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(PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VILLA CAN ACCOMMODATE FROM 2 to 18 PEOPLE - DIFFERENT WINGS OF THE VILLA CAN BE RENTED ACCORDING TO THE NUMBER OF GUESTS AT DIFFERENT PRICES).
This is a very special home, originally a 1st Century AD Roman residence (there are archaeological remains in the upper garden that form part of the National Collection of Archeology ain the archives of the Museo Altemps in the centre of Rome, near Piazza Navona). We have a document with full historical documentation at the villa available for our guests.. The Villa has undergone several changes, from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, through to the 18th Century, when the Villa became the hunting lodge of a Cardinal from the Torlonia family, hence the name Il Cardinale. This wonderful residence has four units that can be rented together or separately. Its highlights are the two elegant reception rooms, a wonderful portico, patio, terrace and garden. There are three kitchens, two luxury master bedrooms, both with antique fireplaces, one with a bed that is bigger than a super king size bed (!), an en-suite bathroom (with a jacuzzi bath tub) and its own large terrace. One of the other very large double en-suite large bedrooms has a bathroom with shower and access to the portico, patio and garden on the ground floor. There is a further beautiful en-suite bedroom as well as three more bedrooms on the upper floor. The upstairs sitting room has a lovely antique fireplace. The upper floor opens onto a delightful garden with an ancient Roman archaeological area, complete with comfortable garden furniture, lights, and a small cellar with a refrigerator for Summer drinks. There are several areas for outdoor eating under spectacular Roman pine trees. There is also a vegetable garden that is looked after by our 'ortolano', Raffaele.
On the ground floor, down a ceramic and marble staircase, there are two large reception rooms, each with a traditional fireplace, travertine marble floors, and high ceilings. One of the reception rooms, boasting two ancient Egyptians columns with Roman capitels, can be used as a dining or sitting room. There is a very spacious kitchen, with a professional 'Ilve' gas cooker, and a large electric thermo-convection oven ideal and cooking/grilling plates for cooking at very high level. The kitchen has also a large fireplace perfect for roasting food or sitting around sipping a glass of good wine. The cellar, which is also off the kitchen, is stocked with excellent Italian wines that can be purchesed by our guests. The rear kitchen door opens onto a functioning bread/pizza oven and a small fountain.The pizza-oven area is lit and it has a seating area that allows for fun evenings for children and families making pizza. We can provide a 'pizzaiolo' to make the pizza for you. Behind the kitchen there is a further single bedroom, with its own shower room (and separate entrance by the pizza oven).
The lower garden is wonderful, with a patio, and a portico that allow for outdoor dining, and entertaining. At one end of the large patio there is a built-in brick large barbecue and a fountain, garden lights and space for entertaining for up to 200 people. We also have an area in the lower garden that functions as a badminton court, and we provide all the necessary for playing badminton. There is a ping-pong table in the upper garden.
All around there are fruit trees and wonderfully secluded areas of the garden.
Il Cardinale is ideal for lovers of style and space in the close vicinity of Rome. Own car recommended. However there is also public transport, two buses, 5 minutes walk away, and a train from the Settebagni station to Stazione Tiburtina and other stops in the centre of Rome only 7 minutes drive away.
There is an additional property in the upper garden. This is a lovely cottage with two further double bedrooms, shower room, kitchen, and, in one of the two rooms, a 'reversable', ingenious fireplace that can be used indoors or outdoors for cooking whilst sitting in the reserved area overlooking the vegetable garden. The lower garden can accommodate parking for up to 10 cars. Upon special request more cars can be accommodated in the adjecent parking area that belongs to the restaurant.
We have had many children stay at the villa. We have three fully equipped cots and three high chairs. There is a wimming pool for children and a playgorund up at the tennis club, only 5 minuts from the villa....moreless
Non Smoking Only
....but we have many cats in the garden........moreless
We work with an event and wedding planner who works on a top international level. We specialize in organising events, weddings, catering or a simple dinner at the Villa, as well as a pizza night, ideal for children, using our own pizza/bread oven. We can also plan your guided trip to Rome in one or two limousine, each carrying up to 7 people.
