|Space||3,660 sq. ft.|
|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
A traditional 2 storey rustic italian stylehouse transformed into a large villa set in 2 acres half cultivated as vineyard and half as olives trees and a tennis court and safe plunge pool . A cleaner and cook available on request.
Villa Silvana retains its earlier character, with cool interior and tiled floors. Outside, the level gardens offers options for sun and shade, a tennis court, table tennis table and in summer an above ground pool.
GROUND FLOOR - living room, kitchen diner, 1 bathroom plus 1 cloakroom.
a big room with sofas and comfy chairs arranged around a large open fire. French doors lead out to the front garden and there is an old upright piano. This room is cool in the summer and a king-size sofa bed provides extra accomodation for 2.
Open Plan Kitchen/ Dining Room:
A brand new spacious open plan kitchen dining area has been added under the terrace of the original vigna with views out over the back garden. This area features a beautiful, new thoughtfully fitted out kitchen and dining area with table to seat 12.
The ground floor can be accessed from the rear by an easy access ramp and has a bathroom suitable for wheelchair users. There is also an additional small WC.
FIRST FLOOR - 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
This is a very large, light and airy room with window providing views out to the front and Juliet balcony to the side. There is a very large double bed and a chair that converts to a single bed.
Views to the East over the back garden towards the mountains.
Large double bed.
Views to the front. Another large double bedroom.
A small single bedroom
A fold out camp bed and babies travel cot are available and can be used in any of the bedrooms.
The first floor has two modern family bathrooms.
The villa has a dvd entertainment system and a small selection of dvds, books and board games. An internet dongle is available for your use and can be charged up at the local phone shop.
The villa is set in 2 acres, previously vinyards but now converted into garden with tennis court and olive tree plantation.
To the front of the property a driveway from the entrance gate rises past grounds planted with olive trees leading to a lawn with mature trees and large paved area with a maxi brick-built barbecue. A covered portico leads onto the front entrance of the house and the tinello, and is the perfect place for playing ping pong on the table tennis table.
To the rear of the property a paved area is perfect for outdoor dining. There is a lawn area with swings and a summer pool. A gate leads to the tennis court, beyond which is a wild meadow to the end of the property.
This is the original tinello where harvested grapes would have been made into wine when the vineyard was active. It is now used as a storeroom for outdoor furniture and games. The villa is well supplied with garden furniture for your use including tables and chairs and garden loungers.
The original underground storeroom for wine. This was dug out under what is now the olive tree plantation and remains amazingly cool even in the heat of summer. There are still wine bottles - mostly empty! - down there. There is a big key to the door and it is interesting to explore.
In the hot summer months a 15 foot diameter above ground pool is erected in the back garden.
Built in 2011.
This is an old family property that I acquired from my brothers in 2009. I have been renting the property since 2012 to help cover the maintenance expenses as I now live in England but hope to be able to give more attention to the property when I retire from the medical profession in 2013.
Manfredo Simeoni purchased this chateau / country house in 2009
the original vineyard small 3 rooms upstairs and workshop tinello to make wine downstairs is now a mansion in 2 acres of land cultivated as a vineyard and with a large olive grove in the west half , sitting in a hilly valley between two chains of mountains and only 20 minutes by car /train to Rome centre . The clima of the county of Lazio is one of the best of Italy avoiding the rigid winter cold further north and the stifingly hot humid weather north of Tuscany and further north and not as hot as the southern counties , It has still about 3000 hours of sun per annum (only 1 460 in London , 1700 in Florence ,2000 in Venice and Agrigento) more than even Sydney and the other italian counties , with more morning sun and clear evening than any other places in Italy and makes it the most salubrious county
This property has been in my family for more than a century. When it became necessary for my mother to sell the property in 2009 I purchased it to keep it in the family. The property was originally a working vineyard: the land was planted with grape vines and where the villa now stands was a tinello (where the wine was made) with 3 small rooms upstairs to sleep in over harvesting season. A grotta was dug out for cool storage of the wine while it matured (this was also useful for seeking shelter during the allied forces bombing of Rome and villages along the railway line between Rome and Naples! The history of the property feels really alive and the tinello and grotta are still intact for you to explore. This is not the usual touristic holiday home as it is in a valley not known to tourists and in fact you will probably be the only tourists walking the streets of the nearby villages. The villa has easy access to Rome, yet provides a restful retreat with ample space for a relaxing holiday away from the hassle and bustle of the capital.
It is a large property with a big house and almost 2 acres of land with a 1 year old tennis court and summer PVC pool to cool down in the summer months safe for all ages .
