This ancient farmhouse is situated at an altitude of 1,500 feet and has breathtaking views of the Arno River Valley. Just above the congenial village of Presciano, Casa Cassandra looks out to the southwest toward Siena (25 miles) and the gentle layers of the Chianti Mountains. Florence is less than 40 miles north and Arezzo only 15 miles east.
The house has beamed ceilings, hand-made terra-cotta floors, and many other refinements in character with its style. It is handsomely furnished with art and antiques, and all rooms, on both stories, give on to arbored terraces with the magnificent vistas seen through every window. Centrally heated, the interior consists of three bedrooms, two baths, a two-story-high living room with a fireplace, a studio and a huge, gourmet-class kitchen with all modern appliances as well as the centuries-old hearth. The dining area, overlooking the living room on the floor below, has a large, antique table that seats a dozen people. Outside the kitchen is a spacious loggia where one usually eats during the warm season.
A 35-foot swimming pool lies a few steps up from the loggia, and a stone pool-house rises on the flagstone deck that overlooks the valley. The setting, with its sculpture garden, is not only the perfect place for relaxing at the pool but a strategic site to watch many spectacular sunsets and the rising of the moon.
This is the country home of an expat American family who still use it after many decades. You find the house brimming with books in English and artworks done by friends. Casa Cassandra has been featured in international publications such as European Travel & Live and more recently Casa Viva.
You will be within easy walking distance of the village (one-third of a mile), yet the house maintains an exquisite feeling of privacy and seclusion. The walking distance is 800 meters to the small village, including 3 restaurants, a grocery, fruit & vegetable and housewares stores, plus a post office. Cooking lessons and catering are available for you at the villa, and you are welcome to pick fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden for your favorite recipes.
- Arezzo 20 min, Siena 30 min, Florence 45 min.
- Fast train from Montevarchi 18 km. with connections to Florence, Rome and Milan
- Restaurants, bars and shops in the local village of Presciano = 800 meters = 1/2 mile