Casa Vacanze Feraguzzo - Villa Padronale (Arezzo)

Eastern Tuscany, Arezzo, and Cortona, Italy

This antique farm complex is situated in the mystical landscape of the Upper Tiber Valley, surrounded by softly rolling hills, cultivated fields, and woodlands that bear witness to the strongly agrarian character of Italy through the centuries - a past which has marked the land as clearly as it has shaped the people who continue to work it.

Located twenty minutes drive east of Arezzo, the property is within easy reach of towns rich in art and history, including Sansepolcro (birthplace of Piero della Francesca and proud keeper of some of his most famous paintings), Anghiari, Monterchi, Citerna, Città di Castello, and Caprese Michelangelo. Slightly farther afield, but still within day-trip range, are Florence, Assisi, Gubbio, Cortona, and a chain of sanctuaries built by Saint Francis and his followers, who sought out wild places of great natural beauty in which to meditate and give thanks.

Off the beaten track of the mass tourist market this property is nevertheless at the center of Renaissance Tuscany, offering easy access to the hill towns, museums, craftsmen, restaurants, wine and specialty food shops that make this part of Italy so famous.

Its particular appeal is to offer a tranquil country setting with many of the conveniences offered by a well-run country hotel, including short distance from a country road, and a range of possible services and facilities, such as nearby tennis courts, swimming lessons, horseback riding, mountain biking, guided museum and artisan tours. On the grounds is a playground for children and a bocce court.

The house combines the traditional materials of Tuscan farm architecture - huge, chestnut beams, terracotta floors, stone and painted plaster walls - with all the modern conveniences. The spacious rooms have been furnished with classic Tuscan furniture, made from chestnut and wrought iron, including family pieces that recall an earlier era of Italian country life.

This spacious country house, with seven bedrooms and en suite bathrooms, can sleep up to fourteen guests, making it great for large groups. It is specially adapted for handicapped. The kitchen is fully - equipped, has doors onto the patio with iron tables, seating and armchairs. Next to the kitchen is the large living room, seats up to 15, TV with satellite receiver, DVD, and stereo/CD player.

The laundry area is located in a separate building. In addition to the main house, there is a separate restored farm building nearby that includes a large country kitchen, living and dining space with open fireplace for parties, birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations. Discounts are available for people wishing to celebrate important events at Villa Ferraguzzo.

Situated in the midst of approximately 74 acres of farmlands and forests, the house is surrounded by spectacular ancient oaks shading meandering stone walls, terraces and flowered walkways that create a welcoming park - like setting, perfect for outdoor barbecuing, dining and lounging.

To the side of the house is an elegant private swimming pool (18 x 6 m) and  is child-friendly by virtue of access with steps.

You can sit under the gazebo by the pool and share the day’s discoveries with friends, providing a beautiful retreat for both relaxation and exercise after a day of sightseeing and shopping in the nearby hill towns.

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