3 bedroom character property for sale
Italy - Lazio, Frosinone, Arpino
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- Formerly a monastery dating from the 1400s
- Divided into apartments over the past century
- Now an exciting opportunity to buy 2 adjoining apartments
- These could be recombined into a unique home
- Panoramic vistas over a valley
- Very near the hilltop historic town of Arpino
- Many antique features including old wood beams and stone arches
- Excellent road access
- Some surrounding land
- Sufficient space to put in a swimming pool
The monastery has been divided into several apartments over the centuries - there is now the exciting possibility either to purchase only one apartment or to purchase two adjoining apartments and recombine them into a unique home of immense character. The connecting doors have mostly been turned into wall niches, and therefore can easily be reopened.
The properties can either be approached from above, or from the valley below up a road with a private section owned by one of the two apartments that is for sale. There is sufficient flat ground (owned by the same apartment as owns the private road) to install a swimming pool, which like all the apartments would have stunning views over the valley.
Walking down through the hamlet from the high road to Arpino, you come first to a covered area with a large stone wood-fired pizza oven whose use is shared by all the apartments of the former monastery. Down a flight of stairs from this, or up a short flight from the private road, is a terrace with ancient stone arches dating from the property's monastic heritage, affording splendid views. On the road level, both of the apartments for sale have a series of cantinas (cellars), offering ample storage (about 120 sq. mt.), the possibility of a summer kitchen/dining area, a wine cellar, etc., etc.
One level down from the pizza oven level, opening directly off the arched terrace, there is an apartment (the first apartment - Appartamento Bernadini, also listed separately), fully and immaculately restored, currently used as a weekend pied-à-terre. It has a kitchen/dining room (complete with a functional antique stove in addition to the modern one) and a sitting room, both rooms with fully functional old fireplaces; a bathroom, and, up a charming old wood flight of stairs, a bedroom opening onto a second smaller room with lovely views, which could become a bathroom, dressing room or private study. An alternative and probably preferable use of the space would be to configure the downstairs sitting room as the master bedroom, now with ensuite bathroom, and use the two rooms upstairs with their panoramic views as sitting rooms.
Also on this level is another apartment (the second apartment - Appartamento Gabriele) which was restored a few years ago, but is currently empty. This has a living room with fireplace and balcony, a kitchen, and a bedroom with ensuite bathroom and another balcony. When it was restored, the then owner elected to render it with a grey finish, and to support the new covered side staircase with a square pillar, leaving this section currently out of keeping with the rest of the property, and giving the impression of a modern addition. Luckily, since it is not modern, but part of the old building, this is easily rectified - the facade may either be painted the attractive shade of peach that is traditional in this area, or stripped back to reveal the original stone, and the new pillar can be clad in stone, with a matching arch to the others created at the top. This apartment could easily be rejoined internally to the first apartment.
These two monastery apartments both benefit from very old wood beams, fireplaces, and lovely views and in aggregate comprise around155 sq.mt., or including cantinas 225 sq.mt. They are very near Arpino, and also not far from the buzzy nightlife of Isola del Liri with its international annual blues festival down in the valley, but are themselves quiet and private, although the small hamlet above it ensures they are not too isolated. Once the short private section is resurfaced, the road down to the valley will provide excellent street access with room for parking. The road from Arpino to Isola provides additional excellent street access, albeit with limited parking potential. The fully-restored 75 sq.mt. Appartamento Bernadini has a list price of €73,000, and the semt-restored Appartamento Gabriele, which includes the private road and land, has a list price of €68,000.
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-incoporated 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.
- Ciampino (International), 85.2 miles
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