3 bedroom farm house for sale
Italy - Cortona, Arezzo, Tuscany
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- 10 out of 10 for location, comfort, design and view
- Beautifully landscaped gardens
- Stunning modern-traditional interior design
- Located in Cortona's prestigous Metelliano-Pergo area
- 5kms to historic town centre / 3kms to quaint and lively village
- Panoramic pool
- 3 (4 possible) en suite bedrooms
- State of the art Wifi set up
- Covered porch and pergola and Summer kitchen
- Extension of 50 mtq permissible
Perched on a hillside in Cortona's prestigious Metelliano-Pergo area this property definitely has "the wow factor" - it is simply gorgeous!
Driving into the property one is immediately struck by the lay out of the surrounding grounds filled with olive trees, flower beds, and stepped terraces which have been professionally designed to give grace to the whole property. Also difficult to ignore are the amazing views which take in the whole of the Pergo valley and the wide expanse of the Val di Chiana.
There is a car park to the far side of the property from which one walks up to the house past olive trees and flower beds and a water fountain. In the furthest corner, shaded by secular trees, there is wonderful barbecue pit which also enjoys the views.
The front façade of the house has both a covered loggia and a pergola for dining outside and there is also a wonderful summer kitchen (which has been designed to be a fourth en suite bedroom, if required) with traditional pizza oven hand-crafted in stone and a stone built barbecue with a practical central island for making pizzas and preparing the barbecues. To the side of the house, positioned to enjoy the surrounding panorama is the swimming pool with Roman (walk in) steps and a second water fountain whose sonorous effects just add to the peaceful atmosphere of the property.
From the covered porch one enters into a light and spacious entrance hall to the right of which there is a sitting room and to the left a chef's kitchen in marble. The rooms are divided by wide open arches providing light and a delightful sense of space.
Off the kitchen is a dining room and guest cloakroom and beyond this a large double bedroom with an en suite which has its own private access and could be made into an independent apartment.
The handcrafted central staircase has been built in traditional stone, but the steps are suspended directly from the wall; this is not merel access to the first floor - it is a work of art!
On the first floor where everything is laid in seasoned planks of olive wood, there is the master bedroom with en suite which enjoys a fabulous panorama from the large windows on two sides of the room and also a third en suite bedroom. All of the bathrooms are large, laid in travetine stone and could be considered, as bathrooms go, the height of luxury.
In fact, the quality of the materials throughout the house is exceptional and EVERY attention has been given to detail. The interior design, combining modern ideas with traditional materials, creates a stunning effect in a luxurious, comfortable, light and welcoming environment.
This property is a showcase. It is a genuine work of art and I take my hat off to the architect, the landscape designer and the owners themselves for the dedication and flair which is displayed throughout the property. Anyone fortunate enough to have the funds to buy this charming, elegant and chic property shouldn't hesitate for one moment.
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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