RURAL LOCATION WITHIN EASY REACH OF ROME, MONTEBUONO COMMUNE, LAZIO PROVINCE
BOOK NOW FOR SUMMER 2019 - Rural villa sleeping up to 7 in peace and high-quality comfort surrounded by olive garden of one hectare. Modern construction built to a traditional design with terracotta floors and chestnut wood beams in all rooms. Floor area of about 220 sq m on 2 floors, together with extensive terraces on both floors. The house and gardens enjoy panoramic views and are not overlooked.
Impressive 360 degree views of agricultural land and hill villages, including the Soratte mountain and Tiber valley to the south; Umbria and the village of Calvi to the north and west; rolling hills and the village of Montebuono to the east. The countryside is always green with olive groves predominant and several local mozzarella-producing farms.
Village shops are 2 km away including a butcher, baker, mini-market, grocer, bank (APT) and 24 hour petrol/diesel station. Supermarkets are within 15-20 minutes by car. There is a vibrant farmers' market in Montebuono every Tuesday morning. The train station to Rome (Stimigliano Scalo) and A1 autostrada are 20 minutes by car and thereafter a further 40 minutes to the city centre.
The summer night-time sky is clear and bright with thousands of stars shining down; often the hoot of an owl or the song of a nightingale will break the silence and in the morning dawn the only noise will be that of the birds…..
All rooms have wooden chestnut beams and hand-made terracotta tiles; the house enjoys natural light and beautiful views from all directions. Most rooms, on both floors, have direct access through double glass doors to one of the terraces. All bedrooms have windows on 2 sides and throughout the villa windows and doors have insect nets in order to take advantage of the natural breeze that keeps the rooms cool.
Downstairs comprises a large open-plan fully-fitted modern kitchen and large dining room, with a glass fronted and wooden-beamed fireplace; a large sitting room with windows on two sides and an open modern fireplace; an adjacent large shower/ wet room; and an entrance hall with steps to upstairs.
Al fresco dining is possible at any time, either in sun or in shade, with a variety of locations to choose from. Inside there is a large oval dining table for 10 and a separate kitchen table for 4. Throughout the house the furniture and fittings are of high-quality and of an international character. Free 24 hour wireless internet is available. The two TVs (one downstairs and one in the master bedroom) receive selected free-to-air UK TV and radio channels.
Upstairs are 3 bedrooms 2 of which have double beds and direct access to the terrace; the third large bedroom has 3 single beds (or 1 double - the 2 mattresses zip together - and 1 single as required). All three bedrooms have air conditioners. The master bedroom has en suite bathroom with full size bath and separate shower room; the other bedrooms share a separate shower room. Top quality linen and towels are provided. This floor may also be accessed by external steps through an upstairs entrance.
The swimming pool is 20 m from the house and is 15 m long and 5 m wide. It has walk-in steps at the shallow end (1.1m) and a ladder at the deep end (2.2m). It is surrounded by a tiled terrace and grass and enjoys an indoor changing area and wet room with WC. There is also an outdoor shower nearby the steps. Large umbrellas and outside furniture from Unopiu complement the pool. Pool towels are provided. The views from the pool over the surrounding countryside, and from hammocks slung between olive trees, are breathtaking.
The pool is cleaned weekly by a professional specialist company responsible for ensuring water quality, which is based on salt electrolysis and not on chlorine products.
There is a large upstairs terrace directly accessible from the two double bedrooms; downstairs is another wide terrace directly accessible, through double glass doors, from both the dining room and the kitchen. There are a variety of areas to eat al fresco, either in sun or in shade.
The house, garden, pool and terraces are completely private and are not over-looked. Unlike other properties, this Villa, and all amenities, is for the sole use of the guests and is not shared either with the owners or any neighbours.
An exercise bicycle is available for use.
There are ample parking places within the grounds, including a secure garage.
Preferred arrival time is between 15:00 to 18:00 hours; preferred departure time is before 10:00 hours.
A booklet showing local itineraries will be provided; these journeys for the most part do not appear in published guide books.
