Situated only a stone's throw away from Sinalunga, this interior designed 'Leopoldina' is absolutely unbelievable.
This home has been carefully restored externally to maintain the original features with an interior that has been totally updated to accommodate 21st century living. With potential for further development, the estate would be ideal for anyone who loves both contemporary design and Italian heritage.
Built approximately 250 years ago, this stone and brick property was completely renovated in 2005/2006. It sits on the top of a small hill and is surrounded by lawns and the terraces are covered with 200 olive trees. With a 360 degree view, no less than seven Tuscan hill towns can be seen from the house which also looks out over vineyards and olive groves toward distant hills, valleys and mountains. It sits within a large and noble old estate that is farmed in accordance with biological production methods.
The property is unusually light inside due to a total of 40 large windows and 10 French doors; all double glazed, with mahogany surrounds and hi-tech infra red reflective glass to maintain a cool interior. All of the windows and doors on the ground floor and all bedrooms have painted, solid mahogany shutters and all windows have mosquito screens.
The ground floor comprises an 'T' shaped open plan kitchen, lounge, bar and dining area that measures approximately 140 square metres. The kitchen and bar are of a classic modern design by "Effeti" of Firenze. The floor in the lounge has 1500 LED lights discreetly imbedded in its surface, almost invisible when not connected and incredibly pretty when lit. In addition there is a beautiful entrance hall, a ground floor bedroom with en suite, a study, a laundry and a storage area. With Travertine flooring from Tivoli throughout, there is under floor heating and each room and bedroom has a thermostatic control.
Stairs lead to the first floor where there is a large open plan lounge with a recessed fireplace, this area provides access to the four corner bedrooms which all have en suite bathrooms. From there a glass encased stairway leads up into the galleried tower area. All of the sanitary ware in the bathrooms is by Phillipe Stark and the tub in the main bedroom by Matheus Thun.
The house and surrounding lands are in a protected zone and the 1.2 hectares of land is completely enclosed by a 650m stone wall. There are two separate entrances with electronically controlled gates and a video entry system. As well as the olive trees there is a well maintained vegetable garden, a small vineyard (planted with Chardonnay grapes) and an orchard. One of the three outbuildings has been converted into a fully equipped summer kitchen.
The salt water pool was completed 2 years ago, measures 14 x 7 metres and is framed by white travertine. Surrounding the pool and butting right up to the edge of the house are extensive lawns that are all automatically irrigated using water from one of the two wells (both with a depth of 45 metres). There is also mains water on site.
The house is supplied with a 25 KW three phase supply of electricity and over 200 electrical points, there is wi-fi throughout, a satellite TV connection in every room and a 2.4m satellite dish in the garden.
Podere San Carlo is within 10 minutes of the exit for the A1 motorway and ideally located being approximately halfway between Rome and Florence and halfway between Siena and Perugia. Only 5-10 minutes from a variety of shops, supermarkets and other amenities it is located along a road that is private to five additional houses and is easily accessible. A strikingly stylish property in a lovely setting.