The House
Simple in Style and aglow with the natural beauty of Umbrian wood and stone, the main house of the Abbadia Celestina is central to the character and spirit of this magical place. Situated in the heart of the 50 plus acre grounds and gardens and unseen from the road, the house – converted from monastic farm buildings - is at once a luxuriously comfortable home and a sanctuary of spiritual tranquility. Built with stones salvaged from the Abbey walls, the house has in recent years been painstakingly and lovingly renovated. Today it offers all the modern conveniences whilst losing none of its inherent rustic charm. The many original architectural features - arches, galleries, vaulted ceilings and stone walls – create an atmosphere of timeless serenity and serve as a reminder of its living history. The Abbadia Celestina provides comfortable accommodation for up to 12 people. Cots are available for babies and young children. The 6 bedrooms at the abbey all have modern en suite bathroom/shower facilities and rooms can easily be set up as twin or double beds. Every bedroom has its own character with views over the valleys, the abbey ruins or the 20 plus acres of truffle woods. The ground floor provides spacious living accommodation which includes a large entrance hall, study, living room and bar leading on to the terrace, a comfortable dining room and a recently installed state of the art Italian kitchen.
The sunken living room with a huge fireplace opens on to a large terrace on one side and the dining room seating 10-12 on the other. In the summer months the dining room would only be used on rare rainy days. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are best enjoyed in the shade of the wisteria covered terrace overlooking the golf course, or on the travertine table under the pergola that seats up to 14 people and incorporates a large Umbrian style open barbecue and a Teppanyaki grill for oriental cuisine. The stairway leads up to the first floor family room that has satellite TV (CNN, BBC and SKY), an antique Steinway grand piano and a minstrel’s gallery holding nearly a third of the 3,000 books scattered throughout the house.. There is also a modern hi-fi system and music can be played both in and outside the house. In addition there is an extensive collection of classical and modern music as well as a large number of DVD films and a variety of games. The newly installed 4 Meg Broadband enables access to the internet from both within the house and on the terrace. The art collection at the Abbadia Celestina includes a number of original Norberto paintings as well as a numerous original works of arts by Italian artists such as Ambrosino and the Bolivian artist Fernando Montes.