Sermoneta, Historic Stone house with pool, in a Medieval Hill Town home close to Rome and Naples
Come to one of the most perfect medieval towns in Italy and enjoy living in a unique 12th century house, available for rent by the week or month. An unforgettable experience in the mild climate of this historic town and area, only twenty minutes from great beaches, and a half hour train ride from Rome, awaits you. The owners, who formerly owned an acclaimed Château-hotel in France, have brought with them a certain flair and experience as well as fine French antiques which you will find throughout.
Sermoneta is a rare and wonderfully preserved medieval hilltop town, with the ambiance of earlier epochs and a simplicity that belies its beauty. Domus Doull is a restored house in the oldest part of the town, near the dramatic"Caetani"castle, and with views over the Pontine Plain to the Mediterranean. Not far from the Via Appia, and countless other historic sites, and with feasible day trips by train to Rome and Naples, this is a great location for sightseeing. The 40 kilometres of beaches in the are make it a great location for summer holidays too.
The house includes a charmingly painted living room/dining room, a fully-equipped kitchen, and two bedrooms, each with modern baths. Its shady garden is deliciously scented by the blossoms of ancient orange and lemon trees. Enjoy cooking Italian style in the garden's own pizza oven and outdoor grill, then settle in and enjoy your meal at the stone outdoor table. Best of all, enjoy sunning and bathing in a your own pool. In May and June the jasmine blossom is positively overwhelming.
The train station of Latina is only ten minutes by car from Sermoneta, and with the train journey to Rome only half an hour, daily sight-seeing visits to Rome are an attractive proposition. However, there is a wealth of tourist possibilities in the environs of Sermoneta; some of them are noted below. The ABBEY of VALVISCIOLO, a few kilometers north of SERMONETA, was established by Basilian monks in the VIIIth century and passed to the Knights Templar who reconstructed it in Gothic style using local stone. The Knights immortalized their ownership by sculpting their cross on the facade. In the XIIIth century, the Cistercians imposed their own style on the interior and in the decoration. Inside, frescoes by Nicola Circignani (1520-1600) and Emilio Savonanzi (1580-1660) can still be seen. Next to the church is the monastery with its cloisters. Not far from SERMONETA (6km) are the ruins of the ancient town of NINFA, the "Pompei of the Middle Ages", destroyed in 1381. The destruction of NINFA was the result of a feud between two branches of the Caetani family, the winners of which exacted this violent revenge. The town had contained within its walls ten churches, four monasteries, a municipal Palace, and a castle with a high tower. The ruins remained untouched for centuries; the crystal waters from the Lepino hills flowing through the lake and streams of the abandoned site. Today, all that remains of old NINFA are the ruins of the castle, the mills, and the churches, reflected in the waters of its lake. In 1920 Gelasio Caetani converted the site into a natural Oasis, a wonderful park of exotic and rare plants that thrive in this world-renowned micro-climate. These extraordinary gardens can be visited on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month from April to October, and on public holidays.
An extraordinary natural site is the NATIONAL PARK OF CIRCEO, host to the Monte Circeo, 20 km of superb sandy beaches, four lakes and a forest in its 8,500 hectares (18,700 acres). Recognised by UNESCO as a "World Heritage Site", the park contains 1,237 species of fauna and 250 species of bird, and wild boar, deer and foxes thrive in the forest. It also contains ruins of Emperor Domitian's Villa and Lucullo's Spring. The 1,700 foot Monte Circeo is believed to be the site of Circe and her Sirens, described in Homer's Iliad. Circe drugged Ulysses' 23 companions and turned them into swine; however, Ulysses avoided this fate with an antidote provided by Hermes, and persuaded Circe to fall in love with him, which helps explain her decision to return his companions. The Roman Emperors had an eye for beauty, and in addition to Emperor Domitian's Villa near Sabaudia, those of Nero at Anzio and Tiberius at Sperlonga are testament to the fact that vacations in this area have an excellent, and lengthy, pedigree !
