Luxury home and estate for sale comprising a prestige 18th-century Tuscan villa set in beautiful Italianate gardens with a Turkerie, gym and olive grove. The 11-hectare estate borders the centre of the medieval village of Cetona, in the province of Siena, Tuscany.
Prestige Private Home Cetona Siena Tuscany
This prestige 11-hectare estate borders the centre of Cetona and is in an enviable but private location, close to shops, restaurants and services, with easy access to Tuscany, Lazio and Umbria’s historic cities and towns.
Bbuilt in the second half of the 18th century by local nobleman Salustio Terrosi to celebrate his marriage with Maria Antonietta Vagnoli. The location was originally covered with small houses and crossed by small streams. The area was reclaimed and levelled in order to build the new structures.
The villa was originally two buildings and these were joined to make the single structure we see today. The interior of the house was carefully thought out and executed by the architect and interior designer Lorenzo Mongiardino taking inspiration from the decorations visible inside Palazzo Pitti in Florence and a series of watercolours dating to the early 19th century and representing Austrian and German interiors.
The interiors of the house are totally unique in their look, with hand-painted wallpaper and tastefully using prestige materials such as polychrome marbles and handmade ceramic tiles. Reception rooms are entirely frescoed with Trompel’oeil architectures which recall Greek and Roman buildings with marble columns and coffered ceilings.
The villa has a surface area of approx. 1,600 sqm – 17,216 sqft with 15 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms and is laid out over several floors organized as follows:
– Basement: large rooms used as storage rooms, technical rooms and cellars. The old stables could easily be used as a garage for the cars;
– Ground floor: keeper’s apartment with three bedrooms, entrance hall, various cloakrooms and a guest bathroom;
– First floor: vestibule, kitchen with larder and servery, cloakroom, two dining rooms, drawing room with access to the winter garden, library and two suites.
– Suite N°1: double bedroom with fireplace and view over the main square, en-suite bathroom and sitting room with a view over the garden;
– Suite N°2: double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, all enriched by windows overlooking the main square on one side and the rear garden on the other;
– Second floor: chapel, drawing room, billiards room and four suites.
– Suite N°3: bedroom with access to the terrace overlooking the main square, sitting room leading to a second smaller terrace at the side and en-suite bathroom;
– Suite N°4: double bedroom with access to an ornamental balcony, en-suite bathroom, sitting room and dressing room/study with windows overlooking the rear garden;
– Suite N°5: two double bedroom (one overlooking the main square the other overlooking both the main square and the rear garden) and bathroom serving both bedrooms;
– Suite N°6: double bedroom with ornamental balcony, sitting room/study/dressing room with south-facing terrace and en-suite bathroom;
– Third floor (split at the two ends of the building) housing two suites:
– Suite N°7: attic room with cinema room, two double bedrooms and a bathroom serving both bedrooms;
– Suite N°8: sitting room, two double bedrooms (one of which doubling-up as a second sitting room) and a large bathroom serving both bedrooms.
Outside, next to the beautiful Italian garden, is located the winter garden (roughly 120 sqm – 1,291 sqft), once used to shelter lemon trees during winter and now converted into a two-story building featuring:
– Ground floor: conservatory;
– First floor: gym, changing rooms, sauna, showers and WC.
Amidst the trees, a little farther from the villa, is located a building (roughly 50 sqm – 538 sqft) finely restored with fireplaces and a small gallery inside. Interiors have been painted so to give the impression that walls are made out of wood and interrupted by fake doors opening into other rooms or leading outside.
This luxury home is enclosed in a beautiful frame of 11 hectares of fully-fenced land giving unrivaled privacy.
As well as the access from the town square, the estate has two different access roads both very private and retired, tree-lined avenues enclosing the olive grove of the property (approximately 4 ha). The same roads are the ideal for jogging and walking, since they form a closed and shady track (approximately 1.5 km) going around the whole property.
Exiting the villa one immediately find a beautiful Italian garden which was landscaped by the designer Paolo Pejrone (a follower of the British landscape architect Russel Page). Here there is also a stone monument commemorating the Italian patriot Giuseppe Garibaldi.
The round building we can see in the garden is named La Turkerie, which was built in 1837 to honour the visit of a Turkish Pasha. This is finely frescoed on the inside with motifs recalling Middle Eastern architecture. This round building is covered in vines and overlooks the squared swimming pool.
The garden is extremely well-maintained giving a unique place for relaxation. Further enriching the wonderful park is a unique stone theatre (200 seats) with hedges acting as scenery background and a Ragnaia (a typical element of Italian parks, trees supporting several nets (which recall a spider’s web thus ragnaia, where ragno means spider in Italian). The original purpose of these was to capture birds but they lost their original function and now are a merely decorative element.
Among the olive trees, on a flat portion of ground (roughly 50 x 10 m), one can see the traces of an old horse paddock. The paddock could be easily rebuilt but it is also possible to use this area to build another bigger swimming pool with dressing room.
Another peculiar detail of the property is a beautiful Etruscan tomb, dating back to the 7th century BC, which was carefully disassembled from its original location, transported into the property and reassembled back. It was then decorated with original findings also dating back to the Etruscan period.
Underground the property is crossed by a maze of artificial tunnels, with stalactites and stalagmites and blocks of travertine quarried from the Mount Cetona’s cave.
- TYPE Luxury home and private estate with large restored 18th-century villa, park and olive grove
- CONDITION Luxury finishes
- LOCATION Hilly, panoramic, historic centre
- MUNICIPALITY Cetona
- PROVINCE Siena
- REGION Tuscany
- SIZE Over 1,800 sqm (19,368 sqft)
- ROOMS 50+
- BEDROOMS 15+
- BATHROOMS 12+
- FEATURES Frescoes, Turkerie, prestige materials, marble, marble fireplaces, hand-painted wallpaper, hand-made ceramics, interior design by Lorenzo Mongiardino, gym, stone theater, Etruscan tomb, underground tunnels,
- LAND 11 hectares (27.2 acres)
- GARDEN Yes, very well-maintained
- ANNEXE Turkerie, former stables, cottage
- ACCESS Excellent
- POOL 8 x 5 m
- ELECTRICITY Already connected
- WATER Mains water
- GAS Municipal network
- NEAREST TOWNS Chiusi (10km; 15’), Castiglione del Lago (28km; 30’), Montepulciano (30km; 35’), Pienza (39km; 50’), Cortona (47km; 55’), Orvieto (48km; 50’), Montalcino (54km; 1h 5’), Perugia (57km; 1h 5’), Civita di Bagnoregio (64km; 1h), Assisi (80km; 1h 20’), Siena (86km; 1h 10’), Grosseto (111km; 1h 55’), Florence (127km; 1h 40’), Punta Ala (153km; 2h 30’), Volterra (139km; 2h), Follonica (151km; 2h 15’), Rome (157km; 2h)
- NEAREST AIRPORTS Perugia Sant’Egidio (68km; 1h 10’), Grosseto Baccarini (115km; 1h 55’), Firenze Peretola (147km; 1h 40’), Roma Ciampino (170km; 2h 5’), Roma Fiumicino (185km; 2h), Pisa Galilei (207km; 2h 15’), Bologna Marconi (228km; 2h 25’), Milano Linate (425km; 4h 10’), Milano Malpensa (428km; 4h 45’)
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