Villa il Cardinale

Bel Poggio, Rome

This vast house on an ancient Roman site with big terraced garden and pool, in the city, near the sea, is a grand yet homely delight


10 bedrooms


Sleeps 12


On the site of a 2000-year-old Roman villa, you will sense the city’s powerful layers of history. In the lovely terraced gardens, artefacts, stone walls and mosaic floors peep out of the pavement; in the house, two ancient Egyptian columns with Roman capitals grace the salon. The ‘modern’ house, much transformed over its six centuries, was a cardinal’s hunting lodge in the 1780s and is now a much-loved family house full of beautiful memories with space for up to twenty. Marina, who lives mostly in London, grew up here and hopes to be around when you arrive; otherwise delightful Stefania will show you the ropes. There are two huge, grand living rooms – fireplaces, chandeliers, giant mirrors, tapestries, period portraits – and a big well-fitted kitchen with the original flavour of antique pieces, wooden tables and painted tiles – the actual cooking is done in another area. Each bedroom is different, some vast and grand-style, others more modest, all comfortable, and the seven bathrooms, though not super-modern, are perfectly good. Among the greenery, you are in Rome and near the sea. Glorious.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Tel. +39 347 2715424 / +44 (0)7887 710607 (mobile). Minimum stay: 3 nights. 3 nights in high season. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
Restaurant over the road.


Nightly price
from €929
Weekly price
from €6500
Damage deposit
1 House for 12
From €92910 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Marina Wallace

  • Tennis Club and swimming pool five minutes walk up the hill
  • Centre of Rome 15 minutes drive or by train
  • Tivoli Villa d'Este, Villa Adriana 40 minutes drive
  • Seaside 30 minutes drive. Bracciano Lake 35 minutes drive
  • Umbria, Tuscany, Florence between two and three hours drive, or an hour and a half by train
  • Naples, Pompei, Herculaneum, Paestum three hours drive or an hour and a half by train