4 bedroom character property for sale
Italy - Veroli, Frosinone, Lazio
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- Centuries old palazzo, still in the ownership of the Medici family, in excellent condition
- Magnificent vaulted rooms with frescoes
- Antique floor tiles and solid wood carved furniture
- Glorious central marble staircase with feature windows
- Sweeping panoramic views
- Huge roof terrace with a beautiful miniature grotto
- If desired, an adjoining old 450 sq.mt. olive oil press and stables, all for restoration, can be purchased for an additional €130,000 creating the potential for more accommodation
- A walled garden with space to install a swimming pool (subject to planning consent) comes with the unrestored adjacent property that can be acquired separately
- The palazzo and its grounds are inside the medieval walls of Veroli
- Excellent road access; gated driveway; garage
The palazzo dates from the 1700s and is located just inside the medieval walls of Veroli, with the front of the palazzo facing the old town while the sweeping gated driveway leads straight a wider, more modern road. This excellent road access is complemented by a large garage and a large paved yard.
The main palazzo is 400 sq.mt. while unrestored stables and a 450 sq.mt. old olive press building provide scope for further accommodation and are available for separate purchase.
Entering the palazzo, one is immediately impressed by the magnificent entry hall and grand marble staircase with its feature windows. With formal rooms opening off it to both the right and left, the entry hall leads at its far end on to a balcony which runs along the palazzo to join the very large roof terrace. There is space under the stairs at the back of the entry hall to add one or two guest powder rooms.
To the left of the main entrance is the dining room with its vaulted ceiling, antique floor tiles, old solid wood carved furniture, original fireplace, lovely view and again, the balcony running along to join the large terrace.
Off the dining room is the attractive and unusual kitchen: a triangular room with a large fireplace, again a splendid view and a door to the same balcony as is accessed from the dining room, a separate pantry area and stairs straight down into the cantina (the cellars) for further storage. Partway down the cantina stairs is a small service bathroom for use by staff/caterers etc.
To the right of the main entrance is a drawing room with another fine vaulted ceiling and antique floor tiles. This room opens straight out onto the huge terrace, built on top of the stable building, with panoramic views over the valley.
Up the fine old stone and wrought iron Carrera marble staircase, past the first of the feature windows with their beautiful views and decorative ironwork, one comes on the next floor into another pair of large rooms. One of these is currently the master bedroom. It is very large and has a very fine painted ceiling, antique floor tiles, a sweeping view and antique solid wood furniture. Leading off it is a spacious triangular bathroom and dressing area.
The other room has a stunning painted ceiling, the same sweeping views, and original hand-painted wallpaper.
The top floor has two more very large rooms, each with the possibility of creating an ensuite bathroom.
The utilities are connected to the palazzo which also benefits from central heating.
Below the main entrance level, but at ground level at the back owing to the slope of the land, there are large cantinas (cellars).
The terrace on top of the stables, opening off the main palazzo, has sweeping views of the valley and a beautiful miniature grotto set in one corner.
The unrestored buildings available for separate purchase if required:
In addition to the main palazzo, itself 400 sq.mt., there is also an adjoining old stable building (some of which has been converted into rooms) - the entire top of this large building has been used to create the huge terrace. Then there is the even larger building, the 450 sq.mt. old olive oil press, still containing many of its historic fittings. These two buildings (the stables and the olive oil press), if restored, would provide scope for any amount of guest or staff accommodation, hobby rooms, home cinema, etc. and can be purchased, if desired, in conjunction with the purchase of the main palazzo, for an additional price of €130,000.
This unrestored part of the property benefits from a walled garden at the far end of the grounds, accessed from the old stables and olive oil press. and looking out over the valley. At one side of the garden there is a reasonably sized stone structure that could (subject to planning consent) become a covered entertaining/swimming pool area.
Energy classification: G
VEROLI and the CIOCIARIA - AN OVERVIEW
Veroli predates the Roman Empire, being founded as an Ernici town with city walls built in Cyclopan style. In the historical centre, it is possible to see the ancient Roman walls supporting the large terrace on which the Cathedral of St. Andrea now stands. The Basilica dedicated to St. Maria Salome, Veroli's patron saint, is famous for its Holy Stairwell similar to the ones in Jerusalem and adjacent to the Church of St Giovanni in Laterano, Rome.
Veroli is less than an hour's drive to Rome's main international airport; a similar driving time reaches Rome's main railway station and the heart of Rome itself.
Veroli is at the heart of the historical area known as the Ciociaria, a geographical bridge between Rome and Naples, fertile with rolling hills and mountains, settled by the Romans, its civilization growing through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and reaching great prosperity in the 1800s. The beautifully-restored historical centre of Veroli within its city walls is an architectural gem and a magnificent setting for Palazzo de Medici.
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 Veroli 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 Veroli, Arpino, 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 around an hour's 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.
Immobiliare Grasso di Alessandra Grasso is a long-established real estate agency in Sabaudia, a beautiful coastal town with beaches and lakes, 90 kilometres south of Rome.
Casantica Restauri Srl. is owned by a highly-experienced master builder and a civil engineer, and the company specialises in all aspects of the restoration of centuries-old properties including technical design and drawings and the obtaining of all necessary authorisations, permits and registrations throughout the restoration process.
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