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Castello di Montestrutto. Romantic Italian castle at the foot of the Alps, majestic with all the comfort and warmth of an old country house. Quiet and private, the castle stands on top of a hill overlooking the small village of Montestrutto and the beautiful countryside. Accessible through a panoramic staircase of 230 steps, the castle definitely caters to the nature oriented and is also accessible from the village through a picturesque medieval road, a 10 minutes walk. Unfortunately, the castle is not wheelchair accessible and the closest access by vehicle is the village below. If desired, our guardian will carry the luggages for you up to the door. Remote yet close to everything, the castle is located a 45 minute drive from Turin and just 12 kilometers from lake Sirio at the entrance of Ivrea, main city of the region of Canavese. Ideal for nature lovers, active young families with children, who enjoy fresh air , hiking, mountain climbing, cultural activities and restaurants that offer fine regional cooking.
The view at any time of day is striking. Depending on where you set your eyes, looking from the beautiful terrace you can see the valle d'Aosta and Settimo Vittone, the Canavese the castle of Montalto and the lovely river Dora.
The three story building can accommodate 10 people comfortably, to a maximum of 12. From the lobby decorated with lovely frescoes, at your right, you will find the homey country-style dining-room and a fully equipped kitchen. To your left, a few steps lead you to the double living-room that gives you access to a lovely terrace facing the gardens. On the first floor you will find two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with queen size bed and a single bed, both rooms share a full bathroom. The third floor hosts the royal living room with its large decorative fireplace, the master bedroom with it's beautiful wood balcony and a queen size bed, three smaller bedrooms, two with single beds and another with a queen size bed, two full bathrooms and the winding staircase that brings you up to the room of the tower. The room of the tower has two single beds. You can also use the comfortable sofa bed in the Royal living room.
Imagine waking up in a peaceful room undisturbed if only by birdsongs, the sun pouring from the windows. The castle is constantly exposed to the sun yet the garden that encloses it and the tall trees provide plenty of shade all through the day and the temperature inside its thick walls is comfortable.
You will spend many relaxing hours in the gardens and on the terrace with it's view of the mountains, reading, sipping wine, enjoying your meals and at night enjoying the beautiful starry skies.
The Conad grocery store is at the entrance of Settimo Vittone, so if you walk up to the castle from the side of the stairs (230 steps!), take the time to pause now and then, to take your breath and enjoy the scenery of the mountains and the river down below.
You can plan excursions to the small neighbouring village of Cesnola up to the romantic ruins of its castle among the trees, or take the old medieval road of via Nomaglio that leads upwards to the village of Andrate. Should you decide to visit one of the many castles of the Valle d'Aosta, Fénis, Issogne and the outstanding fortress of Bard with its museum of the Alps are waiting for you. Italy is the land of great wines and the Piemonte region is no exception, just a few kilometers into the valley, you will find Carema reputed for it's exceptional red wine made mostly of Nebbiolo... You can decide for a journey to Cervinia and Gressonney in the mountains or to the roman city of Aosta or two hours south you will find yourselves on the mediterranean side of Ithe Italian Riviera.
Keywords: castle. castello. mountain. climbing. hiking. views. family reunion.
Rates are based on 6 guests; add €25 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
2940 euros per week (7 nights) based on an occupancy of 6. Additional guests are 175 euros per guest, per 7 nights, every additionnal day is 420 euros. This property is rented by the week only. Multiple weeks are acceptable.
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Rock climbing in the village of Montestrutto, at the foot of the castle. Hiking on the medieval road leading to the castle to the top of the mountain. Visits of a multitude of medieval and renaissance castles, both in Piedmont and in the neighboring province of the Val d'Aosta, 6 km away from the castle. The Bard fortress, the Castello d'Issogne, Castello di Fenis to name only a few. Sightings of the roman bridge at Pont St-Martin. Vineyards in the neighboring region of the Langhe, slow food, eco-tourism, swimming at nearby Lago Sirio, the Alps, 2 hour drive away, free concerts in many churches of the region, local cuisine. 1 hour and a half away from northern lakes, Lago d'Orta, Lago Maggiore, Lago di Como, and the Alessi factory at Ormegna. Driving times to Turin 45 minutes, Aosta 40 min., Milano 90 min., Genoa 2 hours, Geneva Switzerland 2 hrs., Lyon France 3.5 hrs.
