Reference: COUNTRY HOUSE
- Condition: Completely restored/Habitable
- Habitable surface: 400 m²
- Energy efficiency class: F
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 3
- Garden: 15000 m²
- Land: 15000 m²
Bologna BLQ: 43 Km
Verona VRN: 84 Km
Venezia VCE: 93 Km
Venezia TSF: 101 Km
- 2 Km Nearest town facilities:
- 60 Km Beach:
- 90 Km Ski resort:
FOUR BEDROOM FORMER BARN CONVERSION IN MONESTIROLO
Situated on the edge of the hamlet of Monestirolo, burrowed in a peaceful setting surrounding Ferrara’s finest countryside, we sell with no onward chain an adorable former barn conversion. The detached cottage is surrounded by rolling farmland and features a charming vaulted ceiling, and an open plan living room and kitchen. The property sits in the middle of 3.7 acres of landscaped gardens bordered by a row of walnut trees.
This part of Ferrarashire is crossed by the Po of Primaro river, which in medieval times was the main waterway connecting the cities of Ferrara and Ravenna. Along its banks, over the centuries, several villages flourished thanks to the fluvial trade, including Monestirolo. The progressive burying of the watercourse, due to reclamation works and the placing of the Reno river in its bed, caused it to gradually lose its strategic importance.
The banks of the Po of Primaro river have been declared a Special Ornithological Protection Area, with 24 different species of birds and 32 migratory species, including little bitterns, kingfishers, lesser grey shrikes, red-backed shrikes, black-winged stilts and storks. The fluvial flora comprises of water caltrops (Trapa natans), and floating ferns (Salvinia natans), both protected species, while the common bladder snail (Physa fontinalis), now in danger of extinction, stands out among the species of the riverside fauna.
This building was once a barn, used for animal shelter and hay storage. It has been lovingly modernized and converted into a character-filled family house, retaining many original features and much of its charm. This property is also subject to protection by the Intendancy of Fine Arts, as a heritage of rural architecture, part of a magnificent historical-naturalistic context along the bike path that connects Ferrara to Ravenna, crossing the territory of Argenta and the Campotto valleys, in the Regional Park of the Po Delta of Emilia-Romagna.
This detached house, completely renovated in year 2000, is part of a nineteenth-century complex comprised of several rural buildings around a central farmyard. This former barn boasts some outstanding architectural features, such as a portico with two large round arches, three windows shielded by jealousies, and a stepped frame all around the hip roof. All the buildings of the ancient courtyard have been restored and transformed into detached houses with splendid gardens.
The house offers exceptionally spacious family accommodation, with a surface of 400 square meters divided on two floors.
Living room and reception hall
This open plan living room, which was once the barn’s stable, is at the very heart of the house. It is dominated by a large fireplace, ideal for barbecues with friends. The original mangers have been kept, as a homage to the stable of the past, for a touch of warm rural atmosphere. The floors are in rectangular terracotta tiles, laid in a herringbone pattern according to the typical style of nineteenth-century barns. All doors are brand new, faithfully reproducing the original ones of the nineteenth century. The wooden framed windows are modern and feature double glazing glasses. The walls, fully plastered and colored in white, make the room look very bright and even more spacious.
The dining kitchen was once used as a shelter for agricultural tools and has retained its original features. The terracotta tiles are laid on the floor according to the original diagonal pattern. A large double-glazed French window give plenty of natural lighting to the room and opens onto the rear garden. This part of the property, once used for breeding geese and chickens, has been restored and converted into an elegantly furnished patio.
This Jack and Jill bathroom features ceramic tiles on both the walls and floors. It is equipped with a toilet, a bidet, a double vanity unit and a pair of shower cabins.
The study is adjacent to the living room and boasts a fabulous larch wood floor, which makes the room very warm and welcoming.
Adjacent to the living room and reception hall there are a few utility rooms, such as a room housing the hot water cylinder, a pantry, a laundry room and a large garage, featuring a double-leaf door, which can hold up to three cars.
The upper floor is accessed through an original red stone staircase, restored with a wrought iron railing. The entire floor is a large open concept, where three bedrooms and two bathrooms have been created. The rough terracotta tiles are laid on the floor according to the original rural style of the nineteenth century. Even the appearance of the vaulted ceiling has been preserved, keeping the original wooden beams visible.
On the outside, the roof has been completely modernized and effectively insulated with modern technologies. The house keeps intact all the distinctive architectural elements, among which the most notable are the large round arches on the facades and the jalousies on the windows, which visibly suggest the original use as a hay deposit and stable. Large glass surfaces protect the arched openings, offering an expanding view on the surrounding countryside.
This part of the property has been left partially unfinished and could appeal to those looking to run a bed & breakfast and/or a holiday let, as it can be easily modified and rearranged.
The bedrooms are very spacious, welcoming and bright, boasting a magnificent larch wood floor keeping to the rural Ferrara style.
The family bathrooms in the sleeping area boast elegant ceramic tiles on both the walls and floor. Each one is equipped with a toilet, a bidet, a bathtub, a shower cabin and a vanity unit. All bathtubs, shower cabins and washbasins are equipped with water mixers.
The house is accessed from a romantic white cobblestone driveway, which leads into a landscaped garden of 3.7 acres surrounding the entire property. Near the former barn a fully working historic well, protected by a grating, provides fresh water for irrigation. The park features quite a few mature trees, belonging to local native species, such as silvered poplars, firs, and red and white maples, as well as some lush fruit trees, including plums, cherry trees, figs and mulberries. A laurel hedge divides the property from the adjacent houses, while about eighty walnut trees surround the entire perimeter of the garden and mark the border with the lands of neighboring properties. The generous sized park allows for the construction of a full-blown outdoor swimming pool (subject to any necessary planning consents).
Access to the motorway: Altedo exit of the A13 Bologna-Padova motorway, 18 km away
Ferrara train station: 15 km, high-speed trains to Bologna leaving every 20 minutes; Venice can be reached in an hour, Florence in an hour and a half, Rome in three hours and Naples in four hours.
The main hospital of the area is the S. Anna Hospital in Cona, about 12 km away.
Monestirolo is a quiet and unspoilt village of about 1500 inhabitants on the outskirts of Ferrara. It has everything from independent shops and minimarkets to lively restaurants, pizzerias and bars, a pharmacy, the carabinieri barracks, a catholic church, elementary and middle schools, tennis courts and football pitches.