We also regularly organise great yoga retreats with internationally renouned teachers and we are happy to welcome more teachers and more yoga retreats. Plese see reviews. ...moreless
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This is a large dining room on the ground floor. ideal for meals with family or friends, in front of the fireplace, or also for business meetings. TV monitors can be connected to computers. ...moreless
Seating for 14 people
We have monitors that can be connected to computers and we can offer a fully equipped meeting room. See reviews. ...moreless
We have seven fireplaces in the villa and we are happy to help with lighting them for you upon your arrival or during your stay (upon request). We provide wood at extra cost. ...moreless
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We have a fully equipped yoga room, a ping pong table and a badminton court.
It is possible to use the tennis club with swimming pool up the hill 5 minutes away...moreless
Free Local Calls
We have gas central heating and seven beautiful functioning fireplaces. The villa is very warm in winter. ...moreless
We have internet throughout the main parts of the villa. We have hosted high level business meetings. ...moreless
Iron & Board
We provide you with all linen of very high quality (Frette in Piazza di Spagna, an Cesari in Piazza del Popolo. For the Super King Size bed we can offer you special silk linen upon request!...moreless
This room has a wonderful fireplace, a large sofa, a TV, and all comforts. There is a smaller sitting room upstairs, also wirh a fireplace. ...moreless
There is enough room to park up to 10 cars in the front of the garden. If you are holding events or a wedding, we can organise for more cars to be parked in the parking area of the restaurant opposite...moreless
The price quoted is for the whole villa. A portion of the villa can be rented for a lower price.
A security deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking the property. This can be paid by electronic transfer or credit card.
A 1 FAMILY discount can be applied.
Individual parts of the property rent separately.
April 1– November 4
Christmas/ New Year/East
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Villa Il Cardinale is located at the bottom of a green hill, Bel Poggio, off Via Salaria, North of Rome, exit 9 when driving towards Roma from the motorway or form the aiports.The centre of Rome is only 8 Km away, and the nearest train stations, Settebagni and Saxa Rubra, are only 5 minutes drive away. It is possible to park the car by the stations and take the train to the centre of Rome, Piazzale Flaminio, or to one of the main stations in Rome, Stazione Tiburtina. The Villa is situated opposite an excellent restaurant, Ristorante Bel Poggio, that can also cater for our guests at the Villa.
Up the hill, which is also called Bel Poggio, there is a tennis club, Club Bel Poggio, with two swimming pools, one for children and one for adults (open air in Summer and covered in Winter), tennis courts, a playground, a small gym, a restaurant and a coffee bar. The ringroad, the GRA, is very close to the the Villa, making it possible to travel to other sites outside Rome without entering the city and thus avoiding the urban traffic.There is a large shopping centre, Porta di Roma, 10 minuets drive from the Villa. The closest inhabited area is called Settebagni (it takes its name from the Seven Cisterns, Sette Bagni, that used to provide water for the gardens of Villa Il Cardinale in the 1st Century AD!), is 5 minutes drive away, and it has groceries, a pharmacy, a church, a doctor's surgery, an optician, a dentist, a patisserie, a newsagent, a great supermarket, and small shops for all daily necessities.
About the owner: I was born in Rome, live and work in London, and inherited Villa Il Cardinale from my parents three years ago. I am now looking after this wonderful property continuing the family tradition of hosting guests from all over the world with ethusiasm and in style.I WAS SELECTED AS AN EXEMPLARY OWNER BY HOMEAWAY. WE ASSIST OUR GUESTS WITH SPECIAL ATTENTION AND CARE.
Why the Owner Chose Cassia: Villa Il Cardinale is a very special residence, that makes its guests feel at home from the moment they walk in. It is very close to Rome, only 8 km from the centre, and yet it feels like a country home, with its beautiful gardens and its location at the bottom of a hill. The VIlla has a rich history and my family have loved looking after it. It is very much a family home, with all comforts and a real soul. It is great to be able to share its beauty with our guests.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: The ancient Roman ruins in the upper garden are truly special. The villa used to be the home to a Roman family in the 1st century AD. Its history is overwhealming and it will make you fall in love with the villa adding a special flavour to its other wonderful features.
We have the full record of its history, and a fascinating archaeological report that is available to our guests.
The Villa has also been used by artists as an inspirational residence. We are very attentive with our guests, establishing a personal contact with them and ensuring that we fulfill their special requests and ensure the perfect stay.