Rural villa sleeping up to 7 in peace and high-quality comfort surrounded by olive garden of one hectare. Modern construction built to a traditional design with terracotta floors and chestnut wood beams in all rooms. Floor area of about 220 sq m on 2 floors, together with extensive terraces on both floors. The house and gardens enjoy panoramic views and are not overlooked.
Impressive 360 degree views of agricultural land and hill villages, including the Soratte mountain and Tiber valley to the south; Umbria and the village of Calvi to the north and west; rolling hills and the village of Montebuono to the east. The countryside is always green with olive groves predominant and several local mozzarella-producing farms.
Village shops are 2 km away including a butcher, baker, mini-market, grocer, bank (APT) and 24 hour petrol/diesel station. Supermarkets are within 15-20 minutes by car. There is a vibrant farmers' market in Montebuono every Tuesday morning. The train station to Rome (Stimigliano Scalo) and A1 autostrada are 20 minutes by car and thereafter a further 40 minutes to the city centre.
The summer night-time sky is clear and bright with thousands of stars shining down; often the hoot of an owl or the song of a nightingale will break the silence and in the morning dawn the only noise will be that of the birds…..
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ostia 60 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rome Fiumicino and/or Rome Ciampino 50 km, Nearest railway: Stimigliano Scalo (direct to central Rome) 10 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 2 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
All rooms have wooden chestnut beams and hand-made terracotta tiles; the house enjoys natural light and beautiful views from all directions. Most rooms, on both floors, have direct access through double glass doors to one of the terraces. All bedrooms have windows on 2 sides and throughout the villa windows and doors have insect nets in order to take advantage of the natural breeze that keeps the rooms cool.
Downstairs comprises a large open-plan fully-fitted modern kitchen and large dining room, with a glass fronted and wooden-beamed fireplace; a large sitting room with windows on two sides and an open modern fireplace; an adjacent large shower/ wet room; and an entrance hall with steps to upstairs.
Al fresco dining is possible at any time, either in sun or in shade, with a variety of locations to choose from. Inside there is a large oval dining table for 12 and a separate kitchen table for 4. Throughout the house the furniture and fittings are of high-quality and of an international character. Free 24 hour wireless internet is available. The two TVs (one downstairs and one in the master bedroom) receive selected free-to-air UK TV and radio channels.
Upstairs are 3 bedrooms 2 of which have double beds and direct access to the terrace; the third large bedroom has 3 single beds (or 1 double - the 2 mattresses zip together - and 1 single as required). All three bedrooms have air conditioners. The master bedroom has en suite bathroom with full size bath and separate shower room; the other bedrooms share a separate shower room. Top quality linen and towels are provided. This floor may also be accessed by external steps through an upstairs entrance.
|Further details outdoors|
The swimming pool, constructed by Piscine Castiglione, is 20m from the house and is 15m long and 5m wide. It has walk-in steps at the shallow end (1.1m) and a ladder at the deep end (2.2m). It is surrounded by a tiled terrace and grass and enjoys an indoor changing area and separate wet room with WC. There is also an outside shower nearby the steps. Large umbrellas and outside furniture from Unopiu complement the pool. Pool towels are provided. The views from the pool over the surrounding countryside, and from hammocks slung between olive trees, are breathtaking.
The pool is cleaned weekly by a professional specialist company responsible for ensuring water quality, which is based on salt electrolysis and not on chlorine products..
There is a large upstairs terrace directly accessible from the two double bedrooms; downstairs is another wide terrace directly accessible, through double glass doors, from both the dining room and the kitchen. There are a variety of areas to eat al fresco, either in sun or in shade.
The house, garden, pool and terraces are completely private and are not over-looked.
An exercise bicycle is available for use.
There are ample parking places within the grounds, including a secure garage.
Preferred arrival time is between 15:00 to 18:00 hours; preferred departure time is before 10:00 hours.
A booklet showing local itineraries will be provided; these journeys for the most part do not appear in published guide books.
Lazio is the region of Rome and consists of 5 provinces, one of which is Rieti and of 377 communes, one of which is Montebuono. The region of Umbria shares its southern border with Montebuono and many of Umbria's major towns, such as Spoleto, Todi, Assisi and Orvieto (visit also Bagno Regio nearby) are within easy reach of the house. As of course is historic Rome, Viterbo, Ostia Antica, Tarquinia, Tivoli, Villa Lante at Bagnaia; the volcanic lakes and the coastline of Lazio. Other major cities of Florence, Naples, Perugia and Siena can easily be visited either by car or by train; and the Abruzzo mountains and the Adriatic coast are within a one day return car journey.
Montebuono means "good mountain" because of the micro-climate created by the shelter of a nearby mountain. Montebuono is about 60km to the northeast of Rome, easily accessible by autostrada or by train/car from Rome's airports, and is situated among the Sabine Hills, 325m asl. In Roman times it was an army garrison and, like many of the surrounding villages, it has a well-preserved medieval centre with a 15th century church and defensive wall. The church of S. Pietro has Roman origins, said to be of Agrippa's summer home, and in fact Roman ruins are found in many nearby localities, the Sabine Hills forming part of the ancient Romans escape from the summer heat. Fortunately these days the Romans take their holidays much further afield and the Sabina area remains quiet throughout the year.
The local economy is largely based on agriculture with olive cultivation and the production of DOP olive oil being the major activity. The gardens of Villa Sant' Andrea contain ancient olive trees and all visitors will enjoy DOP quality olive oil produced from trees within the grounds. During the summer months, there are numerous local festivals and street celebrations in Montebuono and other nearby communes.
This part of Lazio has many similarities to the agricultural landscape and hill villages of Tuscany and Umbria and is a well kept secret, being less touristy and cheaper for visitors. Within a 20km radius of Montebuono are numerous medieval villages and castles, set among rolling hills and valleys, each with its past history and present attractions. And yet the historic sites of Rome are also so close. Places to visit within a half-hours drive include :
Calvi dell' Umbria; Casperia; Cottanello; Farfa Abbey; Fianello; Poggio Mirteto; Roccantica; Tiberina Nature Reserve; Torri; Vacone; Vescovio. These are but a few of the many nearby beautiful places, each of which has pizzerias, restaurants, bars and places to stop to savour and enjoy at leisure and in quietude. For those who enjoy solitude, there are numerous walks in the hills or to the top of the mountains within Monti Sabini which reach over 1200m; or else plan a circular car journey through the quiet roads that cross these mountains.