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Casale Sonnino, Castelli Romani - Families, Couples, hskping & Brkfst included

Bedrooms 5
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Spacious, Private, Convenient, 5+ Bdrms, 3 Baths, Vineyards, Olive Trees, Views

A Great Value for a full service villa - our amazing reviews tell it all!

Over the past 30 years, travelers have enjoyed an authentic Italian experience staying at our lovingly maintained 18th Century villa and ancestral home, "Casale Sonnino". The Villa is set amidst thirty acres of working vineyards and olive groves and is built upon 2000 year-old roman foundations which can be viewed in the basement. The property is located in Monte Porzio Catone, 4 kilometers from Frascati and 30 minutes from the heart of Rome by car or train.

The Casale Sonnino sleeps up to ten in five plus bedrooms (4+ upstairs, 1 ground floor) and three full baths (2 upstairs, 1 ground floor). However two couples have enjoyed sharing this comfortable, yet elegant historic home as well. The upstairs bedrooms have queen beds or they can be split apart for singles sharing a room. Also upstairs is a very large terrace with chairs, a tent pergola for meals and a ping pong table. The panoramic view stretching from Rome to the Apennine mountains is spectacular, especially when sharing a bottle of Frascati wine and appetizers at sunset.

On the ground level, there is a 20' x 40' living/dining room for gathering and dining. featuring a grand fireplace and chandelier, A TV and breakfast room, with southern light looks out to the garden. The vintage-style country kitchen has marble top table in the center and updated appliances including a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and toaster oven. There is an extensive collection of pots and pans, kitchen tools and spices for your use.

Outside the front door: In nice weather, the best place for a delightful meal is under the grape pergola in the garden by the vineyard.

A continental breakfast is included in your rental price as is daily housekeeping (excluding Sundays and holidays) . For other meals, you can shop locally and prepare your own feasts in the fully equipped kitchen, have a gourmet dinner or two catered by us or a local 5-star chef, dine out at one of the many favorite local restaurants or discover a local trattoria on a trip to the countryside villages in Lazio. In Italy, there are so just so many places to eat and wines to love!

How long does one stay at the Casale and see Rome? If you only have a week, we recommend: 2 or 3 days in Rome, 2 days of day-tripping to Umbria, Tuscany or Lazio and the rest exploring the nearby Castelli Romani towns of Castel Gandolfo, Ariccia, Nemi, Frascati and Grottaferrata. During the summer, nearby Lago Albano has beach facilities where you can rent chairs and umbrella, paddle boats and go swimming in a clean lake. There is also a jogging trail that runs all around the lake and restaurants with splendid views.

More Details

Property Manager
Claire Treves Brezel
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 January, 2018

About Claire Treves Brezel

My brother George and I are 5th generation co-owners of the Casale Sonnino. We grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, children of Italian immigrants - our father came from Turin and our mother, Clotilde Sonnino was from Rome. This property was her family homestead, and growing up we would go there on summer vacations to visit our Nonno and spend a few weeks. After college and graduate school and 14 years in corporate marketing and product development, I became a stay-at-home mom to my two now college/graduate -student children. manage the family vineyard , sell our own extra virgin olive oil and rent the villa to travelers who wanted a unique local and "off the beaten path" experience near Rome. In the early-90's, the Casale was among the first vacation-rentals on the internet, offering warm hospitality in Italy and we had a web site before Homeaway.com even existed!

My brother, George lives at the Casale on-site, manages the vineyard/olive groves operation and provides hospitality and concierge service to our guests.

As we have learned from our many appreciative guests and fans that a unique legacy, lifestyle and great food is meant to be treasured and shared. We strive to maintain the house, the spirit, the soul of our ancestors and the values of a bygone era. We hold our agrarian roots near and dear even as Rome's lights twinkle in the distance.

