The estate, located in the fertile
and charming Valdichiana, just half-way between Arezzo
and Cortona, has been owned for centuries by the Sandrelli
family, an ancient and noble family from the land
of Arezzo already well known as early as in the 14th
The Sandrelli family, linked to illustrious Tuscan
and Arezzo families amongst which close family bonds
were maintained with the De Bacci family, the family
that commissioned the world-famous frescoes by Piero
della Francesca in the church of San Francesco in
Arezzo, were and still are deeply linked to their
territory and its history reflecting a heartfelt respect
for the coutry-side and its activities and a profound
love for arts as is a consolidated tradition for this
family and this land.
The serene amenity of the place is made more precious
by the scent of a past background that keeps untouched
the taste of past times and things, suavely gratified
by the gratefulness of nature for the work spent in
the slow unfolding of history.
We should remember the work of Raffaello Sandrelli
(1834 – 1912), bishop of Sansepolcro, whose
loving care in the decoration of the local 18th century
charming church of S.Martino goes to show the great
sensibility marking the gestures and intentions of
entire families and generations.
The estate, the throbbing heart of
a larger farm, dipped in the lively and quiet coutryside,
is arranged around a buidling complex having at its
centre the 18th century villa and its garden.
The complex originated from the combination of century-old
houses shows the typical structure of a Tuscan farm
where the main building is not located at some distance
from the working facilities located around it but
stands on the contrary in close proximity to them
and serves as the coordinating centre doubling up
as dwelling unit and the heart of all working activities.
The main body of the master’s villa extends
to include those that once were the farmers’
houses, today an integral part of the estate and the
houses belonging to those carrying out all different
activities within the farm.
The beautiful garden overlooked by the villa featuring
century-old trees, sweet-smelling wisterias and colourful
flowers perfectly matches the stonework of the old
barns, the old baking oven, the old stables enclosing
its perimeter; the latter were recently converted
into a nice-looking open loggiato and make the garden
seem to run endlessly into the large lawns (once the
barnyard) framed by a beautiful cypress tree-lined
path and housing the estate’s swimming-pool.
Right next to the villa, only separated
by the road running along the route of an ancient
Roman road, stands the family chapel onto which leans
the lemon-house with its charming Italian-style garden,
its vegetable garden and the lemon-garden with its
imposing century-old oak-tree, a sort of hortus conclusus
framed by the nearby mountains bounding the valley.