Caldarola (Macerata, Italy)
This impressive Le Marche rustico, or farmhouse, is spacious, has been lovingly restored and is ready to move in. The 210 sqm Italian House has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, and is set in a lovely, totally unspoilt hilly landscape, a few hundred meters from the ancient little town of Caldarola. All materials used in the restoration are natural and in keeping with the age and style of this wonderful old property and were either original or locally sourced.
The history and setting of this Le Marche property
This Le Marche property was initially built in the first part of the 19th century and has robust walls that are up to 80cm thick but is also sunny and full of light. It is located in an open, independent position, with a south facing facade and a 2600 square meters landscaped garden that entirely surrounds it.
The layout and features of Casa Dante property
Like many many a Le Marche farmhouse, it has three floors. On the ground floor there is an enormous living room of over 40 sqm with four windows and a front door, it is full of light and a great space for entertaining. From this room, through an arched opening, one walks into another very large kitchen/dining room (over 30 sqm ) with four windows and a front door as well. Adjacent to the kitchen there is another room of 3,15 x 5,00 m. On the first floor there are three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master bedroom, large and sunny, is some 4 x 6 m, with a bathroom en suite.
There are two other good sized bedrooms (3,70 x 3,15 m. and 3,85 x 3,33 m.), one of which has a walk-in wardrobe. There is also a second bathroom on this floor (2,60 x 2,00 m.). From the north side of the house through an independent entrance one can access an impressive stone walled room with four windows, high ceiling with awesome beams and a nice bathroom en suite. This room, which in days gone by was a cow stall, has been semi-restored and could become a self contained flat or another large master bedroom. Its size is 5,00 x 8,40 m., while its bathroom is 4,50 x 1,30 m.
Casa Dante, which is entirely built and lined with local materials, still retains most of its old features: arches, niches, terracotta floors and window sills, wooden beams, some of the 19th C.doors, etc. All this gives it a sense of age, warmth, character and pleasant solidity .
Dante's House - The garden and view from this Le Marche Property
This Marche property nestles snugly in a beautiful little valley, totally rural, with olive tree groves, oak lined roads and farmland covering rolling hills as far as the eye can see. From the house you can see the dramatic Sibillini Mountains in the distance, which are part of the Appennini range, the backbone of Central Italy. The 2600 square meters garden that surrounds the house was created in 2004 when some 40 mature trees were planted: olive trees, 5 types of fruit trees, cypresses, wisteria, pomegranates, horse-chestnuts, weeping-willows etc. and a surrounding hedge with three types of bush. Of course some mature trees were already there, including a majestic 200 years old oak and a beautiful olive tree, over 100 years old. This Le Marche Property is lovely all year round and at all times, day and night. Come and see for yourself.
Communications and the position of this Italian property
Although the place is unspoilt and possesses an old fashion flavour, it is well connected with the outside world. Behind the hills, four miles away a motorway (SS77) will take you to the Adriatic Sea in 30 minutes, to the Ancona international airport in 50 minutes, Perugia and Pescara airports in 1.5 hours, Assisi and Foligno are under an 1 an hour away. Rome itself, Florence and Bologna are no more than 2.5 hours distance. Many lovely medieval centres are within easy reach. The wonderfully preserved town of Caldarola with the Castle Palotta, is 5 minutes drive, this town and a few others are described on our local towns page. The university town of Macerata, administrative centre of the province, is 20 minutes away with its shops, interesting museums, theatres and Opera House. Very near are also the university towns of Camerino (less than 20 miles),Tolentino (8 miles), with its stunning church of St Nicholas, and also a score of smaller, fascinating borghi (compact, ancient little towns), such as Sarnano, San Ginesio (both named amongst the most beautiful villages in Italy), Penna San Giovanni, Gualdo, Monte San Martino and many more very near also.
This property is now sold.
Casa Dante in short
- Impressive rural 19th Century Le Marche property.
- Over 200 sq mt of bright living space.
- Restored using original materials (terracotta floors and window sills, original roof tiles, wooden beams, etc)
- Completely restored, all services connected and ready to move in.
- Ground floor with 2 enormous reception rooms, one of 40 sq mt and another of 30 sq mt, plus a 16 sq mt service room.
- 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, plus store rooms and walk-in wardrobes.
- Lovely, restored 42 sq mt stone stable, plus sizable bathroom, could be used as independent living space.
- 2600 sq mt of landscaped garden with great views, mature shrubs and structural trees (over fourty of them, including a 200 year old oak and a majestic pluri-secular olive tree).
- The property is accessed through a double wrought iron gate, has a paved area for parking cars and a large wisteria-covered pergola to shade its 45 sq mt, South-facing terrace.