Claire Treves Brezel purchased this villa in 1883

Why Claire Treves Brezel chose Monte Porzio Catone

My brother George and I are fifth generation co-owners of the “Casale”, our ancestral home, located in near Frascati on the outskirts of Rome. Our great, great grandfather began purchasing land in the area in 1883 and the farmhouse in 1900. In 1948, our grandparents transformed the farmhouse into the elegant family home which stands today. Though down to 25 acres from the original 100, we continue to cultivate grapes that are sold to a local Frascati DOC winemaker and produce delicious, top quality extra virgin olive oil from our 728 trees of several varieties including Leccino, Rosciola, Carboncello and Venina. We export the olive oil to the US where I sell it directly to family and friends and by passa parole - word of mouth.

What makes this villa unique

A private, comfortable and clean historic family-owned home to call your own (not a "rental property").

Be surrounded by vineyards & olive groves on a working farm.

Gorgeous views from the bedrooms, living room and rooftop terrace.

Garden pergola with grapes above for dining al fresco around a marble table.

Friendly, Engaging, Helpful, English & Italian speaking owner on site.

Authentic Italian small-town living in the Castelli Romani on the outskirts of Rome. No Tourist Crowds.

Easy access to the city by train at Colle Mattia station located 1 kilometer from our gate. 3 stops and 30 minutes to Rome Termini in the center. From Termini Station there are buses, taxis or you can walk to the historic center. Or you may take trains to other cities in Italy: Florence and Naples: 11/2 hours; Assisi: 2 1/2; Spoleto 1 1/2; Perugia 2-3 hours are just a sampling.

The Casale is the perfect home base from which to see Rome for a couple of days and then go on day trips to all the small villages nearby or towns, historic sites and coastline of central Italy from Florence to the Amalfi Coast. The clean beach and charming town at Sperlonga, about 1 1/2 hours by car from the Casale is our absolute favorite. During the week in June recently, there was almost no one on the beach except us!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Monte Porzio Catone in Metropolitan City of Rome

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , All Queen Beds can be split apart to make two single beds.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , All Queen Beds can be split apart to make two single beds.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , All Queen Beds can be split apart to make two single beds.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed , This bedroom is on the ground floor
  • All Queen Beds can be split apart to make two single beds. Additional Beds upstairs: - Single in the "terrace room" - A Queen or 2 singles in "Nonno's Study" The Casale has beds for 12 People Total
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
The Casale is surrounded by 11 hectars of working vineyards and olive groves where we produce our own award-winning extra virgin olive oil. We rent the Villa to travelers who wish to stay on an authentic family-run vineyard while visiting Rome and touring central Italy from Florence to the Amalfi Coast. It's a great home base, with George as your host and our friendly local staff providing touring and restaurant tips/guidance, daily continental breakfast and housekeeping. We can provide a terrific tour guide and driver in your rental car - the itineraries are as varied as there are places to see and things to do in Italy! We cater dinners, parties and celebrations at the Casale. We tailor the menu to your taste and budget. We can also arrange winery tours, cooking and watercolor painting classes and truffle hunting expeditions. Don't forget to ask for a tour of the Roman foundations under the house and the system of caves beneath the vineyards.


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Casale Sonnino, Castelli Romani - Families, Couples, hskping & Brkfst included
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Now a treasured memory

