Description: Tradition's comfort Villa Orvieto lies near the medieval city of Orvieto in Umbria. This region is justifiably described as the "green heart of Italy." Located in a beautiful setting, Villa Orvieto is conveniently situated within daytrip distance of Montelpulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, and all of the enchanting hill towns of southern Tuscany, as well as all of Umbria. Popular landmarks include Todi, Spoleto, Assisi, Perugia and Pienza, but it is also possible to wander away from the beaten tourist track to explore hidden gems like Civita di Bagnoregio, in Lazio, or the spectacular gardens of Villa Lante and Castello Ruspoli di Vignanello, near Viterbo. If you don't want to drive, you can take a train to Rome in about an hour. The closest towns are Guardea, Baschi and Montecchio. Villa Orvieto is a luxuriously restored stone farmhouse surrounded by rolling hills and olive grove. The excellent taste of its owners is reflected throughout the house in a wonderful balance of antique furniture combined with modern conveniences, including Internet WIFI connection and air condition. The property consists of of two adjacent stone houses: the main house sleeps up to ten guests and a smaller guest house sleeps four. The two stone houses are located just 10 metres from each other, connected by a charming pergola. The main house can be rented alone for ten or less people (closing the guest house). Outside there is an elegantly furnished loggia with couches and open views over the countryside, a second outdoor living room and a pergola just off of the kitchen furnished with table and chairs for fourteen people. A few steps from the house is a panoramic swimming pool and a tennis court. The house is surrounded by a manicured garden of roses, lavender and other flowers. Activities & Places of interest In Orvieto, dont miss the fanciful Gothic Duomo, which soars seven stories high. Inside are magnificently vibrant and graphic frescoes of the Apocalypse by Luca Signorelli. In Todi you´ll find all the main sights conveniently concentrated onto the Gothic Piazza del Popolo, which is itself set over top of an ancient Roman cistern system. Below town is the striking Renaissance church of Santa Maria della Consolazione. In Deruta , stroll the color-splashed streets where Italys most famous hand-made ceramics are produced. In Perugia , be sure to see the frescoes by local artist Pietro Perugino in the Galleria Nazionale dell´Umbria and in the town halls Sala del Cambio. Step back to ancient times at the Etruscan arch and Etruscan well. Enjoy the lively atmosphere at the large fountain, the Fontana Maggiore. Sample the chocolates named for the city. Perugia plays host to international visitors with its acclaimed annual Umbria Jazz Festival, held each July. A wildly popular chocolate festival every October pays homage to the citys sweet side. In Spoleto , visit the Roman theater and the archeological museum for a view of ancient Umbria. Go see the pre-Renaissance frescoes by Fra Lippo Lippi and Pinturicchio. The church of San Salvatore is one of Italys oldest and is set within the remains of an ancient Roman temple. Spoleto offers up culture, dramatic performances and musical concerts during the Festival dei Due Mondi. In Assisi , you´ll want to visit the famous basilica dedicated to Italys patron saint, Francis. Frescoes by Giotto vividly tell the story of St. Franciss life. In the Piazza del Comune you´ll find a church inserted into the remains of the ancient Temple of Minerva. Above town stands the Rocca Maggiore, a fortress that protected citizens during attacks. For a dose of nature and spiritual contemplation, walk to the hermitage, the Eremo dell Carceri. Assisi: Festival Calendimaggio, held on 1-5 May, is a re-enactment of medieval and Renaissance life in the form of a challenge between the upper faction and the lower faction of the town. It includes processions, theatrical presentations, flag-weavers and dances. Gubbio is so perfect, it looks like a medieval movie set. The main monuments and sightseeings of the city include the Roman Theatre which is still in use for performances, the massive Palazzo dei Consoli, the duomo and the Palazzo Ducale. Gubbio is best known for its palio, the Corsa dei Ceri, a spectacular run held every year on May 15, in which three teams run through throngs of cheering supporters up much of the mountain from the main square in front of the Palazzo dei Consoli to the basilica of S. Ubaldo, each team carrying a statue of their saint. Gubbios Roman theatre is a dramatic setting for summertime, open-air performances. Visit charming Città di Castello , which packs a lot into such a small town, with palaces, churches, towers, and of course- a castle, all sitting pretty and begging to be explored. Main house / ground floor (sleeps 2): Entrance through first living room with a seating area for five, desk with computer, TV with satellite, CD player, radio, DVD Large living room with fireplace and comfortable sofas to seat ten; double doors open to the covered loggia Large dining room with fireplace and table seats 16 Large well-equipped kitchen with separate dining area (table seats 8) and fireplace; double doors open to dining patio and second outdoor living room Guest bathroom 1 double bedroom (king bed) with separate sitting room; en suite bathroom with tub and separate shower Main house / upper floor (sleeps 8): 1 master bedroom (king bed) with fireplace; en suite bathroom with shower and double sinks 3 double bedrooms (joinable twin beds); 3 en suite bathrooms with shower Guest house (sleeps 4): 1 double bedroom (joinable twin beds); en suite bathroom with shower; opens to garden 1 double bedroom (queen bed); en suite bathroom with shower; opens to garden Laundry room with two washing machines and a dryer; can also be accessed from the terrace Outside: