Poggio Cerquaiolo, as it was known long ago, is an enchanting estate dominated by the elegant Villa la Cerretana. In documents dating back to 1866 Villa la Cerretana was classified by its owners as a “holiday home” but its origins certainly date back further than that, as proven by documents from the “Confraternita del Crocefisso e S. Filippo Neri”, at the beginning of the 1800s.
During the 1800s and early 1900s, Villa la Cerretana fulfils its role as a place of relaxation where the owners, among them a Roman aristocratic family, used to spend relaxing and pleasant holidays enjoying a bit of hunting. Workers who looked after the land and in particular the vineyard lived in the surrounding cottages.
Villa la Cerretana is surrounded by the “Moutan Botanical Centre” where Chinese peonies, the so-called “roses without thorns” grow in abundance. In the surrounding 15 hectares over 200,000 shrubby peonies of approximately 600 different varieties create a unique collection and an enchanting landscape which is particularly colourful when they are in bloom.
The villa’s rooms with their frescoes and original ancient furnishings are a perfect setting for weddings, receptions, conventions, exhibitions, banquets and meetings. Each event is personalised arranged in the slightest details. In these wonderful surroundings the present owners have decided to open their house to the public.
The bedrooms are inspired by the most beautiful varieties of peonies and take their names and colours after them. All rooms are equipped with LCD television, SAT, mini-bar, safety box, telephone and Internet access, air conditioning. Comfort, peace, and elegance as well as enchanting views from the large terraces are common characteristics all the rooms enjoy. But they are not identical, each one distinguishes form the others for a fine, unique furnishing. Breakfast is served in the cosy but elegant setting of the “Red Glow of the Sun” Room.
Villa la Cerretana is far away from the frantic pace of everyday life, and here the days can be spent walking, enjoying the local cultural sights or relaxing in the panoramic indoor pool, always at guests’ disposal, which has been built in an old outhouse once used for changing horses on journeys between the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Pontifical State.
Villa la Cerretana - Vitorchiano