In the beautiful context of the Tuscan hills, charming historic seventeenth-century house of 4500 square meters consisting of six buildings set in 40 hectares of private land partly woodland and partly olive trees. A marvellous Italian garden extremely well kept embellishes the property that needs some restoration works. Located at the top of a gentle hill from which you can enjoy a 360 degree view of the surrounding valleys, the presence of a natural lake, an ancient cave and a consecrated church make this property unique.
This wonderful village is located 50 kilometres from the historic city of Florence and is strategically placed to quickly reach the airport of Pisa, the city of Pistoia but also the beaches of Forte dei Marmi in just half an hour by car. The estate is located in Santa Croce sull'Arno, a characteristic town and an important manufacturing centre that bases its economy on the processing and export of leather.
The seventeenth-century villa of 1400 square meters stands majestically on the plateau dominating its properties, is characterized by a compact geometry set on a square base, powerful in height spread over three floors above ground, a basement and the dovecote from which you can enjoy a panoramic view at 360 degrees.
Entering the ground floor one can appreciate the old kitchen with the large pantry, a double living room with five-metre high ceilings, another reception room for receiving guests, a dining room, two large double bedrooms and three bathrooms. Going up the imposing stone staircase we reach the first floor where we are greeted by a majestic living room, five double bedrooms and three bathrooms. On the upper floor there are five more double bedrooms with bathrooms. The dovecote stands out on the top and third floor while the old clock is still in perfect working order and still marks the time and in the past the life of the farmers, the service staff and the nobles who lived there. The basement has been used as a recreation and relaxation area, the large dining room gives way to a room known as the games room, the large cellar, three rooms used as a pantry and the heating plant. Not far from the main villa there are six buildings characterised by a rural architecture supporting the agricultural activity that was once carried out. In the courtyard behind the villa there is a farmhouse of 650 square metres, a farm of 570 square metres and the old granary of 540 square metres. The first building is on two floors and was used as the residence of the farmers. The second building is characterised by a double ramp staircase on the façade while the third building, completing the hamlet, has two floors. Detached from the courtyard, stands the woodshed with its monumental appearance due to the presence of huge openings. On the south side of the precious and well-kept Italian garden there is the lemon tree house of about 665 square metres with an L-shaped plan on two levels. The last building to complete this extraordinary estate is a consecrated church of 280 square metres embellished with antique paintings.
This incredible property is immersed in 40 hectares of private land, mainly hilly, dedicated to the cultivation of vineyards and olive groves, the large English-style park is enriched by secular trees, a natural lake and an ancient cave. The Italian garden is wonderful, the love for flowers and in particular for roses is highlighted in every corner giving the villa a colourful and fragrant setting.
State and finishes
The property is in need of internal and external refurbishment but at the moment can already be lived in. The walls are frescoed, on the ground floor one can admire the well preserved antique terracotta tiles, the high ceilings are coffered or decorated with hunting and country scenes. The buildings serving the main villa can be converted into flats or preserved in their present volumes. The property has always belonged to important Tuscan noble families, in every room you can breathe the grandeur of the ancient magnificence and the uniqueness of this historic residence.
The villa could be transformed into a luxury resort, the large size of the annexes could be used to create flats while the lemon house could be transformed into a fantastic wellness centre.