Exquisitely Restored Stone Country Villa in Uruguay for Sale
Stone Country Villa in Uruguay for Sale
Situated in the glorious rolling hills of Maldonado of Uruguay and built in the late 1800s, this exquisitely restored historic stone building was the original general store of Mataojo, which has been magnificently restored and renovated to be a Country Villa.The project was completed in early 2012 after more than two years of work with traditionally skilled local craftsmen. At the entrance to the tiny village of Pueblo Eden, just 40 km from world famous Punta del Este on Ruta 12 – 30 km from the Atlantic Ocean; and in the other direction, 40 km to Minas, a charming colonial town, “La Casona” is 90 minutes from Carrasco airport in Montevideo.
Currently an elegant private family residence, “La Casona” has been designed with adaptability and could easily be converted to an exquisite inn, an exclusive destination restaurant, an art gallery, professional offices, or even an owner-run B&B.
Glorious field-stone interior walls; century-old restored tiles; custom solid wood cabinetry, doors and windows; private terraces and rooftop patios; ornamental iron railings and balconies; top quality fittings and furnishings including radiant in-floor heating – all with the history of old Uruguay embedded throughout.
This is an architectural treasure to be cherished.
The antique, 12-foot high, solid wood double front doors open into an extraordinary formal living room with a massive stone fireplace. The floors of this room are of custom tile, bordered with tiles from the previous century. The adjacent formal dining room and lounge overlook the light-filled private interior courtyard. Currently, these beautiful rooms are used for entertaining of family, friends, and neighbours but could easily accommodate the furnishings of a restaurant or the lobby of a country inn.
The kitchen is extraordinary – a chef’s dream – and though currently enjoyed by a private family, it has been designed with commercial use in mind. A 20-foot ceiling and four sets of seven-foot-tall double windows provide lots of light – for both the kitchen and its incorporated sitting area that houses an Hergom Woodstove.
The antique tile borders in this room (on the floor and on the counter back-splashes), the traditional porcelain double apron sink, and the beautifully custom-crafted solid wood cabinetry give the kitchen the elegance of another era. Top-of-the-line modern fittings like a solid stainless steel “Imperial” six burner gas range (with its matching pot filling faucet and custom exhaust hood); as well as the electric convection oven, top quality dishwasher, refrigerator, stainless steel prep sink, 110-volt conversion plugs, and seamless granite countertops make entertaining both easy and a great pleasure.
Five elegant private bedrooms with en-suites, air-conditioning and heat border the flower-filled, tiled courtyard and provide lots of room for family, friends or paying guests. Also bordering the courtyard and adjacent to the primary living areas are a large light-filled office and a fully fitted guest bathroom. Accessed from the courtyard is a “laundry and linens” room; future maid’s quarters; service bathroom; and a large functional workshop that incorporates the double water storage tanks fed from the property’s private well.
The beautiful light-filled courtyard also provides shelter for the custom-built “parilla” – the traditional Uruguayan stone barbecue and bread oven; private areas for repose and reflection; and a hand-crafted spiral staircase leading to an immense rooftop terrace from which can be seen an entire country-side panorama – and a delightful view of setting sun and midnight stars. ”La Casona” is part of Uruguay’s heritage – once a traditional general store and trading post, it has been respectfully restored and renovated to take its rightful place as an elegant private residence, a warm and welcoming vacation home, or a unique commercial enterprise.
The property of 9200m (2.3 acres) includes a clear stream that meanders through a fruit and eucalyptus grove, a park that provides a peaceful quiet sanctuary filled with birds and flowers. The village of Pueblo Eden (located in the Department of Maldonado) has been featured in “Anuario Punta del Este Internacional 2012”, both for the quiet but vibrant artistic nature of its community and for its famous restaurant “Vaimaca” where among the chickens and the fruit trees you can enjoy Uruguay’s best traditional barbecue.
Pueblo Eden, and the surrounding countryside, offer a great bounty of activities for residents and visitors alike – traditional gaucho festivals and rodeos, cross-country riding on the country’s famous Criollo breed of horses, mountain bike adventures and competitions, hiking in the nearby hills, as well as a wide range of fascinating community-based activities like classes in cheese and bread making and organic gardening.
Culture is but a short hop away, as Minas offers traditional Uruguayan theatrical and musical events; Punta del Este offers all the glamour of world-class restaurants, casinos, art galleries, and music concerts offered by globally known artists; while Montevideo offers the many attractions of a beautiful and architecturally intriguing capital city, including opera, ballet, theatre, art, folk music and markets. >From an investment perspective, the area of Pueblo Eden has seen substantial foreign investment in the past several years, with Europeans, North Americans, and Latin Americans buying large land holdings to create olive plantations, vineyards, eucalyptus plantations, and private Estancias used for family vacations and retreats.
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