The shepherds house that became a million pound villa

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It’s not every day you see a shepherd’s house for sale, let alone for £1 million. But this is no ordinary herder’s outpost, explains Rosalie. Renovated to exacting standards, the property has left behind its humble beginnings: where once was a shepherd’s house is now a millionaire’s dream villa.

“It dates back to the 1500s,” says Rosalie, “when it was known locally as ‘La Casa del Pastore’, or ‘The Shepherd’s House’.”

Painstakingly restored from its pastoral roots, the home is a large brick and stone structure that spans two floors and an imposing 3,230 square feet.

Part of an important farming estate, which was made up of the Renaissance villa and several farmhouses, it’s certainly an impressive building – far more than its former name suggests.

It boasts four bedrooms and three bathrooms, Rosalie explains as we enter the entrance hall. The living room alone is a grand sight with a fireplace for the cold months and a slew of French windows for the hot. The building is flooded with natural light that bounces off the high vaulted ceilings. We head into the dining room and the equally expansive kitchen, which looks cosy beneath curved brick.

“All the systems are modern and in excellent condition,” notes Rosalie. In fact, the whole house is immaculate, from the water heating system that keeps the home snug at winter to the welcoming Jacuzzi.

The second floor takes the luxury to a new level, introducing a master bedroom with three walk-in closets and built-in air conditioning, not to mention the en suite bathroom with double sinks and sizeable walk-in shower.

There is even a separate entrance to a terrace and the outside grounds, Rosalie points out, making the second floor an ideal space for guests, paying or otherwise.

She directs my attention to a detached barn, which covers 860 square feet – more than enough room for a separate guest house, if not an office.

The space has excellent potential for investors as well as those looking for a rural retreat – primarily because there is so much of it. The property stands on 1.3 acres of private fenced and gated park, one-third of which is wooded with cypresses, pines and oaks.

The surrounding area is just as appealing: the house is a stone’s throw from Florence but sits within the wine growing region of Chianti.

“The best of two worlds,” Rosalie offers.

She’s right. A few kilometres from the town of Impruneta, with its basilica and long tradition of terra cotta manufacturing, it’s perfectly positioned for you to soak up the culture of Florence or enjoy the beautiful scenery. Nearby connections to major motorways only boost the investment potential further. Buyers, you suspect, will come flocking.

With wide open space right on the doorstep and more space inside, La Casa del Pastore has long outstripped its modest old moniker. The quiet farmland property has been transformed into an ideal base for a bucolic Tuscan break – or something more permanent.

Farmland, Florence and a Jacuzzi? The shepherds wish they had it so good.

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