Luxury country villa for sale in Tuscany, San Gimignano

Historic villa with view of San Gimignano

Tuscany - San Gimignano | Dimora dei Principi Ref. code XYC7

Stately villa converted into luxury hotel with pool and 2.5 hectares of grounds

Euros 10,000,000

Details and accessories

Existing Swimming pool
  • Surface: 3.178 mq
  • Bedrooms: 20
  • Bathrooms: 35
  • Land: 2.5 ha
  • Conditions: excellent
  • Energy efficiency rating: G
  • EPi: 283.1
  • Ancient park
  • Ancient winter lemon garden
  • Avenue lined with trees
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Italian garden
  • Jacuzzi
  • Swimming pool

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Brief description

Historic country house, now a luxury hotel, for sale in San Gimignano, comprising main building, guesthouse, storehouse and various storage spaces in the basement. The hotel has 20 rooms with private bathroom, restaurant and breakfast room and large communal areas. With 2.5 hectares of grounds, pool, Italianate gardens and guest parking.



Geographic position

La Dimora dei Principi is in a hilly location with a panoramic view of the rolling Tuscan hills and the famous city of San Gimignano, just 2 km away.

San Gimignano is one of Tuscany’s best-known and most picturesque villages, a Unesco World Heritage site due to its architecture and its 14 medieval towers, which give it its unique skyline.

The property is easy to get to in 45 minutes by car from Siena and from Florence, each around 50 km away, and the nearest airport is Florence, 64 km away (one hour’s drive).

Description of buildings

Surrounded by around 2.5 hectares of spectacular, tree-lined grounds, La Dimora dei Principi was built at the end of the 1500s.

Its original purpose was as a Capuchin monastery, before becoming the summer residence of a Florentine nobleman and today an elegant luxury hotel.


The complex comprises the main building (measuring around 1820 sq.m in total), the guesthouse (measuring around 188 sq.m in total), the breakfast room (measuring around 66 sq.m in total) a storehouse (measuring around  685 sq.m in total), and various storage spaces in the basement (measuring around 419 sq.m altogether).

A picturesque, tree-lined lane leads right to the parking area that takes you to the main building, which is a hotel with part of the building used as a restaurant. 

Surrounding the building, there is a pretty, Italianate garden, the pool area with bar and the grounds.


The hotel has 16 bedrooms with bathrooms (one of which is a suite), communal rooms, a bar, the manager’s office, two further bathrooms, three cellars and various storage spaces, storerooms and utility areas.

The restaurant area has three rooms, the kitchen, three bathrooms and utility areas.

In the centre of the building there is a cloistered quadrangle with a portico which runs the length of the perimeter. Under the cloister, a room once containing an old well has been converted into a unique wine cellar.

There are another four bedrooms with bathrooms in the guesthouse.


Underneath this, connected with the main building, there are basement areas used for storage and utilities, with changing rooms and guest bathrooms, storerooms for goods and a large operation area for vehicles to go in and out.

State and finishing

The whole building is extremely luxurious and is in excellent condition.

Original and refurbished materials were used for the majority of the restoration and important architectural features such as window frames, door jambs, columns, shelves and stringcourses have been preserved.

The former chapel and the sacristy have been converted into restaurant rooms, while maintaining their original features.

Other typical elements include the tower, currently used as a suite on the two top floors, comprising a bedroom and bathroom on one level and a relaxation area on the top floor, with hydromassage pool and 360° view of the towers of San Gimignano and the surrounding countryside and villages.

External areas

One of the things that makes La Dimora dei Principi unique is its pretty grounds measuring around 2.5 hectares, completely surrounded by an old perimeter wall.

Within the grounds there is an Italianate garden, the pool with lawn area beside it, the woodland with tall Tuscan cypress (rarely found in wooded areas), holm oak and ancient oak trees, and an old tabernacle.


The garden was designed by an acclaimed landscaper who was a student of Porcinai, one of Italy’s premier landscapers during the 1900s.


The building also has a large, convenient parking area for guests.

Use and potential uses

Its panoramic, convenient and central location in relation to Florence and Siena, and its architectural features make la Dimora dei Principi the perfect property for a tourist accommodation business. However, it would be possible (having obtained the proper urban planning permissions) to convert the building back into a highly impressive private residence.



Distances and location

  • San Gimignano 2 Km
  • Volterra 28 Km
  • Siena 48 Km
  • Florence 53 Km
Sea and lakes
  • Tyrrhenian Sea 70 Km
  • Lake Trasimeno 114 Km
  • Florence Airport 64 Km
  • Dual carriageway 17 Km

Tuscany - Italy

Neighboring regions: Umbria, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Marche, Lazio and Tyrrhenian sea

Main centers: Florence, Siena, Arezzo, Pisa, Lucca, Grosseto, Livorno


Characteristics: bathed by the Ligurian Sea in the north-central part and the Tyrrhenian Sea in the south,  has a predominantly green and hilly inland territory, rich in vineyards and olive groves, while the coast has mostly low and sandy beaches, except for some major promontories such as Argentario, Ansedonia, Punta Ala, Castiglione della Pescaia.

Located in Central Italy, Tuscany is one of the most popular and loved regions from tourists from all over the world, rich of famous historical centers and small and fascinating medieval villages (such as San Gimignano, Volterra and Montepulciano), with a territory rich in natural beautiful parks including that of Val d'Orcia, the Park of the Tuscan archipelago (with the islands of Capraia, Giannutri, Gorgona and Montecristo, part of the island of Elba and Giglio and the island of Pianosa), the Maremma Park and the many others that, along with the protected areas, helps to preserve intact the charm of this region.


Property offer: in Tuscany is possible to buy typical farmhouses brilliantly renovated, in the areas of Chianti, Valley d'Orcia, the Crete Senesi or historic mansions in the old villages and the sea of Forte dei Marmi, Camaiore Lido, Viareggio, Capalbio, Porto Ercole, Punta Ala, Orbetello, but also luxury apartments in historic centers of Florence, Siena, Lucca, Pisa, Cortona, Montalcino, San Gimignano.


*The location of the property on the map is approximate