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Ideal Umbrian Retreat For Reunions: Enjoy Peaceful Countryside And Walk To Shops

Bedrooms 7
Space 4,843 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

7 Bedroom, 6 Bath Villa: Enormous Pool & Pool House, 3 Kitchens & Living Rooms

This large gated property above the Tiber Valley has extensive grounds, separate entrances and living areas to ensure privacy and comfort for all of your group. The central villa has four bedrooms and three baths: two baths are en-suite and the third bath is shared by two bedrooms. Bedrooms can be set up either as large double beds or with two single beds. A child's crib or cot can be set up in either of the two bedrooms with en-suite bath in the center of villa or in either of the larger bedrooms in Belvedere wing. The Belvedere wing has three double bedrooms, each with en-suite bath: two with shower and one with tub. Full kitchens include all appliances, oven, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, larger of two kitchens also has separate butler's pantry with large American refrigerator/freezer. New (2017) 140 square meter ground floor living space has additional cooking and dining facilities for large groups. Washing machine is in laundry room on ground floor. Larger living room has table to seat up to twenty guests, two smaller dining rooms, television, play equipment. Belvedere has expansive panoramic terrace with views over the Tiber Valley, the ancient town center of Deruta and the rolling hills of Umbria with sun loungers, ceramic dining table, umbrella. Pool area has large solarium, pool house with refrigerator, changing room, shower. Additional shower at pool. Ceramic tables for dining by pool in sun or large covered dining area at side of pool. Wifi throughout entire villa as well as in pool area.

Please note that in the season when the pool is not open it is possible to rent only the Belvedere wing or only the Villa instead of the entire Villa property. The Belvedere wing is especially appropriate for winter rentals because of the convenient under-floor heating system.

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Maria Beatrice Aglini
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Italian
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Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We just finished the vacation of a lifetime in Umbria and the Villa Santa Maria was central to our success for a few reasons. First, it's in an ideal location between Rome, Tuscany, Umbrian hill-towns, and even the seashore if you want to venture there. Second, the setting is magical. 14th century Italian country church attached to the house, overlooking the Tiber Valley - it's impossible to take a bad photo. Third, the house itself is big, adaptable and ready for large families. We combined three for this vacation and everyone had enough space to relax. Finally, our hostess Franca, was truly gracious and ensured that we had everything we needed during our stay. I would recommend this to anyone. We were very sad to leave.
Jun 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Deruta in Province of Perugia

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4843 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Master bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Bidet , En-suite to Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , En-suite to bedroom Villa 4
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Bidet , Bathroom is shared by bedrooms Villa 2 and Villa 3
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , En-suite to Belvedere C bedroom
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , En-suite to Belvedere B bedroom
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , En-suite to Belvedere A bedroom
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Master - 1 Large Double Bed , en-suite bath
    Villa 2 - 2 Large Double Bed , Canopied bed opens to terrace
    Villa 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Shares bathroom with Villa 2
    Villa 4 - 2 Large Double Bed , has en-suite bathroom
    Belvedere A - 1 Large Double Bed , has en-suite bathroom with shower enclosure
    Belvedere B - 1 Large Double Bed , has en-suite bathroom with shower
    Belvedere C - 1 Large Double Bed , has en-suite bathroom with bath tub
  • Please note additional charge per guest per week for groups of more than 14 guests.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Porch Furniture
  • Yard
  • 2 bicycles
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
The center of Umbria is rich in cultural, historic, gastronomic and sports offerings. Near Villa Santa Maria you will find excellent restaurants, golf courses and equitation centers, museums, festivals, concerts, and everything to make your holiday in Umbria as active or as relaxing as you and your group would prefer.


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Ideal Umbrian Retreat For Reunions: Enjoy Peaceful Countryside And Walk To Shops
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

The Perfect Hilltop Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our party of 10 had the pleasure of staying at this fab property for two weeks early September. It was perfect. Our host Franca and her daughter, Beatrice were just outstanding. We only ever had one issue and that was the walkability!! into Deruta. Whilst, this is still an issue, it was one that was quickly sorted by Franca. We had a meal prepared for us whilst we were there and it was just wonderful. A must for everyone who has the extreme good luck to book this property.

