Enchanting Guest House in Rome Close to Historic Center and Lakes - The Brook Cottage
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
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Since its spring 2008 inauguration, Il Sogno has been readily called 'home' by many guests. It is a comfortable yet elegant place to unwind in the silence and fresh air of the countryside. It is the ideal vantage point from which to visit the city centre or the gorgeous lakes Martignano, Bracciano and Vico and to take a day trip to the neighbouring regions of Umbria and Tuscany.
Have a swim and then take in the splendour of the setting sun after a busy day of sightseeing, either in the capital, or in the many parks, churches and archaeological sites. Or cook a meal and eat al fresco, after a day of sailing, kayaking and swimming at one of the nearby lakes.
Il Sogno is a private villa that has three houses, one for the owner and two guest houses, as well as several outbuildings. There is an expansive front lawn with swimming pool, grassy meadows, flower and vegetable gardens and numerous fruit trees.
Il Sogno: Il Sogno is perfectly positioned so you can make the most of your vacation with the least travel time to Rome's historical centre (30 minutes by train, the stop is five minutes away), the volcanic lakes, ruins such as Ostia Antica, Hadrian's Villa, Villa D'Este, Roman catacombs and Etruscan necropolis, quaint medieval towns and ancient settlements.
Our manicured property with its two-acre lawn and three acres of fields is great for games: croquet, badminton, volleyball and bocce, ping pong, etc. Or take a nature walk on our land and explore the hundreds of varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers, as well as the great variety of birds. We also have three adult (small to large) bicycles for our guests to use for bike rides in the area.
The Brook Cottage opens in March, as Rome rolls into its glorious Spring and you are surrounded by gorgeous green hills and fields. Take in the warm, fresh air, local festivals, wineries, your first al-fresco meal of the year. The historic center is great for sightseeing in the Spring before the summer crowds begin.
Summer is Il Sogno's busiest time as guests are attracted to our lovely, family-friendly pool, tons of private lounging (and playing!) space, our close proximity to the crystal-clear waters of Lake Bracciano and Lake Martignano, and our convenient location to golf, numerous shops and restaurants and the air-conditioned train that brings you to the center of the city in 35 minutes for 1.50 euros, which is the cost of transportation tickets in Rome proper.
Fall is often warm enough for a lake plunge and if you join us in October, you may choose to help us pick our olives, see how olive oil is made, and, of course, take some home! Fall is also a wonderful time to visit the sites as there are less crowds.
Winter is filled with festivities. Rome and the surrounding towns are busy celebrating Christmas, Hannukah, Epiphany, Carnival and the winter sales. It's great to come home and build a fire after a long day of sightseeing, reveling and shopping! The Brook Cottage is closed in winter, but our Studio Guest House is open.
The stream that borders our back yard is home to Etruscan grottos; we also have a small one within our property, next to the stairs that lead to the second guest house, The Brook Cottage.
We now offer poolside wi-fi internet access! Bring your laptops!
The Lazio Region: Lazio is a region rich with cultural activities, ancient history, gorgeous nature and wonderful food. Il Sogno is a five-minute drive from the old “borgo” of Cesano, a medieval town, originally settled by the Etruscan. There are other medieval towns with castles, such as Bracciano and Isola Farnese, within a short drive as well as the beautiful “borgos” of Campagnano, Anguillara, Calcata and the city of Viterbo, located within its ancient walls.
The area is full of Etruscan ruins (Cerveteri, Veio), and boasts hot springs such as Stimigliano and Le Terre dei Papi, all within a 10-30 minute drive. The world-renowned Olgiata golf course is 4 km away, the Parco di Roma Golf Club is 25 minutes drive, and both the Parco dei Medici Golf Club in Rome and the Golf Club le Querce in Sutri are 35 minutes away. We are also just 30 minutes away from Rome's most famous beach.
Rome's Lake District: Rome's Lake District is surrounded by unspoiled park land where golf, fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, nature walks and birding are year-round activities. In the crystal-clear waters of Bracciano and Martignano, only electric motors are allowed, and both places abound with sail boats, kayaks, peddle boats for rent. Il Sogno's own kayak is on a beach at Lake Bracciano for guest use.
The other volcanic lakes, Vico and Bolsena, are worth a visit as well, and make a nice day trip, especially if you stop along the way at the small town festivals, antique shops and Etruscan ruins. Il Sogno is in the heart of Etruria and borders on Veio Park, the Sorbo Valley and Martignano-Bracciano Park.
