The House Irene, our housekeeper, speaks English, is an excellent babysitter, and goes out of her way to help. She’ll rescue stranded walkers from the midday sun, book you a restaurant, give your six-year-old daughter a manicure… She and her mother Simonetta do pasta making classes; they also cook fabulous dinners or lunches for special occasions. If you’re feeling lazy, they provide a drop-off service of home made soups, lasagne, etc. 

The Garden Mario and Beatrice, who look after our garden, run La Casa Nettarina, the organic agriturismo down the road producing honey, olive oil, eggs and fruit. Children love visiting their menagerie (from ducks to donkeys) and collecting fresh eggs. Should anything go wrong at the house, Mario is the one to fix it. As ex-Romans, both speak good English. 



Nearest airports are Rome Fiumicino or Rome Ciampino, from which you will hire a car and follow the ring-road north to the A1 Florence-Naples motorway. The first motorway exit brings you into the Sabine Hills. The 40-mile journey takes around an hour and a quarter. 

You can also fly to Perugia: a longer journey (70 miles) but scenic, following the Tiber past the medieval hilltop town of Todi. Late arrivals can catch a train direct from Rome Fiumicino to Poggio Mirteto (90 mins). You’ll need picking up as there are no taxis at the station.