The Castillo de Santa Florentina – Casa Nova is for sale. It combines a historic country estate, in the envelope of a true Spanish castle, located 22 miles from Barcelona, in the northeast region of Spain. Santa Florentina Castle is a medieval building from the eleventh century, built on ancient Roman ruins. Despite its fortified appearance, the castle was never a defensive fortress. Its location at the foot of a mountain and not on the highest point, which suggests that it was thought to be a residence, instead of a classic fortress. Guadimir Canet was one of its first owners, who hosted a royal visit from King Alfonso XIII, who stayed here in 1908.
The castle traces its history back to Roman times, when Barcino — the Roman name for what is now Barcelona. — existed, and was one of the major Roman trade routes in the 10th and 11th centuries, AD. Since then, numerous renovations and extensions have contributed to the finished product as it stands today. One of the former owners of the manor, Ramon Montaner, played an important role in converting the fortified castle into a luxury country property – adding typical late 19th century touches, with the help of the noted Spanish architect and his cousin, Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Casa Nova was also mentioned in the 1998 Architectural Digest’s ‘Most Beautiful Homes in the World. The property has been a private home for many years. The castle is on nearly 49 acres.
The living quarters are on the first floor, with small private chapel, a grand salon and a formal dining room. There are 15 bedrooms, eight bathrooms and 32,291 square feet of living space.
The caretaker’s house, adjacent to the castle’s building has four more bedrooms and two bathrooms. The castle stands in a manicured garden setting, surrounded by a pool area. A stable and horse area is ready for the castle’s new owners to enjoy the surrounding countryside on horseback, while the vineyards offer an opportunity for new owners to bottle and produce their own wine. The price is $24,800,000, and the furniture is included in the price of the castle.