5 bedroom villa for sale
Italy - Cortona, Arezzo, Tuscany
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- BEAUTIFULLY MAINTAINED PROPERTY IN ENCHANTING SETTING
- STUNNING GROUNDS. STUNNING VIEWS.
- ELEGANT MAIN BUILDING WITH 2 LARGE RECEPTION AREAS
- WELL RESTORED GUEST ANNEX WITH OWN KITCHEN
- EXTERNAL LOGGIA WITH STONE FIREPLACE AND DINING AREA
- ENTRANCE DRIVEWAY WITH AUTOMATIC GATES
- SHORT WALK TO EXCELLENT NEARBY RESTAURANT - HOTEL
- 3 KMS TO POPULAR AND WELL SERVICED VILLAGE OF PERGO
- 8 KMS TO CORTONA HISTORIC TOWN CENTRE
Just a stroll away there is the beautiful hotel/restaurant Villa Piazzano which caters for both lunches and dinners. Also within walking distance are the villages of Pergo and Montanare.
In Montanare there is an excellent restaurant, Il Mollino, owned by the Baracchi family who also own the famous Il Falconiere restaurant/hotel and who produce fine wines under the Baracchi label.
In Pergo there is the Relais and restaurant Corte dei Papi, a well frequented bar with outside seating which has an eclectic mix of both resident foreigners and Italians, a pizzeria and very well stocked delicatessen/mini-supermarket.
The main house is elegant both inside and out. It consists, on the ground floor, of a large dining area/sitting room with original fireplace, a recently fitted kitchen, a pantry/laundry room and a wonderfully sunny breakfast room (or study) with arched windows, off which there is a new bathroom. All of the ground floor rooms lead outside to the garden.
The first floor consists of a lovely large landing which leads out under a covered loggia, a winter sitting room (or second bedroom), a master bedroom with en suite bathroom and a large, third bedroom which is currently used as a dressing room. The en suite bathroom has under floor heating. There would be no difficulty with creating a second bathroom on this floor.
The adjacent tower, built on three floors, has been converted into a two bedroom apartment with bathroom and kitchen. The ground floor consists of a large covered loggia with a beautifully hand crafted stone fireplace/barbecue designed for use during both the summer and winter months. A large room to the back of the loggia has been converted into a charming dining area. There is also a useful store room for garden tools and a technical room for the recently installed new gas boiler.
The current owners have created attractive and spacious internal spaces throughout the main house which they tend to use just for themselves. The ex-tobacco drying tower is used for their guests.
Cortona is just a short 8km drive away as is Camucia and the mainline Rome-Florence-Milan train station. Nearest airports are Perugia 45 mins, Florence 1hr 20 mins, Rome 2hrs.
THE UNIQUENESS OF CORTONA
Each year, 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, 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 offer fine dining together with prestigious Italian wines: 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 International 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 International 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 International
In a unique collaboration, Cortona International, offers its clients a team of English speaking professionals whose individual strengths provide specialist knowledge in all aspects of buying or selling a property. We also offer a post-purchase property and rental management service for international buyers who may be absent for part of the year.
We do our UTMOST to do pre-marketing checks on our properties in order to ascertain their compliance status.
This does not necessarily mean they are compliant (many owners are resistant to regularising their properties until they have a firm offer), but it does mean we have a complete picture for you, know what the owner must do in order to obtain compliance and the timelines in which this can be done.
A survey of your own should confirm our findings.
We work together with the registered Italian notary regarding the preparation and drawing up of all and any contracts.
English translations and/or an interpreter are provided.
All money deposits are held in escrow by the notary until completion.
We collaborate with international and local agencies in the area and can organise and accompany you on viewings of properties also listed by them. This is done on a split commission basis and at no extra cost to you.
We will supply you with all paperwork pertaining to a property when you view it.
We will also calculate all 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 professional associates, a full range of post-acquisition services: General caretaking & maintenance; organisation of projects, permissions & renovations/small building works and a rental management service for people wishing to rent out their properties.
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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