About this listing
Beautiful house in pretty Medieval village. Wooden beam roof, fireplace, large garden with a stunning view. Fully equipped.
Ideal for a romantic retreat or creative writing. Rome, can be easily reached by train (40 minutes to the very centre).
This is a large independent house nicely furnished. It has a spacious living room with a lovely fireplace, 2 bedrooms (one en-suite) and 2 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a lovely garden with a stunning view over the eternal city. The house is ideal for a family as well as for a couple in search of a romantic retreat.
The village has various free parking areas available. The house is in the medieval centre, which is pedestrian area (ideal for children!)
Guests have access to all the facilities of the house, which is fully equipped. Washing machine, dishwasher, ironing table and iron, stereo, TV.
Interaction with Guests
I am happy to show you around the village and suggest places to visit around the area.
The town of Castelnuovo is extremely lively. A characteristic medieval village (all pedestrian zone), with stone houses and a beautiful piazza where to enjoy a nice aperitivo in the evening. The town is mostly populated by young intellectuals and artists, happy to be away from the madness of the city. It is famous for its eco-friendly attitude and always up for some collective fun (there are many country fairs and markets with local products), every weekend there's an event!
There's a local train which takes into central Rome in about 40 minutes. The car is not a must, all shops and facilities are easy to reach in town.
No loud music or noise after 22h00,
No smoking in the rooms.
No unauthorized overnight guests.
Check-in time is flexible, just confirm with details,
The apartment is not serviced and completely self-catering.
Lost keys charge is Euro 100.
You will be held liable for any breakage or damages caused during your accommodation period
When you enter the historical centre of Castelnuovo di Porto, its like going back into time. Small pedestrian streets with charming houses, lazy cats lying on doorsteps. In the evening, young and old meet at the piazza for listing to a concert, having a chat at the terrace, enjoying a beer, wine or gelato.
Mary's house is beautiful, spacious en well-equipped. From the kitchen window and especially from the lovely little garden, you have a spectacular view. Mary is an excellent host : friendly and helpful.
The lake of Bracciano (the small beach of Trevignano was our favourite) and the Monte Gelato waterfalls were very nice places to escape from the heat during the warmest days.
To go to Rome, you don't need a car. The train from Castelnuovo brings you in 45 minutes to centre of Rome.
Mary's house is simply a dream!! The emplacement in a very beautiful village, without any tourists, is unique. The house is spacious, very clean and well decorated. Mary was very nice and helpfull with us. I warmly recommand her house!
The apartment (which is actually an amazing townhouse! 2 floors plus a loft!) was GREAT!!! Good, quiet location with an amazing view, great coffee/bar very close, awesome gelato, and the bathroom (shower) was one of the best in Italy!!! :) Sincerely, Mary's photos do not do the apartment justice....
And, I have to say Mary was very accommodating of our super late arrival and arranged for her niece to meet us with keys even though it was almost 11 pm at night! Second, during our weeklong stay, my husband (yes, he is getting the blame on this one) somehow lost the apt key and Mary could not have been more helpful. She met up with us w an extra key and even researched for us fees to replace the key.
...I have to say: WOULD DEFINITELY STAY HERE AGAIN!!!!
It's hard to even find a con, but the only inhibiting factor was no wifi--not even in the town or piazza...just hard to get directions, research, communicate w friends and fam while abroad....
Mary was extremely welcoming as she showed us around the house. Everything we expected and more was in place when we got there. If we texted her with a question she answered promptly. The house itself was exceptional and full of character and what a fantastic view of the valley! Highly recommended.
We spent two weeks at this holiday house in September 2014 and we had such a wonderful experience, we can't recommend it highly enough.
Right from the start Mary was extremely helpful, staying in contact with us when we were travelling, providing bus and train timetables, and even picking us up from the station (much appreciated after a day spent travelling!).
The house itself was fantastic: it felt like the tower of a castle! It offers far-reaching views across the hills, cool and quiet bedrooms (perfect for afternoon naps!), a really well equipped kitchen, plus a nice private garden with hammock and seats. We particularly liked getting to know the local cats who were very friendly!
The town itself is beautiful. There are fantastic views over the surrounding countryside, cobbled streets, and good cafes, bars and shops clustered around or near to the Piazza. We particularly enjoyed the delicious pastries for breakfast at Leie's and the moreish pizzas to takeaway from La Vecchia Torre. There's always something happening - in the two weeks we stayed here we enjoyed fireworks displays, outdoor plays, live music and even a rodeo! We were made to feel very welcome and loved the atmosphere in the town, in which people of all ages socialize together.
In addition to this it's only a 15 minute walk to the station, then a 45 minute journey into Rome - the train is direct and takes you right into the cultural heart of the city - plus it's very cheap to use, so you don't need a hire car. We had a wonderful time exploring, and enjoyed alternating between sight-seeing trips to Rome and days back in Castelnuovo di Porto just eating, sleeping and relaxing.
This little gem is highly recommended - it really felt like a home from home and we miss it already! Thank you so much Mary.
Mary gave us a warm welcome to her house in Castelnuovo di Porto. She communicated with us very well prior to our arrival and provided specific directions to the house.
Mary's kindness and relaxed personality ensured that we felt very much at home in her house. The house was perfect for our stay (a pit stop on our way back to Rome): all amenities were there and the relaxing garden has superb views! Castelnuovo di Porto proved to be a little scenic town with a lively piazza and warm, welcoming people. We warmly recommend Mary's house to other travellers.
We stayed here for 2 weeks during spring and everything was perfect. The town is very charming, the house beatiful and our hosts Mary, Savino and Eva were very friendly and generous. They were extremely helpful with accomodating us - picking us up and showing us the town. They also provided us with some great tips for current exhibitions and restaurants that we really enjoyed. We really hope we get the chance to return to Castelnuovo soon! Miss it already... PS. The pizza at La Vecchia Torre on the piazza is also highly recommended :)
About the Host, Mary
I am an Academic based in Rome. I usually travel with my husband and my lovely 6 years old daughter. We hate hotels and would always prefer a house or a B&B to a five star. We love to have guests and will do our best to make their stay a unique experience.