By now you if you read this blog you will have realized that we have purchased two more properties in Panicale. You didn’t think we were really doing nothing all this time did you?
Honestly, it all started as a way to find a parking spot for our Tesla. We looked at a number of places that were too far away from us, and the one right next door would have been perfect, except that the current owners dropped the floor by a foot to make the garage an apartment. Not to worry. We found the hotel. Now all we need to do is break down a wall, add a garage door and we have parking.
We initially saw the for sale sign on the hotel when we came and visited the castle last April. It registered with me and I had mentioned it to George once or twice as a lark in case we ran out of room. Well, we did.
When I was pouring over the blue prints for the castle and placing our puzzles in rooms I began to realize that we would be placing some puzzles 13 feet up and others would be 2 or 3 deep. Now there is nothing wrong with that. It’s just not ideal. Problem solved with the purchase of the hotel. Now we have a room for almost every puzzle individually. I jest. But the extra rooms really help to ensure that we will have room for further purchases and donations.
Now to answer a few questions I’ve had from those who were not at DCD this year. No, we will not rent out the rooms. We now have 20 bedrooms 12 of which have en-suites for our guests. We don’t want to deal with the tax implications. But this really is only a few more bedrooms than we had in Florida.
Yes we plan to have puzzle parties. My ideal would be to have 2 a year, one during the early spring, and another in the fall. Of course this depends on the timing of other puzzle parties. George is more inclined to have people just come and visit when ever they want. He’s a curmudgeon and doesn’t like large groups. He doesn’t want me to cook so much. :)
Initially we will be living in the castle because I realize now that we will be unable to get the bathroom and kitchen set up before we return in April. I don’t expect this to last long (I’ve been told in Italy, a year is fast). But once I get here, we can begin to do things ourselves. It will be better with me here supervising things. This really is a repeat of putting together the big house while we were in Hong Kong. Thankfully, it is only 6 months that we will be gone instead of 8.
Everyone asks me if the hotel is ready to move into and the answer is no. The previous "owners" removed everything they could. Even the wall sconces have been removed.
We have hired a couple to do most of the electrical work, clean, and to supervise all the other work that needs doing.
Every time I look at the floor plans, I make changes, well, yesterday I went in with painters tape and started marking up changes that need doing. We are tearing out 2 bathrooms and extending them to the size of a small bedroom. This will become the master bathroom. We are also adding a few broom cupboards, and of course I get to completely design a new kitchen! We’ve decided to do one room a month for any major changes. Basically, there are none. Each room will have a sofa sleeper and a wardrobe for guests to hang their things in, And of course, they will have the obligatory puzzles on display. With 95 rooms between all of the buildings we should have enough space for them.
Instead of giving you photos this week, I’ve loaded walk through videos and a copy of our presentation at DCD on my YouTube Castello di Panicale playlist. Please enjoy e fino alla prossima settimana, arrivaderci e continua a rompicapo.