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Large Family Villa with Pool and Panoramic Views One Hour from Rome

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From sunterrace across pool and nut orchards to the Appenine mountains.


Last updated: 11/11/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Vignanello villa description

The house is situated on the slopes of the Cimini mountains, with truly breathtaking views in all directions of rolling countryside and then mountains, 10 minutes from the beautiful medieval town of Soriano. It sits surrounded by it's own lawns, meadow, olive groves, fruit trees and nut orchard in a quiet rural location, with masses of space for kids to roam safely to their hearts content. At various times in the Summer you can help yourselves to cherries, apples, apricots figs, giungiole (delicious local fruit), pears and hazelnuts.
It is 20 mins from the medieval papal city of Viterbo, 30 mins from scenic Orvieto, 1 hour from the Tuscan seaside and an hour north of Rome by car. By train from the nearby station at Orte, you can get to Florence in an hour and Rome in 35 mins. It is situated in beautiful countryside, very similar to neighbouring Umbria and Tuscany but far less touristy. Soriano itself is a very friendly local market town with all the necessary amenities and shops. It sports some excellent yet reasonably priced restaurants. There's lots of good eating in surrounding towns. The area is known for its many thermal springs. Nearby are the Lakes di Vico and Bolsena (great for visiting, eating by the water and swimming/water sports in the summer) and chestnut/beach forests on the Monte Cimini (great for long walks in the mountains). La Fagetta, the summit of the highest Cimini mountain is a 20 minute drive from here with the most spectacular views - a truly magical place in the evenings with it's huge beach trees, carpets of wild flowers and a good restaurant to come down to at the end of it al!

You can see much more and contact us via our website.
Proprietor speaks French, Italian,and some German.
Local agent Floriana speaks fluent English. She is a local tour guide and can arrange tours for our guests around the medieval heart of Soriano and many other local sites. Her mother provides exellent traditional pasta making lessons - great fun for adults and children alike. She is a mine of information for local travel and activities/sites to visit and for any info you need re getting to Rome etc. We'll give you plenty of info re the local restaurants.

Soriano-Chestnut Festival(Sagra di Castagne): This takes place in the first two weeks of October, which often sport excellent weather. There are medieval pageants and contests between the quartiere/rione of the town most nights in the main square in Soriano (See photo). The whole community get together to perform, provide typical local food (eaten together in great cellars and halls), joust, and run Soriano's own palio (horse race). This is the best time to get a real feel for the local life and community - a really heartwarming experience - and free chestnuts! This period tends to get booked early.

The house is very spacious with plenty of room for kids ( and adults) to play inside as well as out. There are 4 large double bedrooms and a 5th with bunk beds. There is a further space for sleeping in the large playroom where there is a table tennis table and table football. There is a also a cot bed. We have 2 large bathrooms. One has a large modern shower (refurbished this year), the other a lovely truly huge bath. There is also an outside shower by the pool.
We have a huge south facing sun terrace with a covered eating area which has wonderful views across the pool, nut orchards and the Tiber valley to the Appenine mountains beyond. There is also a lovely covered loggia (with a great view of La Fagetta and the castle at Soriano) for a quiet place to read or a late afternoon snooze. It also has a large outside fireplace for cooler evenings.
The pool is large, surrounde by plenty of sunterrace and is also in a great spot (a real sun trap), but also has a lovely view for miles. There is a diving board and convenient steps in for little ones.

We are also 50 mins from the nearest beach of Sant'Agostino if you want a day at the seaside. It's a huge space with plenty of bars or restaurants at one end, or a more quiet rural setting at the far end. We go several times a year! The lovely town of Tarquinia is very near and definitely worth a visit (for dinner too if you want) before coming back. There's a wonderful fish maket just down the coast at Civitavecchia or the Tuscan coast is a further 45 minutes the other way.
Near Terni, 1 hour towards the central mountains, are the highest waterfalls in Europe - definitely worth a visit.


