If you’ve got deep pockets and the imagination to match, this crumbling Noto estate could be the renovation challenge for you.
Contrada Lenzavacche sits in the hills above Noto, surrounded by 1.7 hectares of land, and is on the market via Italy Sotheby’s International Realty for €850,000.
The main country house is almost an empty shell, set over 7534 sq ft, and will need gut-renovating. But there are plenty of features to spark the imagination, including carved masonry and traditional tiles.
The Noto property has several reception and living rooms as well as a large kitchen – all of which have direct access to the house’s outdoor terraces and spaces.
It’s being marketed as a three-bedroom dwelling – the main bedroom suite is set on the second floor and is reached via a small courtyard – but more bedrooms could be added in the 400 sq m annex, or it could be turned into a large studio space depending on your ambitions.
Planning permission dependent, it could even be turned into a boutique hotel, and the island property is just a few minutes drive from central Noto, feted for its Baroque architecture and striking landscape.