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The Olive Garden - Cottage Saba

Poggio Mirteto, Rieti

A/C
With the exception of the ground floor bedroom, all other rooms have air conditioning with individual climate control. Electricity is paid on-site in Euro.



BBQ
A portable charcoal BBQ is available for use.



Car Needed
It is necessary to have a car at this property.



Cleaning
A mid week towel change is included in the price. Light housekeeping with a two hour minimum per visit may be arranged. To ensure availability, order this service at the time of booking. This service is paid on-site in Euro.



Closest Airports
TransAtlantic: Rome Leonardo da Vinci at Fiumicino - 1.5 hours
TransAtlantic: Milan Malpensa - 6 hours



Driving Times
Poggio Mirteto: 6 minutes; Poggio Mirteto Scalo train station: 20; Soratte or Fara in Sabina: 20; Rieti: 40; Terni: 50; Rome, Tivoli, Frascati, Viterbo, Orvieto or the Castelli Romani Lakes: 60; Todi: 70; Spoleto or Lake Bracciano: 80; Perugia, L'Aquila or Anzio (Lazio coast): 100; Assisi or Montepulciano: 120.



Language Spoken
The owner speaks fluent English and lives nearby. His parents live on the estate and speak Italian and French.



Internet Access
For those taking along a laptop or an Internet capable device (ie. tablets, smartphones, iPads, iPhones), DSL WiFi is provided. Multiple users within range of the stationery modem have Internet access.



Heat
Heating is payable on-site in Euro. Two baskets of firewood for the fireplace are included in the price.



Interior Décor
Newer construction home that's simply and comfortably furnished as a bright and airy country cottage. Large windows and glass French doors allow for plenty of natural sunlight. All rooms have newly tiled floors.

Interior Amenities: The cottage is fully air conditioned with the exception of the ground floor bedroom. All the windows and French doors are screened. Two of the three bathrooms have heated towel racks and all are supplied with hair dryers.



Kitchen
There are two kitchens, one on each floor with both having a gas stove top, oven and fridge. The ground floor kitchen has more work space, a dishwasher, toaster and US style coffeemaker.



Meals
Dinner may be arranged, if requested at the time of booking. Advance notice is required and this service is paid on-site in Euro.



Minuses
While each home on the estate has its own private outdoor area and barbecue, the pool is shared with the owners and guests of the other rental cottage. The owner has an unleashed dog.

A phone is not provided at this rental - please bring



Parking
Parking is free beside the property.



Steps & Stairs
Walk 15 feet from the parking beside the cottage to the ground floor entrance or up a slight incline with five brick steps to the first floor entrance. The most accessible bedroom is on the ground floor and the adjacent bathroom require six steps. All others require 14 stairs with a handrail present for half of them.



Pluses
This olive oil producing estate offers a Tuscan-like setting with lovely country scenery and is within an hour's commute of Rome - a great way to combine a relaxing country stay with a couple of visits into Rome.

Included in the price are a 90 minute estate tour with a tasting of three oils; a 45 minute morning walk to the nearby town's best shops and artisans with cappuccino offered by the owner and the owner's availability during the stay to offer guidance and suggestions on the best ways and places to see in Rome and the surrounding areas.

The cottage is air conditioned, except for the ground floor bedroom and a programmable thermostat helps to reduce utility costs.



Pool
Shared with other guests. Pool opens May 15th and closes on the first Friday in October. Pool towels are provided.



Road Condition
Upon exiting the A1 autostrada, the route is along easy paved roads to the town of Poggio Mirteto. The final mile heads away from town on a narrow paved road that requires pulling aside for passing cars. The private driveway leading to the cottage is a steep, unpaved 120 yard path through the olive groves. Compact and mid size cars are strongly recommended. A minibus may not be able to manuever the driveway which means parking at the estate entrance and walking up/down the 120 yard path to and from the cottage.



Screens
Property has screened windows and doors.



TV
Satellite Basic package - A limited number of channels with most of them being Italian. There are one or two news channels in the English language.



Views
Exceptional panoramic views looking out over the olive groves, countryside, hill towns and mountains in the distance. The best views are from the furnished garden and the first floor balcony opening to the kitchen and one bedroom.



Washing Machine
This property is equipped with a washing machine.



What's nearby
Nearby Shopping: Poggio Mirteto's town center is just over a mile away with several shops, cafes, gelaterie, butcher, post office, ATM, pharmacy, wine shop and a shop making fresh pasta. There are two large supermarkets along the route from the cottage to the A1 highway. An outlet mall is near the A1 exit at Soratte and is open 7 days per week, 10 am to 8 pm.

Public Transportation: Poggio Mirteto Scalo, the newer section of town, is a 10 minute drive with train service into Rome's Tiburtina station taking 55 minutes. Service runs just about hourly with half hour frequency during commuter hours. The last train leaves Rome for Poggio Mirteto at 10:30 pm. An alternate option is to drive 20 minutes to Fara in Sabina where commuter trains leave every 15 minutes and take 40 minutes to reach Tiburtina station. The last train leaves Rome at 10 pm. Inside Tiburtina's train station, there is a Metro stop (line B). Both towns mentioned offer free parking.

Walking & Hiking: The nature reserve at Mt. Soratte is a 35 minute drive and offers marked walking and hiking trails for all levels of difficulty with one route specifically designed to stop at well preserved hermitages and another focuses on caves.



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