Close to both Citta di Castello in Umbria and Sansepolcro in Tuscany
In an enchanting location surrounded by pretty hills that are dotted with farmhouses and other dwellings. Access to the property is via a private and gated driveway that leads to the front of the house and winds around a raised bed with a mature cedar tree in the centre of it. The front door is under a covered portico with seating area that meets up with the spacious terrace that runs along the front of the building separating it from a large swathe of lawn. Once through the front door of the main house, which measures approximately 390 square metres, there is an elegant hallway with an open-plan, stone staircase. A corridor leads to a bathroom and a multi-purpose room currently used as a bedroom. The rest of the ground floor is pretty much open-plan with full length, double-glazed metal windows that provide a 180 degree view of the lawn, pool and gardens. These windows provide passive solar heat in the colder months and have retractable awnings for shade when it's sunny. There is a dining room with a view of the garden, a sleek and modern kitchen area with large breakfast bar and storage cupboards and a less formal dining room/study. The whole area is paved with terrazzo flooring cleverly laid out to designate the living spaces which are also partially separated from the other by partition walls that are hardly noticeable. There are no internal doors but there is a door from the kitchen to the garden. Also on this floor, but accessed externally, is a large laundry/store-room that could be connected to the multipurpose room and transformed into an independent apartment if need be.
The stairs on the ground floor hall lead up to a large double sitting room which has a fireplace, walnut flooring and a fabulous open gallery with an industrial perforated metal walkway and glass balustrade. Large windows add to the modern feel of the striking interior and allow light to flood in to both the upper and lower floors and highlight the beautiful construction of the roof beams. On this same floor there is a single bedroom/study, two double bedrooms (one with an ensuite bathroom and both with full length windows and Juliet balconies) and an additional bathroom large enough to be divided into two if deemed necessary.
The main building was once the priest's house and the original annex building was used to be one of three little chapels serving pilgrims on the Via Francescano. The newly constructed and well insulated guest annex, measuring approximately 100 square metres, is a short walk from the main house and is separated from it by arbour covered walkways and a decorative pond. Maintaining the general outline of the original chapel, the renovation of the annex is almost complete with only cosmetic works to do. Again an open-plan lay-out with a large sitting room, a large bedroom with ensuite and a kitchen/dining room with stairs leading up to what will be second bedroom, also eventually with ensuite. The entrance hall, once an open space that separated the two original structures, is now, with the addition of a glass atrium, a corridor separating the master suite from the kitchen. Like the metal walkway in the main house, this provides a point of difference that renders the buildings unusual.
Worth mentioning is the fact that the buildings do not overlook each other and the annex garden is private with shade provided by a trio of lovely old oak trees. The irrigated mature gardens are glorious with an abundance of trees, shrubs and flowering plants including cedars, cypresses, 150 olive trees and 250 old fashioned rose bushes. The swimming pool, designed to blend in with the garden and surrounding countryside, is open all year round and in the winter months serves as a decorative pond. Measuring 14 x 5 metres it has a black liner and steps within the pool itself and there is plenty of paved space around it for loungers and chairs. On a practical level, there is a large garage and a wood storage shed tucked out of the way to the side of the property.
Water is supplied by both mains and a private well and there are two water storage cisterns. The bathroom and kitchen fittings are all of the highest quality. Heating is provided with a combination of LPG, wood and pellets and there is a Wi-Fi internet connection and an alarm system.
The property is conveniently located with a riding stables, an 8 hole golf course and hotel with spa within a short drive. The nearest village with post office and a shop is only four kms away. Villa Carlina is an unusual and beautifully maintained property in a picturesque spot. With all amenities close by and only a few metres of white road, it provides the perfect balance between privacy and convenience in peaceful, rural surroundings.