Countryside property located in Arezzo set within a Site of Community interest (SCi) within the National Park of the Casentino Forests at 660 m above sea level.
The park was established about 25 years ago in an area covered by woods and grasslands of such great naturalistic and ecological value that it deserves the highest degree of protection that the European Union can grant to its territories. The enhancement that has taken place in recent years has earned prestigious international recognition that makes the area unique on the European scene, in particular, it has received the European Diploma for Nature Conservation every year for the management of the Riserva integrale di Sasso Fratino for many years now: its beech forests are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and this year the park received the highest environmental certification for protected areas in the world by being on the iUCN Green List.
The rural building, located within the borders of the Casentino Forest National Park, was built in the second half of the 19th century (the keystone of the entrance on the first floor bears the date 1878) on an ancient pre-existing structure dating back to the 11th century and consisting of the ancient Oratory of Sant'Egidio in Gaviserre moved in the 18th century 'for the convenience of the people' to the current Church of Sant'Egidio. Part of the ancient masonry can still be seen on the north-west corner of the building. The building is registered in the Catasto Leopoldino. Purchased by the current owner in 1989 from the Monastery of the Camaldolese Nuns of Pratovecchio, the building was completely renovated for agritourism use in the year 2000 in full respect of its construction characteristics and the architectural types of the area.
The building is distributed over 3 floors featuring many charming features such as exposed stone walls, pietra serena frames, wooden beams, wooden and terracotta floors, paved loggia and Marseille tiles on the roof. It offers an original kitchen with fireplace, a cellar, stable with six boxes, a storage room, a garage and owner's apartment. The accommodation portion is accessed through an open loggia of approximately 50 sq.m with an entrance hallway, large dining room, restaurant kitchen, pantry and attic.
Rural outbuilding converted from an old chestnut drying room in exposed stone and renovated with the same care as the main building offering terracotta bricks, a living room , small kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, basement cellar, terrace
The area of agricultural land is approximately 10.0 hectares divided between mixed forest (2.0 ha) and meadows (8.0 ha). Among the latter are two fenced plots one of which is used for the acclimatisation of hares for restocking but has been out of use for a few years now. The second is currently in use as an organic cultivation of fruit trees of ancient Casentino cultivars, acting as a genetic bank of species with unique characteristics.
The flattest part of the land is dedicated to the cultivation of organic saffron for a surface area of approximately 1,000 sqm, while 500 sqm are an irrigated vegetable garden.
To the north of the building, where the entrance to the agritourism part is located, there is a pasture meadow of about one hectare, which enhances the agricultural landscape and gives the agritourism part a wide berth. On this meadow is a wildlife observatory wanted by the National Park due to the frequent presence of photographable deer and fallow deer. The same sightings can of course be made from the access loggia to the farmhouse. in the upper part of the meadow, a pond for the reproduction of amphibians has been built in stone, also desired by the National Park as part of the wetland project for the Sites of Community interest in which the farm falls.
Other features include horse stables, fruit orchard, vegetable garden and a restaurant.