Casa Antonio, Poggioni, Cortona (AR)
ABOVE: Casa Antonio. The south face.
Rural cottage in dramatic location
250,000 Euros
Large open wood-burning fire
300 square metres approximately
500 square metres approximately
Just off quiet country road
Mains 3kW

With a floor space of about 300 square metres this typical Italian rural property has been inhabited for several hundred years.

The ground floor consists of a large animal stall, several cantinas for wine-making, a garage and an old fashioned stone oven. The 1st floor has a large kitchen with an open fireplace, three bedrooms, a bathroom and another large room presently used for grain storage which would make an ideal sitting room or another bedroom.

Heating and hot water are supplied, at present, by a back-boiler to the wood-burning fireplace. We'd recommend a modern gas fired system as well as the renewal of the old fashioned electrical wiring.

The house has a phone, 3 kw of electricity, and water is supplied by a spring on a nearby hillside.

The property is located in desirable Comune of Cortona. There is a small shop in village and nearby the Aquaviva restaurant.

The family presently occupies most of the first floor but use the large grain store to the east for storage. (See floor plan).

There is the same space again on the ground floor (see floor plan) but with additional out-buildings and an ancient bread oven.

For more information on this outstanding property visit the Casa Antonio website.

PRICE: 250,000 Euros

ABOVE: Sunset in summer.
ABOVE: The front entrance
ABOVE: Antonio and his mother Ada in the kitchen.
ABOVE: The ceiling of the grain store. Made from chestnut and terracotta. ABOVE: One of several cantinas. Antonio makes his wine here and presses his olives.
ABOVE: The grain store, used just for storage and food preparation. It has terracotta floors. ABOVE: In the rafters of the cantina the proscuitto is curing.
ABOVE: An old iron at the back of the fireplace in Antonio's kitchen. ABOVE: Antonio's pigs will be moving with him I'm sad to say. They're a fine bunch. The floors of this large sty are large sought after flagstones.
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