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Beautiful Stone House with Pool set in 12 acres, Sabine Hills, North of Rome

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

A private house in Tarano, Peaceful rural location with pool. 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6 comfortably.

Charming stone house set in 12 acres of countryside in the Sabine hills of Lazio. On a South facing slope with far-reaching views of the mountains the house has a 12m x 5m pool with Roman steps for easy access. Behind the house are the olive grove and the oak woods. On the slope in front are the fruit trees- plum, peach, fig, apple, pear, apricot, cherry and pomegranate. To the east is the 'orto'- the vegetable garden:usually with tomatoes, aubergines, courgettes, chillies, peppers, cucumbers as well as a herb bed. The bee-eaters- wonderfully coloured birds who fly in from Africa- often nest in the bank outside the back door. There are buzzards who live a few hundred yards away and the swifts and house martins drink from the pool each morning and evening. Sparrowhawks, cuckoos, nightingales, owls, woodpeckers, shrikes also make themselves known. We are, however, close to civilization too, so you have the chance to visit some of Italy's gems and sample it's wonderful culture & lifestyle

Anthony Holder
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Calendar last updated:
13 December, 2016

About Anthony Holder

I was born in Rome where I attended junior school before returning with my parents to the UK, but at the end of a very hectic working life, I decided to spend more time in the land of sunshine and good food. After a few fruitless months of searching for a property in the area, I took the plunge, bought a plot of land and embarked on the adventure of designing and building a house. The challenge of that and planting and growing my own olives, fruit and vegetables has given me great pleasure. The result of our labours is a house which a number of the locals swear was there when they were boys and where we now spend a great deal of time with friends.

Why Anthony Holder chose Rieti Province

Romans have summered in the Sabine Hills for centuries - it offers cooler temperatures, pastoral landscapes and a network of splendid little villages - not to mention a direct rail link to Rome in less than 1 hour. Our nearest village is Tarano, 3km/2 miles, unspoilt, medieval, with a lovely Romanesque church, bar and a couple of tiny shops. All the surrounding towns and villages are untouched by both tourism and the 21st. Century. The area is relatively unknown to foreigners- indeed it is a well-kept Italian secret and is wonderful for exploring by foot, car or bike. I have loved it since I was a boy.

Our house is far from the madding crowd but within easy reach of beautiful towns and cities of both artistic and cultural interest. So for us it ticks all the boxes.

What makes this villa unique

The house has a great feeling of space, both inside and out. There is enough room to find your own private corner if you so wish and despite seeming to be in the depths of the countryside, Rome, Orvieto, Spoleto, Assisi are all with easy reach for day trips.

Because we designed and built it for ourselves, rather than as a rental investment, it really is fully equipped and comfortably and well furnished. In the kitchen, apart from all electrical gadgets, you will find herbs and spices etc.

The pool comes into it's own in the heat of summer, with plenty of room for everyone- even sitting on the wide Roman steps to keep cool.

Depending on the season, there are fresh vegetables in the 'orto' for you to pick - usually, tomatoes,courgettes, aubergines, chillies, cucumbers, peppers, and herbs.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A beautiful house in an absolutely magical location. Every need has been catered for and it has been such a wonderful stay. The birdlife, the garden and pool were fabulous and contributed to the atmosphere of relaxation that has been cultivated here. We would love to thank you both for the thoughtful preparation, from babies high chair and cutlery to perfect directions and suggestions.

The Pilbeam Clan 7-14 August 2012

Delightful villa with some lovely touches. As a foodie family, we were especially pleased to see the kitchen so well appointed... The Ellisons. 2012

Well, we’re home but certainly wish we were still in Italy!

We really did enjoy staying in your lovely house ..could not fault it for a holiday for a family the size of ours (6). We loved the house and the pool and enjoyed being able to eat tomatoes and fruit and vegetables.

Hopefully we can come again sometime as we barely scratched the surface of the region in our 10 days at Casale Argentieri.

The Balaams
Apr 2012
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A Fantastic House in a brilliant location

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to spend a week in this beautiful house. We were met by Tony & Caroline and given a full tour of the house and handy hints for staying in the area.

