(x 6 people)
Sleeps 6 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 3 | The Sabine Hills, Lazio
Independent villa | Private pool |
Set in the farmlands between the Tiber River and the Sabine Hills, La Viridiana is a very spacious modern house with wonderful views of the river valley. The interiors are bright and sunny, simply furnished with traditional antiques but equipped with everything required for a relaxed holiday. A covered terrace runs the length of the first floor, looking out over the salt water swimming pool to the hills beyond. Huge umbrella pines and old olive trees dot the garden, where two vine-covered pergolas provide shady spots for lounging and dining al fresco. The area is packed with touring options, including several beautiful abbeys, the city of Viterbo and the many medieval villages dotted among the hills. Even Rome is a possibility, with a direct line reaching the centre of the city in 35 minutes.
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La Viridiana is available at lower rates for smaller parties. For details see La Viridiana (x 4 people).
In lush farmlands at the foot of the Sabine Hills, just east of the Tiber Valley. 2.5km/1.5 miles from the village of Cantalupo in Sabina with its museum-castle and 5km/3 miles from medieval Forano. Touring options include Viterbo, 30 minutes, the gorgeous abbey of Farfa and the four sanctuaries in the Valle Santa connected with St. Francis of Assisi. Tivoli and Orvieto are both reached in less than 1 hour.
Sitting/dining room with a large open fireplace. Kitchen. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower.
Double bedroom with adjacent dressing room and bathroom with bath. Sitting room in a glassed veranda.
Lower ground floor
[at pool level] Changing room. Bathroom with shower [and washing machine]. Exercise equipment. Dining area.
Very nicely maintained terraced garden with olive trees and umbrella pines. The private salt water swimming pool, 5 x 12m/16 x 39 feet, is set 12 steps below the house. Two vine-covered loggias with sitting and dining areas.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's caretaker, who speaks a little English and lives nearby - and is an excellent cook. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Microwave. Portable barbeque. Washing machine. Non-satellite TV with DVD. CD player. Fireplace. Portable fans in each bedroom. Mosquito nets on all windows. Mobile telephone provided upon request. Wireless ADSL internet connection [computer not provided].
No central heating but there is electrical heating.
Airports: Rome, 70km/44 miles. Railway station at Poggio Mirteto Scalo, 5km/3 miles [direct line to Rome in 35 minutes]. Motorway exit at Ponzano Romano, 10km/6 miles along paved roads to the property’s gates. Ample shaded parking.
Tennis and 9-hole golf available at the nearby Relais & Chateaux hotel Borgo Paraelios, 5 minutes' drive. Thermal baths at Viterbo, 30 minutes. Several riding stables in the area.
Filter coffee maker.
The private salt water swimming pool, 5 x 12m/16 x 39 feet, has a depth of 1.3-4m/4-10 feet and both steps and a ladder for entry/exit.
Additional notes about the property
Cantalupo in Sabina is reputedly the birthplace of the cantaloupe melon; the name of the village translates to ‘song of the wolf’.