Brogino is a large country house in Chianti, its already lyrical setting enhanced by the spectacular medieval Abbey - Badia di Passignano - which faces it from a mile away across vine and olive clothed hills. This is a particularly special house. A large rectangular building made of Chianti stone containing various greys, browns and lichen colours, even its little details are a pleasure to look at. Its large and airy rooms flow effortlessly into one another. The English owners, a painter and a writer, lived here permanently until a few years ago and restored much of the house themselves. Their care shows in the beautiful and individual decoration and furnishings, with many lovely antiques and wall hangings. Nothing has been over-restored, so that, while having every modern comfort, it feels as if little has changed over the centuries. The garden, with flowers and shrubs nestling amongst the rocks and sandy soil of the area, merges imperceptibly into the olive groves beyond. At the side of the main house and slightly below it is an enchanting converted pool house with a small bathroom and a sitting room with kitchen equipment cleverly hidden behind antique doors set into one of the thick walls. A vine-covered pergola shades a furnished terrace behind it. Below that, the swimming pool (12 X 6 m.), with a big diving rock, is landscaped into the olive grove below.
Entrance hall, study/library with fireplace, large farmhouse kitchen/ dining-room with fireplace, marble work surfaces, dishwasher and food mixer. Large reception room with Steinway B 7-foot grand piano. From this room doors lead outside; a covered terrace with a table forms an extremely picturesque outside dining area. A shower room and a larder with freezer complete the ground floor. First floor: comfortable sitting-room with fireplace, one shower room and two bathrooms, one with a washing machine and dryer, one double bedroom, and three twin/double bedrooms.
Video of Brogino
The Badia di Passignano, occupied by Benedictine monks, not only provides a wonderful backdrop for the Chianti countryside, but also is sometimes the setting for concerts of a very high quality. The abbey is not generally open to the public, so these concerts provide an opportunity to see some of its treasures, including a Last Supper by Ghirlandaio in the refectory. There is a good restaurant in front of the abbey and many others in the vicinity. Brogino is a very special house, exuding an atmosphere of idyllic days in an exceptionally beautiful setting. Surrounded by flowers and peace it is a perfect retreat to relax into and enjoy the heady pleasures of Chianti after exploring the unending delights of Tuscany. The location of the house near some of the most famous vineyards in the Chianti Classico, and the presence of a Steinway B 7-foot grand piano, makes this an ideal holiday setting either for wine lovers or for serious musicians.
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|Low season||1st Jan - 18th Mar / 1st Apr - 6th May / 30th Sep - 16th Dec||
|Mid season||18th Mar - 1st Apr / 6th May - 1st Jul / 2nd Sep - 30th Sep / 16th Dec - 23rd Dec / 23rd Dec - 6th Jan||
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