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The Querceto farmhouse is an oasis of relaxation in the centre of Val’Orcia, perched on a hill looking onto the beautiful town of Pienza.Situated on the top of a green hill, the current house was built upon the remains of an old 1300s building, which was demolished then rebuilt at the behest of Pope Sixtus V pre- 1600.The planning and building carried out by the Ares group has given the farmhouse estate a new lease of life. It has carried out the work taking care to use only the same top- quality Tuscan building materials used in the 1600s, for example Florentine terracotta tiles and wooden beamsThe large farmhouse will be divided into 6 apartments which range from 80 to 114 m2. Almost all of them will have two floors and a large private garden. Each apartment will have its own private entrance (as well as its parking space which will be situated away from the front of the building)The estate will be enhanced by the building of a natural swimming pool: a pool of water with its own natural ecological system of purification.In creating the interiors of the apartments in Podere Querceto , only top quality materials will be used and they will reflect the types of materials used in this area since the Renaissance period. The roof for instance will be built using chestnut wood and Florentine terracotta , so there will be thick wooden beams overlaid with “campigiana” traditional ceramic tiles. Similarly, the same attention to detail will be seen in the floor tiles, which will also be made of Florentine terracotta.Every house will have a fireplace: an essential element ever present in old Tuscan dwellings.On the other hand, the exteriors will have stone facing, reproducing the old way of laying stones in bygone days . All the doors will be arch-shaped.High quality window and door fittings , construction techniques based on green- building parametersand adherence to eco- organic guidelines will ensure that the house will enjoy an A+ energy rating.Buying one of the “Podere Querceto” apartments is a bit like receiving a present because you will not need to worry about anything, not even having to furnish the apartment. An interior designer has planned every space and every room to include high quality custom- made furniture. Every piece will be made by Italian tradesmen who place an emphasis on quality. They will be produced by small companies not global brands.The modern , elegant style of the furnishings contrasts with the classical architecture of the apartment, creating an incredibly charming effect.For those who prefer to choose their furniture and plan their own layout, an interior designer will be at the buyer’s disposal to assist in finding a solution to the client’s liking.Crete Senesi is an area to be found to the south east of Siena. It is known for its production of white truffles dug from the Crete (clays) and hosts a yearly truffle festival.Siena is one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany. It is surrounded by olive groves, Chianti vineyards and the Val D’Orcia. Built upon the tops of three hills, the medieval city is criss-crossed by wide streets and narrow lanes intertwining with each other.Due to its handy position right in the centre of the region, the “Querceto” farmhouse, pronounced kwer- cheto, can be easily reached from anywhere in Tuscany, and is a great base from which to set off to discover all the wonders of this part of Italy.The farmhouse is near to both the Cassia Road and the A1 motorway. The A1 is the easiest route for those arriving from northern or central European countries, whereas for those arriving from France will take the A12 motorway, the Genoa- Livorno road which follows the Tyrrhenian coast cutting through Liguria.Querceto” is close to the world of high fashion and the collections of some of the top stylists such as Roberto Cavalli, Gucci and Prada. In this region they have their production headquarters, outlets and shops where best-quality garments can be acquired at favourable prices. There are also countless restaurants, trattorias and pizzerias where you can taste authentic local cuisine.
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