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
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 :)
Mary was a great host. She kept in contact with me prior to my arrival in Rome, answering questions that I had. And, despite my lousy phone conking out upon arrival :/ and so not being able to contact her quickly, she and her husband were just lovely. They welcomed my sister and me warmly and even drove us (in the pouring night rain!) to Castelnuovo to show us the house. Really nice people. :)
As for the house, it is so cute. There are 3 levels: mezzanine, main floor, and basement, where the washer and main bathroom are located. The bed in the mezzanine was a nice size, and for April, where it can get a bit chilly, the bedding was so comfy and warm.
Take the time to visit the shops around this medieval town. Buy some food. And, enjoy cooking in the kitchen. My sister loved it, especially the counter space and wonderful window seat opening out to some of the most beautiful countryside. Wow, what verdant hills!
Of course, if you want to visit Rome some time on your trip, the train station is not far. If you stop at the pasticceria (bakery) along the way, it's about 20 min. But, if not, it's about a 10-15 min walk. The ride into Rome's Flaminio station is 45 min and doesn't cost much: 1.80E each way. But, they also have a 3-day pass, so ask. There are different train schedules during holidays, but Mary was very helpful in providing all this information.
In all, my sister and I had an excellent experience staying at Mary's house and would definitely recommend her charming home. :) Grazie, Mary.
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.