- Room Type:Entire House
- Max Guests:10
- Min Stay:4
- Pets Allowed:No
- dining room
- dvd player
- satellite / cable
- ping pong table
- books for adults
- local maps
- toilet paper
- iron & board
- hair dryer
- alarm clock
- parking off street
- local restaurant guide
- local activities guide
- wireless internet
- linens provided
- paper towels
- washing machine
- towels provided
- security system
- basic soaps
- cooking utensils
- pantry items
- coffee maker
- daily maid service
- lawn / garden
- long-term renters welcome
- non smoking only
- children welcome
- pets not allowed
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- sight seeing
- scenic drives
'Timeless' 18th Century Villa Amidst Vineyards Near Rome
Over the past 20 years, travelers have enjoyed a unique vacation experience staying in our lovingly maintained 18th Century villa and ancestral home, Casale Sonnino. The Villa is built upon 2000 year old foundations and set amidst thirty acres of …
My son was getting married in Rome and I wanted to follow this special day with a family holiday. There were four children in our party, so I was looking for a house with a hill top location, not far from Rome where the weather would be cooler.
Casale Sonnino was perfect. There was a simmering breeze and enchanting shady gardens.
The beautiful historic house was spacious with a well equipped kitchen. The dilemma was always where to eat, outside in the garden or in the dining room or on the roof terrace. The roof terrace certainly won in the evenings where it was a delight to eat watching the amazing sunsets.
The location proved to be excellent. Monte Porzio Catone was more than adequate, for us there was a bonus of a cafe with a children's play area so we could have a coffee enjoying the stunning views. The local train station at Colle Mattia was only 3 to 4 minutes away in the car and within 30 minutes you were in Rome for just 2 euros! You do need to buy the train tickets from a tabaccheria or from George as we did.
It was a working farm and George had his office next to the kitchen which meant that there were a lot of comings and goings but it also meant that George was on hand if needed. His knowledge of the area was impressive, he shared with us an excellent list of nearby restaurants.
The other staff were friendly and cheery. Titziana and Giovanna cooked us a sumptuous welcome lunch and prepared our breakfasts each morning which was a real treat not to mention laundering our clothes. My grand daughter had her 5th birthday during our stay and without our knowledge they decorated the breakfast table with balloons and bubbles and a delicious birthday cake.
The night before we left we treated ourselves to an evening meal cooked by the staff, it was a memorable meal to end a memorable holiday.
Breathtaking view, warm and welcoming!
The Casale Sonnino was an experience unlike any other, with the vineyards, the feel of true Roman living and the food!!! We stayed for a week and enjoyed the local wine and restaurants, and loved exploring the hill towns around the Casale. We even took the metro into Rome and it was quick and easy, and inexpensive! Highly recommend a trip for families, groups or couples, it's a once in a lifetime way to travel!
Stayed in the villa with 9 family members. George is the best, he hangs around and provides soo much info. Have stayed i several vrbo homes and George is a wonderful host. He even cooks. Thanks George. I still think about that tour of the caves and can't wait to get my olive oil.
Our family spent 3 weeks at the Casale Sonnino over the 2012/2013 Christmas and New Year Holiday. We were delighted with our time at the Casale - the charming historic villa, attractive grounds, comfortable bedrooms, fabulous breakfasts, and delightful roaring fires every day put us in the holiday spirit. George gave us a tour of the interesting (and ancient) cave system that extends under the Casale and we were taken on a truffle hunt. Our teens enjoyed exploring the extensive vineyards and olive groves that surround the Casale and my brother and I hiked up to Monte Porzio Catone to enjoy the incredible views over the city of Rome and snow capped peaks in the distance. The local restaurants were excellent and the fresh produce in the shops was wonderful. We also found that the Casale was an excellent base for day trips to Rome, as well as for Tivoli (Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa), Pompei, Frascati and the Castelli Romani. The view of the fireworks over Rome on New Year's Eve has to be seen to be believed. We would recommend the Casale without hesitation for a memorable holiday experience.
