Amelia, Umbria, Italy
Cluster of historic buildings with restaurant and rooms….and boutique hotel potential
One of those ‘once in a lifetime opportunities’ to start a new adventure…located within an hour of Rome and now on the ‘percorso’ from Assisi to Rome, Amelia is rapidly gaining recognition both as a tourist destination - with some notable visitors having stayed at Carleni - and a temperate bolthole for Roman residents. The properties are close to the Duomo and have sweeping views down over the town and across the spectacular Umbrian countryside.
The restaurant blends the traditional with modern influences creating a relaxing atmosphere for leisurely dining. There are four discreetly lit dining rooms (two with hearths, one for smokers), a bar, piano room and courtyard for al fresco eating. The well-equipped kitchen is partially on view to diners, and is supported by a wash-up and refrigerator storage room. There are two entrances one of which is adapted for the disabled and four toilets again with one for the disabled. The large garden is ideal for growing vegetables and herbs. Fully stocked with plates, pots and pans the restaurant is ready to go.
The rental rooms on two floors are of a flexible format, available either as six double rooms each with bathroom, or as three small apartments, one of which has a delightful terrace. The garden across a narrow ivy clad bridge provides a sunny spot for breakfasting and relaxing. There is a provisions lift enabling the easy supply of food to both the rooms and garden. The rooms are all furnished, equipped and ready for guests. The owner’s flat comprising entrance hall, sitting room with hearth, kitchen/diner with hearth, small terrace and bridge to garden, double bedroom and bathroom, also lends itself to letting.
The building across the street, joined to the existing premises by a bridge, dramatically enhances potential, not merely in the sense of increased capacity, but in terms of the potential it brings to the entire scheme. Not only the addition of a vast space offering a variety of possibilities, but the provision of a new cellar freeing the existing cantina for an already approved wine bar project, the provision of an historically intact, elegant new entrance to the complex greatly enhancing the sense of arrival and releasing further outdoor space for the bar/restaurant. Restoration could take place hand in hand with the immediate day to day running of both the restaurant and existing rental rooms. There is, in addition, a small property on the corner of the garden that with work would prove ideal for staff accommodation, a massage point, or as further rental space.
The separate access from a public walkway would suggest that further evening use could perhaps be made of the split-level garden that features a wood oven and barbecue.
More detailed information on the restaurant/accommodation, wine bar project and architectural restoration ideas available on request.