|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
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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.
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
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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!
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.
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...
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.
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.
|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
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$183|
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.
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).