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Luxurious, Secluded Villa and Cottage 35 minutes Outside Rome

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Property type cottage


About the property

Villa with adjacent Cottage sleeps 8 plus 4

Luxurious country villa with cottage for BB,short or long rents in the heart of the Etruscan countryside. Set on a picturesque property just 25 minutes from the heart of Rome, it lies right between Lake Bracciano and the warm waters of the Mediterranean. Perfect for cooling off in the heat of the summer, it takes 15 minutes to reach these amazing beaches. Surrounded by lush organic gardens, this estate is rich with history. Set into the hillside on the south side of the property, historic Etruscan caves fill with sun in the afternoon.

The beautiful studio apartment is separate from the main Villa and offers enough privacy for even the most discreet of guests. With room for two guests -or a small family- the apartment is self catering, with marble countertops in the kitchen, a luxuriously tiled en-suite bath and wood burning stove to warm the chilliest of nights. The hand-crafted linens come from Farfa, a beautiful nearby town. Pressed from local olives, fantastic olive oil will be available for purchase to all guests, as well as seasonal organic vegetables, jams and farm fresh eggs.

You may use it as a home base to explore the rich cultural history of Rome and the surrounding areas. The nearby lake and hill towns are filled with 3000 years of history. You can also simply choose to relax in the beautiful countryside, either way you are sure to enjoy your stay. Luxurious massage, horseback riding, cooking lessons and culinary excursions are available upon request. From the luxurious private Cottage, to the well-appointed rooms in the Farmhouse, there is something perfect for every guest at The Grotto!


The Self Catering Cottage Includes...

Open Floor Plan

Full Kitchen with marble countertops, refrigerator, gas stove and washing machine

Luxurious Bathroom with hand tiled vanity, towel warmer, glass enclosed shower, bidet

Wood Burning Stove

Garden Patio

Organic Home-Grown Produce: Seasonal Vegetables, Farm Fresh Eggs, Local Olive Oil, Wine, Cheese and cured meats.

Keywords: Cottage, Farm, Etruscan, Italy, Rome, Lazio, Organic, Lake, Mediterranean, Sea, Beach, Woods, Forest, Archaeology, Horses, Food, Culinary, Farm, Fresh, Eggs, Olive, Oli, Olive oil, Music, Festival, Summer, Flowers, Garden, Jam

We generally have a no tv policy, and though there is wireless internet and a key if that doesn't work, sometimes in the country side, nature reigns and the line stops for sometimes an hour or more........ and you end up taking a beautiful walk instead.

Generalmente non forniamo televisione, e nonostante c'è wireless internet, ed una chiavetta, spesso nella campagna , regna la natura e non funzione anche per delle ore, e alla fine, si fa una bella passeggiata .

the cottage can sleep 4 persons. each added person after 2 is an additional 15 euros. Winter heating include a pellet heater, additional cost for gas radiator heating. We ask a deposit of half the total payable to paypal Leslie Poleri. We require also the commision of paypal to be paid in cash with total at the end of the stay, thanks

More Details

leslie poleri
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 3, 2016

About leslie poleri

I am a singer, guardian, gardener, cook and interested in knowing travelers from around the world. The best thing we humans have is to exchange our lives with eachother, in silence or verbally if it be.

leslie poleri purchased this cottage in 1994

Why leslie poleri chose Latium (Lazio)

I love hosting travelers and giving them a place to rest and base their small trips around our beautiful area. I can also offer fun cooking lessons and all products come directly from the garden . I'm sustaining a beautiful spot on the planet, full of Etruscan history and energy. I enjoy being able to share all the products from this land I keep, and show folks that it is possible to eat heathfullly! be well and hope to see you soon.

What makes this cottage unique

Suncave gardens is a healing place with beautiful gardens and surrounding agrarian woodlans that boarder the property. Great for walking and mountain biking. We are also happy to prepare meals on request as we have an amazing vegetable garden, completely seasonal and organic.


