6 bedroom character property for sale
Italy - Lazio, Frosinone, Arpino
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- A large 600 sq.mt. 2 level property in the historic centre of a medieval hill-top town
- Breath-taking panoramic views
- A complete wall of floor-to-ceiling picture windows
- Formerly run as a hotel/restaurant, could be converted into a stunning family home
- 12 existing hotel bed/bathrooms could become 6 suites
- Each suite would have private balconies with the same amazing views
- Potential for running a B&B/small albergo
- Private garden
- Many fittings and furnishings included
- All utilities can be connected
It has a private garden, also with the same breath-taking view of the valley. Cellars provide additional storage options.
"Belsito" literally translates as "well postioned", and that is certainly an accurate description of the location of this property with its panoramic vistas. The house originally dates from centuries ago, but was - with the exception of the cellars - largely remodeled and rebuilt some forty plus years ago.
It was run as a large restaurant and small hotel in the past, allowing a purchaser four options:
1. to run it again as a full hotel and restaurant;
2. to convert the lower floor into a private apartment - large, light and with amazing views - and convert some or all of the original hotel rooms into B&B accommodation or into a small 'albergo';
3. to convert the entire property into one splendid home suitable for a large or extended family with accommodation also for friends;
4. to convert the upper floor into a private apartment and run the lower floor as a restaurant.
Considering each of these alternatives in turn:
1. A full hotel and restaurant
In this alternative, a purchaser could merely re-apply for the requisite licences, having updated and modernized all the facilities and fittings, although depending upon the target clientele, consideration might be given to combining some of the bedrooms and bathrooms as set out in alternative (2).
2. A private apartment on the lower floor with B&B or small 'albergo' accommodation (depending on the number of rooms created and available) on the upper floor
The lower floor currently has a wood-lined entrance hall, from which you reach the original restaurant: a very large, open room, with a fireplace and spectacular views. (Because it was converted into a restaurant decades ago, before the strict building codes for historic properties were enacted, a long wall of large windows was created facing the view; a conversion creating large windows like this would not now be permitted.) The ground drops away sharply in front, so although it is the lower floor, the view sweeps across the valley. In this alternative, this room could become a remarkable open-plan living area, beautiful and light in summer, and (because of the open fireplace) cosy in winter. There is a very fine built-in bar in the entrance hall that could remain and be amalgamated into the living area as a feature of the room. The rest of the floor - currently guest and staff bathrooms and a very large commercial kitchen - could become private bedrooms and bathrooms for the owner and family.
The upper floor, accessed internally by a lockable door leading to a stairway, and also by a separate external door from the street, was originally the hotel, and therefore already has bathrooms for every room, a reception desk etc. Unfortunately, the bathrooms are really too small by modern international hotel standards. However, there are also more individual bedrooms than are permitted under B&B regulations, and the bathrooms are built in pairs with shared walls. Thus it would be easy to halve the number of rooms to create suites, each suite to have a bedroom, a sitting room and two of the existing very small bathrooms.
Each pair of small bathrooms could then be amalgamated by taking out the dividing walls to create one large bathroom. Even more easily, the walls could be left as they are, with the addition only of an extra doorway, providing each new suite with a nice shower room and a separate toilet. In either case, one WC would be removed and the resulting space used to install a larger shower.
Each of these suites would have two lovely private balconies overlooking the fine views, one balcony opening off the bedroom and one off the sitting room.
The beds, mattresses, bed linen etc., are still in situ, but the decor of the rooms is somewhat dated and spartan - it would be very easy, however, to redecorate them into a series of really charming suites.
3. A large family home
Similar to alternative 2 - the large open plan living area would be created from the original hotel restaurant with its views and fireplace and built in bar. And the remainder of this ground floor would provide space for a large kitchen and your choice of study / games room / TV room / craft room etc. In this alternative, the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms would be turned into spacious suites for the owner, family and friends.
4. A private apartment on the upper floor with a restaurant on the lower floor
In this alternative, some bedrooms suites would be retained on the upper floor and the remainder converted into living area and kitchen space - all benefitting from the balconies opening off each window.
Energy classification G
The location of the property
Located in the ancient Civita Falconara neighbourhood of Arpino which predates the Roman period., Hotel Belsito is near the Piazza Caduti dell'Aria, and the 13th Century Castello di Ladislau, which now houses the Mastroianni Foundation museum. The Piazza Caduti dell'Aria is at the summit of Civita Falconara, the site of the annual Civita Sagre, and overlooks the valley. 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. The direct route to Hotel Belsito from Arpino's main piazza runs along a road curving away from the Fontana dell'Aquila and up past the Hotel Belsito 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.
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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