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

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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.

More Details

Linda, owner
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 July, 2017

Why Linda, owner chose Rome Province

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

What makes this apartment unique

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


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Bracciano in Bracciano

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • town
  • 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
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 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.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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


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Historic apartment by Castle on Lake Bracciano, easy access to Rome
average rating of 4.7058825 based on 17 reviews

Fantastic Location, Charming Apartment

  • 4 of 5

Our family of 4 (kids of 15 and 13) spent a wonderful month in Bracciano. There really are no surprises with the apartment as the photos and description are spot on. Getting to know the town quite well in the month we were there, I would say the location of this apartment is probably the best in the historic district. It is on a lovely piazza that doesn't get busy or loud in the evenings (like many other locations in town), and we never tired of seeing the castle as we strolled up towards the apartment.

The apartment had some very nice furnishings and antiques that were very much appreciated. The kitchen was functional, and we used it quite a bit for cooking wonderful meals from items purchased from the local markets.

There are 2 air conditioning units....1 in the main sitting area, that certainly kept it cool, and 1 in one of the bedrooms. These units put a strain on the power, as we lost power several times. A quick flip of the fuses and we were back in business. We figured out what electrical units could or couldn't run at the same time....I guess it added to the charm of staying in a 14th century apartment.

WiFi was reliable and helped keep up with work at home and allowed kids to play some games for down time after a day of exploring.

As mentioned above, some of the furnishings were beautiful and much appreciated, however, some were not. The beds were thin and hard and the pull out sofas were old, dated, stained and uncomfortable to sleep on. Not to worry, as there were so many positives with the apartment and the town itself, that we hardly gave the beds and the sofa beds a second thought, but thought it was worth mentioning.

The owner, Linda, met us at check in and was very accommodating and helped us get situated and learn some of the quirks of the apartment, appliances, recycling, etc...

We were more than pleased with the apartment and the town of Bracciano. Both helped provide our family with memories of a lifetime.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure hosting this family of four for a month and welcome their comments. In response, an additional number of Kilowatt hours of energy has been contracted which will now allow both brand new a/c units and all other appliances to operate simultaneously without a problem. Although the orthopedic bed mattresses have not been a problem for our past guests, two new Simmons dormopedic mattresses have replaced two mattresses that were in the apartment. The mattresses in the sofa beds are also being replaced. These changes should make for a perfect stay! We look forward to seeing you again some time......
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East family in Bracciano

  • 5 of 5

This property was AMAZING! Not only was the property located perfectly in the village of Bracciano, Italy, it was so quaint and we could feel the centuries of history with all the modern conveniences.The property owner was so gracious to us all. The transaction side of the booking was easy and quick. We hope to return, many times. Thank you, Linda for making this so special for us. See you again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We would welcome another visit from you and your family. You are the perfect guests, having taken good care of our property. A presto!
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San Diego, California

Perfect Apartment

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this lovely apartment! Linda, the owner, was very helpful. She arranged our arrival and departure connection from the airport and greeted us upon our arrival in Bracciano.

The apartment was beautiful, very clean and in a perfect location. The photos don't do it justice! The kitchen is small but adequate (who wants to cook on vacation!). Bracciano is such a charming and friendly town with good restaurants. The train station is only a 10 minute walk with easy access to Rome. We highly recommend this apartment.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We thoroughly enjoyed having this lovely couple in our Bracciano place. They took very good care of our home and we are glad they took every opportunity to get to know the town folk and shop and restaurant owners. We would happily welcome them back.
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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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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Roma Fiumincino (FCO)
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Bar del Castello
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
200 Metres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Trattoria del Castello
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Lake Bracciano with windsurf kayak rental
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Bracciano, Rome & Lazio

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
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
3 Sep 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
17 Dec 2017 - 13 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
14 Jan 2018 - 24 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
25 Mar 2018 - 7 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Apr 2018 - 5 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 May 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2018 - 16 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £77.44
Additional Guest Fee £18.22 per person per night
Damage Deposit £273.33

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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