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Medieval Castle

Medieval castle and a collection of over 600 paintings, 300 antique furniture , and over 2000 antique items located in the beautiful area of the Langhe, famous for its wines (Barolo and Barbaresco) and the white truffle, northern Italy.

> > The castle is a very beautiful historical monument.
> > The style of the castle is typical of medieval fortresses in Italy.
> > The castle was built in the twelfth century by the Marquis Del Carretto, local feudal lord.
> > The castle was remodeled in 1630 and again in 1731 by the Marquis Gian Giacomo FONTANA, Minister of Carlo Emanuele III, which give it its current appearance and name.
> > Now it is perfectly restored and habitable (is one of the best preserved of all the north of Italy. ).
> > A peculiarity: the exterior walls of the castle has an unusual color (in italy is called "salmon", a special pink ..) that makes this building unique.
> > Inside the castle (which is elevated on three floors+ cellar), there are over 40 rooms full of antique objects and furniture.
> > In all there are about 600 paintings, 300 fornitures and over other 2000 miscellaneous items, including some religious items (reliquaries), sculptures, clocks, tapestries, 15 wonderful safes (1500/1600), old clothes (1700), books (1800), musical instruments, silverware, china, candelabras ....
> > In all there are about 3,000 pieces.
> > There are about 600 paintings, many old (1500/1600) and of all sizes, from the painting to the small size of a wall.
> > The ancient paintings (from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century) are about 300 .. the rest are of the nineteenth to the twentieth century
> > Among the antique paintings there may be some valuable paintings (Domenichino, Rubens .....) but we don't know if they are authentic or by school of the master, but surely they are antique.
> > Between modern paintings there are many famous Italian names (Favretto, Galizio, Bianchi, Cassinari, A. Tosi, Barbano, Bazzi, Fields, Mancini ........).
> > There are about 300 furniture, all very beautiful and ancient.
> > The ancient furniture dating from the fifteenth century onwards.
> > There are chests, cabinets (small and large), tables, chairs, beds, all in perfect storage conditions.
> > Important: all objects and works of art can be freely exported.
> > So... the buyer can do an inventory/catalog and then if he wants he can sell anything and earn a lot.
> > The buyer may find some paintings/objects of great value that we doesn't know we have.....
> > The buyer can come to see items accompanied by an expert.
> > (the buyer could definitely get a higher price by selling the assets separately, after being cataloged.
> > The property includes a nice park and a garden inside the courtyard, a private chapel (inside the castle) and 2 houses (for the servants... for example).
> > The castle is fully restored and habitable.
> > No liens on the property
> > No legal problems with the land
> > The castle is free from restrictions, and therefore can be freely converted into a Hotel, SPA or Resort.
> > The castle is on three floors high, to which we must add the attic and large wineries (at the same level of the courtyard - then can be used to derive reception hall for example).
> > Rooms: at the Land Registry recorded 51 rooms, but the owner has turned in 40.
> > Size of the castle: about 2700 square meters = 3250 square yards
> > Size of the land (the park and courtyard) about 5000 square meters = 6000 square yards
> > There is a bathroom on every floor.
> > The Castle is connected to the local gas network.
> > There are several fireplaces on each floor.
> > The kitchen and the bathrooms (except the bathroom at ground floor, the bathroom of my uncle) are functioning, but they should be replaced.
> > in Italy is always changing these things every change of ownership-
> > the kitchen (ground floor) can be expanded using the two adjacent rooms.
> > In addition to the castle, the property also includes 2 other houses
> > House of the factor: to be restructured: 240 square yard/ 200 square meters
> > 10 rooms + 1 courtyard + meadows.
> > Farmer's house: to be restructured: 240 square yard/ 200 square meters + Garden
> > The first house is adjacent to the castle.
> > The second house is outside the park (adjacent to the church - that is not part of the property)
> > But both houses are inside the castle walls.
> > the farmer's house (behind the church) is still within the walls, and then simply open a port for connecting directly with the park of the castle.
> > The roof of the castle and the roof of the two houses are completely restored.
> > This is very important because it means that there are no leaks of any kind.
> > The property is absolutely safe because it is equipped with a alarm system linked directly to the police barracks (less than 100 yards from the castle)
> > The castle is about 30 Km from the city of Alba, the capital of the Langhe.
> > The castle is about 122 km from Turin (less than 2 hours by car) and about 120 km from the border with France.
> > The castle is about one hour by car from the sea of Liguria.
> > Location: Distance (km) Duration (minutes )
> > Nice Airport (FRANCE) 209 km 2 hours 34 minutes
> > Milan Malpensa Airport 195 km 2 hours 30 minutes
> > Torino Caselle Airport 128 km 2 hours 36 minutes
> > Genoa Airport 110 km 1 hour 31 minutes
> > The castle is in the beautiful area of the Langhe, famous for its wines (Barolo and Barbaresco), hazelnuts and the White Truffles; a very touristy area!
> > Moreover, this area is to be included in the UNESCO heritage, and this will represent an important opportunity for further growth of tourism, which just now is very important (the last year for the Truffle Fair of Alba came to 1,000,000 tourists).
> > The city where the castle stands is destined to become the country of Piedmont hazelnuts IGP, and it is planned every september an annual event of great importance
> > also, in september 2010, in the hall of the castle, there was the meeting of all public agencies involved in planning this event (in the presence of the Governor and representatives of the Piedmont Region and all the mayors of nearby cities).
> > the castle could became a great point of reference (for example, it could be converted into a museum of hazelnut)
> > When the Langhe become a UNESCO site, there will be major repercussions on economic development and tourism (and therefore with rises in real estate, especially historical ones! and maybe access to concessional funding to renovate the buildings)