Italian estate for sale with restored farmhouse and 10th-century Romanesque church plus buildings to restore. 26.3 hectares (65.0 acres) of land. Lots of possibilities for future use.
Italian Country Estate
This country estate offers lots of possibilities for future use. Some ideas include holiday accommodation, agricultural activities, a study centre, a meditation/yoga retreat, returning to its former use as a farm … The main house could be the owner’s residence, the church used for events, ceremonies, seminars, conventions or exhibits, the barn could be restored as a guesthouse and the warehouse as staff accommodation or more bedrooms for guests.
Located in Emilia-Romagna, in what is often referred to as the “Green Sea” ideal for walks and hikes, but close also to Tuscany, Umbria and the Marche regions plus the coast of the Adriatic Riviera is only an hour away so ideal for tourists with an abundance of places to visit. Basic services are available in the nearby village (900m, 2’)
The restored farmhouse has a surface area of 300 sqm – 3,228 with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms on three floors comprising:
– Basement: taverna, laundry, workshop and the remains of the original bell tower;
– Ground floor: living room, kitchen with pantry, studio, bedroom, bathroom and portico;
– First floor: three bedrooms (two of which with walk-in closet) and two bathrooms.
Adjacent to the farmhouse is the church with a surface area of 80 sqm – 861 sqft which is now deconsecrated and has also been restored and converted into a beautiful multipurpose room which can be used as either a living room complementing the farmhouse or as an event hall which can be used for ceremonies, exhibits, seminars, conventions…
The first mention of the Romanesque church dates back to 980 CE, while the farmhouse is probably more recent (13th century). Originally, the church would have been bigger in size and also had an imposing bell tower. The reduction in size, which came about with the construction of the monastery which later became a rectory and finally a farmhouse, can be traced back to the mid-13th century. The farmhouse is adjacent to the church, with a wall shared between the two buildings.
After being converted from a rectory into a farmhouse, the lower floor was used for stables and storage, while the upper floors were inhabited by the farmers who were bound by a sharecropping contract to the curia (that owned the property until 1999).
The church (piece) was used by the citizens of Casteldelci until the 1970s when due to the lack of even basic maintenance, the roof started rotting until it ultimately crumbled. The church fell into abandonment until it was restored in 2000-2001 by the current owners.
The restoration was carried out according to a criterion of philological correctness, through the use of materials consistent with the place and its history, while maintaining all the original openings (windows, doors and internal doors). The internal decorations of the walls respect the typical decorative modality of the whitewashed walls of the rural houses.
During the renovation of the house, the foundations of the original bell tower came to light, which is now visible through an underground walkway located in the basement of the building.
Next to the house, in a secluded position, there is a technical room (15 square meters) which houses the thermal power plant, the plumbing system, a warehouse and a bathroom. With some works you could install a pellet boiler on the property, while if you are willing to do some more substantial intervention you could opt for a wood boiler, considering that the woods belonging to the property are all cutting woods.
As for the water supply, the house is connected to the municipal aqueduct and is equipped with a tank with an autoclave that guarantees constant pressure and speed. The property also features a spring that could easily be exploited as an integration of the current aqueduct system.
Not far from the main building, about a hundred metres away, there are two other rural buildings: a barn (145 m2) which could easily be converted into a spacious home, perhaps for guest accommodation, and a shed (45 m2) which could become a pretty outbuilding or staff accommodation.
The buildings are in need of renovation, but the roofs have already been redone recently in the same way as those of the church and the house. The shed also already has the foundations, so any completion of the work would be rather quick.
The property extends over approximately 26.3 hectares of land, entirely covered by fields (arable land to pastures for a total of 12.6 ha) and mixed bush (13.7 ha).
The garden extends around the farmhouse, with relatively flat land and a pergola covered with climbing roses with a rustic table (3 × 1 m) where you can enjoy lunches and dinners in the open-air immersed in the wild nature of the Apennines.
This does not exclude the possibility of adding other shading gazebos in the garden.
The nature that surrounds the property is particularly lush and wild, thanks also to a reduced and non-aggressive anthropization that has not altered the environment and its natural development in any way over the centuries.
The peculiarity of this place is also – perhaps above all – in its undoubted positive energy, that something that comes from the depths of its centuries-old history as a crossroads of wayfarers, pilgrims, monks and faithful who with their prayers and their songs have “refined” the atmosphere is still very sensitive today.
- TYPE: Italian estate with restored farmhouse and 10th-century Romanesque church plus buildings to restore
- CONDITION: Part restored
- LOCATION: Hilly, panoramic
- MUNICIPALITY: Casteldelci
- PROVINCE: Rimini
- REGION: Emilia-Romagna
- INTERIORS: 585 square metres (6,294 square feet)
- TOTAL ROOMS: 15+
- BEDROOMS: 4+
- BATHROOMS: 4+
- MAIN FEATURES: Stone walls, wooden beams, stone and wooden floors, 10th-century Romanesque church, wooden fixtures, paved portico, foundations of the old bell tower, excellent development opportunity, country houses to be restored
- LAND: 26.3 hectares (65.0 acres)
- GARDEN: Yes, around the buildings
- ANNEXES: Two, a large barn and a smaller warehouse to be restored
- ACCESS: Unpaved road (300 m)
- SWIMMING POOL: No, but possible
- ELECTRICITY: Already connected
- WATER SUPPLY: Mains water + natural spring
- TELEPHONE: Line installed (to be reconnected)
- ADSL: Yes
- GAS: LPG (possibility of installing a wood- or pellet-burning boiler)
- HEATING SYSTEM: Radiators + wood-burning stove
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