Its vicinity to famous places like the centre of Rome, the Vatican city, the village of Tivoli and the wine makers of Frascati, the Mediterranean beaches of the Tyrrhenian sea old fashion slow life summer seaside resorts with good fish restaurants ,and unknown to the north European tourists and frequented only by the modern Romans with the famous port town of Anzio which was the place of the landing of the allied forces before taking Rome in WW2 .From the Port you can take a ferry to beautiful small quiet island of Ponza for the day or stay the night .Villa Silvana's vicinity to the entrance to the highway Autosole A1 direction south which would take you to Naples in 2 hours. In winter there are snow fields for skiing at about 1 hour distance by car in the Appenines which border with the national park of the east county of Abbruzzo.In Summer would take 4 hours driving to the Adriatic coast of Puglia a county further south than Lazio , which was part of Magna Grecia before the Roman Empire took over and has in Vieste an ancient seaside resort attached to the front of another famous national park.
i would like to thank you for the Villa .the gifts that you left were delicious:sandro the property manager was very kind.Everything was perfect
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Lovely surroundings, this is a very well equipped villa and easy to get to rome by train using Zagaralo train station (about a mile away). You are very much one of the locals when you arrive as not a tourist area so you get to experience the real Italy, we loved it. We arrived during different festivals and would very much recommend that you visit Palestina if you rent this villa.
You will need to book a car for your stay as there is not much within walking distance.
In short we would recommend this villa and give it a good review as we really enjoyed our stay. Manfred and Sandro looked after us very well and provided lots of useful information and tips on what to do during our stay.
The only thing I would say is don't eat at Il Gardino which is in Manfred's recommendation pack as we didn't find the staff helpful, they were downright rude. Everywhere else we went we had great service but the food at this rest restaurant wasn't good at all and it was so expensive. I would avoid this restaurant if I visited again, which I intend to do in the future.
Enjoy your stay!
Just under an hour's drive away from Ciampino airport the house is ideally suited to large group of friends (as we were) when we stayed. The house is very spacious and has lots of character - a wonderful fireplace and large dining table perfect for entertaining a big group. There are fantastic views from the huge garden of the surrounding hills of Lazio, with the added bonus of a tennis court and a 'blow up' pool incase you need to cool off. We visited the nearby historical town of Zagorolo one evening for dinner which was wonderful, and made the most of our proximity to the beach (40 mins approx) at the Lido di Ostia where we enjoyed a long leisurely lunch and a lazy afternoon swimming and lying in the sun with the beach all to ourselves. The close proximity of Rome itself makes the location of the house ideal for a fantastic family holiday. Really looking forward to the next visit and enjoying the new (bigger) kitchen space!
Thanks to Simeonis for the fantastic week friends and I enjoyed last autumn. House provided an ideal base to explore Rome (city centre half an hour away on regular train service) while enjoying the more relaxed village environment of charming historic Zagarolo. A few great days also spent at nearby Tivoli fountains and Hadrian's villa. Swimming, beach time and lunch by the sea was only an hour's drive and well worth it.
We were a mixed group of friends, some with small children, some without. The big communal dining table and barbecue area are ideally suited for big groups while the kids had plenty of space in front and back gardens.
House had a cosy lived-in family feel; plenty of toy, games, table tennis etc.. My main criticism would be the old kitchen which was cramped for the size of property. However, I understood from the owners that it was being extended and replaced imminently; I can see from the new photos that this has now been done.
Our stay in Zagorolo unknowingly coincided with the festival of the wine harvest, a fantastic spectacle ; whole village decorates the historic old town, and are out in the streets selling glasses of the latest vintages and offering up plates of home cooked local dishes. Not to be missed!
Self contained villa set in two acres of land planted with vines olive groves and fruit trees, with panoramic views of the valley of the Goddess of Fortune.. The villa lies between the medieval village of Zagarolo and San Cesareo and is within easy reach of the ancient villages of Palestrina, Tivoli, Frascati and Castel Gandolfo. Rome, the Eternal City, is only 30 minutes by train and the Roman beaches of Ostia, Lavinio and Anzio can be reached in an hour.
Then relax at home, play tennis and ping pong or swim in the summer above ground pool, whilst enjoying the views and delicious local food. Enjoy a relaxing self-catering villa holiday in this well furnished family home that accommodates 8 to 12 in comfort. To view a video which gives you a real idea of the countryside in the immediate proximity of the property google Osteria di San Cesareo (a gourmet, top chef restaurant in San Cesareo) and click on the videos of the chef ,Anna Dente who is a family friend.. Roma is only 20 minutes by car but you can also take a bus 10 minutes walk from the villa and reach the Rome Metro station called Anagnina.A famous children Magic Land , the italian disneyland is only 15 minutes by car in the next village of Valmontone.With less than 2 hours by car you can reach Naples and continue for Pompei Ercolanum , and the Amalfi coast (the latter roads are very congested in July and August) A Ferry will take you to Capri. Plan 2 days to visit this part of the Naples county.
