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La Specola: Historical Lake House

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms4
Space 4,736 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Beautiful historical house overlooking Lake Bracciano with conciergerie service

La Specola is a beautiful and prestigious historical house with conciergerie service overlooking Lake Bracciano from the old and tranquil town of Anguillara Sabazia at only 40 minutes away from Rome.

Recently restored, the house is tastefully decorated with antique furniture and fully equipped with modern facilities (full HD TV 42', wi-fi in every room, air conditioning, Playstation 3, hair dryer, iron, etc.).

La Specola boasts 290 m2 (3200 ft2) of indoor space, 60 m2 (650 ft2) of outdoor terrace, 40 m2 (130 ft2) of outdoor garden and can very comfortably host up to 6 people. The property is composed of 3 en-suite double bedrooms, a spacious and bright living room with exceptional architecture and breath taking views over the lake, an antique fireplace, a very functional rustic kitchen, a utility room, a large terrace and a private entrance with an idealic garden. In addition, guests can enjoy an extensive selection of books in French, English and Italian (to be read on the chaise longue overlooking the lake!) as well as a XIX century piano. Due to its strategic location and its magnificent terrace, the house enjoys unique views of Lake Bracciano and is ideal for a peaceful and relaxing holiday.

The property is situated in the historical center of Anguillara Sabazia in a very tranquil pedestrian area and therefore is not directly accessible by car (guests might consider there are about 20 steps to reach the entrance from the parking). All main points of interest are very nearby at not more than 5 minutes walk: beach and aquatic sport clubs, restaurants, bars, shops, supermarket and parking.

The area surrounding Lake Bracciano offers a wide ranging list of indoor and outdoor activities, as well as its stunning beauty. There are numerous places of historical interest in the vicinity to visit such as Castello Odescalchi (Tom Cruise and Ketie Holmes’ wedding location!), pretty old towns and other UNESCO sites to discover. The sport facilities available range from golf, tennis, horse riding, fishing, biking, sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, trekking to serene promenades in The Natural Park of Bracciano. But most importantly, the enogastronomy of the region is simply exquisite and can be enjoyed in the abundance of local restaurants.

In order to make your stay unforgettable it is possible to ask for extra services such as: chauffeur, welcome aperitif, touristic tours (Bracciano surrounding or Rome), a cod for baby, cleaning on demand, inhouse massage, inhouse cooking school, inhouse catering services, inhouse classical concert, etc.

PLEASE PAY ATTENTION:

- Cleaning Service Prior and after the stay, Check-in/out Service, Clean Linen and Towels and Welcome Pack have a cost of 150 Euros and are NOT included in the total and have to be paid in cash upon arrival in order to avoid an extra commission online;

- Check-in starts at 17:00;

- Check-in from 20:00 to midnight has an extra cost of 20 euros;

- Check-in after midnight has an extra cost of 50 euros;

- Check-out finishes at 11:00 am;

- Check-out before 8:00 am has an extra cost of 20 euros;

- Check-out before 6:00 am has an extra cost of 50 euros;

- Following the recycling rules is MANDATORY and to those who have not complied will be applied a fine of 100 Euros

- Check-out limit time is 11:00 am, for those who are late will be applied a fine of 20 euros per hour, eventually it is possible to coordinate a late check-out in advance.

More Details

Owner
Paolo
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
24 September, 2017

About Paolo

Dear all,

My name is Paolo, I started my carrier as a Consultant for Accenture and after almost 4 years I founded my own Real Estate Consulting company. I am an active member of the Italian Historical House Association (A.D.S.I.) and I like to take care of my families properties, turning them into beautiful holiday homes. My ultimate objective is to make my guests feel at home as well as immersing them in the culture and tradition of the location. I have excellent attention to detail and provide thorough Welcome Kits for each new arrival, including valuable tips and suggestions to enrich your stay. All of my houses boast elegant antique furniture inherited from my ancestors which I am happy to share with my guests to offer a unique and unforgettable experience.

Enjoy your stay,

Paolo

Paolo purchased this house in 2007

Guestbook comments from the owner

Occasionally in life you find something special. La Specola was exactly that in every way. We were struck by the friendliness of the people as soon as we arrived in the beautiful, medieval village of Anguillara Sabazia. We were met and welcomed by the lovely House Manager, who escorted us up the ancient village centre and took is into this beautiful place. The apartment was superb. It is a much loved home of the family and it was truly a privilege to stay there. The flat was spacious, comfortable with the most incredible views of the lake from most windows. It was furnished with the antique furniture of the family but with all the modern comforts of today. Everything was there we could possibly wish for and more. It was private, peaceful and a true haven. There were three very comfortable bedrooms, each with an en suite bath or shower room. The living room was absolutely huge and very beautiful. Spotlessly clean everywhere. Outside a pretty shady garden to the front and a terrace to the back with the most superb views! The medieval village was stunning, with character and ambiance. But still well provided with excellent local shops, many cafes, bars and excellent restaurants. Spoiled for choice! It was a taste of real Italy and we felt totally at home there and loved every minute of our stay. We also received very comprehensive information in advance from Paolo which was greatly appreciated and very useful. One of the highlights for us was the lovely House Manager, PeLe who is charming! She looked after us very well and couldn't have been more helpful. We have been back less than a day and can't wait to return. Thank you!
Mar 2015
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Anguillara Sabazia in Anguillara Sabazia

