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Stone Built Old Country House For Sale in Castel D'Aiano, Bologna, Italy
Idyllic Stone House With Gardens And Stupendous Views
Asking Price: 250,000 €
La Vecchia Scuola (The Old School) was built in 1856 high in the Apennines, in a little village reputed to have the purest air in Italy.
It underwent a complete and very comprehensive renovation in 2005, which included a new roof, plumbing, double glazing, insulation and rewiring.
The views across the mountains are second to none, and in the countryside around there is production of world-famous Parmesan cheeses and Parma ham.
The beautiful mediaeval city of Bologna is easily and quickly reached, and has a reputation for good food second to none. The university there is the oldest in Europe, and the atmosphere, history and architecture is amazing.
The house itself was built of local stone, with walls 18" thick (warm in winter, cool in summer), and the roof tiled with hand-made terracotta coppi tiles. Inside there are tiled floors downstairs and wide, original chestnut floorboards upstairs. The original beams are visible in every room.
There are two very large cellars, one of which houses the super-condensing gas boiler, a shower, lavatory and wash-basin, the other one can be used as a wood store and/or garage and leads onto the pretty paved and gated courtyard.
On the ground floor, there is a large oak double main door leading to a tiled porch, then through into an entrance hall, leading off which is a large dining room/kitchen, fully fitted with gas and electrical appliances. At one end there is a full-height canopy chimney and mantelpiece with a wood-burning stove beneath. On the other side of the hallway is a door to the large living room, with hearth, views north over the front garden and lawn, and to the east down the valley towards Vergato. This room lends itself perfectly to entertaining - especially at Christmas!
Stairs lead up to three double bedrooms (one en-suite), family bathroom and long landing. The en-suite bathroom has a bath-tub, shower, bidet wash-basin unit and toilet, heated towel rail, radiator and the best views in the house up into the mountains. The family bathroom has large shower, bidet, wash-basin with unit and toilet. The room sizes are generous, and although in theory we have counted each as a double, more people could easily be accommodated.
Although we choose to watch television via the internet, there is also a satellite dish attached to the house.
All rooms in the house have numerous (unusual in Italy) power points, with European/UK configuration.
The attics (reached by a stairway from the landing) are the entire width and depth of the house and have power, traditional finestrini windows (used for drying hams) and a velux-type roof-light.
Outside, there is a lawned garden with a profusion of plants and trees (including figs, cherries, apples, pear, quince, olives plums, and blackthorn) and a vegetable garden - easily changed to meadow or flower beds if necessary- a well house and very pretty, large wooden summerhouse with fenced balcony overlooking the mountainside. There are wildflowers in spring, and the local wildlife is prolific and very varied. The area is rural, with woodland, hillsides and wildflower meadows all around.
The air is particularly clear up here (500m above sea level), and we don't get the extremes of heat and cold that other parts at lower levels are subject to. The local Bolognese spend their summers up here because the climate is considered to be perfect. Yes, we get snow in winter, but the local town council snowploughs are out each day before dawn, and there are rarely problems.
There would be ample space to build a pool if you wanted, but most towns around this area have their own, big and well-appointed complexes.
There is mains water, and the taste is very good indeed. If you would prefer something more natural, there are numerous local springs where you can fill up your own bottles.
Emilia Romagna is off the main tourist tracks, but we believe that it won't be long before people discover that is has a charm of its own, and the prices are much lower than in Tuscany (just 40 miles to the south)
The nearest village has a great bar, a village shop, post office, hairdressers and the best pizzeria this side of Italy.
In WW2, this area, the "Linea Gotica" was liberated form German occupation by the English, but more notably by Bob Dole and the 10th US Mountain division, and consequently, both nationalities are warmly welcomed by the Italians.
This property is owned by one person, so none of the common problems arising from multiple ownership will arise. It is not built on agricultural land, either, which simplifies things even further.
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La Vecchia Scuola
Via Cà Ferrari, 7, Casigno,
|Features - Amenities|
- Mountain View
- Pet Friendly
- Laundry Room
- Very Central For Main Italian Cities, And 3 Hours From The Sea, 1 Hour From A Main Ski Resort
- From Bologna (50 Mins Away) Rome Is A 2 Hour Journey, Venice 1.5 Hours, Ferrara 30 Minutes, Milan A Little Over An Hour And Florence 35 Minutes.
- Main Line Railway, Supermarkets, Large New Hospital Are 20 Mins Away
- Main Airport (Bologna Marconi) Is 50 Minutes Away By Road.
- A1 Motorway Rome-Milan 30 Minutes Away.
- Stupendous Mountain Views, Very Quiet
- Excellent WiFi Coverage
- Full Double Glazing, Gas Central Heating And Woodburning Stoves.
- Courtyard, Garage And Additional Parking
- Extensive Cellars And Attics
- Original Stone Walls And Oak Beams
- Half Acre Plot.
- Easily Accessed Television Coverage For Most Countries Via The Internet.
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