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Restored 18th C. Historic Country Villa, Daily Breakfast, Housekeeping Included

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A perfect home base for friends and family to tour Rome and Central Italy

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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

Villa, 5+ Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths (Sleeps 4 - 10)

Over the past 30 years, travelers have enjoyed an authentic Italian experience staying at our lovingly maintained 18th Century villa and ancestral home, "Casale Sonnino". The Villa is set amidst thirty acres of working vineyards and olive groves and is built upon 2000 year-old roman foundations which can be viewed in the basement. The property is located in Monte Porzio Catone, 4 kilometers from Frascati and 40 minutes from the heart of Rome by car or train.

The Casale Sonnino sleeps up to ten - six to eight persons most comfortably - in five plus bedrooms (4+ upstairs, 1 ground floor) and three full baths (2 upstairs, 1 ground floor). The upstairs bedrooms have queen beds or they can be split apart for singles sharing a room. Also upstairs is a very large terrace with chairs, a tent pergola for meals and a pingpong table. The panoramic view stretching from Rome to the Apennine mountains is spectacular, especially when sharing a bottle of Frascati wine and appetizers at sunset.

On the ground level, there is a 20' x 40' living/dining room for gathering and dining. featuring a grand fireplace and chandelier, A smaller TV and breakfast room, with southern light looks out to the garden. The vintage-style country kitchen has marble top table in the center and updated appliances including a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and toaster oven. There is an extensive collection of pots and pans, kitchen tools and spices for your use.

Outside the front door: In nice weather, the best place for a delightful meal is under the grape pergola in the garden by the vineyard.

A continental breakfast is included in your rental price as is daily housekeeping (excluding Sundays) . For other meals, you can shop locally and prepare your own feasts in the fully equipped kitchen, have a gourmet dinner or two catered by us or a local chef, dine out at one of the many favorite local restaurants or discover a local trattoria on a day trip. In Italy, there are so just so many places to eat and wines to love!

How long does one stay at the Casale and see Rome? If you only have a week, we recommend: 2 or 3 days in Rome, 2 days of day-tripping and the rest exploring the nearby Castelli Romani towns of Castel Gandolfo, Ariccia, Nemi, Frascati and Grottaferrata.

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Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/03/2017

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 5000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Included In Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Private Chef
  • Staff

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome:

    The Casale welcomes children of all ages, teens and young adults ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is OK outside. Ash trays provided....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    There is a dog and cat on the property, but they can be kept away if guests have allergies...moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    There is a curb and small step up to get into the ground floor of the Casale. ...moreless

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    All Queen Beds can be split apart to make two single beds. ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

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  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

    All Queen Beds can be split apart to make two single beds. ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    All Queen Beds can be split apart to make two single beds. ...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 twin/ single

    This bedroom is on the ground floor...moreless

  • All Queen Beds can be split apart to make two single beds. Additional Beds upstairs: - Single in the "terrace room" - A Queen or 2 singles in "Nonno's Study" The Casale has beds for 12 People Total ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

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

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  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet

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  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower, bidet

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Other Amenities

  • The Casale is surrounded by 11 hectars of working vineyards and olive groves where we produce our own award-winning extra virgin olive oil. We rent the Villa to travelers who wish to stay on an authentic family-run vineyard while visiting Rome and touring central Italy from Florence to the Amalfi Coast. It's a great home base, with George as your host and our friendly local staff providing touring and restaurant tips/guidance, daily continental breakfast and housekeeping. We can provide a terrific tour guide and driver in your rental car - the itineraries are as varied as there are places to see and things to do in Italy! We cater dinners, parties and celebrations at the Casale. We tailor the menu to your taste and budget. We can also arrange winery tours, cooking and watercolor painting classes and truffle hunting expeditions. Don't forget to ask for a tour of the Roman foundations under the house and the system of caves beneath the vineyards....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books For Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic

Attractions

  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital

Leisure Activities

  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    View of Apennine Mountains and entire valley stretching from Rome to the mountains. View of hill and vineyards from bed rooms....moreless

  • Rural:

    The Casale Sonnino is located in the Castelli Romani (small hill-towns) on the outskirts of Rome. You can enjoy the country life yet be in the city in 30 minutes by nearby train (1k) at Colle Mattia....moreless

  • Village:

    Casale Sonnino is 1K from Monte Porzio Catone, one of the 13 "Castelli Romani" towns in the Alban Hills. It's a charming village with family-owned shops/restaurants where people gather in the squares...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Hiking

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 14 people

General

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Usually, the clothes are hung to dry. There is a clothes dryer on site that is only used by the housekeeper on behalf of guests...moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Only run by housekeeper on behalf of guests. Housekeeper comes every day....moreless

  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Terrace

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter
Jan 4 - Mar 31, 2017
5 night min stay
$415
$2,900

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $53 per night, per additional guest

April
Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2017
5 night min stay
$440
$3,100

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $53 per night, per additional guest

May
May 1 - May 31, 2017
5 night min stay
$470
$3,300

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $53 per night, per additional guest

June & July
Jun 1 - Jul 31, 2017
7 night min stay

$3,500
August
Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2017
5 night min stay
$440
$3,100
September and October
Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2017
5 night min stay
$500
$3,500
November & December
Nov 1 - Dec 21, 2017
5 night min stay
$415
$2,900
Chistmas & New Years
Dec 22 - Jan 2, 2018
7 night min stay

$3,700

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500

Notes:

The rates are per week for groups of up to 6 guests. $440 per week for each additional person up to 10.

