On the rolling hills of Tuscany, with an incredible and unrivaled view over the historic centre of Siena, 13th century medieval castle with annex and Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG vineyards. The location of the castle is nowadays particularly appreciated because it is set not far from the major towns and cities of Tuscany and Umbria: Siena (7km; 5), Montalcino (14km; 15), San Gimignano (44km; 50), Pienza (57km; 1h 5), Montepulciano (63km; 1h 15), Arezzo (71km; 1h 15), Florence (72km; 1h 15), Cortona (73km; 1h 15), Perugia (108km; 1h 40), Assisi (128km; 2h), and Gubbio (142km; 2h 15). The most convenient airports to reach the property are Firenze Vespucci (78km; 1h 10), Perugia San Francesco (117km, 1h 45), Bologna Marconi (152km; 1h 50), Roma Ciampino (247km; 2h 40) and Roma Fiumicino (264km, 2h 55). DESCRIPTION OF THE BUILDING The castle (1,300 sqm 13,988 sqft) is laid out onto four floors plus the four towers. - Basement: cellar and a chapel (30 sqm 323 sqft) built at the base of the tower. - Ground floor: splendid courtyard leading to several storage rooms and cellars; - First floor: - Apartment N1 (56 sqm 602 sqft): still to be restored, this apartment is now used as storage. It is possible to create: kitchen, dining room, bedroom and bathroom. - Apartment N2 (66 sqm 710 sqft): the apartment is composed of: hall room, living room with fireplace, master bedroom and bathroom. - Apartment N3 (88 sqm 947 sqft): hall room, living room with old fireplace, kitchen, two bedrooms and bathroom. - Second floor: masters apartment (293 sqm 3,153 sqft) made up of living room with fireplace, kitchen, two sitting rooms, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. From this floor one can reach one of the towers where it would be possible to create two further bedrooms with view over Siena and the surrounding countryside; - Third floor: large and bright living room with fireplace, breakfast room and library which gives access to the tower, where there is a bedroom with bathroom and mezzanine. From another bedroom, still with en suite bathroom, it is possible to access the southern tower, where another bedroom has been created. The old barn (105 sqm 1,130 sqft) is laid over two floors and in need of a full restoration. Amidst the fields there is a rural storage room used as a shelter for tools.
HISTORY, STATE AND FINISHES The castle was built in the early 13th century as a keep defending the city of Siena. The first notable mention of the fortress is in 1313 when the castle was besieged by Henry VIII of Luxemburg, who was however unable to conquer it. From that moment, the castle was passed from family to family until the final confrontation between Siena and Florence in 1555. The Spanish forces captured the castle a first time but were quickly driven away. The second and final conquest marked the end of the siege of Siena and the end of the war. From then onward, the castle lost its defensive role and became a luxury countryside manor. Entirely made out of bricks, the castle boasts an imposing look, highlighted by a visible talon, around which, instead of a typical medieval water-trench, is located a hedged garden. A continuous string-course marks the piano nobile (first floor) while the whole perimeter is decorated by a line of trefoil arches. All the openings boast segmental arches, while embrasures dot the walls and make it evident the fortress was a military emplacement. Putlog holes are scattered all around the buildings. From a lancet archway, topped by a machicolation, one can enter the internal quadrangular courtyard, with porticos on three sides and walls supported by octagonal pilasters. From here, a short staircase (masonry) leads to the piano nobile. EXTERNAL AREA The castle comes with a 17.0 hectare plot of land. This is split among arable land (13.2 ha, including a beautiful Italian garden and a small wood), olive grove (2.4 ha with 400 trees) and Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG vineyard (1.4 ha).