Villa Sant' Andrea
Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
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|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|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||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.
The Lazio region
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.
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12 Aug 2013
"Wonderful Villa in secluded, scenic location"
We were 3 couples staying at the villa. The property is in a beautiful rural setting with olive trees in the grounds, a good sized swimming pool and shaded terrace, ideal in the evenings for relaxing.
Inside there is a large kitchen dining area with more facilities than you will ever need. The three bedrooms are of good size, two have air conditioning the third a fan. It was exceptionally hot when we were there and a/c in the third bedroom would have been good, Although with the local wine being so cheap our friends managed to sleep very well.
John the owner had sent us information on the surrounding area, restaurants and directions to places of interest. This was very useful, we had some wonderful meals locally and found the surrounding medieval villages great for walks.
Although there is little English spoken the local people were very friendly and helpful.
In conclusion we had a wonderful week at Villa Sant' Andrea and would highly recommend it.
5 Sep 2012
"Lovely villa with magnificent views in peaceful rural Italy"
The villa is situated near the Lazio Umbria border in a very peaceful rural area of Italy. It is not a typical tourist destination and most of the voices you will hear in the vicinity will be Italian. The villa itself is very well appointed both inside and out, with lots of different terraces for al fresco dining. The villa sits on a large plot and is not overlooked by anyone.
The star attraction, especially for the kids, was the excellent 15 metre pool, and as we visited in August, during a heat wave, very welcome in order to cool off. It was extremely hot for the whole of the two weeks we stayed and the only small grumble with the villa is that whilst it has air conditioning in two of the bedrooms, we could have done with it in all three for comfort. To be fair though it was exceptionally hot, even for the time of year.
There are numerous lovely medieval hilltop villages to visit, but there isn't a massive amount to do for teenagers, but the wifi and swimming pool were well used. Rome is within easy reach and we did manage to visit a waterpark as well.
It feels very much like staying in someone's home rather than a soulless "rent a villa" and John, the owner has taken geat care in writing out tours and things to do near the villa. All dealings with him, including instructions to get to the villa were very clear and detailed.
A lovely villa, with a great pool and fantastic views.
25 Jul 2012
My family had a very enjoyable and relaxing week at the villa. It has a great pool, a large deck, good sized rooms and is well equipped. The owner (John) provided detailed and helpful information on restaurants and local sightseeing to interesting local villages. Rome is just over an hour away.
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