La Badia di San Faustino

Umbertide (PG)
Beautiful old abbey in 4 hectares with swimming pool requiring further restoration
Euro 1,600,000
Partly gas central heating
750 square metres
37,000 square metres approx
Quiet road 9kms (of which 4 kms white road) from Umbertide
Spring and well
Mains 6kw

Nestling in the hills between Umbertide, Montone and Pietralunga is the magnificent little abbey of San Faustino, with a whole slice of history in its stone walls. A thousand years ago it was a retreat for Benedictine monks and latterly a major partisan base during WW2. The buildings were saved from ruin some years ago by the present owners who are slowly and carefully restoring them.

The earliest part of the complex is the ancient 9th century bell-tower, retaining its old bells that can still be (and are) rung. Most of the 'L' plan building is medieval, with additions up to the 18th C, and currently offers over 35 rooms totalling about 750 square metres internally. All structural work, water/drainage systems, central heating conduits and most of the electrical systems have been completed, with many main rooms finished, currently providing 10 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. More work is required to complete and personalize the whole complex, however.

Many architectural details such as the vaulted chapel and adjoining sacristy, with its stone steps into the tower, will be beautiful features when fully restored.

The property is situated in a wonderful location, just 15 minutes from the Tiber valley and main highway yet with total privacy. There are beautiful views to the Appenines beyond, and not a sound from anywhere. In 1450 even the Saint, Beato Ranieri, was struck enough by its spiritual energy to have his vision of the Holy Lamb here. Experts in geomancy and feng-shui have attested to its 'golden energy'. Apart from the woodlands on the hillside, the 3.7 hectares of land surrounding the abbey are fenced and gated. They include an internal garden with mature trees, a lower field suited as paddock and a secluded, laurel hedged pool garden with large swimming pool, close to, but out of view of the house.

There is abundant water on the property, from an ancient spring (St. Faustino being the patron saint of water) and a recently drilled well. Electricity is a 3-phase 6kw mains supply. There is a new buried LPG tank supplying the gas distribution systems and currently 2 central heating

PRICE: Euro 1,600,000

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