Tuscan estate for sale with 76.1 hectares of land with olive grove, country houses, holiday rental accommodation, 3 swimming pools. Possible to expand the accommodation and plant vineyards.
Tuscany Commercial Real Estate Opportunity
On the slopes of the Florentine hills, in the area that produces Chianti Rufina, and adjacent to the Casentino National Forest, is this historic estate that encompasses 76.1 hectares and features a mediaeval hamlet. The buildings, which encompass a total area of more than 2,800 square metres, contain a number of villas that have been elegantly renovated in the Tuscan style and that have the potential to be operated as an accommodation business. The entire property, including the structures that need to be renovated, has the potential to contain a total of thirty-eight bedrooms. The land, which is primarily forested, also features over 2,000 olive trees, producing high-quality extra virgin olive oil.
All of the villas look out over the sunny valley and have breathtaking views, an additional perk that, in the event that you chose to run an accommodation business from the property, would significantly boost the allure of the location.
The closest town, Rufina, is located a little further away (11 km; 15 minutes), however, the nearby village has all of the necessary services. The city centre of Florence can be reached in approximately forty minutes, and other places in Tuscany such as Arezzo, San Gimignano, Montepulciano, and Siena are also very accessible. The Mall, a luxury designer shopping outlet, is located just 40 minutes drive away, directly next to the junction of the Incisa-Reggello highway. The neighbouring Parco delle Foreste Casentinesi is the perfect natural location for those who wish to go walking or hiking while taking in the serene scenery of Tuscany.
An opulent manorial villa (villa N°1) measuring 875 square metres or 9,415 square feet, constructed in 1604 in the Tuscan style and featuring 10 bedrooms and 6 baths, as well as a private chapel, is the primary structure on the property. This building has undergone careful restoration in order to preserve its distinctive characteristics. In addition, there is a unique aristocratic chapel located on the ground floor, which was dedicated by the pope in 1793 and is still in use today. The rooms are expansive and bright, including beamed high ceilings, frescoes, and terracotta floors that were originally installed. If a winery were to be established, the building’s huge historic cellars are located in the basement, and they too could be renovated if the structure were to be used for that purpose. The villa (with two adjoining apartments, each with 2 bedrooms) features three beautiful original fireplaces and all the furniture and paintings are included in the selling price.
Off the courtyard filled with lemon trees is Casa Giardino which could be used either as a guesthouse or as staff accommodation. The current layout includes a living area with an original fireplace, a large kitchen with an exit to the garden, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
Across from the home is an agricultural warehouse that spans 195 square metres (2,098 square feet) and is comprised of several storage rooms for the storage of oil, a workshop/laboratory, a garage large enough for two vehicles, and an elevated level with warehouses and workshops and an office that can be accessed from the road.
Next to the main villa, Villa N°2 (225 sqm – 2,421 sqft, 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms) is a building of medieval layout (dating back to year 1000), formerly a guard post for the San Leolino castle just beyond the valley. Today the building is divided into two apartments (each with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms) with a beautiful garden at the back, sheltered from prying eyes, and two original fireplaces still intact. A little further down the valley is an agricultural outbuilding (180 sqm – 1,937 sqft) used in the past as a stable for animals, now a garage and tool shed.
Villa N°3 (410 sqm – 4,412 sqft, 8 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms) enjoys a splendid view of the Tuscan hills. The building is on four levels with independent entrances on each floor (thus divided into four apartments, each with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom). The finishes are classic, with terracotta floors, wooden beams on the ceilings, two original fireplaces and plastered walls. An 8 × 4 m pool completes the villa.
Villa N°4 (465 sqm – 5,003 sqft, 10 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms) is a two-story farmhouse divided into three independent apartments, plus a basement used as storage. The house features beamed ceilings, skylights a huge piazza.
– Unit A (4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms)
– Unit B (4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms)
– Unit C (2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms)
A 10 × 5 m swimming pool located in the private garden completes the property.
Villa N°5 (420 sqm – 4,519 sqft, 8 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms) is a rustic three-story building undergoing renovation. Work had begun a few years ago but was not completed: the permits have now expired but it is possible to file the paperwork for completion. The plan was to create eight bedrooms in the building, with three separate entrances. As things stand, walls and roofs have been entirely renovated and the new owners will therefore have complete freedom over finishes.
