Real estate for sale - Country houses
Restored ancient convent with Roman watch tower, panoramic pool and 12 ha of land at the edge of Todi in Umbria
At only a stone’s throw from Todi, l’Antico Convento, is built on the foundations of a 1st Century B.C. Roman watch tower overlooking the Tiber Valley. In 1020, the tower was incorporated into a small convent. The restored stone house, with panoramic pool and annexe building in need of renovation, sits on approximately 12 ha of olive groves (some 300 trees), sunflower fields, and a small vineyard. The ancient and sophisticated walled Etruscan town of Todi is the panorama from l’Antico Convento’s extensive terraces. The building was restored with close attention to historical authenticity. All building materials were either reclaimed and/or handmade, the extraordinary cornice was hand carved to match a small remaining piece. With the exception of the living room, all chestnut ceiling beams are original to the house. The walls were painted with natural regional pigments, ground and mixed by the artist on site. The carved stone mantels are 14th century. One enters the house into a double height reception room (incorporating the original exterior stairway) with antique fireplace and French doors to one of the terraces. From the reception room you reach a dining room that seats 10 at a 400 yr. old refectory table, a breakfast room and a fully fitted kitchen with cherry wood cabinets, and a spiral staircase to the wine cellar with laundry room and large storage area. This could become a hobby or cinema room. Again from the dining room you reach a television room with original chestnut beams and three French doors opening to a pergola covered terrace. Completing the ground floor is a lovely bathroom. The entire ground level was the original convent with highly prized vaulted ceilings with their complex brick patterns. All the rooms have access to the terraces on the back of the house, enjoying wonderful views of the medieval town and the surrounding landscape - ideal for al fresco dining and relaxing drinks. On the half landing is a bedroom with en suite bathroom, fireplace, and French doors leading to the outside terraces with again views of Todi. An impressive staircase brings you to the first floor with an open-plan study with views over the reception room. Continuing through another original brick arch one enters a cosy sitting room with huge antique fireplace and spectacular vaulted ceilings. On this floor is situated the master bedroom with fireplace, en suite bathroom and walk-in closet. The bedroom has windows on three sides with the most wonderful views. From the sitting room stairs lead to the original tower on two levels with each a double bedroom and en suite bathrooms. Distances: Todi all amenities 500 meters, Perugia 40 km, Orvieto 35 km, Assisi 53 km, Spoleto 45 km. Airports: Perugia 44 km, Rome Fiumicino 162 km, Florence 208 km.