Images of Castel Veder palace are taken from article from the Daily Mail titled Live 'la bella vita' in your very own CASTLE
For the first time in 650 years, Castel Veder, a castle which has been owned by the Spaur family since the 14th Century, will be put on sale.
Found in the Dolomites, the Castle overlooks breath-taking views of the surrounding area and enjoys architecture emanating from the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque eras. This palace has been valued at 31 million euro, and with good reason.
Palazzo in Żebbuġ, Malta
This truly authentic 17th century Palazzo in the heart of Zebbug is built on two floors and was previously owned by an Azzopardi family. Gaetano Azzoppardi, the palazzo's first owner, was granted the title of 'Baron of Buleben' in 1777 by Grand Master de Rohan.
The property covers 6,000 sqm of land; it is surrounded by a large private garden which is full of stone pathways, ponds, and also leads to a courtyard prior to the main palazzo. Its symmetrical façade consists of a central doorway with an open balcony above, large moulded windows, pilasters at the corners and a cornice at the roofline. Arches on the door and balcony, as well as all windows with double roll mouldings all continue to contribute to its truly authentic feel.
One of the chambers has breath-taking murals painted in tromp l'oeil, consisting of a theatre-like stage onto which "neighbouring onlookers" are peeping. Such a genuine setting would make a great reception area to welcome guests in, if the boutique hotel business is your aim when buying such a property.
Just opposite this palazzo is the Chapel of Our Lady of Forsaken Souls, which used to serve as the chapel for this palazzo; you really cannot get any more Maltese than that.
Castel Veder has 15 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, five kitchens, two chapels, a library, an octagonal tower, a wine cellar and a swimming pool. Restorations undergone have ensured that the palace is installed with all modern features while still retaining a cloister of pillars dating back to the 16th century.
Can you imagine the type of business opportunities that could follow the buying of such a property?
Palazzo in Lija, Malta
A picture is worth a thousand words; this could not be any more true when taking this Palazzo into consideration. Located in the charming old village of Ħal Lija, this elegant wide fronted 18th century Palazzo boasts a number of authentic features; one of them includes a large private yard awaiting your magic touch to transform it into a beautiful garden .
Comprising of an exquisite corner façade, upon entering one find themselves in the middle of a spacious hallway leading to eight high ceiling rooms with ample light. Some of its authentic features include: engraved vaults, mosaic tiles, stonework and frescos on ceilings, all adding character to this stunning property. On the first floor an additional two rooms may be used with views over the garden. A garage with storage is also available at ground level.
Wondering about the size? This property is approximately 1.5 tumoli with an interior space of 550sqm and 1000sqm of external space. Being sold freehold and in an unfurnished state, this is the type of property that truly allows your imagination to run wild. Still not convinced? Well then maybe you should give it a visit.
Boutique hotels are rapidly on the increase in Malta, with permits for twelve developments of the sort pending at the Planning Authority. The idea of converting old houses and palazzos into amazing accommodation locations is becoming a trend which many are capitalising from. Is it time for you to do the same?
The term Boutique Hotels was first coined in 1984 and was primarily used to describe upscale hotels with an added uniqueness in the design, architecture and service of their establishment. These hotels are generally known to provide personalised service, an authentic theme and limited rooms, each of which a piece of art differing from the rest.
Palazzos in Malta, which still retain a lot of their original features, are the perfect type of property to go for when looking into this type of business opportunity. While many require a bit of fixing up, they usually contain a unique history which would serve for a fantastic selling point in a hotel. That, added with a naturally authentic Maltese feel would make them the perfect business investment in this new up and coming market.
Property in Mosta, Malta
An ornate doorway leads you to a welcoming reception / hall (3m x 8.5m), formed of panelled masonry walls decorated by a superb vaulted ceiling characterised by basrelief sculptures. The charming entrance alone is a strong selling point for the house, but we're just merely scratching the surface.
The property is almost finished, with minor works to be done specifically to give new owners the opportunity to add their own touch to the place. It currently boasts of vintage patterned terrazzo floor tiles, with flagstone and other floor finishes in some areas. All of the floors are professionally polished.
It enjoys a large amount of natural light and an ornate stone staircase takes you up to overlying floors, where rooms just get brighter and bigger. The property comprises of four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two living rooms, a sitting room, a kitchen and dining. It is also accompanied by a sizeable garden circa 130 sqm, with a large ornate niche and pond giving a stunning backdrop to the area.
This property is not only positioned in a sought after area, but also comes complete with electrical installations, including logically allocated points for lighting sources, switches & sockets, as well as a deposit paid on seven air conditioners with some contractor work already carried out. Most areas are finished, with an almost complete kitchen and Berloni gloss lacquered cabinets.