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An Artist’s Residence In The Heart Of Tuscany

Picture Perfect

Ever thought of yourself as the next Michelangelo? Then Residenza D’Arte nestled into the heart of the Tuscan countryside may be just the place for you to flourish. Accompanied by rolling hills, cypresses and olive trees, this may well be an artist's paradise, as we discover.

Although it has not been revealed whether the artist is of any significance or more of a talented amateur, what is most immediately apparent about Residenza D’Arte (The Art Residence) is its warm heart – an asset that has apparently allowed the artist to flourish as a creative person in their own space. Indeed, with its combination of rustic exterior and mellower interior, it is easy to see why she chose this charismatic piece of real estate.

Artistic living spaces

Residenza D’Arte is located in the central Italian province of Siena, a 20-minute drive from one of the country’s best waters, Lake Trasimeno, a popular tourist resort. That the village – Torrita di Siena – lies at the heart of rural Tuscany and can trace its origins to beyond the Middle Ages sounds persuasive enough; but its attractiveness appears to be compounded when one considers that the estate is superbly situated on a hilltop and is surrounded by cypresses and olive trees.

On the market for EUR 2.3 million, the estate comprises two restored main buildings, both circumvented by an adjoining park area. The manor house covers 500 square metres and has a number of floors – depending on where you happen to be – most of which can be accessed by a so-called ‘ancient staircase’. Some time ago the estate was converted into a boutique hotel, which means accommodating extended family and friends – with some notice, naturally – is rarely a problem. There are six main bedrooms (in categories of Suits, Superior and Junior, with individually designed interiors) and eight bathrooms, as well as four reception areas and a main hall, presently used for entertaining and breakfasting.

The rusticity of the exterior is certainly evident inside, but fine wooden furnishings and the ubiquity of the owner’s modern art works cleverly manifest a warmer atmosphere. It is a combination that works well, and though Residenza D’Arte was by know means an obvious house in which to produce art, it has surely been converted into one.

See more of the property on Chesterton Humberts's website

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