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Property Type

      • Villa

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


              • Children Welcome
              • Pets Considered
              • Wheelchair Accessible

              Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11, Beds for 11

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


              • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


              • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


              • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single


              • Bedroom 5: 2 child bed


              • Bedroom 6: 2 sleep sofa /futon

                in games room...moreless

              • Master bedroom is beautifully furnished with antiques and original paintings and leads out onto a large loggia/balcony covering 2 sides of the house with a spectacular 360 panorama of rolling countyside , mountains, and the historic town of Soriano with its castle. Upstairs is a further double bedroom with similarly beautiful views and also a children's bedroom with bunk beds and french windows onto balcony which has the best view in the house. These rooms all lead out onto a very large games room with full sized table tennis table, table-football, in the corner of which there is a raised area with a single mattress and room for a Z bed. Downstairs there are a further 2 large double bedrooms, one with double bed and one with 2 divan beds which can be made into a double if necessary. They both have pleasant views onto the garden. A travel cot and a Z bed are available for any bedroom. ...moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 3: outdoor shower


              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower, bidet

                Huge bath and lovely views. ...moreless

              • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower, bidet

                Recently refurbished completely....moreless

              • Bathroom one is upstairs, tastefully decorated in local tiling and has a very large bath with a shower attachment. It has lovely views from the window. The second bathroom is also very large, recently decorated and is situated downstairs, contains a large modern thermostatically controlled shower in a large shower enclosure and also houses the washing machine....moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • Smoking is not absolutely forbidden but we would prefer if done outside. Although children are welcome you must be aware that the pool area is not enclosed and there are steps leading down to the pool area, so vigilance is required. The games room is a big bonus for those not so good days . We have a full sized ping-pong table, and a table football table in a large games room upstairs - so plenty to do for kids if it rains (not often in spring and summer!). There is lots of land for the kids (and adults) to explore, open grassy spaces to play or quiet places to relax. There is a first floor loggia with spectacular views. Giovanni who looks after the estate, has a large kitchen garden, and will often let you pick your own fresh vegetables when they come ready! Floriana who will welcome you to the house, is a local tour guide and will tell you all about the many wonderful things to do locally and in Rome. As the house is set in the countryside a car is a necessity. ...moreless


                  • Audio Tape Player
                  • Books
                  • Books For Adults
                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player
                  • Foosball
                  • Game Room:

                    Very large upstairs games room with table tennis and table football. Great for the kids if it should rain (or just to get out of the sun!)....moreless

                  • Games:

                    Selection of board games...moreless

                  • MP3 Dock
                  • Music Library
                  • Ping Pong Table
                  • Radio
                  • Stereo
                  • Television:

                    Modern HD TV downstairs, also TV in games room...moreless

                  • VCR
                  • Video Library


                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic
                  • Rustic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions


                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Churches
                  • Forests
                  • Live Theater
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Restaurants
                  • Ruins
                  • Water Parks
                  • Winery Tours

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Babysitter
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Beachcombing
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking

                  Location Type

                  • Mountain
                  • Rural

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Fishing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Hunting Small Game
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Sailing
                  • Swimming
                  • Wind-Surfing


                  • Child's Highchair
                  • Dining:

                    Large kitchen diner - also large covered dining area outside seating up to 14....moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 10 people


                  • Fireplace:

                    Large open (glass doors downstairs) stone fireplaces in living room,and the upstairs games room. Also lovely outside fireplace on loggia balcony...moreless

                  • Firewood
                  • Garage:

                    Large garage...moreless

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating:

                    Full central heating available on request...moreless

                  • Internet:

                    Free wifi broadband...moreless

                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Room:

                    Large room with feature fireplace. Large L shaped sofa, 2 armchairs, modern TV and DVD player. ...moreless

                  • Local Maps
                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                  • Mosquito Magnet
                  • Parking:

