|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Casa Dolce Aria has a large living/dining room, a fully fitted kitchen, a master bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite shower room, a second bedroom with king-size bed, a third bedroom with two single beds and a family bathroom. The mezzanine above the living room has a double bed.
Outside there is a covered barbecue and eating area, a pizza oven, laundry room, terraces with views over the valley, swimming pool and the pool house with its own living room and terrace. The villa is furnished with a mix of the antique and the modern and there is a selection of books, DVDs and games to provide home entertainment. There is a large oven, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer and electric kettle. Bed linen and towels are provided.
The Grounds: The house is on a hillside, and the grounds of the house descend in a series of terraces. The top level has car parking space, a tree shaded lawn and a covered paved area with a barbecue and table and chairs. Close by is the pizza oven, although that is for people who know how to use it. A flight of steps leads down to another terrace and the swimming pool, with sun loungers for relaxing and soaking up the sun. Close by is the pool house, which has its own terrace and a furnished living room that can be used for changing or relaxing. The lowest part of the garden is wooded.
Although the top level of the grounds is fenced, there are some terraced sections that are not. We would therefore advise parents that small children need to be supervised when out of the house.
The Village: Montasola is a small community but it has a pharmacy, post office, restaurant, bar, and kids' playground all within walking distance. The nearest shop which is well equipped for daily needs is 10 minutes drive away. The bar in the upper village of Montasola is in a park and is a good place to enjoy a drink or ice-cream.
For many people part of the enjoyment of a holiday in Italy is eating out and sampling both the local and wider Italian cuisine. The local restaurant is within easy walking distance of Casa Dolce Aria and specialises in dishes from both Sabina and Sardinia. It also does take-away pizzas.
Sabina is famous for its olive oil, and you can buy oil from the co-operative in the village.
The Area: The hills and woods of the area are criss-crossed with paths, so it is a great area for walking. Some of the mountain paths can be traversed on horseback or mountain bike as well as by foot. There are riding centres within a few miles of the casa. Most of the towns and villages in the district are small, but all have interesting buildings and things to see. Hilltop villages are everywhere, usually dominated by a church spire or ancient tower. The valleys are green, traversed by streams and rivers most of which eventually flow into the Tevere. There are a number of lakes across the district and rivers and lakes can be fished for trout and other freshwater fish.
And finally, there is Rome, just over an hour away by car or train, with its world famous buildings and attractions.
We had a terrific time, your casa was idyllic and fulfilled our wishes of a quiet and relaxing holiday. The restaurant in the Forcella was a particular favourite and we enjoyed our trips to Greccio, the waterfalls and of course Roma. The area around Montasola is very picturesque and we enjoyed our visits to neighbouring towns and restaurants. We have already recommended your villa to our friends and family along with the support and help you gave us both before we left and while we were there.
What a great house it is! And what a view!! Amazing landscape, beautiful sky's.
The whole package felt very welcoming; the instructions and comments in advance of our stay, the driveway, the swimming pool, the garden, the kitchen, the games, the personal stuff and many other things. It is an Italian house with an English touch. It’s obvious that the owner and his family like to spent their holidays there too ( many different kinds of tea in the kitchen). We, 8 people (14-53 years old) all enjoyed staying there very much; Thanks. It feels like a home instead of a clean, impersonal holiday home out of a catalogue. When you 're a traveller who wants his holiday house to be like that, you'll probably rate this house whith 4 out of 5 stars, for us it definetly is worth the 5 stars.
The pictures show the house as it is. Although it is bigger in real, the other parts cannot be used at the moment, because they still have to be renovated. But that’s ok, it is not disruptive or unsafe and the part that has already been done, is spacious enough. Although, as staying with 8 people, it would be nice if the renovation of the third bathroom ( located in the pool house) is on top of the renovation list.
There is a little shop for basic stuff and more in walking distance of the house, but you have to think out of the box to find it. It's a little bit 'hidden behind a curtain'. But nice, with a friendly owner. The staff at the restaurant and other residents we met in the neighbourhood were also very friendly. There seemed to be hardly any other tourists there.
Nice villages/ little cities in the region. And Rome! We went to Rome 3 times; not by train, but by car. Because of the traffic and because we also wanted to enjoy the pool from the afternoon until sunset, we left very early in the morning. It was terrific. On Sunday, we even got blessed by the pope !
We miss the house and the pool! One week was a bit short. We hope we'll be able to come again sometime. Kind regards.
Holiday villa with pool and spectacular views, situated close to the medieval hilltop village of Montasola in the Sabina hills of central Italy. An ideal location for visiting the towns, villages and lakes of Lazio and Umbria. The eternal city of Rome is only 65 km away. Sabina is famous for its olive oil and is a great area for sightseeing, walking, fishing, eating or just relaxing.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
In High season bookings must start and finish on a Saturday as this is the changeover day. Deposit is €100 per week or part of week booked and is non-returnable.