Overseas property: That’s amore!

WHAT did you get for Valentine’s Day?

Perfume? After shave? Flowers? Chocolates? A card?

Chances are it wasn’t what James Mason bought for his wife, Jenny: a holiday home in Italy.


Londoner James was at a loss knowing what to buy his workaholic wife Jenny. But, with a shared love of Italy, James hatched a plan that would result in him giving the most amazing present she could ever wish for.

Visiting Italy, James met with Dawn and Michael Hobbs, owners of property company, Appassionata, which specialises in renovating beautiful traditional properties, available for purchase through their fractional scheme.

Their latest project, Casa Tre Archi, is located in the medieval hilltop town of Petritoli in Le Marche. This three-bedroom townhouse is built into the town’s ancient walls, part of the entrance turrets, and features a turret wall as part of the lounge!

James instantly fell in love with the region, realising it was perfect for his young family, and it was his love for his wife that prompted the next step: “I thought my wife would love the property and, as I didn’t have a present for her I ended up securing the property before she’d seen it. She would be blown away!”

He organised for Jenny to make her first ever trip to the property with three of her close friends, where they could enjoy a child-free weekend in their new home.

As they lazed by the pool, walked along the beach and hit the designer outlets, Jenny kept saying: “I can’t believe James bought this for me, he’s never done anything like this before!”


Featuring beamed ceilings, cosy décor of delightful, traditional Italian architecture paired with stunning modern additions, Casa Tre Archi is the ultimate romantic bolthole. Not only this, but the property also boasts its very own rooftop terrace, perfect for candlelit dinners and long lazy drinks, with exquisite views. Close to excellent local restaurants, Casa Tre Archi provides a taste of the true Italian life, la dolce vita, and the opportunity for the ultimate declaration of love.

A one tenth share in Casa Tre Archi, which gives you five weeks’ ownership per year, costs £65,000. For more information visit www.appassionata.com.

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