4 Bedroom House For Sale
Built around a 13th century church which is registered with the 'belle arte' in Rome and recorded in the church records as 'San Pietro al Col di Sole', this authentic property was painstakingly reconstructed by the present owners who purchased it in 1991 when it was deconsecrated.
The beautiful church, with an amazing arched ceiling built completely out of stone, is now a comfortable and striking living and formal dining area packed with the original features only an extraordinary structure can provide.
The adjacent spacious kitchen, with raised fireplace and a cozy sitting area, has French doors which provide the main entrance to the house from a shaded archway. On the other side of the kitchen, another set of French doors leads to a large terrace shaded by a grape vine covered pergola.
Off the ground floor hallway are two bedrooms; a twin and a double, both of which share the Jack and Jill bathroom. All three of these rooms have French doors to the garden.
Also on the ground floor with external access, is a technical/storage room. One of the villa's two studies is located above the technical room with independent access via steps from the garden.
Stairs from the ground floor hallway lead up to a corridor and to the stunning master bedroom with a fireplace, a door leading to the loggia (external staircase) and a truly fabulous ceiling which is entirely made of wood rather than having the more traditional terracotta tiles laid over the exposed beams. There is an adorable second queen bedroom on this floor with an en suite bathroom. This double bedroom, as well as others, has a ceiling made up of slate slabs and exposed wooden beams; again, a beautiful and rare architectural feature in a property of this nature. There also is a study on this floor with magnificent views which could be used as a fifth bedroom.
As well as having the above-mentioned fireplaces Col di Sole has LPG central heating and there is internet and WIFI. There is abundant water supply at Col di Sole via two private wells and a spring.
The surrounding large, and very lovely, drought-resistant garden was designed by the internationally renowned garden designer, Don Leevers and his colleague, Alessandro Tombelli. The land has two cherry trees as well as two apple trees and two fig trees. A wonderful covered walkway, entwined with roses and worthy of a Jane Austen heroine, leads to the heated 12 x 4 metre saltwater swimming pool complete with automatic cover. The pool has its own pergola providing shade and a spot from which to enjoy the views which are spectacular and all encompassing.
The property is surrounded by 8.2 hectares of its own land which is in turn surrounded by church land and land owned by the region preserved as a park.
Col di Sole is mid-way between Citta di Castello and Pietralunga and the approach to the property is via a kilometer or so of an extremely well-maintained cypress lined gravel road (or strada bianca), with parking arranged just before arriving at the property thus keeping any cars out of sight. Additionally, there is a 15 metre square outbuilding, also restored.
Col di Sole is a wonderful, unique home, full of character and charm as well as modern comforts. Stunning views of the picturesque and tranquil Umbrian countryside are available from all sides while the property is incredibly private with no close neighbours. A perfect place to retreat to and enjoy both sunrises and sunsets and all that this lovely area has to offer.
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