A COASTAL HOME AMONG THE TUSCAN VINES
Renowned for its rural beauty and rich history, Cathy Hawker takes us to Tuscany to learn more about a new development that seamlessly blends both the old and new
The Italian region of Tuscany has more than its fair share of natural beauty with green hills, precious vines and outstanding historic architecture peppering the landscape. Rather less well known, at least internationally, is Tuscany’s coastline, 250 miles that in the off-radar south, the rugged Maremma region, includes fishing villages, empty dune-filled beaches and umbrella pines.
This is the pitch perfect setting for Le Ville Serristori, an exclusive development of six bespoke new villas, each set in secluded private grounds on an historic 350-year old estate. It’s a true Tuscan idyll: exquisite properties mixing traditional craftsmanship with every contemporary comfort and the lifestyle benefits of exceptional five-star amenities, all within a stylish saunter of a beautiful, protected coastline.
The villas are the work of The Fingen Group, developers with an expert eye for turning historic properties into majestic residences. In Florence, they transformed a former Papal Residence into the award-winning Four Seasons Hotel and restored Palazzo Tornabuoni, a fifteenth century palace, into one of the city’s most desirable residential addresses.
Homes at Le Ville Serristori will be substantial, three to six bedrooms of 615 to 930 square metres, all with wine cellars, offices or media rooms and a guesthouse or pool room. Skilled artisans will ensure traditional Tuscan style in properties that expertly combine the new and the historic. Outside, alongside private gardens of at least two acres, owners will each have a dedicated vineyard with the opportunity to produce their own labelled wine.
“It is exceptionally rare to find high-quality bespoke homes that fit seamlessly with Tuscany’s handsome traditional style, on a celebrated wine estate of historical significance,’ says Mark Harvey, Head of International Sales at Knight Frank. “Owners will be part of the same school of excellence that Fingen brought to Palazzo Tornabuoni in Florence. The stand-out facilities from the private beach club to the concierge and club services managed by Palazzo Tornabuoni will allow owners to fully relish these homes and the wild beauty of the setting.”
The villas are 14 kms from Bolgheri, sixty minutes from the Alps and Pisa airport and forty-five minutes from Volterra in an area that provides activities for all ages. There are water sports on the beach, hiking and cycling inland and several small marinas nearby. On the Serristori Estate the concierge will arrange private parties and oversee a full social calendar while residents have access to the wonderful kitchen gardens and orchards threaded through the grounds.