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Comfortable, family-friendly holiday home, steps from the sandy beach

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Sleep 7, 3 bed, 2 bath, half way Rome and Naples, close to the sandy beach

The spacious 2 story holiday unit is in a private gated complex. The name of the complex is villa Lena with 4 semidetached houses surrounded by a common landscaped garden.

The name of the unit is Seahorse, it sleeps up to 7 people plus a baby. The independent entrance is from the shared garden. The house comprises: downstairs, a large living with terrace, well equipped kitchen with large balcony, toilet; upstairs, in the rear side with mountain view, 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin) with common balcony; in front with sea view, 1 master bedroom with balcony , large bath with tub and shower. There is air con in the bedrooms and fans are provided for the extremely hot days.

In 5 minutes you are in Vindicio, a small beach between Formia and Gaeta and nicknamed "the home of windsurfer" because it is an excellent spot for surf lovers and many other water sports. It's a beach frequented mainly by young people. Services nearby: • Bar • Restaurant • water sports equipment rental.

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Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2017

About Silvia

I live in Rome North, in the country side.

Silvia purchased this house in 1975

Why Silvia chose Latium (Lazio)

In 1975 my father in low built villa Lena for his 4 children and their families in order to spend Summer holidays all together. Time passed and the families have grown with other grandchildren and still now, in August, we meet all in this fantastic place. We spend our holidays in Formia from more than 40 years.

What makes this house unique

Sea Horse is our holiday home and we enjoy to spend our time with all the family at the very close Vindicio beach. You cross the road in front of the gate and down a little path you are there. What I like most is the wind rising up in the afternoon and jogging or walking along the seashore early in the morning when nobody is around.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have enjoyed our stay, the weather was great, the beach was great and so close. That was a very important thing for us.

We knew about the noise from the street, so that was not a negative surprise.

We enjoyed being in walking distance to the city, the train, the ferry to Ponza etc. Also bus stop right behind the house was great.

We also had a nice 2 day stay at Ponza. The boat did not go back the first day, so we stayed one night extra. That was just great.

Also that you helped with bus schedule, brought a new fan, brought a bread and drove us to the market was very nice. Great service from you and Mario!

You also asked for feed back regarding the apartment itself:

Down stairs – The kids were fine. Only one light bulb in the bath room should be replaced. I forgot to do it.

I guess there was light bulbs in closet under the TV upstairs.


Very spacey apartment with nice balconies.

Good refrigerator and oven for cooking.

Nice that there was some cold drinks for us when we came!

Nice with air con in two bed rooms.

Would be nice with air con in the 3rd bed room as well. It was much better when we had a fan.

The fan in the roof, is not very good. Should be repaired.

The shower in the bath room upstairs had very little water coming thru. Maybe the shower head should be changed.

I also think an electrician should check all plugs in the house. There was one in the living room that was loose, so that the cables were exposed.

I also would recommend to do some painting work and maybe get better garden tables outside.
Jul 2012
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Nearest Airport
194 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Nearest Ferry
3 Kilometres
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
A1 exit Cassino
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Car: not necessary

Vindicio, the sandy beach, child safe, with beach clubs, is only 150 metres from the house and in the afternoon, when a strong wind rises, the Gulf fills with windsurfs..

A warmly suggested Summer location for families with small children and grown up.

The most important tourist destination can be reached with ease from the Villa.

Gaeta, 4 km far, is a charming little town, one of the Italian best kept secrets, with white sandy and rocky beaches, clean sea water: a real pearl of the Mediterranean "off the beaten track". It is to be considered the natural complement of Naples, its coasts and islands.

A must to visit is Sperlonga, 15 km far, best beach in the area and Summer Home of the Emperor Tiberius.

Formia is halfway between Rome and Naples and a good bus service connects in 5 minutes the railway station to the property. The same bus leads to Gaeta in 15 minutes, so the whole bay will be at your hand.

Rome and Naples can be both reached in one hour by very frequent trains and can be visited without driving in one day. You can take the train to Rome and had a fantastic day of sightseeing, eating and shopping. Early in the morning you get the “Regionale veloce” or "Freccia Rossa" from the station of Formia which get you into Rome just before 9 am! (the fee only 10,50 including the bus ticket in Rome!).

Quick trains also to Naples. From Naples a light train leads to Pompeii iust in front of the entrance to the ruins and from there a bus leads to the top of Vesuvius.

For an unforgettable excursion, take from the port of Formia, 1,5 km from the house, a ferry boat to the marvelous isles of Ponza, Palmarola or Ventotene.


Formia House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom second floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet
    Bath first floor - toilet , Half bath
  • Bathroom on the second floor is spacious with shower enclosure and tub. It is near the three bedrooms. Bathroom on the first floor is an half bath near the dining corner and kitchen.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , bunk bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , master bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , double bedroom
  • One double bedroom and the bunk bedroom overlook the rear driveway, quiet houses and mountains beyond. You have access out through the patio doors onto a lovely shared balcony where you can spend quiet evenings listening to music, playing cards, reading and just stargazing as the balcony is well sheltered from any streetlights. Air conditioning in the bunk bedroom and ceiling fan in the double bedroom. The air-conditioned master bedroom faces the front of the house with sea view. Again a balcony on which you can sunbathe or just chill out. In the evenings, to begin with, you will perhaps find this terrace to be slightly noisier because of the nearby coastal road, but soon you get used to it and, given the other aspects of the location, you will quickly realize how lucky you are to have rented this house.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
  • 7 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Pets may be accepted, please contact us with your requirements so we can discuss it. No smoking inside the house please! Changeover day is preferably Saturday or Sunday, especially in high season, but other days are possible, depending on time of year. We'll try to be flexible to help you if we can.


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Comfortable, family-friendly holiday home, steps from the sandy beach
average rating of 4.5 based on 15 reviews

Spacious accomodation. Friendly and helpful owners

  • 4 of 5

We found the accommodation spacious and comfortable, the only problem was that only two of the bedrooms were air conditioned,. The house is ideally situated for the beautiful beach. It is on a very busy main road, but set back - noise was not really an issue. Restaurants nearby were very good and extremely reasonably priced.

There is a twenty minute walk to shops and bars and to the harbour where you can get a ferry to the beautiful island of Ponza - well worth a visit!

Silvia and Mario were friendly and most helpful in the preparation of our stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Suzanne for your nice review. If you wish to come back, get in touch! We will be happy to help you!
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Nice holiday home

  • 5 of 5

We, two families with two children each, had a very nice holiday in Villa Lena. We stayed for two weeks and rented both apartments, but used the small one only for sleeping. Both apartments are fully equipped, and met all our needs. There is noise from the busy main road, but we were aware of this and did not find it intrusive. The garden is very nice and has different herbs for cooking; the nice lady of the family living next door showed us the location of all herb bushes already first night! The beach is just two minutes away with the nice public beach where we rented the parasol with two loungers for 10 Euro.

Formia is a nice town with nice restaurants and, even more important, good ice-cream bars! Formia is a hub of public transport, and therefore we delivered our rental car on the second day after we had done some serious grocery shopping at Panorama. When we needed a time off from the beach, we used buses to visit Gaeta and Sperlonga, trains to Rome and Naples and even took the ferry to Ponza.

Overall, we had a perfect holiday and can recommend this holiday home to anybody who wants to stay in this wonderful part of Italy. Thanks to Silvia and her resident family for all help!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for having described Formia so well. Nothing has been missed: good location for roaming in main towns and sight seeing, good shops, public beach at few steps at reasonable price. At villa Lena you will always find a warm welcome by all of us.
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Rochester, Michigan USA

Rental of Villa Lena in Formia, Italy

  • 4 of 5

Villa Lena helped make our family trip to Italy a once in a life time experience. The location was perfect for enjoying the shoreline and commuting to local relatives' homes and sightseeing.

The additional use of the guest house allowed all eleven of us to be under one roof. The spacious great room allowed us to enjoy everyone's company at once.

Best perhaps was the helpfulness of the owners Silvia and Mario in making us as comfortable as possible.

The villa was clean and we would recommend this property.


Jim and Karen (Michigan, USA)

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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September stay

  • 4 of 5

Property was clean and secure. Because this smaller apartment is on the ground floor, it remained cool and comfortable during our stay. Silvia met us at the apartment and showed us all we needed to know about the place, and was very helpful.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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deutschland oberbayern

great holiday

  • 5 of 5

we spended one week in the appartment villa lena and had a really great time there. all rooms are bright, big and confortable with a high top.they offer much place even for 7 persones.balkonies and the garden are spacios have only cross the road to reach the beach (very safe), a bas stop or a shop, were you get all you need.we wold highly recommend villa Lena to everyone who eppriciate roomy appartments to tiny hotels rooms and are nor afraid of some noise of the road.we thank silvia and her husband for great service and best care very much!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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West Sussex, UK

Very Italian holiday

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely 2 weeks in summer at Villa Lena. Outside our own party we heard very little of non-italian speakers, but didn't have problems finding locals willing to help out in English when it was required. Silvia and all her family were very welcoming, her resident family in the complex could not have been more delightful or helpful. The villa is very clean and easily maintained, and although there is noise from the main road, none of us found it intrusive (yet we live in a very quiet street). The beach is really close and the windsurfing excellent, Formia only around 10 minutes walk, and there were a few very good restaurants and good supermarket and town shops. Other towns like Sperlonga and Terracina are within an easy drive, and we fond it simple and quick going to Rome for the day from Formia train station. Our group of teenagers and adults all strongly recommend Villa Lena.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $235.65
final cleaning $117.83

The rental rates vary depending on the number of people staying in the house.
For each extra person price increases by Euro 150 per person per week.
There is no charge for children under the age of 2
A baby cot is available for free.
Supplement for heating and air conditioning

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.