Villa del Gatto
Villa del Gatto this is one of the most extraordinary houses now on the market in Southern Tuscany – a 400-year-old stone farmhouse on the outside and completely new on the inside (total reconstruction finished early 2017). Combine this with the wonderful location on a south-facing hillside just outside of the medieval village of Cortona and you have an exceptional purchase/investment opportunity.
The exterior of the house has retained all of its old world look and charm. Inside is an elegant combination of the old (floating stone staircase, original oak beams, 600-year-old wood floors, old stone fireplaces, etc.) and the new (kitchens, bathrooms, lighting and plumbing fixtures, doors, windows, etc.). One of the truly special features is the larger than normal arched windows. The house is flooded with natural light and the view from every window is spectacular.
The current owners were determined to make this house “made in Italy” and this they have done. The best local craftsmen and artisans were used and all materials were sourced in Italy, locally whenever possible – the travertine came from the quarry in nearby Rapolano, the marble from Carrara, the antique oak floors from an artesian craftsman in Città di Castello, the Malteni kitchen was designed and made in Milan, all the lighting and plumbing fixtures are Italian. The house has a wonderful feel of the best of old and new Italian design. This house is ready for its next 400 years.
The house has the following main features:
3 bedrooms each with its own large bathroom – all have double sinks and walk in showers. There is space (already wired and plumbed) for a fourth bedroom and bathroom.
3 kitchens – two inside and one outside. The main kitchen includes a cooking fireplace as does the outside kitchen
A spacious living room with an extra-large fireplace
2 dining spaces inside
2 dining spaces outside and several additional spaces for entertaining
A new salt-water pool
All new plumbing, wiring, heat and air conditioning systems, floors, doors, windows, roof insulation, and electronics (internet, television, alarm system and remote gate controls).
All new high-end appliances.
An 80-tree olive orchard that surrounds the house (adjacent orchard property is available).
Easy 10-minute drive to Cortona and the train station
Things that make the house special
Views. The views from this house seem to go on forever. You first see the olive orchards that surround the property and then the native hard-wood forest just a bit further away. In the near distance is the rich Val di Chiana and then the foothills with the famous wine towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino visible. The coastal mountain range with Mt Amiata and Mt Cetona outlines the horizon.
The “floating” stone staircase. This is the architectural highlight of the house and greets you as you enter.
Wood floors. An artesian shop in nearby Città di Castello made the flooring by slicing 600-year-old oak beams. The color, texture and warmth of the flooring is unique.
Light in the house. The slightly oversized arched windows in the house allow natural light to flood the house. The beams and tiles in the bedrooms and bathrooms have been sandblasted and white washed, enhancing the open, bright feeling of the house.
Position. The house is on the south-facing Metelliano hillside, on a natural, elevated shelf. The road to the house is commune maintained and as it gently winds its way up the hillside it passes 3 beautiful villas, several small stone farmhouses and continuous olive orchards.
The natual landscaping. The different levels and spaces that make the landscaping so special were for the most part made by mother nature a million years ago. Then 400 years ago the original owners/builders of the house did some fine tuning as they prepared the land for the olive orchards. The current owners have simply added some additional native plantings and some grass around the pool. Mother nature always does it the best.
Cortona. Cortona is one of the special walled hill towns in all of Tuscany. The town dates to the mid 1200’s and retains its medieval roots and charm. Today, tucked into the its medieval spaces are shops, museums, galleries, and many restaurants. Like Villa del Gatto, it is a wonderful mixture of the old and the new. Cortona’s location in central Italy also makes for easy travel. By train or car, you are 2 hours from Rome, 1 ½ hours from Florence and 1 hour from Perugia – all with good airports and flight connections.
Combination of old and new. The owners have expertly combined the best of the old with the best of the new. The stone staircase, the old fireplaces and the floors – wood and terracotta – set off the new, especially the kitchens and bathrooms.
When you buy Villa del Gatto you buy a wonderful house but you also buy a life style – big dinners at the old stone table under the olive trees, walking to Cortona through the olive orchards, hiking all the trails that wander through the surrounding hillsides, swimming in the pool as the sun sets over the mountains, listening to the birds that will greet you each morning, cooking pizza in the wood burning oven, roasting on the spit in the big fireplace – it goes on and on.
This house will make you happy.