A century-old oak tree stands sentinel at the entrance of this property, located at the meeting place of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. It is owned and directly rented by a couple – American wife and Italian husband - who fell in love with its strategic location and its terraced, tree-shaded grounds.
The Property: The house is set in a 2 acre terrain populated by a variety of trees: olives, cypresses, oaks, pines, hazelnuts, apricots, cherries and apples. The terrace in front of the house has a wisteria-covered pergola equipped for elegant rustic dinning, bordered by a riotous garden of roses, lavender and hydrangeas. A path winds down to the pool, surrounded by a terracotta pavement, which looks out over the Tiber Valley to the mountains and hill towns on the other side.
The Interior: The house has been restored with careful attention to both tradition and modern comfort. The interior was completely refurbished in 2012. The ceilings have original wooden beams and the floors are paved with terracotta tiles. The living space is composed of two apartments that can be separated. The smaller ground floor unit is composed of a double bedroom, a living/dining room with a fireplace and a sofa bed, kitchen and bathroom. The main unit has a large ground floor country kitchen-dinning-living room with a fireplace, and a separate area where the refrigerator and washing machine are located. A broad stone staircase leads up to the second floor with two double bedrooms, one single bedroom/study, and a bathroom. The thick stone walls keep the heat out during the summer. All the bedrooms have screens and fans. The house is equipped with central heating for the winter months. The furniture is tasteful and the kitchens are fully equipped.
RATES DETAILS (Low&High Season)
All year round except August
1) From May to September
(#1 Week/7 Nights min. stay)
- UP to 4 pers: Euro 1500/Week
- UP to 8/(9) pers: Euro 1750/Week
2) Easter/Christmas/New Year period
(#3 Nights min. stay)
- UP to 4 pers: Euro 250/Night
- UP to 8/(9) pers: Euro 300/Night
For over 7 Nights of booking, a discount will be applied!
From October to April
(except Easter/Christmas/New Year period):
Night price (#2 Nights min. stay)
- UP to 4 pers: Euro 200/Night
- UP to 8/(9) pers: Euro 250/Night
Week Price (#7 Nights)
- UP to 4 pers: Euro 1200/Week
- UP to 8/(9) pers: Euro 1600/Week
Other amenities: The house contains a well-equipped library of guidebooks, maps and novels, games, a LED full HD television and a HiFi + HomeTheater System with a collection of CDs and DVDs. Renato and Nora are on call to help you plan your visit and make local contacts. They have drawn up their own lists of sights, eating places, contacts. The property is a paradise for families with children, with lots of space for them to play safely. It features a host of different nooks where you can retire to read a book, sip a coffee or a glass of wine, or just relax. Commuter trains from Orvieto station make carefree day trips to cities like Rome or Florence, where you don’t need or want a car, a good option.
Seasons: This is an all-year round holiday house. In Summer the days are long and golden, but spring and fall are also beautiful. They allow you to witness nature's rebirth, the harvesting of its fruits, and the traditions that accompany them. In Winter the warm house and blazing fireplaces are a pleasure, and the holiday season brings religious celebrations, music festivals and feasts.
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We loved being at the house, and especially outside - lovely terrace for the early morning sun, shady space for eating and a wonderfully sunny and private pool. Good side terrace facing east - great for early morning yoga or meditation. Plenty of space for 6 of us, well equipped and a very nice welcome from Renato. It's quite isolated, which was great for us, and we also enjoyed excursions into Orvieto (fascinating underground city as well as the old and attractive city above ground), Rome and also Todi - about an hour's drive to a beautiful mediaeval hilltop town. Very adequate shops in the nearest town (a short drive away).
The old oak house is great! We were four adults and one child aged six who rented both units and spent one week there. We were fortunate to have wonderfully nice weather and even though we had plans to make daytrips to Sienna and Perugia we ended up spending most our time relaxing and enjoying the beautiful house and garden with views over the olive trees, green fields and grape canes, with the sounds of bird singing and sheeps in the distance.
We drove from Rome and with Renatos perfectly detailed driving directions it was an easy access. Renato was kindness himself and he offered to buy us some groceries to get started with. He is based in Rome but met us at the house to show us around. He also made sure that we would not hesitate to ask if we had questions about anything and would gladly help with tips to plan our trip as we were not familiar with the area.
The beds were comfortable and provided with towels. The very functional kitchen also had basics like spices, oils, tea, coffee, dish soap and more. The house was nice and clean and comfortable with every facility that was needed, but if we were to stay longer I guess we would need a vacuum cleaner.
Thank you Renato. We would love to stay there again!
A quiet, clean, comfortable rural getaway, with terrific views..,vineyards, sheep grazing, green hills, and a sparkling
pool. The house (we rented both units) is commodious, up-to-date, all "mod-coms". Owner, Renato, is thorough and very helpful,
very generous with start-up food and supplies, including good Lazio map and guidebook. Beautiful countryside, with Orvieto only 30 minutes away. Supplies available in Castiglione in Teverina.
We highly recommend the moderately-priced MOLA SOLIS restaurant not far away on main road south towards Civita d'Agliano
very pleasant, reasonable, good, wonderful family , great fun.
We spend the most amazing time in the Old oak house for 6 days in July. We wanted to see Orvieto on our way from Tuscany to Rome, and found the place through Airbnb.
The house is placed in the most amazing remote location. Isolated - yet close to good shopping facilities, charming small cities and fantastic sites. All of which Renato told us of on, on the day of our arrival; we also got a good introduction to local market days, the best butcher, bakery etc. All valuable information if you are into Italian dining.
The house was very clean and everything worked perfectly. There’s a superb kitchen connected to the patio, where we spend the days in the shade of the trees in the beautiful garden.
And from the pool area, there’s a fantastic view of the neighboring vineyards.
The house itself is very cozy with a lot of cute details in the stonework. A true gem
I give my warmest recommendations to Renato and Nora as hosts - and the Old oak house for a perfect place to stay.
My family and I spent 7 days at the Old Oak House this summer and had a wonderful time! The house was extremely clean upon arrival, and the setting was beautiful with the vineyards, fields and trees surrounding the home. We spent several days lounging by the pool and relaxing in the sun. Renato is an excellent host, made the trip from Rome to greet us and show us everything about the house, and made for a great start to our trip. I would recommend this home for any family wanting to get away from it all and relax in the countryside.
Four friends and I spent a lovely, relaxing weekend at Renato's home in the countryside. The house was beautiful, spacious, cozy and had everything we needed and more. Renato was an excellent host and met us the evening we arrived. He took his time to chat, show us everything we needed to know and even had a fire going in the fireplace upon our arrival! The kitchen was fully equipped for cooking, with necessities such as oil, salt, coffee and dish soap provided. Renato was so thoughtful as to provide us with a fresh baked loaf of bread and milk for our first morning so we wouldn't have to immediately leave the house in search of a supermarket!
The house is about an hour and a half drive from Rome and is a great "base" for exploring the many quaint Italian towns in the area. Renato's home was a great place for my group of friends to have a weekend getaway and it would be perfect for a family or families to spend a week together both relaxing and exploring the surrounding area.
We enjoyed the house in the winter and I am sure when the weather is nice it is even more enjoyable with a big patio, table and chairs to eat outdoors and even a pool!
I highly recommend The Old Oak House and compliment Renato for being a great and available host!
Renato is from Turin in Northern Italy and has lived in Rome since 1992. He has spent most of his career in telecommunications management and in the field of organic agriculture. Nora was born in Chicago and studied in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before moving to Europe. Since 1965 she has lived in Rome, where she has worked at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and brought up two boys. Buying and refurbishing this house was a long-time dream of theirs.