Price: €425,000 Location: Tuscany Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 8 Size m2: 200 Property reference: IT0540
Restored historic watch tower in a delightful location in Tuscany. This unique building is located in a small hamlet or borgo in the foothills of the Appenine mountains about 8kms from San Sepolcro, home of the famous renaissance painter Piero della Francesca. Well adapted for use as a B&B business. Built in the 12th Century it was originally a watch tower close to the Via Francigena along which pilgrims still pass on their way to Assisi, the seat of San Francesco the patron saint of Italy. The building has been recently restored by its present owners to a very high standard and in a way which respects its original characteristics whilst integrating them with every modern comfort. A very striking feature is the spacious (27 square metres) balcony/terrace on the second or upper floor from where superb views over the surrounding wooded hills and westwards across the upper Tiber valley may be enjoyed to the full. Plumbing is in place for a Jacuzzi to be installed if so desired. A door from this terrace leads into the top floor apartment which can become entirely private by locking an internal door giving onto the central staircase. Here the accommodation consists of a fitted kitchen/dining area, a sitting room with a mezzanine floor above it with space for two single beds, a double bedroom, bathroom and storage spaces. A travertine stone staircase leads down to the first or middle floor. Here are the master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 3 other double bedrooms, a large bathroom with tub, and a separate shower room. Down on the ground floor an attractive external feature is a veranda covered over by a metal structure with large arched windows. This offers full protection from the elements and enables “outdoor” living to be enjoyed in spring and autumn, and even on sunny winter days! From this veranda a door leads into the stone-floored entrance hall, where there is a guest cloakroom and the travertine stone staircase referred to above which runs right up through the house. This floor also has two further bedrooms which share a bathroom, a sitting room, dining area and a fully fitted kitchen which has direct access from outside. Below there is a basement area accessed from outside and where there are the boiler/technical room and also a small chapel now deconsecrated but with its attractive altar still in place. Mains water and electricity are connected and LPG gas for domestic use and to fuel the radiator central heating system throughout the house is stored in an underground tank in the garden. with separate taps and metres for each of the three floors. There is good internet connectivity. The lawned area immediately beside the house has a project for a swimming pool, there is a private parking lot accessed from the public lane which runs through the borgo and a further piece of land close by. The surrounding area is wooded and unspoiled. The hamlet has two well known and excellent restaurants just 3 minutes walk away! San Sepolcro can be reached in 15 minutes by car and has shops and all necessary amenities. Trustworthy local help for housekeeping and garden maintenance is available if required. Perugia international airport, with direct flights to London and other destinations, can be reached within one hour and Florence and its airport are also easily accessible.
Energy rating: Energy rating class G. EPI request in progress.