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Serene Stone Farmhouse In The Sabine Hills, Lazio

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Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Poggio Mirteto Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

8-bed Farmhouse in pristine countryside outside Rome, set in 5 acre of Olive Groves With Glorious Views, 3km From Hill Town Poggio Mirteto

Casa Poggio – ‘the house on the hill’ – is set in a peaceful organic olive grove in the Sabine Hills, just 40 miles north of Rome. The views are spectacular – bedrooms face the Umbrian mountains, the living room overlooks the Tiber Valley, and from the dining terrace you can make out St Peter’s on the horizon. The renovated house has thick stone walls, antique terracotta floors, chestnut beams and whitewashed walls. Furniture is simple and comfortable; reading lights good and bookshelves well stocked. Bed linen and mattresses are luxurious. The large kitchen is equipped for serious cooks. Ideal for exploring Sabina’s sleepy hilltop towns (with the excellent foodie centre of Poggio Mirteto 10 mins away), and for day-trips to Rome (45 mins by train). Orvieto, Viterbo, Spoleto, Assisi and Perugia are also within hitting distance – if you can tear yourselves away from the terrace, the endlessly compulsive views and the birdsong. This is a simple and supremely comfortable place to truly unwind. Three lovely public pools and river swimming are within a 15 minute drive.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Tessa Glass
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016
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About Tessa Glass

Hastings-based journalists Nick and Tessa bought a ruin in the Sabine Hills on a mad whim some ten years ago. There followed an Italian wedding, a baby and a long restoration project... in which we nursed the crumbling farmhouse and olive grove back to life.

We are now a family of four, and try to spend as much time as possible at the 'house on the hill', which has become a real home from home.

Meanwhile, real life is lived by the sea in East Sussex, where Tessa is working on another social history book, and Nick reports for CNN.

Tessa Glass purchased this farmhouse in 2004

Why Tessa Glass chose Rieti Province

Complete chance. Tessa, then a travel writer, was asked to write a feature on ‘hassle-free Rome’ – so we stayed in the countryside and took a little train into the centre for day trips. This is how we discovered Lazio’s Sabine Hills: so unspoilt, so rural, and yet so near Italy’s capital. We couldn’t understand why this enchanting spot was off the tourist track. Casa Poggio was a real coup de foudre: it was the first and only property we saw. That was it. This is a very special place, with a powerful atmosphere of peace and wellbeing.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Unparalleled views of the surrounding countryside, including the dome of St Peter's on the horizon. You really feel you're on top of the world, up on our hill.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Your home is so beautiful and surrounded by such an amazing landscape. You have managed the quite impossible job of blending the rustic feel of the Italian home with some wonderful modern day comforts; dishwasher, nice bed linen and comfy beds! Your instructions and helpful tips were spot on, we ate like kings, and always managed to find even the most tucked away eateries. Thank you so much for all your help, advice and allowing us the time in you wonderful Italian home, I have been recommending it to all.' - Alison Masterman & family, London, August 2015.

'We loved the fireflies, the stars at night, the constant birdsong even at night time, the views, the space, the cooking facilities, the location so close to many other wonderful places.' Kiera Langman & family, Bristol. May 2015.

‘The best that Casa Poggio has to offer is wonderful calm. The unforgettable views. Al fresco meals looking over some of the best views in Italy.' - Stacy Harper and family, Oregon, USA. June 2014.

'What better place could we have chosen to celebrate all that is good in life… Thank you Tessa & Nick for sharing your beautiful house – restored with impeccable style and attention to every detail of family life.' - Jim Webber & family, Chester. July 2014.
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Serene Stone Farmhouse In The Sabine Hills, Lazio
average rating of 4.8 based on 11 reviews

Relaxing family holiday

  • 4 of 5

Spacious home with great views. Good sized rooms. Functional patio area for evening barbecues. Big grounds. Private. Peaceful. Nice to cool off in the pool.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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An idyllic hideaway but still close to Rome

  • 5 of 5

We loved the property as soon as we saw it, rustic charm but all the facilities you could need. There were no surprises as all aspects were as described on the web, except the stunning views were even better.

The property was clean and very well maintained, clearly a home that was very well looked after but if there were any problems (none) the English speaking housemaid was a phone call away.

There was a lovely seating area overlooking the Sabine Hills, which caught the morning sun and where we breakfasted and then the outside patio table where we had dinner in the evening sun.

The property is well located for the shops and restaurants and if you are adventurous, only a 45 minute train ride to Rome from the local station. We took this option and spent a couple of nights in Rome, just a bit of culture in a lazy fortnight.

We will be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Truly relaxing

  • 5 of 5

A truly relaxing stay away from it all in the Sabine Hills. The property was beautiful, overlooking a valley with olive groves and wheatfields. There is a small plunge pool which was good because it was very very hot! The bedrooms are downstairs where it's cooler but we still had to keep the hutters closed after 10 am. The garden is pretty and abundant and we spent most of our time on the covered terrace, eating and chatting to the constant sound of cicadas, while the youngest used the attached rope swings. The nearby town has everything you need, especially gelato! Nearby Bomarzo well worth a visit and an easy train ride into Rome. Excellent customer service from Tessa and her housekeeper Irene.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Wonderful farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful setting, beautiful views, gorgeous restored farmhouse. Helpful information provided before and during stay. Price very reasonable for such a lovely house. Plenty to do in the region but also perfect for lazing in the garden. Tourist free region and easy driving to beautiful hill top towns. I can't recommend this enough!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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A perfect slowness

