Riferimento: BA-950 Casale #5
- Stato: Completamente ristrutturato/Abitabile
- Superficie abitabile: 335 m²
- Classe Efficienza Energetica: G
- Stanze da letto: 5
- Bagni: 5
- Stanze: 20
- Terreno: 14000 m²
Casale No. 5
Located in the Panaccio contrada or district of Arpino, only five minutes drive from the centre of town, this large, beautifully restored country house was built in the 1800's for a noble family.
With over 14,000 square meters of picturesque gardens, olive groves, a vineyard and farmland, this home enjoys an elevation of some 570 metres ensuring spectacular views over the ancient medieval hilltop town of Arpino to the mountain ranges beyond.
Both the house and property are in exceptional condition and have been very well maintained and extensively customised by the present owner - a perfectionist. While there is still scope to update and personalise the main house, there are many thoughtful and practical features already provided, Both the property and grounds are in exceptional condition and available for immediate occupancy. All fittings, furniture, kitchen equipment and agricultural machinery are included in the sale price (only ornaments, pictures, personal effects and small pieces of furniture of sentimental significance to the present owners are excluded).
The main home is a 2 storied rendered stone house with stone-bordered door and window frames and a grand external stone staircase rising up from the left hand side of the house. Porticos and balconies extend around the home on both floors and can be accessed from every room. Each floor of the home is approx 130 sq meters.
Entry is through the splendid arched main doorway into a very large room - a salon/ dining room with a stunning wood-burning fireplace. There is also a modern heating system in place. To the left of this room is the kitchen, fitted with built-in muratore cupboards and benches and directly behind it is the large walk-in pantry/ dispensary as well as a full sized bathroom.
The right hand side of the home leading from the main salon mirrors this configuration, with another two good-sized rooms, one of which is presently configured as a bedroom.
A unique feature of the large dining room/ salon is the original wood-fired bread oven located in the rear wall. Still operational today, it is accessed from the external back of the home, where there is a dedicated wood storage room.
The layout of the upper floor is similar to the ground floor; however it has been changed over the years to accommodate the current family's needs.
The main large room on the upper floor, the salon, is a grand size and features a small, beautiful curved room at the rear, entered through double antique wood doors; this room was originally the private chapel of the noble family who built the property. What was once the confessional area has been fitted with a small spiral staircase to the ground level.
As is the case with many old homes in Italy, the current family has lowered the ceiling of this grand room, concealing the original high domed ceiling. Removal of the false gyprock ceiling, which can be easily achieved, would return this room to its original splendour.
The three rooms leading from the right hand side of the upper floor salon have been configured as an independent living suite for an elderly grandmother of the present owners and presently comprise a kitchenette/dining room a bedroom and an en-suite bathroom. The kitchenette/dining room could be reconfigured to become a TV room or a study or a private sitting room for a master bedroom suite. To the left side of the salon are two further bedrooms, the rear with its own bathroom and dressing room. Splendid built-in wooden cupboards provide excellent storage, and all rooms have access to the surrounding balcony via French doors.
Entertainment spaces abound, including a magnificent terrace on a grand scale - over 100 square meters, close to the main house and positioned to capture the already incredible views. Tiled with terracotta & partially covered with a stunning custom built wooden pergola of approx 36 square meters, this terrace is set up for endless summer days and evenings of entertaining with a built in pizza oven, BBQ and a complete outdoor kitchen. Toilet facilities for the terrace have been provided in the main house accessed by a separate external door.
The terrace is built over a covered garage area, large enough to house 2 + cars and over a large room with parquet wooden floors; this room is currently set up as a music studio, but could equally well be used as a study, an exercise room or a games room.
In addition to the house and the garage/terrace there are a further four buildings located on this property:
The 'aia house' - is the original wine cellar located on the aia (the old stone and terracotta threshing circle whose inset date stone attests to a build date of 1868). Built from stone it maintains a perfect temperature for both the making and storing of wine. A second storey addition has recently been added, lovingly referred to by the family as the "trattoria". It has an attractive full sized open-plan kitchen and a beautiful dining area, the latter set in front of the huge picture window to optimize enjoyment of the fantastic views across the valley to the mountains. Utilities are predisposed to allow the addition of toilet facilities if desired.
