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. A stunning new swimming pool carved into the hillside with panoramic views has turned this into a truly luxurious hideaway.
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8-bed Farmhouse in pristine countryside outside Rome, set in 5 acre of Olive Groves With Glorious Views, 3km From Hill Town Poggio Mirteto
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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 Poggio Mirteto
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 this hill.
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Decisamente una villa incantevole e silenziosa con una posizione senza eguali dalla quale gustare un paesaggio molto suggestivo dall'alba al tramonto, abbiamo trascorso presso Villa Poggio il capodanno 2017. Ambienti curati e puliti, camere spaziose con servizi di livello. Ampia cucina attrezzata di tutto e soggiorno con grande camino angolare. Esterno, che per via della stagione risultava poco curato ma con spazi dedicati molto carini!
Proprietà molto disponibile ad ogni esigenza ad un prezzo in linea con gli standard del luogo.
In the footsteps of Monty
In december 2016 we have had the pleasure of staying one week at Casa Poggio. We were expecting some cold weather but it turned out we were able to enjoy lunch outside on the terrace without even wearing our coats! Beforehand we didn't know this region of Italy very well. It therefore came as a surprise that we managed to see almost all of the gardens featured in part one of the BBC series “Italian Gardens” by our favorite presenter Monty Don, as these beautiful gardens were all within reachable distance.
The house and its surroundings are both very lovely indeed. Inside the house there is all the comfort one could possibly want. We did have some troubles with the heating system - kudos to Samuel Irwing Russell for the invention of the electrical blanket! The owner Tessa and her friendly caretaker Beatrice did all they possibly could to solve the problem and even offered a refund for the wood pellets. All in all we have had a wonderful week with lovely nature, culture, weather, food and people. We are looking forward to our return!
Wouter & Barbara
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Relaxing family holiday
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.
An idyllic hideaway but still close to Rome
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.
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.
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!
Coast/Beach: Pleasant beaches and pristine water at Lake Bracciano (50km) and its smaller unsung sister Lake Martignano. Sandy Tarquinia Lido is 90km. Travel: 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. Distances: 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.
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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).