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Large family villa with pool and panoramic views one hour from Rome

Ingrid or Pete Glenister

Member since: 2007
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Speaks English, French, Italian, My wife also speaks basic German!
Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Large family villa with pool and panoramic views one hour from Rome

Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday villa in Soriano nel Cimino - Casa Glenister

Large 5 bedroom 2 bathroom villa with large pool mountain views, sleeps 10/11

The house is situated on the slopes of the Cimini mountains, with truly breathtaking views in all directions of rolling countryside and then mountains, 10 minutes from the beautiful medieval town of Soriano. It sits surrounded by it's own lawns, meadow, olive groves, fruit trees and nut orchard in a quiet rural location, with masses of space for kids to roam safely to their hearts content. At various times in the Summer you can help yourselves to cherries, apples, apricots figs, giungiole (delicious local fruit), pears and hazelnuts.

It is 20 mins from the medieval papal city of Viterbo, 30 mins from scenic Orvieto, 1 hour from the Tuscan seaside and an hour north of Rome by car. By train from the nearby station at Orte, you can get to Florence in an hour and Rome in 35 mins. It is situated in beautiful countryside, very similar to neighbouring Umbria and Tuscany but far less touristy. Soriano itself is a very friendly local market town with all the necessary amenities and shops. It sports some excellent yet reasonably priced restaurants. There's lots of good eating in surrounding towns. The area is known for its many thermal springs. Nearby are the Lakes di Vico and Bolsena (great for visiting, eating by the water and swimming/water sports in the summer) and chestnut/beach forests on the Monte Cimini (great for long walks in the mountains). La Fagetta, the summit of the highest Cimini mountain is a 20 minute drive from here with the most spectacular views - a truly magical place in the evenings with it's huge beach trees, carpets of wild flowers and a good restaurant to come down to at the end of it al!

You can see much more and contact us via our website.

Proprietor speaks French, Italian,and some German.

Local agent Floriana speaks fluent English. She is a local tour guide and can arrange tours for our guests around the medieval heart of Soriano and many other local sites. Her mother provides exellent traditional pasta making lessons - great fun for adults and children alike. She is a mine of information for local travel and activities/sites to visit and for any info you need re getting to Rome etc. We'll give you plenty of info re the local restaurants.

Soriano-Chestnut Festival(Sagra di Castagne): This takes place in the first two weeks of October, which often sport excellent weather. There are medieval pageants and contests between the quartiere/rione of the town most nights in the main square in Soriano (See photo). The whole community get together to perform, provide typical local food (eaten together in great cellars and halls), joust, and run Soriano's own palio (horse race). This is the best time to get a real feel for the local life and community - a really heartwarming experience - and free chestnuts! This period tends to get booked early.

The house is very spacious with plenty of room for kids ( and adults) to play inside as well as out. There are 4 large double bedrooms and a 5th with bunk beds. There is a further space for sleeping in the large playroom where there is a table tennis table and table football. There is a also a cot bed. We have 2 large bathrooms. One has a large modern shower (refurbished this year), the other a lovely truly huge bath. There is also an outside shower by the pool.

We have a huge south facing sun terrace with a covered eating area which has wonderful views across the pool, nut orchards and the Tiber valley to the Appenine mountains beyond. There is also a lovely covered loggia (with a great view of La Fagetta and the castle at Soriano) for a quiet place to read or a late afternoon snooze. It also has a large outside fireplace for cooler evenings.

The pool is large, surrounde by plenty of sunterrace and is also in a great spot (a real sun trap), but also has a lovely view for miles. There is a diving board and convenient steps in for little ones.

We are also 50 mins from the nearest beach of Sant'Agostino if you want a day at the seaside. It's a huge space with plenty of bars or restaurants at one end, or a more quiet rural setting at the far end. We go several times a year! The lovely town of Tarquinia is very near and definitely worth a visit (for dinner too if you want) before coming back. There's a wonderful fish maket just down the coast at Civitavecchia or the Tuscan coast is a further 45 minutes the other way.

Near Terni, 1 hour towards the central mountains, are the highest waterfalls in Europe - definitely worth a visit.

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  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Ingrid or Pete Glenister (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
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Speaks English, French, Italian, My wife also speaks basic German!
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Calendar last updated:
17 April, 2015

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.

