(x 20 people)
Sleeps 20 | Bedrooms 9 | Bathrooms 9 | Near Viterbo, Lazio
Independent villa | Private pool | Maid included |
Il Merlano is a graceful 17th century country manor that has been owned by the same family for three hundred years and is designated as a national monument. Set in splendid countryside just one hour north of Rome, the villa is ideally located for exploring Lazio's Etruscan sites and Renaissance palaces, for golfing at one of several 18-hole courses - or for a day in the city. Its large rooms are full of light and decorated with fine antiques and a sprinkling of ancestral portraits. The bedrooms, especially the master suite, are immensely comfortable with modern bathrooms. Outside, terraces and pergolas are filled with flowers provide additional sitting and dining areas. A lawn with clipped hedges leads down through the garden to a stunning, infinity-edged swimming pool overlooking the estate's private olive groves and the hills leading towards Viterbo. Julia Roberts stayed here for a month while filming in Rome “Eat, pray, love”.
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Il Merlano is available at a lower rate for smaller parties. For details see Il Merlano (x 12 people) and Il Merlano (x 16 people). Please note that photographs of the guest house are from 32 to 50 only.
Rental option notes
The guest house is not available and closed for this rental option, with the exception of four bedrooms. Note that it shall not be used by anyone.
Staffing and services note
For details please see below.
Set in the green hills of northern Lazio between San Martin al Cimino and the old city of Viterbo, both 1.5km/1 miles away. There is a great deal to see within half an hour’s drive: the unique gardens of the Villa Lante and Bomarzo, the over-the-top splendour of the Villa Farnese and beautiful old towns such as Vitorchiana and Montefiascone. As the centre of the Etruscan civilization some 4000 years ago, the area is liberally sprinkled with their igloo-shaped tombs, notably at Cerveteri where the local museum houses an impressive collection of their extraordinary pottery. Vineyards and wineries abound and, for a change of pace, Rome is quickly reached by a direct rail line.
Main house/Lower ground floor
Large dining room, large and well equipped kitchen with fireplace, note that the kitchen is for the sole use of the cook and staff working at Il Merlano applicable only to the fully staffed optional extra. Conventional and wood oven, well equipped cellar. WC.
Two grand hallways. TV room with fireplace leading out to a paved pergola. Billiard-room. Two large sitting rooms, one with fireplace. Study leading out onto a terrace with garden furniture and dining table. Double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with shower.
Double bedroom suite with a sitting room and a large bathroom with a jacuzzi and separate shower. Double bedroom sharing a bathroom with shower with a bedroom with a 'French' bed [suitable for one adult or two children]. Double bedroom and a twin bedroom sharing a bathroom with bath and shower.
Guest house/Ground floor
All rooms on the ground floor have access to the garden or paved terrace.
Kitchen. Dining room. Living room
Master suite with double bed, fireplace and ensuite bathroom with shower. Two double bedrooms with mezzanine with a single bed both with ensuite bathrooms with showers. Two twin bedrooms each with ensuite bathroom, one with bath one with shower.
Seven hectares/twenty acres of olive groves surround the property's extensive lawns. The private swimming pool, 7 x 14m/23 x 46 feet, is set about 20m/65 feet from the house.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's very helpful owners, who speak English and divide their time between a separate house on the same estate as Il Merlano and their residence in Rome. Cooking classes can be arranged at the property for parties of six or more. Your basic services included in the rental fee, and other optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Microwave. Dishwasher. Washing machine. Satellite TV [Sky with Enghlish channels] in all bedrooms, DVD/video in sitting room only. CD player. Working fireplaces. Central heating. Fixed telephone line. Internet access through a USB key [computer not provided].
Airports: Rome, 1 hour 15 minutes; Florence, 2 hours 30 minutes. Railway station at Viterbo. Motorway exit on the far side of Viterbo, roughly 10km/6 miles along paved roads to the property’s narrow entrance. Parking for four cars.
Tennis and thermal spa in Viterbo, 10 minutes. Riding stables at San Martin al Cimino, 10 minutes. 18-hole golf at Sutri, 20km/12 miles.
The ebullient owner of Il Merlano teaches the cooking classes herself, and uses ingredients grown and/or produced on the property: herbs, tomatoes and virgin olive oil, as well as edible flowers. Participants can choose the menus in advance - or leave it up to Signora Catalano to design a menu based on seasonal delicacies.
Romans have been escaping to country homes in this area for centuries. Some are open to the public, but many are still privately owned and house priceless collections of art and antiques. Visits to some of these homes may be arranged with advance notice.
Filter coffee maker. Kettle. Mixer. Toaster. Hair dryer. Iron and ironing board.
The private swimming pool, 7 x 14m/23 x 46 feet, has a constant depth of 1.5m-2.3m/5-7.5 feet and steps for entry/exit. Outdoor shower.
Additional notes about the property
There is a private chapel on the grounds.
Staffing and Services
Included in rental rate Daily maid for 3 hours a day.
Available and to be paid locally at an extra cost of Euro 1,500.00 per week a total cook and maid service as described below.
- 08.00: Three members of staff, cook, maid and waitress, arrive via the rear entrance without disturbing any guests. They shall commence with rearranging and tidy of the sitting room and living areas. Laying of the table for breakfast.
- 08.30 – 10.30: Preparing and serving continental breakfast in the courtyard.
-10.30 – 12.00: With breakfast now finished the table shall be cleared, food stored, cleaning of the kitchen, making of beds, cleaning of bathrooms.
-12.00: All members of staff leave unless lunch is required. For further details please see extra services available.
-12.00 – 15.00: Optional lunch; laying of the table, preparing and served. Please see lunch menu. Table is then cleared, kitchen if tidied and cleaned.
-18.00: Three members of staff, cook, maid and waitress return. Lay dinner table. Cook will commence preparation of dinner.
-18.30: Aperitif with snacks Torches can be arranged for al fresco dining. For further details please see extra services available.
-20.00: Dinner is served either in the courtyard or in the terrace. For further details please see dinner menu. Table is cleared (shall be cleared the following day if guests have not finished by 22.00), food stored, kitchen tidied and cleaned.
-22.00: Staff depart.
-Guests close the main courtyard entrance.
-5 members of staff are included.
-3 staff; cook, maid and waitress. 8 hours per day, 08.00 – 12.00 and 18.00 – 22.00. Table service is compulsory and is paid locally, Euro 420 per week.
-1 staff for shopping; food, wine and meat. 3 hours per day. Shopping service [provisions not included] is compulsory and is paid locally, Euro 525 per week.
-1 gardener for pool and grounds upkeep.
- Wine is purchased at high standard local cantina’s which have a wide variety of wines from the Lazio, Tuscany and Sicily region and which organises wine-tasting. For further details please see extra services available. However guests may want to buy a different wine and may do so by themselves and inform the cook not to purchase any. All meat is bought from local organic farm. No OGM