This fine substantial farmhouse enjoys a wonderful elevated position on a hillside close to Castiglion Fiorentino. Reached by way of a country track flanked by olive groves, Podere San Martino nestles against a backdrop of mature trees and benefits from views across the garden towards the valley dotted with stone villages and on to the hilltop town of Castiglion Fiorentino.
Podere San Martino is recently built using reclaimed original stone and authentic terracotta tiles, seamlessly blending with its rural surroundings. A neatly tended expanse of lawn divides the house from the pool area, which is on a slightly lower level. An abundance of lavender edges one side of the pool, framing the splendid views.
Rich, warm colours have been used in the interior, complemented by polished wood antiques and furniture sourced locally by the owner. In the living room, a golden yellow adorns the walls and comfortable sofas sit atop a floor of terracotta tiles. An arch leads through to the kitchen, a welcoming room with deep rust coloured walls, which endorse the country feel of the burnished wood units. There is plenty of space for dining, but we are sure the focal point for all meals will be the inviting covered terrace that runs along the length of the house. Providing shade during the summer and overlooking the garden and valley beyond, it is a delightful spot.
With two sets of bedrooms and shower rooms on each floor, the layout is ideal for a group of friends or a large family. In addition, a suite comprising of a living room, bedroom and shower room can be found at the side of the house. Accessed independently, it will appeal to those seeking some extra privacy.
Classic Chianti villages such as Castellina, Greve and Radda are just over an hour away and easily accessible for a day out. Exploration of the area closer to home, however, will produce some delightful discoveries. Arezzo 25km to the north has, at its heart, the Piazza Grande, a sloping square surrounded by beautiful buildings. To the south is Cortona (16km), a beguiling town overlooking Lake Trasimeno with a network of cobbled streets lined with interesting shops.
Ground floor: Open plan living room /dining room/kitchen (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD, wood burning stove, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) with doors to covered terrace. Double bedroom with door to covered terrace. Double bedroom with en suite shower room. Shower room. Central heating throughout the house (payable locally).
First floor: Galleried landing. Double bedroom with en suite shower room. Twin bedroom with en suite shower room.
External access to: Living room. Double bedroom with en suite shower room.
Outside: Covered terrace. Large grounds of lawn, garden, olive groves. Barbecue. Private parking.
Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with corner steps