Additional amenities include: games, cycling, satellite TV or cable TV, beach service (available), mountain biking, maid service available, shopping/restaurants, ocean nearby, pool view, cd player, nice furniture, online payment, lounge/common area, hairdryer, horseback riding, iron and board, ground floor, suitable for children, walking, paragliding, swimming, coffee maker, iron/board, live entertainment, hiking, crib, fishing, TV(s), coffeemaker.TripAdvisor property ID 1829067...Read more
Left on 05/20/2014 for a stay in May 2014 | Tim SReviewed May 20, 2014Stayed May 2014
The web site proposed a lovely location and property; the reality well met all of those advance expectations. The owners were most helpful for establishing the arrival processes and the local staff prepared the house very well for our arrival.
The property was totally unique; medieval is correct; full of charm and character. The house was furnished exceptionally and we could not fault anything that was made available to us. The beds were super comfortable; the living room quiet and relaxing; the bathrooms were great and the kitchen totally well equipped. Outside, the shaded patio area, complete with the hammock, was really nice to use morning, noon and night and the pool area was the icing on the cake with it's splendid views over the Pontine Plains out to the sea. The Internet worked a treat too! Five star and elegant in every aspect!
The village was beautiful; characterful and traditional. We were thrilled at the diverse choice of cafes and restaurants, as well as the peace and quiet of largely a carless society with splendid views from every direction. All of these were within a very easy walk from "Domus Doull". We loved returning from Rome's hustle and bustle to the peace and quiet of the village!
Highly recommendable to anyone who wants to enjoy a comfortable "away from it all" stay in a truly unique property and location!
We are so glad that you appreciated the exceptional charm and the history of this very special Italian town. We are also please that you liked our house. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you.Thank you for writing.
A FlipKey verified reviewer
Left on 09/13/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 13, 2013Stayed Aug 2013
A real haven. For a real feel of Italy this is the location for you. Peace and tranquillity await. The rental has a very traditional and authentic feel with every comfort you could want. You will not be disappointed with the local restaurants they are very welcoming and accommodating. The only difficulty was leaving such a beautiful place!
We are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday and the charm of Sermoneta , one of the best preserved and most beautiful Medieval towns in Italy, and which remains much as it always has. The fact that you are a half hour from the Mediterranean by car and a half hour from Rome by train, adds to the pleasure of a Holiday at this location.Thank you for writing!
Left on 08/03/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | Andreas SReviewed Aug 3, 2012Stayed Jul 2012
Vår familj hade en fantastisk vecka i Sermoneta och i "Domus Doull".
Ägarna, Adrian och Susan var mycket hjälpsamma och delade med sig av goda råd om sevärdheter, restauranger och stränder. Poolen var välanvänd av barnen och det behövdes i värmen.
Det är inte bara närheten till stränder och Rom gör denna plats till en liten pärla, Sermoneta i sig är en underbar plats. Vi åker gärna tillbaka.
//Andreas med familj.
We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time in Sermoneta, and appreciated the Village as well as the house. We are delighted that you want to come. You were delightful guests to meet and know.
“Beautiful place in magical village”
Left on 05/15/2011 for a stay in May 2011 | plentyofworldtoseeReviewed May 15, 2011Stayed May 2011
What a gorgeous place Sermoneta is. I am not sure I would have ever visited that region of Italy without finding your place on the website. There were so many wonderful surprises at every turn, and we loved that it was not too crowded. We were very happy to be tucked in at the beautiful and charming Domus Doull, where we spent one full day lazing around the pool, and countless hours reading, napping and soaking it all up. While we were very happy there, we ventured out a little, too. The lunch I had in San Felice Circeo was a highlight. Our trip to Sperlonga was glorious, and it is where we learned about Lucano --- a lesson we enjoyed very much! Thanks to your directions, the drive back to Rome on the Via Appia resulted in more great views and food at Lake Albano.
We really could not have asked for a more beautiful place or a more magical village to visit. Thanks so much.
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