Wonderful Farmhouse Villa in Cetona Tuscany
“La Nascosta” sits in a fairy-tale location, immersed in the rolling green hills on along Monte Cetona, one of the most desirable areas of Tuscany. It was lovingly restored to express the charms of Tuscan farm living and to combine modern convenience with environmental awareness. Reached at the end of an olive tree lined road, the house sprawls gracefully over its hillside setting, overlooking the Val di Chiana while rubbing shoulders with the mountain itself. Immersed in both Etruscan woodlands and cultivated fields and meadows, this 35 acre property invites you to relax and enjoy its man-made comforts and natural beauty.
Gardens and Grounds of Villa near Cetona
The house and its adjacent tower, surrounded by a luxuriant yet informal garden, look over a panorama that ranges from the monumental cross atop Mt. Cetona, across the Val di Chiana, to sunsets that shimmer on the town of Citta della Pieve to the west. Created out of a jungle of weeds, shrubs, and brambles, the garden pays homage to the original olive terraces that were discovered during the restoration process.
Along a lavender and broom lined path lays the swimming pool, nestled among ancient contours and completely unseen from anywhere. The pool measures 14 x 3.5 meters and resembles ancient roman “vasca,” complete with honey-colored stone revetment and a waterfall. Resembling an enormous water trough, the stone-finished pool fits seamlessly into the landscape and is completely hidden from view. Only the sound of its delightful waterfall gives away its location.
The surrounding property consists of woodlands, olive groves with 300 trees, a nut grove and other stands of fruit-bearing trees, fields, and arable land.
Description of the 4-bedroom Property
The property (Main house and Guest Tower) easily accommodates 8 people in 4 bedrooms, each with its own en suite bath. The designers very consciously incorporated local building materials and techniques in the restoration, using native stone, marble and color pigments throughout the house. Furnished with a sophisticated mix of European antiques and modern upholstered pieces, the house is stylish yet down-to-earth. The main house consists of 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, a large living room, dining room, a reading/TV room, laundry, and an enormous gourmet kitchen. The tower is affectionately known as ‘the honeymoon suite.’ Set apart, it is a 2 story structure with a downstairs sitting room and bath, and a lovely bedroom upstairs. The views from the tower are splendid and it is, indeed, a very romantic spot. The House and Tower have about 400 sq meters (4400 sq.ft) of living area configured as follows
- 3 King-bedded Rooms
- 1 Twin-bedded Room
- Each bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom. (4)
- Laundry Room
- Enormous Kitchen
- Dining Room
- Living Room with Fireplace
- Library/TV Room
- Games Room with Foosball Table and Drum Kit
Details of the House and Tower Interiors
Several centuries of architectural assemblage define the house’s irregular footprint and its beautifully reconstructed stone and plaster facades. These lively shapes and surfaces create a warmth and fluidity among the house’s many levels. The living areas measure 370 sq. meters distributed over three levels, with several entrances to various sections of garden. Divided as follows:
Ground floor: Six rooms each with their own entrance: large studio with bathroom, large playroom/living room, small studio with a fantastic natural stone floor, two large unfinished cantine, and a mechanical operations room.
First floor: Nine rooms consisting of a grand living room with large wood-burning fireplace, a soaring dining room, a library/TV room, two bedrooms with built-in storage and ensuite bathrooms, a laundry room, and a stupendous gourmet kitchen outfitted in stainless steel and Carrara marble.
Second floor: A large bedroom, built-in storage, and a luminous white marble bathroom.
Steps away from the main residence is the lovely restored tower. The ground floor contains a comfortable sitting area and bathroom, and the upstairs is a large bedroom with its own entrance to the garden. There is also a large brick-paved pergola for entertaining attached to the structure.
Location and Nearby Towns
We are close to the beautiful medieval town of Cetona, one of the most beautiful in Central Italy. Both an international and Italian clientele are lured to this sophisticated yet unhurried area, and the property is only 2 miles (3 kilometers) away, easily reached by car or on foot. Two different entrances to the A1 Autostrada are about 15 minutes away at Chiusi/Chianciano Terme and Fabbro. In 15 minutes, one can catch a train in Chiusi, do the shopping at the Centro Etrusco center in Querce al Pino or visit beautiful Sarteano, another glorious medieval village with a thriving cultural presence. The world famous spa town of San Casciano dei Bagni and the spa resort of Fonteverde are only 8 kms. to the south.
Cetona’s conveniently central location makes it the perfect base for exploring the wonders of Tuscany and Umbria. Important historical villages, such as Montepulciano, Pienza, Radicofani, Montalcino, Citta della Pieve, and San Quirico d’Orcia all are within 20-45 minutes by car, as are larger provincial centers like Siena, Arezzo, Orvieto, and Perugia. Famous spa towns, such as San Casciano dei Bagni, Bagni San Filippo, Bagno Vignoni, and Rapolano Terme can be visited in 45 minutes or less. The volcanic lakes of Trasimeno and Bolsena are also within striking distance of Cetona. Rome and Florence are connected by the train and the A1, and one can be in the city center within 90 minutes.
History and Workmanship at Villa with Tower
Completely redesigned and restructured by 2 Harvard-trained art historians and architects, this house re-emerges as a Tuscan jewel. The main house and tower were originally an amalgamation of centuries-old farm buildings, animal stalls, storage spaces for grain, olives and oil, grapes and wine and various living spaces, and then uninhabited for more than 20 years, until its rebirth. This formerly abandoned property was completely restored from 2004-2007, maintaining its rustic soul while incorporating every modern convenience, superb workmanship and local Tuscan building traditions. The facade consists of local stone and plaster, the wooden-framed, double glazed windows, handmade terracotta tiles on floors. The gourmet kitchen, notable for its dimensions, is furnished with stainless steel appliances and cabinets, and Carrara marble countertops. All bathrooms are marble with terracotta flooring.