A unique piece of authentic Tuscany real estate for sale - Restored convent near Florence
This large and carefully restored convent near Florence, Italy, is a truly authentic piece of historic real estate for sale in Florence, Italy. The building, which is dating back to the 13th century, sits a beautiful hilltop location with 360 degree views of Tuscany’s rolling hills. The property has been lovingly restored and maintained by its current owners and it is in excellent condition and full of period features.
The estate offers 700m² of living space allocated over the main house and a smaller guest apartment and there is also a separate barn on the grounds. The buildings are surrounded by 3 hectares of Tuscan land with manicured gardens, swimming pool, woodland and olive groves ensuring absolute tranquillity and privacy.
The small town of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa is only 10 minutes away and it is just 30 minutes to Florence.
The Main House
The historic Italian property is accessed via a road lined with cypresses and a gate leads you to the garden where green lawns sweep to either side. Once you open the huge door to the property, the enclosed courtyard with wonderful cobbled floor and loggia is revealed. This is a perfect location for summer dining and receptions, whilst it is at the same time easy to imagine life within the convent several hundred years ago.
There are currently three separate apartments but only minor alterations are required to create a superb single residence. Alternatively, keep it just as it is and you have a perfect property that can generate a rental income.
The principal reception rooms on the ground floor boast high ceilings, antique terracotta floors and impressive features such as the huge fireplace in the dining room, carved oak beams, vaulted ceilings and an elegant stairway.
The ground floor provides two drawing rooms, a dining room, kitchen, three bedrooms sharing two bathrooms and a bedroom with ensuite bathroom. A grand stairway leads to the upper floor as well as a stairway to the cellars.
To the upper floor there is a spacious apartment with kitchen, open plan living-dining room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms; the bedroom within in the tower is particularly charming and provides magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.
The apartment is entered from the elegant sitting room at the top of the main stairway which is also the entry point from the wonderful loggia that overlooks the courtyard. This exterior stairway allows the possibility of an independent access to the first floor residences.
On the first floor in the west wing is a small one bedroom apartment which would be ideal as service or nanny accommodation.
To the lower level of the property one finds two large cantina rooms under the east wing; these cellar rooms are currently used for storage but could be adapted to create an impressive wine cellar and tasting room.
The Eastern façade of the property is perhaps its most impressive with its painted stucco, stone window surrounds and architraves and the established creeper weaving up to the stone tower. This garden area, accessed from the stone stairway from the kitchen and dining rooms, is another area ideal for summer dining and entertaining.
Apart from the main house, there are two separate annexes. There is a two bedroom apartment of 60m² with open plan living and dining room.
In addition there is a barn of 150m² which could be used for storage, garaging or additional accommodation.
Gardens and Land
The house is surrounded by approximately 3 hectares of land which provides manicured garden areas around the main residence and a separate pool area to the south from which the magnificent views can be enjoyed. The pool measures 6m x 12m.
The rest of the land is laid to woodland and olive groves.
The charming hilltop town of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, where a good range of services can be found including some restaurants, is only 10 minutes away. The entrance to the principal Siena-Florence motorway is also just 10 minutes from the property and Florence to be reached in 30 minutes and Siena in 45 minutes. Pisa airport is 1 hour by car.