Several years ago – well 5 actually – I wrote a couple of posts about houses/homes with a difference. The Water Tower was one such and subsequently, I received an email from the woman who bought the tower and was making her home there. Unfortunately, she didn’t respond to my request for photos of the finish. And another time I wrote about Castles for sale.
Well during a cold autumn day, while reading the newspaper I came across an article on ancient Italian buildings for sale. From ancient castles, monasteries, convents, and towers to old farmhouses, schools and inns, over 100 properties are being given away for free by the State Property Agency which has joined with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage to carry out the new scheme, under which the country’s majestic yet dilapidated properties are handed over free of charge to entrepreneurs who commit to restoring them to their original splendour and open them to the public as restaurants, hotels or spas.
Successful bidders will be given a 9-year lease with the possibility to extend it for a further 9-years.
We are told, “Successful applicants will be given an ‘Art Bonus’, available through a government scheme launched in 2015 which grants tax breaks on art-related charitable donations, such as for the maintenance and restoration of historic buildings.”
So if the idea of living in a castle, monastery or old school appeals, you have until June 26 to make an offer.
More information from The Telegraph here.
“I’ve got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I
can unlock the door remains to be seen.”
From Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, 1832-1888
Note photos courtesy of The Telegraph.