Real estate for sale - Country houses
18th century restored farmhouse flanked by a separate guesthouse, studio and pool near Amelia
Podere Castello is an 18th century farmhouse that has been thoughtfully and tastefully restored flanked by a separate guesthouse, studio and pool sitting on approx. 6 ha of private land. Nestled on the edge of a Mediterranean oak forest while offering amazing views that stretch out across the valley to the Terminillo mountain range, this charming property is located in a rural, authentic corner of southern Umbria. Cascading down from the main farmhouse lie the stunning terraced gardens with 14x7 m swimming pool. A walk along the weaving paths reveals a wide variety of fruit trees, herb plants, wild flowers and local flora. The main farmhouse consists on the ground floor of a large open-plan kitchen, dining and sitting room as well as a library, guest bathroom and a 60 m² storage space/cantina. The main terrace leads off the kitchen and living areas and offers a vine-covered pergola for outdoor dining, ample seating with stunning views of the unspoilt valley and distant hills. Upstairs five double en-suite bedrooms face out over the same stunning panorama. A corridor runs the length of the building connecting the bedrooms and exits onto a wide terrace overlooking the forest at the rear of the farmhouse. The guesthouse is situated aside the main farmhouse divided by a small 'piazza' in the shade of a cherry tree with a barbecue area and large pizza oven. The front terrace overlooks the pool and valley and the guesthouse itself, fitted with underfloor heating and a working fireplace, offers a large open plan living area, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a small storage room. A historic sty that has been redesigned into a small studio cottage. Although relatively small, it has the luxury of a large terrace overlooking the pool in the shadow of some cherry trees. A small bathroom complements the L-shaped living space with an ample kitchen corner. This intimate little building offers the opportunity for possible extension. Further down the garden lie two terraces of fenced organic vegetable garden, just above the olive groves, fruit and nut trees and an orchard. The land has been organically sustained for over 30 years with no use of fertilisers or chemicals. The fruit and nut trees in various locations on the property include figs, five plum varieties, pear, apple, persimmon, cherry and walnut. There is the possibility to buy more land. Podere Castello is currently run as a holiday rental property and offers the opportunity of rental income for potential buyers, holding an existing faithful clientele that often return year on year. Situated at merely 1 km from a quaint village which offers a bar, a local butcher and greengrocer (producing his own meat and vegetables) and a couple of restaurants and agriturismi in the surrounding hills. The Colli Amerini or hills surrounding Amelia produce world class olive oil and some fantastic local wines.