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STUNNING VILLA, PRIVATE POOL IN 5 ACRES, LANDSCAPE GARDENS, UMBRIA/TUSCAN BORDER

Victoria and Peter

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Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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STUNNING VILLA, PRIVATE POOL IN 5 ACRES, LANDSCAPE GARDENS, UMBRIA/TUSCAN BORDER

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Castiglione del Lago - Casa del Lauro

Beautiful large, old farmhouse, tastefully restored retaining original features

The villa is available for Spring, Summer and Autumn holiday rentals. Situated in the Valley of the Fireflies, the farmhouse is the owners own home, extremely comfortable and in immaculate condition. GROUND FLOOR: spacious dining room, modern kitchen, washroom lavanderia, breakfast area on terrace, supper area under the pergola.

FIRST FLOOR: very large reception room, loggia, master bedroom with bathroom en suite, double bedroom, twin bedroom (can be double), shower room. OUTSIDE: beyond the pergola with steps leading from the lawn is the 12m x 6m swimming pool (beautifully lit in the evenings), with breathtaking views over the olive groves to the ancient Etruscan towns of Chiusi and Montepulciano on the horizon. The gardens have many eating/drinking/musing areas. All 'mod cons': washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, central heating, water softener, ceiling fans with 5 speed regulators in all bedrooms. TV, DVD player, lead to iPod, collection of CDs WIFI connection.

A beautiful location near Lake Trasimeno.

Situated in the Valley of the Fireflies, the farmhouse is the owner's own home. In 1995, Peter Hobday, wrote a book called, 'In the Valley of the Fireflies' about his wife Victoria's experiences of restoring the villa and their discovery of Umbria's saintly and sinful past. If you go to their own personal website you can order the book directly from there.

In the spring and early summer the fireflies come out at dusk creating a magical sight - a myriad host of living lanterns.

Our villa is for those seeking a private alternative to an hotel. It is a very comfortable, beautifully restored 'home from home'. It is actually our home, we use it a lot ourselves and we believe we are situated in the most culturally enriching and stunningly beautiful corners of Italy.

WINEING AND DINING AL FRESCO. Directly from the kitchen is a dining table on the terrace with a large sun umbrella for a shady breakfast and lunch. Further along the terrace under the pergola is a trestle table for evening suppers. Before hand one can sit on the lawn with an evening cocktail watching the most beautiful ever changing sunsets.

The village is 6 minutes down the hill, we're amongst pretty hill top towns, great local restaurants. Easy distance to Florence, Rome, San Gimignano, Siena, Spoleto and Assisi and the which is lake is 20 minutes away down the valley.

Surrounding areas: The FOUR AIRPORTS we are are near: ROME, PISA, FLORENCE and PERUGIA.

There is car hire at each airport and also one in Chiusi itself at Avis.

Easy car ride to all the cultural towns in middle Italy.

PLUS take a bus or train to Florence, Rome, Montepulciano, etc. The bus station is beside the train station in Chiusi.

leasure activities: Swimming in the private pool 12 by 6 meters.

Walking in and around the pretty hill topped towns.

There are two bicycle hire places in or around Casiiglione. One with web site, www.ciclivalentini.it. The other with email, mfstefano@libero.it

Tennis, one club in Chiusi, one in Cetona

Horse riding

Go to the MALL the famous fashion OUTLET just below Florence. About 1 hr 15 mins by car from the house to the MALL..

Take a ferry ride to visit the three islands on Lago Trasimeno.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Victoria and Peter (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2007
Call Owner
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Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
87%
Calendar last updated:
17 December, 2014

About Victoria and Peter

Nearly twenty five years ago Peter Hobday who was helping to present the Today programme on Radio 4, came across an article about properties for sale in Italy, amazing bargains the article said! So Peter rang his wife Victoria and in no time they were ringing estate agents searching for the 'Italian dream'.

They found it, Casa del Lauro. It was a complete ruin set upon a wheat sown hillside surrounded by olive trees. They restored it, and through the years created an architecturally designed garden. There were many ups and downs with trees being moved on a regular basis from one spot to another! Now that Peter has more time they try to be there on and off for about three months of the year. It is their home in Italy.

Victoria and Peter purchased this villa in 1988

Why Victoria and Peter chose Castiglione del Lago

It is in a typical Italian farmhouse style, long and low with pale tiles on the roof. They could not have got nearer to the classic Italian dream house. It's near Lago Trasimeno and the cultural centre of Italy.

