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.
8-bed Farmhouse in gorgeous countryside outside Rome, set in 5 acre of Olive Groves With Glorious Views, 3km From Hill Town Poggio Mirteto
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- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 10, 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, two babies and a long restoration project... in which we nursed the crumbling farmhouse and olive grove back to life. Tessa wrote about the adventure in The Daily Telegraph property section for many months.
Tessa Glass purchased this Farmhouse in 2004
Why Tessa Glass chose Poggio Mirteto
Complete chance. Tessa, then working as a travel writer, was asked to write a feature on ‘hassle-free Rome’ – so we stayed in the countryside and took the double decker commuter train into the centre for day trips (45m). 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, on that same holiday. 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.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Lovely house with beautiful views.
The directions to the house were easy to follow and Beatrice was there when we arrived & explained everything we needed to know.
The house is lovely, the downstairs bedrooms remained pleasantly cool and the floor had just been polished with beeswax.
The view from the terrace is beautiful, especially early in the mornings when a light mist tends to hang in the valley below.
We enjoyed exploring the area, particularly villages like Casperia (a little to the north). Our son, who is a history student, wanted to visit the abandoned Roman city of Ostia Antica; the scale and the level of preservation were a real surprise, also the lack of crowds - we had views of streets stretching hundreds of yards into the distance with no one present.
We all finished our holiday wanting to return to Casa Poggio.
Beautifully farmhouse with fantastic views
Lovely farmhouse, fantastic views, plenty of room for 8. Pool is great. Really relaxing holiday.
Beautiful Italian farmhouse
Tastefully decorated, beautifully restored farmhouse. Fantastic views, and a lovely pool. Easily sleeps 8. It was HOT.
Perfect sanctuary to unwind in heave
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!
A beautifully restored house in a truly beautiful setting
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.
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.
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.
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
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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).