Pod. Leporino, Sarteano
Tuscany (SI)
Ref. 10610
Property type: House
Structural condition: Habitable
Bedrooms: 3
Kitchen: 2
Property size: 185 sqm
Land: 2 ha (acres 4.94)
Shared environments: Cloakroom
Other Features: Telephone;
Distances: A1 Autostrada km 6, Chiusi km 12, Florence km 116, Rome km 152

This is an ideal property for those on a restricted budget who want a house in beautiful countryside in one of the best areas for communications in Tuscany and are prepared to live simply or do some conversion over time. The house is perfectly habitable but could do with some alterations and modenisation. At present the upstairs provides a sitting room, kitchen, one single and two double bedrooms and a bathroom, with a further kitchen and dining area, garage and cantina on the ground floor. It is surrounded by two hectares of land with some lovely terraced walls, 150 olive trees  and including various outbuildings.

Floors 2
Olives 150
Electricity: Mains
Heating: Gas
Water: Mains

Sarteano is 6 kms. from the Autostrada A1, Chiusi exit, and almost halfway between Florence and Rome. The mainline railway station at Chiusi takes you to Rome or Florence in just over an hour so it is an ideal location for communications, particularly as the property is situated on a hillside between the autostrada and Sarteano.

The town itself has a lovely medieval centre and, though not a ‘museum town’ but a very genuine country town, it boasts a newly restored 17th. Century theatre, a museum with many noteworthy Etruscan pieces from the area as well as excellent restaurants and services. Situated on an high plain between Cetona - perhaps more chic than Sarteano and the favourite location for Italian second homes and bigger, better known Montepulciano. During the summer there are many festivities surrounding “The Giostra del Saracino”, Sarteano’s answer to the Palio in Siena, less dangerous and actually much more exciting.

There are two hectares (just under five acres) of surrounding land, bordered on one side by a stream that provides a constant supply of water for irrigation purposes. Across from the house the land is terraced with original dry stone walls and about 150 mature olive trees that produce top quality oil.

There are two outbuildings situated beyond the house that are used for storage of farm equipment etc.

The house is constructed in a mixture of materials and has been plastered and painted white. Simply changing the colour to a more earthy Tuscan ochre or peach would go a long way to transforming it into a country house. Structurally the building is solid but it would benefit from some internal redesigning and modernising. As with most farmhouses the living accommodation was on the upper floor with animals and storage on the ground floor. The owners have added an internal circular staircase and started some conversion of the ground floor to provide extra space for entertaining.

Ground Floor:
Small kitchen area
Dining area
Garage with plumbing for a sink
Large bread oven

First Floor:
External stairs at the end of the house leading to:
Kitchen with open fireplace and woodburning stove, plumbed for washing machine
Study with circular stairs leading down to ground floor.
Two double bedrooms
One single bedroom that would possibly convert to a second bathroom
Small bathroom