For one glorious week, my family visited Casale Sonnino and it could not have been better. Everything we had read about it proved to be true. The house was spotless, perfectly maintained and comfortable. Our host, George made us feel at home and very special. We were two grandparents, two parents and two eight year old boys and our every need was met with great enthusiasm. The highlight of our stay was the wonderful luncheon George threw after the grape harvest. Forty harvest workers and families welcomed us and fed us a fabulous Italian banquet. The commute into Rome was an easy 20 minute trip and the nearby towns were filled with wonderful restaurants and shops. We would not hesitate to recommend Casale Sonnino to our friends and family. Hopefully, we will return in the future.
Merle, Boston, MA
Great Vacation!!! We were two couples who used the villa as a base to explore rural Italian villages, for day trips to Rome, Visuvius and Herculean, and the Monte Cassino and Anzio battlefields. The villa was a perfect central location for us - about 25 minutes southeast of Rome.
It really is a spectacular villa located among grapes vines, olive trees and tall cedar trees - it is an incredible place. There are beautiful views out every window, and the entire 25 secluded acres are surrounded by by fencing and a gated entrance.
This 300+ year old villa has modern ammenities - but still has old charm. The owner - George - was born in the US - speaks english as his 1st language and is fluent in Italian. George was extremely helpful with information on the local area, Rome, and Italy overall. George lives on the property, but he will give you whatever amount of privacy you want. In our case, we spoke no Italian - so we sought him out for advise and information all week long.
We are interested in history, and the villa is built on the former site of a Roman senator's summer home. George took us on a tour of the original ancient Roman tunnels below the property.
We just can't say enough about the villa and how much we enjoyed our stay. This was the 1st time we had rented a property where the owner was on site (we had rented in France and US in the past) - and it helped us more than we expected to have George on site.
We loved the villa and property and would recommend this location for anyone that wants an unforgettable trip to Italy!!
My husband and I recently decided to take our daughter and her fiancée on a trip to Italy. We wanted to establish a base for sightseeing, something near Rome but with a more rural feel. Casale Sonnino met and exceeded our expectations. At the Casale,we were free to experience the culture and rhythm of Italy. We loved being able to pad down to the kitchen in our robe and slippers for coffee and delicious local pastries and fruits. We liked being able to plan our days based on the weather and our energy levels, taking shorter trips to quaint nearby hillside towns on days that we didn’t have the energy to power through a day in Rome. The carefully prepared packet of information on sights to see in the area was full of fascinating day trips. We were able to experience local cuisine at nearby restaurants as well as walk about the towns in the evening, immersing ourselves in the sights and sounds of local life.
Our hosts, George and Claire, arranged for us to meet up with the most wonderful guide for our days to Rome. Geppe is truly a walking historian and gentlemen, full of love and pride for his country. With his help we were able to see twice as much with half the hassle. We thought he was worth every penny.
We requested a home-cooked meal one evening and invited George to dine with us. It was a special treat to come home at the end of a sight-seeing excursion and have a delicious dinner in the beautiful dining room with our host. What a view. George explained the local wine history while we sampled several bottles of wine that we’d bought that day. There was about twice as much food as we could eat in one sitting, each dish more mouth-watering than the one before. We laughed, talked and relaxed at a different level than we are able to at hotels or restaurants.
Each morning, I couldn’t wait to open the curtains, shutters and windows to gaze out over the vineyard and olive trees. One day workers in bright red shirts were topping the olive trees, another day I could hear the cook in the kitchen and smell coffee so I followed my nose downstairs. Staying at the farm felt authentic to me and consequently I fell in love with Italy. I’ll be back. One week wasn’t enough.
