Magical castle property in Italy. Restored and presently a luxury hotel with a restaurant and venue for weddings, conferences, events etc. Also ideal as a prestige private home or company headquarters.
Restored Castle – Hotel – Piedmont Italy
This magical castle property is located on top of a hill overlooking Pavone Canavese in Piedmont. The castle has been skillfully restored and transformed to make a luxury 28-bedroom hotel. In a very panoramic position, the castle makes an ideal location for weddings, ceremonies and events thanks to a set of beautiful conference halls (up to 250 seats) and a large restaurant (400 seats) which offers typical Piedmontese dishes and international cuisine. The castle could also be used as a luxury private residence or as a company headquarters.
The medieval castle has a surface area of approximately 4,000 sqm with 65 rooms including halls, sitting rooms, 28 bedrooms, a large professional kitchen (140 sqm – 1,506 sqft), offices, reception and 42 beautiful bathrooms which follow the style of the castle. There are several beautiful halls and conference rooms which can accommodate up to 250 guests.
One of the halls inside the castle is reserved for the Museo d’Andrade, which cannot be separated from the building due to the deep link between the castle and the architect. The exhibits include Greek and Mycenaean pottery, several medieval artefacts, a Greek shield, Neolithic flints and several other interesting pieces.
In the medieval park, in the middle of the garden is a beautiful 9th-century church (50 sqm – 538 sqft) which includes two original Roman tombs dating back to the 4th and 5th century BC. Inside the church, there also the tombs of Alfonso de Andrade and his wife Costanza.
The property is then completed by several annexes, warehouses and technical rooms (210 sqm – 2,260 sqft) and two townhouses (115 sqm – 1,237 sqft) which are located in the town of Pavone.
The castle has a well maintained 4,500-sqm park with ornamental trees, flowers and palms. The green areas are enclosed by the castle walls and are crossed by stone walkways and staircases leading up to the top of the hill where the main portion of the complex is located.
Enclosed by the second wall and dominated by the towers, in the middle of the castle, there is a noble courtyard (400 sqm) which is enriched by very elegant handcrafted stone paving. In the middle of the courtyard is the beautiful Mystery Well. This is a unique and magical backdrop for events.
Outside the castle, under the imposing walls, there is a large and convenient paved parking area used for guests. Building this apron was a great investment since huge blocks of granite had to be removed to level the ground. The apron is also easily usable as a helipad. Other parking areas and aprons are also available on the outskirts of the castle.
Two roads lead to the castle: the first one reaches the parking area and the main entrance of the complex; the second one starts from the town and leads directly inside the castle.
The castle property is surrounded by a total of 1.5 hectares of land, covered in gardens and mixed woodland.
The castle has been skillfully restored in recent years: after the works carried out by Alfredo de Andrade at the end of the 19th century, the castle was in the possession of a company owned by the Giodice family who, with a great renovation, converted the building initially into a headquarters for their pharmaceutical company and then into an exclusive hotel with restaurant and conference halls.
The current owners have invested a great deal of time and money to update the building adding all the necessary systems (thermal, air conditioning, hydraulic, electrical, sewage…) without altering the most interesting and appealing elements of the castle (its stone walls, the beautiful wooden ceilings, frescoes, original fireplaces…), all of which have been restored and brought back to their original splendour.
All the rooms are heated and equipped with one or more phone plugs.
The outdoor garden has been carefully landscaped so it can offer the guests of the hotel a unique and pleasant relaxation opportunity, while also making it ideal for events and weddings.
The area around Pavone was inhabited since the Bronze Age and many documents prove its existence under the Roman Empire. True development came with the Middle Ages since the village was located along an important road connecting Ivrea and Turin.
In such a dangerous period (around the 10th century), following the fall of Rome, with the Germanic people ravaging Italy, the citizen of Pavone decided to enclose St. Peter’s Church (built in 859 AD) with walls (over 5 m tall in certain spots) creating a first fortified refuge which was subsequently expanded to improve its defences.
When Otto III of the Holy Roman Empire, owner of the castle, gifted the bishops of Ivrea ample possessions in Piedmont, including the refugium of Pavone, they quickly opted to build a huge fortified tower (technically named a donjon) just outside the existing walls and over the following centuries, new sections were added to what had by then become a tout-court fortified castle with a manorial look on the inside. In the mid-14th century, a new wing was added to the north and a thorough restoration was carried out on the round bastions along the walls.
The castle was ultimately expropriated by the Kingdom of Italy and fifteen years later, in 1885, Portuguese architect Alfredo de Andrade bought the castle from the government. De Andrade, one of Eugène Viollet-Le-Duc’s greatest admirer and great expert of the Piedmontese Middle Age, the architect behind the Borgo Medievale di Torino (which clearly bears resemblance to both the Castle of Pavone and Fénis), spent his last years restoring the castle to a mostly original state, bringing the interiors back to their original beauty by using carefully selected local artisans. Particularly interesting is the decorated coffered ceiling in the Hall of King Arduin, previously owned by the counts of San Martino di Strambino. It is said to be a lucky castle since it was never conquered with arms and offered shelter to a group of bishops running away from rioting peasants.
When Alfredo died, his son Ruy took the reins of the work and completed the remaining renovations.
In 1981 the castle was recognized as a National Monument and ten years later, in 1991, it was finally bought by the current owners who used it as a representative seat for their company before converting into a prestigious and luxurious 4-star hotel capable of bringing its guests back into the Middle Ages, but with all the modern comforts.
- TYPE: Medieval castle now utilised as a luxury hotel
- CONDITION: Restored, luxury finishes
- LOCATION: Hilly, very panoramic
- MUNICIPALITY: Pavone Canavese
- PROVINCE: Turin
- REGION: Piedmont
- INTERIORS: 4,000 square metres (43,040 square feet)
- TOTAL ROOMS: 65+
- BEDROOMS: 28
- BATHROOMS: 42
- MAIN FEATURES: Stone walls, rib vaults, coffered ceilings, decorated wooden beams, wooden floors, engraved stone fireplaces, frescoes, professional kitchen, restaurant, museum, congress hall, 9th-century church, Roman tombs, crenellated towers, park, paved courtyard, parking lot also usable as a helipad
- LAND: 2.0 hectares (4.9 acres)
- GARDEN: 4,500 square metres (1.1 acres)
- ANNEXES: Church, storage rooms, townhouse
- ACCESS: Excellent
- SWIMMING POOL: No
- ELECTRICITY: Already connected
- WATER SUPPLY: Mains water
- TELEPHONE: Already connected
- ADSL: Yes (optic fiber)
- GAS: Municipal network
- HEATING SYSTEM: Already connected + air conditioning
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