The separate guest wing - located next to the main house and fronted with a covered full-length balcony, it has a large bedroom and bathroom as well as a small separate kitchen area and features solar water heating. In the same wing is a storage room for garden tools and a wood log room. An attractive level lawn and garden front this wing, made private with the screening plants that edge it.
The outbuilding - with two sets of double folding doors, this building houses all the agricultural equipment required to maintain the grounds, olive groves, vineyard and farmland.
The pollaio - the very nice chicken coop which has a separate area for grain storage and a full height laying area.
The surrounding farmland of approx 10,000 square meters is very well maintained and includes approximately 300 olive trees producing around 300 litres of oil annually. The property's vineyards of Trebbiano and Montepulciano will provide 300/400 litres of wine annually.
In addition to the olives and vines, there are many mature fruit trees including:
figs - three types, maturing at different times to ensure a constant supply of figs on your table throughout the summer
cachi or persimmons
Mains water, electricity and telephone are all connected.
A thoughtful and practical feature of this house is that all rainwater from the various roofs is collected in large storage tanks, ensuring plenty of water for the garden. Taps and sprinkler attachments have been fitted throughout the gardens to facilitate watering. Additionally there are two wells in the grounds supplying water for the olive groves and vineyard.
There is ample space for the construction of a swimming pool and/or tennis courts. The property is accessed by a long, private tarmacadam drive from the main road through the olive groves, and is 2 kms by road to the Arpino gates and 2.4 kms to Arpino's central piazza.
Energy classification G
ARPINO AND THE CIOCIARIA
Arpino is one of the major medieval hilltop towns in the area of Italy called the Ciociaria, the name given to the fertile land that lies south of Rome but north of Naples, situated inland in the hills in the heart of Italy.
The Ciociaria region is within easy reach of both Rome and Naples and their respective airports. A day's shopping in Rome is a common pastime, while an even shorter drive brings you to the charming beaches south of Rome. Alternatively, drive east, and the mountains of the Abruzzo National Park await with horse trekking in the magnificent beech forests, and sparkling mountain lakes and rivers where you can swim in the heat of the summer. And at the other extreme of temperature, although Arpino itself is temperate, less than an hour's drive brings you to the winter ski slopes.
Often overlooked, both by tourists and by those foreigners in search of an Italian home, in favour of the more publicized regions of Tuscany and Umbria, the Ciociaria remains largely an unspoilt gem with beautiful scenery and medieval hilltop towns. A home or second home in the Ciociaria, in the hilltop towns of Arpino, Veroli, Alatri or in the rolling countryside that surrounds them, will afford you a setting where over two thousand years of history combine with an idyllic rural Italian lifestyle, where you can still discover the 'real' Italy and take time out from the busy crowds of the larger tourist cities, while being less than ninety minutes journey from central Rome or either of Rome's two airports.
VIA ROMANA Srls
Via Romana Srls is an Italian-incorporated company and offers a package of services to facilitate all aspects of the purchase and restoration of Italian property by overseas clients. The Via Romana team comprises Alison & Katherine Holland working in collaboration with various licensed agencies including the Alfano Consulting Agency, Immobiliare Grasso di Alessandra Grasso and Casantica Restauri Srl.
Alison Holland is a UK Chartered Accountant who, as an investment banker, lived and worked in various European countries, the US, Australia and Singapore, before settling in Italy. Alison has property valuation qualifications and much experience of selling high-end real estate. Katherine Holland is the photographer for the business.
The Alfano Consulting Agency is headquartered in Roccasecca and is one of the largest and most important real estate agencies in this area of Lazio. It is owned by Dottore Alfano who is the President of the Federazione Italiana Mediatori Agenti d'Affari, Frosinone.