58 bedroom property for sale in Tuscany
With origins in 1135, this spectacular listed Castle- turned- Villa sits proud on a hilltop enjoying beautiful southfacing views over typical Tuscan countryside.The buildings were added over the centuries to house the various owners from the Acciaioli family, residents from the 15th to the 19th century, who built up from the castel ruins, the Masti family and prior to the current owners, Sir George Sitwell who bought the Castle in 1910 for 120.000 lire. The Villa measuring approximately 4411 sqm was used to safeguard works of art from the Uffizi during the 2nd world war, was SS Headquarters briefly and has been frequented by many famous personalities. Set over many levels with several staircases, courtyards, entrances and approximately 2590 sqm of cellars.The tower was copied from the Piazza Signoria tower in 1396. There is a nearby farmhouse with various apartments and a staff apartment. There are several large reception rooms including a dining room, drawing room, reception room and sitting room. The Severini music room is on the top floor. There is a romanesque-style chapel built in 1594, an elegant central courtyard, beautiful terraced gardens, a secluded swimming pool area and an impressive grotto which has been beautifully restored with mythical creatures and figures, gold mosaic and shells.There are 10 Ha of land, 1 of which is of parkland, olive groves, cypress trees of 300 years old and a lake.The formal garden was designed by Sir Sitwell on the style of his Yorkshire home.There are some important works of art throughout the property including a room entirely decorated by the painter Gino Severini in 1921 and works by Sanci, Ulivelli and Nesi. The property boarders on the Val d'Ema, di Greve and d'Elsa.
Cerbaia 4 km, Montespertoli 10 km, Florence 20 km, Siena 68 km and Pisa 76 km.Set on a hill along the quiet Volterra road from Florence, the surrounding area is beautiful tuscan countryside.