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on the border Tuscany/Umbria, very private cozy house, magnificent views, garden

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4bedr. 3bathr. heated pool/1 bathr. overlooking Tuscany/Umbria, 2nd floorterrace

Mid 18th century country house can be rented for 2 - 8 guests. It is a very romantic place, wonderfully restored with organic materials and kept in the original stile of the area. A lovely garden set in the hills on the border of Tuscany and Umbria is ideal for families or small groups. Tastefully decorated & furnished with antiques from the owners aristocratic family. The 250 year old house sits on a slope and has stunning views and light breezes in hot summers. It is surrounded by old oak trees giving shade. You will find a solar heated pool, which is open from end of March to end of October, situated in a little olive grove overlooking the vineyards, with natural shade and stunning views.The panorama pool is completely private. The 8 ha estate is owned by a Countess, who produces the estate's own biological wine & olive oil, she lives in a separate part of the house, managing the property. On the grounds around the antic house you can enjoy the breathtaking views over the superb Umbrian/ Tuscan countryside. The exceptional location will give you enough opportunities to relax & dream or sight seeing. Next town is the medieval city Cittá della Pieve (15min by car) and Monteleone di Orvieto (10 min by car) Perugia (40min. by car.)

further activities: Umbria is beautiful all year round. Each and every month of the year has its very own charm and quality, its colors, scents and sounds. The people of Umbria are still very much in tune with a rhythm given by nature itself.

Within the medieval boundary walls of the town, you‘ll find plenty of witnesses of a turbulent and rich history. Numerous shops, cafes and restaurants inviting you for a stroll or remain and watch the busy life in the streets.

The personal touch and extraordinary friendliness of the people of Città della Pieve, surely contribute to the special charm of the town. The Italian spoken in this area, is said to be one of the clearest and most beautiful in the country. No doubt, you will enjoy your holiday here and in no time it will feel like a home away from home.

Services: Helpful owner-caretaker in separate part of the building, garden, lawn & pool maintenance. Maid service extra, (Sat & mid-week). Weekly change of linen & towels. Services upon request: Additional maid service, local cook/chef, catering, organization of special events. Facilities: WLAN/Wi-Fi access outdoor/indoor internet access.

Natural Air-conditioning. Some windows with fly nets, Fireplace. Satellite TV, stereo CD-Player. Central heating. Fully-equipped kitchen: dishwasher, fridge, freezer, stove, oven, toaster, coffee machine. Washing machine, hair dryer, anti-allergenic mattresses. Iron & ironing-board, cot, high chair. Private pool 10x5m/ 1,30 m deep, with sun-lounger’s, table & chairs. Shower and bathroom at the Pool, towels are provided.

Gazebo/ Pergola, BBQ & furnished with dining table & chairs, veranda with cosy armchairs.

More Details

Stephanie Countess zu Ortenburg
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, German, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
14 August, 2018

About Stephanie Countess zu Ortenburg

I have bought a farm ruin in 2000 and now I am renting the house to everyone who likes to spend their holidays in a beautiful house in Umbria on the border to Tuscany. The locating is fantastic, 90 km from Rome and Florence on the Autostrada di SOLE. I love living here and to have interesting, fun guests.

Stephanie Countess zu Ortenburg purchased this house in 2000

Why Stephanie Countess zu Ortenburg chose Città della Pieve

The house is very privately set, but close to the A1 Autostrada di Sole. You can reach the property easily from Rom and Florence. The trainstation is 10 min. away from the grounds. I have nice neighbours, but not to close. The property is 8 ha large and has lovely olivetrees and vines. In the large garden are very big old oak trees and there are lovely views.

What makes this house unique

Solar heated pool. The house has an air ventilated roof that is like a natural air-condition. By restoring an old farm house the character of the buildings in the 18th century has been maintained and we left many typical Umbrian details. The garden has wonderful big old trees and special plants..

Guestbook comments from the owner

Traumhafter Urlaub in den Hügeln von Umbrien

Wir verbrachten mit unseren 2 Kindern herrliche, aber viel zu kurze 11 Tage, in der Villa Cerqualto, bei Stephanie unserer Gastgeberin.Das erste Gefühl, wenn man das Anwesen betritt, ist „Das wird Gut!“.

