Noteworthy for its unique architectural heritage and desirable location, the important country estate of rare substance and beauty is an exceptional trophy property boasting a spectacular pedigree of magnificence and historic significance.
Rarely does a property of such magnitude and importance come to the market. This is a unique opportunity to acquire a trophy property of significant heritage and historic value in the Piedmont region: a property that will be sold at a No Reserve Auction at the end of June 2018.
Enclosed within a large historic walled park and surrounded by the Monferrato countryside, this unique centuries-old estate – a former Benedictine convent – comes with its own Romanesque basilica, an imposing main villa of 3,100m2, several ancillary buildings totalling 11,000m2, and nine hectares of sprawling parkland dotted with majestic trees.
The estate’s potential is further augmented by cellars of 1,110m2.
Here is a property of massive scale and potential, an important estate that is not only a prestigious family home, but which could equally be optimised for an attractive business venture, such as residential or tourist accommodation, or special events location for corporate functions, gala receptions, weddings and conferences (subject to planning permissions).
It does not happen often that one of the most magnificent properties in a region – presented with the beauty and grandeur of its time – comes to the open market. So this stunning historic country estate with its own basilica is a rare offering – unmatched in scale, uniqueness and possibility.
The approach to the sprawling estate is a tree-lined drive that creates the perfect introduction to this sensational property of alluring beauty and tranquil charms.
Dating back to the 11th century, the historic, architecturally stunning main villa and its adjacent abbey have recently been restored in a manner that preserves their classic design integrity, their original beauty and their gracious appeal.
Commanding a massive presence with its grandiose architecture, the main villa is built in a traditional Mediterranean style with red brick walls – partly clad in luscious green ivy – and traditional tiled roof.
With an atmosphere of refined and understated elegance, it comes with 15 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms, along with multiple majestic reception rooms, a library, dining rooms with historic fireplaces, as well as a large professional-style kitchen. The magnificent staterooms and master bedrooms lead off the villa’s main gallery with a grand staircase forming a stunning centrepiece.
High ceilings, spacious rooms and significant proportions give the superb property an air of discreet grandeur. The property is brimming with architectural details, such as original parquet and stone floors, arched doorways, intricate woodwork and exquisitely crafted wrought iron features.
The villa property features a number of 19th-century farm buildings, arranged around two large courtyards. The existence of terraces and balconies add to the outdoor enjoyment.
The breathtaking frescoed medieval abbey has been graced with national heritage status, a testament to its historical significance. It is embellished with extraordinary features, including a crypt dating back to the 8th century, mosaic floors dating back to the 9th and 10th centuries, and frescoes from the 1300s and 1400s. This sterling gem is considered one of Piedmont’s most important medieval monuments.
Overlooking the expansive verdant parkland, the beautiful grounds are graced by a swimming pool, clay tennis court, walking trails, kitchen garden with limonaia, and a delightful lake. There is ample space for fine al fresco living, outdoor activities, large parties and other special events.
Here is a place that beckons one to soak up the authentic Italian way of life, a place where every moment is bliss and time moves at its own graceful leisurely pace.
Piedmont lies at the base of the Italian Alps. This is a land of mountains, open valleys and enchanting hilltop towns and villages.
Renowned as a culinary destination par excellence, Piedmont attracts visitors with a keen interest in fine gastronomy and wine. White truffles from Alba and the wines of Barolo abound and have made the region famous.
The vineyard landscape is unique and so perfect that it has achieved the ultimate honour of being added to the exclusive list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Hilltop castles, extraordinary restaurants and valleys filled with vines may be found around every corner in the pastoral paradise.
The historic estate allows for easy access to a number of fashionable ski resorts, including Via Lattea Sestriere, Cervinia and Courmayeur. For summer enjoyment, the glamourous harbour town of Portofino is accessible by road in under two hours. Alessandria, the closest town to the property, is historic and charming. Here, one may wander the narrow streets, exploring the shops and enjoying a meal in one of the many excellent restaurants. The airports of Turin, Genoa and Milan are all within easy reach to accommodate international travel.
A property of immense appeal and sophistication, this singular historic Italian country estate is a jewel amongst prestige properties for sale in Piedmont.
The property was previously on the market for €10 million, but will now be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with no reserve price.
To take part in this unique opportunity, register with ILRE – International Luxury Real Estate – by 26th of June 2018.