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“World's best view from the Pool? Close to Orvieto - Great for day trips.”

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Castello Santa Maria
Reviewed July 3, 2011

After 2 years of Tuscany we decided to continue our love affair with Italy by expanding our horizons. 2 nights in Rome, followed by a week close to the East coast, we drove to Castello Santa Maria for 6 nights- An easy 1 1/2 hr drive from Fiumicino Rome airport, the Castello must be the most signposted pace in Italy - remarkable for such a small place!. On arriving, we were welcomed by Ulla, Serena & Diego, and given a tour of the Castle. As described in the other reviews, the family are very welcoming, the castle is fantastic, and full of antiquities. I guess the best comparison would be a small Scottish or Stately home inside, but with none of the "don't touch".
We stayed in the 3 bedroomed house attached to the main building. Inside it was cool, spacious, and well laid out. the only issue is that the showers have almost no pressure, but that's the only comment we could think of. Now to the best part - the pool. It's simply impossible to explain or visualize from photo's, but I spent a couple of hours each day just staring at the fantastic views. Even the teenage kids were impressed!
Location is great - a 3 minute drive from the village with Gelateri, coffee, small shops (Pharmacy, bank, small supermarket), Friday market.
20 -45 minutes from a host of great towns to visit (Bolsena on Lake Bolsena, Orvieto - an absolute gem , Viterbo, Montefiascone etc). Slightly longer at an hour is Todi which is another gem of a hilltop town, almost a mini San Gimignano.
We loved the place, loved the hospitality, loved the half day cookery school with Serena who is Bocos D'or trained (me, wife, teenage daughter & son), and would thoroughly recommend.
If you want action, nightlife, room service and pampering then this isn't the place for you.
If you want history, peace, great food, a location within an easy drive of sights and all at a fair price, then this should do the trick. We've tried (and liked) Agrotourism - and this is similar but a notch or 2 up the scale.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 2, 2010

The Castello is a gem. Diego and his daughter Serena are very welcoming hosts and are rightly proud of their beautifully restored home which is now a very comfortable small hotel. The views from the pristine pool are stunning and the food nothing short of sublime. Add to this a setting in Northern Lazio which has everything which is wonderful about Italy except lots of tourists and it would be hard to find a more perfect place to have a holiday.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 27, 2010

First impressions are of a beautiful medieval castle, set in acres of olive groves. This is an unspoilt area of Lazio tucked between Umbria and Tuscany. Nothing prepares you for the breathtaking interior of the Castello, full of Roman and Etruscan antiquities and classical art.
The welcome you receive from Diego, Luciana and Serena is fantastic, they make you feel one of the family as soon as you arrive.
You must try Diego's risotto and Serena's patisseries, they are exquisite and their wine cellar is impressive.
One word of caution: do not book in for full board, we could not resist the wonderful food and struggled to get to the swimming pool to burn off the calories!!

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 9, 2015
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  • Stayed: November 2015, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 26, 2014
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Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 5, 2014
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2013
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 01020, Civitella d'Agliano, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Province of Viterbo > Civitella d'Agliano
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Civitella d'Agliano
Price Range: $171 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Castello Santa Maria 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The castello was an old convent with original frescos of 1500 century. Beautifully restored with breathtaking interiors, today the Castello is a charming and peaceful countryhouse between Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany with amazing panorama from the pool. Breakfast and dinner are served in the ancient refectory; rooms are situated on the second floor or in charming cottages around the castello. Pastry and cooking lessons on request. ... more   less 
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