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Historic apartment by Castle on Lake Bracciano, easy access to Rome



Updated: 30-Aug-2016
2 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4-6 people

Located in the 'centro storico' of the historically important town of Bracciano & adjacent to the 14th Century Castle Odelscalchi, the charming spacious 120 sq metre 'Casa la Castellana' occupies the entire floor of a small 14th Century building and has a private entrance onto a small, quiet piazza. We would like you to think of our apartment as your home away from home rather than a rental property. Our heart went into the restoration of our apartment. It features a large living-dining room with antique stone fireplace, beamed ceilings, and terracotta tiles, a dining table which seats 8 and a fully equipped blue/white tiled country kitchen. Each of two bedrooms has two twin beds and a view of the village below. There are two sofa beds in the living room.

From the apartment street door can be viewed the castle tower and the Duomo of Saint Steven. It's just 150 meters from the apartment down a short street to the main castle square with its shops and restauraants of all kinds. A colourful country market takes place on Wednesdays in the town centre.

Swimming & windsurfing on Lake Bracciano are a 20 minute walk away through the woods, and horseback riding, golfing, biking, & hiking in the countryside are close at hand (forest of Manziana 10 minutes by car).

Bracciano is an authentic, a very Italian town of historical importance in a beautiful country surrounding with the lake at the bottom of the hill and Rome at 'a stone's throw' so to speak. What could be more wonderful. It is not an overrun tourist resort.

The town atmosphere is unrushed, the townsfolk pause to chat on street corners, the local craftmen take pride in their work, the farmers bring their produce into the open air market under the castle moat, the shopkeepers know their customers on a first-name basis.

Bracciao has a healthy idyllic environment. The air is not polluted, the parking is not desperate. The bell inthe church tower marks the quarter hour.

But when it's big city action you seek, Rome (St Peters) is just down the track 55 minutes away by convenient commuter train which runs every 30 minutes.

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  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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Unique quirky ancient apartment with good access to town and beautiful lake

  • 4 of 5

The attractive property is at the top of a steep hill with free parking a few hundred metres away.

It is advertised with internet and air conditioning, true, but the internet was SIM based and rarely reliable. The air conditioning was one mobile unit of 5 kilowatts, barely adequate for the airspace to be cooled, but the fans and windows helped a lot.

The kitchen is hot and tiny and although equipped, could not easily cope with preparing a family meal for 6-8 persons.

The apartment is clean, comfortable and charming. Probably similar in age to the castle which it is opposite.

The owner is easily contacted by mobile phone, but the intermittent internet access was never resolved during our stay.

The position is central to town with easy access to shops and a little noisy. Bells ring on the hour and quarter hours all through the day and night. Night life is fun. On a warm summer evening people socialise throughout the town until 2.00 am. The surrounding area and the lake are charming with perfect opportunities for sunbathing and swimming within walking distance, up a hill.

Despite a few disappointments, I greatly enjoyed my holiday in this spacious apartment.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Air temperature preferences are subjective, varying from individual to individual, from culture to culture, and by age, with Italians tending to make little use of air conditioning, Americans tending to run air conditioning full blast, and seniors generally requiring cooler air than others. The new 5 Kilowatt 17,000 BTU a/c in our apartment is a high tech efficient inverter water-to-air unit. To ensure the comfort of all future guests, an additional smaller a/c mobile unit will be made available. (Unfortunately town zoning does not permit for aesthetic reasons installation in the medieval quarter of wall a/c units with their outdoor components.) The local HiFi Center techie is working to improve the sim-based WiFi reliability. Hopefully the size of the kitchen is clearly indicated in the photos on the website. The guests tend to do little or no cooking while on holiday and infrequently number more than 4. (Incredulous as it may seem, a caterer once prepared a full 5 course dinner party for 20 persons in our tiny but equipped kitchen!!)
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superbe logement dans la vieille ville de Bracciano

  • 5 of 5

ideal pour une semaine entre lac, mer et culture à Rome.

moins d'1 heure du Vatican (train ou voiture)

40mn de la mer

5mn du lac avec ses plages de sable noir!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bracciano, our home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

It is said you can never go back. For ten days at the beginning of October 2014 my husband, son and I did just that. We returned to 'our' beloved apartment in the historic section of Bracciano and experienced coming home in every way. Having spent 8 months here in '79-'80 and after I wrote about our adventures in a book, 'Letters from Italy', we were drawn back. The Lago, our friends and the people of this bustling town, the castle and the countryside were once again ours to enjoy from our windows and by stepping out our door. Bracciano is a special place and we relished every minute, in the numerous restaurants, bars, the daily Passegiata, the easy trips into Rome and the other lakeside villages. Coming back to número 18 Via della Collegiata every evening was the icing on our 10-day cake!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wundervoll echtes Italien

  • 5 of 5

Eine Stunde von Rom und damit für Tagesausflüge dorthin und in die so vielseitige römische Campagna liegt das anheimelnde Städtchen am glasklaren See in ruhiger Waldlandschaft.

