Posted by: sucasabella | November 30, 2010

Freezing November!!

I’m sitting here under so many layers of clothing, I feel like a ‘bag lady’!!   and I guess I’m not alone in wishing I was somewhere warmer right now!

We are receiving a lot of enquiries for Italy at the moment and certainly have plenty to offer in Tuscany, Umbria and Le Marche at a variety of prices. Please do enquire if you are seeking your own piece of Italian heaven and let us know your requirements and budget; we’ll be very happy to send details of what we have available.

For now –  how about these properties in Umbria to tempt you …

A few kms from the Spoleto town centre, Il Convento is part of a 16C convent comprising two elegant apartments very sensitively restored and converted, while retaining many original features, by an architect 8 years ago. The main spacious, open-plan apartment – with beamed and domed ceilings – has two double bedrooms, one bathroom,  a fully equipped kitchen/breakfast room built into the rock, an L-shaped, open-plan sitting/dining room with 16C fresco by the High-Renaissance painter Lo Spagna as a centrepiece, plus a huge 16C stone fireplace.  Below, and to the side of it, is the other smaller apartment. Neither apartment intrudes on the privacy of the other in any way. Each apartment has its own terrace. There is central heating in both apartments, satellite tv and broadband.        150 m2    Euros 290,000

The detached Casa Verde offers an open kitchen, dining room and living room, plus an office/single guest bedroom, all on the ground floor. A bathroom is  also conveniently located for use from the pool and terraces and outside eating/lounging areas, orchards and small vineyard. Upstairs are two double bedrooms and a 2nd bathroom. Just steps from the house is a beautiful private 10 x 5m swimming pool with ample decking for lounging. The landscaped and terraced grounds cover more than 2400 sq. metres (over ½ acre) and the property enjoys stunning views to Monte Santa Maria Tiberina. The hill towns of Lippiano, Monterchi, and the larger towns of Anghiari, Citta di Castello and Sansepolcro are all a few minutes away.    100 m2    Euros 325,000

Palazzo Massarucci is a large, magnificent palace that sits atop a mountain in the hills between Acquasparta, Terni and Spoleto in southern Umbria, only 1½ hours north of Rome. Within its 1,000 square metres (10,000 sq ft), you’ll find 9 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 3 full kitchens, an indoor wood-burning oven, an indoor grill, skylights, terraces, lofts, under-floor heating as well as 6 working fireplaces. The palazzo dates back to 1500 when the original owners, the Massarucci family, built it on the foundations of a medieval fortress. It stands as the outer wall of the tiny village of Macerino and it enjoys the glorious views of the hills and valleys below which have remained unchanged over the centuries. Vast forests surround the palace, rich with truffles, wild asparagus and wild mushrooms. Lovingly restored with an eye to comfort, the Palazzo has been turned into 4 separate apartments, each with its own separate heating system. Some of them have frescoes and many original features.  Offering breathtaking views, the panoramic terrace and  large swimming pool, plus sauna and three double tubs proffer a spa-like experience to complete the property.    Euros 1,450,000

Needless to say – more information and photographs, plus floorplans are readily available to any interested parties and – if you would like to go and take a look, my colleague in Umbria, Adriana (who speaks impeccable English), will be ready to assist you.

If anyone is looking for something with year-round sunshine – Cape Verde should certainly be a strong contender.  We offer homes of all sizes on a 5-star beach development, many now ready for occupancy.  More info and photos next time, so watch this space.  Now – where did I put those fur slippers …….?





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