We would without a doubt not hesitate to book this property again. The walking into Dertua is just about do'able' in the daytime but most definitely not in the evening and certainly not for anyone of a certain age..!! The swimming pool was Olympic size and very, very clean. We cannot thank our hosts enough for allowing us to stay in this wonderful property. Villa Santa Maria and Belvedere and Franca and Beatrice are the perfect paring.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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North Yorkshire, England

Wonderful Umbrian retreat

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful, relaxed and special place to stay. Owner Franca and her daughter Beatrice are superb hosts. The villa is set in pretty grounds with a superb pool (complete with diving board and lit at night) on a hillside overlooking Deruta surrounded by fields, olive groves and a vineyard - good for early morning walks and to get a feel of the local area. The accommodation was clean, comfortable; a great mix of traditional and contemporary and beautiful local ceramics (many from Franca's ceramics factory in Deruta). The area is a mix of small towns and agriculture. We were a family group of 14 (including our labrador). The contiguous accommodation worked very well for us. Having 6 bathrooms for 7 bedrooms was good. The Belvedere kitchen became the breakfast and lunch space (breakfast on the terrace, lunch by the pool) and the Villa kitchen was used for evening meal preparations. The dining table in the Villa seated us all comfortably whilst the surrounding living space and balcony gave lots of space for break-out groups. We were there during a heatwave and the air conditioning in most areas was very welcome (nb one bedroom in the Belvedere and one in the Villa do not have air conditioning, along with the living space in the Belvedere but large fans had been provided). The pool was definitely the focal point of our stay! Franca and Beatrice were wonderful and both speak fluent english. They were on hand to answer queries, make recommendations and check the pool every day (usually early morning before we were up). The medieval chapel attached to the villa is a special addition - we were there on 15 August and the villagers came up for a service followed by coffee and Franca's homemade cake!

Any improvements? We had 4 keen (and very good) cooks in our group so perhaps some additional kitchen utensils such as sharp knives/chopping boards would have been good. There are two sorts of electric sockets and we struggled a little with adaptors.

Our recommendations:

Deruta - Franca's ceramics shop, the Ceramics museum, Taverna del Gusto for lunch, the local butcher, homemade gelato (nocciola was a favourite), fresh pasta, Tuesday morning market

Places nearby - Assisi, Gubbio, Montefalco (superb wine tasting at Fongoli Cantina including the local Sagrantino grape), Monte Subasio (spectacular views), Spello (preserved roman acquaduct), Todi...the list is endless

We loved it and hope you do too.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sarah. Was a pleasure for us to host you and your family. Thanks also for your suggestions. You have been fantastic guests, and it was great to get to know you.Thanks again for your stay and we hope to see you ( and the dog Bea ) again.
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Lovely spacious villa with beautiful pool

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous week at this beautiful villa. The setting of the villa in the hill above Deruta with a magical view of the town and the valley is stunning. Many an evening was spent on the large terrace eating and drinking as we watched the beautiful sunset. But there was so many options to sit and enjoy meals from a table next to the pizza oven to lunches and a BBQ next to the pool. The children loved the huge pool, the grounds and ringing the bell on the old chapel in the grounds. All the bedrooms and bathrooms were individual, well decorated and large and there was a lot of space in the house (really 2 houses with kitchen and lounge area in each house- we used the facilities in the belvedere section as this worked well for us). Most bedrooms had access to the terrace or a balcony with views of the beautiful surrounding countryside. Even though the villa feels very rural, it was a very short trip into the town of Deruta for the local market, supermarket and ceramic shops. We were also fortunate to be there for the first day of a festival in Deruta (July 21st) so took the children into town to enjoy this local event.

Franca and Beatrice were such attentive hosts making sure we had everything we wanted from suggestions of local places to visit to logs for the BBQ and pizza oven to helping us order a delicious shoulder of pork from the local butcher. They were always nearby if we needed anything.

One of the best villas we have stayed in in our 14 years of this type of holiday as both the house and the grounds were stunning and close to many interesting places to visit - hilltop towns, Assisi and lake Trasimeno a few of the options available.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sarah for your lovely words. It was a pleasure to host you and your beautiful family. We are glad you had a good time at Villa Santa Maria. Thanks again for your stay and we hope you will return soon.
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Cohasset, MA, USA

Perfect Umbrian Villa

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for a villa in central Umbria for a large group (we were 15), this is the ideal choice. The property and views were stunning, the place is outfitted with much more than you would need (3 kitchens, pool house, several places to gather/eat). The huge pool was amazing and necessary during a hot summer visit. The owner was extremely friendly and helpful, recommending several great day trips, and setting up ceramics class for kids, cooking class for adults, and anything else we needed. The location is a great base for visiting the region. I would honestly give this place a perfect rating. The only additional information that I would note is that there is no real shallow end of the pool. The "shallow" end is about 5 feet deep, and the deep end is 10+ feet deep. This was great for us, as all of the kids in our party were strong swimmers, but this might be helpful info for anyone with small children, or non- or weak swimmers.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Robert, it was our absolute pleasure to have you with us. You and your family have been fantastic guests, and it was great to get to know you. We are glad you had a good time at Villa Santa Maria, and we hope to see you again soon!
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Fabulous Umbrian trip with friends...