  • 5 of 5

Reading Michael Ondaatje's ’The English patient’ from Tessa's generous library in the shade on the terrace, strolling through the ruins of Ercolano, un unforgettable coda alla vacinara at Cesare al Casaletto in Rome, walking with the kids through the Prati di Cottanello early in the morning… I will cherish our stay at Casa Poggio as one of my finest holidays ever.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Idyllic location

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to enjoy a week at Easter in this beautiful, authentically Italian location. There were 7 in our party both adults and children, with loads of room to spare. The weather was in our favour allowing us to enjoy the breathtaking vistas from the terrace of Monte Soratte and St .Peter's. We also ventured to lake Bracciano via Calcata about 1.5 hrs drive but worth it to admire the historic citadel (bats included).The black swans on the lago along with a swimming beaver also made the journey worthwhile. Orto-bio also not to be forgotten for lunch lasting several hours consisting of local authentic produce at an unbelievably modest rate. Train to Rome also very reasonable and worth the effort. Days could also be spent just relaxing at the farmhouse, taking in the wildlife including many little lizards that scurried away under foot. Very memorable holiday for all. Hopefully to be repeated...

  • Submitted: May 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Rome Ciampino or Fiumicino
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Poggio Mirteto
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Poggio Mirteto
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Orto Bio
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Roma Ostia
Car: necessary


Pleasant beaches and pristine water at Lake Bracciano (50km) and its smaller unsung sister Lake Martignano. Sandy Tarquinia Lido is 90km.


Nearest airports are Rome Ciampino or Rome Fiumicino, both 60km. Perugia airport is 110km. Late arrivals can catch a train direct from Fiumicino to Poggio Mirteto (90 mins). You’ll need picking up as there are no taxis at the station. Car hire essential.


From the house you can see eight hilltop towns, all within a half hour drive. The closest is Poggio Mirteto (5 mins drive, 30 mins pleasant walk), with excellent food shops and a Friday market. An organic farm shop is a 15 minute walk from the house. Rome is 45 minutes on the train, or an hour’s drive. Orvieto, Viterbo, Spoleto, Assisi and Perugia are within an hour to two hour’s drive away.

Further Details:

Summer in Sabina is a whirl of village festivals and food ‘sagras’ with trestle tables and live music, while the Romanesque Farfa Abbey hosts weekly concerts. Sabina’s little towns give a rare glimpse of old-style Italy with their tiny butchers shops, market days and cobbled alleyways. For isolated walking, the Monti Sabini mountain range which flanks the house is stunning, with some hearty eating opportunities. A 20 minute drive will take you up to the start of many hiking trails. You can also rent bikes, indulge in discounted designer shopping, swim in thermal pools or wade down the Farfa river shallows. We provide detailed notes on the area, including restaurant suggestions. Local town Poggio Mirteto (5 mins away) has banks, pharmacy, supermarket, police station and restaurants – plus two internet cafes (one in an ice cream parlour - popular with teenagers). At the house, kitchen help and a great English-speaking babysitter available on request. NB: good mobile phone reception. Internet: we have a house 'dongle' for guests' considerate use in laptops etc; speed is good.


Rates & Availability

Poggio Mirteto Farmhouse Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low season 2016-17
Oct 17 2016 - Mar 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mid season 2017
Mar 26 2017 - Jul 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
High season 2017
Jul 2 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $183

Booking Notes:
Please contact the owners, preferably by email. A 25% deposit is payable at the time of booking, balance due 6 weeks before arrival, plus a refundable damages deposit of 200 Euros returned the week after departure.

Changeover Day:
Flexible in low season; Sunday-Sunday April-October.

Notes on prices:
We have a wood pellet stove for cooler months, which consumes 1-2 bags of pellets a day at €5 a bag (payable locally).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Poggio Mirteto Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • Upper ground floor: shower room with WC and basin. Lower ground floor: en-suite shower room with WC, basin and bidet, master bathroom with bath, WC and basin. Bathrooms are simple with modern designer fittings in an antique setting (beams, hand-tiled floors).
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , This is on upper ground floor with own shower room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Next to children's/twin room, lower ground floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Lower ground floor, own shower room
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Lower ground floor, shares master bathroom with Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Upper ground floor: 1 twin with shower room. Lower ground floor: 2 large doubles with king-sized beds (1 en-suite), 1 twin room plus cot. All have French windows opening onto a shady terrace. Twins can be made up as doubles. The length of the house gives ample room between bedrooms; families can spread out and don't feel on top of each other.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: The house is built into the lee of a hill, so naturally protected from the elements. Under-floor heating keeps it warm in winter; double glazing, shutters and thick stone walls make it a cool summer refuge. Casa Poggio is large and quiet enough for two families to enjoy their own space, with the upper ground floor bedroom ideal for those who want to be slightly apart. We have two young children so the place is set up to keep them safe and busy: stair gate, tricycles, swings, toys and books. No smoking inside the house. Please note there is no wifi, television, telephone or air conditioning (except one standing fan). This is a peaceful rural retreat - comfortable, luxurious, but low-tech. There is however good mobile phone reception, we have a house dongle for swift internet access, and there is a wifi spot in Poggio Mirteto (ice cream parlour!). Wood pellet-burning stove keeps house wonderfully warm during the cooler months. Outside: Casa Poggio overlooks the village of San Luigi, and is fenced off from the quiet road and secluded by surrounding trees. There is a covered pergola with table and eight chairs just outside the front door – a spot to sit and take in the views. In the summer, the north-facing terrace down below is a cool refuge for siestas and sun downers. The house is immediately surrounded by terraced gardens, before giving way to the olive grove and orchard. There is an above-ground plunge pool (4.5m diameter, 1m deep), 8 loungers/deckchairs, a pergola and shaded double parking. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Included – weekly clean and final cleaning - all linen, bath towels and swimming towels.

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