Bought in 1972 by the current ex-pat New York owner, restoration of the original buildings has been on-going, with an eye to maintaining the original rustic character while making it as comfortable a home-away-from-home as possible. The buildings are centrally located on 10 hectares (25 acres) of land, fenced to keep the goats from roaming, and the wildlife at bay: a multitude of deer, porcupine, boar, hare, foxes and pheasant will show up at any hour of the day or evening to make your aquaintence! As were all the Tuscan farmhouses built several hundred years ago, La Penisola was constructed prior to 1700 with three rooms on the top floor where the farmer and his family lived; while the animals were kept on the ground floor. Built on an outcropping of rock against the hill, the farmhouse thus has it's 'entrance' on the top level and the kitchen and dining room on the lower level. Both comunicate via indoor and outdoor staircases - not ideal for young children or handicapped
PORCH § STUDY § TWIN BEDROOM § MASTER BEDROOM § BATH
Entrance is through a double-glazed glassed-in and screened porch on the southern side of the house which now affords a spacious, luminous and cosy living area when the weather is not perfect or during the long autumn evenings when it's too chilly to sit outside and instead you'll choose a place in front of the fireplace ...on sunny winter days this is a pleasant place to have lunch, no matter what the outdoor temperature is....The original stone oven where the family once baked their bread is still intact, and a hand-chiseled stone sink, fridge and terracotta counter have been installed as a snack area. A comfortable couch, good reading lights ..... and in the fall, a crackling fire will invite you to plan your next day's outing right here....
Three antique stone steps lead through the original heavy wooden front door to what is now a small sitting room with desk, telephone, sofa and a large picture window overlooking the 6 x 12 meter swimming pool and the entire Volpaia valley spread out at the foot of the hill.
To the left of the sitting room is a small bedroom with twin beds, armoire and westward windows; off the opposite side of the central room is the master bedroom, with queen-sized bed , second picture window, desk, and complete bathroom with shower.
Bathrooms upstairs and down were remodelled in 1999 and offer large shower, WC, sink and bidet.
ALL WINDOWS ARE SCREENED FOR YOUR COMFORT
The sitting room connects to the lower floor via a wooden staircase which is NOT SUITABLE FOR TODDLERS