Reference: CASALE AL CASTELLO
- Condition: Completely restored/Habitable
- Habitable surface: 180 m²
- Energy efficiency class: G
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms: 2
- Rooms: 6
- Garden: 80 m²
- Land: 340 m²
- Terrace: 30 m²
Roma CIA: 86 Km
Pescara PSR: 99 Km
Napoli NAP: 102 Km
Roma FCO: 113 Km
- 0.5 Km Nearest town facilities:
- 70 Km Beach:
- 100 Km Ski resort:
House at the Castle is a charming and elegant 3 bedroom 17th century stone house at the summit of the historic hilltop town of Arpino, completely restored and awaiting only the purchaser’s choice of kitchen and bathroom fittings. An antique hand-carved front door ushers you into the property where an outstanding feature is the panoramic vista from two terraces, one to be partially glassed-in as a winter sunroom. It has excellent road access with adjacent free car parking. An exciting option for this property is that the purchaser has the option to purchase a large adjacent walled and terraced olive grove (420sq.mt.), itself with stunning views across the valley. A dining gazebo can easily be built here with an outdoor kitchen and the installation of a swimming pool is also a possibility.
DETAILS_ The property has been completely restored and awaits only the purchaser's choice of kitchen and bathroom fittings (at the vendor's expense, up to a reasonable limit). The hand-carved front door is a fine example of 17th century craftmanship, very much in keeping with the historic charm of the interior.
As you enter, you come into an open living area, the first part of which is two stories high. To your left is an area designed to be the kitchen: there is a fine double sink, carved from stone, space for an oven, hob, etc., and for a traditional Italian grill. A small kitchen may thus be laid out along one wall (with a window over the sink), and the rest of the area left free for a kitchen dining table; alternatively, the entire area to the left of the front door may be made into a splendid kitchen, perhaps with a large island.
The living area straight ahead as you enter has a large wood-burning fireplace and a door leading out onto one of the two large terraces that are the most remarkable feature of the property, affording outstanding views of Arpino with an unusual degree of privacy. The back of this lower terrace is below the upper terrace, providing necessary shade in summer: the vendor proposes to place sliding glass screens across this section, to be left open in summer but in winter turning it into an extra, heated room, so that you can enjoy the view all year.
Included in the photographs are ones from New Year's Eve 2014 when, somewhat unusually for Arpino, there was a heavy snowfall. From these photographs you can see and appreciate the magical room that the sliding glass doors will create on the lower terrace.
Proceeding back through the living room with the fireplace, there is another door, on the opposite wall to the kitchen that leads to the private master bedroom suite. To your left, is a long narrow room, designed to be the dressing room lined with wardrobes, and on your right a fully plumbed room designed to be the master bathroom. Ahead, you enter a charming room, intended as the master bedroom, with two windows with beautiful views looking across at Civitavecchia.
The lower floor is laid throughout with antique terracotta tiles and the ceilings feature centuries-old chestnut wood beams.
Returning to the main room, the attractively curving marble and wrought iron staircase leads to the mezzanine from which open out the guest bedrooms, bathroom and upper terrace. This level has wood floors and more old chestnut wood beams in the ceilings.
To the right of the stairs is a bedroom, positioned under the characteristic sloping roof, with a small room off designed to be a WC. This small room can, if desired, be enlarged sufficiently to include a shower, while still leaving a spacious bedroom. To the left of the stairs is another bedroom of similar size, again with a sloping roof. Opposite the top of the stairs is a bathroom, and just to its left the door to the top terrace, which has, if anything, even finer views than the lower one. The mezzanine area is designed to be used as a study attractively opening onto the upper terrace.
An exciting option for this property is that the purchaser has the option to purchase a large adjacent walled and terraced olive grove (420sq.mt.), itself with stunning views across the valley. A dining gazebo can easily be built here with an outdoor kitchen and the installation of a swimming pool is also a possibility.
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.