PLEASE NOTE : Prices quoted are fully inclusive of all amenities, weekly change of linen and towels, and weekly cleaning of the Villa and swimming pool. There are no hidden or additional costs. Compare my prices with other similar Villas and see the price advantage of booking at Villa Sant' Andrea.
Guests have posted the following comments:
5 September 2014, Star rating 5/5
"A wonderful time in a home away from home"
We spent two wonderful weeks at Villa Sant' Andrea with our children in August 2014. The Villa is very spacious, equipped to a high standard and well maintained. As are the garden and much enjoyed large swimming pool. The Villa stayed cool and the Internet wi-if helped us keep in touch with friends and family.
The location is in a quiet area with extraordinary views in all directions. We enjoyed drinks around the pool and meals on the terrace.
Information about the Villa and surrounding area was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed visiting local villages and restaurants. And central Rome is also easily accessible, as are many other cities in Umbria and Tuscany.
We were fortunate to find such a lovely place and would strongly recommend the Villa to anyone wanting a quiet and relaxing time in a home away from home.
12 August 2013, Star rating 5/5
"Wonderful Villa in secluded, scenic location"
We were 3 couples staying at the villa. The property is in a beautiful rural setting with olive trees in the grounds, a good sized swimming pool and shaded terrace, ideal in the evenings for relaxing.
Inside there is a large kitchen dining area with more facilities than you will ever need. The three bedrooms are of good size, two have air conditioning the third a fan. It was exceptionally hot when we were there and a/c in the third bedroom would have been good, Although with the local wine being so cheap our friends managed to sleep very well.
John the owner had sent us information on the surrounding area, restaurants and directions to places of interest. This was very useful, we had some wonderful meals locally and found the surrounding medieval villages great for walks.
Although there is little English spoken the local people were very friendly and helpful.
In conclusion we had a wonderful week at Villa Sant' Andrea and would highly recommend it.
NB. An air-conditioner has since been installed in the third bedroom - John
5 Sep 2012, Star rating 5/5
"Lovely villa with magnificent views in peaceful rural Italy"
The villa is situated near the Lazio Umbria border in a very peaceful rural area of Italy. It is not a typical tourist destination and most of the voices you will hear in the vicinity will be Italian. The villa itself is very well appointed both inside and out, with lots of different terraces for al fresco dining. The villa sits on a large plot and is not overlooked by anyone.
The star attraction, especially for the kids, was the excellent 15 metre pool, and as we visited in August, during a heat wave, very welcome in order to cool off. It was extremely hot for the whole of the two weeks we stayed and the only small grumble with the villa is that whilst it has air conditioning in two of the bedrooms, we could have done with it in all three for comfort. To be fair though it was exceptionally hot, even for the time of year.
There are numerous lovely medieval hilltop villages to visit, but there isn't a massive amount to do for teenagers, but the wifi and swimming pool were well used. Rome is within easy reach and we did manage to visit a waterpark as well.
It feels very much like staying in someone's home rather than a soulless "rent a villa" and John, the owner has taken great care in writing out tours and things to do near the villa. All dealings with him, including instructions to get to the villa were very clear and detailed.
In conclusion, a lovely villa, with a great pool and fantastic views.
25 July 2012, Star rating 5/5
My family had a very enjoyable and relaxing week at the villa. It has a great pool, a large deck, good sized rooms and is well equipped. The owner (John) provided detailed and helpful information on restaurants and local sightseeing to interesting local villages. Rome is just over an hour away.
13 Aug 2016, Star rating 5/5
This was a simply perfect destination for a relaxing week's family holiday. The house is beautifully fitted out, and the hosts went the extra mile in providing everything we needed, having greeted us on arrival. The pool and gardens are fantastic, and we much enjoyed eating out on the patio each evening. The surrounding countryside is stunning, and the local hill towns make for good short visits and walks. The hosts provided a very full information pack which provided useful information and lots of good ideas for trips. We would jump at the chance to re-visit the property some time in the future, and would recommend it without any doubt." Martin, UK