, Pergola, Italy
The history of Ex . Convento Canneto goes back to the 12th century when Matteo di Tebaldo donated the possession to the hermitage of Fonte Avellana near Frontone, that houses a monastic community of the Camaldolese Order (part of the Benedictine Order). From the end of the 14th century until 1810, when Le Marche was annexed by the Kingdom of Italy , the property, with the large agricultural company, is used and maintained by the monks of Fonte Avallana. From 1810 to 1845 the property was owned by Eugenio Beauharnais, son of Josephine, the first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. Since 1868, the ex. Convento is owned by the current owners: the Tagnani family. The house dates from 1714 and has for many years served as the headquarters of the farm as well as a summer residence for the later monks of Fonte Avallana. The layout of the building clearly reflected this use. The grand building, which is situated in a beautiful hillside overlooking the Apennines, has a square shape with a large courtyard and two towers on both corners of the facade. On the ground floor are the former working areas of the farm and the beautiful chapel of the former Convento. The first floor is accessed via a spacious staircase with statues that gives access to the cloister at the adjacent rooms for the monks and the central reception area with ancient decorations. On this floor there are two kitchen areas, a second staircase and the entrances to the towers. On the second floor is a large tower room in each of the two towers. The basement houses a spacious and authentic cantina still containing the original large wooden wine barrels. In the directly surrounding area of ??approximately 5000m2 are some outbuildings. If desired, adjacent land can be purchased up to 4 ha. The representative property is suitable to achieve several apartments. The main structure of the building is fully restored 15 years ago, with the support of the Italian government. This means that the walls and floors are restored, the roof was replaced and new shutters and double glazed windows are installed. The inside of the property is in good condition but needs to be completely refinished. Depending on the future use the lay out will need to be adjusted, kitchens and bathrooms have to be realized and the installations need to be renewed. There is sufficient space for the realization of a swimming pool.