In the summer months you can reach Castelgandolfo village with lake only 30 minutes away: This is the summer residence of the Pope who gives benediction at 11 o clock from the balcony of the palace in the village main square. The Lake below is a large vulcanic origin lake with plenty of eateries and four swimming clubs with paddle boats .
The closest medieval village to the Villa is Zagarolo , only 15 minutes by car .there are no tourists crowds like other Unesco villages nearby and you can visit the Palace of the Prince Rospigliosi , sited in the centre of the Village where Caravaggio stopped when seeking refuge from the Vatican city .The palace is open to visitors with large wallpainting fresco and summer classic musical nights. One large wing of the palace houses the Toys museum , the largest in the world .The Restaurant Il Giardino , is sited in what where the stables of the Prince : The cuisine is a family managed traditional not expensive food : ask for the Simeoni's table on the terrace looking the opposite hill vineyards. Only 10 minutes by car after Zagarolo is Palestrina , made a Unesco protected village because of important roman and preroman civilisation findings including the Goddess of Fortune Temple which came to light only after the WW2 bombardment which revealed the temple under the foundations of the villagers houses. Opposite to the temple is Palazzo Barberini museum with roman empire pieces of art and pre renaissance painting. To remain in this era you can reach by car Tivoli , a village on a hill about 20 minutes by car from Zagarolo : the biggest villa of a Roam Emperor is kept in goos state . The famous villa with more fountains than any villa in the world is Villa d'Este built by Cardinal d' Este to recover from his failure to become Pope : He called a French engineer to get the water for the fountains from the local river Aniene and sincronised water falls with classic music .
.The villages were beaten up havily by the allied bombs in WW2 because the main road from Rome to Naples and so the Railway line was passing close to these villages Montecassino village which can be reached by car in 1 hour by highway A1 from san Cesareo toll station is the monastery where the german forces retired to impede the allied forces to reach Rome : The monastery was almost destroyed after months of fighting but it has been splendidly reconstructed:as it was the site of the conservation of important ancient books by the monks.Women and men are not allowed to ent in shorts !.
When you are tired have a relaxing massage call Sonia on 003903206292548.She has a health centre for relaxation and alternative medicine therapy of stress and body joints aliments in her country house only 3 km from Villa Silvana .
Rome has the biggest concentration of ancient important well kept monuments palaces museum in the world per square mile . In the attachements which will be posted to you when you book a holiday there will be advise on where to go and also names of the modern restaurants for all tastes and prices
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My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest|
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
The manager who lives in the opposite hill is available 24/7 A cook/ cleaner be available at ~10 euro .Sonia is a body-soul therapist at 10 minutes by car near the village of Zagarolo(health care by local dentist and G.P. Pharmacy in Zagarolo, main hospital Palestrina 6 km eastway.The villa is situated in 2 acres of land partly coltivated with local wine grapevines and olive trees in the valley of the goddess of Fortune -see video attached) with hlils which roll from East -prenestini mountains - to West the Albani mountains This will allow for a relaxing holiday with visits to plenty of good local cuisine restaurants , museum , medioval castles , rich of art and history , from pre romans times .An more active holiday at the roman beaches and lakes nearby , for children the magic world of Valmontone , the Marine zoo of Pomezia or 30 km further south Miami beach near Latina
Take the autosole by car to Montecassino Convent half way to Naples >One hour further south and you arrive in Pompei/ Ercolanum >One hour further south and west you reach the Amalfi coast (avoid the beach resorts Amalfi Capri Ischia Positano Sorrento in July and August ) . Rome is 20 minutes by car or by train , almost void of modern Romans in August abandoned to the tourists but the Vatican state keeps St Peters church and the Sistine Chapel open like the The Roman forum and the Coliseum the Galleria Borghese inside one of the biggest central parc of Villa Borghese ( tickest available always even if you have not booked in advance ).
If you travel by train from the local station (parc the car nearby for free or at the local railway parking area) these are full in the commuting times 7 till 9 am and return home 5 till 8 pm . Security is your responsability on crowded trains buses , take only photocopies of your documents with you and keep a hand on your bag/wallett at all time s when on the train/bus.