La Torretta

La Torretta

Monteleone Sabino, Latium 6

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An evocative little residence created from the remnants of a beautifully restored Roman/Medieval tower with ceilings in panels of centuries-old oak.

The space

The cosy living room/kitchen has a fireplace, thick stone walls, handmade terracotta tiled floors and rustic, country furnishings. A wooden stairway leads to the floor above where two bedrooms lie under a slanted beamed roof, one of which has a magnificent view of the valley below. La Torretta faces onto a stone-slab terrace shaded by an old hazelnut tree with jasmine-covered wrought ironwork.

La Torretta is adjacent to Il Castellano, since they were once joined as parts of a monastery with a tower overlooking the valley. Each of the two buildings, one large and one small, has an ample dedicated exterior area; they share an approximately one-hectare garden, a panoramic terrace, a fruit orchard, vineyard and vegetable garden, a pizza oven with barbeque and a small soccer field. The west side of the garden overlooks the valley, offering a sweeping view of vineyards, olive groves and walnut and oak woods, all the way to where distant mountains are set aflame at sundown. A variety of birds and small wild fauna (foxes, squirrels and moles) abound here, where farming has always been an ecological enterprise.

The house is an ideal starting point for a visit to Rome and other towns in the regions of Lazio and Umbria, such as Tivoli (the Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa), Orvieto and Spoleto. Lake Turano, wedged between the unspoiled mountains and forests of the Monte Navegna Natural Park, is only 15 km away and offers swimming, canoeing and sailing.

I’ll be on hand to welcome you and offer advice and suggestions for possible itineraries, restaurants and entertainment, and to help make your stay a truly unforgettable one.