CasaleA beautiful ecofriendly home
The property is early 18th century with the ruins of a mill from an earlier date. The present owners bought the house in 2006 and 30 years before, the main house and casina ( guest annexe) had been restored by the previous owners.
Since 2006 , the 3 bathrooms have been renewed, 2 new kitchens installed and a 'state of
the art' heating system installed. The swimming pool has been changed to salt water and
covered by a telescopic , easy to open, roof.
The entire property is furnished to the highest standards.
This comprises kitchen, utility, cloakroom, dining room , tv room (den), sittingroom and
large hallway leading to the stairs for the second floor where is to found an extremely
large ensuite bedroom.
The very large kitchen was locally made and comprises wooden cupboards, granite
worktops and island, a 4 door , gas fired and cast iron cooker called an AGA, famously
made in the UK. It also has an electric oven, gas hob, larder fridge and dishwasher. All
appliances are top of the range.
There is access to the garden through double glass doors.
This comprises 2 freezers, washing machine and tumble drier. Again, all appliances are
top of the range. There are also 3 large storage cupboards.
TV Room (den)
This is a comfortable room with 2 sofas. It shares a double fronted wood burning stove
with the dining room. There is access to the garden through double glass doors.
A small cloakroom can be found next to the utility and TV rooms.
This room is both off the main entrance hall and kitchen. It shares a double fronted wood
burning stove with the TV room.
Sitting room /Lounge
Up a few steps from the entrance hall, this comfortable and attractive room also leads on
to a small study area. It has 2 sets of glass doors leading to the garden, back and front and
4 windows, 2 of them " picture" windows. There is also a large wood burning stove.
Hallway leading to stairs
This is an excellent storage area with 2 large wardrobes for coats etc and a large
Second floor and master bedroom and bathroom
Leading from the top of the stairs can be found a large landing area used as a dressing
room. There are double glass doors leading to the garden , which is terraced.
The master bedroom is enormous with 4 windows, all with beautiful views of the garden,
surrounding countryside and the nearby hill town of Cortona. The ensuite bathroom is
similarly large and it comprises a free standing cast iron bath, separate large shower, bidet
and sink. The built in cupboard is obviously , originally, a doorway onto the present
landing .The bedroom could easily be divided into 2 good sized double bedrooms and
access to the bathroom made for the second bedroom.
The Casina (little house) or guest annexe
Like the main house, this is built on rising land and was obviously the outhouses for the
main house in the past. It comprises 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a kitchen.
The lower level has an ensuite double bedroom.
The higher level has an entrance hall, 2 large double bedrooms with room for extra beds,
a fully fitted kitchen cum living room with gas hob and oven and fridge- freezer, and
large bathroom. The kitchen has double glass doors leading to the swimming pool area.
Heating Systems Ecofriendly
The central heating is 'state of the art' and controlled by computer.
It comprises an oil fired boiler and heat exchange system. The present owners use the
heat exchange system to great effect in the summer when this system can be switched to
provide cold air through fan coil radiators, which , incidentally, also blow out warm air in
the winter. At the moment, this is only to be found in the master bedroom but it is a
simple operation to change over the other cast iron radiators to the fan coil type where
required. It is more economical to use the oil fired boiler in the winter but the heat
exchange system is always there as a backup. .
Besides the above, the house has solar panels providing hot water and 24 photo voltaic
panels which provide electricity for the national grid for which a remuneration is
As mentioned earlier, the main house has 2 super efficient wood burning stoves and the
cast iron AGA which stays on in the colder months and provides amazing background
heat as well as fantastic food !
The swimming pool
The pool measures 12 metres by 4 metres, is salt water and is covered by a 3 piece
telescopic, double skinned transparent roof from Spain which runs on rails.
One of the garages houses the pool workings, central heating sources and tools.
The other two are for cars/storage