We are happy to share our favourite hikes, hidden roads to Etruscan and Roman ruins and programs for what we think is an ideal day in an idyllic setting. We can even provide you with a picnic lunch with fruit and vegetables from our garden, cheese from the nearby farm and local wines.
The Brook Cottage: Formello Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 402826ha
Inaugurated in 2009, the Brook Cottage is an ideal location for a fun, relaxing family vacation, an intimate, romantic destination holiday and the perfect spot for a peaceful retreat, outdoor activities, sightseeing and adventures off the beaten path. Our guests have been enthusiastic about all the house, the property and location have to offer. We are within minutes of Rome's crystal-clear volcanic lakes and 35 minutes away from the city centre by commuter train or car. Most people find it hard to leave the property! The house boasts a large living area with working fireplace, two comfortable couches and chairs for ample seating, dining table and galley kitchen. Furnishings are both 20th century modern and antique. The romantic rustic wood and stucco structure is both exceptionally insulated and well ventilated with window screens. The patio of local stone is fully furnished for outdoor dining with charcoal grill, table and chairs, as well as additional furniture for relaxing.
- 100 m²
- Guest House
- Guest House
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
- Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- The master bedroom has a queen bed, antique armoire and dresser and an en-suite tiled bathroom. The second bedroom has two antique, walnut twin beds that may be joined for an extra-large queen, an antique dresser, night table and armoire. There is also a roll-away bed for an extra person....moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- The Brook Cottage is nestled in at the end of the property by the stream. There is a parking area at the top of a chestnut staircase that leads you past an Etruscan grotto, then a stone path winds between fruit trees until you reach the patio. It is a real respite for those in search of privacy, peace and rest. The house takes its name from the ancient spring that originates in the one-time Etruscan settlement, now Cesano Borgo, in the tufa bed below. While the precipice is carefully fenced off, there is a unique cliff-top view. The oak canopy over the house’s terracotta-tiled roof along with the ferns and chestnut and hazelnut trees that grow in the valley surround the house in pastoral tranquillity....moreless
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Ping Pong Table
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Autumn Foliage
- Coin Laundry
- Live Theater
- Nude Beach
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Equestrian Events
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Roller Blading
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Surf Fishing
- Activities Guide
- Alarm Clock
- Basic Soaps
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Beach Chairs
- Beach Towels
- Child's Swing
- Kayak / Canoe:
Pool / Spa
- Outdoor Pool
Weekly rentals run from Saturday to Saturday. For five people in the Brook Cottage in high season, the rental rate is 900 euros per week Weekly rates include the change of linens. For rentals longer than 1 week, a thorough house cleaning on Saturdays is included. All linens and pool towels are provided. 30% refundable deposit on weekly rentals required to reserve. Security deposit for weekly rentals required. Guests should arrive between 3pm and 6pm. If the client expects to be late, advance notice must be given. To allow proper cleaning, earlier arrival is not permitted. Guests should find the house in a clean and tidy condition on arrival. Guests are responsible for the correct and decent behaviour of their party during the rental period. Guests must vacate the house by 10am on the day of departure.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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Il Sogno is perfectly positioned so you can make the most of your vacation with the least travel time to Rome's historical centre (30 min by train, the stop is five minutes away), the volcanic lakes, ruins such as Ostia Antica, Hadrian's Villa, Villa D'Este, Roman catacombs and Etruscan necropolis, quaint medieval towns and ancient settlements.
Il Sogno is a five-minute drive from the old “borgo” of Cesano, a medieval town, originally settled by the Etruscans. There are other medieval towns with castles, such as Bracciano and Isola Farnese, within a short drive as well as the beautiful “borgos” of Campagnano, Anguillara, Calcata and the city of Viterbo, located within its ancient walls.
The area also boasts Stimigliano and Le Terre dei Papi hot springs, golf courses, such as the world-renowned Olgiata golf, and Rome's most famous beach, Fregene, is just 30 min away.
We can arrange for transportation for the airports and we are happy to give rides whenever possibile to the train station for parties of 4 or less.
Other Activities: Join us for olive picking on the premises in October!
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: Sheryle Tamagini from Massachusetts, USA and Adriano Screponi from Rome, Italy are your owner-hosts.
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The pool- photo Corrado Bonomo, Ville e Casali
The Studio- photo Corrado Bonomo, Ville e Casali
The Brook Cottage
The Brook Cottage- Master bedroom
The front yard at Il Sogno
The Studio living room- C. Bonomo Ville e Casali
The Brook Cottage- Dining area and kitchen
Il Sogno- back fields
2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
- Calendar last updated 08/14/2014
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