Die Villa Cerqualto ist von Stephanie liebevoll selbst restauriert worden und das spürt man in jedem Raum des Hauses. Das Anwesen bildet mit seiner Ausstattung die Grundlage für einen perfekten Urlaub.

Wir haben es genossen im Freien zu Essen und am Abend die Blicke in die umbrische Hügellandschaft von den unterschiedlichen Balkons schweifen zu lassen.

Die Lage der Villa, die Sitzplätze unter der Pergola, der schön angelegte Garten und die Großzügigkeit sind einzigartig und zum Herunterkommen perfekt geeignet.

Das Highlight für uns war natürlich der super gepflegte Pool, wo wir mehrmals am Tag schwimmen und relaxen konnten.

Unsere Kinder (12;16) haben sich ebenfalls bestens erholt, sie hatten keinerlei Langeweile und bei dem verfügbaren Endlos-WLAN waren sie mit der Welt verbunden.

Besonders hervorheben möchten wir, dass Vorort (Zubehör in den Zimmern) an wirklich alles gedacht worden ist, was einen entspannten Urlaub ausmacht.

Als sehr angenehm haben wir es empfunden, dass unsere Gastgeberin Stephanie mit auf dem Grundstück wohnt und sie uns im Bedarfsfall bei allen relevanten Fragen zur Verfügung stand, damit wir uns bei Ihr wie zu Hause fühlen. Sie hat uns sehr viele Informationen zu Städten, Einkaufsmöglichkeiten und Tipps gegeben, die wir bei unseren Ausflugzielen sehr gut nutzen konnten.

Wir haben Ausflüge in die umbrischen Städte, wie z.B. Orvieto, Citta dela Pieve, Perugia und Assisi gemacht. Obwohl die Villa im Grünen und scheinbar abgeschieden liegt, konnten wir die Autobahn in 10 Minuten erreichen.

Die Region Umbrien wirkte auf gastfreundlich, ursprünglich und landestypisch, so wie wir es uns vorgestellt haben.

Liebe Stephanie, wir haben uns bei Dir sehr wohl gefühlt und schätzen Dich sehr.

Vielen herzlichen Dank für die Zeit in Deiner wunderbaren Villa Cerqualto!

Bei Dir ist Erholung eine Garantie !!!

Susanne, Alma, Oskar und Maik
Jul 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Città della Pieve in Umbria

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • The Pool is fenced, children under 12 are not allowed unaccompanied at the pool
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom en-suit - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en-suit with red bedroom
    Bathroom top floor - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , 2 basins
    Poolhouse - Toilet , Outdoor Shower , Changing room
    Bathroom with walkin shower - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , next to sitting room
  • All bathrooms are very modern and large rooms suited in an newly built in an old fashioned tower, they are all large with a lot of windows. Central heating. In winter heated towels. 3 bathrooms in the house 1 outside, top floor - Toilet, Bathtub with Shower, Bidet, 2 basins, Bathroom next to livingroom, with walkin shower, Toilet, Bidet, 1 basin, next to red room downstairs, shower, basin, toilet, Pool house - Outdoor Shower, Changing room, WC All bathrooms are very modern in an old fashioned tower. Very large with a lot of windows. Central heating, In winter heated towels.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Library - 1 Single Bed , sharing bathroom with redroom
    blue room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , the beds are 2 single beds and are joint together
    red bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , can be used also as 2 single beds
    yellow room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , can be used also as 2 single beds 200x90
  • The house has an natural air-conditioned roof and it keeps the rooms cool in summer and warm in winter. Indoor shutters easy to close and open. 2 large fireplaces for cool spring and autumn evenings, 1 large basket of wood is included for each fireplace. Master bedroom with terrace 2 single or 1 double , Yellow bedroom with 2 single or 1 double, Bathroom with 5 windows, bathtub, shower, double basins, bidet, Large Kitchen with fireplace, dishwasher, fridge/deep freeze, 4 gas flamed stove, electric oven, table for 8 guests. The Sitting room has 3 sofas, fireplace, sat TV, internet connection, CD/radio player, Red bedroom 1 double or 2 single, green bedroom 1 single bed. sharing bathroom with next door bedroom All beds have dawn covers for the winter, in mid season woolen blankets, in summer cotton covers. each person has it´s own blanket. each guest has 2 towels, plus pool towel. Hairdryer and adapting plugs are in each bathroom. each room has 1 window with fly shield
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 15 garden chairs
  • 10 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
The house has an natural air-conditioned roof and it keeps the rooms cool in summer and warm in winter. Indoor shutters easy to close and open. 2 large fireplaces for cool spring and autumn evenings, 1 basket of wood is included for each fireplace. If you come and stay in winter you will find a warm house welcoming you. Modern central heating and very good isolation of windows. Assistance: Maid service is optional and has to be booked before arrival. Weekly change of linen & towels, toilet paper for the first days are in the house. Services upon request NOT included in the rental price: cook, maidservice, babysitter, arrival dinner, first shopping, chauffeur, airport pick-up, central heating, 1 large basquet of firewood is free. There is an extra charge on events. Painting classes, we can organize a professional teacher, most of the guests have enjoyed the landscape water color or oil painting. Visits to the nearby natural Spa at San Casiano dei Bagni (20 min.) Bathe in warm water pools, and feel the massage of water jets that generate your energy.


