Il Monastero di Sant’Antonio is a beautiful historical sixteenth century home with established gardens, once part of an Augustinian monastery and based around a signal tower dating back to the twelfth century. It is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and rolling hills, situated in the countryside outside Perugia. The property is a three-floor portion and retains many of its original features. It also incorporates a large, independent apartment on the ground floor.
The location is ideal – halfway between Rome and Florence and 13 km from Perugia, the regional capital. Assisi is 45 km and Lake Trasimeno, 15 km. Most of the original antique furniture and fittings in the house will be included in the sale of the house, if of interest.
The main house is composed of seven bedrooms, three bathrooms, two large sitting rooms, two dining rooms. The apartment is composed of two bedrooms, one bathroom, two sitting rooms.
This beautiful three storey, 600 sq m home has thick stone walls, cotto floors, magnificent wooden beams and large fireplaces. It was originally one wing of a monastery.
The main house, (the top two floors), has seven bedrooms, three bathrooms, another wc, two large living rooms, a study, a music room, two dining rooms, a kitchen, an ironing/linen room, cellar/laundry and an attic. There are two fireplaces and central heating.
The large independent apartment on the ground floor was originally the wine cellar. It has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a large living room, a small sitting room and a kitchen/dining room. A double-sided fireplace opens onto both the kitchen/dining room and the sitting room. The apartment has central heating and its own private courtyard garden and barbecue.
The property has beautiful views down the valley to the neighbouring Cardinal’s Villa with Monte Tezio in the distance.
The main terraced 2300 sqm garden is large, shady and well-established and the 7615 sqm adjoining field is also part of the property. There are two wells – one in the garden and another in the courtyard. There are olive, cherry, fig, walnut, apple, apricot, plum, loquat and persimmon trees and wild asparagus abound in the spring. Truffles also grow in the garden. There is also a barbecue with beautiful views over the valley.
Overall the land is just under a hectare – so there is plenty of room for a swimming pool, tennis court, horses, or an orchard.
Sant’Antonio is the perfect European base or holiday home for a large family or a group of friends. The apartment could be used for holiday rentals or home exchanges or it could house a caretaker.
IN THE VICINITY
The house lies on the crest of a small hill surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and fields. The wooded hill behind the house is home to deer and wild boar as well as a variety of small game.
The local village is Colle Umberto – about 1.5km from Sant’Antonio. The village is small but it has a supermarket, ATM, bar, post office, newsagent/tobacconist, para-pharmacy and hairdresser. There is a riding school and a restaurant nearby.
Between Sant’Antonio and Colle Umberto lies La Villa del Colle del Cardinale, the Cardinal’s Villa, the most prestigious Renaissance villa in Umbria. It was built in 1575. The Villa and its 30 hectare park is now owned by the government and has recently been restored. Sant’Antonio predates the villa and features in a trompe-l’oeil fresco on one of its walls.
No development is allowed between Sant’Antonio and the Cardinal’s Villa because of the beauty of the landscape.
Only 7 km east of Sant’Antonio lies the Antognolla Golf Course overlooked by a magnificent medieval castle. The course was designed by the renowned designer Robert Trent Jones Junior.
Again not far from the house – only 4km – is the home of a Sardinian shepherd who makes some of the best pecorino and ricotta to be found in Umbria.
The original monastery consisted of two large wings on opposite sides of a central courtyard. Over time the two wings became two separate properties and Sant’Antonio is one of these. A signal tower dating back to the 12th century was incorporated into the other wing and that wing is owned by an architect from Milan. She and her husband now live there permanently as do the family in the farmhouse across the road. This means there are no security issues when Sant’Antonio is vacant. There is very little passing traffic.
Sant’Antonio is located a half-way between Rome and Florence. Rome is 165 km and Florence 140 km.
The regional capital, Perugia, with its museums and galleries and many excellent restaurants is 15-20 minutes away. This city, of Etruscan origin, is renowned for its many monuments of historic, cultural and artistic importance and also for its prestigious University for Foreigners where courses in Italian language and culture are held throughout the year. Perugia also hosts one of Europe’s oldest jazz festivals, Umbria Jazz, in July each year and La Sagra Musicale Umbra is a chamber music festival held in various churches in the autumn. The well-known Festival dei Due Mondi is held in Spoleto, just south of Perugia, every summer. In fact almost every town and village in Umbria hosts at least one festival a year.
Lake Trasimeno, Italy’s fourth biggest lake, is a 15 minute drive. Todi, Gubbio, Assisi, Orvieto, Spello and the many other beautiful hill towns for which Umbria is famous are within easy reach. Cortona (of “under the Tuscan Sun” fame) is 40km away and Siena 100km. The Adriatic Coast and towns such as Ravenna, Ancona and Rimini are all easily accessible through the Apennines.
The Umbrian airport is a 30 minute drive, halfway between Perugia and Assisi. Ryan Air flies from there to Stansted (England) throughout the year and also to Brussels and other European cities. There are also regular flights between Perugia and Milan.
- Price: 875.000€
- Area: 600 sq m
- Land: Yes
- Pool: No
- Location: 06133 Perugia PG, Italia
- Region: Umbria
- Bedrooms: 9
- Bathrooms: 6
- Energy rating: G
- Stunning Views
- Wooden beams