  • 5 of 5

Our family stay at Casale Sonnino was beyond anything we could have imagined! True, we expected what we saw in the photos and what information we had from our conversations with Claire. . . so our expectations were pretty high. The surprises lay in the reality of immersing ourselves into the authenticity of Casale Sonnino: the kindness & genuine warmth of George and the staff; the awesome beauty of the vistas that surround the Casale for miles & miles into the distance (think -- acres of undulating plains, vines & olive trees, with metropolitan Rome ever in the background); the cleanliness & comfort of bedrooms & baths; the incredible luncheon spread -- such a welcomed surprise upon our weary arrival; the delectable coffee/breakfasts (& cleanup) served with smiles & laughter every morning; the most welcoming outdoor pergola where we could so beautifully relax as a group; the top floor deck with it's unsurpassed views of Rome & the countryside; George's fascinating tour of the caves beneath the house & his family history; the riotous bloom & scent of spring flowers (jasmine! evergreen! roses!) ever present in the air. All in all, Casale Sonnino literally reverberated with pulse of our family group of eleven!! Our group spent an incredible week listening to music, visiting the many villages close by (Tivoli gardens a personal favorite), claiming a quiet spot to read or chat or discuss the day, using the charming & well-equipped kitchen to prepare meals. What we loved most was the drop-dead gorgeous views of the Italian countryside from every window & every garden resting place! Like living in a painting! We are grateful to Claire & George for sharing such a paradise with our family. . .

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thank you so much for this incredible review! It is our pleasure to share our family home with guests who enjoy with gusto and inhale all the surprises put before them. Now you are family - come back soon!
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Amazing place and the service is great!!!

  • 5 of 5

The views are breathtaking. The people are so warm and friendly. The place is absolutely beautiful. The property is very clean and the breakfast is outstanding. I would highly recommend to my family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect location for filming our TV Show

  • 5 of 5


We filmed at Casale Sonnino for a large UK reality series.

We had such an excellent service from the owners. They really went above and beyond to accommodate our filming needs and requests. The owners know the area so well and had great recommendations for places to film in the area.

The Casale itself is beautiful, surrounded by vineyards and olive grooves with beautiful interior. The owners were super flexible with us moving furniture and utilising all areas of the Casale and grounds, including the amazing tunnel system that runs underneath.

Was very helpful to have George (owner) on hand to help troubleshoot any queries.

Decent sized car park and space to put a generator. The Casale is nice and secluded so our filming was not interrupted.

Would definitely recommend as a location for a film or TV Show!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so enjoyed hosting your cast and crew at Casale Sonnino and can't wait to see the finished episodes! You are welcome back any time to film on location or just for a visit, touring or relaxation. Thank you Ben!
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A Great Family Christmas vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 weeks at Casale Sonnino over Christmas and New Year. George was very accommodating for our large family. We had a wonderful breakfast every morning and enjoyed some lovely days lounging around the house. We were visiting family and hosted a Christmas eve potluck and a catered New Years Eve party. George and crew made the room beautiful, purchasing a large Christmas tree, which future guests can enjoy. And he even bought some fireworks for midnight on New Years eve. The New Years eve view from the terrace was amazing and so much more than we expected! We could see the fireworks all over Rome, absolutely stunning! The dinner was catered by the restaurant and winery next door, Agriturismo Palotta. Both the food and wine were delicious. We even visited the winery for a tasting prior to the party to choose our wines. The service staff were very accommodating at the house. We had many lovely evenings cooking in the kitchen. The olive oil is delicious and lucky for us they were just getting that year’s oil ready. So we bought a couple litres to bring home. I would absolutely return without hesitation! I would love to go in the summer sometime to enjoy the gardens and the outdoor areas.

  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Modern comfort, old world charm, ideal location!

  • 5 of 5

We adored our stay at the Casale, from the comfort of the beautifully restored villa surrounded by olive groves and vineyards to its ideal location on the outskirts of Rome.

The house is a gem, modern comfort with old world charm, and is ideally located between Rome and Frascati. The rooms are adorned with family history, and we were able to lounge in each one as a family or when someone needed their own space, there was definitely a room to find! The rooftop is charming with a pool table, games and lounge chairs to take in the sun or watch the stars at night.

George is a marvellous host and a source of great tips for touring the area, both close by (like Frascati and the incredible volcanic lakes) and further afield (Tivoli and beyond).

