Quirky and Unusual Italian Property…. With its rich and varied architectural heritage and culture, when it comes to unique and quirky properties, Italy has some of the best.
We have an extensive range of properties in Tuscany and Umbria that offer a wealth of wonderful features typical of the area, whether it be an interior that epitomises rustic style, stunning architecture or an amazing location. Sometimes those properties also offer something quite different and unique on top. Below is a selection of beautiful homes ideal for those seeking the truly unconventional. Whatever your budget, if you are searching for a property that has that “special something”, we can assist you. From apartments and village houses, to farmhouses, noble villas, renovation projects and even castles and convents, we have them all. So browse and be inspired…
V4494C – €360,000 – A truly unique property within the walls of a castle in one of Umbria’s prettiest villages. The former rectory is now converted into a 3-4 bedroom house which is connected to the medieval tower and the old church, ideal as an art studio or workshop. In good condition, the property provides a magical space full of fantastic original features such as frescoes, ideal for someone seeking the truly unconventional.
V4564B – €360,000 – Full of character and located near the iconic town of San Gimgiano, this lovely former 2 bedroom “frantoio” features a wonderful cellar of 90 sqm that still retains the ancient olive press. As well as a garden, it also includes a semi restored annex.
V3749B – €490,000 – On the ancient walls of a charming village to the south of Siena, this rare 2 bedroom property features beautiful architectural elements including ‘beccatelli’ – stone corbels – on a wall of the bedroom and open loggias overlooking the historic Renaissance gardens dating back to 1575 and designed by Diomede Leoni, a pupil of Michelangelo.
V4929BM – €800,000 – In the hills above Pietrasanta and Forte dei Marmi, with superb sea views, this exclusive 4 bedroom property exudes charm and elegance throughout. Every room has been decorated by its owner, a well-known local artist who has restored and improved other prestigious properties, both in Italy and abroad. The house is surrounded by panoramic terraces and has a pool.
V4965AB – €359,000 – With views over the Val d’Orcia near Montepulciano, this superb, 1 bedroom, first floor apartment is part of a borgo that was once an 18th century convent. With shared grounds, a pool and tennis court, the apartment has a bright and airy interior that blends contemporary style and comfort with wonderful original features.
V3787SC – €2,700,000 – It is the stunning 24 metre pool that extends into the house that makes this property so unusual. In the beautiful landscape of the Val d’Orcia near Pienza, this 7 bedroom property has a wonderful typically Tuscan interior and 1.8 hectares of land and generates high returns on the tourist rental market.
V4540M – €550,000 – If you’re looking for a renovation project with a difference, this amazing 6 bedroom, 14th century former monastery between Volterra and San Gimignano features an adjacent church and large garden. In good structural condition, the interior requires work to bring it up to date.
V4307AB – €1,900,000 – Dating back to the 1600s, this unique, 13 bedroom villa near Siena has the appearance and charm of a castle, characterised by battlements that surround the whole building, mullioned windows and an entrance portico with columns surmounted by Corinthian capitals. Inside there are beautiful frescoes, historic fireplaces, wooden coffered ceilings, original majolica floors, coats of arms and heralds of the family that once lived there. With 17 hectares of vineyards and olive groves, this is a property for those who are seeking grandeur with a difference.
V2386LS – €115,000 – On the first floor of an ancient castle / fortress, this one bedroom apartment features frescoed ceilings and a garden. Located in the centre of the small and lovely village of Casciana Alta, a cafe, shop and bank are within walking distance.
V4398B – €800,000 – Just 5km from San Gimignano, set in 2.8 hectares of private land, this enchanting restored mill is currently divided into 5 one bedroom apartments and features an old brick furnace that could be restored.
V4949BM – €990,000 – In the beautiful medieval seaside village of Pietrasanta, this former marble workshop, dating back to the early 1900’s, is now a tastefully and fully restored, 2 bedroom, detached house with a stunning and unexpected contemporary interior, a private garden ideal for alfresco dining and parking.
V3648AB – €1,590,000 – Definitely quirky inside and out, this former convent and church have been transformed into a unique and stunning artistic residence. In a dominant position with a glimpse of Torrita di Siena, the property perfectly balances the ancient, carefully restored, architectural features of the building with a modern, creative interior. The house has 9 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms and is set in a well maintained garden with a gazebo, cypress and olive trees and 3 hectares of land.
V4275M – €260,000 – Bursting with original features and character, this enchanting 3 bedroom house is located in a picturesque village near Volterra. With a surprise round every corner, it boasts stunning exposed stone walls, beamed ceilings and terracotta floors as well as a good sized garden.
V2469DF – €3,000,000 – Near sought after Gaiole in Chianti, this stunning country manor house features with a watch tower dating back to the year 1000. Beautifully restored to provide all modern comforts, the interior is just as unusual and beautiful as the exterior. It is set in 9 hectares of land with 2 restored guest annexes, a pool and olive groves.
V3687AR – €600,000 – On a recently restored borgo with a pool near the iconic town of San Gimigano, this former brick furnace is currently being transformed into a stunning 1 bedroom unit that will cleverly unite its history with ingenious contemporary design.
V2821AB – €950,000 – Restored with passion by its current owners, this stunning 6 bedroom property near Todi in Umbria has evolved over the centuries round its ancient watch tower, once part of the defences between Guelph and Ghibelline. Inside is equally eclectic, with a lovely interior full of charm and unusual elements. Surrounded by 2.6 hectares of land, the property also has a great pool.
V2871AB – €6,000,000 – Featuring the Roman remains of a villa that belonged to Emperor Domitian, this 5 bedroom property near the high end resort of Porto Santo Stefano also has direct access to the sea and wonderful large gardens with an ancient well, the caldaia where wood was burned for the underfloor heating and a small room which was used by the Emperor as a thermal bath.
V4945BM – €1,400,000 – This Renaissance building, dates back to 16th century, was once a convent for Carmelite nuns. Carefully and partially restored by a local Italian family who has owned it for several generations, the building retains most of its original features and character including terracotta floors, wooden doors and windows, antique frescoes and its evocative cloister with internal stone flagged courtyard. It offers 1,330 sqm of space with 20 rooms and 14 hectares of land.
V3516C – €1,200,000 – This rare 11 bedroom villa is located in a 12th Century village overlooking the Spoleto valley in Umbria. Beautifully restored, it show cases a wealth of great original features including an elegant loggia with 12 octagonal columns originating in the 15th century. Surrounded by a beautiful large garden, it also has a delightful pool.
V4614FA – €4,000,000 – Prestigious and architecturally different, this 7 bedroom villa enjoys an exclusive sea front location, 700 m from the resort of Castiglioncello. With amazing sea views from its panoramic terraces, it also has a staff apartment and pool.