Eremo is Italian for hermitage, and this describes well the peace and seclusion of this beautifully restored seventeenth century country house.
The villa sits in its own 50 acres of gated grounds, consisting of parkland, olive groves, vineyards and woodland. Despite this seclusion, the centre of Monte San Savino, with its supermarkets, shops and numerous restaurants, is only 5 minutes drive away, or 30 minutes on foot. The villa is surrounded by thousands of acres of woodland, full of wild life, including roe deer, porcupines, wild boar, hares and birds of prey.
The villa has recently been restored to a very high architectural standard which has respected the character and details of a traditional Tuscan country house, while providing modern comforts. The ceilings are beamed, and the floors consist of locally made terracotta tiles, except for the kitchen, the dining room and the sitting room of the main house where polished travertine (local marble) is used.
The hot water for the main house the is provided by solar panels, boosted by a boiler when necessary. For the colder seasons, the main house has under floor heating, while the annexe has a wood burning stove heating radiators.
Attached to the villa is a 25 foot square sun terrace, and next to it a covered limonaia, where one may eat al-fresco. An ancient vaulted bread oven may be used to cook pizzas.
At 100 yards from the villa is a 13 x 5 metres swimming pool, edged with travertine, and securely fenced for the safety of young children. A pool room offers a shower, WC and fridge. The swimming pool is reached by an avenue of cypress trees.
The villa is surrounded by lawns, gardens and parkland, which give way to the surrounding woodland. It is reached through a wrought iron antique gate, and a gravel drive.
This villa is located 2 miles from Monte San Savino, in eastern Tuscany. Monte San Savino is a historic walled hill town on the Western edge of the Val di Chiana, with many fine renaissance palaces and churches.
Ground Floor: Entrance Hall Large sitting room with double French windows to garden Dining room Study/ television room (satellite television, DVD player and WiFi), access to north-facing dining terrace Large kitchen with travertine double sink Cloakroom Utility room
First Floor: Master double bedroom with ceiling fan, French doors to a private loggia, with external staircase to the garden Internal staircase to a tower room that may be used as an additional single bedroom, or a study with en suite bathroom (travertine lined walls, a travertine shower as well as a free standing, roll-top bath) 2 Twin /double bedrooms each with shower room en suite (one of which with 2m long beds)
Annexe: Large bed/sitting room equipped with a sofa bed a kitchenette and a bathroom.
Further information: This annexe may be used as a second sitting room, additional bedroom or as an independent flat, for instance for a maid or baby sitter.