About this listing
Villa apartment, Near Orvieto with magnificent views of Lake Bolsena set amongst the rolling hills of Umbria.
Set between Lazio,Tuscany and Umbria this holiday home is ideal to visit Florence, Rome, Siena, Perugia.
Our villa is set amongst the hills of Umbria, near Orvieto and has breathtaking views of Lake Bolsena to the front. We are part of the town of Bagnoregio (Civita di Bagnoregio , a fairytale hill top hamlet where time has stood still, was the set for the latest film “Pinocchio” with Bob Hoskins).
We live in England, but we try to spend as much time at the villa as possible and we plan to move there one day! The ground floor is our holiday apartment and we rent the large luxurious first floor apartment that has its own independent entrance. The apartment is large (130 square metres) and it has been beautifully renovated by using local materials such as cotto, basalt and chestnut wood. It has all the comforts of modern life, home from home, including dish washer, washing machine and free wi fi connection. There are magnificent views from every window of the apartment and the large loggia is ideal for lazy lunches or long suppers or simply to sit and watch the sun sets on Lake Bolsena and the skies on fire, with a cool glass of Orvieto or Est! Est! Est!
If you come in the summer the lake is deliciously clean and warm and it is always possible to find a secluded beach around the lake, safe from the Italian summer bank holiday. The late spring is beautiful and it makes you want to take up painting, when the hills become yellow with the “Ginestra” in flower and the fields around the house are turned to purple by the clover and red by the poppies and all the other vivid colours of the palette by hundreds of wild flower in competition with each other. The autumn is warm and makes you feel good to be alive and sample the fruits of the land, the porcini and truffles, the bore stews, the grapes and the chestnuts. This is one of the best regions for the Italian traditional cuisine, based on fresh local ingredients and what is in season. However it is still good value and the local wine is excellent at 2/3 euros per bottle at the restaurant.
The area is in between 3 regions, Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio and although we are away from it all in a hidden corner of paradise, we are really close to the main Italian railway and motorway network. This makes the villa an ideal base to explore the wonderful sites in central Italy and visit Rome which is only 50 minutes train ride away. However there is so much to do and see that you will be hard pressed to travel further then half an hour radius if you stay for a week. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
Private access to the apartment through the external stairs.
Interaction with Guests
At times our holiday will coincide with the Guests' holiday and we'll be available to provide information and support when requested. Other times we will be in the UK and the Guests will have the site for themselves.
It's a wondrous place of intense beauty, peace and tranquillity. Please contact us and I will send you lots of photos.
A car is needed to be able to comfortably explore the surrounding area. However Orvieto station is only 15/20 minutes away and that will cheaply connect you to all the main towns of Central Italy.
Additional information about rental rates
•the prices above are for a maximum of four people. there will be an extra £80 x week for any additional guest.
on the ground floor, an additional large double room with connected children room and separate bathroom, can be rented on a daily basis or on a weekly basis if you have a very large party. please enquire.
Further to the tariff for letting the apartment, a £100 damage cover deposit is required and will be refunded after the holiday if no damage has occurred. A deposit of £100 is required at the time of the booking.The full payment is due four weeks before the stay. Our cancellation policy is simple; if we can find another renter for your dates we will return any money sent to us (minus bank charges).
•The prices for the rental of the villa 1st floor apartment are inclusive of: bedroom linen, bathroom and kitchen towels (changed weekly), final cleaning, consumption of water electricity and gas, use of the washing machine and (website hidden) the winter additional charges for central heating will be made (meted), but there is a lovely wood burner in the lounge and the wood is free in the mid season.There will be an additional charge of £10 per day for the wood from October to May or £50 per week..
A welcome pack will be ready for you when you arrive and we'll chill soft drinks and a bottle of Orvieto and Est!Est! Est!.
•Rentals are from Saturday to Saturday (arrival after 5.00 and departure by 9.30 am), (please ask if you have different needs).
Week ends and long term breaks are available in the low season.Gas & electricity (metered) will be charged at cost for long term lettings. Please enquire for details
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About the Host, Giulia
We have bought the villa about ten years ago when it was in a total state of disrepair. At times it has been a struggle to get it completed and battle against the Italian red tape, but we have done it and the journey has made us grow and find many new friends on the way. We hope to be able to retire there one day and in the interim we love to share this little bit of paradise with our guests.