Colle Ciontoli – Traditional Tuscan stone house and refurbished barn on 14 hectares of land, forest and meadows, 2 cisterns provide water supply, open fireplaces and wood stove for baking, olive trees, chestnut trees, fig tree, land has permit to cultivate wine, storage or animal barn.
This beautiful property includes more than 14,000.00 square meters (14 hectares/ 34,6 acres) of partially agricultural land in the terraced systems so characteristic of the Tuscan landscape. There are large areas of forest, which can be harvested about every 18 years (it was last logged in 2008), and several large meadows that have been used regularly for haymaking, and would be perfect for horses or sheep. The land has been approved for viticulture.
The property has two houses. A large, shade-offering oak tree greets visitors in front of the main house, which is built with natural stone. The main house measures about 150 m2 (490 ft), has two floors, three separate bedrooms, a large live-in kitchen with adjacent kitchenette, a bathroom with toilet and shower, and a small wine cellar with private entrance. There are two built-in open fireplaces – one in the kitchen and one in the ground floor bedroom, which also has a separate entrance. The flooring is terra cotta tiles and terrazzo, and all the doors and windows are in solid chestnut, as are the typically Tuscan wall beams. Adjoining the main house is a traditional and fully functioning stone oven (forno), and 2 stocks of vintage grape vines among a number of other cultured plants such as fig trees, olive trees, rosemary and juniper shrubs. The east, south and west sides of the main house have pleasant terraces. The surrounding hills provide a magnificent view.
On a hillside about 20 meters (65 feet) from the main house is the renovated barn, measuring about 80 m2 (260 ft). The upper floor consists of one large room with kitchenette. It has been used both as a studio apartment as well as an artist’s studio and is well lit by a dramatically large round window facing south. Downstairs there is a bathroom with shower and toilet and an adjoining bedroom. The iron frames for the windows and doors are custom made by internationally known sculptor Paul Fuchs. A storage shed, built of stone, sits between the two houses.
Both houses have their own sustainable water supply. A beautiful, above-ground stone cistern supplies the main house with about 40m2 (130 ft) of water. An 80m2 (260 ft) underground cistern supplies the remodeled barn. However, a connection to the municipal water supply, located about 200 meters from the house, is possible. Waste water and sewage is collected in an underground septic tank which has been emptied about every 7 years.
The property is located 5km (3 miles) from Boccheggiano, a former mining village with about 350 inhabitants, about 25 km (15 miles) from the very charming Tuscan town of Massa Marittima, 50km (30 miles) southwest of Sienna, and 35 km (20 miles) from the ocean. Southern Tuscany boasts a rich cultural landscape amidst wooded hills and is home to a multitude of plants and animals.
House Construction: Stone (traditional Tuscan)
Roof Construction: Tiles (traditional Tuscan)
Heating-house:Open wood stoves, furnace
Cooking method:Wood, gas
Electricity: Supplied by municipality
Water:2 cisterns: One above ground 40m2 (130 ft) and 80m2 (260 ft) underground cistern
Food-production:Figs, vines, rosemary. Large areas suitable for gardening and meadows suitable for livestock
Income possibilities:Comparable properties in area generate income w/sheep, goats, chicken. Forest that is part of property can be harvested every 7 years and generates income. Hay in meadow is sold. Terraced areas are suitable for wine cultivation.
Owners opinion on sustainable features:Except for electricity the property is very self-sustainable: water, heat, cooking can all be done sustainably.