Castle real estate, a restored 13th-century medieval castle for sale near Foligno in Umbria. Presently a small 5-star boutique hotel and a perfect backdrop for weddings and events but would also make a superb prestige home.
Restored Italian Medieval Castle for Sale
This stunning mediaeval castle can be found in the municipality of Foligno, in the region of Umbria, in a stunning panoramic location. Currently, the more than 500 square metre property has 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. A beautifully renovated private chapel is part of a lovely garden that is surrounded by old walls and is perfect for celebrations and weddings.
The property is completed by 3.0 hectares of land all around.
The little hamlet at the bottom of the hill (600 m, readily accessible on foot) provides all the essential amenities, but from the castle, one can drive to the towns and cities in Umbria such as Foligno, Spello, Assisi, Perugia, Todi, Cortona in less than two hours.
Arriving by car, you park close to the tower and use the wall opening to access the courtyard. The main walkway from this point on goes to the church, the praesidium, and the terrace that provides access to the tower. The private chapel still exudes its original beauty as a result of a skilful renovation and repair and the stunning vaulted ceilings and a section of a crucifixion artwork from the fourteenth century were both rediscovered through the removal of non-original plasters.
The praesidium is divided into two levels, each with a separate entrance.
Bedroom No. 1 and a bathroom with authentic 18th-century majolica tiles are located on the ground floor. Bedroom No. 1 is immediately accessible from the yard.
A live-in kitchen and dining area, with original terracotta flooring and furnishings made of copper and ceramic, as well as a bathroom, are located on the first floor.
Exiting the kitchen leads to a 350 square metre paved patio that is decorated with terracotta jars and furnished with tables and chairs so that guests may take advantage of Umbria’s lovely summertime weather.
From here, a wooden stairway leads to the tower’s entryway, which is accessible by a tiny door that was originally designed to keep attackers outside the structure.
Bedroom No. 2 on the entry-level is furnished with authentic 19th-century pieces and has a private toilet.
Beams of wood support the ceiling.
As we climb the stairs, we reach bedroom No.3, which has a private bathroom and is equipped with authentic 18th-century antiques.
The lovely bedroom N°4 is located on the second floor. It has a private bathroom and a lovely vaulted ceiling. A vintage fireplace adds flair to the space.
The second-to-last floor was transformed into a lovely living room that the tower’s visitors could use.
Finally reaching the summit, bedroom N°5 is the smallest but also the strangest.
Originally a space inside the tower’s guardhouse where sentinels could seek refuge from the elements in case of rain or inclement weather.
A door opens out to a crenellated chemin de ronde with a distinctive vista of the Umbrian landscape beyond.
A stairway from the ground level returns to the tower’s basement, where a large space has been transformed into a laundry facility.
Each visitor may customise the temperature in their room with the autonomous heating/cooling system that is installed in every bedroom. Showers are cosy, and a pressurisation system provides water.
The castle was given new life by the conservative and skilful restoration of the site, which also permitted the tower, chapel, and substantial portion of the walls to be preserved.
The ruins of what once were stores and artist warehouses are plainly seen around the ramparts.
A project to perhaps rehabilitate these remains and add 570 square metres of habitable space has also been proposed.
The earliest written accounts of the tower come from the second half of the 13th century. In the Cronaca di Perugia, it is noted that on May 19, 1289, a battalion of Perugine soldiers assaulted various fortifications in the area of Foligno, including this tower.
On top of the hill, the castle was constructed in the first part of the 14th century, most likely on the ruins of the previous tower.
The placement made it simple to control the valley below. The castle initially had a horseshoe form and followed the hill’s contour.
Even though the massive wall has been repaired several times since the 16th century, just a part of it is still standing.
Standing in a plot of land with 470 olive trees and an approximate area of 3.0 hectares (7.4 acres).
With repair work done recently in 2022, the guest parking lot has been renovated and enlarged.
The castle’s walls encircle the 1,500 square metres (0.4 acres) garden in front of the tower, which received a comprehensive renovation in the first half of 2022.
Reclaimed bricks have been used to pave all of the walkways and terraces.
To access all of the towers around the walls, which have been transformed into comfortable, secluded relaxation areas, several staircases have been created.
The main terrace, which is at the tower’s entry, has also been renovated and improved with a bioclimatic pergola that enables using shade even on the hottest summer days.
An 8.5 x 4.5 m above-ground swimming pool is also included in the courtyard. It was renovated in 2022 with the addition of a heat pump to keep the water warm and a canopy over a freshly paved sunbathing area.
The property’s stunning outdoor area, which includes a cutting-edge lighting system, gives it the ideal backdrop for weddings and other special occasions.
- TYPE: Medieval castle real estate – boutique hotel
- CONDITION: Restored with luxury finishes
- LOCATION: hilly, panoramic view
- MUNICIPALITY: Spoleto
- PROVINCE: Perugia
- REGION: Umbria
- INTERIORS:500 square metres (5380 square feet)
- TOTAL ROOMS: 7+
- BEDROOMS: 5+
- BATHROOMS: 6+
- MAIN FEATURES: Stone building, wooden beams, original stone fireplaces, frescoes, arches, old tower, vaulted ceilings, original Cotto floors, Guelph crenellations, chemin de ronde, private chapel, garden, brick-paved walkways, relaxation areas on the towers, bio-climatic pergola
- LAND: 3 hectares (7.4 acres)
- GARDEN: 1,500 square metres (0.4 acres)
- ANNEXES: Private chapel
- ACCESS: Excellent
- SWIMMING POOL: 8.5 × 4.5 m (heated)
- ELECTRICITY: Already connected
- WATER SUPPLY: Mains water
- TELEPHONE: Already connected
- ADSL: Yes
- GAS: Municipal network
- HEATING SYSTEM: Underfloor and air conditioning
- CLOSEST CITIES AND TOWNS Closest services (600m; 2’), Foligno (16km; 25’), Spello (17km; 25’), Assisi (28km; 35’), Perugia (46km; 50’), Terni (70km; 1h 10’), Todi (79km; 1h 10’), Lago Trasimeno (61km; 55’), Cortona (90km, 1h 20’); Arezzo (135km; 1h 45’), Siena (150km; 2’), San Gimignano (190km; 2h 40’), Florence (192km; 2h 20’)
- CLOSEST AIRPORTS Perugia San Francesco (36km; 40’), Ancona Raffaello Sanzio (111km; 1h 40’), Roma Ciampino (181km; 2h 20’), Roma Fiumicino (201km; 2h 35’), Firenze Vespucci (205km; 2h 25’), Forlì Ridolfi (210km; 2h 45’), Bologna Marconi (276km; 3h 20’), Pisa Galilei (296 km; 3h 10’)
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