7 bedroom house for sale
Italy - Ponzano Di Fermo, Fermo, Le Marche
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THIS UNIQUE 18th CENTURY GATED COUNTRY HOUSE with 3 self-contained guest lodgings, of 7 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms, 4 Living Rooms, 1 acre Landscaped Gardens with mature Olive trees, overlooking 360-degree panoramic views of countryside with a swimming pool, just 15 minutes from the beach
The extensive property, built around the 18th century and purchased as a Family Home by the present owner in 2007 has been lovingly restored and updated during the years they owned it, yet it still retains most of its original features, thanks to its 'Unique' restoration carried out by artisan craftsmen. It has evolved to a place to frequently host Friends and Family, providing peace and tranquillity for all age groups to enjoy as it offers 360-degree panoramic views onto the surrounding Hill-top Medieval Village of Ponzano di Fermo and surrounding countryside, (Marche Region of East Central Italy); just 13km from the seaside town at Porto San Giorgio.
This prestigious house, accessed through tall, electric wrought iron Gates is entirely fenced off, making it very 'Child & Pet Friendly' and is set at the bottom of the long, graveled driveway, which winds around the various garden areas, with Olive, Cherry, Walnut, Pomegranate, Fig, Apple and Quince trees.
The tiled 5 x 10 meter swimming pool is a recent addition, which sits in its own secluded garden area, but just a stone's throw away from the main house allowing morning swimmers not to disturb late risers!
The various areas of the mature landscaped gardens form a 'variety' of spaces, dotted around the property satisfying all the expectations of Family and Friends: there are 'Open Sunny spots', to more 'Shaded Grassy places', not forgetting the two 'Under-Cover Loggia zones' : ideal for 'Al Fresco' wining & dining or just purely relaxing corners.
Just off a very quiet provincial road, the external (Private) Driveway leading up to the Gates is bordered by many olive trees, giving it immediate curb appeal.
All of the main House and the Guest facilities including the Gardens have been restored in keeping with the historical original characteristics, while transforming it into a now modern and comfortable abode.
POSSIBLE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY?
With the many recent additions, this property now offers all the amenities and characteristics to even transform it into a small Boutique Hotel and/or a "Wellness" Centre: it has recently been granted 'Country House Status' by the local Town Planning Department for this purpose should it be required.
In reality, even the main house could be easily divided into two substantial separate dwellings, as the upstairs part is already also accessed by wide external stone steps up to the raised terraced space which leads into the upper floor levels.
The Main "Country House"
(Could function as a separate, self-contained apartment)
Originally two/three rooms, this vast Living room, with lots of natural light from the three sets of 'double patio doors' which open onto two sides of the gardens, has now been modernised into one large area. Another focal point is the fire place, which has an open wrought iron fire basket with oak surround on a raised hearth; ultimately the whole zone has the wonderful characteristic feature of the original 'Cotto Pianelle' floor, lovingly restored. These beautiful floors also extend throughout the whole of the downstairs area, and are even present in the 1st floor bathrooms too.
Still an integral part of the Lounge, but really considered 'adjacent' to it, is the third spot: a cosy Reading/ Study/ Office location, with its extensive 'floor to ceiling' Library shelving area.
Between the Lounge & the Kitchen is a very pleasant separate Dining Room with built-in units. Two large windows face onto the main front garden, towards the swimming pool. There is a hand painted wall fresco commissioned by American artist Sheila Kern.
Kitchen & Utility Room
The wonderful kitchen (34 sq. metres), heart of this Home, with its main feature of traditional 'Travi' (beamed) ceiling, (soaring to 4 meters at its highest point), is furnished with oak units and tiled worktops and also has a traditional Pizza Oven, three sinks, a De Longhi multi-fuel range cooker and a massive Olive beam over the recessed cooker area. The massive Patio doors open into a front paved kitchen garden. Adjacent, but separated from the kitchen, is the spacious useful Utility Room and linen store, which also houses the gas boiler.
Shower Room + Separate Storage Room - 6 sq m
Still on the ground floor, and actually also accessible from the rear garden too, (so great for wet, muddy children and pets), we find the fully tiled shower room with a large wash basin, toilet and bidet.
As mentioned previously, this downstairs part of the main house could be easily separated from the higher floors to form a large, completely separate dwelling.
First Floor & Second Floor
(Potential for another self-contained apartment)
Sitting room, Upstairs Kitchen, Galleried Library, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Laundry room, + large 72 sq.m Terrace: accessed through the upstairs kitchen / or from the Stone Steps from the garden.
Upstairs Sitting room
The large landing forms a sitting room with a traditional design of the period and is centered between the two bedrooms with a delightful 'Romeo & Juliet' balcony window; (overlooked from above by the Galleried Library-Reading spot): this cosy sitting area still has an original stone fireplace and leads into the kitchen on this floor.
