Property development opportunity in Italy. Estate in Tuscany with prestige period villa of 670 sqm – 7,209 sqft plus ruined farmhouses and a chapel and 8.5 hectares (21.0 acres) of land with olive grove, arable land, woodland + garden.

Property development opportunity – Estate in Tuscany with prestige period villa

Near to Castelfiorentino in Tuscany, this estate offers an opportunity to develop as a prestige home, tourist accommodation, leisure business or subdividing (all subject to necessary planning consents).
The buildings all need restoration/renovation before being usable.

Located in the heart of the Chianti hills, equidistant from Florence and Siena, lies this historic villa with a private chapel in need of restoration, now up for sale. This extensive property, totalling over 1,400 sqm, comprises four structures: a period villa, two rustic farmhouses, and a chapel, all set within 8.5 hectares of land. These buildings are currently unoccupied and require significant recovery and renovation efforts, presenting an ideal opportunity for establishing an accommodation business.

Essential services are conveniently accessible in the nearby town of Castelfiorentino, just 4 km (a 5-minute drive) away. The property is easily reachable via the municipal road system, leading to a well-maintained, tree-lined gravel driveway. Its central location in Tuscany, along the ancient Via Francigena route, allows for swift travel to many of the region’s artistic cities, including Certaldo, Volterra, Monteriggioni, Siena, and Florence, all within a little over an hour’s drive.

The main villa, a 670 sqm (7,209 sqft) square-plan building, features linear, symmetrical façades with segmental arches on the ground floor. Originally adorned with faux ashlar, the villa currently lacks systems and needs thorough restoration.
– Ground floor: six rooms (including a kitchen), a large entrance hall, a hallway, two storerooms, under-stair storage, and a small room along the staircase.
– First floor: six rooms, a large reception room, a hallway, and a spacious bathroom.
– Second floor: six rooms, a living room, a hallway, and a bathroom.
– Third floor: attic.
The villa’s frescoes, created by the renowned Florentine artist Galileo Chini (1873 – 1956), are listed with the Soprintendenza.

A 50 sqm (538 sqft) manorial chapel, located at the driveway entrance, consists of a single nave and is accessible via a stone staircase. It’s in fair condition and requires minimal work for usability.

Two dilapidated farmhouses (720 sqm – 7,747 sqft) near the villa complete the estate. The larger was formerly a farmer’s dwelling with stables and cellars on the ground floor, while the smaller, now entirely collapsed and overgrown, served as an outbuilding.

The villa is encased in a 4,000 sqm garden, reached via a private tree-lined driveway from the main road.

Surrounding the property are an additional 8.1 hectares (20.0 acres) of agricultural land, comprising arable land and meadows (4.9 ha), woodland (2.9 ha), and a small olive grove (0.2 ha) near the ruins at the driveway entrance. The arable land is also suitable for establishing a small vineyard or expanding the olive grove.

  • TYPE: Property development opportunity – Estate with period villa, farmhouses and land
  • CONDITION: To be restored
  • LOCATION: Open and sunny
  • ACCESS: Unpaved road (100 m)
  • MUNICIPALITY: Certaldo
  • PROVINCE: Florence
  • REGION: Tuscany
  • INTERIORS: 1,440 square metres (15,494 square feet)
  • BEDROOMS: Up to 15
  • BATHROOMS: Up to 12
  • ANNEXES: Chapel, farmhouses
  • MAIN FEATURES: Brick walls, original terracotta floors, stone staircase, wooden beams and fixtures, ashlar on the façade, halls with frescoes by Galileo Chini, manorial chapel, park, tree-lined avenue, rustic farmhouses to be restored
  • TOTAL LAND: 8.5 hectares (21.0 acres)
  • GARDEN: Yes, but needs to be recovered
  • SWIMMING POOL: No, but possible
  • ELECTRICITY: To be connected
  • WATER SUPPLY: To be connected
  • TELEPHONE: To be connected
  • ADSL: Possible
  • GAS: To be connected (energy class G)
  • HEATING SYSTEM: To be installed
  • CLOSEST CITIES AND TOWNS Castelfiorentino (4km; 5’), Gambassi Terme (7km; 10’), Certaldo (10km; 15’), Colle di Val d’Elsa (31km; 40’), Volterra (32km; 40’), San Casciano in Val di Pesa (34km; 45’), Monteriggioni (41km; 45’), Pontedera (42km; 50’), Greve in Chianti (48km; 1h), Siena (55km; 50’), Firenze (55km; 1h 15’), Bolgheri (70km; 1h 20’), Pisa (76km; 1h 10’)
  • CLOSEST AIRPORTS Firenze A. Vespucci (52km; 45’), Pisa G. Galilei (67km; 50’), Bologna G. Marconi (139km; 1h 50’), Perugia San Francesco (168km; 2h 10’), Roma Ciampino (297km; 3h 20’), Roma Fiumicino (310km; 3h 25’)

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