Tenuta di Bertarello
Your Roman Country Home
The region of Lazio is best known for being home to Italy’s great and ancient capital city of Rome, with its swarms of tourists pouring in at every hour of every day. The surrounding country and the tranquility and treasures it guards are familiar to very few. One of the custodians of these secrets is Beatrice Peruzzi. Warm and hospitable, an energetic, passionate, vintage lover (from cars to furniture) and gourmet extra virgin olive-oil producer, Beatrice has transformed an ancient watchtower into a boutique guesthouse for all to enjoy. Perched amid the undulating hills around Viterbo and with woods as far as the eye can see, the house, whose roots date back to the 18th century, is part of a 30-hectare estate. Equipped with pool, vegetable gardens, roaming horses and grove after grove of ancient olive trees (and chestnuts!) you will discover the Italian countryside like nowhere else during your stay at Tenuta Bertarello.
Following a painstaking restoration, using only local materials and preserving the original character, Beatrice has created a house with three beautiful and substantial apartments, as well as a vast master bedroom suite. You will have a hard time choosing: each has its own character and charm, some with terracotta tiles, others with ancient wood planks, blues, pinks and yellows, antique furnishings and simple or fleur-de-lys linen. And if making a choice is a dilemma, bring along family and friends and rent the whole house!
A magnificent vaulted ceiling country house-style fully equipped kitchen, with terracotta tiles and whitewashed and bare brick walls adorned with copper pots, is for all to use. Furthermore, the certified organic vegetable garden is accessible to guests with its endless supply of delicious vegetables, fruits and herbs. If you need inspiration, we can arrange, upon request, for Michelin-starred chef Giancarlo Morelli to cook for you or to teach you how to prepare delicious dishes from the Tuscia region using local produce and the vegetables from our garden and Bertarello olive oil. Bertarello extra virgin olive oil deserves and article in its own right: highly celebrated and esteemed by both Italian and international chefs, it has an extremely low level of acidity and an intense herbaceous fruity aroma. Once smitten you may have to return in late autumn, when guests are invited to take part in the olive harvest and in the creation of the famed oil.
The luscious garden, with its slate grey pool and quiet places to read and relax, is one of the highlights of Bertarello Country Home. On summer evenings dinner is al fresco at a table laden with exquisite green pottery, baskets filled with flowers, and embroidered linen, while on cooler nights dinner may be eaten inside. And if you would like a picnic prepared for you, you just have to ask.
The surrounding area is not only one of beautiful verdant landscapes but also has a rich and historical heritage, and the list of places of interest to visit is endless. Only 10 km away is Viterbo, a walled mediaeval city which was once a papal see and has a magnificent 13th century papal palace, as well as thermal hot springs and spas. The UNESCO World Heritage site of the Necropolis of Tarquinia, dating back to the 7th century BC, has the only surviving evidence of Etruscan residential architecture, and is notable for its 200 frescoed tombs. And if Mannerism is your thing, then you are spoilt for choice. There is the stunning pentagonal Palazzo Farnese at Caprarola, only 20 km away. Italy’s ‘most beautiful park’, the architect Jacopo Vignola’s masterpiece, Villa Lante, whose grandiose 16th century gardens are overflowing with fountains, artificial lakes, waterfalls and caves is also only a few miles away. Finally, the dark and forested Parco dei Mostri is a Mannerist folly populated with terrifying sculpted ogres, dragons, animals and giants.
For music there is the Festival Barocco, which takes place annually from late August for several weeks. This important cultural event of Viterbese Tuscia is only 10 km from Bertarello. For beauty, serenity and a leisurely swim, a visit to Europe’s largest volcanic lake, lake Bolsena, is a must. It has been designated an area of exceptional naturalist interest for its unspoiled environment and pristine waters. Last but by no means least is the Moutan Botanical Centre in Vitorchiano, which should be visited in April and May during the flowering season. Set in a magnificent landscape, the Moutan collection boasts over 250,000 plants representing every known species and variety of Chinese peonies. This is a peony paradise!
All of this and (oh!) so much more is for you to discover and explore when you stay at Tenuta Bertarello. It’s a place you’ll visit once and will want to visit again… and you’ll never want to leave.