The Property

Casa Bella Vista, Via Immoglie, Picinisco, Frosinone Province, Lazio Region, Central Italy

Original farmhouse:
Over 400 years old, located in this outstanding rural setting on a hill-top above IMMOGLIE and enjoying stunning views - panoramic in all directions and overlooking 3 acres of olive groves, patios, water features and landscaped gardens with fig, fruit, cherry and nut trees and with scenic views across the valley and mountains beyond.

Originally dating from 1604, the farmhouse has been completely and expensively renovated and converted into 2 totally separate apartments with all modern conveniences and facilities including a sitting room extension from the ground floor apartment, with balcony enjoying truly awesome views.

Location:
Casa Bella Vista enjoys an elevated position at the top of Immoglie – a small borgata of just forty or so homes – being surrounded on all sides by the natural, rural beauty of the landscape and the solitude of the mountains in this most tranquil of settings enjoying breathtaking views and stunning sunsets.

As you would expect from its name, Casa Bella Vista has truly outstanding and inspirational views. It enjoys restful sunsets from its commanding hilltop situation with rugged mountain views to San Gennaro from a quiet breakfast patio under the shade of an old cherry tree.

Peaceful and rural, yet not isolated being just 80 minutes from Naples airport and 100 minutes from Rome Ciampino airport.  Access by road is easy and there are excellent shops in nearby villages with local produce and wines, friendly locals, great choice of restaurants and low prices.

A car is essential to enjoy the area's many interesting and historic towns and villages. However, for those preferring not to drive from Rome's airports there is a fast train between central Rome's terminii station and Cassino, where a car can be hired locally  (more info here).   Or take advantage of our airport pick-up service to then collect your hire car locally in Cassino. This airport pick-up and drop-off is by car for a maximum of 4 persons with an English speaking local driver. Please enquire for a quotation for this additional service.

The hamlet of Immoglie is in the mountains and Casa Bella Vista is at an altitude of 590 metres (1,937 ft) in the locality and Commune of the town of Picinisco (3 kms - 2 miles away) and close to the National Park of Abruzzi, Lazio and Molise.  The National Park is a huge protected area of mountains, forests and natural parkland covering some 51,000 hectares (125,000 acres or 197 square miles) of the Appenine mountain chain in this central region of Italy. The Park authorities arrange organised walks, hikes, climbing, bird and animal watching, biking, skiing and a host of other outdoor activities. Para Gliding is very popular from the mountains above San Donato with a purpose-made take-off ramp, wind socks and other helpful facilities provided.

Day excursions can be made by car or train to Naples, Capri, Sorrento, Pompeii and the Amalfi coast, or in the other direction to Rome to enjoy the sights of the Vatican, St Peter's Square, the Coliseum and the many historic attractions of  'The Eternal City' - although a visit to Rome is best by train from the station at Cassino - trains being cheaply priced, frequent, punctual and a great way to see the outstanding countryside to and from Rome.

Casserta is just a 60 minute drive (mostly motorway) towards Naples and is well worth a visit to enjoy the world's largest Palace with 1,200 rooms (built by the Kings of Naples before unification of Italy) and wander its 3 kilometres of Parks, water gardens, canal, streams, fountains, waterfalls etc. Whilst at Casserta a shopping trip to the McArthur Glen outlet is a 'must'. The buildings are based on an Arabian theme and include shops by Gucci, Valentino, Prada, Chanel, Armani, Ralph Lauren (Polo), Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Guess, Boss, Calvin Klein, Nike, Timberland, Adidas and hundreds more and all offering huge savings on their usual retail prices.

Immoglie is approximately 25 minutes (31 kms, 19 miles) by car from Cassino town and the main A1 autostrada (motorway) stretching from Milan in the north down past Rome in the centre and on to Naples in the south. The area around Cassino is famous in wartime history for the WW2 Battle for Monte Cassino – the mountain, Abbey and monastery above the town. The Abbey and grounds are well worth a visit and tour, as is the Polish cemetery atop the mountain and the Allied cemetery down in Cassino town itself – both stunningly silent and emotionally moving.