What makes this villa unique

Casa del Lauro is set among gentle rolling hills, with 360 degree views of pretty little Umbrian hill top towns such as Montepulciano and the old Etruscan town of Chuisi.

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4.9
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Stunning Villa, private pool in 5 acres, landscape gardens, Umbria/Tuscan border
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews
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Stunning Villa, private pool in 5 acres, landscape gardens, Umbria/Tuscan border
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p88648
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Castiglione del Lago Trasimeno area
New Bruswick, Canada
5

Breathtaking !

  • 5 out of 5
This is one of the most delightful properties we have experienced in all our travels. The house is beautifully restored and furnished, with every room offering breathtaking views over the farmhouse’s olive grove, rolling fields and hilltop villages nearby.

The grounds and landscaping, surrounding Casa del Lauro, are immaculate and you will find it difficult to leave the beautiful pool overlooking the Umbria hills.

The location is ideal with so many intriguing and charming old villages to explore, as well as the larger city centers such as Rome, Florence and Assisi, which are only a short train or car ride away.

During your stay be sure to read the book written by the owner “In the Valley of Fireflies". It will enrich your experience as you read about the adventures and the labor of love that went into making Casa del Lauro the beautiful place it is today.
  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2010
  • Date of Stay: May 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Stunning Villa, private pool in 5 acres, landscape gardens, Umbria/Tuscan border
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p88648
-+44 02089698576
Castiglione del Lago Trasimeno area
5

Excellent!

  • 5 out of 5
We cannot recommend Casa Lauro highly enough – our holiday there this summer was fabulous. Nestling in the Umbrian countryside, with the most stunning views in all directions, it is a haven of peace and quiet and farmhouse luxury.

We all agreed that waking each day, opening the shutters and then having breakfast on the terrace, overlooking the beautifully manicured gardens, with olive groves and the glorious pool, was a complete delight. It was a perfect place to plan our days

Casa Lauro is ideally situated to enjoy the nearby beautiful, historic hill top or lake side towns. The large towns and major cities of the region, Florence, Perugia, Sienna, Arezzo and Orvieto are easy to reach by car and train. ,

The farmhouse is wonderfully comfortable and spacious and we could hardly believe we had access to such an extensive and cosmopolitan library. It is only 5 minutes drive to the nearest supermarket which makes last minute decisions about eating very easy!

The large pool was warm and we could swim whilst enjoying the most fabulous views and in the evening, sitting next to it, enjoy phenomenal sunsets. We dined outside every night in soft perfumed warmth that only Italian summer nights can deliver.

We just loved it…..thank you!
  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning Villa, private pool in 5 acres, landscape gardens, Umbria/Tuscan border
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p88648
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Castiglione del Lago Trasimeno area
4

Stunning, beautiful, surpassed expectations

  • 4 out of 5
From beginning to end, everything went smoothly. Victoria provided us with ample information and the villa was incredible. Inside, a spotless interior with comfortable beds, cozy decor and a kitchen that provided us with all that we needed. Outside, was perfect. The pool and its beautiful surrounds - the olive grove, the endless views of rolling hills and the lawns - was where we all spent the bulk of our time. We loved it and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to friends and family and we're definitely planning a return visit. Citta del Pieve, Montepulciano, Lago Trasimeno are just a few of the spots nearby to take advantage of. Loved it.
  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning Villa, private pool in 5 acres, landscape gardens, Umbria/Tuscan border
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p88648
-+44 02089698576
Castiglione del Lago Trasimeno area
5

Cuckoo's secret.

Cuckoo's secret.
  • 5 out of 5
Friends highly recommended Casa del Lauro where we have just spent two weeks. We
were not to be disappointed.
The cuckoo's call in the chorus of birdsong welcomed us on arrival and it kept
this up for the duration of our stay. Up in the hills, with glorious views over
the surrounding country, the house nestles in the olives and vines. It is an
ideal location from which to explore Umbria and Tuscany. There is a long list
of wonderful hilltop towns, restaurants, markets and gardens to visit.
Alternatively, one can stay at home and enjoy the garden and pool. Victoria's
list of suggested restaurants included an excellent range of type and price. It
is very hard to share this secret but for those who want to get away from it
all, Casa del Lauro is a hidden gem. We are already planning our return
  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning Villa, private pool in 5 acres, landscape gardens, Umbria/Tuscan border
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p88648
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Castiglione del Lago Trasimeno area
5