                    Plenty of parking space...moreless

                  • Safe
                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine


                  • 4 Ring Stove
                  • Coffee Maker:

                    Cafetiere and 2 Italian style percolators...moreless

                  • Dishes & Utensils:

                    Large selection...moreless

                  • Dishwasher:

                    Modern dishwasher...moreless

                  • Freezer:

                    Large upper section to the fridge...moreless

                  • Kitchen:

                    Large well provisioned kitchen, with 2 fridges (one a fridge freezer) and dishwasher. It has a dividing bar from the dining area....moreless

                  • Microwave:

                    Modern microwave...moreless

                  • Oven:

                    gas oven...moreless

                  • Refrigerator:

                    Large modern fridge with ample space for wine/water/soft drink storage....moreless

                  • Stove:

                    4 ring gas hob ...moreless

                  • Toaster:

                    Double toaster...moreless


                  • Balcony:

                    Large Loggia on 1st floor at the front of the house with lovely views of the Cimini mountains and beyond to Soriano (lit up at night). Has an outdoor fireplace and large sofa (for afternoon snooze!)....moreless

                  • Barbecue
                  • Beach Chairs
                  • Beach Umbrellas
                  • Bicycles
                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Huge sun terrace with lovely views at villa level - covered at one end for a spectacular place for eating. Lower level pool terrace. Front terrace with armchairs and sofa beneath loggia....moreless

                  • Golf:

                    Available 20 mins away at the famous Sutri course. Also in Tarquinia and many courses around Rome....moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    Huge gardens with nut orchard, mature olive trees, many fruit and cypress trees. Large open areas for kids to play. Large grass lawn area around pool. Large maintained vegetable garden....moreless

                  • Outdoor Furniture
                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Porch / Veranda
                  • Porch Furniture
                  • Ski & Snowboard:

                    2 hours away at Gran Sasso...moreless

                  • Terrace

                  Pool / Spa

                  • Outdoor Pool
                  • Private Pool:

                    Large 10m pool with diving board and wonderful views. It's surrounded by a tiled terrace and plenty of sunloungers/umbrellas and set in a large lawned garden surrounded by nut orchards - very peaceful...moreless

                  Property Descriptor

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                      Write a review 4.7
                      from 10 traveler reviews
                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Easter 2015
                      Apr 4 - Apr 11, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      Spring 2015
                      May 2 - Jul 3, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      Summer 2015
                      Jul 4 - Aug 28, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      Autumn 2015
                      Aug 29 - Oct 9, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      My Standard Rate
                      2 night min stay
                      £150 £200
                      Fri, Sat, Sun
                      £800 £2,000
                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Cleaning (in euros loca) £80
                      • Refundable Damage Deposit £400
                      • Taxes Not included


                      Fully refundable breakage deposit of £400 payable with final payment - receipt provided. This should be paid directly to the owner prior to your holiday. Remaining rental payable 2 weeks in advance of holiday. There will also be a charge of 100 euros for the laundry and cleaning at the beginning of your stay. Should you want your bedding changed each week during your stay there will be a 50 eur

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                      Last updated: 11/11/2014
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                      60 Kilometres
                      Nearest Airport
                      Rome Fiumicino
                      1 Kilometres
                      Nearest Barpub
                      40 Kilometres
                      Nearest Ferry
                      15 Kilometres
                      Nearest Golf
                      5 Kilometres
                      Nearest Train
                      7 Kilometres
                      Nearest Motorway
                      1 Kilometres
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      70 Kilometres
                      Nearest Ski
                      Gran Sasso
                      50 Kilometres
                      Nearest Beach
                      Sant' Agostino/Tarquinia

                      Car: Necessary

                      We are situated on the border between Lazio and Umbria near the historic papal city of Viterbo and within easy reach of Rome (one hour's drive away, 35mins by train from Orte). Orvieto, Todi and the Lazio/Tuscany coast and beaches are all short drives away. Hadrian's palace at Tivoli is also an hour away and a brilliant day out - just as extensive and interesting as the forum in Rome.

