Beautiful farmhouse from the early 1600s with outbuildings, outbuildings and about 40 hectares of land, a few kilometers from Arezzo in Sant 'Angelo a Montegiovi, a secluded and exclusive place, located on the hills overlooking Subbiano, along the ancient path of transhumance that from the Alpe di Catenaia descended towards the Maremma. At the beginning of the 1600s the current farmhouse was built, which remained in operation, as such, until 1960. The long and fascinating history of this place has been reconstructed on unpublished documents by owner who published it in 2019.
Montegiovi is a fraction of the Municipality of Subbiano (from which it is about 3.5 km), in the province of Arezzo, in the Tuscany region. The locality of Montegiovi, in which territory the property of Sant 'Angelo is located, is on the ridge between the Arno Valley and the Tiber in a context of great and uncontaminated environmental and landscape beauty, characterized by the presence of typical Tuscan vegetation: cypresses, acacias, olive trees, chestnut, oak and pine woods. It is in a strategic position to reach, in addition to the city of Arezzo (which is 15 minutes away by car), the most beautiful places in the upper Casentino such as the sanctuaries of Camaldoli and La Verna and those of Valtiberina, such as Anghiari and Sansepolcro. Florence can be reached in less than an hour.
Leaving the inhabited center of Subbiano, drive for approximately 4 km and you will come to a private gate that gives access to the property. A cobbled street, well-trodden white and marked by a double row of cypresses, leads us to the farmhouse, the outbuilding, the agricultural outbuildings (once pigsties and stables) and the chestnut drying room, now restored in its original structure. The property is surrounded on all sides by the lands of the ancient farm which also extend for about 40 hectares. In front of the main facade of the house there is a large stone basin that still collects the spring water. A large arched wooden door leads to the ground floor in a large entrance where you can admire the ancient stone oven. Totally functional, in which the numerous sharecropping families baked up to 20 loaves at a time. Also on the ground floor you enter a large kitchen with fireplace, connected to the pantry and the basement by comfortable internal stairs. On the same floor we find a large dining room, a service bathroom and a large living room used as a library, with access to a panoramic terrace from which, on clear summer evenings, you can see the lights of Arezzo and, in the background, the profile of Monte Cetona. An ancient stone staircase and a modern elevator connect the ground floor to the first floor where there is an impressive central hall, with an ancient stone fireplace, four large and comfortable double bedrooms and two bathrooms. The dormer overlooking the roof was used as a bedroom-study. A short distance from the main house there is the ancient "farmhouse of the church" which has been renovated creating a comfortable and useful storage room with window on the ground floor and a studio apartment with bathroom and kitchenette on the first floor, suitable for hosting friends and relatives. in total privacy. The buildings that were once used for the shelter of animals and the various services of the farmhouse have been renovated internally and on the roof and can now be used for other purposes. In the area of the ancient church, deconsecrated in the eighteenth century, there is now a large woodshed and a technical area serving the wood-fired heating system of the main house which also has an LPG heating system.
The farmhouse and its outbuildings are set in a beautiful garden full of trees and flowers. The land immediately surrounding the house is planted with olive trees, but the property consists of about 7 hectares of olive groves in production, 13 hectares of chestnut, woods and arable land. Given the considerable abundance of water and the presence of suitable spaces, it would be possible to insert a panoramic infinity pool next to the house.
State and finishes
Completely restored in 1999, the house is in perfect external and internal conditions. The terracotta was placed in the living area, while a warm parquet was designed for the sleeping area; the walls are perfectly plastered, all the ceilings are with exposed beams and terracotta tiles, recovered, where possible, with the sandblasting technique. The ancient terracotta and stone fireplaces, the internal staircase and the door jambs on the ground floor, also in hand-chiseled pietra serena, as well as the old terracotta arches that decorate all the windows make this property particular and unique, in the its kind.
The house and the property, as a whole lends itself to multiple uses: it can accommodate a large family who wishes to live in contact with nature, but still close to the services of the town of Subbiano and the city of Arezzo; it is possible to transform it into a B&B or holiday home and, by renovating the annexes, it is possible to create relaxation areas and spas at the service of the family or guests; the whole property would also be particularly suitable for an Agriturismo whose managers were interested in practicing, in addition to hosting activities, also animal breeding and traditional or organic agriculture, including the cultivation of fruit and vegetables.