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Apartment in spectacular villa at the top of the seventh hill in central Rome

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Apartment in spectacular villa at the top of the seventh hill in central Rome

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

Colosseum area Villa Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms sleeps 5

This charming apartment is in the picturesque, Villa Habsburg - which stands in the middle of the only remaining orchard within the walls of ancient Rome, and thus in the very heart of today's city. Here you have the dual advantage of a sightseeing holiday, and of relaxing in an Italian landscaped garden, the boundary of which is the Aurelian Wall itself, where you can picnic, swim and rest after a long day's culture. This apartment has balconies, terraces and access to the private garden.

There is an extensive library: you can sit and read in the ancient Roman guard rooms, part of the Aurelian walls that mark the boundary of the orchard. There is a meadow for picnicking at the bottom of the garden, and a park and swimming pool nearby. Baby cots are available. Airport transfers, and a local guide, can be booked . Full instruction leaflet provided.

RECENTLY AN IMAGINATIVE FILM LOCATION MANAGER CHOSE OUR PROPERTY FOR FILMING .

The apartmenthas incomparable views over the Palatine, Aventine, the baroque statues of St John Lateran, the Roman Baths of Caracalla, and the Appian Way.

All rooms have their own bathrooms

Very often last minute bookings are made at far lower prices assuming that anything is free at the last minute. In early December or late January, for instance, this is often the case . Roman winters are mild. and you miss out on the crowds and can see the museums without queuing for hours

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Owner
Member since: 1997
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Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
May 3, 2015

Guestbook comments from the owner

Many, many thanks! We had such a great holiday in Rome, not only due to the magnificence of the city itself but also being able to relax in your wonderful space...gazing up at splendid ceilings,down at beautiful floors or out at gardens which truely inspired me..not to mention beds that were so comfortable, each day we resurfaced ready to walk the streets of Rome yet again!!



We have All thrown coins into the Trevi fountain to ensure our return ..hope you'll have us again one day! *****





Lovely to have met you, Marion.
Oct 2013
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Reviews

4.5
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Apartment in spectacular villa at the top of the seventh hill in central Rome
average rating of 4.5185184 based on 38 reviews
Fareham, UK
5

Amazing location, great property

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week here at the end of March / beginning of April. The bedrooms are huge and each one has a balcony with lovely views of the city. The balcony for our room was covered in rosemary and jasmine which must smell amazing in the summer.

The apartment also has a large, well-equipped kitchen-diner and a comfortable sitting / dining room. It really is just 10 minutes walk from the Colosseum, yet surrounded by beautiful gardens. Nearby shops stock everything you'll need, and there are lots of restaurants within walking distance. Several bus services pass within a couple of minutes' walk, and we found the buses to be regular and reliable.

The owner has left notes around the apartment to help you deal with plumbing, electricity etc. We followed the instructions and had no problems.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2009
  • Stayed: Mar 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We want to thank these guests for their kind words;for being so considerate to everyone on the estate during their stay and for leaving the apartment so beautifully. We really hope to have them again one day
Angleterre
3

Beautiful apartment, shocking owner

  • 3 of 5

We loved this beautiful apartment, with its gorgeous garden and views. On my return I sent the owner the keys back and enclosed a polite letter thanking her for such a lovely stay, but suggested that maybe she could have fewer - or shorter - notices in the apartment and that the welcoming information in the post before our arrival could be less than the 12 pages we received, as the notes contained plenty of unnecessary information such as what guests in the past had done to damage things, and what would happen if you took the wrong turn in the directions. I was most surprised when she rang me up from Austria when she received the letter to argue with me about it and to tell me that I'd been very silly to write such a letter as I wouldn't be welcome back if I wanted to return! I was offering her some helpful advice on how to make her apartment more welcoming but she couldn't take any constructive criticism and just wanted an argument. Oh and by the way ignore the mention of a washing machine (never saw one and in the copious notes it said that someone could do our washing for 15 euros), and also the dishwasher, which had been disconnected because of some past guests' misdemeanours. I loved this place but the owner's phone call afterwards has soured the trip completely.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This guest wrote an extremely offensive letter when she returned our keys - with, I am afraid many unjustified criticisms-for instance she said (here as well) that there were too many notices around(she was not obliged to read them ) and then reproached us for not having issued a little booklet of guidelines with various instructions , like, it appears they find everywhere else .I do not understand : they had received , as everyone does , a twenty page sheaf of guidelines with the keys- all with headlines so they could pick out the paragraphs that interested them and leave the others .So I thought, I will ring her and clear that up .She slammed the telephone receiver down almost instantly , so I wrote her a letter listing my replies and thought no more about it . I welcome criticism. Lots of guests have excellent ideas, but this was not- in my view- constructive . I do not need advice like this. It wastes my time. We have thought every aspect of our property through, we have waiting lists and I want to be looking after people not replying to this sort of comment Incidentally it is also nonsense about the washing machine and dishwasher- as our staff (with us for forty years !!!)would confirm we unlock them on request against a refundable deposit of 15€. No indeed we do not want this guest back thank you
5

Quiet and wonderful place in the center of Rome

  • 5 of 5

Just impressive and great: once the iron gates crossed, you are in a great typical Romain garden. The Villa, perched on a small mount, brings tranquility, with a magnificent garden. The Piano Nobile is wide, perfect for our group of 5 people, with well decorated and spacious rooms and a large kitchen. In case of trouble or just for a question, you can rely on the welcoming, available and discreet staff.

