La Meridiana

Torricella in Sabina - Località Oliveto, Rieti

A real treat to stay in such beautifully designed and furnished surroundings – the landscaped grounds delight, as does the infinity pool


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 10


This luminous, sophisticated 21st-century country house was built with the study of sundials in mind; a sun compass at its core. Elegance, comfort and appreciation of the surrounding landscape were also key. Nothing jars inside where vibrant colours – sky blue, olive green, broom yellow – mimic nature, or outside where Arabella has worked her designer magic. English-style but including native aromatics like lavender and rosemary, mingling with roses climbing from huge terracotta pots; the garden is a delight. So is the infinity pool with glorious views, the pool-house with shady portico and kitchen. The smart house kitchen is seriously equipped; breakfast here and dine in the circular dining room. Relax in the library or on plump red sofas by the fireplace in the living room, before turning in to lovely big bedrooms with super linen and antique furniture against pastel walls. Coordinated bathrooms are luxurious too with built-in oversized showers. You may be loath to head back, through olive groves and along the ancient Salaria to Rome, an hour away. Flexible owners run B&B here from September- April.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
23 December to 3 January.
Breakfast available by prior arrangement. Chef available at extra cost. Restaurants 5km.


Nightly price
from £429
Weekly price
from £3000
1 House for 10
From £4295 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Mark Lennox-Boyd

  • The beautiful Romanesque church of S.Vittoria, an early Christian martyr. 6kms.
  • Roccasinibalda, a beautiful Renaissance castle by Baldassarre Peruzzi has a restaurant in the pretty village piazza. 8kms
  • Poggio San Lorenzo, a charming village on the old Salaria road. 10kms.
  • Abbazia di Farfa - the famous working monastery. 20kms. Lunch in the village.
  • Rieti, provincial capital. 22kms. Several churches and four famous Franciscan monasteries nearby