Castello Orsini-Odescalchi
Nearest Airport
36 Kilometres
fiumicino airport
Nearest Ferry
46 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
21 Kilometres
Nearest Train
14 Kilometres
Bracciano/ Palidoro
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
La Fienatora
Nearest Beach
16.6 Kilometres
Passoscuro, santa Severa
Car: recommended

Welcome to The Grotto B&B situated at SunCave Gardens, located in the countryside just 25 minutes outside of the city of Rome. We offer guests a choice of three rooms; one large studio, sleeping up to four persons, one large bathroom and kitchen. Two other rooms are located in the main ranch house. Our breakfasts include all homemade, organic foods. Dinners are available on request at an additional fee of 20 euros . All meals are made from our organic vegetable garden, homemade pasta, breads, and so on. The property consists of seven acres bordering agricultural university woods. This backdrop lends itself to scenic walks, horseback riding, mountain biking amidst heards of roaming livestock , picking blackberries, biking around Lake Bracciano, or just relaxing down at the cave garden. We are located: less than 25 min to St Peters and Rome center via local train or by organized transportation by proprietors. We can provide/organize great guided tours of Rome, Pompeii, etc. varied historical sites, w/ qualified guide (its like walking the forum with one of Ceasars friends or enemies...); less than15 min from sea and Lake Bracciano; less than 15 min from Etruscan Museum and Necropolis, and less than 25 min from airport and seaport.


Cerveteri Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
  • wheelchair accessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Massage, Horseback Riding, Cooking Lessons, Culinary Excursions, Local Olive Oil, Seasonal Organic Vegetables, Farm Fresh Eggs


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(4 traveler reviews)

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Luxurious, Secluded Villa and Cottage 35 minutes Outside Rome
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
Redmond , Washington

Charming, tasteful, historic and Amazing- Put this one on the bucket list!

  • 5 of 5

When you travel to a foreign place you hope to get a cultural experience. SunCave Cottages provides you that wonderful rural country experience close to Rome. Leslie made us feel like family instantly. We enjoyed a wonderful 5 course dinner with her family and toured the property. The food , truly, was the best we experienced while we were in the region. All handmade Italian country yumminess. The cottages and the property were magical. Being a history buff she shared with us a restored Etruscan cave where she hosts small concerts. My daughter, 17, said it was her favorite part of our 10 day stay in Italy. (Amazing considering all the sites we saw and experienced. ) Leslie is also well connected to the community and can provide you leads, insight and assistance to be a Roman for your stay. It rare when you travel that you are able to have such a personal, amazing experience. This place is a treasure that should not be missed for the food, hospitality, and lodging are wonderful. Leslie speaks multiple languages including English. Put this on your bucket list.. it is a journey to the lake region near Rome so worth taking!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Newport Coast, California USA

Magical Garden

  • 5 of 5

My stay at the cottage was a delight. The cottage was very well equipped and was home as I walked in the door. Tosi made a delicious breakfast with homemade bread, fresh eggs from the chicken coop with fresh fruit and marmalades from the orchard. I participated on harvesting fruit and transforming it into marmalades and took a cooking class and learned how to make Italian pasta. The lake of Bracciano was a 10 min scenic drive through the countryside for swimming. We took a boat tour of the lake visiting Anguillara and Trevignano and drank prosecco on the back of the boat. The highlight of our trip was taking walks through the garden with an array of flowering colors that lined the pathways. We already booked for this coming fall before she is booked up to enjoy another retreat that leaves you spiritually happy. Thank you Tosi for the wonderful hospitality.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Maggie Valley, North Carolina USA

Country setting

  • 5 of 5

It was a great getaway before our flight. Everything was just perfect. Beautiful piece of property. Lot's of TLC taken to provide such a unique setting. Close to airport. Day before our flight , took train to Rome for one last tour. This was exactly as the photo's. Everything was tidy & clean. Tosi our host was very attentive to any of our needs. Enjoyed our time. Would use this rental again! Thanks for the memories

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oracle, AZ USA

Our Once in a Lifetime 9 week Europe Dream Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was for 5 days at this wonderful cottage & we hated to leave at the end!! We would return in a heartbeat!! Recommend renting a car to see the countryside & near by villages, & commuting to the train station to visit Rome. Our host was unbelievably hospitable allowing us to share with her & her family in non-touristic experiences, we completely felt like part of the family. We made new friends & grand memories!!! The cottage was quite clean, well maintained, roomy & comfortable (the photos are pretty accurate). The country views are awesome. Our host was most helpful in every aspect of our stay with personalized attention. There is a beautiful lake nearby, a must..canoeing, castles, quaint villages, etc....we highly recommend this quaint cottage!!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $23.9
Additional Guest Fee $23.9 per person per night
Pet Fee $23.9
Damage Deposit $59.75

the cottage can sleep 4 persons. each added person after 2 is an additional 20 euros nightly. THERE IS A MINIMUM STAY OF 2 NIGHTS
Winter heating include a pellet heater, additional cost for gas radiator heating. We ask a deposit of half the total payable to paypal Leslie Poleri. Rates for main house/ villa ranges from 250 nightly to 2000 weekly ,3000 monthly, euros

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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