Country Estate: Copertino, Italy
Splendid period villa for sale near Lecce in the heart of Puglia. Located in the Valle della Cupa, one of the most prestigious rural locations in the Lecce area, this prestigious property originated as a farm in the sixteenth century and was transformed into a neoclassical villa in the late eighteenth century. As such, the structure presents two distinct and complementary personalities, a journey from the pre-Renaissance rustic charm to Art Deco elegance and style.
Surrounded by around 15 hectares of farmed agricultural land including a vast ancient olive grove, the property is accessed by a 300 metre drive lined by Roman pine trees. The villa has been restored and restyled by the acclaimed international architecture firm Puglia Estates and has already been featured in several publications and two documentary films.
The main body of the villa covers 607 square metres on the ground floor, whilst the first floor measures 365 square metres surrounded by 261 square metres of terraces with uninterrupted spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and the immense swimming pool.
The ground floor consists of various rooms with multiple uses. The largest space is a recently restored ballroom with vaulted ceilings and a marble mosaic floor with bathroom, there are also five bedrooms on the same floor with fully renovated bathrooms as well as a former 18th century chapel and a gymnasium with its own bathroom and changing facilities.
The first floor consists of three other bedrooms, four bathrooms, three living rooms, a formal dining room and kitchen. All rooms are perfectly restored maintaining their original deco style, with Art Nouveau marble floors and triple heighted vaulted ceilings.
The building is renovated with high quality finishes, such as certified fixtures for energy containment and the new electrical and water systems supported by energy supplied by photovoltaic panels for 10 kw, completely hidden on the roof of the main building.
Outside the house there are two independent buildings one which has been fully restored providing two more bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, an industrial laundry space and a large eat in kitchen which services the pool. The other is planned to be turned into an indoor pool and spa area with a massage room and changing facilities.
The spectacular pool of 16 metres by 8 metres is accessed through a sandstone colonnade and is surrounded by sun terraces, landscaped gardens and lawns and there is a car park hidden to the side of the property with its own entrance that can take up to 70 cars.
A visit is essential to capture the beauty and the scope of this truly unique and seductive historical estate.