This unusual historic medieval property is located near to Umbertide in Umbria and comprises a restored farmhouse (4 bedrooms) with church (13th century) and medieval watchtower (11th century), gardens and swimming pool.
Umbertide Umbria, Imposing Medieval Castle Type Property
Unusual property which would make a lovely home in Italy or alternatively super holiday letting investment.
The tower is first mentioned in a monastic document dated 1143. It was probably built as a defensive watchtower and/or a defensive point to protect the people living nearby at a time when wars were common. At the beginning of the 16th century, the tower lost its defensive purpose and the complex became a monastic hermitage.
The property has been finely restored so to preserve its original aspect. The only change made was the connection between the church and the priest’s quarter, which was once a separate building.
The main part of the property is a very nicely restored farmhouse (212 sqm – 2,281 sqft, 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms).
The front entrance on the ground floor leads directly into the well-equipped kitchen. Double doors at one end of the kitchen open into a hallway and lead past some stone stairs that climb up to the first floor and onto the sitting room and the rest of the house. The sitting room is finely furnished and has a large fireplace at its centre. This room, like the rest of the property, is beautifully decorated with wooden beams and locally handmade terracotta tiles.
A glass paneled corridor leads into the former priest’s dwelling, which is now linked by this passageway to the main house (it was once a separate unit). There is a bathroom here with tub and also a laundry room. An internal staircase leads up to the first floor and directly into one of the bedrooms.
The stone steps from the hallway lead to the first floor where the bedrooms are located. The spacious master bedroom boasts a double bed (convertible into a couple of single beds if needed). There is a large en-suite bathroom with shower and bathtub. A corridor runs across the top floor and leads from this master bedroom to the other bedrooms. The second bedroom has two single beds (which can be joined to form a double if needed). The nearby bathroom has a bathtub with shower.
From the second bedroom, an external door opens onto a bridge that links the house to the first floor of the original priest’s dwelling. A staircase leads down to the garden. At the other end of the bridge a door opens into a further twin bedroom. Internal stairs lead down to the ground floor and the bathroom, and then into the sitting room.
The deconsecrated old church (111 sqm – 1,194 sqft) lies in a corner of the house. A door from the kitchen leads into this room which now forms an integral part of the property. Large sofa-beds provide additional accommodation for two extra people. On a raised dais at one end there is a peculiar dining area with a beautiful painting of the Virgin. Large double doors at the other end of the church lead out into the garden and a paved terrace with a stone table providing another al fresco dining area.
Next to the farmhouse is the old stone watchtower (36 m high).
Not far from the farmhouse, a small stone annex (56 sqm – 603 sqft) completes the property.
All the windows in the property give a beautiful view over the surrounding countryside and the 10 x 6 m pool of the property located in the 10,000 sqm garden. The pool is surrounded by a lavender hedge. The garden, beautifully maintained and cared for, is dotted with olive trees and flowers and there are several paths which lead into the surrounding woods.
TYPE Historic medieval property, farmhouse with tower and church, dating back between the 11th and the 13th century
CONDITION Restored in the 1990s
SIZE 379 sqm (4,078 sqft)
FEATURES Stone walls, medieval tower, a deconsecrated church, garden, frescoes, pool, alarm system
LAND 1 hectare (2.5 acres)
GARDEN 10,000 sqm (2.5 ac)
ANNEXE Medieval tower, stone building
ACCESS Unpaved road (1 km)
POOL 10 x 6 m
ELECTRICITY Already connected (energy class G)
WATER Mains water + private well
GAS LPG (energy class G)
TELEPHONE Already connected + ADSL
Umbertide (11km; 25’), Pierantonio (13km; 25’), Perugia (24km; 35’), Passignano Sul Trasimeno (33km; 35’), Gubbio (35km; 45’), Città di Castello (37km; 40’), Assisi (56km; 55’), Foligno (67km; 1h), Todi (77km; 1h 5’), Siena (111km; 1h 30’)
Perugia Sant’Egidio (37km; 40’), Firenze Peretola (174km; 2h), Grosseto Baccarini (183km; 2h 10’), Roma Ciampino (215km; 2h 30’), Roma Fiumicino (230km; 2h 35’), Pisa Galilei (235km; 2h 30’)