Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Villa Sabatini, nestled in an enviable position within the Comino valley in the foothills of the Parco Nationale D'Abruzzo sat midway in the Apennines between Rome and Naples is surrounded by truly authentic Italian villages unchanged in centuries.
This holiday destination hidden from tourists, will open your hearts and minds to the true Italian experience providing many fabulous restaurants or trattorie to choose from. The Villa, bright and spacious, sits within its own 12 acres of land. It was originally a farmhouse owned by the same family for generations, and was restored approximately 30 years ago to provide a home to the Sabatini family.
Only three minutes drive across the melfa river and up the tree lined mountain roads you will find the village of Atina. Atina famous for its past, provides a plethora of history dating back to the 3rd century B.C.; somehow, I feel today things are not much different and you can sit and take part in the Italians' favourite past time of 'camminare e parlare' in the sunshine outside the numerous bars and restaurants, sit in the piazzas watching Italians' everyday life go by or eat at the famous local restaurant 'Il Vicolo'.
Or listening to the shouts coming from the five aside football tournament as the locals spur on their favourite cousins, nieces and nephews. Shop amongst the locals on market day, the town vibrant with life, colour and the smells of the freshest produce or watch as the local people prepare the food with the utmost of tradition in their local shops, presenting it to you as if it were the most exquisite present.
Whether it be a holiday to sit and relax in the sun or to be super active, this house is a very special place and ideally located to provide for all sorts of activities so you will never be bored. Walking, cycling, painting, running, sun bathing, skiing, history, climbing, beach, ski, sitting, drawing or snoring these are some of many things that should attract you to stay at Villa Sabatini.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Scauri 55 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Naples 114 km, Nearest railway: Cassino 23 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
Inside the house you will find everything has been catered for you. As you enter into an open hall way partly occupied by a 'biliardino' (football table) where the children and grown ups alike can invigor their competitive spirit, a bookcase filled with Italian and English books and a downstairs cloakroom hiding all the essentials: washing machine, iron, clothes dryer, etc.
Walking into the lounge, cool and sheltered in the summer or bright and cosy in the winter it provides a dining table to sit 8 people and comfortable sofas to sit, relax and read or watch that programme of choice. The lounge leads to the kitchen which opens out onto the patio at the front of the house for you to eat alfresco if you wish. The kitchen is fully equipped for you to make those relaxing leisurely lunches or large family meals.
Upstairs you will find three luxuriously spacious bedrooms, the master provided with its own en suite bathroom with the two other bedrooms sharing the main bathroom. With all the bedrooms facing a southerly direction and looking out over the stunning mountain views they are all bright, airy and comfortable. The largest bedroom also holds in addition to the double a day bed which can either be used for relaxing on if the room is for a couple or can be extended into a comfortable double to act as a family room. The second largest bedroom holds the doors to the balcony where you can sit and enjoy reading a book in the sun or an aperitivo before dinner this also holds a cot incase you have a young child to accommodate. The final double bedroom also opens up onto the balcony and holds a wonderful view of the panorama.
To the outside of the property you will find a table and set of 8 chairs to cater for your outside dining set under the Portico, arranged upon an expansive patio area at the front of the house. A small pool for the adults to cool off in or for the children to play all day in (available during the summer season) along with a gazebo to provide shade wherever you may need it. A gas barbeque, a table tennis table and 12 acres of land including a secluded olive grove to freely wander over. To the rear of the house there is an open garage to house a car during the day to keep it cool in the midday sun.
|Further details outdoors||
Being surrounded by its own 12 acres of land including 300 Olive trees, the beautiful countryside is your playground. For breakfast you could pick fruit from the fruit trees outside the Villa, or just soak in the sun on confortable sun loungers surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
The house is owned and run by the Sabatini family, who will welcome you on arrival and let you into the Villa. Their English is limited however an English, French or Italian representative is only a phone call away should you have any queries or concerns. There will be a welcome pack on arrival giving you information on the local area and suggestions of things to do, places to visit, eateries and bars and a very warm Italian welcome.
The pool will only be available during peak months i.e. June through to August however, arrangements can be made if there are particularily hot periods preceeding or following these months.
Well behaved dogs may be allowed to stay on the ground floor of the house, however this will need to be discussed with us before hand.
No smoking within the house please. Outside the property, under the veranda, there is plenty of cover.
The Lazio region
Atina, the Val di Comino and Ciociaria is an undiscovered stunningly beautiful area on the edge of the
Abruzzo national park, the most famous nature reserve in Italy. Here you will find an abundance of flora and fauna including the European brown bear, wolves and chamois. Just an hour from Rome or Naples by train or car, the villages and towns within the Comino Valley hide some real gems.
Full of ancient Roman history, this area is famous for its agriculture and produce. Its people are authentic, friendly and welcoming; its towns undisturbed by tourists. The activities are abundant in this part of the world: from being free to roam across mountain ridges, to sitting idling the hours away drinking and eating in the local bars and restaurants. For the active person all forms of activities are available here, walking, swimming, cycling, fishing, horse riding, skiing, climbing and of course football! 15 minutes drive will get you to Monte Cassino which is a historic land mark which resisted the allied invasion further into Italy in 1944.
Within an hour by train you have the historic landmarks of Rome and Naples. If it is beaches and coastal scenery you are after, then the stunning riviera di Ulisse coastline with all its stunning beaches are just an hour by car. From here you could also do an overnight stop on the Amalfi coast and see the dramatic coastline and beautiful towns including places such as Sorrento, Ravello and Positano.
Villa Sabatini sits in the valley 1.5 km from Atina's centre. The citizens of Atina are known as Atinate, and they speak a traditional dialect called Atinese. Atina is located approximately 40 miles south-east of the town of Frosinone, between Cassino and Sora, and it is one of the 91 communities that make up the Province of Frosinone. It is positioned roughly half way between Rome and Naples (155 km from the centre of Rome and 118 from Naples).
The small, mountain town of Atina is perched on a hillside, at an altitude of 490 metres. The old part of the town is known as the Centro Storico. From here there are spectacular panoramic views of the Val di Comino. In the valley is the newer community of Atina Inferiore. Across the valley can be seen the greenery of the unspoiled Mainarde Mountain chain and the slopes of Mount Meta (2241 metres) that form part of the Abruzzo National Park. Here the air is clean and fresh and the pace of life is generally calm and unhurried. There is some tourism developing in the area in the summer months, however as yet Atina seems to have remained virtually untouched.
Ideally positioned midway between Rome and Naples, Atina is the perfect base for taking day trips to such noble historical cities as Pompeii, Rome, Caserta and Montecassino. Nearby towns include : Alvito, Belmonte Castello, Broccostella, Casalattico, Casalvieri, Fontechiari, Gallinaro, Isola del Liri, Posta Fibreno, San Biagio Saracinisco, San Donato and Terelle, to mention just a few.