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Ancient custom house on the Tuscany/Lazio border

12th January 2008 Print
La Dogana This ancient customs house dating back several hundred years, bordering a centuries old forest was originally the retreat of an American couple, who completely restored the property in 2004 to its former glory. It now comes to the market complete with a separate artist’s studio and is ideally placed being only 45 minutes from the Mediterranean Sea.

Trinidad Passerini Managing Director of Precious Villas says, “La Dogana is located outside the town of Farnese in the Lazio region, just an hour and half from Rome. This is an area that has yet to be truly discovered and its development in terms of market and infrastructures are still emerging. It is also a part of Italy that rivals the beauty of Tuscany and Chianti, but, still in its infancy, in terms of the world property stage, it offers property investors a tempting alternative in terms of cost compared to the more established regions of Italy.”

La Dogana is set within 25 acres of land, offering complete privacy from its beautiful green valley location yet affording spectacular views of the mountains to the west. The building complex is made up of a main house, guest house, multiple outbuildings including an office and a swimming pool measuring some 80 feet in length. It boasts wonderful garden like grounds playing host to mature walnut trees, fig trees, lawns, pastures, separate paddocks for horse enthusiasts and is further complemented by the adjoining national forest. The principle house offers four bedrooms and is made from local stone with depths of up to three feet in some areas. As one would expect with a property of this character, the current owners have ensured that it has retained its terracotta floors, traditional beams, open fire places and traditional tiles yet offering practical living with new plumbing, heating and electricity.

The guest house was added on 2003 using the same local stone ensuring that it blends in seamlessly with the original building. This has now been converted into an artist’s studio; however this could easily be converted back to its original purpose and offers a sitting room, kitchenette, shower room, guest bath, bedroom and also a separate laundry room.

La Dogana is offered for sale at £1.6 million.

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La Dogana