It is a large spacious villa with lots of room for kids to play inside (large games room) or outside (lots of land and a pool).

Guestbook comments from the owner

'We taken in by the rustic beauty of the villa and it's splendid views. Perfect tranquility here (when kids are not too noisy!!!). Perfect location, surroundings and access to local attractions. Loved the curious but delightful hot springs, the Parco di Mostri, Capodimonte (Pedalos and Motorboat!!)....Could have/ should have done much more - will leave it for next time....Had spent 3 amazing days in Rome before coming here for 9 nights, so just when you think you're all settled and relaxed, it's time to go home :( Kids have loved the pool here - thank you - and have enjoyed all that Rome's surroundings have to offer and wish to return!!!
Sep 2013
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Large family villa with pool and panoramic views one hour from Rome
average rating of 4.7 based on 13 reviews

A real find!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely perfect for kids - the best villa pool we've swum in (super-clean, kid-friendly steps into the shallow end, mini diving board, plenty of shade/pool furniture) plus an excellent games room for when the sun got too much or the odd shower passed over. Simple but tasteful decor with lots of lovely personal touches made us feel instantly at home. Incredibly peaceful setting but close enough to venture out for the day to some of the amazing towns, villages and restaurants in this region. Received a delightful welcome from Floriana and Maria - thank you! And thanks, too, to Ingrid and Pete for the incredibly thoughtful and accurate directions to the property. Made the journey so much easier! Had thought that having to use only bottled water would be a bit of a pain but we soon got used to it and filling up our empty bottles in the local square proved something of a highlight for the kids! Wouldn't hesitate to recommend Casa Glenister to any family searching for a true slice of Umbrian life, but with some real home comforts thrown in.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Happy home

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful holiday in the very comfortable house.

We were with 5 adults and 4 teens and we all enjoyed the house, the pool, the garden and the surroundings.

It really was "away from it all" but with everything you could ever need close enough to enjoy that too.

The nice thing about this area is that it is not spoiled by tourism yet and the prices are according to that.

The beauty of the area is stunning, I loved it.

Floriana is the best help ever, she knows so very much about the area and she's so very helpful with everything. Thank you Flori!!

The veggies from the garden are tasty and plenty (given to us by Flori's parents)

In the village next door ;-) you can get bubbled water for 5 cents a litre and fresh water for free, which I think you should use for drinking and for cooking and coffee cause there's arsenic in the ground in the area. But that really is no problem, since the village of st. Eutisio is so very close to the house.

Soriano is beautiful and so nice to go to in the evening. Viterbo is nice and good for shopping and you go to Rome by train from Orte, paying only 12 euro's for a 6 zone ticket which is good for public transport in Rome too. Park behind the railway station and that will cost you only 1,50€ for the whole day.

All in all, a perfect house to rent and I will certainly go back there.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Very content with our week at Casa Glenister

  • 5 of 5

We are very, very happy with our choiuce of the Casa Glenister for our week in Italy. The house, the swimmingpool, the surroundings and the friendly attitude all exceeded our expectations.

We were 12 people in the house and found it to be perfectly equipped. All the children loved the swimmingpool that was clean and not to cold and they also had a lot of fun with ping-pong and fottballgames inside in the evenings. We were woored we would need air-condition, but we found the temperature perfect at night.

The housekeeper, Flori, helped us with all doubts and questions and was very friendly.

I would recommend this house to anyone looking for a quiet, calm house with an amazing view of the orchardsa and all commodities required for a large group.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Delightful villa in gorgeous setting.

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday in this large and comfortable rustic villa. The gardens and pool were simply lovely with attractive views over the countryside. The area was a very pleasant change being away from the ' tourist' route. The locals were very friendly and helpful despite our inability to communicate confidently, this was particularly amusing over menu choices with other local diners offering to help translate.

The scenery was stunning with beautiful old medieval villages, volcanic inland lakes, inexpensive restaurants and bars.

Our guide Floriana was a real gem- nothing was too much trouble and she organised some interesting excursions and recommended some very unusual activities. Unfortunately we wish we had known that we could have utilised a train direct to /from Rome Fumicino Airport which would have saved a days travel when collecting friends - allowing us extra time to enjoy the location and weather relaxing around the swimming pool. One criticism was the lack of wardrobes in two of the bedrooms.

