Romantic cottage with stunningly beautiful vistas from a serene hilltop on an exclusive 250 hectares estate--a well-known mushroom haven--crowded with cypresses and oaks, open to lovely walks.
The two-floor cottage has one large bedroom and bathroom, living room with fireplace, a cozy kitchen, and a wrap-around pergola. It is equipped with wifi, TV, and central heating. The cottage enjoys total privacy on a six acre olive grove with a thriving organic vegetable garden.
The owners' house, one hundred yards away, lies beyond a wall of vegetation, with its own entrance and parking. It is used exclusively by the owners. This ensures total privacy for the cottage which has its own entrance and parking.
The estate—with its splendid Renaissance villa--offers memorable walks through pristine forests that witnessed the passage of St. Francis. Nearby a medieval Franciscan convent with a lovely garden is run by seven eccentric nuns as a spiritual retreat and guest house.
Surrounding fields produce saffron, sunflower, wheat, and the rich tobacco for the famous Tuscan cigar.
The 'Via dei Sapori' (road of many tastes) passes through nearby Anghiari--celebrated by Leonardo da Vinci--only 5 minutes by car. It is one of Tuscany's most authentic villages known for its antique fair, theater, concerts, The School of Autobiography, and delicious trattorias--a list of favorites will be provided.
Fifteen minutes away lies Sansepolcro, birthplace of the great Renaissance master painter Piero della Francesca whose fresco 'The Resurrection' is visible everyday until midnight.
In this eastern part of Tuscany, bordering Umbria, many villages with art treasures and antique fairs dot the landscape. Florence, Siena, Perugia, and Assisi are all easy drives from the house.
Keywords: Romantic cottage, private estate, sweeping views, olive groves, organic vegetable garden, heart of eastern Tuscany.
The owners are both writers and documentary filmmakers. Their work takes them to different parts of the world.
The estate has belonged to a family for centuries: one brother resides in the villa--a marvel of pure Renaissance architecture--while his two sisters each have a house on the estate.
A friend Neil MacFarquhar of 'The New York Times' wrote from the cottage on New Year's eve: 'I have been meaning to write since the second we set foot in this amazing place. Now, happily ensconced downstairs in front of a roaring fire to type this. You really have a stunning spot here. From the kitchen, I saw a fog rising out of the valley and the distant hills all blue. One could also appreciate what it might be like with the windows open and a warm breeze flowing though. The first day we wandered around Sansepolcro. Yesterday we did Arezzo and admired those extraordinary frescoes of Piero della Francesca. We are so content here that we may not have time for Florence...'
Like Neil, you will quickly feel at home in the cottage and this part of Tuscany because of the genuine and spontaneous attitude of the local people. Unlike the Chianti region, where foreigners often seem to outnumber locals, in this area all the villages are still lived by families rooted to the lands of their ancestors.
The main piazza is the lively heart of each town with its café, gelateria, tobacconist, barber, newspaper stand, haberdasher, shoemaker, butcher, fruit vendor, etc.
Agriculture and artisan craftsmanship are still very much alive in the bucolic region--which attracted 14.000 tourists in 2011 compared to Montalcino's flood of 400.000. It is seen as one of the hidden treasures of Tuscany.
The towns of ASSISI, URBINO, PERUGIA, TODI, SPOLETO, SIENA, MONTALCINO, FLORENCE, AREZZO, each can be viisted in a day's excursion.
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