|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
WELCOME TO VILLA DEGLI ARMENI
A unique holiday rental in the Sabine Hills, near Rome.
WHY CHOOSE OUR VILLA? ONE WORD: LOCATION!
The location is, literally, breathtaking: perched 500m up on the side of the mountain commanding views across the picturesque rolling hills of the Sabina, distant mountains, the Tiber Valley and on to Rome itself, on a clear day you can see the Dome of St. Peter's on the horizon.
The villa is surrounded by forest and enjoys total peace, quiet and privacy. It's hard to believe all this is just one hour from the hustle and bustle of Rome, but by choosing Villa degli Armeni you get the best of both worlds.
A UNIQUE HOME
The villa itself was built in the 1960s and retains many original mid century features like the stone fireplace, lofty gabled ceilings, arches and ironwork. There’s an abundance of windows to let in natural light and to look out on the forest and spectacular views.
The villa is full of art and other objects we've collected over the years, we like our guests to feel they are in a real home with its own character and history.
SPREAD OUT AND RELAX
It's a spacious house capable of hosting a larger party of family or friends as well as being a great relaxing retreat for a couple. Plenty of space means that everyone can find their own private spot, or get together in larger groups for a leisurely meal or chat.
The large living and dining room is a cool and comfortable retreat in the summer and the cosy heart of the house in the cooler months, with its stone fireplace. Connected to the living room by double doors is another sitting room and studio, the sofa in here folds out to provide a small double bed if needed.
A variety of outdoor areas around the villa means you'll always find a sunny spot for sunbathing, or a shady spot for reading, somewhere. Outside on the porch and balcony you’ll find tables and chairs for al fresco dining, deckchairs, a sofa and lounger. Below the house is a grassy area bordering on the forest with another large table.
In the summer months we put up the frame pool, it’s over 4.5 metres across and 80 cm deep and while hardly olympic size it’s perfect for kids to splash in or for a leisurely float as you contemplate the infinite blue of an Italian sky.
BEDROOMS WITH A VIEW
There are two large double bedrooms: the one at the front has three arched windows with incredible views to wake up to. The second double bedroom looks out onto the tree canopy and has it’s own ensuite bathroom (with bath) and terrace, it can be set up with a double bed or two singles. In between is a smaller room with 1 single bed, also opening onto the terrace, and another bathroom with a shower. All rooms except the small bedroom have ceiling fans, there is no need for air con.
The spacious kitchen is equipped with dishwasher, microwave, fridge freezer and state of the art oven, granite worktops, small table and everything you’ll need to cook with.
VILLA DEGLI ARMENI AND THE SABINA REGION ARE PERFECT FOR:
- Couples and families looking to spend quality time together in a relaxing environment
- Slow travelers looking for an authentic experience of real Italy
- Nature lovers and hikers
- Foodies! The area has great local produce and some fabulous restaurants
- Anyone looking for the luxury of time, privacy, and quiet
- Anyone looking for a relaxing villa holiday without missing out on one of the world's top destinations, Rome!
and because we are all different, it would be less than honest of me not to add
WHO OUR VILLA MAY NOT BE THE BEST FIT FOR:
- people who are mobility challenged or parents of reckless toddlers, because of the steps up to the house
- anyone with insect phobias, the windows all have screens but we are surrounded by forest and along with that comes the occasional ant, bug, or spider.
- you will need a car to stay at our villa, even to get into the village for an ice cream, and any sights you may want to visit will mean a drive.
- we don't have aircon at the villa and have never felt the need for it. However global weather being what it is these days if you visit in summer we cannot guarantee your visit does not coincide with a heatwave. We leave instructions on how to keep the house cool using natural methods and these will help a lot if you follow them carefully.
- looking for nightlife? Go elsewhere because the biggest nighttime attractions here are the milky way or perhaps spotting a porcupine.
WE ARE HERE TO HELP
If you'd like any more information to help make your choice please don't hesitate to contact us with your questions. You can also check out our website or our Facebook page, links are at the bottom of this listing.
I was born and grew up in Britain but moved to Italy in my early twenties. Most of that time I lived outside Rome, and for 15 years in the beautiful Sabina area.
Kate Prandy purchased this villa in 2001
When we were searching for houses in the area we mostly looked at old farmhouses and such. This house was different, but it's unique location surrounded by forest and the incredible views won us over.
For work reasons we are not living there at the moment, but it's where my heart is!
We fell in love with this house first of all because of its location, you look out from the porch and feel almost as if you are flying over the valley below. It's unique. I love looking out into the tree tops, and waking up surrounded by the amazing views: the weather and light is always different. The house itself is also one of a kind, and I've come to appreciate its mid century quirks more over the years. We've done a lot of work on the house and there are still additions we'd like to make!
We stayed unfortunately only one night. I've never experienced such peace! The house is surrounded by woods from the veranda you have a stunning view over the whole region. Interiors are fabulous and very well kept, the house is very cozy and well organized ... surely I will come again.
Abbiamo soggiornato, purtroppo, solamente una notte. mai stato in una pace simile! la casa è avvolta dal bosco ma dalla veranda si ha una veduta stupefacente su tutto il Reatino. Gli interni sono favolosi e molto curati, la casa è molto accogliente e ben organizzato. Sicuramente torneró.
