Dimora del Prete di Belmonte

Venafro, Isernia
Bed & Breakfast

Delightful surprises await guests at this striking palace - an enchanting internal garden, a frescoed interior, superb food. A real gem


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


The old palace hides among the cobbled streets of the medieval centre – a gem once you step inside. Venafro, a Roman town, lies in the lovely valley of Monte Santa Croce, ringed by mountains. The first thrill is the enchanting internal garden with its lush banana palms and citrus trees, where a miscellany of Roman artefacts and olive presses lie scattered among tables and chairs. Next, a frescoed interior in an astonishing state of preservation; painted birds, family crests and grotteschi adorn the walls of the state rooms and entrance hall. Bedrooms are furnished in simple good taste, one with a big fireplace and a sleigh bed, another with chestnut country furniture, most with views. Bathrooms are small with showers – bar one, which has a bath. Dorothy is a wonderful hostess and has fantastic local knowledge; she and her son are a great team. They also run an organic farm with 1,000 olive trees (many of them over 400 years old), vines, walnut trees and sheep. An area and a palace rich in content – and relaxed, delicious dinners do full justice to the setting. Breakfasts are as good.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • Credit cards
  • Dishwasher
  • 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

Breakfast €10 for self-caterers. Lunch/dinner with wine, €30.


Nightly price
from €80
Singles €80. Extra bed €30 per night. Apartment: €200 for weekend; €500 per week.
5 Doubles
From €80
1 Family room for 2
From €80
1 Apartment for 2
From €100


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Dorothy Volpe del Prete

  • In our home you’ll be surrounded by history and traditions, in the charming and friendless atmosphere of the family which built it and lives here from many centuries. You can relax or have tours in nearby wonderful places.
  • Venafro is a small and quiet town where you can walk in the narrow streets of the old centre discovering suggestive corners and popular traditions or seat in a cafe being in touch with friendly local population
  • The Romanesque Cathedral, dedicated to St. Mary Assumption, from 11th century, built on a Christian temple of 499 a.C.. There is a Holy Door opened in 1508 by the bishop Riccomando De Buffalini
  • The Venafro chess is surely the oldest in Italy and probably in Europe. The chess was found in 1923 near the Roman theatre close to the town doors. Now it is exposed in the Venafro Archaeological Museum
  • The Pandone Castle, built in Lombard period on Samnites walls, was converted in a noble mansion thanks to Enrico Pandone in 1498, painting the walls with the Count’s stable horses in life size. A National Museum inside has paintings of 16th/17th century
  • The Annunziata church is a typical example of Baroque architecture. It is in a little square in the old town centre, it was built in 1300 on the remains of an ancient pagan temple. On the sides of the nave there are eight altars with beautiful marbles