San Casciano - Florence - CES50140/W
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Owned by many of the most illustrious and important Tuscan noble families over the centuries including the Machiavelli, Corsini, Strozzi, Antinori and Capponi, it has been visited by Popes and Tsars
9 Reception rooms • 13 Bedrooms • 18 Bathrooms • Winery • Cellars • Chapel • Annexes • Limonaia
Land area 41 Ha, floor area 5.237 sq m (all measurments are approximate)
The ‘Queen of Villas’ is a national monument. Sitting on a hill just a few kilometres from the lively market town of San Casciano, this impressive estate dominates the surrounding countryside, enjoying sweeping views over its formal gardens, parkland, vineyards and olive groves and beyond towards Chianti.
Recently restored to its former glory, this is one of the largest and most elegant villas in Tuscany. Built in the 1600s but with records dating back to 1427, the villa is beautifully majestic and at the same time liveable and luxuriously comfortable.
A formidable cypress-lined drive climbs up from the ornate entrance gate to the front façade of the villa, topped by centurion-like statues of the four seasons; a theme used again on the inside of the villa.
The villa is a large, symmetrical structure with lateral wings added in the 17th century forming a u-shape around an 18th century, formal Italian garden that hosts a wonderful selection of roses, lemon trees and herbs set on a geometrically designed terrace with fountains, hedges, fruit trees and perfect paths.
The paintings, tromp l’oeils and frescos are mostly works of Pier Dandini, added at the end of the 17th century.
There are several impressive rooms of large dimensions such as the coach house, currently used for wine tasting events and the Limonaia overlooking the garden and above it the room for drying the grapes for Vinsanto.
Below the gardens is a lower terrace with an elegant swimming pool in pietra serena surrounded by olive trees.
A separate wine cellar, built in 2004/5 and with a separate entrance from below the villa through the olive groves, provides ca. 650 sqm for the production of the estate’s various wines and brandy.
A Renaissance chapel, restored by the architect Lorenzo Merlini in a Baroque style and incorporated into the main villa, houses the coats of arms of the Machiavelli and Guicciardini families.
Land – 41 Ha of which 24 Chianti Classico vineyards and 6 Ha of olive groves with 2500 trees.
The estate will receive organic certification in 2020
Villa description: 5.237 sqm
Set over 4 floors with an impressive stone carved balustrade, the villa has been beautifully restored and the floors, walls and ceilings are testament to carefully researched and executed original techniques. The rooms have been ornately decorated with magnificent antiques, fine Murano chandeliers and precious rugs. Each room enjoys spectacular views over the gardens, the cypress-lined entrance drive and the rolling Chianti hills.
Basement: ancient original kitchen (82 sqm) with central open fireplace, wood oven and the original well. Landry room, cellars, technical room and 4 WCs.
Ground floor: entrance hall, monumental central ballroom (150 sqm) with the musician’s galleries overlooking from the upper floor, breakfast room with Dandini frescos, the library with a rare collection of books, mosaic-floored reception room, fully-equipped service kitchen, dining room, Spring and Summer sitting rooms, frescoed rest room.
First floor: 4 bedrooms with bathrooms – 2 with galleries overlooking the grand ballroom below, a billiard room, also with gallery and several living rooms.
Second floor: 5 large and elegant bedrooms with bathrooms.
Attic floor: restored but not furnished. 7 large rooms and a kitchen.
Pool annexe: Gym area of 183 sqm with 3 WCs on the ground floor and an apartment on the first floor with bedroom, bathroom and living room.
East wing: The chapel is joined to the villa and next to the beautiful Limonaia with the Vinsantaia above.
West wing: The large coach-house leads on to an office and small apartment. Above this are 2 further apartments with a total of 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
Casa Colonica – unrestored agricultural building in the valley.
Casa colonica/gate house – 624 sqm with offices and direct selling.
Cantina – 500 sqm + 153 sqm of storage
Energy class: TBC