15076 Ovada AL, Italia
Enter the protective walls and you are immediately sent back in time to an age of extravagance, elegance and excess. The intricacy of the design, the sense of space and privacy cannot be ignored – arched windows, tall towers, lattice brick-work, beautiful colours, complex gable ends in deep wood and smooth, green lawns.
To the left is ample place for tennis courts. In front of the house there is the park that supports 30 varieties of trees, including sequoia, in a total of 6 acres (24,000 square metres). As one walks through the park the magnificent house is always in view. Below the main house is a swimming pool surrounded by cliff walls – part of the pool enters the rock. There is also a bar in the cave beside the pool for the serving of chilled champagne and cocktails to your lucky and overawed guests.
The main house has large rooms with wood panelling in the ceilings with painted designs in subtle colours. The floors are of wood or complex patterns formed in marble. Deep vaulted ceilings are in the smaller rooms with dark wood surrounds in the doorways and windows. There is a large living room, dining room, billiards room, kitchen, breakfast room and several other ancillary rooms.
The hallway is splendid – cotto floors, stained glass windows in sunken arches and wooden ceiling with subtle patterns giving a feeling of affluence and importance.
On the upper floors there are five ‘apartments’ each with 2-3 bedrooms in each and private bathrooms. Two have their own kitchen. All rooms have wonderful views over the surrounding gardens and countryside of castles, trees, vines and flowing hills.
Two beautiful rooms side-by-side are perfect for banquets, dinner parties or conferences.
A walk down the marble stairway in the tall tower will lead you to the beautiful wine cellar. It has been recently restored and is ready to use for whatever your imagination or taste will allow – a banquet room or impressive place to hold business meetings!
There is gas central heating throughout the house. All systems have been replaced very recently.
The second house is immediately behind the main house and has three ‘apartments’ each with two bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen. There are vaulted ceilings and marble floors in its many rooms.
The top floor of the stables has three bathrooms, three bedrooms and kitchen. Below on the ground floor are big storage rooms for car collections.
On the left of the arch is a good size horse stable in excellent condition with accommodation for four or more horses.
The house is full of history. Built by Italian nobility, preserved in tranquillity, surrounded by beauty and fame. Within 4 miles (6km) are two 27 hole golf courses, exceptional restaurants, world famous vineyards, truffle hunting and hunting of Boar and Pheasant. Within 30 kilometres are spa resorts offering natural therapeutic treatments and the biggest ‘Shopping Outlet’ (Serravalle) in Europe with famous names such as Gucci, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Prada and many others.. The fashion capital of Europe, Milan, is just over an hour away as well as Turin. The coast is within one hour. Three Formula One circuits are within two and half hours drive, as well as the French Riviera and famous ski resorts.
The property can be used as a private residence, hotel, wedding location or business centre.
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