An absolute gem in the green heart of Italy

  • 5 out of 5
Casa del Lauro was a dream come true from start to finish. From the moment we made our way up the winding bianca strada through the gorgeous rolling Umbrian countryside and arrived at Casa del Lauro, we were smitten. Nestled on five glorious acres of lovely landscaped lawns with blossoming cherry trees, stands of stately cypress and its own olive grove, this beautifully restored farmhouse villa was everything we could have hoped for and more. Sympathetically restored over the years, the owners Victoria and Peter have retained much of the structure's original features such as traditional tiled floors, charming archways and classic Italian red roof tiles, and introduced welcoming modern touches such as well appointed bathrooms and a European-style kitchen, where we made dinner each evening after enjoying cocktails under the pergola, admiring the view and glorious sunsets. Days started with the sound of birds chirping as we threw open the shutters, greeted by sunshine, blue skies and spectacular views. Our two weeks in Umbria were a delicious culinary and cultural adventure, with daily excursions to Orvieto for ceramics, Norcia for prosciutto, black truffles and Casteluccian lentils, Assisi for the Basilica of St Francis, a well as the spectacular hilltowns of Gubbio, Todi, Spoleto, Arezzo and more. Perched on the border between Tuscany and Umbria, and minutes to the autostrada, Casa del Lauro was perfectly located to take advantage of everything the area had to offer. It's easy to fall in love with everything about Umbria — the gorgeous scenery, the traditional Umbrian hill towns, the warmth of its people and of course, the lovely Casa del Lauro — our home away from home. We had an extraordinary vacation exploring Umbria and Tuscany, and can’t wait to return. It captured our hearts.
  • Review Submitted: 12-Apr-2012
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It never ceases to amaze us how much our guests manage to do when they stay at Casa del Lauro. They get to see so many interesting places and sample so many of the local reataurants. Yet they say what they remeember most is the peace and quiet of Casa del Lauro.
business
Stunning Villa, private pool in 5 acres, landscape gardens, Umbria/Tuscan border
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p88648
-+44 02089698576
Castiglione del Lago Trasimeno area
5

A perfect Umbrian retreat

  • 5 out of 5
You could not ask for a better place to stay! The house was beautifully furnished, spotlessly clean and so well equipped and the garden and pool wonderfully well looked after.

On the one day it rained the house was so cosy that it didn’t matter.

The views were breathtaking and the peace and quiet very welcome.

Easy drives to Assisi and Siena and we particularly liked Cita dela Pieve a beautiful walled town nearby.

We visited several of the restaurants recommended by the owner and all were lovely.

The owners were extremely helpful and responded to emails very promptly.

Casa de Lauro is simply one of the most beautiful places that we have stayed and we would certainly return and hope to do so in the not too distant future.
  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Location

Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Rome, Pisa, Florence and Perugia
Nearest Ferry
100 Miles
Livorno
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Panicarola
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Chiusi
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Chiusi/Chianciano
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Moiano
Car: necessary

We are right in the midst of the cultural centre of Italy. Florence, Siena, Gubbio, Spoleto, Rome and Assisi are all within easy driving distance. Also a fantastic train and bus service from Chiusi. You can get a fast train to Rome, one hour and twenty minutes; and Florence, where it is very difficult to park in the city, under two hours.

Arezzo is well worth exploring. Principally the lengthy restoration work on, the Legend of the Cross, the famous cycle of frescoes by Piero della Francesca in the church of San Francesco, has at last been completed. Also the Antique Market of Arezzo, is held the first week-end of every month on Saturday and Sunday. Serenella, a colourful eating-house in Citta della Pieve, a fascinating hilltop town 20 mins away. Good Umbrian cooking, even the local priest eats there. Plus many other interesting Attractions. Fashion Bargains are to be had at The Mall, in the village of Leccio, it is 1hr and 15 mins away by car. It is a collection of designer outlets selling surplus and out of season stock.

Other Activities: Various games: i.e. Scrabble, cards, Backgammon.

Golf: The nearest Golf Course is in Panicarola , about 5 miles away. It's a 9 holes golf course. The larger 18 hole golf course is nearer Perugia, about an hour away. We have been there and it looks very good.

Please enquire further when asking about availability.

