ITALY, TUSCANY, SIENA
A remarkable and ‘one-of-a-kind’ property consisting of an astonishing medieval castle with a spectacular view of the city of Siena.
Perched on a hilltop with an amazing view of the city of Siena, surrounded by olive groves, Chianti vineyards and an endless panorama of the Crete Senesi, stands this fairytale castle, the most important one preserved intact in the area.
Boasting four towers with medieval battlements, a grand entrance with a pointed arch opening onto an imposing inner courtyard inspired by the Cortile del Podestà of the Town Hall in Piazza del Campo, it was built in the 1300s as a defensive fortress and evolved into an aristocratic country residence after the fall of the Republic of Siena to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in 1555.
Since the end of 1855, the castle has been meticulously preserved by the family that still owns it today and has been able to convey this prestigious dwelling into the third millennium.
The main central part spreads over four stories above ground and one basement, while the four corner towers rise six stories in height and offer spectacular views of the Torre del Mangia and the bell towers of Siena.
The Italian-style garden, bordered by geometric hedges placed along the embankment and the battlement walls, encircles the castle and creates a belvedere over the countryside opening south to the Val d’Orcia, the summit of Monte Amiata and the 40 acres of private land with olive trees and Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG vineyards.
The grand entrance consists of an evocative medieval portal that opens onto a spectacular square-shaped inner atrium featuring two porticoed sides on octagonal columns and arches: a dramatic scenario that immediately dives you into a stunning and ‘one-of-a-kind’ artistic, cultural and historical journey.
The stone staircase off the courtyard leads to the upper floors forming the residential area steeped in art and boasting intricate craftsmanship throughout.
Formal receptions and living rooms with original stone fireplaces, 12 bedrooms and several studies (18 – 25 bedrooms are possible), plenty of secret rooms, handmade terracotta floors, and large windows letting natural light and the dramatic views be an integral part of each chamber, are just some of the astonishing highlights of this exclusive dwelling.
Further up, the top floor of the towers, showcasing wooden beams and panoramic windows on all four sides, are unique and spectacular rooms that truly leave you speechless.
The cellars on the ground floor, still used for storage and warehousing, are extraordinary rooms with an evocative atmosphere that speaks of the more than 700 years of lived history, perfect today for conversion into living spaces, reception, and banqueting rooms.
A chapel has its own separate entrance next to the castle portal, and can still be used today to celebrate private ceremonies. In close proximity to the castle and the cypress avenue, a former barn, with a regular geometric shape and hipped roof, used for storage, is on one level and presents a 7 meters high ceiling with exposed wooden beams and plenty of options for a new use. Reached via a country gravel road, set in the grounds in front of the castle, a small brick building with a gabled roof, originally intended for the animal shelter, can be thought of as a country lodge and retreat to enjoy the quietness of the Tuscan countryside.
The castle is a listed building, equivalent to British Grade I classification, considered to be of national importance, preserved and protected for its exceptional architectural and historic interest, of the highest significance. Because of its excellent commanding position with unique and spectacular panoramic views, at the gates of the city of Siena, this remarkable and ‘one-of-a-kind’ property lends itself to house a charming stately residence to celebrate special occasions and festivities in grand style, along with the outstanding potential for tourism and hospitality purposes.
Type: prestigious listed building consisting of a 14th-century castle on 17 hectares of private ground, with an internal evocative courtyard, some 1250 sq m/ 13454 sq ft on five stories plus towers on the 6th-floor, featuring noble reception halls with original stone fireplaces, a private chapel, ancient basement cellars, Italian style garden, cypress-lined access, along with a former barn and annexes, olive grove and vineyard.
Land/Garden: 16.5 hectares/40 acres consisting of an Italian style garden and secular old woods, lawn, 2.6 hectares/6.4 acres olive grove with 400 trees, 1.2 hectares/2.9 acres of Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG appellation vineyard and 12.5 hectares/30.8 acres of arable land.
Annexes: former granary with 7 meter high ceiling and a garage of approx. 105 sq m/ 1130 sq ft in total, to be renovated; 18 sq m/ 193 sq ft agricultural outbuilding, to be renovated with the possibility of volume extension.
Year of construction: 1300s
Year of restoration: 1998
Ground Floor: inner courtyard, private chapel, cellars and storage for approx 300 sqm
First Floor: 2 apartments of 123 sq m/ 1323 sq ft and 110 sq m/ 1184 sq ft
Third/Fourth and Fifth Floor: 2 apartments of 550 sq m/ 5920 sq ft and 384 sq m/ 4133 sq ft
Distance from services: 1.4 km
Distance from main airports: Florence 80km, Perugia 110 km, Pisa 130km
Utilities: Phoneline l wifi l Mains gas central heating l mains/city water + well l mains/city electricity
Energy Efficiency Class: G