All in all a really relaxing and welcome holiday for all of our eight guests who visited and stayed with us.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

August 2010

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely two weeks in this beautiful house in August 2010. It was a great holiday. The pool was lovely, the house roomy, well-equiped and comfortable. Despite being the middle of August it was always pleasantly cool at night so no difficulty sleeping. Flori who looks after the house locally was extremely helpful and suggested local excursions. Despite not being on the main tourist map there is a lot to do and see in the area. A car is an absolute necessity as even the local shop is a few miles away. All the nearby restaurants proved excellent and are good value compared to elsewhere in Europe.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Heidelberg, Germany

A Summer to Remember

  • 5 of 5

My very large family of 7 plus my mother stayed very comfortably at Casa Glenister. That 1 week provided us with memories that will last a lifetime! We ventured to Rome on some days and others lounged by the pool. Soriano gave us a glimpse of an unspoiled rural Italian town. Flori is the best! She provided us with all kinds of tips and information. The pasta and cooking class that she and her mother put on was absolutely wonderful! You will need a car as the train station is about 15-20 min, but a trip to the local market in Sant Eutuzio is only 1km away, a quick little walk. The panoramic views are breathtaking and the kids loved playing in the pool. This is the very definition of a classic country italian villa and will provide any group with great vacation. My kids are already looking forward to our next visit. The owners are great people, quick to respond to emails and very accommodating to our needs. A week is definetly not enough to see everything. The pictures are accurate, but it looks even better in person, everything was clean and well maintained. We would highly recommend this property to anyone!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2010
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Rome Fiumicino
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Sant'Eutizio/ Soriano
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Sutri championship course
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Soriano to Viterbo (local) Orte (fast to Rome)
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Orte A1 Rome/Florence. SS675 superstrada Viterbo
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Scacco Matto Sant'Eutizio. Many Soriano/Vallerano
Nearest Ski
70 Kilometres
Gran Sasso
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Sant' Agostino/Tarquinia
Car: necessary

We are situated 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.


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Prices for this holiday villa in Soriano nel Cimino, Viterbo Province

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Spring 2015
2 May 2015 - 3 Jul 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2015
4 Jul 2015 - 28 Aug 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2015
29 Aug 2015 - 9 Oct 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning (in euros loca) £80.00
Refundable Damage Deposit £400.00
Notes Fully refundable breakage deposit of £400 payable with final payment - receipt provided. This should be paid directly to the owner prior to your holiday. Remaining rental payable 2 weeks in advance of holiday. There will also be a charge of 100 euros for the laundry and cleaning at the beginning of your stay. Should you want your bedding changed each week during your stay there will be a 50 eur

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Soriano nel Cimino in Viterbo Province

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - Outdoor Shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Huge bath and lovely views.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Recently refurbished completely.
  • Bathroom one is upstairs, tastefully decorated in local tiling and has a very large bath with a shower attachment. It has lovely views from the window! The second bathroom is also very large, recently decorated and is situated downstairs, contains a large modern thermostatically controlled shower in a large shower enclosure and also houses the washing machine. Both bathrooms have usual sink, toilet and bidet facilities.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Child Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Sofa bed/Futon , in games room
  • Master bedroom is beautifully furnished with antiques and original paintings and leads out onto a large loggia/balcony covering 2 sides of the house with a spectacular 360 panorama of 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 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 divan beds which can be made into a double if necessary. They both have pleasant views onto the garden. A travel cot and a Z bed are available for any bedroom.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Smoking is not absolutely forbidden but we would prefer if done outside. Although children are welcome you must be aware that the pool area is not enclosed and there are steps leading down to the pool area, so vigilance is required. The games room is a big bonus for those not so good days . We have a full sized ping-pong table, and a table football table in a large games room upstairs - so plenty to do for kids if it rains (not often in spring and summer!). There is lots of land for the kids (and adults) to explore, open grassy spaces to play or quiet places to relax. There is a first floor loggia with spectacular views. Giovanni who looks after the estate, has a large kitchen garden, and will often let you pick your own fresh vegetables when they come ready! Floriana who will welcome you to the house, is a local tour guide and will tell you all about the many wonderful things to do locally and in Rome. As the house is set in the countryside a car is a necessity.

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