Our family rented Casale Sonnino for a week during October 2011. We were six adults and a toddler (all family). We chose Casale Sonnino for it's size and location. Making the choice of Casale Sonnino and triple-checking all of the home details was handled easily and graciously by the owner Claire Treves Brezel. Upon our arrival at the casale you will need a rental car for your stay, our expectations and more were immediately met and exceeded. The physical home was just what we hoped for and the staff, headed by George (Claire's brother) were more accomodating than one would reasonably expect. This remained so throughout our stay. The ladies who maintained the home and cook, if so requested, as well as George's workmen gave attention with warmth, care and good-humor(especially needed if no one in your party speaks Italian). If one individual stands out it would have to be George. The "buck stopped with him" and he knew it. Our days were filled as we chose. We took the train into Rome, very easy, and toured the surrounding area filled with history and beauty. There was never a dull moment unless we so chose. Returning each day to Casale Sonnino was a welcome respit filled with excellent local wine purchased from local vintners minutes away and food purchased locally and prepared by ourselves or the staff ladies that was delicious each and every meal. Bedtime was always preceeded by the last bit of wine outdoors on the deck overlooking Rome and it's lights in the near distance. This is a holiday not to be missed by anyone wanting some "dolce vita". We will be returning guests.
This is an enchanting and magical villa conveniently located just outside of Rome. Upon our arrival up the Cobblestone driveway (truly lined with cypress and olive trees) we were greeted by the co-owner George who took us on a brief tour of the picturesque countryside. Although my husband and I had been to Rome on previous trips, my 3 adult children had not, so we did make the easy train ride to Rome 3 times during our stay. The rest of the time we explored the nearby sights in Monte Porzio Catone, which gave us a true feel of the Italian culture. We also ventured to Sperlonga for a day at the beach! The villa itself was immaculate and beautifully furnished. Breakfast was ready for us each morning and the views from the living/dining rooms were spectacular. The friendly and ever so helpful staff entertained us each day by helping us learn some Italian, giving us tips about the surrounding area, and taking us on a tour of the underground tunnels that may date as far back as 4th or 5th centuries! It's rare that a vacation rental exceeds expectations, but this was truly the case. This was such an amazing find, that we hope to someday go back to this villa. All three of my children have expressed the desire to have a destination wedding at Casale Sonnino. I highly recommend this villa!
The casale is really an oasis: home away from home. The large double bedrooms are pretty and keep very clean. Our laundry is washed daily.
The food is excellent and served at alarge diningrom table Lunch is eaten outside under grape arbors.
The surrounding towns are accesible by car.
In the Alban Hills, where leading Romans escaped the bustle of Rome, Casale Sonnino on its high airy site has a view of St. Peter’s Basilica. I have stayed at the Casale three times: once with an art group, once with my children & grandchildren, and once with a friend.
You are close enough to Rome to be there in time to take the first tour at St. Peter’s Basilica after enjoying the leisurely breakfast served indoors or in the garden. There are so many places that are within easy reach of the Casale that I list only those that I have visited. Some half day trips were to Frascati, Monte Porzio Catone, Montecompatri, Tusculum, Hadrian’s Villa, Villa d’Este, Grottoferrata, Castel Gandolfo, famous for Lake Albano and the Pope’s summer residence, the Lake of Nemi, Subbiaco, the Cathedral & Museum of Palestrina, & Ostia Antica. Easy one day round trips were to the gardens of Ninfa, Abbies of Valvisciolo and Fossanova, Tarquinia, and Citivacecchia. Travel by rental car or with car & driver arranged for by the owner of the Casale, or to Rome on the train.
The villa’s permanent housekeeper provides daily laundry service and, should you prefer not to cook dinner, she will prepare a delicious one ready to serve when you return from a full day of touring. Leave the dishes—she will do the cleanup.
At Casale Sonnino you live in a grand house in a grand manner. The bedrooms are attractive and roomy and the huge living room with views in three directions and a lounge offer indoor peace; outdoors relax on the front patio, under the pergola, or on the terrace overlooking the olive groves & vineyards surrounding the Casale.
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