3 bedroom town house for sale
Italy - Arpino, Frosinone, Lazio
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- Built in the 1700s, immaculately restored with spacious living areas and open fire
- Master bedroom suite and two guest bedrooms; two fully-fitted bathrooms
- Chestnut beam ceilings and antique terracotta tiles
- Antique hand carved wood front door
- Two terraces, one to be partially glassed-in to create a conservatory sitting room
- Panoramic views over the medieval town to the mountains
- Excellent road access with free adjacent parking
- Option to purchase adjacent garden with olive grove
- Space for a summer kitchen and a swimming pool
- Mains water and sewage, electricity and town gas, central heating, predisposed for air-conditioning units
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, itself with stunning views across the valley. A dining gazebo can easily be built here with an outdoor kitchen and the installation of a infinity-edge swimming pool is also a possibility.
Located at the summit of of the ancient Civita Falconara neighbourhood, Casa del Castello is a few steps from the Piazza Caduti dell'Aria, and the 13th Century Castello di Ladislau, from which it derives its name, which now houses the Mastroianni Foundation museum. The Piazza Caduti dell'Aria, the site of the yearly Civita Sagre, overlooks the valley; the house, meanwhile, looks down over the centre of Arpino and back towards the peak of Civitavecchia, another Volscian settlement, which, like Civita itself, predates the Roman period. From the front door of the property, only a few minutes walk through twisting medieval lanes brings you to the Piazza di Civita, the main square of the district, with the Palazzo Quadrini and a beautiful church, St Maria di Civita, dating from the 1300s and built on the ruins of a pagan temple. From there a further short walk takes you past the large Palazzo Battiloro, where Carlo III lodged before the battle of Velletri, the finely worked stone fašade of the Palazzo Incagnoli, the decorative wrought iron balconies of the Palazzo d'Emila Morricone and the Palazzo Pesce, the late Baroque Palazzo Conti and thence to the Fontana dell'Aquila. Immediately beyond that is the Cossa Auditorium, the main shopping streets of Arpino and Arpino's own principal piazza. An alternative route to the house runs not through the centre of Civita, but along a road curving away from the Fontana dell'Aquila and up to a pleasant viewpoint, with a panorama encompassing Monte San Giovanni Campano and Veroli on one side and the Ernici mountains on the other; beside the viewpoint is the small 18th Century church of Our Lady of Loreto, built on the ruins of an ancient tower. The road then passes beneath the walls of the Castello and enters the Piazza Caduti dell'Aria, giving the house some of the best and easiest road access in all of Civita and providing convenient parking.
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.
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