A rare opportunity to purchase a detached, countryside house with a variety of potential uses & applications
Casa La Rocca is an attractive, farmhouse-style residence situated in the peaceful, open countryside to the south of Sulmona – almost equidistant between Sulmona and the picturesque hill-top village of Pettorano-sul-Gizio.
It’s 5 minutes by car to the centre of Sulmona and about 20 minutes by bicycle. There is also a local bus service which runs into Sulmona. Further afield, it is half an hour from the nearest ski station of Monte Pratello (Roccaraso area), two hours from Rome, and under an hour from the international airport at Pescara.
Currently configured as a 3-bedroom house with a separate 2-bedroom apartment annex, there are a total of 5 double bedrooms and 4 bathrooms with the potential to further develop the top floor into a self-contained studio flat with separate access.
The main house has a spacious living & dining area and a separate kitchen downstairs, and 3 bedrooms plus 3 bathrooms upstairs. The master bedroom enjoys a large, private terrace facing East with breathtaking views of the nearby mountains.
The downstairs apartment has a connecting door to the main house and the 2 bedrooms are currently configured as one double and one twin. There is a bathroom with a shower and an open plan kitchen / dining / lounge area. It has its own entrance at the rear of the house and a private, covered patio area with seating. There is also an independent sun terrace above, which is reached via an external staircase – all with fabulous countryside and mountain views.
Total internal space is over 300 square metres / 3,230 square feet.
Outside there is a spacious parking area in front of the house, a wide portico stretching across the front of the property which acts as an outdoor seating and dining area to the main house and 3 separate and distinct garden areas surrounding the house.
Keen horticulturalists, the owners have created both a pleasant garden with flowers and shrubs and a sizeable small holding with a vegetable patch, an orchard and a vineyard which currently produces approximately 300 litres of wine per year. One section of the garden to the side of the property is a flat, grassy area which would be the ideal place to locate a swimming pool if desired.
Total external space is 4,000 square metres / just under an acre of land.
It’s currently the part-time home of British owners who occupy the house for 6 months every year from May to October. They use the 3 upstairs rooms for themselves and their family & guests, and the downstairs apartment as a vacation rental business for tourists.
It could be used as the current owners have done, or simply as one large family house. It also has fantastic potential as a B&B business – the regional guidelines for a B&B in Abruzzo state a maximum of 4 bedrooms and 10 guests at any one time so the current size is perfect.
The house would also work exceptionally well for anyone wishing to start a ‘retreat’ style business for activities such as Yoga, walking, cooking etc.
Any potential purchaser choosing to be resident part-time, could easily avail themselves of the services of the owners’ local English-speaking contacts to both tend the land and look after the house in their absence.
An unusual feature of this house is that not only are the property itself and its grounds very well-tended and presented, but the immediate surroundings are also extremely attractive. There is just one detached house next door, which is well maintained, and all around the house are neat and tidy fields with no eye-sores to spoil the view.
A proportion of the furniture & fixtures / fittings – including those relating to the downstairs apartment – would be included as part of the sale as would the majority of the maintenance and garden equipment. Individual pieces may be negotiated if appropriate.
The house has been well maintained and sympathetically furnished by the current owners who bought and renovated the property in 2007. Any new owner could put their own stamp on the property with minimal expense.
The owners are also continuing to market the separate apartment as holiday accommodation into 2017 and beyond so there may also be a ready-made income source. Note that the property has received excellent Trip Advisor reviews and is currently ranked #1 of all Vacation Rentals in the Sulmona area. Those wishing to invest in an existing local business will find this a ‘turn-key’ opportunity with the property’s website, and all associated marketing initiatives, already in place.
- Out of a possible 26 rental weeks per annum (the family only ever let when they are in residence) there are usually between 17 weeks and 20 weeks let. If the apartment were offered year round, the owners are confident that it would attract a further 6-8 weeks of bookings – principally during the ski season and Easter week.
Houses in such good condition, with attractive outside space, great views & income potential are hard to find in the popular Sulmona area. This property has already generated a certain amount of interest, both from local buyers and those based abroad, but the owners have yet to finalise a sale.
Early viewing recommended.
- Currently offered for sale at € 330,000
- Sole owners
- English speaking
- Holiday House Website www.casalarocca.it
- House for Sale Website here www.houseforsaleinabruzzo.co.uk