Luxury villa in Italy for sale, in Cetona Tuscany. Superb 7-bedroomed former watchtower villa plus 6 separate guest apartments. Roman amphitheatre, chapel, swimming pool, gardens, helipad.

Historic Tuscan Watchtower Villa

Dominating the historic town centre of Cetona and providing a 360-degree view of the surrounding hills is this magnificent property which originally dates back to the 10th century. Over the centuries the building has been extended and repurposed and is now a beautiful luxury villa (510 sqm, 7 bedrooms) completed by a separate guesthouse with six apartments (410 sqm, 7 bedrooms), the former armory (225 sqm) which is ideal for events and a beautiful private chapel (40 sqm). The 10,164-sqm park stretches out on the rocky spur above Cetona and is home to a 10 × 4 m swimming pool, a Roman amphitheatre and a convenient private helipad.
Located in the historic town centre of Cetona with easy access to services and amenities and historical towns and cities in both Tuscany and Umbria such as Montepulciano, Pienza, Orvieto, Perugia, Cortona and Siena can be quickly and easily reached. Florence is about a 1h 40’ drive away, while Rome is just under two hours drive.

The medieval tower has a surface area of 510 sqm – 5,488 sqft with 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms) dating back in its original form to the 10th century, and its present appearance was initiated in the 16th century by the Marquis Chiappino Vitelli, who built his residence by incorporating the remains of the ancient castle and incorporating the tower into the new villa.
Entering through the main doorway, the entrance gives access to two cosy sitting rooms on either side and an elegant dining room straight ahead. A side door leads to the kitchen with a pantry and an exit to the small veranda in the garden. The staircase at the corner of the building leads to the second floor where the first sleeping area is located consisting of a master bedroom with a private bathroom and walk-in closet and three bedrooms with private bathrooms. Returning to the staircase and going up again one arrives at the second floor where there is an elegant vaulted reception hall and three bedrooms with private bathrooms. From the salon, an original wooden staircase then goes up to a sitting room with a fireplace and, further above, to the panoramic sitting room at the top of the tower. From here you can exit onto the covered walkway that goes around the living room, from which you have a 360-degree view of the Sienese countryside.

The guesthouse has a surface area of 410 sqm – 4,412 sqft with 7 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms and is located on the northwest side of the property. It is a classic four-story stone building that has been divided into six apartments accessible by a condominium staircase accessed from the road around the base of the fortress.
– Apt. N°1 (60 sqm): studio apartment (living area and bedroom) with bathroom;
– Apt. N°2 (50 sqm): living room with kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom;
– Apt. N°3 (80 sqm): entrance hall, kitchen with dining area, two bedrooms and bathroom;
– Apt. N°4 (100 sqm): living room with kitchen, bedroom on mezzanine and bathroom;
– Apt. N°5 (45 sqm): living room with kitchen and dining area, bedroom and bathroom;
– Apt. N°6 (75 sqm): entrance hall, living room, kitchen, bedroom on loft and bathroom.

On the south side of the park, along the walls of the fortress, there is an events area (225 sqm – 2,421 sqft, 1 bathroom) structured on two floors and created in what was originally a guardhouse with its own armoury. On the lower floor, accessible by a short staircase, there is a beautiful hall with columns and brick vaulted ceilings where guests can be received, while on the upper floor there is another large hall with a kitchen and bathroom, currently used as a relaxation area but also very suitable for dinners and business meetings.

Completing the property is a characteristic private chapel (40 sqm – 430 sqft) dug into the rock along the driveway to the fortress and very suitable for ceremonies of an intimate nature, two cellars (40 sqm – 430 sqft) and a warehouse (30 sqm – 323 sqft) that are currently used as storage and shelter for tools.

The fortress is located at the center of a park of about 10,164 sqm (2.5 ac), shaded by large plants and full of colour thanks to its many flowers and bushes. In the park, just below the fortress, is also a small Roman amphitheatre, which is very well preserved and can be used for small private performances or as an event area.
The 10 × 4 m swimming pool, with its white travertine paving typical of the area, is located right at the entrance to the garden that stretches out on the rocky spur overlooking the medieval village of Cetona. Also within the property is a helipad that allows guests to quickly and easily reach the property.

The property is currently used as an upmarket holiday rental business, renting out the entire villa as a vacation home. The remarkable location of the property, together with the well-kept outdoor spaces and elegant halls, makes the property very suitable as a location for corporate events, private ceremonies and weddings. The annex, divided into six comfortable apartments, is the perfect addition to the rental business.

  • TYPE: Luxury villa – former medieval tower plus separate 6 apartment guesthouse
  • CONDITION: Restored
  • LOCATION: Historic town centre, very panoramic
  • ACCESS: Excellent
  • PROVINCE: Siena
  • REGION: Tuscany
  • INTERIORS: 1,255 square metres (13,504 square feet)
  • BEDROOMS: 14
  • ANNEXES: Armory, guesthouse, chapel, storage
  • MAIN FEATURES: Stone walls, original terracotta floors, rib vaulted ceilings, columns, barrel vault, wooden beams, original fireplaces, crenellations, original wooden staircases, chemin de ronde, moldings, chapel carved into the stone, event area (former armory), swimming pool, Roman amphitheatre, Italian garden, panoramic views, private helipad
  • EXTERIORS: 10,164 square metres (2.5 acres)
  • GARDEN: Yes, mature and well maintained
  • SWIMMING POOL: 10 × 4 m
  • ELECTRICITY: Already connected
  • WATER SUPPLY: Mains water
  • TELEPHONE: Already connected
  • ADSL: Yes
  • GAS: Natural gas
  • HEATING SYSTEM: Radiators + air conditioning
  • CLOSEST CITIES AND TOWNS Closest services (500m; 2’), Montepulciano (31km; 35’), Pienza (44km; 55’), Orvieto (48km; 45’), Montalcino (55km; 1h 5’), Perugia (58km; 1h 5’), Cortona (61km; 55’), Castiglion Fiorentino (67km, 55’), Assisi (79km; 1h 25’), Siena (87km; 1h 10’), Anghiari (100km; 1h 20’), San Gimignano (106km; 1h 20’), Casole d’Elsa (1h 35’), Florence (131km; 1h 40’), Volterra (141km; 2h), Rome (156km; 1h 55’), Lucca (209km; 2h 20’), Pisa (212km; 2h 25’)
  • CLOSEST AIRPORTS Perugia San Francesco (67km; 1h 10’), Firenze A. Vespucci (148km; 1h 35’), Roma Ciampino (170km; 1h 50’), Roma Fiumicino (184km; 2h), Pisa Galilei (209km; 2h 20’), Bologna Marconi (230km; 2h 25’)

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