The property is former barn lovingly converted into a 3 bedroom house by the owner 14 years ago. It has a peaceful setting with a number of areas to relax outside and enjoy the scenery. We (a family of 5, and a toddler) shared the space with the property owner's 3 dogs: Emma, Roy and Antonella. We appreciated the owner's local recommendations of places to visit and restaurants to try (always call in advance as many are closed during the week). It is a beautiful area of Italy to explore and one that we appreciated getting to know better.
Our 2 week stay was marred by a number of issues which proved difficult to resolve as the owner lives in Rome and works during the week so has to try and sort problems remotely. On our first night we discovered there was no hot water, no wifi internet connection and that the fireplace did not let smoke be drawn out of the chimney so the whole house filled with choking smoke. (The owner later told us it was a known design fault and that firewood had to be placed only at the back in order for fireplace to work better.) We left windows and doors open for several days but the smoke made the living room unusable for first week. The boiler issue took nearly 24 hours to resolve as the owner thought it was a fuse that had tripped during a thunderstorm and kept asking me to try switching on and off various buttons. The pictorial instructions for the boiler were hidden in a linen drawer in an upstairs bedroom wardrobe and when she told us about them we were able to switch on the hot water cylinder immediately.
Then three days later we found that we had NO water at all - we could not cook, shower, flush toilets etc. The owner was travelling to Paris for business so she was trying to diagnose the problem over whatsapp, getting me to check fuseboxes repeatedly. It turned out to be a faulty pump but I wasted a day of our holiday trying to resolve the issue, waiting for electrician who had to come 3 times as each repair failed and we lost water again.
Perhaps the most troubling problem was the nightly barking of the owner's new dog, Antonella. Antonella began barking as soon as it was dark and continued until dawn. Every night she barked and howled right next to the house, interrupting our sleep. This really affected our stay at the property and why I would hesitate to recommend it.
Beautiful country house near Rome. We enjoied the Turano Lake beach. We reached it with our Mtb. We ate special lake fish at the small village Castel di Tora.
The house is located in a beautiful place, around you there is only nature.
Paola, the owner, is a great person very helpful and very kind to provide guests with everything they need. Excellent advice on routes and things to see and do throughout the Sabina.
Being just a few kilometers from Rome you can, among other things, take a few day of sightseeing in the Eternal City.
To understand the deep magic of this place you have to stay there, you just need a day to be enchanted.
Il Casale di Valle Numa has remained in my heart and is always a pleasure to go back! Highly recommended!