Bus lines available just after the iron gates and the Coliseum is an interesting 15 mn walk target.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
London
5

Roman jewel

  • 5 of 5

We found this terrific self catering through friends so we had not realized that we were allowed to post up a review on Holiday Rentals even if they had discovered the place through that site

We feel we must say what a jewel it is We booked late so the only accommodation left was Guest House 1, the three east rooms of the villa This was described by the owner as being "our cheap`n `, cheerful deal"

Which is exactly what it is. The price was extremely reasonable (this was a late booking of course ) and it could not have been more cheerful : Italian country furniture mixed with English chintzes , small rooms, but large comfortable beds with hand made mattresses, books, tiny but adequate tiled bathroom and quite a large kitchen This has all the essentials : washing machine, stove, toaster , coffee machine ,huge fridge useful in summer etc etc though perhaps Gordon Ramsay might feel it short on gadgets . We became lazy about catering anyway because of the delicious delis just up the road - but when called upon,my wife managed to cook for four with no difficulty mainly pasta dishes and salads with fresh vegetables and fruit from the pretty market just outside the gate , and the home pressed olive oil produced on the estate .This can be bought, but we were given it free by the friendly housekeeper who has been with the family from time immemorial and whose only wish is to please guests- and mainly I suspect because she loved our bambini who played outside her window whenever we were "at home "

Which it was for the week

The garden is breathtaking and we had our own private bit of it . We sat there a lot looking over the magnificent Roman wall(which is also the garden wall !) while the children played We took away happy memories

We shall be back

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Owner's Response: Actully I think this is a very accurate appraisal of that apartment, which is the one we use ourselves when we are in Rome . We never said that Gordon Ramsay should come and stay (he hasn´t !) It is just pretty and simple which is what we intended Thank you to these guests for decribing it so well perfectly
5

Fabulous summer holiday in beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We were very fortunate to stay for our summer holidays in 2012 (2 adults and 3 kids) The apartment (Piano Nobile) was truly stunning and all of the arrangements with Odile were made efficiently and pleasantly. We had absolutely no problems whilst we stayed there and Odile was more than happy to help with any queries we had during our stay..the pick-up arranged from the airport was great and despite us arriving very early, Odile arranged for additional cleaning staff to be there so that we were able to use the apartment as soon as possible.

It was incredibly hot whilst we were there so we spent a few days down at the Piscina dell Rose down in Europa - you can get the bus just down the road. We walked to the Colosseum most days (10mins) and got buses/metro from there. An evening stroll to the San Crispino gelaterie is a must and the shops/restaurants nearby are plentiful.

Staying in Rome, in a beautiful apartment, enabled us and our kids to explore Rome at our own pace and gave the kids a real chance to see the history of Rome..hearing our 4 year old declare she could imagine the chariots racing around the Palantine was wonderful.

Can't say enough how much we enjoyed our stay in the wonderful apartment and big thanks to Odile for ensuring it all went smoothly.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Everybody loved this family: it was such a pleasure having them with us, visibly enjoying Rome to the full .I can only return their (much appreciated) compliments Thank you very much
5

Fabulous, one-of-a-kind property

  • 5 of 5

Villa Habsburg is an absolute gem in the middle of Rome, and we still can't believe our luck in having found it online. It would be impossible to find anything remotely like this anywhere else in Rome. The gardens are lush and beautiful, with green lawns and towering umbrella pines framing the views of the Baths of Caracalla and other Roman landmarks.

Our traveling group of three 50-something couples rented the "Piano Nobile" - a second-floor apartment with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dining/sitting room, and a full kitchen. The bedrooms were huge, clean and lovely, with large windows and French doors onto the terraces. Every bedroom had its own terrace with table and chairs, and we enjoyed all three of them for breakfast, appetizers and late-night snacks (the terraces are large enough for six people to enjoy together). The views from the terraces are incredible, day or night. Even though it was very hot in Rome during our visit, the house stayed cool and comfortable, with great airflow thanks to all the windows.

A wonderful grocery store is located just a couple of blocks away, so we stocked our kitchen with breakfast supplies plus pancetta, bresaola, cheeses (the selection was fantastic), figs, tomatoes and wine. We felt like royalty.

