7 bedroom house for sale
Italy - Villa Cortile, Florence, Tuscany
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The property which possesses characteristics of a villa, farmhouse and castle is assumed to date back to around the 14th century when it was most likely used as a military watchtower. Converted into a residential villa around the 16th century and used as such since then. The range of different types of architecture tells a story of a rich and complicated history. The villa today is for the most part encircled by a beautiful sloping 'curtain wall' which gives testimony to its earlier military use, as does the internal courtyard and the crenelations running atop the surrounding walls. The main villa offers approx. 500 Sq m of floor space spread over three floors. Entering the property via the main gates, we access the property from one of the internal courtyards leading into a traditional entrance hallway. The property may also be accessed directly from the garage (accessed off street) passing directly from the garage into the kitchen area. The ground floor comprises three very spacious environments; a lounge with antique stone fireplace and high vaulted ceilings, a formal dining room with a chestnut beamed ceiling and a lovely bright veranda which leads out onto the rear courtyard. Also on the ground floor, we find a library/study, a kitchen, laundry area, and one bedroom with en-suite facilities. There is also a private chapel on the ground floor.
An aspect that makes this property into the perfect family home are the numerous points of direct access to the outside. The dining room, the lounge, the bedroom, and the study all lead out onto either private patios or courtyards, offering endless possibilities for those who seek a quiet place to read or relax.
The First floor is composed of five bedrooms, two of which may be described as master bedrooms with private en-suite bathrooms. One of the masters has a lovely private terrace offering fantastic views. There is a further bedroom in the tower or Belvedere.
Situated on the other side of the driveway we find a self contained studio apartment composed of a kitchen, two bedrooms, and a detached lounge/sitting room. This apartment offers approx 90 Sq m of floor space and is currently used by the custodian/housekeeper. Situated behind the housekeeper's apartment we find a greenhouse, kitchen garden and storage.
Gardens & Grounds
The grounds really make this property something special and especially fitting for a large family or group. One will never have difficulty finding a quiet place to sit and enjoy the surroundings. There is the impressive main front courtyard with shaded seating area, the rear loggia leading out onto a terrace, as well as another terrace leading down onto the gardens. The gardens have been beautifully landscaped and a walkway between manicured hedges and flowerbeds takes you down to the pool area.
From the photos one may believe this property to be high in the Tuscan hills due to the greenery and views, however central Florence can be reached in less than 5 minutes. The property is located off a quiet country lane which leads directly down to one of the city centre's main entrance roads. The area is renowned and considered by many to be the most prestigious suburb of Florence.
1 hectare of land
Fast Find: GKFI-1725
- Peretola (International), 4 miles
- Florence (International), 4.1 miles
- Galileo (International), 43.7 miles
- Borgo Panigale (International), 53 miles
- Marina di Campo (International), 86.7 miles
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