To the south and west from Cassino are the Mediterranean coastal towns and beaches of Gaeta, Formia and Scauri - 38 kms (24 miles) by car - so just a 35-40 minute drive from Cassino - just over an hour in total from Casa Bella Vista. Go for a day at the beach or just a super lunch at one of the many fish restaurants along the coast. The coastal town of Spurlonga - especially the Old Town, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Mediterraneum - is a favourite with guests.

With waterparks near to Immoglie, 3 swimming pools, horse riding, children's summer camps (by the day or week) for biking, climbing, walking, bird and animal watching in the national park (suitable for all grades from 'easy' up) and local winter skiing, there are many activities on offer to guests all year round and all close to our area.

Ground Floor Apartment:
Luxury Holiday Apartment in 400 year old, converted farmhouse set in 3 acres of olive groves with water features, landscaped gardens and orchard. Hilltop position with breathtaking views and stunning sunsets.

Completely self contained ground floor apartment with own separate entrance. 90 square metres in area including 3 double bedrooms, luxury bathroom, separate cloakroom, sitting room with carved stone fireplace for winter log fires, double doors to balcony with unrivalled, panoramic views, flat screen TV, satellite dish with European TV channels, free wi-fi,  DVD player, CD player, fully equipped kitchen and dining area. DVD film and CD music libraries.

We have FREE wi-fi installed for a good local connection to the internet and an Italian mobile phone for the free use of our guests.

For our winter guests - electric blankets, winter duvets, log, wood and kindling supplies for cosy log fires, double glazing, central heating. Low winter rentals and cheaper winter flights - so why stay at home?

'End of Stay' apartment cleaning and laundry both included, also generous electricity and water allowances are included.

Minimum stay 3 nights (4 nights over Xmas/New Year and Easter; 7 nights over August Holiday Season).

Restored Farmhouse:
Casa Bella Vista - a carefully and lovingly renovated farmhouse with 4 centuries' old features but the most modern luxury bathrooms, fully equipped modern fitted kitchen, Italian ceramics and marble everywhere, air conditioning, central heating, double glazing, adjustable shutters, beautifully furnished and with fully up-to-date facilities. A recent guest described it as - 'A warm, inviting, mountain farmhouse with amazing views.'

Acres of olive groves, water features, orchard and landscaped gardens to wander, with patios to just sit, unwind, relax and ponder.  We are one of the few 'Green' owners with rainwater harvesting and storage for irrigation of our floral and landscaped gardens and for use in our recirculating water features, waterfalls and fountains. In addition, and quite separately we have a large fresh water tank in our cantina basement to cater for our guests' requirements in the event of any summer mains water restrictions.

The views are pretty spectacular too - as a regular guest recently commented :-  'The breathtaking mountain views and the silence are priceless.'

Book your stay at 'laid back' Casa Bella Vista - surely how life is meant to be enjoyed !

Our apartment sleeps up to 6 guests at very reasonable flexible rentals. Flexible, so if you only use 1 bedroom it is cheaper than if you use 2 - which is cheaper than if you use all 3 bedrooms - that way you don't pay for bedrooms you don't use - that's flexible rentals and fair pricing! 
However, all bookings are for exclusive use and occupation of the whole apartment.

Casa Bella Vista - the best views, the best quality - at the most reasonable prices.
Drop us an email to enquire - alan.haworth@virgin.net

Italy's best kept secret is 'Casa Bella Vista'.
Torna presto

Summary:
Expensive total renovation and farmhouse conversion into 2 separate luxury apartments - all new double glazed windows with fly screens, fully adjustable external shutters, FREE wi-fi. Italian ceramic tiling & marble everywhere, new bathrooms, fitted kitchen, expensive furnishings, carved stone open fireplace for winter log fires, 3 acres of olive groves, vines, pear, apple, sharon fruit, cherry, fig and walnut trees. Landscaped gardens, water features, orchard and patios. Also comes complete with peace and quiet ...!   - you will not be disturbed by traffic, motorways, planes, neighbours or even the hum of everyday life - but you may be awakened by a morning cockerel or a breakfasting goat ...... such is life in rural Italy - welcome to the mountains.....