Upstairs 2nd Kitchen
A fully equipped (4x3 sq.m) second kitchen with wall to wall built in storage cupboards on one wall, with lots of base and wall kitchen units on the other wall (inclusive of oven and dish washer) opens onto the "L" shaped 72 sq.m raised terrace with panoramic views over the countryside.
Bedrooms 1 and 2
Both the two spacious double bedrooms (on the first floor) have wooden floors and two windows each overlooking the front of the house with lovely views onto the gardens towards the secluded pool area; both are next to separate bathrooms.
This 3rd bedroom is tucked away on the Top Floor, alongside the Long Galleried Library Landing, reached by an artisan-made wooden staircase: it could also make an excellent, quiet, secluded Study-Office area, overlooking the rear gardens with panoramic views onto the countryside.
The Long Galleried Landing is reached by a specially designed winding staircase and overlooks the upstairs Sitting area; used as a second library room, it has floor to ceiling custom built wooden shelving and a small window.
There are two large lovely bathrooms adjacent to the two bedrooms on this floor; both are fully tiled: one has a shower cubicle and the other largest one, which measures 14 sq m., has a bath too.
A small laundry room is next to the main bedroom, which houses a washing machine and shelving for linen.
IN ADDITION TO THE MAIN "COUNTRY HOUSE"
THERE ARE TWO "SELF-CONTAINED" UNITS:
1 - The "Annex" (2 Bedrooms)
Still in the main building we also find an individual, homely, 2 bedroom en-suite / Living-Dining-Kitchen "Annex". (72 sq. mt) with an undercover loggia.
2 - The "The Garden Guest Suite" (2 Bedrooms)
Completely separate from the main building, with added privacy, there is also a 65 sq.m, 2 bedroom / bathroom / Living and fully equipped Dining-Kitchen Guest suite with its own "under-cover Loggia".
The "Other out-buildings" - Storage and Well
Besides all this, close by the main house there is still scope for further additions in other out-buildings if required:
There is even an underground Workshop 30 sq m. and a part-open fronted wooden structure called a Tettoia measuring 45 sq.m. We currently use this as storage and as a quiet reading area away from the sun. We had planned to erect a large Sauna Room here and have everything on site to do this.
We also have our own well, which is very useful as it keeps our emergency water tank filled and enables us to refill the swimming pool and water the lawns. This is a great cost saving.
PROPERTY RENOVATION "DETAILS"
- The original Cotto 'Pianelle' floors have been expertly restored, in the whole principle part of the property, including the Kitchen area and the upstairs bathrooms.
- All these have been professionally sealed and treated for modern day usage and easy cleaning.
- "The Annex" and "The Garden Guest Suite" have a mixture of Wood and Panelled floors
- All the Bathroom floors are tiled, as are the bathroom walls: tiled to a height of 1.5 m.
- The windows and doors are bespoke and are double-glazed with internal and external shutters.
- Double doors (and windows) leading out to the gardens are double-glazed with internal and external shutters
- Some of the doors were the original ones and have been restored and re-varnished.
THE ELECTRICS & HEATING
Present in the rooms throughout the main house:
- Multiple Power Points & service bells
- WI-FI access throughout the property
- TV and Satellite TV points
- Central heating throughout the main house, which is separately controlled upstairs and downstairs.
The individually designed bathrooms are all different and are all finely tiled and spacious; all have showers and the largest one on the 1st floor of the main house has a bath too. The water in the bathrooms in the main house and annex is heated from a high output LPG boiler.
EXTERNAL FEATURES, GROUNDS AND OUT-BUILDINGS:
The entire outside stone of the house has been completely restored in line with building regulations. The roofs are tiled with traditional roman pantiles. The guttering and drain-pipes are all in copper.
Besides the extensive, very mature varied gardens, the estate is surrounded by fields, wisely cultivated by the local farmers, affording it much privacy and a feeling of being isolated although the nearest village of Capparuccia is just under 1 Km away. This property is one of the few houses, which really has different "landscaping" aspects and mature trees. The house and annexes are extensively paved with brick and stone pavers 1.5m wide on two sides with 4m wide patios on the other two sides. One with antique tiles, which is used as a dining area and which has a stone stairway that leads to the upper terrace and upper garden area.
The Sauna - (garden / courtyard level)
A project was planned at for the Tettoia to build a (5 - 9 person) SAUNA. Everything is on site and waiting to be constructed. Tiles are also on site for the area alongside, which could be dedicated to a hydro-spa area or into an exclusive personal "pamper" area.
This would all be a substantial benefit if considering turning the present complex into a more select "Wellness Facility"
Parking is in abundance and secure thanks to the tall, electric wrought iron gates and is possible all around the property: It is possible to park right next to all of the different parts of the main house and the other accommodation areas. The gravelled driveway circles the entire property.
We are happy to talk you through all the various rooms of the property and to help you tie in the many photos we have, to the 'individual parts' as this is quite difficult to do online and the Passion we have for this property will undoubtedly shine through.
Viewings need to be booked with plenty of time as we are not always in Italy.
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