Frascati is a beautiful town located 10 minutes away, known for its delicious regional white wines that we truly enjoyed with amazing cheese, charcuteries plates and of course, pasta dishes and pizza! (Frascati also has a large 24h supermarket which is extremely convenient.) In the sweltering summer, we opted for a one-day-in-Rome and one-day-discovering-the-area schedule, and it worked out very well for us. We loved going to the crystalline Lake Albano for a day of rest and relaxation, following a day of sightseeing in Rome. It was a perfect combo!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Casale Sonnino is a glorious vacation destination!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful Roman holiday! The Casale Sonnino is a glorious vacation destination. It offers spacious accommodation in the picturesque hills outside Rome. It's close enough to take the metro in from a nearby town to explore the city without driving and parking woes. Every morning, we were greeted with a huge continental breakfast prepared by the friendly Casale staff who asked happily do laundry daily. After breakfast, we either ventured into Rome or took day trips. A friend of the owner, Simeone Ricci, offered excellent guided adventures specifically created to our wishes. We definitely would never have found intriguing locations like these on our own. Some of the trips included Campo Imperatore, St. Stefano di Sassiano, Mount Livata, Castelli and more. Spending time at the Casale was a treat unto itself. Walks through the olive trees and vineyard, reading in the garden or exploring the underground tunnels and learning the history of the Casale was wonderful.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Colle Mattia
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Monte Porzio Catone/ Roma-Napoli A1
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
La Pallotta, the vineyard next door
Nearest Beach
57 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Must See: All the historic sites and museums in Rome and the Vatican City. Also: Castelli Romani, Tusculuum, Ostia Antica, Tivoli Gardens and Villa D'-Este, Hadrian's Villa.

Touring Central Italy by Car: The Casale Sonnino is conveniently located off of Highway A-1 which runs from Rome to Naples, southeast of the city. The location is perfect for any number of day trips and adventures. We would be glad to help you plan your daily itinerary and get you to where you want to go.

Rome: It takes 30 minutes to get into Rome-Termini station (Central Rome) by the train at Colle Mattia, a station stop about 1 kilometer from our Villa. the regional center of Frascati, 4 kilometers from the Casale, has another direct train going to Rome . There is parking for your rental car at Colle Mattia or Frascati as well as ample parking at the Casale for you and your family/friends cars.

Casale Sonnino: is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, and is privately located at the end of a long cobblestone driveway and wrought iron gate.

Ask us to show you the Roman wall and caves below the house.

Monte Porzio Catone: is a 1K walk (up a hill, sorry!) from our gate. There you can find restaurants, your cappuccino and breakfast danish, gelato, pizza fresh out of the oven, bakery, restaurants, ATM machine, a playground for small children and small grocery and vegetable stores.

Frascati is a thriving regional center and tourist destination and so has more restaurants, stores, bakeries,coffee bars and any other services that you might require.

We have a Doctor to call on and she makes house calls! The nearest hospital is in Frascati.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Monte Porzio Catone, Rome Province

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
January - April
3 Jan 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £43 per night, per additional guest
May - October
1 May 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £43 per night, per additional guest
November & December
1 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £43 per night, per additional guest
Christmas & New Years
22 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £43 per night, per additional guest
September and October
5 Jan 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £43 per night, per additional guest
May - October
1 May 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £43 per night, per additional guest
Chistmas & New Years
21 Dec 2019 - 4 Jan 2020
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £43 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £43 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £362.4

NOTE: Rates are for groups up to 6 people. 350 E or $420 per week for each extra person up to 10.
* US $ Rate pegged to the Euro weekly rate according the Oanda Currency Calculator on internet
**Stays usually begin or end on a Friday or Saturday.
INCLUDED IN RENT: breakfast, housekeeping in am, wifi, utilities (ex.heat), use of kitchen, house and garden
Heat extra based upon consumption
AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST: Catered gourmet dinners & parties, tourguide and driver, personal laundry service
cooking and painting classes, winery tours
PAYMENT IN US $: Signed Lease and Personal Check, Wire Transfer or Pay Pal

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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