Our hope is to share with guests the restful tranquillity and stunning scenery at Casa Bella Vista and to provide a truly memorable holiday, so that you will surely wish to return ......

Apartment Features:
Air-conditioning and heating, double glazing, adjustable shutters, quality furnishings, full kitchen equipment, 3 double sized bedrooms, luxury bathrooms, balcony with truly outstanding views. FREE wi-fi.

Guests:
Comfortably sleeps 6 persons in 3 double bedrooms (one bedroom intercommunicating with access through another bedroom).

Location and Directions:
Quietly situated in the mountains of Central Italy, just 25 minutes from the Rome to Naples A1 Autostrada at Cassino.

Flying to Naples Capodichino airport:  Car hire from airport then head north west on A1 autostrada towards Rome (Roma) for 88 kms (55 miles), taking approximately 55 minutes; then take the exit for Cassino; then 31 kms (19 miles), taking 25 minutes to the farmhouse, passing the town of Atina and through the villages of Villa Latina and Valle Grande to our village of Immoglie.
Total 119 kms (74 miles), taking 1 hour 20 minutes from Naples airport.

Flying to Rome Ciampino airport:  Car hire from airport then south east on A1 autostrada towards Naples (Napoli) for 120 kms (74 miles) taking 75 minutes; then take the exit for Cassino; then as above 31 kms (19 miles) taking 25 minutes to the farmhouse, passing the town of Atina and through the villages of Villa Latina and Valle Grande to our village of Immoglie.
Total 151 kms (93 miles), taking 1 hour 40 minutes from Rome Ciampino airport.

Flying to Rome Fiumicino airport:  Car hire from airport then east on A91 autostrada, exit onto A90, then exit onto A1 autostrada; south east towards Naples (Napoli) for 156 kms (97 miles), taking approximately 90 minutes; then take the exit for Cassino; then as above - 31 kms (19 miles), taking 25 minutes to the farmhouse, passing the town of Atina and through the villages of Villa Latina and Valle Grande to our village of Immoglie.
Total 187 kms (116 miles), taking approx 2 hours from Rome Fiumicino airport.

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Train from Rome:
If preferring not to drive from Rome's airports there is a shuttle bus for the short journey from Rome Ciampino airport to Rome Termini (station in central Rome); or a speedy train shuttle (or bus) from Rome Fiumicino airport to Rome Termini; then a regular and speedy train service towards Naples - alighting at Cassino, where car hire can be pre-arranged for the easy 25 minute drive on good roads into the mountains to our hamlet of Immoglie. Or take a taxi or local bus from Cassino station to Atina where local car hire can also be pre-arranged - though more expensive.

Airport Pickup:
An alternative to the train or to driving from Rome or Naples airports is our airport pick-up and drop-off service. This is by private car with an English-speaking driver, for 4 persons only. The service is available at reasonable cost, to collect you from the airport and then to pick up your hire car more locally from a rental office at Cassino - then follow our driver home to the Casa (25 mins. from Cassino). At the end of your holiday follow our driver to return your hire car to Cassino. He will then drop-you at the airport (either Rome or Naples) for your return flight home.

In addition, as our driver lives locally, he is also available to drive you to see the local sights on days of your choice or drive you for dinner in the evenings to local restaurants and collect you afterwards to return to the Casa - so that you can sample the local wines with impunity. Maximum 4 people.

If you would like to use our airport pick-up service, please enquire for a very reasonable quotation.