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.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • 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
  • Credit cards
  • 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

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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.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
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