The villa is in a stunning location in the hills, where you can experience true rural Italy. The route up to it is windy, with great views and there is plenty of space for parking at the property. It is a 20-30 minute (pleasant) drive to the local railway station. We found the villa to be a very comfortable place to stay with all the facilities we needed. It feels quite spacious with high ceilings helping to enhance this. It is clear that the owners use the villa as well and there are a number of personal items around - we loved this aspect as it made the place seem immediately welcoming. The villa does not have air conditioning, but even in the height of summer we did not find this a problem as the windows all have insect screens, so we could leave the windows open and get a nice through-breeze (and of course it is cooler in the hills). The one thing we did notice was that the area is incredibly peaceful, but sound travels a long way in the hills so some nights we were disturbed by the sounds of barking dogs during the night - take ear-plugs if you are a light sleeper! The owners had put a temporary raised swimming pool in the front garden that was quite welcoming when coming home from a hot day in Rome! We made full use of the barbecue, cooker, washing machine etc and everything worked well (the barbecue in the thunderstorm being particularly memorable!). The owners were very helpful and sent us lots of information about the area beforehand. They also replied quickly to our communications (via e-mail) before, during and after the holiday (e.g. when we found the satellite TV did not work). Overall we would recommend this property and would consider returning to it in the future.
WHAT TO DO DURING YOUR STAY
If you want to get out and do some sightseeing the Sabina area offers many delightful little villages to explore, each more charming than the last, set in a gorgeous unspoiled landscape of olive groves and woodlands.
Rome is under an hour away by train or car. A 25 minute drive will get you to one of Italy’s main motorways, with Tuscany about 1 hour further to the North; Naples and Pompei 2.5 hours to the south. Umbria is just next door.
THE SABINA, OR SABINE HILLS AREA
The Sabina is pretty in the extreme, with its rolling hills, woodlands, hilltop villages and olive groves. So grab your camera, get in the car and go for an explore, you will discover some amazing and unspoilt landscapes and medieval villages and castles.
Two of the prettiest local villages, Casperia and Roccantica are about 15 minutes away but there are many more to explore. In the summer months local villages all hold festivals with music, dancing and most importantly food and wine!
Other local sites not to miss include the Farfa Abbey, the Romanesque cathedral at Vescovio, the Tevere Nature Reserve where you can take boat trips along the River Tiber or explore the riverside on boardwalks.
If you enjoy hiking there are a number of paths through the forest and in the mountains close by, as well as picnic areas for a break or an outdoor barbeque. Don’t miss the secluded hermit’s cave Grotta di San Michele and the Soratte Nature Reserve.
Lazio is a fascinating and varied region well worth exploring, and our villa makes a great base to do just that.
Within about an hour’s drive you'll find a lot of places worth visiting: the picturesque city of Rieti and its surrounding Franciscan monasteries, like the Monastery of Greccio, perched on a cliff, where St Francis built the first nativity scene.
To the North and West you’ll find the fascinating Etruria region, home of the Etruscans and the historic city of Viterbo, the baroque Monster Gardens of Bomarzo, the haunting village of Civita di Bagnoreggio, and the stunning untouched forest on Monte Cimino.
To the South is Tivoli with the gardens and fountains of Villa D’Este and the Roman ruins of Hadrian’s Villa.
Umbria is right on our doorstep, and it’s only about an hour’s drive to reach the beautiful cities of Orvieto, Terni and Narni, and the picturesque Marmora Falls. Assisi and Perugia are only a little further.
For a complete change of pace, and to keep the kids happy, Rainbow Magicland, one of Italy's leading theme parks is also about an hour’s drive away.
You will need a car to stay here because of the secluded location. The village of Poggio Catino is 5 minutes drive away, where there is a village shop for staples, a butcher, a pharmacy and, perhaps most importantly, a bar with excellent gelato and outdoor tables to enjoy the view.
Supermarkets, other shops and a busy weekly market can be found at Poggio Mirteto, 15 minutes drive away. If you fancy bagging a designer bargain head for the Soratte Outlet at the motorway exit 25 minutes away.
The area is well served with restaurants of all kinds, during your stay you should definitely head further up the mountain to Cisterna where they prepare simple food served at tables under the trees. Also very close is the restaurant Ortobio which is rapidly gaining and excellent reputation for creative cooking using fresh organic ingredients they grow themselves.
GETTING INTO ROME
20 minutes drive away is the train station of Poggio Mirteto Scalo. From here trains go regularly into the centre of Rome, a journey of 50 minutes. If you want to visit Rome city centre taking the train means you’ll avoid traffic and parking problems.
The same train will take you all the way to Fiumicino Airport, passing Tiburtina (metro connection), Ostiense (Rome pyramid area) and Trastevere, the Rome nightlife centre (change train here for the Vatican).
LET US BE YOUR GUIDES
We’ll provide full information before and during your stay about all these local attractions and more, so that you can plan beforehand and make the most of your stay. We’ll be more than happy to give advice via email and share our knowledge of the area where we lived for many years.
You can also keep up with local attractions and events and get a flavour of the region on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/villaarmeni
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
Mid season Autumn
4 Sep 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£251|
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.