1 bedroom character property for sale
Italy - Arpino, Frosinone, Lazio
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- Monastery from the 1400s, divided into apartments over the past century
- Fully-restored 75 sq.mt. 1 or 2 bedroom apartment with panoramic views across the valley
- Being sold fully furnished ready for immediate occupancy; all utilities connected
- Antique wood beams, 2 open fireplaces, antique feature oven + modern oven
- Lovely seating area under the historic stone arches just outside the apartment's front door
- Communal old wood-fired stone pizza oven set within the winding stone passageways
- Cellar space
- Excellent road access to the top end of the hamlet; then a short stroll down the stone steps
The monastery has been divided into several apartments - unique small homes of immense character. Here is to be found Appartamento Bernadini, a 1 (or possibly 2) bedroom 75 sq.mt. fully-restored apartment on two levels, able to enjoy an outdoor sitting area overlooking the valley. The apartment is being sold fully furnished and also benefits from 70 sq.mt. of partially restored cantina (cellar) space on a lower level of the building.
The property can either be approached from above, or from the valley below up a road with a private section owned by one of the adjacent apartments.
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 the apartments. 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 lower road level, there are the cantinas (cellars), offering ample storage, the possibility of a summer kitchen/dining area, a wine cellar, etc., etc. These monastery apartments all benefit from very old wood beams and fireplaces,
Opening directly off the arched terrace, which provides the lovely outdoor seating area, is Appartmento Bernadini, fully and immaculately restored, currently used as a weekend pied-à-terre. On the lower floor, it has a kitchen/dining room (complete with a functional antique stove in addition to the modern one) and a sitting room, both with fully functional old fireplaces and a modern bathroom. Up a charming old wood flight of stairs, there is a bedroom opening onto a second smaller room with French doors with lovely views, which could become a bathroom, dressing room or private study.
An alternative way to configure the apartment would be to leave the kitchen in its current position, but use the back room as the master bedroom - the bathroom would then be en suite to this bedroom. The two upper rooms could then become living rooms, with the smaller front room with the stunning views being perhaps a study.
The property is very near Arpino, and also not far from the buzzy nightlife of Isola del Liri down in the valley (with its international annual blues festival), but is itself quiet and private, although the small hamlet above it and the other adjacent restored apartments ensure that it is not too isolated. The road from Arpino to Isola provides additional excellent street access
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.
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), 52.9 miles
- Capodochino (International), 63.8 miles
- Leonardo da Vinci (International), 70.8 miles
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