In Umbria, in Città di Castello, luxury villa with guesthouse, annex and pool (16 × 9 m). The property, which is in excellent condition and stands out for its elegance and refinement, has ten bedrooms and nine bathrooms and features a 2nd-century Roman mosaic. The villa was originally a 17th-century convent and was restored in the 1980s by the Japanese architect Kazuhide Takahama. Roughly 2.0 ha o…
In Umbria, in Città di Castello, luxury villa with guesthouse, annex and pool (16 × 9 m). The property, which is in excellent condition and stands out for its elegance and refinement, has ten bedrooms and nine bathrooms and features a 2nd-century Roman mosaic. The villa was originally a 17th-century convent and was restored in the 1980s by the Japanese architect Kazuhide Takahama. Roughly 2.0 ha of land host a wonderful park with prestigious plants. The villa is only 2 km from the historic center of Città di Castello and within easy reach of wonderful towns of art such as Arezzo (42km), Gubbio (49km), Cortona (53km) and Perugia (54km). The property is conveniently located since it is within easy access to the dual carriageway E-45 Orte-Ravenna and the motorway A1 Milan-Naples. Perugia San Francesco airport is only 51 km away, Roma Ciampino airport and Roma Fiumicino airport are 231 km and 249 km away, respectively.
DESCRIPTION OF THE BUILDINGS The villa (960 sqm – 10,330 sqft) was originally a small convent, built in the 17th century over the ruins of a Roman villa. Inside the building, one can find a beautiful black-and-white mosaic that has been dated to the 1st and 2nd century AD (the surface is a trapezoid measuring 6 × 3.6 × 5.6 × 3.1 m). In ancient times, this mosaic probably paved a whole room inside the villa. It is important to note that, not far from the property, roman ruins were uncovered in the late 18th century and several scholars (Authority for Conservation of the Archaeological Heritage) also suggested that Pliny’s villa was located around here. However, in the 1980s the villa underwent a total renovation which was carried out under the supervision of the Japanese architect Kazuhide Takahama (1930 – 2010): the designer took care of reworking the garden, by adding his personal touch, and several of the elements visible in the house were specifically designed by Takahama. - Lower ground floor: internal access from the sitting room and external access to the pool. Going down to the left, you will find a room with a stunning mosaic floor, then there are three rooms with brick vaults dating back to the 16th century and a cantina with brick groin vault ceiling. - Ground floor: a 16th-century vaulted corridor (25 m long, 2.80 m large) leads on the left of the entrance room there is the chapel with a sacristy and independent external access; on the right of the entrance room you will find the sitting room with fireplace and large windows with access to the park, Venetian stucco and gold leaf wall. Two toilets, dining room, kitchen with direct access to the garden, pantry and access to the technical rooms. - First floor: a very bright 16th century staircase leads to the central corridor with authentic 16th century vault. On this floor one can find a studio with view, four bedrooms with changing rooms and bathrooms. - Second floor: two bedrooms, two bathrooms, changing room, set-up for a larger kitchen and sitting room.
The guesthouse (170 sqm – 1,830 sqft) dates back to the 18th century, is laid over two levels and has an independent entry with an 18th-century wooden oven. It is made up of entrance room, kitchen, living room, bathroom, sitting room, a bedroom, attic room, bedroom, changing room and a bathroom.
The third building (160 sqm – 1,720 sqft) includes four heated garages with bathroom and the keeper’s house with kitchen/living room, bathroom and two bedrooms. This building has a vegetable garden.
STATE AND FINISHES The property is in excellent condition and it stands out for its elegance and refinement, moreover, it has mosaic floors, parquet floors, a gold leaf wall, 16th-century brick vaults and fireplaces; the rooms are very bright and cozy. The mosaic floor is black and white, dating back to the 2nd century AD, given its incredible value, is protected by the Authority for Conservation of the Archaeological Heritage. The property has solar water heaters and an irrigation system with a water tank for the garden.
EXTERIORS The villa is surrounded by 2.0 ha (or 4.9 acres) of land and boasts a wonderful park with prestigious plants, like a one-of-a-kind downy oak. The external pool (16 x 9 m) has a maximum depth of 3 m and features changing rooms, sports room and white-marble bathrooms.
USE AND POTENTIAL USES This property is the ideal solution for those who wish to live within easy reach of all amenities, in a prestigious villa equipped of all up-to-date facilities. There is the possibility of purchasing 2.0 further hectares of land.