  • 5 of 5

We're sadly on our way home from a lovely fortnight at Franca's amazing villa... The description doesn't prepare you for the space, view from the terrace or attention to detail.... There was room for our big group (8 adults, 9 kids) and Franca was on hand whenever we needed anything.... She even cooked for us on our last night....

It's a little odd to have 2 separate kitchens but we just used one for breakfast and one for other meals.... She's planning a new big kitchen under the terrace that would work well... It has a fab pool house with toilet, shower and fridge/freezer for those poolside beers and ice creams....

Deruta is not really walking distance with kids although we did it once (for the spectacle that was Miss Umbria!!).... Pizza Party does great take away pizzas and Taverna del Gusto in the old town is friendly and fabulous.....

Definitely try the water park at Tavernelle and lunch at the Alchemist on the square at Montefalco.....

We may well return!!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful house

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for two weeks at this house during the summer of 2015 and found it wonderful.

The house (or really 2 adjacent houses) is beautiful and spacious. The rooms were nicely but simply decorated with good quality furniture, and the kitchens were well equipped (especially with ceramics!). For us, the only drawback was that there were two houses, and thus two kitchens and living rooms, and we like to hang out together, but there is plenty of room, so this isn't a big problem (and for many this could be an advantage).

The area by the pool, where we would also eat, was just wonderful, and from the patio area, you could watch the sun set over Deruta. The pool is huge and well maintained. Since we were there in the middle of a heat wave, this was a vacation-saver! The gardens are beautiful and there is quite a bit of space both indoors and outdoors.

The local hosts were very helpful with restaurant and tourist ideas, or issues with the house (I locked us out!) and yet not intrusive. They came every day to check the pool and water the plants, but usually before we were up, or when we were cooking dinner.

Umbria is almost as beautiful as Tuscany, without all the tourists, so the area nearby is very nice and full of places to explore.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to let us know how you enjoyed Villa Santa Maria, it was a pleasure to host you. Some information for our future guests: The two structures are contiguous and form one large edifice which also connects to the private chapel; each part of the Villa has a separate entrance stairway with about 12 meters from one to the other. We hope the second kitchen allows our guests more flexibility in gathering for meals such as breakfast at different times but both living areas are large enough to accommodate the entire group and indeed, many guests choose to gather for meals poolside where there are outdoor cooking options as well. Of course 'almost as beautiful' ...we feel Umbria is even more beautiful because of its wider valleys and wilder mountains--all with fewer crowds to contend with--but the house is positioned close enough to Tuscany to allow guests to explore nearby Tuscan areas such as Cortona, Montepulciano, etc.--although we think you may have your days filled just with Umbrian jewels such as Assisi, Todi, and the islands of Lago Trasimeno, to name only three nearby destinations. Thanks again for your stay and we hope you'll return before long.
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
San Francesco di Assisi Umbria International
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Nearest Ferry
34 Kilometres
Passignano sul Lago Trasimeno
Nearest Golf
13 Kilometres
Golf Club Perugia
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
E45 Deruta Nord
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Asso di Coppe
Nearest Beach
34 Kilometres
Passignano sul Lago Trasimeno
Car: necessary

Near the largest spa in Umbria, multiple golf courses and horse riding clubs, further afield are hang-gliding, white water rafting, rock climbing. A short drive from world class entertainment in Perugia and Spoleto, hundreds of local culinary and cultural festivals. Eurochocolate, Festival of Two Worlds, Umbria Jazz, many other music and food festivals. Near to Assisi, Perugia, Todi, Orvieto and the beautiful hill towns of Umbria and Tuscany such as Montefalco, Spoleto, Spello, Cortona, Gubbio. Lago Trasimeno has ferries out to the atmospheric islands, beautiful spots for walks and picnics. Ruins of Carsulae, waterfalls near Terni and many other natural, historic and cultural spots. Excellent museums are found right in Deruta, in Perugia, and in many smaller towns. Wine cellars have tastings and tours and nearby Torgiano has a wine museum as well as wineries and restaurants. Our ceramics showroom and production centre in Deruta will welcome you with a personalized tour.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Deruta, Umbria

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2018
12 May 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £35 per night, per additional guest
Autumn 2018
15 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The pool is open mid-May through mid-September.
We request a deposit in order to reserve the house and the balance upon arrival if you are paying directly. Prices are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed. A 400 euro security deposit is to be paid in cash on arrival and is returned on departure. The final cleaning fee is 200 euro and is also due in cash on arrival. Please contact us regarding direct payments.
Air conditioning use is charged separately at 20 euro per day.
Winter months firewood is provided free of charge. Pellet stove, radiators and underfloor heating are charged separately at cost based on usage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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