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A Historic House

A big square house

with a romantic Tuscan exterior and a surprising, arty interior, the property has a superb vantage point and views out across a hunting reserve as far as the hills of Trequanda to the South and and on the North as far as the Apenines. Seven hill top villages can be seen from the garden including Montepulciano, Lucignano, Cortona and Sinalunga. Well located the choice of this location was the result of a 10 year search in the whole region.

In a commanding position

Walled and gated

Within an organically farmed estate

Atop our little hill

On the edge of the Valdichiana

Close to Sinalunga

Exposed to the 4 winds

A different place to stay in Tuscany…

The dream home restoration project of a Wall Street Trader and an Artist, Siena House is a real home restored for year round luxury in Tuscany. Space & light were the priority, but also authenticity; preserving all of the real Tuscan details inside and maintaining the outside as it was to leave the property with the feel that it had not been touched. Following 5 years of planning & restoration two true suites and a couple of ensuite bedrooms were created despite all the space available – and the building restored into a discreetly state-of-the-art property.

Wabi Sabi style: The Cortona Room

Afternoon light in the lounge

Sometimes it rains in Tuscany and that’s when all the light, comfort and space we have here at the house really counts.

Early season rainy day drone image

Huge interior spaces on first and ground floors along with the third floor tower and viewing platform offer weatherproof comfort, real retreat and total relax.

Bedroom detail

Bedroom detail

Bathrooms with views

All bedrooms have comfortable seating, a good sized table or desk, and great views – even in the bathrooms. All rooms have independently controlled A/C and integrated Mosquito Screens (that’s what the little black cord is in the images above and below).

Externally the property is also very beautiful, built in red, red Sienese clay bricks and blue grey stones.

Then and now: living with history

The structure is externally a fine and somewhat unusual example of a historic Tuscan farmhouse style Leopoldina.  Named after Leopoldo, the Grand Duke of Tuscany whose design it was, the concept was to house Oxon inside the same building as the farm workers, as well as pigeons – on the roof in a small tower – for food. Indeed back in the day many head of Oxon occupied the two huge cow stalls on the ground floor.

Leopoldo, Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1765 to 1790

Image of a tuscan brick and stone hill top farm house built in the leopoldina style showing the smokehouse to the left and in the back ground the view of colle senese sienese hills

On a grey day in Spring

After restoration the first floor of the house remains faithful to the original divisions with large open plan living zone and a fireplace central to 4 private corner accommodations. Over 20 people (5 families) had inhabited this floor…

Art & Comfort

The house is not only a Leopoldina, but also a casa colonica meaning colonised dwelling.  The Leopoldina label was likely the result of the restoration of a smaller property that we believe to have dated from around 1200 – the external walls of the original dwelling place are still visible on the ground floor.

Tuscan Chianina Oxon grazing in the valley below

The surrounding land is extremely fertile. At the time of the Etruscans, large parts of Tuscany were under water, a vast lagoon that was later drained by the Romans. But the waters rose again in the middle ages and close by to our location large areas were still wetlands until the time of Leonardo da Vinci – who drained the waters in collaboration with the Medici family. This area is a centre of beef production and we see the largest free range herd of Chianina (White Oxon) in Tuscany from the windows, grazing a couple of km away at a very historic beef ranch ‘Tenuta La Fratta’ their magnificent  ‘La Toraia’ ex historic bullhouse now steakhouse is one of our absolute favourite places to eat out.

A Chianina bull, photographed in the 1950’s.

Views from the house to Trequanda (Siena) countryside

Winter views from the house over Sinalunga (Siena) countryside

Why here ?

Malvin had searched for many years for ‘his house’ before buying and one of the most attractive features of this particular property was the huge open spaces on both ground and first floors. We love the space here – particularly in the Winter the house is wonderfully comfortable. We have maintained all of the huge open spaces within – indeed we have also opened even further, uniting both of the huge cow stalls on the ground floor to give an immense open plan space with views on all four sides.

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Ex cow stalls now vast open plan kitchen (detail)

Light levels and views are magnificent.

Facing South: hills of Trequanda (Siena) in July.

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