A short distance from Città della Pieve, at the border between Umbria and Tuscany, this 19th-century castle houses a cozy boutique hotel with 8 bedrooms, restaurant and wellness center. The property, in typical Neo-Gothic style, is surrounded by 6,000 sqm of well-maintained park with peculiar trees, a swimming pool and a beautiful greenhouse with geodetic dome.
Services are all available in the nearby town (1km; 5’) and from the castle one can easily many of the most renowned cities and towns of Umbria and Tuscany (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Perugia, San Casciano dei Bagni, Orvieto, Montalcino…). The closest airport is Perugia (54km; 55’) and for international flights one can reach Rome in less than two hours.
DESCRIPTION OF THE BUILDINGS
The castle (612 sqm – 6,585 sqft, 8 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms) dates back to the second half of the 19th century, as proven by the Neo-Gothic style of the building. The structure is made out of bricks and features elements typical of an idealized (and never existed) Middle Age so loved between the 18th and the 19th century. The building is laid over four floors plus a tower with a nice panoramic terrace:
- Basement: cellar/storage room;
- Ground floor: entrance room, offices with bathroom, ample living room, kitchen and two restaurant halls;
- First floor: four bedrooms with private sitting room and bathroom (three of these have direct access to the terrace of the castle);
- Second floor: living room on the landing, three bedrooms with private sitting room and bathroom and a two-story suite with direct access to the tower-top panoramic terrace.
The building has been finely restored and decorations were executed by master Mario Marco Marroni from Città della Pieve who also painted the beautiful trompe-l‘œil skyline of the city in the living room. Original windows have been restored and placed back in their positions and some of them feature beautiful multicolored glasses.
The old orangery (roughly 100 sqm – 1,076 sqft, 4 bathrooms) has been converted into a cozy wellness center with Finnish sauna, Turkish bath with chromotherapy, emotional shower, relax area and bathrooms.
Two small storage rooms (50 sqm – 538 sqft in total) complete the property.
The castle is surrounded by a well-maintained 6,000-sqm park accessed via an imposing pig-iron gate. The park next to flowers and decorative bushes, houses trees like lindens, horse chestnuts, pines and Lebanon cedars. Among these trees, a huge 500-year-old oak stands out right in front of the castle. A metal gazebo, located on the right side of the castle, was originally used for outdoor breakfast and is nowadays a nice place to relax and enjoy the climate of Umbria.
The most interesting element of the garden is, without a doubt, the greenhouse covered in a nice geodetic dome (15 m in diameter) born initially as an aviary and to shelter some of the exotic animals the owner bought over the years. Right next to the wellness center is located the 9.3 × 4.0 m swimming pool with terracotta-paved solarium.
USE AND POTENTIAL USES
The castle is currently working as a boutique hotel and is also rented for conferences, congresses and events thanks to its beautiful halls. However, it is always possible to convert the building back into a luxury private residence with park.