Named after those intrepid Scandinavian explorers, there is something of the Viking ship about this stunning contemporary home of sweeping grand spaces and blonde wooden beams. Bursting with light, and filled with the latest amenities, Vikida is the perfect retreat for a group of friends or family.
Located amidst beautiful countryside, and yet within walking distance of the charming town of Foiano Della Chiana, Vikida combines wonderful seclusion with fantastic access to the delights all around. It lies equidistant from Montepulciano and Cortona - just a 30-minute drive to each - and so the beautiful Val d’Orcia is within easy reach, as well as a variety of day trips. The airport is 55 minutes away and a range of restaurants and lovely shops are an easy stroll away.
The home itself is a two-storey contemporary edifice of coral-pink walls, festooned with balconies and set in a 13-acre estate filled with silvery olive trees. Inside, the space is composed of sweeping, vaulted roofs of pale-wood beams, gorgeous wooden floors, gleaming ivory walls and grand, landscape windows. The graceful, refined lines of the design provide a wonderful setting for the vintage furniture along with delightful antiques and artwork.
The main living area includes a sumptuously grand sitting area, set around a large, flatscreen TV with sound system, and huge windows flooding light everywhere. There's a magnificent dining room with a splendid, 14-seat dining table. The elegant kitchen is a delight to use, with soothing, grey-toned cabinetry, a casual dining table and a lovely soft sofa to kick back on. There's a further casual dining area, complete with deep, embracing armchairs that look out into the gardens.
The bedrooms are light and airy havens with an understated grace to them that is truly delightful. All seven are king suites with sumptuous bathrooms decked out in travertine-marble and with large showers. There are electrical shutters throughout to ensure a deep night's sleep and that extra bit of privacy.
Perhaps most glorious of all are the many fabulous outdoor areas that provide space to connect and celebrate as well as to seek solitude. A wraparound terrace offers a number of intimate dining and seating areas, including one under the house which forms a delightful shady den. Then there's the glorious, glowing balcony with a dining table, pizza oven and grill to whip up traditional Italian fare.
Down on the ground awaits the sweeping pool deck with its dazzling salt-water heated pool and fabulous shaded patio with grand al fresco dining table. There's also a Turkish bath and a hot tub and comfy loungers scattered across the emerald lawns. With the glory of nature before you and the comfort of home behind you, you might find yourself shedding the Viking urge to wander because you are deeply content to stay right here in Vikida.
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