80-Room Medieval Italian castle to be sold for first time in its history

Castel Valer, a lavishly decorated medieval castle in northern Italy, which has been owned by the same family who obtained the estate in the fourteenth century, is set to be sold at auction on 8th September 2016.

The magnificent castle includes 35,520 square feet (3,300 square metres) of net living space, comprising 15 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, five kitchens, including a medieval smoke kitchen, a banqueting hall, library, two chapels, an octagonal tower, wine cellar and swimming pool. The grounds extend to 18.5 acres (7.5 hectares) and incorporate terraced gardens, orchards and forest and further benefits from three private access roads. Constructed between 1200 and 1700, the property combines architecture from the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque eras. The period features include unique 15th and 16th century frescos and incorporate antique crown roof tiles. Sold fully furnished, the castle is fitted with bespoke antique furniture pieces, impressive glass chandeliers and Venetian mirrors.


Situated in the foothills of the Dolomites, Northern Italy, the location of the castle within the Val di Non allows for immediate access to beautiful lakes, quaint villages and world famous skiing in the Austrian resort of Kitzbühel. Verona is just a one hour drive from the property, with Venice and Milan also within easy reach, providing easy access to international airports as well as representing some of Italy’s most popular historic cities.

Castel Valer, Tassullo, Italy  Photo: (C) 2016 Alessandro Carpentiero
Castel Valer, Tassullo, Italy Photo: (C) 2016 Alessandro Carpentiero

The buyer of Castel Valer will be purchasing an historic artefact, as well as a magnificent home. Built upon Roman ruins on the site of a historic Roman road, the castle retains a cloister of pillars dating back to the 16th century Council of Trent, in addition to an octagonal tower used as a WWI artillery base for German and Italian military. Of the two chapels, the Late Gothic-style Saint Valerio, embellished by frescos by 15th Century Italian old master painters Giovanni and Battista Baschenis from the Bergamo region, has been awarded the title of Europe’s Best Renovated Chapel by Christie’s and Europa Nostra.

History and modern amenities combine, as the castle has been meticulously restored over the last 20 years to incorporate all facilities expected of a 21st century home. There is a new electric generator, two heating systems, newly installed alarm system, newly installed roof tiles and a water and waste pipeline connected to the nearest village. Rooms restored as conference facilities and refurbished staff accommodation provide the necessary space should the buyer wish to run the property as an events space.

Castel Valer - photo by Christian Stringari / Wikimedia Commons
Castel Valer – photo by Christian Stringari / Wikimedia Commons

Count Spaur zu Flavon und Valer, the vendor of the castle, explains, “The home holds a lot of history for both my family and my country. I especially love the details in the Gothic Chapel and have a fondness for the Ulrich hall which was named after my ancestor. I hope the new owners of the home will enjoy the property as much as I have, and further add to its fruitful timeline.”

The property will be auctioned by Concierge Auctions on 8th September, in association with the seller’s representative, luxury Swiss family office and real estate advisory firm, box8 AG, and its president, Heidemarie Schwatlo.

The estate has previously been valued at over €31million.

Concierge Auctions has already begun conducting previews of Castel Valer. To book an appointment, call +1 212.257.5018 or +44 (0) 20 3327 2750.


For more information please contact Alice Lacey at Four Communications on 020 3697 4357 or [email protected]

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