3 bedroom farm house for sale
Italy - Cortona, Arezzo, Tuscany
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- ALL DAY SUNSHINE
- BEAUTIFUL SWIMMING POOL WITH VIEW OF MOUNTAINS
- EXCELLENT AND EASY ACCESS
- PRIVATE BUT NOT ISOLATED
- MATURE LANDSCAPED GARDEN
- WALKING DISTANCE OF SMALL VILLAGE
- FANTASTIC SURROUNDING WALKS
- 17 KMS FROM CORTONA TOWN CENTER
- WIFI AND CENTRAL HEATING
- VERY SUCCESSFUL RENTAL TRACK RECORD
The house has 12 hectares of surrounding land most of which is woodland, but a couple of hectares have been dedicated to both vines and olive trees. About 2 hectares have been beautifully landscaped with mature shrubs, lawns, patios, covered pergolas and an abundance of flowering plants.
The property is private with an excellent access driveway. It is a good 15 minute drive from Cortona, but the views along the way out over the Val d'Esse and Lake Trasimeno make every journey a scenic splendor. A morning cappuccino or an evening drink at the Portole bar/restaurant (a 30 minute walk or 5 mins by car) during the summer period means a spectacular view combined with a fresh breeze. The popular pizzeria/trattoria Castel Girardi, with a large outside seating area, is a 10 minute drive away.
The house is built on three levels with one bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor as well as a cantina which is used as a laundry/storage room. On the first floor there is a second bedroom and bathroom, a large and light kitchen with open fireplace and mezzanine level above, a sitting room and a third bathroom. Both the kitchen and the sitting room lead out under a covered pergola - one at the front of the house and a gorgeous one at the back covered by a mature wisteria plant. There is a third bedroom under the eaves with again, an amazing view out over the valley and beyond.
The property could be successfully rented out from May through October, the months in which the demand for holiday country houses with swimming pools in the area is high. A local family is available to provide a caretaking and maintenance service.
The surrounding countryside is absolutely beautiful and there are many different walks (or cycle rides) to choose from. The area is made up of an eclectic mix of Italians and foreigners who get together at the various annual festas put on by the parish of Teverina (10 mins away). Cortona is 17 kms away as is the small village of San Leo Bastia (in the opposite direction towards Umbria). Perugia airport is 50 mins away, Florence 1hr 30 mins, Rome 2 hrs.
Cortona itself is a wonderful town rich in history and more recently also home to many fine wines and excellent restaurants. A property of this caliber so near to the town and yet in a wonderful rural setting has to be a sound investment.
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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