                      Florence and Sienna are both under 2 hours by car and less by train.

                      Soriano is the nearest town. It is an extremely pretty medieval walled town perched on the side of the Monte Cimini, with castle and amazing panoramic views of the Tiber valley and Appenine mountains beyond. It has excellent restaurants and food shops. It has a 12th century castle crowning the old town. Behind it is the summit of the extinct volcano at Fagetta - a magical mountain walk with beautiful views, carpets of wild flowers and a great restaurant at the end of it!

                      Viterbo has great shopping as of course does Rome. It is also a wonderful historic walled Medieval (and rather undiscovered) city, with papal palace and many places of historic interest. It also sports famous volcanic springs and spas. The Cimini mountains and beautiful Lago di Vico are close by as are Monefiascone and the Lago di Bolsena.

                      Bolsena is a huge clean lake in the crater of an extinct volcano, great for all watersport activities in the summer with amazing views all around. The town of Bolsena itself is a lovely little town with beach, pedalos and a good fish restaurant on stilts out in the lake! It also has a lovely castle.

                      The 'dying' city of Bagnoreggio is nearby and a truly spectacular sight. It has been gradually falling into the ravine it is surrounded by - quite an extraordinary sight.

                      Golf at the world renowned course of Le Querce at Sutri is a 20 minute drive away. It is an ideal location for discovering Rome and then spending time relaxing around the pool, walking in the mountains, and soaking up life in a typical friendly unspoilt but beautiful area.

                      During the summer months, you will find there are many 'sagra''s (festivals) celebrating local produce e.g. wine, cheese, fish and sausages etc. in local towns and villages and they are a wonderful opportunity to sample the customs and flavours of the area. Soriano in particular has a wonderful medieval chestnut festival in the first 2 weeks of October. The whole town is decorated in period and there are entertaining medieval re-enactments and displays. Great to see a truly Italian community of all ages enjoying itself together without any nod to tourists! Life affirming....

                      The nearest beaches are 1 hours drive away - S Agostino has an enormous child friendly beach with great beach bars and restaurants. Tarquinia is a beautiful ancient town nearby and a great place to stop off for a visit or a meal on the way back. There are many Etruscan caves to visit here - a tour can be arranged by Floriana!

                      Other Activities: Thermal baths in and around Viterbo (20 mins), famous Parco di Mostri at Bomarzo (15mins), Villa Lante with it's world famous gardens at Bagnaia (20mins).

                      Golf: Le Querche golf course is at Sutri, which is roughly 25 mins drive away. It is simply one of the best Golf courses in Italy, and great fun to play! It can be checked out at their website There is also a good course at Tarquinia ,45 mins drive and many around Rome which are around 1 hour or so away.


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2003

                      About the owner: We are Pete and Ingrid Glenister. Above is a photo of our family at our excellent local pizzeria, where any guest of ours will be royally treated by Nereo and Mary - good friends (and neighbours) of ours. The villa is our home in Italy. We love it very much. We are based in London, but now spend a couple of months a year in our villa restoring and improving her or on holiday with friends. We both grew up nearby. I am a qualified doctor, but have given up medecine to become a songwriter and record producer. My wife does the serious work, bringing up our children and working for a local old peoples charity. We have been renting out the spare time at the villa since 2007.

