the property's previous owner, a well known Italian actor and theatre director.
In fact, its conversion combines both the artistic with the classical, creating an immediately welcoming and comfortable environment. The two buildings - originally a tobacco drying tower and stables - are conjoined by a short glass passageway, allowing for large house parties and a modicum of privacy for the owners.
The ex-stables consist of two double bedrooms and large bathroom on the ground floor with a third bedroom and shower room in the eaves. There is also a large open plan sitting room (with magnificent stone fireplace) and dining area from which all doors lead out into the garden.
The ex-tobacco tower - which can be heated separately during the winter months - houses a large kitchen with working fireplace and wc/boiler room on the ground floor, a sitting room with a beautiful study/library space in wood on the first floor and a large master bedroom and en-suite bathroom on the top floor. This cosy bedroom also enjoys air conditioning installed in more recent years. Each of these rooms enjoys wonderful far reaching views of the Italian countryside.
Outside there is a covered eating area which looks out over the beautifully maintained lawns and garden all of which have been loved and nurtured for the last 35 years. There is a small annex currently used as a laundry/storage room and on a lower terrace a large swimming pool overlooking the valley. Dotted around the grounds are a number of vibrantly beautiful oleander bushes and many olive trees, some immensely old, which provide sufficient olive oil for the year.
Whether a holiday home or permanent home, a caretaker would be at hand to maintain the grounds, swimming pool, prune the olive trees and pick the olives and air and/or clean the house when required. Cooking services are also available. This is an added bonus especially if one wishes to continue the property's successful rental business.
The village of Pergo (3 minutes by car, 15 minutes walking) is well serviced with a lively bar which enjoys a mix of foreigners and Italians (also international newspapers), a pizzeria (also take-away), a very well stocked supermarket/delicatessen, a hardware store and a Relais restaurant and spa hotel (La Corte dei Papi). Cortona is 5 minutes by car and there are two national mainline train stations (Rome-Florence-Milan) within a 15 minute drive.
Ideally situated, it is a beautiful estate located in an area of Cortona which is greatly sought after.
To buy a home in this prestigious area would be considered a sound investment.
THE UNIQUENESS OF CORTONA
Each year, new visitors arrive in Cortona and are enchanted by its beauty, its vibrancy and its eclectic mix of both Italian and international residents.
It must be one of Tuscany's most unique hilltop towns: It sits on a hillside dominating the vast expanse of the Valdichiana and enjoys spectacular views over the plains towards Montepulciano and Lake Trasimeno.
It dates back to the Etruscans and is rich in history. The Romans and the Medici family both fought to have and retain this special hilltop citadel and in their turn, greatly influenced and contributed to its architecture and its development. Its star shone throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; as such there are treasures to be found throughout the town.
It is one of the largest municipalities in Tuscany with 25,000 habitants, 2500 of whom live within the ancient walls of the town, and the remainder in the outlying countryside.
It has an excellent infrastructure with two main line rail stations (Rome-Florence-Milan) and access to all major motorways. Perugia airport is 40 minutes away, Florence 1hr 30 minutes, Pisa, Bologna and Rome approx. 2 hrs.
Perhaps not so strangely, Cortona has a very high percentage of return visitors, many of whom have bought property and all of whom cite the same mantra - 'Cortona has something special'.
Maybe this is because of its rich cultural season of theatre, literary recitals, classical concerts, art shows, photographic exhibitions and music festivals, with many events based on the culture of 'slow food' gastronomy combined with fine wines (many of which are local and acclaimed worldwide - Avignonesi, Baracchi, Vegni).
Maybe it is because its numerous restaurants which offer fine dining together with prestigious Italian wines create an opportunity to sample the true 'Mediterranean diet': Osteria del Teatro, La Locanda nel Loggiato, AD Braceria, Trattoria Dardano, Ambrosia and La Bottega Baracchi (to name just a few).
Or maybe its because of its vicinity to the best of what Tuscany and Umbria has to offer - Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, Val d'Orcia, Florence, Gubbio, Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto, Spello etc…are all within a radius of 90 minutes or less. The Maremma and its beautiful coastal towns such as Punta Ala and Castiglione della Pescaia are less than a two hour drive.
More probably it is because Cortona has intelligently embraced the challenge of modern times. Unlike so many ancient Italian towns destroyed by mass tourism and/or unchecked building regulations, Cortona has not compromised its authenticity, even in the aftermath of Under the Tuscan Sun, the famous book made into a film by Cortona's resident writer, Frances Mayes. It has managed instead to carve itself a unique niche in the wider world and as any visitor to the town will attest, it has a vitality and sense of purpose that sweeps you off your feet and grabs at the heart strings.
Cortona Real Estate looks forward to introducing you to the area: to the majestic and cosmopolitan town itself, but also its surrounding countryside which ranges from rural and peaceful mountainside, to classic hillside and to cultivated farmland areas, all of which abounds with olive groves, vineyards and spellbinding views.
By specialising in this small niche of Tuscany, not only does Cortona Real Estate ensure a trouble-free purchase, but we are also able to offer a host of post purchase services which allow us to take care of your interests from the day you buy until the day you may choose to sell.
ABOUT Cortona Real Estate.IT
Who we are:
A British and Italian team with over 50 years of experience in international sales
We believe our strength lies in our meticulousness to detail. We leave nothing to chance.
We do pre-marketing checks on our properties to ascertain their conformity.
This ensures they are readied for sale in advance of any viewings.
We work together with a registered Italian notary regarding the preparation and drawing up of all contracts.
As a safeguard, the same notary holds all money deposits in escrow until exchange.
We collaborate with the international and local agencies in the area and can organise viewings of properties also listed by them.
We provide pre-purchase assistance from A-Z: we supply all paperwork, contracts translated into English, costs relative to the purchase (notary fees, purchase taxes etc…), future council taxes and overheads and, in advance of any commitment to a purchase, complete estimates for any works which might need to be undertaken
We offer, together with our associated companies, a full range of post-acquisition services: GENERAL MAINTENANCE - caretakers, gardeners, cleaners, the paying of bills and/or taxes; BUILDING WORKS - builders, plumbers, electricians, decorators, interior designers, and also technical assistance for these same works to ensure their future conformity. We also offer a complete SUMMER RENTAL PACKAGE: the advertising of the property, the taking of bookings and the organising and overseeing of a complete season.
We have a large selection of properties in the area from town houses and apartments to country properties in beautiful settings (villas, farmhouses, residential complexes). We have restored properties, properties in need of upgrades and abandoned properties in need of complete restoration.
For those with more modest budgets, we also have a choice of practical and comfortable homes - new builds, apartments in condominiums, portions of old houses - which can be viewed on our Italian website: immobiliare-cortonese.com.
If you can't find what you are looking for or if you are looking further a field (Castiglione del Lago, Montepulciano, Lucignano, Sansepolcro) we are more than happy to do you a personalised search. We have an excellent working relationship with agencies in these nearby towns. Just email us your requirements and we'll start asking around.
The agency is registered at the Chamber of Commerce in Arezzo and has been a member of FIAIP (Federation of Professional Italian Estate Agents) since 1997.
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