In a panoramic position in Chianti, not far from the town of Greve, rural stone hamlet with hobby vineyard. The country houses (450 sqm) are currently exploited for an accommodation business and offer a total of 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. All around, 5,000 sqm of garden include two pools and paved area for al fresco dinners. The remaining 24.5 hectares of land include a 1.2-ha vineyard.
The town of Greve, with all its services, is just 5 km away and can be reached via a well-maintained unpaved road. From here once can then visit the most beautiful cities of Tuscany in less than two hours (Florence, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano, Siena, Montepulciano, Pienza…).
DESCRIPTION OF THE BUILDINGS
The country house (279 sqm – 3,002 sqft, 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms) is the heart of the property, result of the restoration of the old castle. The building, other than a technical room for the systems (7 sqm – 75 sqft), houses four apartments. The units on both floors are connected via a door which is currently held shut, but it would be possible to have two bigger apartments.
- Apartment N°1 (72 sqm – 775 sqft): living area with kitchen and dining area, bedroom and bathroom;
- Apartment N°2 (57 sqm – 613 sqft): living area with kitchen and dining area, bedroom, bathroom and outdoor patio;
- Apartment N°3 (76 sqm – 818 sqft): living room with cooking corner and dining area, two bedrooms and two bathrooms;
- Apartment N°4 (67 sqm – 721 sqft): living room with cooking corner, bedroom and two bathrooms.
Guesthouse N°1 (69 sqm – 742 sqft, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms) is laid over three floors and includes a storage room (15 sqm – 162 sqm) on the ground floor plus two cozy independent apartments on the upper levels.
- Apartment N°5 (27 sqm – 290 sqft): living area with cooking corner, bedroom and bathroom;
- Apartment N°6 (27 sqm – 290 sqft): living area with cooking corner, bedroom, bathroom and outdoor patio.
Guesthouse N°2 (64 sqm – 688 sqft, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms) is laid on two floors instead and includes two cozy apartments:
- Apartment N°7 (33 sqm – 355 sqft): studio apartment with bathroom and outdoor closet;
- Apartment N°8 (31 sqm – 333 sqft): living area with cooking corner, bedroom and bathroom.
The cottage (38 sqm – 409 sqft, 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom) was once the chapel of the castle. The building has been restored and, with the occasion, a gallery was added to create a second floor. The ground floor is currently a living area with cooking corner and bathroom, while the upper level houses the bedroom.
STATE AND FINISHES
The hamlet is built over the remains of a medieval castle, whose origin can be traced back to the 12th century. The shape of the original fortress can be, more or less, identified with the current borders of the garden. The castle was destroyed in the first half of the 17th century and never built again: the current country houses have been built over the ruins by using the original stone and those walls that were still up. A recent renovation aimed at preserving the original walls and floors wherever possible, replacing the missing ones with modern materials that closely recall the original ones. The cottage, in particular, was an old chapel and has been restored and converted into a two-story house.
The buildings are surrounded by 5,000 sqm of garden covering what was once the medieval castle. Marked by stone terraces and walkways, the garden includes two swimming pools: the first one (12 × 6 m) close to the country house, and a second one (6 × 4 m) near the cottage and functionally reserved to the guests of this building.
All around, the estate covers a total surface of 24.0 hectares. Here we find a small Sangiovese hobby vineyard (1.2 ha) which is currently rented out to a third party who takes care of maintenance and harvesting. The remaining land is covered in mixed woodland (8.5 ha) and fields (14.3 ha of arable and grazing land).
USE AND POTENTIAL USES
The hamlet is currently used by the owners as an accommodation business, renting the many apartments inside the farmhouses and the cottage. It is always possible to convert the country house into a private home, keeping the outbuildings for the guests. The vineyard is currently rented out, but one of the buildings could be converted into a small cellar to produce a small quantity of wine per year.