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Sermoneta, Stone House with Pool, in a Fairy-Tale Hill-Town Close to Rome and Naples

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Last updated: 03/18/2017
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Bedrooms 2, Bathrooms 2, Sleeps 5

Come to one of the most perfect medieval towns in Italy and enjoy living in a unique 12th century house, available for rent by the week or month. An unforgettable experience in the mild climate of this fairy-tale like town and area, only twenty minutes from great beaches, and a half hour train ride from Rome, awaits you.
Sermoneta is a rare and wonderfully preserved medieval hilltop town, with the ambiance of earlier epochs and a beauty for the ages. Domus Doull is a restored house in the oldest part of the town, near the dramatic "Caetani" castle, and with views over the Pontine Plain to the Mediterranean. Not far from the Via Appia, and countless other historic sites, and with feasible day trips by train to Rome and Naples, this is a great location for sightseeing. The 40 kilometres of beaches in the are make it a great location for summer holidays too.
The house includes a charmingly painted living room/dining room, a fully-equipped kitchen, and two romantic bedrooms, each with modern baths. Its shady garden is deliciously scented by Jasmine and the blossoms of ancient orange and lemon trees. Enjoy cooking Italian style in the garden's own pizza oven and outdoor grill, then settle in and enjoy your meal at the stone outdoor table. Best of all, enjoy sunning and bathing in a your own pool. In May and June the jasmine blossom is positively overwhelming.
The train station of Latina is only ten minutes by car from Sermoneta, and with the train journey to Rome only half an hour, daily sight-seeing visits to Rome are an attractive proposition. However, there is a wealth of tourist possibilities in the environs of Sermoneta; some of them are noted below. The ABBEY of VALVISCIOLO, a few kilometers north of SERMONETA, was established by Basilian monks in the VIIIth century and passed to the Knights Templar who reconstructed it in Gothic style using local stone. The Knights immortalized their ownership by sculpting their cross on the facade. In the XIIIth century, the Cistercians imposed their own style on the interior and in the decoration. Inside, frescoes by Nicola Circignani (1520-1600) and Emilio Savonanzi (1580-1660) can still be seen. Next to the church is the monastery with its cloisters. Not far from SERMONETA (6km) are the ruins of the ancient town of NINFA, the "Pompei of the Middle Ages", destroyed in 1381. The destruction of NINFA was the result of a feud between two branches of the Caetani family, the winners of which exacted this violent revenge. The town had contained within its walls ten churches, four monasteries, a municipal Palace, and a castle with a high tower. The ruins remained untouched for centuries; the crystal waters from the Lepino hills flowing through the lake and streams of the abandoned site. Today, all that remains of old NINFA are the ruins of the castle, the mills, and the churches, reflected in the waters of its lake. In 1920 Gelasio Caetani converted the site into a natural Oasis, a wonderful park of exotic and rare plants that thrive in this world-renowned micro-climate. These extraordinary gardens can be visited on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month from April to October, and on public holidays.
An extraordinary natural site is the NATIONAL PARK OF CIRCEO, host to the Monte Circeo, 20 km of superb sandy beaches, four lakes and a forest in its 8,500 hectares (18,700 acres). Recognised by UNESCO as a "World Heritage Site", the park contains 1,237 species of fauna and 250 species of bird, and wild boar, deer and foxes thrive in the forest. It also contains ruins of Emperor Domitian's Villa and Lucullo's Spring. The 1,700 foot Monte Circeo is believed to be the site of Circe and her Sirens, described in Homer's Iliad. Circe drugged Ulysses' 23 companions and turned them into swine; however, Ulysses avoided this fate with an antidote provided by Hermes, and persuaded Circe to fall in love with him, which helps explain her decision to return his companions. The Roman Emperors had an eye for beauty, and in addition to Emperor Domitian's Villa near Sabaudia, those of Nero at Anzio and Tiberius at Sperlonga are testament to the fact that vacations in this area have an excellent, and lengthy, pedigree !
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Calendar last updated: 03/18/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1496 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Suitability

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • The pool is lovely!

