Situated in the Niccone Valley, which is generally regarded as one of the best places to acquire Italian property, this stylish rustic and enchanting Italian farmhouse is a gem.
The approach is a via a short gravel road which leads directly to the property. Ample parking is set away from the house and the initial impression is one of peace and tranquility. The landscape is stunning with rolling hills, olive groves and mature woodland. The garden has been lovingly maintained by the present owners and has secluded areas for reading that favourite book or for a lazy after lunch nap.
The saltwater swimming pool measures approx. 14 x 5 mts and is beautifully positioned with perfect areas for loungers and shady areas for those who are not sun-worshipers. The exterior of the building has purposely been restored to retain the original character of this 16th century Italian farmhouse which could easily be used as a set for a 'white linen' drama. There is a substantial olive grove with 120 trees (some of which are quite ancient), a variety of sheds, fenced areas for poultry and an absolutely charming wooden structure currently used as a summer house.
Internally the building has been restored retaining all of the original features. Any additional materials, the kitchen floors, staircases, lighting etc. have been chosen to compliment the original nooks and crannies. Great care and thought has been taken not to over modernise.
The large kitchen is just gorgeous and well equipped; a perfect family room. There is also a dining room and fireplace. Stairs lead to the upper floor where there is a beautiful bedroom and bathroom and large double doors to a formal dining room with high ceilings and French doors. The dining room leads to a lounge with stone fireplace and original floors and beams. More stairs lead up to four double bedrooms, all with bathrooms en suite, One bedroom in particular has a tower-like feel with far reaching views and a unique wood panelled bathroom. In all a truly enchanting Italian dream home.
The property is located 25 kms from Cortona, 25 kms from Lake Trasimeno and 50 kms from Perugia airport and the city centre of Perugia itself. The Terontola-Cortona train station is approximately 30 kms away and from here one can catch the high speed train to either Rome or Florence.
The Niccone Valley is where Tuscany meets Umbria. The northern valley is mainly in Tuscany, topped by five ancient castles or fortified villages; all standing opposite their Umbrian counterparts that lie on the hills of the southern valley and all built over a 1,000 year period of Papal and Renaissance history. Today, the 11 miles of the Niccone valley, which includes the Val di Pierle, is dotted with restored private farmhouses, luxury villas and apartments, all popular with discerning visitors. The villages of Lisciano Niccone – Umbria – and Mercatale di Cortona – Tuscany sit at the western most extreme of this wide valley.
Abode Srl is an associate of Savills, one of the world's largest real estate firms, and has many years of experience at helping their clients to buy and sell property in Umbria and Tuscany. The team will handle the whole process for you, from finding properties matching your requirements through their extensive network of contacts, drawing up contracts and helping you obtain the necessary documents and to set up your new home.;
- 1.9 ha of land
- Olive grove with 120 trees
- some of which are very ancient
- Well and spring water plus holding cistern
- Vegetable patch
- Saltwater swimming pool (14 x 5 mts)
- Main house (circa 380 sq mts)
- Wooden annex (circa 40 sq mts)
- Passignano 23 kms
- Cortona 30 kms
- Perugia airport and city centre 50 kms
- Florence 138 kms
- Energy class G - 236.610 kWh/m2 per annum