A Historic House
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.
Sometimes it rains in Tuscany and that’s when all the light, comfort and space we have here at the house really counts.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Light levels and views are magnificent.
Thanks so much to our talented photographer-friends who have provided images for this page: