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Serene Stone Farmhouse In The Sabine Hills, Lazio

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

8-bed Farmhouse in pristine countryside outside Rome, set in 5 acre of Olive Groves With Glorious Views, 3km From Hill Town Poggio Mirteto

Casa Poggio – ‘the house on the hill’ – is set in a peaceful organic olive grove in the Sabine Hills, just 40 miles north of Rome. The views are spectacular – bedrooms face the Umbrian mountains, the living room overlooks the Tiber Valley, and from the dining terrace you can make out St Peter’s on the horizon. The renovated house has thick stone walls, antique terracotta floors, chestnut beams and whitewashed walls. Furniture is simple and comfortable; reading lights good and bookshelves well stocked. Bed linen and mattresses are luxurious. The large kitchen is equipped for serious cooks. Ideal for exploring Sabina’s sleepy hilltop towns (with the excellent foodie centre of Poggio Mirteto 10 mins away), and for day-trips to Rome (45 mins by train). Orvieto, Viterbo, Spoleto, Assisi and Perugia are also within hitting distance – if you can tear yourselves away from the terrace, the endlessly compulsive views and the birdsong. This is a simple and supremely comfortable place to truly unwind. A stunning new swimming pool carved into the hillside with panoramic views has turned this into a truly luxurious hideaway.

Tessa Glass
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
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Calendar last updated:
September 8, 2018

About Tessa Glass

Hastings-based journalists Nick and Tessa bought a ruin in the Sabine Hills on a mad whim some ten years ago. There followed an Italian wedding, a baby and a long restoration project... in which we nursed the crumbling farmhouse and olive grove back to life.

We are now a family of four, and try to spend as much time as possible at the 'house on the hill', which has become a real home from home.

Meanwhile, real life is lived by the sea in East Sussex, where Tessa is working on another social history book, and Nick reports for CNN.

Tessa Glass purchased this farmhouse in 2004

Why Tessa Glass chose Poggio Mirteto

Complete chance. Tessa, then a travel writer, was asked to write a feature on ‘hassle-free Rome’ – so we stayed in the countryside and took a little train into the centre for day trips. This is how we discovered Lazio’s Sabine Hills: so unspoilt, so rural, and yet so near Italy’s capital. We couldn’t understand why this enchanting spot was off the tourist track. Casa Poggio was a real coup de foudre: it was the first and only property we saw. That was it. This is a very special place, with a powerful atmosphere of peace and wellbeing.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Unparalleled views of the surrounding countryside, including the dome of St Peter's on the horizon. You really feel you're on top of the world, up on this hill.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Your home is so beautiful and surrounded by such an amazing landscape. You have managed the quite impossible job of blending the rustic feel of the Italian home with some wonderful modern day comforts; dishwasher, nice bed linen and comfy beds! Your instructions and helpful tips were spot on, we ate like kings, and always managed to find even the most tucked away eateries. Thank you so much for all your help, advice and allowing us the time in you wonderful Italian home, I have been recommending it to all.' - Alison Masterman & family, London, August 2015.

'We loved the fireflies, the stars at night, the constant birdsong even at night time, the views, the space, the cooking facilities, the location so close to many other wonderful places.' Kiera Langman & family, Bristol. May 2015.

‘The best that Casa Poggio has to offer is wonderful calm. The unforgettable views. Al fresco meals looking over some of the best views in Italy.' - Stacy Harper and family, Oregon, USA. June 2014.

'What better place could we have chosen to celebrate all that is good in life… Thank you Tessa & Nick for sharing your beautiful house – restored with impeccable style and attention to every detail of family life.' - Jim Webber & family, Chester. July 2014.
Aug 2015
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Poggio Mirteto Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • Upper ground floor: shower room with WC and basin. Lower ground floor: en-suite shower room with WC, basin and bidet, master bathroom with bath, WC and basin. Bathrooms are simple with modern designer fittings in an antique setting (beams, hand-tiled floors).
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , This is on upper ground floor with own shower room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Next to children's/twin room, lower ground floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Lower ground floor, own shower room
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Lower ground floor, shares master bathroom with Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Upper ground floor: 1 twin with shower room. Lower ground floor: 2 large doubles with king-sized beds (1 en-suite), 1 twin room plus cot. All have French windows opening onto a shady terrace. Twins can be made up as doubles. The length of the house gives ample room between bedrooms; families can spread out and don't feel on top of each other.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: The house is built into the lee of a hill, so naturally protected from the elements. Under-floor heating keeps it warm in winter; double glazing, shutters and thick stone walls make it a cool summer refuge. Casa Poggio is large and quiet enough for two families to enjoy their own space, with the upper ground floor bedroom ideal for those who want to be slightly apart. We have two young children so the place is set up to keep them safe and busy: stair gate, tricycles, swings, toys and books. No smoking inside the house. We have good wifi and good mobile phone reception, but no television, telephone or air conditioning (instead, we use electric fans). This is a peaceful rural retreat - comfortable, luxurious, and relatively low-tech. A wood pellet-burning stove keeps house wonderfully warm during the cooler months. Outside: Casa Poggio overlooks the village of San Luigi, and is fenced off from the quiet road and secluded by surrounding trees. There is a covered pergola with table and eight chairs just outside the front door – a spot to sit and take in the views. In the summer, the north-facing terrace down below is a cool refuge for siestas and sun downers. The house is immediately surrounded by terraced gardens and a shady barn (great party space), before giving way to the olive grove and orchard. The elegant pool carved into the hillside is 10x4m, with a shallow end of 1.4m, and a deep end of over 2m. Plenty of sun loungers. A pretty pergola overlooks the pool from above, perfect for sundowners. There is shaded double parking. Weekly clean and final cleaning included, plus all linen, bath towels and swimming towels.


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Serene Stone Farmhouse In The Sabine Hills, Lazio
average rating of 4.75 based on 17 reviews

Perfect sanctuary to unwind in heave

  • 5 of 5

We had an idyllic week largely relaxing, eating and drinking in all the various arbours of delight that make up Casa Poggio. Tessa really has done the most wonderful job of renovating the house, from the simple but elegant decor to the planting outside filling every corner with the aroma of herbs.

The pool is an absolute triumph! Such magical views and a perfect size for cooling off, lounging on lilos or dozing with the sound of the cicadas.

But my favourite place was the arbour perched above the pool with lizards scurrying over the roof and perfectly camouflaged butterflies taking a breather on the wooden bench.

Thank you so much for creating the perfect sanctuary in which to unwind in such heavenly style!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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A beautifully restored house in a truly beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

We spent just under 2 weeks at Casa Poggio and could easily have stayed many more. We had a house full of 6 adults and 2 under 5's. The house and gardensnwas spacious enough that we all had a very comfortable stay. The kids were in the pool constantly and so were we if we weren't having a snooze in the shade of an olive tree or looking out at amazing views over the valley. Casa Poggio was very child friendly, with the owner and house keeper ensuring we had everything we needed including a changing mat and a potty and plenty of indoor and outdoor toys to keep my 2 amused. The information the owner supplied about the house and the local area was informative and invaluable. We used it every day to work out where to visit and where to get the best ice-cream! The beds were very comfortable and huge with lovely cool white sheets, plenty of towels, including extra for the pool were supplied which were very grateful for. Definitely a place I would recommend and would revisit.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Beautifully farmhouse with fantastic views

  • 5 of 5

Lovely farmhouse, fantastic views, plenty of room for 8. Pool is great. Really relaxing holiday.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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Beautiful Italian farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

Tastefully decorated, beautifully restored farmhouse. Fantastic views, and a lovely pool. Easily sleeps 8. It was HOT.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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  • 3 of 5

Decisamente una villa incantevole e silenziosa con una posizione senza eguali dalla quale gustare un paesaggio molto suggestivo dall'alba al tramonto, abbiamo trascorso presso Villa Poggio il capodanno 2017. Ambienti curati e puliti, camere spaziose con servizi di livello. Ampia cucina attrezzata di tutto e soggiorno con grande camino angolare. Esterno, che per via della stagione risultava poco curato ma con spazi dedicati molto carini!

Proprietà molto disponibile ad ogni esigenza ad un prezzo in linea con gli standard del luogo.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

In the footsteps of Monty

  • 5 of 5

In december 2016 we have had the pleasure of staying one week at Casa Poggio. We were expecting some cold weather but it turned out we were able to enjoy lunch outside on the terrace without even wearing our coats! Beforehand we didn't know this region of Italy very well. It therefore came as a surprise that we managed to see almost all of the gardens featured in part one of the BBC series “Italian Gardens” by our favorite presenter Monty Don, as these beautiful gardens were all within reachable distance.

The house and its surroundings are both very lovely indeed. Inside the house there is all the comfort one could possibly want. We did have some troubles with the heating system - kudos to Samuel Irwing Russell for the invention of the electrical blanket! The owner Tessa and her friendly caretaker Beatrice did all they possibly could to solve the problem and even offered a refund for the wood pellets. All in all we have had a wonderful week with lovely nature, culture, weather, food and people. We are looking forward to our return!

Wouter & Barbara

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Rome Ciampino or Fiumicino
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Poggio Mirteto
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Poggio Mirteto
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Orto Bio
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Roma Ostia
Car: necessary


Pleasant beaches and pristine water at Lake Bracciano (50km) and its smaller unsung sister Lake Martignano. Sandy Tarquinia Lido is 90km.


Nearest airports are Rome Ciampino or Rome Fiumicino, both 60km. Perugia airport is 110km. Late arrivals can catch a train direct from Fiumicino to Poggio Mirteto (90 mins). You’ll need picking up as there are no taxis at the station. Car hire essential.


From the house you can see eight hilltop towns, all within a half hour drive. The closest is Poggio Mirteto (5 mins drive, 30 mins pleasant walk), with excellent food shops and a Friday market. An organic farm shop is a 15 minute walk from the house. Rome is 45 minutes on the train, or an hour’s drive. Orvieto, Viterbo, Spoleto, Assisi and Perugia are within an hour to two hour’s drive away.

Further Details:

Summer in Sabina is a whirl of village festivals and food ‘sagras’ with trestle tables and live music, while the Romanesque Farfa Abbey hosts weekly concerts. Sabina’s little towns give a rare glimpse of old-style Italy with their tiny butchers shops, market days and cobbled alleyways. For isolated walking, the Monti Sabini mountain range which flanks the house is stunning, with some hearty eating opportunities. A 20 minute drive will take you up to the start of many hiking trails. You can also rent bikes, indulge in discounted designer shopping, swim in thermal pools or wade down the Farfa river shallows. We provide detailed notes on the area, including restaurant suggestions. Local town Poggio Mirteto (5 mins away) has banks, pharmacy, supermarket, police station and restaurants – plus two internet cafes (one in an ice cream parlour - popular with teenagers). At the house, kitchen help and a great English-speaking babysitter available on request. NB: good mobile phone reception. Internet: we have a house 'dongle' for guests' considerate use in laptops etc; speed is good.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit $265.39

Booking Notes:
Please contact the owners, preferably by email. A 25% deposit is payable at the time of booking, balance due 6 weeks before arrival, plus a refundable damages deposit of 200 Euros returned the week after departure.

Changeover Day:
Flexible in low season; Sunday-Sunday April-October.

Notes on prices:
We have a wood pellet stove for cooler months, which consumes 1-2 bags of pellets a day at €5 a bag (payable locally).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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