Piedmont - 14th-century Castle For Sale In Italy
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- 5 bedrooms
- 5 bathrooms
Property descriptionLocated on top of a hill near Cuneo, in a beautifully panoramic position, finely restored 14th-century castle. The property has been expanded and reworked over the centuries, until the 19th century when it as finally brought back to its original splendor by architect Alfredo de Andrade. Laid over three floors, this 1,200-sqm property includes a total of 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and beautiful frescoed halls.
Services are all available in the nearby medieval town of Saluzzo (7km; 10) and several other cities of Piedmont can be reached in less than two hours (Pinerolo, Carmagnola, Cuneo, Bra, Barolo, Torino, Ivrea, Acqui Terme, Alessandria).
The closest airport is in Cuneo (27km; 30) but the terminals in Turin, Genoa and Milan are equally convenient.
DESCRIPTION OF THE BUILDINGS
The property (1,200 sqm 12,912 sqft) is laid over two floors, both boasting excellent finishes and decorations. On the ground floor one can find the vaulted entrance hall with medieval decorations and an ample window overlooking the valley, an ample guest hall, a master bedroom with fireplace and coffered ceilings, a kitchen, an original 14th-century well, a bathroom, and a second sitting hall with private studio.
A monumental stone staircase leads to the upper floors where one can find a gallery (showcasing a beautiful collection of antiques dating back to the Risorgimento) and the night areas with four bedrooms and bathrooms.
Particularly beautiful is the view one can enjoy from the terrace of the castle and the towers.
HISTORY, STATE AND FINISHES
The first mention of the castle can be traced back to 1329 in a document listing a fortress in the area easily identified by its central-plan structure. After several vicissitudes, the castle ended up in the hands of the Savoy family in the 16th century and entered a period of slow but inexorable decline. Only at the end of the 19th century was the castle brought back to life: Portuguese architect Alfredo de Andrade started a huge process to restore several castles all over Piedmont (including this one and the Castle of Pavone Canavese): he rebuilt the missing portions and added a few touches typical of the late-19th-century medieval revival.
The castle is nowadays a beautiful private residence, enriched by frescoes and luxury finishes: internal walls are a triumph of colors, where original frescoes are mixed with newer ones faithfully reproduced under the supervision of De Andrade. Ceilings, featuring ribbed vaults on the ground floor, are decorated with beautiful painted coffers on the upper floor. Doors and windows are framed with stone decorations and doors have been manufactured following the original medieval look. The Ghibelline crenellations were added by De Andrade during the restoration and should quite faithfully replicate the ones found in the original castle.
The castle features a terraced garden (roughly 600 sqm) fully enclosed by the medieval walls of the complex. Here one can also find the pool, obtained by converting an old fountain.
All around, the property boasts a total of 12,000 sqm of land.
USE AND POTENTIAL USES
The property, thanks to its beautiful finished and the bedrooms available, is ideal both as a location for events such as weddings, work meetings and conventions which could also be held in the outdoor garden, and as a luxury boutique hotel.
-, Cuneo, Cuneo, Italy
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