The Grounds

The 50 plus acre grounds of the Abbadia Celestina include a 6 hole golf course, vineyard and some 20 plus acres of truffle woods. Truffle hunts (as well as wild board hunts) can be arranged with notice.

The 6 green course to the west of the house offers many challenging holes and a great deal of interesting variety. The principle of the “Star of David” layout, with one large common fairway in the middle and all the greens ranged around the edge, offers a large number of alternative greens to play to from each tee and, for that reason, each hole has a name rather than a number.

Hole From To Yards Par
1 Abbey High 390 4
2 High Lake 138 3
3 Lake Oak 131 3
4 Oak Field 165 3
5 Tennis Low 323 4
6 Low High 136 3
7 High Field 240 4
8 Tennis Lake 250 4
9 Lake Home 225 4
Total 1998 32

The Abbadia’s layout gives the choice of playing to several greens from every tee. It is therefore possible to play up to 27 holes without repetition.

The joys of the course are the variations of height, as much as 100 metres, and the many challenging doglegs. A typical series of choices for a 9-hole round might work out as illustrated. One option is to allow the winner of each hole to choose the next green to play!

Set into the steep hillside of the ruins overlooking the Koi Pool a hard surface Bocce court was laid out. With the installation of flood lighting, this provides an ideal pastime on a summer’s evening - playing the Italian version of the French game of “Boules”.

The excellent all-weather tennis court, although tucked away, is only 30 metres from the house. Tennis racquets are provided. In another delightful corner, at the top of steps and under the shade of an old olive tree, one can relax in the warmth of a Canadian Hot Tub and take in a view over the golf course to the hills on the other side of the Tiber.

Care of the course is in the hands of the on-site management assisted by Elir, the head gardener. An electric golf buggy is available, together with 2 quality sets of men’s clubs and one set for ladies. In view of the difficulties of recovering errant balls from the surrounding woods and the lake, it is suggested that visitors bring an ample supply of golf balls. For keen golfers, who may wish to bring their own clubs, there is an opportunity to sample three excellent 18-hole courses within a short distance of Abbadia Celestina.