Year Purchased: 1930
About the owner: We are brother and sister, living now at both ends of Canada, respectively Montreal and Vancouver and have spent many of our childhood summers at the castle. This historical monument has a lot character and we want to share the experience of this very unique and magnificent property.
How the property came into our family.
Monique Arnoldi our mother was born in Brussels in 1926. A few years after the death of his Belgian wife, our grandfather, who was a doctor, remarried with Maria-Teresa Scalero one of the three daughters of the Italian composer Rosario Scalero. Our mother was still a child at the time and followed her father and stepmother in Rome, spending some time in Montestrutto that was brought in 1930 by the composer Rosario Scalero and used as a summer house. Our father André Arnoldi, a Canadian journalist from Montréal had joined the army and was sent to Italy as a captain. While stationing in Rome, he befriended our grandfather who in turn presented our mother to him. They married in Rome and came back to live in Canada after the war.
Why the Owner Chose Turin (Torino): The castle has been in the family since 1930. Art and most importantly, music has been part in its life. Our great-grand father, Rosario Scalero, was a violinist and composer who gave composition courses in America from 1919 to1947, notably at the Curtis Institute of Philadephia. Between 1930 and 1934, he brought some of his students to the castle in the summers to immerse them in the atmosphere of italian music. Amongst his students, Nino Rota, Samuel Barber, Giancarlo Menotti and Rudolf Schirmer were the most famous to spend time at the castle. The property has been lovingly restored by our mother, Monique Arnoldi, passionate about it's beauty and history and who received there many guests over the years until her passing away in 2007. The castle is a 45 minute drive from the Torino airport of Caselle and a two hour drive of the Milano airports, Linate and Malpensa, and located in the easily accessible village of Montestrutto, Settimo Vittone. Cars can safely be parked in the church parking lot. There are two ways to access the property: from the village, a 10 minute walk uphill will bring you through a lovely medieval road and to the gated orchard of the property. Access can also be gained from the other side of the village, from the state road SS26 where cars can be parked in the field at the bottom of the hill. An energizing hike over the 230 steps (!!) will bring you to the walled property and you will be rewarded with it's beautiful views. The remote location of the castle makes it's a very private and unique setting.
The Unique Benefits at this Castle: Peaceful, the beauty and unique character of it's architecture, the enjoyment of the countryside yet still close to facilities and grocery stores, the regional cooking, museums, the mountains, concerts and weekly outdoor markets, charming one day trips to fascinating surrounding towns and cities such as the beautiful northern lakes Lago Maggiore, Lago di Como and Lago d'Orta, one hour away. Some of our favourite rituals is to cook with the wonderful regional ingredients and sipping the varied exceptional (and very affordable !) wines, enjoy long dinners spent on the terrace overlooking the mountains, in the shadow of the castle, surrounded by the subtly lit gardens.
An historical overview...
The name Montestrutto derives from the latin “Monte Obstructus”, that confirms the extreme strategic importance of the castle as a post to guard the passage in the valley. It is thought that the first installation goes back to the Xth century. The castle is first mentioned in 1221 in a document evoking a conflict between two cities of the Canavese. It is destroyed in the 15th century during wars between the French and Spanish. Towards the end of the 18th century the castle was passed from the Marchese and Marchesa di Muraglio to the Pecco family who completes a small house and the actual tower in 1915. In 1919, Broglio, a Milanese industrialist acquires the premices. He wishes to rebuild the castle on the model of the feudal residences of the Valley of Aoste. He engages the best cabinetmakers and craftsmen of the area under the direction of the prestigious architect Vittorio Mestturino that finds his inspiration in the historical castle of Issogne. Construction is completed in 1924. Reverses of fortune oblige Broglio to sell the property to a Swiss, Abbegg from whom Rosario Scalero ultimately buys the castle in 1930...