This beautiful and characteristic Abbey is an ancient Benedictine monastery, whose first papal bull dates back to 1031.
The complex, a true architectural jewel, is located on the top of a hill in the beautiful landscape of the "Crete Senesi", near. Asciano, about 20 km. from Siena, At about 12 km is the imposing complex of Monte Oliveto Maggiore in whose archive are kept important documents concerning the life of the Abbadia.
Location & Lifestyle
Around the monastery stretches out, as far as the eye can see, the exclusive panorama of the "Crete" showing the view of the city of Siena and the Val d'Orcia to the west, the prominences of the famous ski resort Monte Amiata to the south; villages of Rapolano Terme and Serre di Rapolano with their beautiful spas, to the north, the succession of hills towards the Chianti homeland of the homonymous wine.
The architectural complex consists of:
-A Padronale apartment located on the first floor and divided into large living room with fireplace, master bedroom with bathroom and wardrobe, second bed, large kitchen and second bathroom
-On the ground floor there is a wonderful library, a large dining room, able to host up to 120 people, for high-level banqueting, a large professional kitchen, with the most advanced technological systems (currently to be rearranged), some rooms for meetings / reserved areas.
-The remaining part of the First Floor and the whole second floor is divided into further 10 spacious bedrooms each with a large bathroom and an apartment which consists of living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. All for a consistency of about 1200 square meters. In addition to a building that can be recovered for additional 800 sqm, on two levels where additional bedrooms could be made.
In the Romanesque chapel (to be restored), dedicated to Santa Maria and the Saints Giacomo and Cristoforo, signifying the importance of the Monastery, once contained a precious altarpiece by Ambrogio Lorenzetti depicting Saint Michael the Archangel who kills the Dragon, a splendid wooden tabernacle and an ancient crucifix, today preserved in the Corboli Museum of Asciano.
A large garden, of about 30.000 square meters, rich in medicinal plants, olive trees, holm oaks, strawberry trees, pomegranates, laurels, many varieties of wild roses, cultivated in full respect of the territory, and a private lake complete the property.
Possibility of building a swimming pool.
Condition and finishes
After many years of careful and scrupulous work of conservative restoration, the Abbey has been restored to its former glory in all its parts compromised by decades of neglect: from the cloister, with the beautiful double order of brick arches, to the unusual two wells, from the halls to the cells. The interior and exterior finishes are of excellent quality and the restoration has kept intact, where possible, the original features of the various eras of construction and renovation.
Spacious, comfortable and elegant bathrooms, spacious bedrooms, characteristic and scenic the internal courtyard, of incomparable beauty, the view that can be enjoyed from every window and from every corner of the real estate. However, today it requires minimal maintenance interventions.
Currently the property is not used as accommodation but this could be resumed at any time.