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television

Attractions

  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Horseback Riding
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beach

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Swimming

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Rental rates quoted in: $
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event

Feb 22 - Jun 9, 2017
4 night min stay
$295 $295
$1,723

Jun 10 - Sep 8, 2017
4 night min stay
$344 $344
$2,004

Sep 9 - Jun 7, 2018
4 night min stay
$295 $295
$1,723

Jun 8 - Sep 7, 2018
4 night min stay
$344 $344
$2,004

Sep 8 - Nov 8, 2018
4 night min stay
$295 $295
$1,723

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Additional information about rental rates:

€130 End Clean charge includes cost of linens. 50% deposit payable upon reservation. Balance due before 60 days prior to arrival. If booking is made within a 60 days of the arrival date, 100% of the rental due is required to secure the booking. Prices assume 4 people. Supplement of €25 per night for 5th person. Accidental Rental Damage Insurance is required for all reservations (€75 for up to €1500 of damage).

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Location

Sermoneta sits atop a foothill of the Lepino Mountain Range parallel to the ancient Pontine marshes, and with views of the glorious Mediterranean sea, a short drive away. A half hour’s train ride from Rome, or an hour and a half by car along the ancient Appian Way; a trip to Sermoneta is a pleasure in itself. Great beaches and beach resorts only 25 minutes away are an added bonus. The town has changed little since its medieval conception, and the enormous fortress of Caetani Castle looms over and dominants the town and the valley below. The castle is now run by the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, which was created by Lelia Caetani in honour of her illustrious family. Today, the castle hosts courses, seminars, and prestigious concerts. There are concerts in July in the castle by well-known musicians and orchestras, and festivals in May, and other cultural events through the year.

Open air restaurants and bars make for easy summer living. Winters in cosy interiors are an equal delight.

Other Activities: Abundant History, Art, and Culture, & Music Festivals.

 

Manager info

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Calendar last updated: 03/18/2017

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Photos

  • A Hilltop Town, and a Private Pool

    A Hilltop Town, and a Private Pool

  • Jasmine-covered walls, perfume the air

    Jasmine-covered walls, perfume the air

  • Al Fresco Dining or Drinks in the Garden

    Al Fresco Dining or Drinks in the Garden

  • At home in the spacious living and dining room

    At home in the spacious living and dining room

  • Medieval Stone Hallway; View of the Dining Room

    Medieval Stone Hallway; View of the Dining Room

  • Whimsical Details

    Whimsical Details

  • Spacious Master Bathroom with Tub

    Spacious Master Bathroom with Tub

  • Kitchen Cupboards, China and Crystal

    Kitchen Cupboards, China and Crystal

  • Garden Sink Detail

    Garden Sink Detail

  • Outdoor Pizza Oven detail

    Outdoor Pizza Oven detail

  • Cooling off in your own pool

    Cooling off in your own pool

  • The Medieval Garden and Entry

    The Medieval Garden and Entry

  • Ceramic Map of Sermoneta at the outdoor table

    Ceramic Map of Sermoneta at the outdoor table

  • Chandelier Detail in the Living Room

    Chandelier Detail in the Living Room

  • Canopy Bed in the Main Bedroom

    Canopy Bed in the Main Bedroom

  • The Twin-Bedded bedroom

    The Twin-Bedded bedroom

  • Each bedroom has its own modern bathroom

    Each bedroom has its own modern bathroom

  • Fully Equipped Kitchen

    Fully Equipped Kitchen

  • Kitchen Detail

    Kitchen Detail

  • Your Own Pizza Oven!

    Your Own Pizza Oven!

  • View of the Pontine Plain to Med. from the pool

    View of the Pontine Plain to Med. from the pool

  • Close Up of This Wonderful View

    Close Up of This Wonderful View

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