Mitten drin liegt Lindas großzügiges Apartment in einem gut durchlüfteten, dadurch auch im Sommer angenehmen mittelalterlichen Haus am Domplatz. Parkplätze und Bahnhof, Supermarkt und hervorragende Gelateria / Pasticceria, Restaurants und Kneipen und (wir hatten ein Kirchweihwochenende erwischt) der Straßenmarkt sind fußläufig erreichbar, natürlich auch das Kastell mit seiner Ausstattung aus dem 17.-19.Jh., und, wenn man den Aufstieg zurück nicht scheut, auch der See, an dem man aber (außer am Wochenende) auch gut parken kann. Wer mit dem Auto nach Bracciano kommt, wird sich natürlich auf manche überraschende Verkehrsführung einstellen (um den zentralen Platz geht es eigentlich sternförmig im Kreis). Irgendwie italienisch ist es auch, wenn man den Müll sorgfältig trennt, dann aber plötzlich keinen Glascontainer mehr findet.

Die Wohnung ist wirklich perfekt ausgestattet, auch mit Beschriftungen, z.B. bei den Müllbehältern und dem Wäscheschrank, und mit Zwischensteckern und konsequenten Befestigungen für Fenster und Türen, und charakteristischen Möbeln und Teppichen, und allen möglichen Küchenutensilien und...was im Laufe der Jahre so sinnvolles dazukommt (das von den Kindern etwas vermisste WLAN ist ja nicht unbedingt nötig).

Linda ist vor Jahren von Kalifornien nach Rom gezogen und kümmert sich vorbildlich um die Wohnung und ihre Gäste. Man kann sich mit ihr (auf Englisch) ganz großartig unterhalten. Thanks a lot, Linda!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Apartment was exactly as listed.

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this apartment. Ideal location and 10 minutes walk from the train station. Easy access to Rome by train, one hour max. Apartment owner, Linda, was very helpful, friendly and could not have done any more to make sure was stay was enjoyable. The lake was about 20 minutes walk, be prepared for the hills on the walk back to the town. Lake very clean, ferry available to both surrounding villages on the lake. Overall, really enjoyed both the apartment and rural Italy, would recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute in Bracciano at Linda's house. My husband, 11 year old son, and two nieces had plenty of space for sleeping, and hanging out. The flat has gorgeous views of Bracciano from the bedroom windows, and it is a stone throw away from the beautiful castle. I highly recommend this apartment!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you all for being such wonderful, respectful guests. It was indeed a pleasure to host people like yourselves who take good care of our home.
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From the Owner

Bracciano is a romantic town of historical importance in a beautiful country surrounding with easy access to Rome. .

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Roma Fiumincino (FCO) at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bar del Castello at 50 Metres Nearest Ferry : Civitavecchia at 50 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Sutri at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Bracciano at 200 Metres Nearest Motorway : Torreimpietra at 20 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Trattoria del Castello at 50 Metres Nearest Ski : Terminillo at 100 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Lake Bracciano with windsurf kayak rental at 500 Metres Car: not necessary

Bracciano, a charming little town on Lake Bracciano northwest of Rome, is dominated by the majestic 14th Century Oldescachi Castle, one of the most beautiful feudal residences in all of Europe and site of the Tom Cruise - Kate Holmes wedding. The location just doesn't get any better. An easy commute to the center of Rome (less than an hour), an easy walk to the lake (20 minutes), and an easy drive to the sea (20 minutes). The best of all worlds, the peace of a lakeside town with the madness of beautiful, wonderful Rome at an easy distance. The Umbrian towns of Todi, Assisi, Perugia, and Gubbio and the Tuscan towns of Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca and Florence are doable day trips. The Fiumicino Airport is 45 minutes away and the Ciampino Airport is 1 hour away.


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4 Sep 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
6 night minimum stay
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Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
18 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
6 night minimum stay
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8 Jan 2017 - 8 Apr 2017
6 night minimum stay
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9 Apr 2017 - 22 Apr 2017
6 night minimum stay
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23 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
6 night minimum stay
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28 May 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £178
cleanaing/laundry £76

Rates stated include up to 4 people. For each additional person 20/day (this does not apply to monthly rentals).
All linens are provided.
Unless otherwise arranged, check-in from 4 pm: check-out at 10 am.
Check-in after 6 pm €20 fee.

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Updated: 30-Aug-2016
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From the Owner

This apartment is a beautifully restored 14th century apartment, with stone fireplace, tile floors and beamed ceilings throughout and antique furnishings.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All
  • Historic


  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • town


  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 120 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed, or Queen double
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, or Queen double
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Sofa bed/Futon
  • The bedrooms feature wood beamed ceilings and ample closet and dresser space.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...


  • Self-catering

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