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4736 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • rural
  • village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Privilege Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , My favourite
    Green Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Bathroom with private terrace
    Belvedere Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Window on the main terrace
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games
Outside:
  • Balcony
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • Racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Palatial Residence Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our five days in Anguillara were made more enjoyable because of our stay at La Specola. The residence had all the amenities needed, each of the rooms were comfortable and practical. It was fun eating breakfast and dinners at the terrace overlooking Lake Bracciano. Pele, the property's manager was extremely helpful during our stay. I would most certainly stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfection

  • 5 of 5

House was historical, clean, and comfortable, views were stunning, patio was large, and town was a step back in time! Manager was very quick to respond as well. Would definitely stay again!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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La Specola Villa

  • 4 of 5

There are a lot of things to like about this rental villa. Check in/out was easy, Federico quickly showed us all the do/don't and what all the 14 keys did plus helped with the luggage up the winding cobble stone paths to the villa. Federico and his family run a small bed/breakfast and restaurant (his mom makes great desserts) so he was busy but always helpful. The villa is spacious and well decorated giving a luxurious feel to our stay. The bedrooms and bathrooms are much nicer than most 4star hotels. We found it a great value to slip into Rome on the commuter trains that go every 30 minutes at 3Euro and takes about 40 minutes to right downtown Rome. We stayed 10 days at La Specola and tried a different local restaurant every night within a 5-10 minute walk of the villa and all were very good. There are several restaurants that provided amazing sunset views, gluten free options, great wines at reasonable prices. The villa has a small kitchen that is reasonably well outfitted for cooking and a nice dining table or two round tables on the patio if you wanted to eat in. The local Carrefour is 5 minute walk for any food or wine you want which was good on the villa patio which overlooked the lake. The pigeons were a bit of a pain on the patio but the view was beautiful. There are lots of pastry shops, meat shops and bread shops within 5-10 minute walk. There is not much shopping in Anguillara but lots of paths for early morning or evening strolls. We also found the local mini bus service that costs 1Euro would take us over to Trevignano which has really nice waterfront cafes (not much shopping and the castle ruins are closed now for safety renovations). This bus service also meets most trains at the station and drops you at the waterfront near the ferry (1Euro) which is 5 minute walk to the villa up some cobble stone paths. The ferry also goes over to Bracciano which also has nice beaches, water sport rentals, and waterfront restaurants. The train is a better route 1.3Euro to Bracciano city center for shopping and visiting the castle where Tom Cruise was married. In summary, the villa is very nice, provides a quiet small town feel with lots of options of things to do and easy to get in/out of Rome.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Anguillara has to be seen

  • 4 of 5

The property was very comfortable. Views were Amazing. I enjoyed my stay, people in Anguillara are friendly. The balcony was the only disappointment. I would have like some sunshine to sit out in. It doesn't

Mention that it's in shade all day.

Apart from that it was a lovely large villa.

I was very well looked after by PéLé.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Julie, Thank you very much for your kind review, I am happy to know that you had a pleasant stay at La Specola. I would like just to mention that from the terrace it is still possible to enjoy the sun in the morning and at lunch. Naturally, the sun exposure is longer during spring and summer time. Kind Regards, Paolo
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5

WOW!!! Just as shown in photos on HomeAway.

  • 5 of 5

Federico greeted us and made us not only very comfortable, but educated us in all that we needed to know to be comfortable at La Specola. It is not our first visit to Lago Bracciano, but our best. I cook, and the kitchen utensils and appliances were in very good condition. Three very comfortable bedrooms with three very comfortable bathrooms. The views from this apt. were lovely and also the area is very quiet. Eateries in the area were good. I'm only sorry we kept missing Federico's restaurant. It's right on the Lake and available only in very good weather. Again, Paolo, thank you for sharing your lovely home with us. Ciao for now, Camille

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wonderful home...very beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home with spectacular views. Much larger than appears in the photos. The lake was wonderful. I encourage everyone to book this home if you are looking for a large beautiful home in a peaceful surrounding.

The owner and manager are exceptionally lovely and very attentive. A really great home for everyone.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Fiumicino
Nearest Ferry
Il Molo
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Anguillara Sabazia Station
Nearest Beach
Anguillara Sabazia beach
Car: recommended

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Anguillara Sabazia, Rome & Lazio

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
September (2017)
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
£705
for 4 nights
From
£176
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
 
October (2017)
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
£563
for 4 nights
From
£141
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas (2017)
24 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
£634
for 4 nights
From
£158
£991
£3,797
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
 
April (2018)
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
£563
for 4 nights
From
£141
£884
£3,372
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
 
May (2018)
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
4 night minimum stay
£634
for 4 nights
From
£158
£991
£3,797
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
 
June (2018)
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
£705
for 4 nights
From
£176
£1,106
£4,222
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
 
September (2018)
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
£705
for 4 nights
From
£176
£1,106
£4,222
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
 
October (2018)
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
£563
for 4 nights
From
£141
£884
£3,372
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas (2018)
23 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
£634
for 4 nights
From
£158
£991
£3,797
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£492
for 4 nights
From
£123
£769
£2,947
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Additional Guest Fee £17.71 per person per night
Damage Deposit £531.17

Cleaning Service (Prior and after arrival), Check-in/out Service, Clean Linen and Towels and Welcome Pack have a cost of 150 Euros and are NOT included in the total and have to be paid in cash upon arrival in order to avoid an extra commission online

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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