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on the border Tuscany/Umbria, very private cozy house, magnificent views, garden
average rating of 4.780488 based on 49 reviews

Wonderful stay.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I (and our three girls, ages 19, 16 and 11) have had a fantastic holiday in this gorgeous retreat. Shortly after we arrived, we were sitting on the veranda enjoying a glass of wine and I said to my husband, "we absolutely must come back here again"! We were stunned by the beautiful gardens, complete with vibrant blooming flowers, a lovely pool, and even an olive grove and small, grape vineyard. Waking up at this house is a total delight with a cool breeze, dreamy vistas, the aroma of lavender and the inviting sounds of singing birds. We felt so relaxed and at home here. We loved the owner, Countess Stephanie, as well. She was so kind and helpful and made some excellent recommendations for places to visit as well as wonderful restaurants. The surrounding villages and countryside are absolutely gorgeous! The only thing we would have changed about our stay is the length of time that we were here...our stay was much too short! Next time we will return for longer! We would definitely recommend this property to our family and friends and anyone planning a visit to Umbria and Tuscany.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: when my guests are so happy with their stay it is such a satisfaction for me and it is great to have such wonderful guests at my home. The Villa is located between Florence and Rome with many beautiful places in between, if you want to relax at the Villa and go out for a few excursions a week is a really very sort stay. Thank you for staying and hope to see you back soon. Stephanie
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Stunning views from this wonderful, beautifully appointed, remote Umbiran Villa. A perfect holiday .

  • 5 of 5

Located on the side of a hill, this beautifully appointed, charming villa was above all expectations. The owner, Stephanie has put much thought into the style, details and decoration of this wonderful Umbrian Villa and is extremely helpful, kind and generous. While living next door, she is discreet and welcoming. The added extras in the villa reflect her commitment to giving the perfect holiday to her guests.

All rooms are beautifully decorated with antique furniture and there are staggering views of the Umbiran countryside from every window. The pretty garden, even in this summer's dry weather, lovely swimming pool, relaxing terrace and atmospheric dining area surrounded by grapes and figs all add to make this the perfect spot for a relaxing holiday. The stunning hilltop towns of Monteleone d'Orvieto and Citta della Pieve are within easy reach, with shops, bars, restaurants and lovely atmosphere.

Thank you, we can't wait to go again!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: great to have happy guests.
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Perfect relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had an idyllic week in this villa. The location was perfect - stunning views, quiet, peaceful and incredibly relaxing. The villa, pool and grounds are beautifully maintained; the villa very comfortable, well equipped and spotless. Stephanie is very knowledgeable about and helpful with local information and was most welcoming. Would recommend without hesitation for a wonderful, chilled holiday in a gorgeous area.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent location and holiday!

  • 5 of 5

From the time of our arrival we had a wonderful holiday, beautiful villa, comfortable, spacious, well-equipped and well-supported by the owner. The pool was a bonus in the summer heat and the gardens made the whole experience luxurious. We can heartily recommend it to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Unmatched views in comfort and beauty

  • 5 of 5

My family and I thought we had been catapulted into heaven when we arrived at the exquisitely designed and renovated villa. The house is beautiful, comfortable, well appointed and meticulously maintained. It is situated such that there is a dreamy view from every window. The long view across the valley allowed us the vision of very old towns with towers and turrets, olive groves and vineyards. The closer view was of forest and winding country road with agricultural fields, very green in spring, several covered with bright red poppies. The closest view was of the surrounding gardens with the fragrance of roses and acacia trees, plus all manner of bright seasonal flowers, herbs and a large olive grove through which to wander. Everywhere was the sound and sight of myriad varieties of birds – including nightingales, which I had never heard before. We swam in the privacy of the pool with a long view to the mountains, and ate under the pergola on days when it was warm enough.

