A few steps from the center of the village of…
Arpino, Frosinone, 03033, Italien
Hotel Belsito is a large 600 sq,mt property built on two levels in an area called Civita Falconara in the medieval historic centre of the hilltop town of Arpino. It is situated at the edge of the hilltop where the ground drops away steeply, and so has stunning views across the valley to the other areas of Arpino and to the distant mountains.
It has a private garden, also with the same breath-taking view of the valley. Cellars provide additional storage options.
“Belsito” literally translates as “well postioned”, and that is certainly an accurate description of the location of this property with its panoramic vistas. The house originally dates from centuries ago, but was – with the exception of the cellars – largely remodeled and rebuilt some forty plus years ago.
It was run as a large restaurant and small hotel in the past, allowing a purchaser four options:
1. to run it again as a full hotel and restaurant;
2. to convert the lower floor into a private apartment – large, light and with amazing views – and convert some or all of the original hotel rooms into B&B accommodation or into a small ‘albergo’;
3. to convert the entire property into one splendid home suitable for a large or extended family with accommodation also for friends;
4. to convert the upper floor into a private apartment and run the lower floor as a restaurant.
Considering each of these alternatives in turn:
1. A full hotel and restaurant
In this alternative, a purchaser could merely re-apply for the requisite licences, having updated and modernized all the facilities and fittings, although depending upon the target clientele, consideration might be given to combining some of the bedrooms and bathrooms as set out in alternative (2).
2. A private apartment on the lower floor with B&B or small ‘albergo’ accommodation (depending on the number of rooms created and available) on the upper floor
The lower floor currently has a wood-lined entrance hall, from which you reach the original restaurant: a very large, open room, with a fireplace and spectacular views. (Because it was converted into a restaurant decades ago, before the strict building codes for historic properties were enacted, a long wall of large windows was created facing the view; a conversion creating large windows like this would not now be permitted.) The ground drops away sharply in front, so although it is the lower floor, the view sweeps across the valley. In this alternative, this room could become a remarkable open-plan living area, beautiful and light in summer, and (because of the open fireplace) cosy in winter. There is a very fine built-in bar in the entrance hall that could remain and be amalgamated into the living area as a feature of the room. The rest of the floor – currently guest and staff bathrooms and a very large commercial kitchen – could become private bedrooms and bathrooms for the owner and family.
The upper floor, accessed internally by a lockable door leading to a stairway, and also by a separate external door from the street, was originally the hotel, and therefore already has bathrooms for every room, a reception desk etc. Unfortunately, the bathrooms are really too small by modern international hotel standards. However, there are also more individual bedrooms than are permitted under B&B regulations, and the bathrooms are built in pairs with shared walls. Thus it would be easy to halve the number of rooms to create suites, each suite to have a bedroom, a sitting room and two of the existing very small bathrooms.
Each pair of small bathrooms could then be amalgamated by taking out the dividing walls to create one large bathroom. Even more easily, the walls could be left as they are, with the addition only of an extra doorway, providing each new suite with a nice shower room and a separate toilet. In either case, one WC would be removed and the resulting space used to install a larger shower.
Each of these suites would have two lovely private balconies overlooking the fine views, one balcony opening off the bedroom and one off the sitting room.
The beds, mattresses, bed linen etc., are still in situ, but the decor of the rooms is somewhat dated and spartan – it would be very easy, however, to redecorate them into a series of really charming suites.
3. A large family home
Similar to alternative 2 – the large open plan living area would be created from the original hotel restaurant with its views and fireplace and built in bar. And the remainder of this ground floor would provide space for a large kitchen and your choice of study / games room / TV room / craft room etc. In this alternative, the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms would be turned into spacious suites for the owner, family and friends.
4. A private apartment on the upper floor with a restaurant on the lower floor
In this alternative, some bedrooms suites would be retained on the upper floor and the remainder converted into living area and kitchen space – all benefitting from the balconies opening off each window.
Energy classification G