The rent includes daily Continental Breakfast, Housekeeping, Utilities (except heat and telephone), and wifi access.

Single days and extra days are the prorated weekly rate.

Laundry Service, Home Catered Meals and Tour Guide/Driver available upon request.

Heat is extra based upon consumption.

Signed lease and waiver due with deposit payment. The Owner will provide the letter and lease upon booking the Casale Sonnino


Manager's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Location

40 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Fiumicino
1 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Colle Mattia
3 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Monte Porzio Catone/ Roma-Napoli A1
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
La Pallotta, the vineyard next door

Car: Necessary

The Casale Sonnino is conveniently located off of the Rome-Naples Highway A-1 which runs Southeast of the city. It takes 30 minutes to get into Rome-Termini station (Central Rome) by the train at Colle Mattia, a station stop less than 2 kilometers from our Villa or Frascati, 4 kilometers from the Casale. There is parking for your rental car at Colle Mattia or Frascati as well as ample parking at the Casale for you and your family/friends. The Casale is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, and is privately located at the end of a long cobblestone driveway and wrought iron gate. Our small town, Monte Porzio Catone is a 1K walk (up a hill, sorry!) from our gate. There you can find restaurants, your cappuccino and breakfast danish, gelato, pizza fresh out of the oven, bakery, restaurants, ATM machine, a playground for small children and small grocery and vegetable stores.

Frascati is a thriving regional center and tourist destination and so has more restaurants, stores, bakeries,coffee bars and any other services that you might require.

Must See: All the historic sites and museums in Rome and the Vatican City. Also: Tusculuum, Ostia Antica, Tivoli Gardens and Villa D'-Este, Hadrian's Villa.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 1883

About: My brother George and I are co-owners of the Casale Sonnino. We grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, children of Italian immigrants. After college and graduate school and 14 years in corporate marketing and product development, I left to be a stay-at-home mom to my two now college-student children. During this time, I dipped my toes in screenwriting and helped my mom Clotilde Sonnino Treves manage the family farm and villa rental - Casale Sonnino - in Italy. In the mid-80's, the Casale was among the first vacation-rentals, offering warm hospitality and we had an internet web site before Homeaway even existed! Now George and I are 5th generation owners and we can't let go of our family history and the wonderful extra virgin olive oil that our mother, a fantastic cook and knower-of-all things Italian, passed on to us. As we have learned from our many appreciative guests and olive oil fans, a unique legacy, lifestyle and great food is meant to be treasured and shared. We strive to maintain the house, the spirit, the soul of our ancestors and the values of a bygone era. We hold our agrarian roots near and dear even as Rome's lights twinkle in the distance, George manages the vineyard/olive grove operations and hospitality at the Casale and I run the web site, marketing - book guests and sell olive oil - here at my home on the North Shore of Long Island . One day soon...I will write the movie!

Why Monte Porzio Catone RM, Italy:
My brother George and I are fifth generation co-owners of the “Casale”, our ancestral home, located in near Frascati on the outskirts of Rome. Our great, great grandfather began purchasing land in the area in 1883 and the farmhouse in 1900. In 1948, our grandparents transformed the farmhouse into the elegant family home which stands today. Though down to 25 acres from the original 100, we continue to cultivate grapes that are sold to a local Frascati DOC winemaker and produce delicious, top quality extra virgin olive oil from our 728 trees. We export the olive oil to the US where I sell it directly to family and friends and by passa parole - word of mouth.


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Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/03/2017

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Photos

  • A perfect home base for friends and family to tour Rome and Central Italy

    A perfect home base for friends and family to tour Rome and Central Italy

  • The cypress and olive tree - lined cobblestone driveway

    The cypress and olive tree - lined cobblestone driveway

  • The front of the Casale Sonnino up close

    The front of the Casale Sonnino up close

  • Eat and drink under the garden pergola with hanging grapes in season.

    Eat and drink under the garden pergola with hanging grapes in season.

  • The barn view from the bedroom windows of the Casale Sonnino

    The barn view from the bedroom windows of the Casale Sonnino

  • Monte Porzio Catone, our charming village

    Monte Porzio Catone, our charming village

  • Our village, Monte Porzio Catone at sunset

    Our village, Monte Porzio Catone at sunset

  • The front of the Casale with garden pergola across - a favorite gathering place.

    The front of the Casale with garden pergola across - a favorite gathering place.

  • Olive gathering for our own Casale Sonnino Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Olive gathering for our own Casale Sonnino Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Frascati, vibrant regional center with shops and cafes.

    Frascati, vibrant regional center with shops and cafes.

  • Piazza Farnese in nearby Rome

    Piazza Farnese in nearby Rome

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