This is a place for nature lovers and romantics - a great place to cool out and relax and a perfect place from which to explore. It was easy for us to visit not only the better-known tourist spots – Rome, Orvieto, Chiusi, and the wine country further north, but also the mostly undiscovered treasures in the centuries old smaller towns with winding streets, steep hills, breathtaking views over the valley below, plus geraniums in every window and gourmet food in excellent small and friendly restaurants. Our hostess was charming, friendly and attentive. She provided long lists of places to visit and restaurants of every kind to try, plus tips on out-of-the-way places to explore. With Stephanie’s help, I felt we got a very good taste of this area, which, blended with cups of coffee and glasses of wine on the terraces in the mornings and evenings and quiet walks on well-maintained trails left us feeling very enriched and balanced.

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Just a big THANKS !!
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Great location for exploring Umbria and Tuscany.

  • 5 of 5

The location is wonderful for exploring some of the "must see" locales, but also perfect for off the beaten track villages. The view from just about anywhere on the property is picture perfect and the villa has all you could need for a restful, comfortable base. Stephanie was the perfect hostess, made us feel right at home and more than willing to help with suggestions and reservations (La Palomba in Orvieto is a must). Our only complaint was not scheduling a longer stay; but definitely will the next time. Take the time to hike to Monteleone ( a good hour) and Citta della Pieve ( a good couple of hours); there is a lot of up hill, but worth the effort.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Perugia, Rome, Florence, Pisa
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Monteleone di Orvieto
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
3 golf courses
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Fabro, Chiusi-Chianciano
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Monteleone di Orvieto, best Pizzas
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Monte Amiata
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Porto Ercole
Car: necessary

The House is situated on the hills near Tuscany 311 slm, between Monteleone d´Orvieto and Città della Pieve, near Montepulciano, Montalcino Cetona, San Casciano de Bagni (hot springs), Orvieto, the wildlife isles of Alviano and Montepulciano, near Chiusi, an Etruscan town. By train ( 10 min. to station ) you reach Rome and Florence within 1 1/2 h. To the seaside in Toscany, Santo Stefano and Monte Agentario it is ca. 90 km, it is a lovely cultural and panoramic road. The Lago Bolsena a very clean vulcanic lake and is easy to reach shortly after Orvieto. Which is situated like and island on a highplateau, it is the most important Etruscan town in Italy and has a very beautiful Dom with frescos.

Perugia, Assisi, Montefalco, Siena and Arezzo ( Anticmarket ) are to reach in ca. 40 min. Lago di Trasimeno is very near and you can take a boot to the islands and enjoy delicious fish restaurants.

Many events in summer like jazz Festival or the Paglio in Cittá della Pieve are worth a visit.

Other Activities: Riding, painting lessons, swimming in hot springs, sightseeing, childrens playground!

Golf: Golf: In spring and autumn you will find the ideal conditions to play golf in this area. The countryside is very beautiful and staying in a comfortable house and go golfing during the day is an ideal holiday. For out of season we give special prices, please inquire directly.

CASTELFALFI: ca. 30min away.




Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Città della Pieve, Umbria

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £40 per night, per additional guest
autumn offer best season
2 Sep 2018 - 20 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £36 per night, per additional guest
Christmas New Year, 8 pers.
20 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £36 per night, per additional guest
30 Mar 2019 - 4 May 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £31 per night, per additional guest
sprin pool heated
5 May 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £31 per night, per additional guest
high season
29 Jun 2019 - 1 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £45 per night, per additional guest
late summer
21 Sep 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £45 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £267.86

Money transfer and credit card fees have to be paid by the renter.
Heating per day € 50,00 per full house, Half house Euro 30,00
Deposit by arrival € 300,00
Cancellations: 60 days before arrival full refund minus fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 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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