Borgo Rosemary lies in the most beautiful and unspoilt area of Cortona known as the Golden Bowl. It consists of an entire hamlet situated on the south facing side of a gentle hillside in the Pergo and Montanare valley. Its origins go back centuries and represent a past where the perfect location was defined by a south facing position protected from the cold north winds, a good source of water and rich farmland where corn, grain, vines and olives would flourish. It was a time when families lived and toiled together, sharing literally the fruits of their labour. The two beautiful communal bread ovens in the hamlet are a testament to this period. It remains a unique property and is one of the few hamlets in Tuscany that has not been divided and parcelled up for sale. Rosemary, wisteria, olives, vines and oak filled woodland enrich and surround the property which is currently run as a high end of the market agriturismo. The brown of the earth, the intense green of the woodland, the silver grey/green of the olives and the white, winding roads meandering around the hillside, combine to create a landscape which has inspired artists since time immemorial. There are about 700 olive trees and the vineyard is about 1,600 sqmts. The current owners make their own organic wine and olive oil. There is a total of circa 10 surrounding hectares. Of the seven buildings, four have been comfortably and elegantly restored for living accommodation. The ex-limonaia has been converted into a fully equipped professional kitchen and restaurant. Of the remaining two buildings one is used for wine making and the other as a storage facility. In fact this property would lend itself equally well to being a Relais or Charme Hotel. Wonderful views are to be enjoyed from all the houses, each one with its own patio and terrace. In all there are 12 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms (2 toilets) and 5 living rooms with antique stone fireplaces and 5 kitchens. The divisions in those houses which have been converted into two separate apartments can easily be reversed. All of the accommodations have independent meters for electricity and gas. In three of them air conditioning has been installed. There are 5 wells, wi-fi, covered parking, English lawns and a swimming pool. The restaurant, beautifully interior designed and with a fully equipped professional kitchen has seating for about 30 people both inside and outside. There is also a covered terrace from which one can enjoy spectacular sunsets.
Villa – Cortona, Tuscany, Italy
10 bedrooms 15 separate bathrooms