Set in beautiful hilly position, San Martino agli Ulivi 2 is the smaller of the two apartments that compose the farmhouse having the same name, inspired by the 800 olive trees that surround the property and from which the owners obtain great olive oil. On one of the stones of the old barn you can see a date inscribed: 1895; however the original core of the house - which without foundations lays on the flank of the hill - dates back to the 1600. During the accurate renovation of the family estate, the owners took particular care to conciliate the preservation of the original structure with the innovative techniques for sustainable constructions in order to protect the environment and to reduce energy consumption. Therefore together with the typical cotto floors, ceilings characterised by in-sight beams and bricks, you can find phytopurification system for wastewater, photovoltaic system, solar panels, thermal and soundproof cladding for the inner walls, certified window and door fixtures. Thanks to the two artesian wells, the house is also water independent.
The apartment, on the same level of the swimming pool, has an independent entrance do it's quiet and intimate. Furnished with care and good taste, it's completed by all the modern comforts: air-conditioning ,mosquito webs throughout the house and WI-FI internet.
In the living area there is the living room with the fireplace, double sofa-bed, satellite TV, a fully equipped built-in kitchen with pyroceram induction hob. Few steps lead to the bedroom and the toilet with shower. The raised position of the house offers a wonderful view of the entire Val di Chiana, the best view though is from the swimming pool, situated in a panoramic position on a natural terrace, where the gaze wanders up to Montepulciano, the shape of the Monte Amiata and to the shores of the Trasimeno Lake: a landscape that turns red at sunset in the pleasant summer nights. In order to enjoy their relaxing moments and to eat in the open air, guests have on their disposal two nice gazebos in wrought iron, one located in front of the house and the other one made next to the pool. The old wood-burning oven can be used also as a BBQ. The adjacent dependance is for owners' exclusive disposal, who may occasionally live there for short periods, leaving in any case the swimming pool at guests' exclusive disposal. The farmhouse is situated few kms far from the magnificent Etruscan town of Cortona: strategic position in order to be able to visit the picturesque art villages and towns in Tuscany and Umbria and is particularly suitable for those who love mountain biking and trekking.
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Thank you for being such a great hosts! I loved your food - The BBQ and pasta - and would eat it everyday! It's been so much fun here, especially in the pool, and I will be sad to leave. Thank you again. Love, Maya
Maya - United Kingdom