Piedmont - Castle For Sale In Monferrato
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- 23 bedrooms
- 23 bathrooms
Property descriptionLocated on top of a hill overlooking the underlying medieval hamlet, with a wonderful view over the surrounding hills of Monferrato, we can see this beautiful 15th-century castle with frescoed church. The property is easily reached and is provided with all the necessary services by the hamlet (quickly reachable even on foot). From here one can also visit many towns and cities of Northern Italy, all of them reachable in less than two hours by car: Asti (26km; 30), Casale Monferrato (38km; 40), Alba with its renowned white truffle (57km; 50), Alessandria (60km; 50), the beautiful Turin (61km; 1h 5), Ivrea (62km; 1h 5), Barolo which gave its name to the famous wine (69km; 55), Acqui Terme (69km; 1h 10), Pavia with its many monuments, heritage of a glorious past (132km; 1h 35), the maritime republic of Genoa (142km; 1h 45) and the metropolis of Milan (145km; 1h 50). The most convenient airports to reach the property are Torino Pertini (62km; 50), Genova Colombo (132km; 1h 30), Milano Malpensa (138km; 1h 30), Milano Linate (158km; 1h 45), Bergamo Caravaggio (186km; 2h) and Bologna Marconi (296km; 3h). DESCRIPTION OF THE BUILDINGS The castle (5.450 sqm 58,642 sqft, up to 23 bedrooms) houses in the central portion a residential area made of twelve ample reception halls plus nine suite/apartments for the guests, the wardens apartment and to ample halls in the southern wing which could be used as restaurant, breakfast rooms or event halls. On the north-eastern side fourteen new apartments for the guests are currently being built (each with independent access). The project also includes the realization of a fitness area in the basement of the castle. Outside, the castle is fitted with two ample terraces (over 300 sqm 3,228 sqft) which offer a unique view over the underlying town. Detached from the castle are located the old rectory (ten rooms for a total of approximately 350 sqm 3,766 sqft) and the church (100 sqm 1,076 sqft). In the northern part of the castle there is a building plot which would allow creating other buildings (for a total of 1,750 cu.m) to further increase the number of bedroom by another fifteen units (apartments/suites). HISTORY, STATE AND FINISHES The castle was originally built in the early Middle Ages and since 1164 the fortress, together with its hamlet, was the theater of violent fights between Asti and the nearby Marquisate of Monferrato. At the beginning of the 14th century the castle and the hamlet were entirely demolished and not rebuilt until the next century. When rebuilding it was decided to go on with a simple defensive keep but over the years the building was expanded and ended up embedding a series of other buildings (still visible to an attentive eye) previously built by the local noblemen, whose family gathered up to form a consortile in the attempt of gaining a better political influence in the country. In the 18th century the castle underwent a huge process of renovation and rebuilding which led to the realization of the elegant halls we can see nowadays. The building has now an irregular L shape, but it is clear that this is only part of the original building which had a U shape to increase its defensibility. The second wing of the castle doesnt exist anymore but its existence is confirmed by the conformation of the garden (slightly raised in this point) and the walls supporting the side of the hill. Whats more, many holes on the side of the hills allow entering several underground rooms which were once the basement of the demolished wing. The castle is nowadays mostly in good conditions, with restorations carried out to preserve and highlight the decorations. The halls are all frescoed and/or painted with floral motives recalling the grotesque found in Neros Domus Aurea. The basement has been partially restored leaving stone walls visible so to underline the medieval origin of the building. Not far from the castle is located a beautiful church with frescoes dated to the mid-14th century. Apparently uninteresting when looked upon from outside, the church offers unique frescoes. With a rectangular shape, the building has only two small windows in the apsis while the arch on the right wall, now closed by a glass window, would point to an ancient linking between the church and the castle, no longer existing. The entrance door is probably an after-thought which however irreparably damaged the frescoes inside the church. The paintings represent the whole life of Jesus, starting with the Annunciation and ending with the Noli me tangere featuring Mary Magdalene. The conditions of the frescoes are however pretty bad because of a layer of plaster which was put over the paintings during the 17th-century plague epidemics which struck Piedmont (the same epidemics found in Manzonis I Promessi Sposi): the surfaces were scraped and hammered to favor plaster sticking, severely damaging the paintings underneath. The images have only resurfaced in the 1930s. EXTERNAL AREA The castle is embellished by a well-maintained Italian garden located where once stood the other wing of the castle, now demolished. The garden hosts a small hedge maze in whose center are located three shrines housing as many statues: the Virgin with the baby on the left, the Christ Savior at the center and a Pope on the right. The entire property crossed underground by galleries and tunnels which were in the past used as wells and cisterns to supply water to the inhabitants of the castle. USE AND POTENTIAL USES The castle, located in a really unique position, is a real historic jewel. The ample sized of the building, the great number of bedrooms and the possibility of expanding the structure, make the property extremely fit for its conversion into a luxury boutique hotel.
-, Asti, Asti, Italy
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