Magical castle property in Italy. Restored and features 11 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, and a lovely 15th-century chapel. 6.6 hectares (16.3 acres) of land which include a keep and cascina needing renovation. Ideal as a prestige private home, boutique hotel, venue for weddings, conferences, events etc or company headquarters.
Restored Castle – Piedmont Italy
This magical castle property is perched atop Monte Crovero overlooking the Canavese in Piedmont, dominating the surrounding valleys with its towering form. The castle has been skillfully restored and transformed retaining and complementing its original features.
The town of Montalto Dora, which is only 2 kilometres away from the Castle, provides all of the required services.
It takes less than two hours to reach other historic cities in northern Italy, as well as world-renowned ski resorts (Ivrea, Pavone Canavese, Turin; Aosta; Courmayeur; Pinerolo; Milan…).
The castle has a surface area of 2,030 sqm – 21,843 sqft with 9 bedrooms, 11 baths and is built on several floors that follow the irregularity of the rock and circle a central paved courtyard (400 sqm – 4,304 sqft).
The lowest floor is made up of the mediaeval dungeons, which have been turned into cellars and storage rooms and have exquisite wooden ceilings: from these underground rooms, one can see the rocks to which the castle is tied.
Many hallways, a dining room with a kitchen, restrooms, and an office are located on the ground level, all surrounding the paved courtyard.
Because it lies situated close to the castle’s main portcullis, the latter was most likely the initial guard post.
Two bedrooms with en-suite baths are located on an intermediate level, a mezzanine floor above the kitchen and inside the quadrangular tower (both easily accessed from the courtyard via a stone staircase).
On the first level (piano nobile), there is a large reception room with a fireplace, another living room with a fireplace, three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms (one of which is in the quadrangular tower), and two large libraries with a connecting reading room.
The tower includes an additional level on top that holds a lovely bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and a wonderful outlook of the surrounding area.
The mediaeval chapel (90 sqm – 968 sqft) is located in a corner of the main courtyard, directly near the portcullis, and has frescoes from the 15th century as well as a bell tower.
The caretaker’s apartment (75 sqm – 807 sqft) is located in another corner of the castle and is accessible by a side courtyard. It is divided into two stories and consists of a living room with kitchen and bathroom on the lower floor and two bedrooms with bathrooms on the top floor.
A subsidiary keep (220 sqm – 2,367 sqft) is located near the main castle and consists of various chambers that are today utilised as storage and depots.
This structure, which likewise revolves around a central courtyard, was most likely used as a hostel for noblemen visiting the lord in the past.
A historic cascina (110 sqm – 1,184 sqft). in a defiladed position beneath the castle, needs renovating and is spread across two levels and is now used as storage rooms.
Because the building is positioned on a hill, both levels may be reached immediately from the outside.
The castle has a fascinating history, situated on the summit of Monte Crovero, where there was already some form of habitation during the Roman period.
The castle was erected during the 10th and 11th centuries and consisted of a fortified tower with a wall containing a few cottages and a church dedicated to the saints Ephesius, Mark, and Eusebius.
The fortress was recognised as a holding of the Bishops of Ivrea in 1141.
The fortification was important throughout the Middle Ages because of its location along the Via Francigena and the road linking Ivrea and Valle d’Aosta.
The building was inherited by the Savoy family in 1344, who used its advantageous location to extend their authority over the area.
They also carried out a series of modifications and extensions that resulted in the castle’s current configuration (more or less).
The site was granted in use to the De Jordano family at the beginning of the 15th century, who continued to enhance the castle by creating the chapel we see today.
The castle was heavily sieged in 1641, and following its capitulation, the conquerors headed by the marquis D’Harcourt emptied and ruined the interiors of the edifice.
The castle was then handed down through numerous local families until it was inherited by Count Severing Casana, who was the first to renovate the structure.
He engaged the help of two of his time’s most influential architects, Carlo Nigra and Alfredo de Andrade (who also oversaw the restoration of the castles of Pavone Canavese, Saluzzo, Verrès, and Fénis).