                      Why the Owner Chose Vignanello:
                      We bought the house near Soriano because we had some Italian friends who have a house not far away and they showed us around the area. We loved it straight away as is not at all touristy but only an hour from Rome - our favourite city. We had also had many holidays in nearby Orvieto. So we can stay in a beautiful villa, sample authentic Italian life amd visit Rome whenever we feel like it. You can go by car or by train from Orte (35mins to centre) - you can also get to Orte from Fiumicino airport directly by train which is very convenient for visiting friends. We now have many friends in and around Soriano - the local people have been very friendly and welcoming to us. We've discovered the local lakes and mountains - also the seaside is now (due to a new fast road) accessible in under an hour, so we go quite a bit.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
                      When we first visited the villa we just loved the peace and quiet, the space and the truly spectacular and ever changing view. We love to eat great food outside with a wonderfull view - we can do that there to our hearts content, (much of it we grow on site!). Giovanni (Floriana's father) will also bring you fresh vegetables from the vegetable gardens when he's got more than he can eat! We can swim in the pool (which shares the same view) before and after. It's great place to be if you want to be somewhere fairly quiet, private and beautiful, but want to be able to visit Rome/Florence/Sienna/Orvieto or Viterbo as well. Also it's near the seaside, the lakes the mountains and the thermal springs at Viterbo - so there's always lots to do for both adults and kids if you want to go out for the day. Mostly though it is a great way to spend some time in a friendly atmosphere, sampling good Italian life without being in a touristy environment. You'll be well looked after by an English/French speaking hostess (Floriana) who is a local tour guide who can point you towards whatever activity you might want to do. It is a large spacious villa with lots of room for kids to play inside (large games room) or outside (lots of land and a pool).

                      Contact us

                      Speaks: english, french, italian, My wife also speaks basic German!

                      Guestbook comments from the owner

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                      • From sunterrace across pool and nut orchards to the Appenine mountains.

                        From sunterrace across pool and nut orchards to the Appenine mountains.

                      • From balcony down to pool and gardens.

                        From balcony down to pool and gardens.

                      • Living Room with view to front terrace under loggia.

                        Living Room with view to front terrace under loggia.

                      • Kitchen dining room with French doors to outdoor eating area.

                        Kitchen dining room with French doors to outdoor eating area.

                      • Master bedroom with french windows to loggia

                        Master bedroom with french windows to loggia

                      • Bunk Bedroom with french windows to balcony and view to orchards/mountains

                        Bunk Bedroom with french windows to balcony and view to orchards/mountains

                      • Upstairs bathroom 2

                        Upstairs bathroom 2

                      • Downstairs bathroom 2

                        Downstairs bathroom 2

                      • Down pool steps across garden to mountains beyond.

                        Down pool steps across garden to mountains beyond.

                      • View of pool from sun terrace

                        View of pool from sun terrace

                      • View from Soriano across Tiber valley

                        View from Soriano across Tiber valley

                      • From outdoor eating area across pool and rear garden.

                        From outdoor eating area across pool and rear garden.

                      • Front of villa with covered loggia and front terrace.

                        Front of villa with covered loggia and front terrace.

                      • Master bedroom with doors to Loggia and views to Monte Cimini and Soriano

                        Master bedroom with doors to Loggia and views to Monte Cimini and Soriano

                      • Upstairs bathroom - room for 2 (at least)

                        Upstairs bathroom - room for 2 (at least)

                      • From living room to kitchen dining room.

                        From living room to kitchen dining room.

                      • Downstairs double bedroom

                        Downstairs double bedroom

                      • Bunk bedroom - french windows to balcony.

                        Bunk bedroom - french windows to balcony.

                      • Downstairs bathroom.

                        Downstairs bathroom.

                      • Under the loggia - early evening. Drinks anyone?

                        Under the loggia - early evening. Drinks anyone?

                      • Lunch on sunterrace with the view to the mountains beyond.

                        Lunch on sunterrace with the view to the mountains beyond.

                      • Sagra di catagne (October Chestnut festival) in Soriano

                        Sagra di catagne (October Chestnut festival) in Soriano

                      • Soriano nel Cimino - our local town crowned by medieval quarter/castle 12th century castle.

                        Soriano nel Cimino - our local town crowned by medieval quarter/castle 12th century castle.

                      £150 - £271 per night (GBP)

                      5 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 11

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                      Speaks: english, french, italian, My wife also speaks basic German!
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