Graceful 17th century country manor home set in splendid countryside just one hour north of Rome. Ideally located for exploring Lazio's Etruscan sites and Renaissance palaces or for a day trip into Rome. Elegant and Impressive, this villa was home to a famous movie star while filming Eat, Love Pray. Villa Martino is a graceful 17th century country manor home, owned by the same family for three hundred years and has been designated as a national monument. Set in splendid countryside just one hour north of Rome, the villa is ideally located for exploring Lazio's Etruscan sites and Renaissance palaces, for golfing at one of several 18-hole courses or for a day in the city. San Martin al Cimino and the old city of Viterbo, are only one mile from the villa. There is a great deal to see within half an hour's drive: the unique gardens of the Villa Lante and Bomarzo, the over-the-top splendor of the Villa Farnese and beautiful old towns such as Vitorchiana and Montefiascone. As the center of the Etruscan civilization some 4000 years ago, the area is liberally sprinkled with their igloo-shaped tombs, notably at Cerveteri where the local museum houses an impressive collection of their extraordinary pottery. Newly renovated for 2009, Villa Martino has large rooms full of light and is decorated with fine antiques and a sprinkling of ancestral portraits. The bedrooms are immensely comfortable with modern bathrooms. A few meters from the house is the beautifully restored guest house, La Casale. Outside, terraces and pergolas filled with flowers provide additional sitting and dining areas. A lawn with clipped hedges leads down through the garden to a stunning, infinity-edged swimming pool overlooking the estate's private olive groves and the hills leading towards Viterbo. There is a private chapel on the grounds making Villa Martino a perfect place for weddings. Ground Floor: Villa Martino opens up with two grand hallways. On the left is the stone stairway to the first floor and a large living room with fireplace, dining room, kitchen with fireplace and laundry, another spacious living room and a study which opens to the furnished terrace with garden furniture and dining table. On the other side of the entrance is a double bedroom and en suite bathroom with shower. First Floor: The impressive and wide antique stone staircase leads to the first floor. Here is a double bedroom suite with a sitting room and a large bathroom with a Jacuzzi and separate shower, a double bedroom that shares a bathroom with shower with a single bedroom.This bedroom has a 'French' bed which sleeps either one adult or two children. Another double bedroom and a twin bedroom share a bathroom with bath and shower. The Casale First Floor: Here are two double bedrooms, each with a mezzanine that holds an additional single bed, ideal for families with children. Both of these bedrooms have en suite bathrooms with beautifully appointed fixtures and showers. Further down the hallway is a twin bedroom with an en suite bathroom with shower. Seven hectares/twenty acres of olive groves surround the property's extensive lawns. The private swimming pool is situated about twenty meters from the house and not only is it private, but it also has spectacular views. Sleeps 20 9 Bedrooms 7 Full Baths ROOMS Dining Room, Kitchen, Study, Terrace, Garden, 2 Large Living Rooms, Well Equipped Wine Cellar, TV Room, Game Room, Pergola, Private Chapel Villa 2 Double Bedrooms with en suite bathrooms 2 Double Bedrooms 1 Twin Bedroom 1 French Bedroom (140 cm, can sleep 1 adult comfortably or 2 children) Casale 2 Double Bedrooms with mezzanine single bed with en suite bathrooms 1 Twin Bedroom with en suite bathroom 5 Bathroom with Shower 2 Bathroom with Tub (includes either hand held or wall mount shower) FACILITIES Stove, Oven, Microwave, Refrigerator, Freezer, Dishwasher, Washer Only, Phone, High Speed Internet Access, Satellite TV with English Speaking Channels, DVD, Hairdryer, Billiards, Wood Oven AMENITIES Private In-ground Pool, 7 x 14 meters, Fireplace, Central Heat, Maid Service, Views, Daily Cook Service for Breakfast and Dinner, Daily Maid Service, Pool Towels, Welcome Basket of light snacks and beverages, Shampoo and Soaps in each bathroom, Two Fireplaces. TRANSPORTATION: PRIVATE PARKING DISTANCE TO PARKING: On premises for 4 cars NEAREST AIRPORT: Fiumicino, 1.25 hrs NEAREST TRAIN STATION: Viterbo, 1.5km CITIES AND TOWNS: Rome 1 hour, San Martino al Cimino and Viterbo 1.5km, Vitorchiana and Montefiascone 0.5 hr drive SERVICES: Shops, Restaurants, Grocery Store, Post Office 1.5km NOTES The kitchen may only be used by the cook and staff at Villa Martino. The warm and gracious owners live on the premises.
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