The location of the house was excellent. We never used the buses, because we all love walking. We walked to several restaurants, to the Coliseum (a 10- to 15-minute walk), and even to the Vatican (about 45 to 50 minutes). When we opted for taxis a couple of times to give our feet a break, we found the cost pretty reasonable.

One note for groups: An additional bedroom and bathroom are available as an add-on, and you might want to consider that if more than two couples are sharing the apartment and/or if you want a little more privacy. One of the bedrooms has its own en-suite bathroom, but the other two bedrooms share a bathroom - and those in the far bedroom have to walk through the center bedroom to get to the bathroom. In addition, this bathroom has a glass door - it's fogged, so you can't see details, but you can see in. We all knew each other well, so this wasn't an issue for us - we just agreed to look the other way when passing the bathroom door. But it's something to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to add the extra bed/bath unit.

All in all, we loved our stay at Villa Habsburg and would recommend it enthusiastically. Twelve thumbs up from our group!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Heavens I can scarcely recognise our own home, it sounds fabulous ! That has to be the nicest review of the many we have had over the years ! AND a piece of constructive criticism which is always useful especially when so charmingly expressed . It is true that one of the bathroom doors is glass- opaque , frosted glass: translucent, which lights up the rows of wardrobes in the anteroom. Very 1950´s, which was why we will leave it in place with a view to preserving the atmosphere of this extraordinary house. That has been our main concern from the beginning .Still it is true that in the 1950´s your ladies maid laid your clothes out in your bedroom, so nobody needed to go into the anteroom. Perhaps a slight update is in order at this point What we are now going to do, is to hang Venetian embroidered à jour curtains on the glass panels ,which will mean that though on the one hand guests passing through the anteroom will no longer have a front seat view of the equivalent of Renoir´s Les Baigneuses, on the other those actually taking the bath will have their privacy. If anyone wants to supply/enjoy an authenticated live art reproduction view of Les Baigneuses they will be able to push the curtains apart Thus one day we will attain perfection....meanwhile many thanks for such kind words

Map

Nearest Airport
24 Kilometres
Rome
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres

Rome needs little introduction. Good guides are the new edition of Baedekers, in English French or German; and ...hot tip -the new wonderfully reviewed edition of Georgina Masson´s Companion Guide to Rome published in the 1950´s. This has now been revised and added to(2004) by John Fort to considerable critical aclaim from all the best newspapers. In many ways Mr Fort has improved on the original. Well worth buying, paperback about 15 GBP a snip at the price, and many fascinating lesser know places to visit very near us

Golf: Circolo del Golf di Acqua Santa, Roma, telephone: +39 6 780 3407. Handicap certificate definitely required. Possibility of playing July, August and September at 50 Euros per person per weekday; 70 Euros per person per day at weekends. Other months weekdays are open as above; weekends are for competitions only, but everyone is welcome to take part in these. Stunning golf course, surrounded by Roman pines and aqueducts - just at the point described by Dickens in his journey to Italy, where the coachman driving towards the city would raise their whips, point and cry 'Ecco Roma!' A landscaped frequently painted by the English watercolourists, in particular Edward Lear. A Bonus is the attached restaurant which is first class.

Ski: Guest book 2007 I would like to thank you in the name of all the members of our group for the excellent accomodation in the Villa Habsburg. It was a real joy to stay there- (Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten, Berlin, Oct 2007). The villa was a great find and we loved our time there (Richards Wimbledon Sept 2007). We have had a lovely time and absolutely loved the house and garden. We feel very lucky to have been able to stay there (Guest House 1 Field Reid London August 2007). We had a wonderful time. The acccomoodation was really superb with fantastic views. It was a pleasure to sit on the terrace watching the sun go down whilst enjoying a bottle of wine...bliss..(Piano nobile, Bruce ,Angus June 2007 ). We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Rome. The apartment was ideal and both the housekeeper and the driver were very helpful (Guest House 2, Main Middlesex July 2007). What a beautiful house, we will be recommending it to our friends.(Rankine Portugal Nov 2007).

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Notes Please note that these rates are per night and are generally based on occupancy by four persons for one week, not just nightly stays. More or less this comes to between 40€ and 60€ per person per night depending on how many people come and for how long PLEASE NOTE THESE PRICES ARE INDICATIVE AND FLEXIBLE : please contact us for details. For instance if there is a short gap in the bookings exactly when you want to come, it can be less expensive. This owner does not accept the On-line Payments option you will need to pay the owner directly.
PLEASE NOTE THESE PRICES ARE PER PERSON AS STATED This means obviously per double bedroom, not each room !
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Amenities

Colosseum area Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (terraced)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Dialup Access
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • Very spacious bathrooms
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom - 1 king , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Daily maid service can be made available and may be booked well in advance by arrangement @20 Euros (2012) an hour. This is not included in the rent. SEPTEMBER 2014 CONSIDERABLE REDUCTIONS DUE TO CANCELLATION It does not include baby sitting or care for elderly persons. The apartment has wheelchair ramp access.

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