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Large 5 bedroom 3 bathroom villa with large pool mountain views, sleeps 10/11
Master bedroom is beautifully furnished with antiques and original paintings with ensuite bathroom and leads out onto a large loggia/balcony covering 2 sides of the house with a spectacular 360 panorama of pool, rolling countyside , mountains, and the historic town of Soriano with its castle. Upstairs is a further double bedroom with similarly beautiful views and also a children's bedroom with bunk beds and french windows onto the balcony which has the best view in the house! These rooms all lead out onto a very large games room with full sized table tennis table, table-football, in the corner of which there is a raised area with a single mattress and room for a Z bed. Downstairs there are a further 2 large double bedrooms, one with double bed and one with 2 single divan beds which can be made into a large double if necessary. They both have lovely views onto the garden. A travel cot and a Z bed are available for any bedroom.
Pool / Spa
- Bookings at this property are non-refundable.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - Large pool/springboard. Huge garden and playroom.Large pool/springboard. Huge garden and playroom.
Max guests: 11
- We would prefer that smoking is done outside the property.
The Google map coordinates for our villa are:
Strada Provinciale 33, 420
01038 Soriano nel Cimino VT, Italy
Latitude - Longitude:
Lat: 42° 24' 40.6182"
Long: 12° 17' 9.8802"
We are situated near Soriano nel Cimino, on the border between Lazio and Umbria near the historic papal city of Viterbo and within easy reach of Rome (one hour's drive away, 35mins by train from Orte). Orvieto, Todi and the Lazio/Tuscany coast and beaches are all short drives away. Hadrian's palace at Tivoli is also an hour away and a brilliant day out - just as extensive and interesting as the forum in Rome.
Florence and Sienna are both under 2 hours by car and less by train.
Soriano is the nearest town. It is an extremely pretty medieval walled town perched on the side of the Monte Cimini, with castle and amazing panoramic views of the Tiber valley and Appenine mountains beyond. It has excellent restaurants and food shops. It has a 12th century castle crowning the old town. Behind it is the summit of the extinct volcano at Fagetta - a magical mountain walk with beautiful views, carpets of wild flowers and a great restaurant at the end of it!
Viterbo has great shopping as of course does Rome. It is also a wonderful historic walled Medieval (and rather undiscovered) city, with papal palace and many places of historic interest. It also sports famous volcanic springs and spas. The Cimini mountains and beautiful Lago di Vico are close by as are Monefiascone and the Lago di Bolsena.
Bolsena is a huge clean lake in the crater of an extinct volcano, great for all watersport activities in the summer with amazing views all around. The town of Bolsena itself is a lovely little town with beach, pedalos and a good fish restaurant on stilts out in the lake! It also has a lovely castle.
The 'dying' city of Bagnoreggio is nearby and a truly spectacular sight. It has been gradually falling into the ravine it is surrounded by - quite an extraordinary sight.
Golf at the world renowned course of Le Querce at Sutri is a 20 minute drive away. It is an ideal location for discovering Rome and then spending time relaxing around the pool, walking in the mountains, and soaking up life in a typical friendly unspoilt but beautiful area.
During the summer months, you will find there are many 'sagra''s (festivals) celebrating local produce e.g. wine, cheese, fish and sausages etc. in local towns and villages and they are a wonderful opportunity to sample the customs and flavours of the area. Soriano in particular has a wonderful medieval chestnut festival in the first 2 weeks of October. The whole town is decorated in period and there are entertaining medieval re-enactments and displays. Great to see a truly Italian community of all ages enjoying itself together without any nod to tourists! Life affirming....
The nearest beaches are 1 hours drive away - S Agostino has an enormous child friendly beach with great beach bars and restaurants. Tarquinia is a beautiful ancient town nearby and a great place to stop off for a visit or a meal on the way back. There are many Etruscan caves to visit here - a tour can be arranged by Floriana!
Other Activities: Thermal baths in and around Viterbo (20 mins), famous Parco di Mostri at Bomarzo (15mins), Villa Lante with it's world famous gardens at Bagnaia (20mins).
Golf: Le Querche golf course is at Sutri, which is roughly 25 mins drive away. It is simply one of the best Golf courses in Italy, and great fun to play! It can be checked out at their website www.golflequerce.it There is also a good course at Tarquinia ,45 mins drive and many around Rome which are around 1 hour or so away.
- english, french, italian, My wife also speaks basic German!
About Ingrid or Pete Glenister
We are Pete and Ingrid Glenister. Above is a photo of our family at our excellent local pizzeria, where any guest of ours will be royally treated by Nereo and Mary - good friends (and neighbours) of ours. The villa is our home in Italy. We love it very much. We are based in London, but now spend a couple of months a year in our villa restoring and improving her or on holiday with friends. We both grew up nearby. I am a qualified doctor, but have given up medecine to become a songwriter and record producer. My wife does the serious work, bringing up our children and working for a local old peoples charity. We have been renting out the spare time at the villa since 2007.
Ingrid or Pete Glenister purchased this villa in 2003
Why Ingrid or Pete Glenister chose Soriano nel Cimino
We bought the house near Soriano because we had some Italian friends who have a house not far away and they showed us around the area. We loved it straight away as is not at all touristy but only an hour from Rome - our favourite city. We had also had many holidays in nearby Orvieto. So we can stay in a beautiful villa, sample authentic Italian life amd visit Rome whenever we feel like it. You can go by car or by train from Orte (35mins to centre) - you can also get to Orte from Fiumicino airport directly by train which is very convenient for visiting friends. We now have many friends in and around Soriano - the local people have been very friendly and welcoming to us. We've discovered the local lakes and mountains - also the seaside is now (due to a new fast road) accessible in under an hour, so we go quite a bit.
What makes this villa unique
When we first visited the villa we just loved the peace and quiet, the space and the truly spectacular and ever changing view. We love to eat great food outside with a wonderfull view - we can do that there to our hearts content, (much of it we grow on site!). Giovanni (Floriana's father) will also bring you fresh vegetables from the vegetable gardens when he's got more than he can eat! We can swim in the pool (which shares the same view) before and after. It's great place to be if you want to be somewhere fairly quiet, private and beautiful, but want to be able to visit Rome/Florence/Sienna/Orvieto or Viterbo as well. Also it's near the seaside, the lakes the mountains and the thermal springs at Viterbo - so there's always lots to do for both adults and kids if you want to go out for the day. Mostly though it is a great way to spend some time in a friendly atmosphere, sampling good Italian life without being in a touristy environment. You'll be well looked after by an English/French speaking hostess (Floriana) who is a local tour guide who can point you towards whatever activity you might want to do. She will also provide fully guided tours (she is a qualified tour guide and a mine of local information) to local sites if you want to book her. It is a large spacious villa with lots of room for kids to play inside (large games room with table tennis and table football) or outside (lots of land and a pool).