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6 bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom, king or queen sized comfortable beds; well stocked professional kitchen; beautiful views from the pool, conveniently located to trains, highways, shopping, and the ancient town of Cortona; this is Villa Sant'Andrea.
Villa Sant'Andrea is a well restored ex-presbytery villa in Tuscany Italy, originally built beginning in the 11th Century. The property consists of seven very private acres of olive groves and fruit trees nestled in the ruins of the church of Sant'Andrea and the ruins of the 12th Century leper's hospital for women. The villa near Cortona was formerly the living quarters for the priests and the stables of the animals- oxen and horses. The priests attended to the church, no longer existing, and to the female patients who lived in what is now our walled orchard.
Master Bedroom, upper level: King-bed with antique fireplace, tall beamed ceilings, TV, telephone, alarm clock with radio, and private bath (shower, sink, toilet, bidet, magnified mirror). View is to the walled garden.
Details include and antique reproduction solid oak bed, cathedral ceiling with hand-hewn beams (throughout the villa as well), oriental carpet, large antique armadio (not shown in the photo), en-suite bathroom. This room was a former kitchen, the tall ceiling was used for hanging meats and smoking them from the fires.
En-suite bathroom with shower.
View from the bedroom.
Ceiling and fireplace.
King Bedroom, lower level, with en-suite bathroom.
Details: Custom made library and bed by local artisans "Lorenzini" with leather headboard, fine silk from London custom made bedspread, library, and designer lighting by "Lucellino" Ingo Mauer. The flat screen TV can be used to connect to your computer for a larger screen. The bathroom has been very recently updated, finished in April, 2010, with large shower, and hand chosen "pietra serena" pieces for the counter and back splash. The stone is from a local quarry, and as Tuscany was once the bottom of the sea, these pieces were extracted from fossilized sea beds.
The closed door you see in the photo below leads to the formal dining room, the open door to the bathroom.
Queen Bedroom, upper level, with a view of the Vineyards, en-suite bathroom. Spacious in size with a beautiful view to the vineyards and the garden near the pool, oriental carpets, antique iron Tuscan bed. This room was an old hay loft above the once animal stalls (now our TV living room). En-suite bathroom with designer bathtub by Devon & Devon, hand made forged iron shower curtain rod, made by local artisans in Pienza, Biagiotti.
The staircase and entrance are just outside of the room with the queen size antique iron bed and bathroom.
Loft Bedroom, upper level and third floor level, a bedroom divided on two floors, queen bed on the third floor with an extra single bed. The lower portion of the loft bedroom has it's entrance on the upper level of the villa, with a double bed, and entrance to the bathroom. In total this room can sleep four persons. An intimate and fun space with a newly restored bathroom, enormous shower with custom made glass doors and hand chosen "pietra serena" pieces for the counter and back splash. The stone is from a local quarry, and as Tuscany was once the bottom of the sea, these pieces were extracted from fossilized sea beds.
Loft bedroom, third floor, queen bed.
Double bed, on the lower level of the loft bedroom.
King bed room (two American twins that can be separated when necessary); en-suite bathroom. This room is one of the oldest rooms in the villa, approximately dated to the year 1000. As the villa was a presbytery to the former church of Sant'Andrea (now destroyed), this room has been recorded in the Vatican library as one of the sleeping quarters of the priests.
The bathroom has been very recently installed and was finished in April, 2010, with large shower, and hand chosen "pietra serena" pieces for the counter and back splash. The stone is from a local quarry, and as Tuscany was once the bottom of the sea, these pieces were extracted from fossilized sea beds. There is a beautiful small stone hand cut arched window in the bathroom (photo on the web site listed above). Details include: flat screen TV, not shown, views to the garden from one window and views toward the hillside, other window.
Hand carved stone window in the bathroom.
Formal dining room with extendable table, antique fireplace, oriental carpet, original oil paintings.
Computer with high speed internet access, wire-less internet throughout the villa and pool area, voice over ip telephone making calls to the USA and Canada free of charge).
Large living area with queen sleeper sofa and game table (TV, VCR, DVD, stereo with CD. This room as well as the portico were originally built as stables for the villa.
Powder Room, a hand made carpet, and a series of paintings by the artist/owner of the villa.
Main kitchen including professional Majestic gas stove, electric oven, full size refrigerator and ice maker, dishwasher, washer, dryer, small appliances, cookware, dishware, silverware, glassware, and utensils;
functional antique fireplace and carved stone sink, wine bar. One of the onwer's is a chef, so you can be assured, the kitchen is well stocked.
The door is to the area of the covered car parking.
Exterior view of the upstairs window in the hallway, and the arched window in the kitchen area just opposite our wine cellar.
Our wine cellar is visible to our guests however it is not accessible. Upon request, we will make available to you our own wine from the cellar.
Portico kitchen including gas stove, electric oven, half size refrigerator, dishwasher, washer/dryer combination, large functional antique wood burning oven, small appliances, dishware, glassware, cookware, silverware, and utensils, with large dining table, wood burning stove for extra heating in cool months, access to the outdoor pool area. The opening door on the right in the photo above on the left, leads to the casual living room.
The Guest House
A separate structure from the original house and newly constructed in the original style of the house at Sant'Andrea, the Guest House is located just to the side of the pool.
Accommodations for 2 adults, 2 small children
Queen bed and sleeper sofa
Kitchenette with half size refrigerator, two burner stove, sink, microwave, coffee maker, cookware, dishware, silverware and serving ware.
Full bathroom with shower
The roof of the Guest House is also a terrace over looking the pool and the Valdichiana.
**IMPORTANT NOTE: The swimming pool is NOT enclosed in a fenced area. Parents with small children please beware. The swimming-pool is a heated pool, however, there is an additional charge per usage for the fuel used to heat the pool.
Upper Level: King bedroom with bathroom (shower); Loft bedroom with queen bed and single bed on the upper level, double bed on the lower level with bathroom(shower); King bedroom with fireplace and bathroom (shower); queen bedroom with bathroom (tub with shower); entry fireplace.
Ground Floor: Main Kitchen-9 burner professional gas stove and electric oven, large refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, washer and dryer, microwave, toaster oven cooking utensils; side of kitchen storage with fireplace; wine cellar; dining room with extendable table and fireplace; king bedroom and bathroom; half-bathroom; living room with satellite tv and seating; portico kitchen with ding and wood stove and wood burning oven.
Loft bedroom- a bedroom on the upper floor with a loft above accessed by small staircase with queen bed and single bed on the upper level of the loft.
The bathroom, with large shower, for the loft bedroom is accessed by a door on the lower level.
Guest House, a separate structure near the pool- a studio style room with queen bed and sleeper sofa, tv and bathroom with shower.