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TORRE CLAVEL - HISTORIC PIEDS DANS L'EAU VILLA FOR SALE POSITANO, FORNILLO BEACH


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Campania - Salerno - Positano

Amalfi Coast

4.400.000 Euro

  • Interiors: 200 sqm (2,152 sqft)
  • Exteriors: 2,000 sqm (0.5 ac)
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3

TECHNICAL DETAILS

  • TYPE: waterfront villa with direct access from the sea
  • CONDITION: restored
  • POSITION: waterfront
  • ACCESS: by sea, on foot
  • EXTERIOR SURFACE: 2,000 sqm (0.5 ac)
  • GARDEN: sì, piccole aree verdi sulle terrazze
  • POOL: no
  • INTERIOR SURFACE: 200 square meters (2,152 square feet)
  • BEDROOMS: 3
  • BATHROOMS: 3
  • ANNEX: keeper's house, storage room
  • WATER: mains water
  • ADSL: yes
  • HEATING: air conditioning
  • GAS: tanks

FEATURES: stone walls, natural grotto with direct access from the sea, sea view portico, paved terraces with gardens, vaulted ceilings, terracotta and parquet flooring, wooden fixtures, keeper’s house


TORRE CLAVEL - HISTORIC PIEDS DANS L'EAU VILLA FOR SALE POSITANO, FORNILLO BEACH


In a unique position right next to the beach of Fornillo, carved in the cliff of Positano, stunning waterfront villa with direct access from the sea. The villa (200 sqm, 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms) has been restored to give birth to something really unique and unrepeatable. Renowned meeting point for early 20th century artists, the villa is nowadays a beautiful private villa that is regularly rented out to tourists looking for a unique property to spend their vacation.

The town of Positano is just 600 m away by boat, while the beach of Fornillo is, for all purposes, right next to the villa to the north.

Access to the villa is mainly by sea, thanks to a convenient berth inside a marine grotto right below the building. Access on foot is possible via a narrow path descending the steep cliff.


DESCRIPTION OF THE BUILDINGS


The main house (200 sqm – 2,152 sqft, 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms) is laid over two floors organized as follows:

- Lower floor: hallway leading to the dining room, the living room and the office, corridor with wardrobe, kitchen, walk-in closet with terrace, pantry and staircase leading to the upper floor; two ample sea view porticos allow having al fresco dinners or simply enjoying the pleasant summer climate of the Amalfi Coast;

- First floor: entrance room, two bedrooms with access to the sea view terrace (54 sqm) and shared bathroom, bedroom with private bathroom, service bathroom and access to the marine grotto.

The villa can be entered directly by sea: there is, in fact, a grotto just below the building with a convenient berth and a door with a staircase leading up to the house.

  FLOOR PLANS OF THE VILLA

The property also includes all the common areas of the complex, such as entrances, staircases, terraces, walkways, access to the sea with a storage room for beach equipment and the keeper’s house (50 sqm – 538 sqft), laid over a single floor and made up of three ample vaulted rooms (currently living area with dining corner and kitchen, two bedrooms) plus a bathroom and a sea view terrace (14 sqm).


HISTORY OF THE PROPERTY


The tower, as we see it today, was built around 1582 and its peculiar pentagonal shape is probably derived from a pre-existing Norman fortification (or its remains at least) over which the tower was ultimately built.

The Amalfi Coast is dotted with watchtowers, the most ancient of them dating back to the Byzantine domination of the 7th and 8th century CE. Over the 13th century, the Anjou family had a series of towers built all around the coast: these, with their round shape and the accurately studied positioning, were tasked with warning the citizens of any potentially dangerous ship.

When in the 16th century the Turkish corsairs started raiding the coast in organized waves, often with gruesome outcome (such as the attacks on Cetara and Conca dei Marini in 1534 and 1543), the viceroy of Naples Don Pedro Álvarez de Toledo ordered the construction of a series of new towers, massive and designed to resist artillery strikes, along the Amalfi Coast. The project placed the towers roughly 4,000 (or 5,000 paces) one from another.

However, due to a terrible management, these towers were already in bad shape only 30 years after their construction and many had already collapsed. When in 1815 Bourbon regained their throne in Naples, many of these towers were put out of service and converted into private houses, telegraph station or lighthouses.

 

The property was bought in the early 20th century (1909 to be precise) by Swiss architect and intellectual Gilbert Clavel. After a careful restoration, the tower became in the 1920s a meeting place for artists, writers and painters such as Depero, Picasso, Cocteau and Marinetti.

Clavel’s idea was to expand the tower towards Fornillo beach and he then started blasting its way through the cliff opening caves, tunnels and corridors. The stone removed from the cliff was then used to restored the tower and build the new portions of the villa which nowadays spans the whole cliffside. A huge natural cave was discovered while working and the initial idea was to convert into a music hall thanks to its excellent acoustic. The cave was, however, plagued by structural failures and collapses and the idea was abandoned. Gilbert died on September 6, 1927 without being able to see its dream fulfilled and left his brother René with the task of completing its work. The villa was ultimately bought in 1954 by Princess Santa Borghese Hercolani who promised to preserve and valorize Clavel’s vision. The property is nowadays owned by the princess’s heirs who converted the building into a luxury boutique guest accommodation that allows people to enjoy the property in all its beauty.

 

Among the many visiting the property, we already mentioned the painter, sculptor and illustrator Fortunato Depero: the artist had a very close relationship with Claver, at least for some time, and the two collaborated on several works (among which I Balletti Plastici). Over the years, Clavel bought several works from his friends and almost has many he received as a gift.

Almost all of these remained in the tower when princess Hercolani bought the property since René saw them as a natural part of the property. Nowadays, the paintings have been donated to the loyal keeper of the tower and are currently exposed at the Mart museum in Rovereto, who also organized an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.


NEAREST TOWNS


Positano (600m; 3’), Praiano (7km; 15’), Conca dei Marini (12km; 25’), Amalfi (16km; 30’), Maiori (22km; 40’), Ravello (23km; 40’), Massa Lubrense (23km; 40’), Pompeii (37km; 1h), Naples (59km; 1h 15’), Vietri sul Mare (63km; 1h 20’), Salerno (66km; 1h 25’)


NEAREST AIRPORTS


Napoli Capodichino (62km; 1h 15’), Salerno Costa d’Amalfi (84km; 1h 30’), Roma Ciampino (265km; 3h 10’), Roma Fiumicino (291km; 3h 30’)

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TORRE CLAVEL - HISTORIC PIEDS DANS L'EAU VILLA FOR SALE POSITANO, FORNILLO BEACH

Positano - Salerno - Campania

Prezzo: 4.400.000 Euro

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