After being abandoned for many years, the castle was mostly wrecked when the new owners took on fresh restorations in the 1960s: over twenty years, they managed to restore the bulk of the castle to a functional and attractive form.
The castle is now a quadrangular structure (approximately 180 m in perimeter) with four circular turrets at its corners.
The quadrangular keep provided a 360-degree view of the Ivrea Lakes and secured control of the valley.
The fortress’s internal halls have been completely rebuilt in order to maintain the original appearance of the castle as reconstructed by De Andrade.
In recent years, diligent upkeep has allowed the castle to remain in good condition.
The ancient plaster, cocciopesto, stone, and hardwood flooring of the castle have been maintained as a result of these renovations.
The top levels of the castle, in particular, retain manorial elements such as smooth hardwood flooring, painted wooden beams, coffered ceilings, etched stone fireplaces, antique furnishings, and a plethora of other details that undoubtedly add to the castle’s attractiveness.
One can also leave the quadrangular tower onto the wall walk that circles the entire castle.
The walk, which was first repaired by De Andrade, has kept its 14th-century shape with the machicolations used in the Middle Ages to throw rocks, arrows, and boiling water on opponents at the base of the walls, while also providing a spectacular perspective of the surrounding area.
The round tower may also be accessed by the wall walk, and a stairway leads to the rooftops.
Numerous 15th-century paintings may be found in the church inside the courtyard.
The southern façade has a Giacomino da Ivrea-attributed image of St. Cristoforo and the Madonna del Latte with Bambino (the virgin Mary with the baby).
The interior consists of a single nave with paintings depicting episodes from the lives of Saints: on the left is St. Marguerite praying with the Dragon, in the middle is St. Liberata with St. Gervasio and Protasio, and on the right is St. Lucy.
The monument has enormous promise since it contains a beautiful group of frescoes that are now being investigated.
The castle is built around a lovely 400-square-metre paved courtyard that would be ideal for events, conferences, weddings, and reenactment.
There are 6.6 hectares of land surrounding the castle that is covered in meadows, arable fields, and woods.
The access road climbing up the mountain, starting from a handy parking space right below the castle, is a particularly distinctive aspect of the property as the path climbs the slope and enters the courtyard through the main portcullis of the castle.
This lovely antique property offers lots of possibilities both residential and /or commercial.
- TYPE: Medieval castle
- CONDITION: Restored
- LOCATION: Hilly, very panoramic (405 m above sea level)
- MUNICIPALITY: Ivrea
- PROVINCE: Turin
- REGION: Piedmont
- INTERIORS: 2,525 square metres (27,169 square feet)
- TOTAL ROOMS: 50
- BEDROOMS: 11+
- BATHROOMS: 13+
- MAIN FEATURES: stone walls, Guelph crenellation, round towers, wall walk, paved courtyard, frescoed chapel, dungeons, vaulted ceilings, wooden beams, coffered ceilings, flagstone roofs, original monumental fireplaces, cocciopesto, stone and wooden floors
- LAND: 6.6 hectares (16.3 acres)
- GARDEN: No, but would be possible around the ramparts
- ANNEXES: Keep, cascina
- ACCESS: Excellent
- SWIMMING POOL: No
- ELECTRICITY: Already connected
- WATER SUPPLY: Private well
- TELEPHONE: Already connected
- ADSL: Possible
- GAS: LPG
- HEATING SYSTEM: To be connected
- CLOSEST CITIES AND TOWNS Montalto Dora (2km; 5’), Borgofranco d’Ivrea (4km; 5’), Ivrea (6km; 10’), Pavone Canavese (11km; 20’), Biella (30km; 40’), Turin (59km; 1h 10’), Vercelli (64km; 55’), Aosta (66km; 1h), Novara (85km; 1h 30’), Courmayeur (99km; 1h 20’), Pinerolo (101km; 1h 20’), Milan (128km; 1h 50’), Asti (130km; 1h 40’)
- CLOSEST AIRPORTS Torino Pertini (59km; 50’), Milano Malpensa (122km; 1h 20’), Milano Linate (145km; 1h 55’), Cuneo Levaldigi (151km; 2h), Genova Colombo (182km; 2h)
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