2 bedroom villa for sale
Italy - Umbria, Perugia, Umbertide
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The properties are a collection of farm buildings ranging from the farm managers villa through to a series of buildings which were originally working farm properties – the tobacco drying tower, the stables and the bakery. The original buildings were between 200 and 400 years old. All have been wonderfully restored to an exceptionally high standard and the 3.5 acre site includes a communal swimming pool and all-weather tennis court serving eight properties. Each property offers a combination of private outside space and communal grounds.
All but one of the properties has been sold since completion of the development in 2008. In addition one has been repurchased by the developer, Ultissimo, as the owner’s circumstances changed.
The properties at Rancale are priced in sterling, as the investment for development was made originally in sterling. There are no agent fees payable (usually 3% would be charged), and the purchase taxes are very low, being based on the historic registered values of the properties many years ago.
Il Fornaio - £310,000
With total living space of 130sqm and a large private garden and terrace, Il Fornaio (the original bakery) is a generously-proportioned home with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Entry is into the high-ceilinged living area with its large, ancient chestnut beams. The front portion provides the sitting area and the rear part with the highest ceiling has a large, fully fitted L-shaped kitchen and a dining area. From here two short flights of stairs lead successively to two upper levels, each with one bedroom and one bathroom. Both bedrooms, which are large doubles, have French doors leading onto the garden at the side of Il Fornaio. Both bathrooms have a bath, one with a separate shower.
The private outside space consists of a paved terrace which makes an ideal place for al fresco dining, and a large area of lawn with flowerbeds and mature fig trees to two sides of the property. This provides a choice at all times of day of sitting in the sun or in shade.
Il Fornaio has satellite internet with wi-fi, connection for satellite TV, central heating and a fireplace for the winter months. The communal swimming pool and all-weather tennis court are shared with seven other properties at Rancale.
Il Mulino - £360,000
Il Mulino, the original mill building, which ground wheat and produced olive oil, offers 150sqm of living space with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It has beautiful arches and a spacious feeling, with lovely views from the peaceful garden immediately to the front of the property.
Il Mulino is on one floor; the other half of the building is a separate property above entered from a different direction, so Il Mulino feels independent and private. Entry is into the kitchen and dining area, with the large main living area beyond. There is one bedroom with en suite bathroom beyond the living room, and the second bedroom is to one side with a separate bathroom. Both bedrooms have French doors that lead directly outside. Both bedrooms are spacious doubles.
The private outside space consists of a terrace beneath a pergola with a mature wisteria growing over it, and a small area of lawn. The terrace makes an ideal shaded place for al fresco dining with lovely views. The garden has a generally southerly aspect so is always very sunny from morning until evening.
Il Mulino has satellite internet with wi-fi, connection for satellite TV and central heating. The communal swimming pool and all-weather tennis court are shared with seven other properties at Rancale.
Rancale is readily reached from the E45 dual carriageway which runs the length of Umbria. It is less than 5 minutes’ drive along tarmac roads to the tree-lined driveway of Rancale. Rancale is 25 minutes’ from Perugia airport, and two hours from Rome.
By chance Rancale is close to the very best Renaissance and medieval heritage of Italy. Rome, Florence, Assisi, Perugia and Siena are all within 2 hours’ drive and so make easy day-trips. Lake Trasimeno, the fourth largest lake in Italy is 40 minutes’ away if you choose to leave the peace and tranquillity of Rancale. The area hosts the internationally renowned Umbria Jazz festival in July, Eurochocolate in Perugia in October and a host of other festivals and pageants celebrating food, drink and the medieval traditions of the area.
All properties at Rancale have high speed internet with wi-fi, satellite TV and central heating for the cooler winter months. It also has ample space for parking in the communal parking area beyond the tennis court – owners are requested only to drive to their property to load and unload their car, thus keeping the site free of traffic noise. There is also shared use of the large, heated swimming pool and the all-weather tennis court. Full property, gardens and grounds maintenance is provided through a local English-owned company.