Displaying many exquisite features and details, this extraordinary sixteenth-century convent is utterly unique.
Built in 1571 in the town of Cuellár, then a strategic location between Segovia and Valladolid, this unique convent belonged to an order founded by the Francisca de la Cueva, Countess of Luna and daughter of the third Duke of Albuquerque. Known locally as Santa Isabel or Santa Ana, the imposing building soon became a landmark for the area. The order flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries, and at its peak the property was home to a community of 30 nuns, only to be sold to various owners during the Spanish Confiscation (1798–1924).
The convent has undergone many additions and modifications over the years, but the original tripartite structure — church (which do not form part of the sale), nunnery and orchard — is still clearly discernible. The nuns’ quarters were at one stage converted to private apartments and some remain sumptuously appointed with parquet floors, antique tiling and coffered ceilings. However, the rest of the property is in need of some renovation.
Sensitively restored by a devoted owner, this unique convent could be truly exceptional: a labour of love with the promise of an immeasurable reward.
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Sixteenth-Century convent with exquisite courtyard: a unique period property in need of some refurbishment.