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Emilia-romagna - Rural Property With 10th-century Church For Sale In Casteldelci
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  • 4 bedrooms
  • 4 bathrooms
Property description
At the border between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna, in a quiet and retired position, rural complex with house, 10th-century Romanesque pieve (reworked in the 18th century) and rural country houses to be restored. The property (300 sqm), preserving most of its original features intact, houses 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and the church, deconsecrated, has been converted into a beautiful multipurpose hall (living room, dining room, event hall). The 26.3 hectares of land surrounding the property feature untouched landscaped, with a historically limited and non-invasive human activity, where nature could prosper following its rhythm.
Basic services are available in the nearby village (900m, 2) and the location of the property is also ideal to reach many art cities of Tuscany (Arezzo and the places of Piero della Francesca, Florence, Siena), Romagna (San Leo, Cesena, Ravenna) and Marche (Urbino, Pesaro) plus the beaches of the Adriatic Riviera (Rimini, Riccione, Cesenatico, the Monte San Bartolo Natural Park).

The main house (300 sqm 3,228, 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms) has been restored and is laid over three floors as follows:
- 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.

Right next to the house is the church (80 sqm 861 sqft), nowadays deconsecrated and in excellent shape, which has been converted into a beautiful multipurpose room which could be used as either a living room complementing the house or as a hall for events, ceremonies, exhibits, seminars, conventions

The first mention of the Romanesque church dates back to 980 CE, while house is surely more recent (13th century). Originally, the church was bigger in size and was completed by an imposing bell tower. The reduction in size, 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 house sits right next to the church, with a wall shared between the two buildings.
After being converted from a rectory into a farmhouse, the lower floor of the house was used for stables and storage rooms for years, while the upper floors were inhabited by the farmers, bound by a sharecropping contract to the curia (which owned the property until 1999).

The pieve was used by the citizens of Casteldelci until the 1970s when, for lack of basic maintenance, the roof started rotting until it ultimately crumbled. Fallen into abandonment, the pieve was restored in 2000-2001 by the current owners.
The renovation followed philological criteria, with materials commonly found in the area and maintaining all the openings (windows and doors, both external and internal ones). The decorations on the walls follow the usual pattern found in plastered rural houses.
While renovating the house, the foundations of the original bell tower were discovered right under the building and they can now be admired thanks to a corridor running all around them in the basement of the house.

Next to the house is a technical room (15 sqm 161 sqft) housing the boiler room, the water systems, a storage room and an independent bathroom. With just a few works one could easily install a pellet-burning boiler in the property or, if you dont mind a few more works, a wooden boiler, given that the property includes a great surface of coppice woodland.
As for the water supply, the house relies on the municipal aqueduct and a water cistern with pump has been installed to ensure constant pressure. A natural spring flows in the property and it could be easily exploited to support the aqueduct.
Not far from the main complex, roughly a hundred meters away, are two more rural buildings: a barn (145 sqm 1,560 sqft) that would be easy to convert into a spacious country house, potentially as an accommodation unit, and a warehouse (45 sqm 484 sqft), smaller in size, that could be used as a cozy guesthouse or a keepers house.
Both buildings need to be restored but the roofs have been recently replaced, following the same criteria used for the house and the church. Whats more, the warehouse has already been underpinned for stability, so the remaining works will be quick.

The property covers roughly 26.3 hectares of land, entirely covered in meadows (arable and grazing land totaling 12.6 ha) and mixed woodland (13.7 ha).
The garden surrounds the house, with a relatively plain land and a beautiful pergola covered in creeper roses equipped with a 3 1 m rustic table to enjoy al fresco dinners in the beautiful nature of the Apennines. This doesnt mean other gazebos cant be assembled in the gardens.
The nature all around the property is lush and wild, thanks also to a reduced and non-aggressive human activity which hasnt altered the landscaped and its natural development over the centuries.
The peculiarity of this place resides for the most part in its positive energy, something deriving from its secular history as a crossroads for wayfarers, pilgrims, monks and devotees who, with their prayers and chants have deeply influenced the atmosphere of the area.

The layout of the buildings, together with the privacy offered, allows creating a sort of independent world where one could start a project for accommodation, agricultural activities, a center for studies, a meditation/yoga retreat The main house would be the owners residence, the church an event hall for ceremonies, seminars, conventions or exhibits, the barn could be restored as a guesthouse and finally the warehouse as a keepers house or more bedrooms for the guests.
The development potential is unlimited and one could also bring the property back to its previous nature of farm.
-, Rimini, Italy
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