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Rates & Availability

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Rental rates for this holiday villa in Castiglione del Lago, Trasimeno area

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Rate 19
20 Dec 2014 - 2 Jan 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,500
for 7 nights
£1,500
 
 
Rate1. 2015
3 Jan 2015 - 6 Mar 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,250
for 7 nights
£1,250
 
 
Rate 2, 2015
7 Mar 2015 - 27 Mar 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,350
for 7 nights
£1,350
 
 
Rate 3 2015
28 Mar 2015 - 17 Apr 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,450
for 7 nights
£1,450
 
 
Rate 4 2015
18 Apr 2015 - 22 May 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,550
for 7 nights
£1,550
 
 
rate 5 2015
23 May 2015 - 5 Jun 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,600
for 7 nights
£1,600
 
 
Rate 6 2015
6 Jun 2015 - 12 Jun 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,700
for 7 nights
£1,700
 
 
Rate 7 2015
13 Jun 2015 - 19 Jun 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,850
for 7 nights
£1,850
 
 
rate 8
20 Jun 2015 - 26 Jun 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,900
for 7 nights
£1,900
 
 
Rate 9 2015
27 Jun 2015 - 3 Jul 2015
7 night minimum stay
£2,000
for 7 nights
£2,000
 
 
Rate 10 2015
4 Jul 2015 - 10 Jul 2015
7 night minimum stay
£2,100
for 7 nights
£2,100
 
 
Rate 11 2015
11 Jul 2015 - 17 Jul 2015
7 night minimum stay
£2,300
for 7 nights
£2,300
 
 
Rate 12 2015
18 Jul 2015 - 24 Jul 2015
7 night minimum stay
£2,450
for 7 nights
£2,450
 
 
Rate 13 2015
25 Jul 2015 - 31 Jul 2015
7 night minimum stay
£2,550
for 7 nights
£2,550
 
 
Rate 14 2015
1 Aug 2015 - 21 Aug 2015
7 night minimum stay
£2,650
for 7 nights
£2,650
 
 
Rate 15 2015
22 Aug 2015 - 28 Aug 2015
7 night minimum stay
£2,550
for 7 nights
£2,550
 
 
Rate 16 2015
29 Aug 2015 - 4 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
£2,300
for 7 nights
£2,300
 
 
Rate 17 2015
5 Sep 2015 - 11 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,800
for 7 nights
£1,800
 
 
Rate 18 2015
12 Sep 2015 - 25 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,600
for 7 nights
£1,600
 
 
Rate 19 2015
26 Sep 2015 - 23 Oct 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,400
for 7 nights
£1,400
 
 
Rate 20 2015
24 Oct 2015 - 18 Dec 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,350
for 7 nights
£1,350
 
 
Rate 21 2015
19 Dec 2015 - 1 Jan 2016
7 night minimum stay
£1,500
for 7 nights
£1,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250
Notes When making a booking, there will be a booking fee of £250.00. We will ask for the rent two months in advance. Upon payment of the rent the booking fee originally held reverts to being the deposit, to be held against any damage of breakages that may occur during your term of occupancy.
We would like to assure you that we will not withhold any part of the deposit until we have your agreement.
We request a booking fee of £250 when the guests have decided on their dates. We request the rent eight weeks before their booking dates.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Castiglione del Lago in Trasimeno area

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , wash hand basin
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , wash hand basin
  • The bathroom which can be ensuite with the master bedroom, has a shower fitment attached to the bath taps. Both bathroom and shower room are modern and in immaculate order. The shower cubicle is very spacious. The clothes washing machine is in the washroom (lavanderia in Italian), which is under the loggia, approached from the pergola. There is also a large wash hand basin there for hand washing or to rinse out your bathing attire. The water softener is also housed in the washroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , spacious twin
  • All the bedrooms are large and situated on the first floor, with mosquito nets and top quality ceiling fans, extremely quiet with five speed regulators. Wonderful views from every window.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • 9 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
There are 6 chairs round the dining table on the terrace near the kitchen The rest are round the pool area, under three sun umbrellas. There is also seating for six under the pergola where you can lunch in the shade , or dine in the evening with a view of a wonderful sunset. There are 4 sun beds at your disposal. There is a spacious, graveled parking area at the front of the house, with a secure pedestrian gate leading round to the main terrace. The three outside doors, the kitchen and dining room lead directly from the terrace, and the reception (salotto) door leading off the terraced area (the loggia) on the first floor. There is an archway leading from the dining room directly to the fully fitted kitchen. So whilst cooking you can still take part in the conversation around the spacious dining table. The double doors from the kitchen lead directly out to the circular dining table on the terrace. You walk passed the pergola, onto the lawn which leads directly down to the pool 12 by 6m
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