UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR AMERICAN OR OTHER NON-RESIDENT FOREIGNER TO OWN HISTORIC SWISS RESIDENCE “CIMAVILLA c. 1335”
Given the rising increase in Covid-19 Delta infections in Europe and parts of the United States, the canton of Ticino has recently had the lowest incidence of infections in Switzerland (Statistica.com) and Cimavilla’s village had 0 in 2021
Very rare for Switzerland, Cimavilla can be purchased by a non-resident foreigner (American, British, Dutch, German, or other nationality)
Fully restored to high standards under auspices of the Swiss canton government, Cimavilla is a 14th century stone farmhouse/townhouse with two private guest apartments and protected under the Hague Convention
Located in the Lake Maggiore region near Bellinzona, Ticino capital, Cimavilla is in the medieval village of Soazza which is one of only 20 villages in Switzerland on the “Grand Tour of Switzerland”
Ready access via autostrada to Zurich, Lugano and Milan airports and to Central Europe
Can be available with antique and contemporary furniture, furnishings and art
3D VIRTUAL TOUR:
• Main Residence https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=vgcRr57JXK8
• North & South Guest Apartments https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=PHDxwR6pfF2
Owner is available at [email protected] and 1-917-445-2400
Located in Italian-speaking southern Switzerland, Cimavilla is a 14th century stone residence expanded over a period of three centuries by connecting an adjacent house with an unique covered (interior) wooden bridge (“passerella”).
Located in the restored medieval village of Soazza in the Lake Maggiore Region’s Moesa Valley, Cimavilla has a subtropical Alpine climate with lots of sun, palm trees, and mild winters. Soazza has two churches, a restored monastery, boutique hotel, and local simple restaurant. It is at 2000′ elevation looking up at mountains 8000′ elevation. Soazza is situated midway between Bellinzona (Ticino canton capital 16 miles via autostrada to the south) and San Bernardino (winter sports area 12 miles via autostrada to the north). Also with easy access to Central Europe via nearby E43 autostrada. Lakes Maggiore, Como and Lugano are 40 miles south via autostrada. To the north via autostrada are ski areas Splugen (22 miles north with 19 miles of trails), Flims/Laax (54 miles north with 137 miles of trails), and St. Moritz/Corviglia (73 miles north with 93 miles of trails). (Stowe Vermont has 40 miles of trails.)
As a fully-restored historic building protected under the Hague convention in times of war, Cimavilla comprises a Main Villa (9 rooms) and two separate guest apartments (3 rooms, one with spa) … each with private entrance, an exterior street-side office, wine cellar, and small terrace garden. With stone exterior walls, stone roofs and exposed timber beams, Cimavilla was renovated from 2000 to 2010 to highest restoration standards under the guidance of the state monuments (historic) commission.
Cimavilla sits on a mountain hillock in Soazza vwith neighbors on three sides and looks out on the lps and nearby Mesocco Castle to the north, one of Switzerland’s largest castles Its two upper floors and two lower floors flow down the hill towards the center of village (population 313).
Floors 3 and 4 comprise the Main Villa with an 18th century covered wooden bride (“passerella”) connecting two stone houses. Main Residence has: a dining room overlooking Mesocco Castle, a two-story living room with rustic beams, Renaissance fireplace and Romeo/Juliet outdoor balcony, and a wood paneled 18th century library with traditional Alpine stone heating stove. Hallways lead to two bedrooms and a possible third bedroom (now a sitting room). The master bath has rustic beams with contemporary double sinks, shower, and large soaking tub. The master bedroom looks out on the 13th century Church of San Martino.
Floors 1 and 2 are the North and South guest apartments, each having an outdoor private entrance. The North apartment is two stories with master bedroom, view of Mesocco Castle, large kitchen and dining room, and large spa bathroom with sauna. The smaller South apartment has a master bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom. Wine cellar, external office with outdoor entrance, and utility/laundry room also at this level.
Cimavilla is available fully furnished in antique and contemporary furniture, art and furnishings (optional).
Feel free to contact Owner at [email protected] and 1-917-445-2400
More about Cimavilla and area:
1) YouTube drive from Messocco to Soazza via highways E43 and 16 with views of Messocco Castle also seen from Cimavilla:
2) Video on Soazza (population 313) which is one of 20 villages in Switzerland selected to be on the Swiss National Grand Tour:
3) Cimavilla looks up at Mesocco Castle 2 kilometres distant which from the 12th to 15th centuries controlled trade from the south (Lake Como) to northern Switzerland:
4) Many cultural activities in the area, particularly in Bellinzona (the capital of Ticino), Lugano and Locarno. Soazza is the cultural center of the Mesolcina Valley with its Soazza Cultural Center & Library led by president Luciano Montovani, for example, recent chamber music held at the 12th century church of Mesocco Castle:
5) Splugen is a winter sports area a 30 minute drive from Soazza via autostrada E43 and through the San Bernardino Tunnel – known for its “sunny skiing” with 30 kilometres of trails (60% are advanced/expert), 7 lifts, and open from early December to early April:
Owner’s favorite things to do in Cimavilla area:
1) Take a drive to the nearby remote Calanca Valley (enter at Grono) driving first up to Santa. Marie de Calanca church/tower and then midway in the valley take the “automatic” cable car (requires coins to operate) at Selma up to Braggio mountain village (no cars) – down in the valley again continue to Rossa at head of valley – this is one of the most remote and beautiful valleys in all of Switzerland:
2) Drive north to San Bernardino (a spectacular Alpine drive on autostrada E43 or main highway 13) and at the center of town 1 mile south to Lake Lagh Doss where park your car at the ake and walk up path to the dairy herd and dairy story for fresh cheese, milk, and a simple meal:
3) Dinner at one of the rustic restaurants on hill above Cama – park car at former train station and walk up hill to simple restaurants located in former wine cellars built into the hill.
4) Bellinzona, the capital of Ticino and with three historic preserved castles – at center of town (and Saturday Farmer market) take elevator up to Castle Grand – outdoor dining there well worth it – for history of Bellinzona:
5) Bring picnic for a visit (walk or drive) to Mesocco Castle (said to be the largest in Graubunden) – always inspiring
6) In Soazza walk the pathway on former railroad path north to Mesocco Castle (reach at north end of village) – walk south on same path (reach at middle of village) down to restaurant Buffalora situated on main road 13
Updated on December 20, 2021 at 6:56 pm