Immersed in peaceful and tranquil countryside this magnificent tenth century fortress occupies a prime position near the famous medieval town of San Gimignano. This significant and ancient place, with it’s imposing and impressive stone buildings are mentioned in many important historical documents dating all the way back to the middle ages.The current owners have meticulously restored a major part of the property, which demonstrates their creative flair , passion and focus on every minute attention to detail. Most of the original architectural characteristics have been carefully preserved and the result is an exquisite example of a perfectly recreated ancient dwelling which cleverly embraces the twenty first century. The section offered for sale forms the principal part of the first group of buildings, and is attached on one side to the remaining unrestored buildings.The views from the property are breathtaking and it is possible to observe the towers of San Gimignano from most of the principal rooms. Although peaceful and private the location is easily accessible along a short white road, which arrives immediately below the ancient stone walls, providing an imposing entrance to the property. The gardens and grounds encircle the buildings and create a magical ambience. The landscaped areas are filled with an abundance of beautiful roses and indigenous aromatic plants interspersed with mature cyprus and olive trees, surrounded by old stone walls and lawned areas.In the 15th century, this property was owned by the nobleman Paolo Cortesi secretary to the pope Giulio II, who initiated a centre for Humanist Studies within which he created a private library of great importance and significance and was available to members of the public. This facility attracted many famous personalities of the era, including Lorenzo di Medici, the Dukes of Ferrara and Urbino, Cardinal Alexander Farnese and Giuliano of The Rovere, both of whom became popes. (Paolo III and Julius II respectively). Thus the Fortress became an extremely important focal point for those high profile noblemen of the day who wished to study the many aspects of Humanist literature, and this is why the Fortress itself gained it’s own significance as a place of learning and has been recorded and mentioned in many respected and revered books of Italian Literature over the passage of time.The accommodation comprises a substantial living space over three floors within 550 square metres, and offers 5 double bedrooms with ensuite facilities . There is a principal suite on the top floor, which enjoys the privacy and seclusion of the ancient medieval tower. Throughout the principal rooms, a in-home speaker/music system has been installed to facilitate a gentle musical ambience. There are two large reception rooms , one with an ancient fireplace, a kicthen, laundry. The rooms are air conditioned and also have central heating for the winter months. The property benefits from a number of external doors, providing access directly to the gardens and also the driveway. Entrance.Outside, the pretty gardens cascade down on different levels, with a large swimming pool and a pretty adjacent pergola, attractively situated to benefit from the surrounding views. The access is shared with the neighbouring buildings. This property needs to be seen to fully appreciate all it has to offer.