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€195k Umbria, ITALY. Watchtower For Restoration

This Watchtower is For Sale with Griffon Italian Property

Historic tower for restoration in Umbria. This interesting building, which consists of the remains of a stone built round watch tower and an annexe, has been granted outline planning permission for restoration and conversion to residential property. Obtaining planning consent for such buildings is a lengthy and expensive process, and the new owner would only have to present a final personalised project before being able to begin the work of restoration.

The property is located on a wooded hillside to the north of Lake Trasimeno and enjoys beautiful views across the surrounding hills and valleys. The tower probably dates back to the 12th century AD and was almost certainly used for military purposes, possibly as an outpost for one of the nearby castles in the Niccone valley. Another theory is that it was used as a pigeon loft, where the birds were bred for food. Whichever is the correct theory, the fact is that this rare and unusual building presents the opportunity to make a comfortable home entirely in keeping with Umbrian history and in sympathy with the landscape. The tower is offered for sale with about 2 ha of surrounding land, mainly woods.

The approach is by 2kms of white road. An electricity line passes nearby and connection would be straightforward. A borehole would be needed for water, which is plentiful in this area, although there is a natural spring on the edge of the property. Attractive small villages with general stores, pharmacy and restaurants are within 10 minutes drive, and Perugia airport with direct flights to London is 45 minutes drive away. There are other high quality restored buildings in the general area, which testify to the interest of the surroundings to a discerning public. The same owner is also selling a large (400 sq m) farmhouse situated about 200m from the tower and sharing the same approach road. The asking price for both properties in a single sale is €350,000.

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