Summer living room with comfortable sofas and armchairs and a panoramic view Dining terrace with table and chairs for 14 and BBQ Garden with panoramic swimming pool (6 x 12 m) Tennis court (synthetic and not floodlit) Covered parking for up to six cars Location 20 km southeast of Orvieto, 35 km from Todi and Viterbo. Floor area 500 m2 2 hectares Rooms Entrance hall, living room, dining room, kitchen, 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms. Facilities Fireplaces, air conditioning in all bedrooms, Internet WIFI connection, desk with PC, phone for incoming and outgoing phone calls, fax machine, satellite TV, DVD, CD-stereo and radio, 5-ring-gas hob, oven, microwave, American coffee machine, electric water kettle, fridge with freezer, dishwasher, 2 washing machines, dryer (only the staff can use it ), mosquito screens on all bedroom windows, hairdryers in all bathrooms, pergola, terrace, garden, pool, tennis court, tennis racquets available, BBQ, pool, covered parking for 6 cars. Special features Wonderfully restored traditional Umbrian farmhouse. Space, peace and a perfect starting point for day trips in Umbria and Tuscany. Sports Swimming Tennis Horse back riding 3 km Golf course 75 km Rent includes Bed, bath and kitchen linens changed on Saturday, bath towels changed on Wednesday and Saturday, Internet WIFI connection, water, electricity, gas, maid service (4 hours house cleaning per day from Monday to Friday, for rentals longer than one week from Monday to Saturday/except Sundays), final cleaning, pool cleaning service, garden maintenance. Included in the price are also a standard first dinner & a basic grocery shopping: Standard dinner on your first evening, after a long trip: It consists in a dinner that the guests will find ready in the kitchen with the instructions for heating. The menu can fit vegetarian guests too. No changes are possible for the first dinner. Basically it consists in a pasta al forno, a vegetable tarte, salad, and fruit. Bread, water and wine are included. Basic grocery shopping: It is a basic shopping for the first breakfast and not a grocery stocking. The quantity of the items will be adjusted by the staff according to the number of guests. The following items are included: milk, coffee, tea, bread, biscuits, sugar, salt, water, fruit, eggs, oil, butter, jam, orange juice, cereals. Rent does not include Security deposit, utility deposit, air conditioning, heating, wood for fireplace, telephone, additional bed. Ideal for Seven couples or a family reunion. Extra services available only on request, to be specified when booking and to be paid in euros on the premises at the end of each working day: Security deposit, utility deposit, air conditioning, heating, wood for fireplace, telephone, additional bed eventually available on request when booking, to be paid in euros on the premises: Included in the price : Bed, bath and kitchen linens changed on Saturday, bath towels changed on Wednesday and Saturday, Internet WIFI connection, water, electricity, gas, maid service (4 hours house cleaning per day from Monday to Friday, for rentals longer than one week from Monday to Saturday/except Sundays), final cleaning, pool cleaning service, garden maintenance all included in the price. * Short stays promotion: Easter Week excluded. Reservations from Saturday to Saturday during high season; shorter stays possible in low season (see below*). Pool size: 6 x 12 m / opening dates: May 14th - September 24th. Pool towels are provided. For bookings with more than 3 children please inquire. Two baby beds and high chairs available: one baby bed free of charge. 25% discount on the weekly price for 4-day rental periods 15% discount on the weekly price for 5-day rental periods Valid for the periods from September 10th to November 12th and from April 2nd to May 28th. The discount can only be applied on bookings with arrival and departure date between 2 Saturdays. Cook service for dinners during your stay. Food shopping. Extra domestic help (house cleaning): EUR 16 per hour. Childcare. Security deposit: EUR 1000. Utility deposit (unused portion of the utility deposit will be refunded in cash on departure): EUR 250 per week for air conditioning or heating. Air conditioning (if required): metered (EUR 0.40 per KW). Heating (if required): metered / EUR 5 per m3. Wood for fireplace: please check price on the premises. Telephone: metered. Additional bed on request when booking: please check price upon booking. Pet allowed upon request: EUR 60 domestic pet supplement per week. If you plan to bring your dog, please send us the completed and signed form together with your booking form. Upon request and approval of the owner a late arrival is possible between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm at an extra fee: EUR 50. Standard dinner on your first evening, after a long trip: It consists in a dinner that the guests will find ready in the kitchen with the instructions for heating. The menu can fit vegetarian guests too. No changes are possible for the first dinner. Basically it consists in a pasta al forno, a vegetable tarte, salad, and fruit. Bread, water and wine are included. Basic grocery shopping: It is a basic shopping for the first breakfast and not a grocery stocking. The quantity of the items will be adjusted by the staff according to the number of guests. The following items are included: milk, coffee, tea, bread, biscuits, sugar, salt, water, fruit, eggs, oil, butter, jam, orange juice, cereals.
Directions Touring ideas Guardea (supermarket, restaurants) 4 km Baschi 7 km Orvieto (train station) 20 km Bagnoregio 30 km Civita 30 km Todi 35 km Viterbo 35 km Deruta 60 km Perugia 75 km Spoleto 75 km Montepulciano 77 km Assisi 90 km Pienza 90 km Lake Trasimeno 90 km Cortona 110 km Gubbio 115 km Città di Castello 125 km Rome 110 km or by train Siena 130 km Florence 170 km