CASALE AL CASTELLO
A charming and elegant 17th century stone house at the summit of the historic hilltop town of Arpino, completely restored and awaiting only the purchaser’s choice of kitchen and bathroom fittings. An antique hand-carved front door ushers you into the property where an outstanding feature is the panoramic vista from two terraces, one to be partially glassed-in as a winter sunroom. It has excellent road access with adjacent free car parking. An exciting option for this property is that the purchaser has the option to purchase a large adjacent walled and terraced olive grove (420sq.mt.), itself with stunning views across the valley. A dining gazebo can easily be built here with an outdoor kitchen and the installation of a swimming pool is also a possibility.
As you enter, you come into an openliving 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 anextra, heated room, so that you can enjoy the view all year.
State of fact - First floor - with some forniture
The photographs 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 slidingglass 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 beautifulviews 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 andmore 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 openingonto 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 (420sq.mt.), itself with stunning views across the valley.
The land can be purchased for €30,000 and is definitely worth buying.
It is planted with mature olive trees, has a spectacular view over the valley, a wonderful belvedere where you could have a bbq/summer kitchen for outdoor dining; and the master builder thinks that he could possibly get planning permission to install a small swimming pool. As you will see on the immages, there is a small semi-ruinedstone outhouse on the land (shown as a roof) which is most important, because under thebuildingrules here, it can be demolished to create the planning permission to build say a summer kitchen or a dining pavilion elsewhere on the land.