This charming abbey hearkens to an era of quiet contemplation and timeless elegance. Spreading over 1000 sq.m. with 8 bedrooms and 5 kitchens – this sumptuous estate is rich in history. Its hidden underground passages and an ancient Etruscan fountain are testimonies of a time long past.
Bracketed between the natural beauty of central Italy and the convenience of Orvieto, you will be close to both town and country. With a charming 20×3 swimming pool, a stunning glazed corridor and a sauna, this estate showcases a confluence of traditional materials and modern touches.
This splendid historical abbey dates back to Etruscan times, when underground passages were dug for storage, just like in the nearby city of Orvieto. A tower was then erected in the Middle Ages. This historical estate remained fairly untouched until the 18th century, when a monastery was built around the abbey.
The property was then severely affected by the bombings that took place in World War Two and thus rebuilt in 1945. What you now see is the outcome of an elegant renovation that took place in the 1970s under the careful eye of Italian architect and designer Melchiorre Bega. Its reputation is one for excellence – you can expect superior craftmanship throughout.
Today’s abbey is a sumptuous property of 1000 sq.m. split among two units: the main villa and a separate cottage for your guests.
Step into this masterfully renovated villa and be greeted by its warm and cozy atmosphere, with splendid stone details and timber beamed ceilings.
This structure’s daytime areas feature 4 kitchens, superbly appointed with every modern convenience and timeless materials, which tie in seamlessly with its 2 living rooms. They are voluminous living spaces, designed for entertaining yet also perfect for everyday family moments. Gather around the splendid, raised fireplace showcasing more stone details – adding that Italian charm.
Stepping into the sleeping area of the main villa you’re met with 7 expansive bedrooms and 7 adjacent bathrooms. They are cozy, welcoming spaces to comfortably host your family and guests.
Several cotto tiled porches overlooking the garden and two handy storage rooms are only some of the amenities that this estate offers. It also features a charming glazed corridor – element protected for year-round entertaining.
Nestled in its basement is the crown jewel of this structure: a stunning sauna. This home doesn’t miss one beat when it comes to luxury comforts.
This separate building features a splendid open plan kitchen with living room, a double bedroom, and an adjacent bathroom. Modern hardware paired with timeless materials maintain the level of excellence found throughout.
This gracious space is completed with an impressive raised stone fireplace. It overlooks the garden and opens to a stunning pergola where you can place wrought iron chairs and table and enjoy a nice espresso in the shade after lunch.
Another uniqueness to this beautiful home is its lot size paired with a floor plan that provides a seamless indoor/outdoor flow: around 6 ha of lush grounds allow for endless outdoor everyday living and entertaining.
A stunning 20×3 sparkling pool completes the comforts of being outdoors. An elegant wooden sundeck lines the sides of this peaceful idyll – it is the perfect spot to host elegant pool events.
Here you will also find a garage and a 5-car parking space which make for the perfect addition for car lovers and your guests.
The garden also features a number of patios, some of which element-protected, and a historical Etruscan fountain. Dating back to the same era you’ll also find an underground tunnel which can be now used as a cellar.
Stepping onto the property you’re struck by the grandeur of the residence. It is nestled in the Umbrian hills, granting the utmost privacy to you and your guests. It provides a 360 view of the countryside and the Appennini mountains, making for a one-of-a-kind peaceful retreat – yet just 15 km away you find the stunning town of Orvieto, rich in history and culture.
Orvieto is worldwide known for its majestic cathedral and, among other things, its plethora of underground tunnels dating back to Etruscan times – they call it the Orvieto Sotterranea (Orvieto Underground). Roughly the same principle was applied with the tunnels under this estate, dating back to the same time.
If you’re up for a relaxing daytrip, Lake Bolsena is but half an hour away, whereas in around 1 and a half hours you’ll be in Rome enjoying a nice aperitivo in front of the Colosseo. If Florence is your city of choice for a Sunday stroll, in just about 2 hours you’ll be walking in front of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella.
Why Buy It
This estate’s grounds have fascinated men for over 2 millennia. You’ll be walking and breathing history while conducting your everyday business. Yet despite its historical grandeur, this charming estate conveys every modern desire with a floor plan ideally suited both for family living and grand-scale entertaining.
It is a stunning mix of century-old traditions and modern-day luxury, with a majestic pool sited next to an Etruscan fountain or a sauna surrounded by ancient stones. This property has endless possibilities, from renting out a part of it to hosting elegant events in the garden and under its patios.
Nearest Town With Services: 4 km
Schools: 5 km
Orvieto: 15 km
Theatre: 15 km
Hospital: 16 km
Highway: 18 km
Lake Bolsena: 20 km
Lake Trasimeno: 82 km
Terni: 86 km
Capalbio: 86 km
Spoleto: 93 km
Roma: 133 km
Firenze: 177 km