CAVA DEL GESSO
In southern Tuscany, at the foot of the hills of Capalbio, in Cava del Gesso, a unique highly prestigious property has been designed with four hectares of vineyards and olive trees, just 5 km from the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The property is totally independent, surrounded by only a vineyard to the West and an olive grove to the north and two quiet local roads.
A project has been designed for two country houses within this fertile property: The main house, imposing and distinct, and the guest house. The main house has two entrances: the main entrance with a long alley of cypresses which runs through the vineyard and the olive grove, and the service entrance.
The buildings respect the typical architecture of the Maremma farmhouses in both structures, carrying over the style of the manor house to the guest house.
The particularity and uniqueness of the project is the view of the castle of Capalbio, the picturesque Carige Alta, the sea and the Argentario.
A great wrought iron gate opens to the cypress lined main road which takes us into the property, perfectly integrated in the surrounding countryside.
A large garden is enclosed by Mediterranean scrub, such as broom, jujubes, rosemary, strawberry trees, and ancient roses of various colors. A soft green lawn surrounds the two houses which are joined by white cobblestone slopes that also lead to the pool.
In the main house the entrance immediately leads us into the large living room. There is a large fireplace in the center of a wall of windows which connects us with the nuances of the colors of the vegetation of the countryside.
It is not clear if the external light is projected inside, changing according to the season, or if the simple austerity of the Tuscan residences extends to the starry sky.
On clear days you can see the bluish line of the Tyrrhenian Sea beyond the vineyard. The summer heat is mitigated by the breeze that the surrounding hills channel to the property, making it a comfortable sanctuary from the heat of the cities.
The dimensions and finishes, followed in minute detail by the architect, make the house both stately and at the same time cozy and familiar, respecting the two souls of the place: home of aristocracy since the end of the nineteenth century and Italian bourgeoisie, like Giacomo Puccini, but also an agrarian setting of traditional flavors and foods, with a 9 km stretch of beach.
On the ground floor the living room is separated from the dining room and the kitchen. A large internal staircase, screened off by a fitted bookcase, leads to the sleeping area where there are four comfortable bedrooms with en suite bathrooms.
The exposed ceiling beams are a structural detail which gives a strong impact, evoking the ancient architecture of Tuscany.
Downstairs there are two more bedrooms, illuminated by a large green slope of the lawn, which comes right up to the French window.
In the back there are rooms to be used for hobbies or services.
Pergolas, porches and balconies surround and illuminate both buildings: they are furnished with sofas and tables that allow us to appreciate the fresh summer evenings or the warm spring and autumn days.
The attention to detail stands out in the refined synthesis of styles, forms and contemporary suggestions.
The same criteria led to the realization of the guesthouse, already completed externally. There are four bedrooms, of which the master bedroom is upstairs, with a lovely balcony overlooking the Castle of Capalbio. The guesthouse was designed to use for guests, or for the younger members of the family for greater independence and privacy.
The property has 10 rooms, but easily extensible to 12, which makes it suitable for the creation of a small charming hotel.
A play of the different levels of the lawn follows the sinuous terrain from the garden up to the heated swimming pool, which can be used from spring through autumn.
The silvery green of ancient olive trees and the dramatic peaks of cypresses blend with the light of the sky and the sea creating a magical and relaxing atmosphere, with the line of the towers of the medieval walls of Capalbio Castle on the horizon.
The dwellings are made of ecological materials such as wood, glass, and stone, which, together with the latest technology, give these buildings a low environmental impact.
The homes will be completely furnished according to one of the architectural styles chosen by the buyer.