– Lower ground floor: entrance, living room with kitchen, laundry and bedroom with bathroom and walk-in wardrobe;
– Upper ground floor: living room, kitchen and three bedrooms with private bathroom;
– First floor: living room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Casa Michelangelo (60 sqm – 646 sqft, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms) is a lovely independent stone farmhouse located not far from Villa Poggetto, laid over three floors and divided into two apartments in need of renovation and updates:
– Unit C (first floor): kitchen with dining area, bedroom and bathroom;
– Unit D (second floor): living room with kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.
The history of the property began in the Middle Ages, around the year 1000, when the Conti Guidi had four castles built in the area to guard their territory. These fortresses were then entirely dismantled in the 16th century by order of Cosimo de’ Medici, who was concerned that these buildings might be used against Florence in some way.
The manor house dates back to the 17th century and a very schematic representation of the building dates back to this period. The stone buildings, on the other hand, are older and are probably remodels of medieval buildings once linked to the fortress of San Leolino.
Families who have owned the estate over the years include the Strozzi and Passerini families (related among others to the powerful Roman Orsini family). During the Second World War, the estate was used by the Germans as a command post and this saved the buildings from the bombing that hit the surrounding area instead. The first significant restorations date back to the 1960s and 1980s, with more recent work carried out by the current owners.
At the moment, without considering Villa Verdi which is under renovation, the property (potentially) includes thirteen apartments for the guests.
Surrounding the villa and between the buildings of the main hamlet is a lush garden, well-tended and marked by stone walls: in front of the villa, sheltered from the street and prying eyes, there is also a 9 × 5 m swimming pool where you can spend hot summer days. This green space between the buildings is also the perfect setting for events, private ceremonies or even business meetings and seminars. Two more swimming pools (respectively 8 × 4 m and 10 × 5 m are located next to the other villas and are reserved for guests of those buildings).
The farm covers a total area of 76.1 hectares (188.0 acres), spread over five farms in the Tuscan hills. Much of the land is covered by woods (52.4 ha) with plants typical of the Tuscan environment. At proper elevations are olive groves (a total of 10.9 ha with over 2,000 trees) and various fields (12.8 ha) that are also potentially suitable for planting vineyards.
- TYPE: Tuscan estate for sale with hamlet, farm, olive grove, country house villas, holiday rental accommodation, three swimming pools, and land.
- CONDITION: Mainly restored (in need of upgrades)
- LOCATION: Hilly, panoramic
- ACCESS: Excellent, paved road
- MUNICIPALITY: Rufina
- PROVINCE: Florence
- REGION: Tuscany
- INTERIORS: 2,830 square metres (30,451 square feet)
- TOTAL ROOMS: 60
- BEDROOMS: 30 (up to 38)
- BATHROOMS: 21 (up to 27)
- ANNEXES: Several residential and agricultural buildings
- MAIN FEATURES: stone walls, terracotta floors, wooden beams, manorial chapel, stucco decorations, pietra serena frames, loggia, garden, swimming pools, olive grove, agricultural storages, renovation project, garage, guest apartments
- LAND: 76.1 hectares (188.0 acres)
- GARDEN: Yes, around the buildings
- SWIMMING POOL: 9 × 5 m | 10 × 5 m | 8 × 4 m
- ELECTRICITY: Already connected
- WATER SUPPLY: Mains water + natural spring (7)
- TELEPHONE: To be connected
- ADSL: Possible
- GAS: LPG
- HEATING SYSTEM: Fireplaces (villa) + radiators
- CLOSEST CITIES AND TOWNS Town with services (3km; 5’), Dicomano (9km; 15’), Rufina (12km; 15’), Pontassieve (20km; 25’), Stia (24km; 30’), Fiesole (28km; 30’), The Mall Outlet (30km; 40’), Autodromo del Mugello (33km; 45’), Florence (35km; 40’), Design Outlet Barberino (45km; 50’), Forlì (82km; 1h 45’), Arezzo (84km; 11h 20’), San Gimignano (88km; 1h 30’), Monteriggioni (90km; 1h 25’), Siena (106km; 1h 30’), Volterra (109km; 1h 50’), Bologna (114km; 1h 35’), Montepulciano (117km; 1h 45’), Pienza (124km; 1h 55’), Pisa (126km; 1h 45’)
- CLOSEST AIRPORTS Firenze A. Vespucci (63km; 1h), Bologna G. Marconi (112km; 1h 30’), Pisa G. Galilei (123km; 1h 40’), Rimini F. Fellini (141km; 2h 25’), Perugia San Francesco (167km; 2h 5’), Roma Ciampino (295km; 3h 15’), Roma Fiumicino (309km; 3h 20’)
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