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Opulent Style in country surroundings, Appassionata unveils

Casa Leopardi Boutique and luxurious fractional ownership business Appassionata has been making the exclusive Italian dream of owning a gorgeous property in Le Marche a stunning reality for just over a year. Appassionata’s stunning Estate Giacomo Leopardi consists of two properties in five acres of land, nestled in the beautiful Le Marche countryside, complete with landscaped gardens, a pool, tennis court, newly planted truffle orchard, vineyards, olive groves and a lavender plantation, allowing owners to enjoy every aspect of Italian life. Their first year has seen Appassionata go from strength to strength and create added benefits for owners of their properties. In the spring of 2011, a small orchard of delicious delicacies hailed the world over as ‘The Diamonds of the Kitchen,’ was planted in the grounds of Appassionata’s Estate Giacomo Leopardi. Black Périgord truffles are among the world’s pre-eminent culinary delicacies and are revered for their delectable earthy taste. Appassionata’s first phase, Casa Giacomo is a newly built 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom property sitting on its own private grounds within Estate Giacomo Leopardi and after launching a mere year ago, has just two shares remaining for prospective owners. Now, founders of Appassionata, Michael Hobbs and his wife Dawn Cavanagh-Hobbs, are embarking on the second phase of their business’ development: the stunning restoration of their second property, large farmhouse Casa Leopardi. Casa Leopardi is a 450 square metre, spacious and traditional Italian farmhouse, which is currently being sympathetically restored to a luxurious standard. Comprising of three floors, the property will exude Italian style and elegance with terracotta tiled floors, traditional brick archways, beamed ceilings and open fireplaces. Locally sourced, original art, antiques and handmade lights will be combined to create the perfect balance of contemporary and traditional materials.

Each of the 5 double bedrooms, three of these bedrooms enjoying sea views, will be complemented by luxurious en suite bathrooms and stunning views. The perfect place to embrace Italian lifestyle, Casa Leopardi’s hand built farmhouse kitchen will come complete with granite work tops, hand painted cupboards and a large modern cooking range; perfect for those cosy nights in. French doors will lead out onto a shaded terracotta tiled terrace; perfect for alfresco dining looking over the rolling hills. Landscaped gardens and a private pool complete the perfect home away from home. Swiss-based Peter Wakeham and his wife Anita are a couple who adore Italy. The two visited Montefiore Dell’Aso, met with the Hobbs’ and were blown away by the stunning Casa Giacomo, located on Appassionata’s Estate Giacomo Leopardi. Now owners, the Wakeman’s adore their Italian Idyll:

‘It is everything we expected. The property and surrounding hills and sea are spectacular. The local people are genuinely warm and friendly. What do we like best? When we are there we have a great time and when we are not there we know that our home is being cared for in our absence.’ Appassionata’s fractional ownership model allows you to purchase a share in your property of choice, giving you exclusive occupancy for a number of weeks each year. The property is professionally managed and maintained, with annual running costs shared with co-owners. A fractional property is an asset purchase usually bought by someone who could probably afford to buy the property as whole ownership but doesn’t want the

hassle of servicing the swimming pool or looking after the property and gardens year round. They are savvy enough to appreciate the value of paying for the time they are able to use it. As a lifestyle investment fractional ownership makes sense. The purchase is forever, so owners can choose to sell their share, rent out the property for the duration of their weeks or pass it on to family and friends at any time. As Appassionata’s Estate Giacomo Leopardi is just a few miles from mediaeval village Montefiore Dell’Aso, ten minutes from sun and sea, and is a mere hour from the snow capped Sibillini Mountains, it is the perfect destination for all seasons. The Italian dream is affordable, Appassionata phase two property is being launched onto the market with 1/10th (5 week) shares available for just £165,000. With the last 2 shares available for Casa Giacomo at £105,000 for a 1/10th (5 week) share, discerning buyers will have to move quickly to snap up their Italian dream. For a true taste of Italy, purchasing a share in one of these beautiful properties includes a stake in the olive oil produced from the olive groves around the property, wine from the estate’s vineyard, Périgord black truffles from the newly planted orchard and essential oils from the lavender plantation. It truly is the ultimate lifestyle purchase - a luxury home away from home for a fraction of the price, without the hassle of maintenance when in residence. A luxury lifestyle purchase for a fraction of the cost of whole ownership. Come and visit the Italian dream for yourself and let Appassionata astound you.

For more information on Appassionata’s fractional ownership opportunities visit or call: 0039 0734 658775


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Terrace at Casa Giacomo

Restoring Casa Leopardi

Poolside at Estate Giacomo Leopardi


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