The house is fabulous, well equipped and comfortable. The pool was a welcome respite from visiting the sights around and generally chilling. We used the BBQ facilities and enjoyed some of the produce from the garden.

During our stay we visited Tivoli and enjoyed both Hadrians villa and Villa d'Este. Very hot visiting in August, take plenty fluids! We also had a lovely ride out to Rocchette which is a magical village.

We also were lucky enough to have an overnight stay in Rome. We travelled by train from Stimigliano- very safe to leave car at the train station overnight. We booked tickets for the train on line and it was so easy and cheap!

We ate out at a popular restaurant Da Lina -amazing pizzas!

All of us had the most amazing time and would highly recommend anyone visiting the area to stay at this house. We know that we will definitely be returning.

Thank you Tony & Caroline

Lynne, Andrew, Joe & Dan Westhead & Mags

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Fantastic Property

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful house in a lovely location. We have just returned from a two week stay here with our children (8 and 5) and we had a fantastic holiday. The house is very well appointed and the fresh fruit & veg growing outside was enjoyed by us all. The outdoor seating areas got a lot of use due to the lovely weather and the pool is great - the children spent a lot of time in it!

As well as spending lazy days by the pool, we explored the local area. Our favourite trip was to Lake Bracciano, which is very picturesque.

All in all a great holiday!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Prices & Availability

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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A non refundable deposit of £250 per week to be included with a signed booking form. Balance to be paid 8 weeks in advance.
A returnable damage deposit of £450 to be paid before arrival - refund within 10 days of departure.
Cancellation will incur the following charges:
56-43 days before arrival : 30%
42-29 days before arrival : 50%
28-14 days before arrival : 70%
0 - 14 days before arrival : 100%

Changeover Day:
The changeover day is normally a Saturday, but it might easily be possible to do a Friday, Sunday, or indeed 10 day holidays. Please ask us. In order to service the cleaning, we request that you leave by 10.00 and do not arrive before 16.00 please.

Notes on prices:
1) If you wish to stay an irregular length of time please contact us.

2) If the house takes substantially longer to clean than normal, we reserve the right to make an additional charge pro-rata.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Tarano in Rome & Lazio

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • En suite to bedroom 1 with shower, bidet, wc, basin, hairdrier. Views to the East Bathroom 2 with shower over bath, bidet, w.c. and basin, hairdrier. Views to the North Bathroom 3 downstairs with w.c and basin
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 Double bed, large wardrobe, chest of drawers, chairs. Fan. Views S & E Bedroom 2 Double bed, large wardrobe, chest of drawers, chairs . Fan. Views S & W Bedroom 3 Twin beds, large wardrobe, chest of drawers, chairs. Fan. Views W and pool.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Notes on accommodation: The house is our second home and is kitted out accordingly, rather than as a rental property. We simply wish to cover costs and therefore want only to rent out for 4 or 5 weeks per year. Friends who have stayed, think it is the most relaxing and peaceful of environments, so, if reading on the terrace, swimming, listening to music, rambling locally, bird watching, interspersed with exploring the wonderful towns that are within easy reach and sampling the delicious food and wine is your idea of a good holiday then this could be for you. Casale Argentieri is strictly no smoking and we do not permit pets. Outside: The covered terrace stretches the full length of the house on the South side, giving ample shade for eating and relaxing, with views South-Eastwards towards the Apennines and West along the valley towards a little hilltop town called Cicignano. There is almost always a light breeze here. We have a dining table and 6 chairs at one end of the terrace, with more relaxing seating at the other. A sturdy, good sized barbecue is available for outdoor cooking. The private pool is 12 metres by 5 metres with 3 metre wide Roman steps at the shallow end - good for easy access and for sitting on, especially for the young and the elderly. There are 6 sun loungers for use by the pool and a parasol to give some shade. The house is set in 12 acres and is surrounded by farmland and woods - an area delightful for evening or morning strolls. Utility Room: Washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: We provide sheets and duvet covers, 1 tog duvets, 2 pillows per person, bed covers, bath, face, pool towels & flannels. A reasonable amount of cleaning is included in the price. We reserve the right to charge extra on a pro-rata basis if more is required. Other: The double height landing is furnished as an office with a chair and desk and the router for the wi-fi internet.

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