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“Perfect Location for a Group Holiday - and Wedding!”

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Tenuta Santa Cristina
Reviewed 11 June 2009

We stayed at Santa Cristina for a week in late May, as part of a group of 25 friends and relatives, as our friends had decided to get married out there, having visited this area the previous year and fallen in love with it. The happy couple very generously rented 3 of the 4 villas on offer (Villa Laurentia which is on its own, and Domitilla and Sveva which are attached to each other, 100yds away), for us all to enjoy a holiday as well as attend their wedding. I think I can safely say that all members of our party, ranging from age 5 to ….well, lets just say retired, unanimously had a wonderful week and we would highly recommend this accommodation for large groups who want to spend quality time together.
When we were there, the weather was fantastic and we really appreciated the lovely pools and sunloungers, plus the shaded outdoor dining areas. Each evening we congregated on the terraces of the villas to enjoy drinks and chat.
Inside, the villas are incredibly spacious – the lounges in fact are ridiculously so, as in the summer you are unlikely to use them at all! Bedrooms are standard sized and my only complaint would be the limited bedroom furniture & storage in our room. However, every room had ensuite facilities, and we had a good bathroom with shower (some rooms only have bath).
The kitchens were also well equipped with copious quantities of plates and cutlery and a dishwasher and washing machine (we used both in our villa).
As for the wedding, well it was a wonderful day – we drove in an 8 car convoy into Magliano Sabina and parked up in the square (amusingly Mafia style – and the locals had turned out to watch as it’s the first time they’ve had an “international” wedding!). The registry office type service took place in the old town hall in an upstairs room which was decorated with beautiful scented jasmine plants – and complete with balcony for some romantic photos. We then returned to the villas where the garden at Laurentia had been transformed by the local caterers from Hotel d’Angeli, and we sat at decorated tables under the olive trees to enjoy a sumptuous 7 course feast of local delicacies and wines. Afterwards most of the guests donned swimming gear and dived in the pool (though a couple did so in their suits!). The heavens opened late afternoon (the only time in the whole week we had any rain or even clouds), but it just made the day more memorable, swimming in the rain!
Other highlights of the week for us included:
- Day trip to Rome - drove to Orte station 1 junction up the A1; travelcards 9 euros return inc. metro/buses; 1hour train journey)
- Day out in Orvieto - beautiful medieval hilltop town about an hour north which is well worth a visit for its location, history, boutique shops and restaurants.
- Eating as a group on the terrace at the Pizzeria 100yds up the road - good quality and value.
- Making ourselves understood when buying local produce in the supermarkets where no English is spoken, hence sign language came into play, much to the shop assistants amusement!
- Never have we enjoyed playing tennis so much, thanks to that stunning view!

Overall the villas are in such a beautiful peaceful rural location that we felt really relaxed and a world away from London. Many thanks to the owner Laurentia herself, who we understand made most of the local wedding arrangements which ran like clockwork, and to our friends for inviting us to join them for such a special week.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Roundy
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Reviewed 17 May 2009

Santa Cristina is a wonderful property for a group. We had 7 people and enjoyed the space, lovely setting, easy access to transportation to Rome, and the peace and quiet of a rural setting. The house we rented had four bedrooms, four baths, a large living/dining room, a kitchen, and a pool. The large patio was a relaxing space to plan the next day and enjoy the wine we had just purchased. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 April 2009

Our family rented both Villa Domitilla and Villa Sveva last May (2008). We were immensely impressed by the accommodation and the facilities. Inside the villas were finished to a high standard, the bedrooms were spacious and all had ensuites, which is a fantastic feature. The living area downstairs was enormous and the kitchen was well equipped and great to cook in, the dishwasher and washing machine being additional benefits.
The outside space was great; everywhere you looked there was a truly wonderful view. We ate outside everyday and the facilities for doing this were perfect.
The pool was a really good size and the area around the pool was beautifully cared for, and lovely pool furniture was provided. There are also two spacious changing rooms and shower rooms and toilets at the poolside. Across the road from the villas there is an all weather five a side football pitch/tennis court and also a table tennis room. All racquets and balls are provided. The tennis court has to have one of the best views from a tennis court in Italy if not the world! It was spectacular. We spent many fun hours at the tennis court.
The Villas are situated about 15 minutes drive from a train station where you can catch a train into Rome for only 7 euros return and are also close to towns like Orvieto.
We had a fantastic time in Italy and Laurentia made us feel extremely welcome.
I would not hesitate to recommend these villas and we will definitely be returning soon.
Tony Stones

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled with family
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Thank St0nesy
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Reviewed 12 April 2009

We love Santa Cristina and are looking forward to going for a 7th time this year. The situation is quite stunning amongst vineyards and olive groves, rolling hills and gentle agricultural sounds. The villas are very spacious and beautifully furnished with antiques, with seating for 12 at the dining room table. Beds are a bit bouncy, but my disabled mother-in-law finds her ground floor bedroom and bathroom very comfortable and easy to get around.

Outside, lemon trees line the drive; there are several seating and eating areas (choose according to the weather!), a large pool, and a shared tennis court. Laurentia the owner, and Daniela the housekeeper are extremely helpful and Daniela also cooks for us occasionally.

It is easy to go into Rome by train but there is also plenty of local interest, easily accessible by car; there are some excellent restaurants nearby, varied shopping and
regular local festivals.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 March 2009

Villa is beautiful and in great location. Easy access to main roads including autostrada (no strada bianca!), Very spacious living area, well equipped kitchen, Great terrace and large swimming pool (south west). Pizzeria/trattoria 5 minutes walk, very good value and do takeaways. Really good Alimentari/Delli < 5 minutes in the car. Supermarkets and other shops in Magliano (5-10 minutes). great local produce especially red wine.
Railway station Civita Castellana actually at Borghetto which is just 10 minutes from Magliano. Great value return ticket to Rome including unlimited public transport in Rome. Or main line station at Orte (20 mins) for Rome and Firenze and more frequent trains.
We spent most of time relaxing at the villa, reading and painting. I took my bicycle, the local roads are great for cycling, very little traffic, beautiful scenery and villages, testing hill climbs including 2000 m Mt. Terminillo (in Giro d'Italia in 2008). Festivals are held frequently (seemed almost every weekend) 10 minutes walk away. Music and dancing for all generations. Lots of opportunity for speaking Italian to Italians (if you wish), but no problem if you can't, the locals are very friendly and helpful.
Day trips by train to Rome/ Orvieto and by car to Assisi/ Rieti/ Lake Braciano as well as local towns and villages.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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Address: Localita Santa Cristina | Vocabolo Berardelli, 02046 Magliano Sabina, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Province of Rieti > Magliano Sabina
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Magliano Sabina
Price Range: $104 - $128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 32
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