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Space, luxury & peace, 360 views, 32 acres, pool. 1 hr N Rome. Inclusive prices

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Rural Villa, 4 bed, 4 reception, 5 shower, 6 WC, many terraces with 3 big tables

A 'Wow!' property, and our second home. Private, quiet, spacious villa, with own olive grove, & woodland totalling 13 Hectares (~32 acres), 1km from medieval village. Private: 12 x 6m infinity pool (with remote control child-safe cover) & underwater seat along west side, international size boule court, extensive terraces, outside wood oven. Several guests have comented on the excellence of the pool and views from it. ‘Cloister’, open on 3 sides and under a Fig tree, with occasional tables and chairs, provide additional shade in the garden, with lights, USB charging points and English electrical socket. Three outside tables plus one inside dining table each with chairs for seating 8 people, with plenty of shade. There are 11 sun loungers and cushions.

The Villa is located in the River Tiber ('Tivere' in Italian) conservation area, and the river can (just!) be seen from the garden, together with, in the other direction, Umbria. The Villa is 7km from the Autostrada, and the river crossed on the way is the Tivere. Detailed photo directions are provided, and arrival & departure is very easy.

Rural villa sleeping 8 in peace & comfort. Floor area of approximately 300m2 on 2 ½ floors, together with a roof terrace. The house and gardens are not overlooked. There are 4 bedrooms (3 with double beds, one with two singles), 5 shower rooms, and 6 WC's.

On all sides, the 360o views are impressive, and overlook the valley of the River Tiber (Tivere) to the west, agricultural land and hill villages all around with a backdrop of unpopulated mountains and the Soratte mountain to the south west. Village shops are 1.2km, a 10-15 minutes undulating walk. Supermarkets are within 10-15 minutes by car.

Excellent wi-fi, internet TV for UK terrestrial stations and several internet radios for any international radio stations. iPad & Apple docking station with speakers in dining room. A pleasant, private and spacious office with table & chairs and own WC overlooking the pool as a quiet work place (if you really must on holiday!) Phone signal for mobile phones. Internet wifi "the best experienced" according to one guest. Satellite international TV including BBC & ITV , DVD player and 100 + DVD's - mostly English language.

Rome 1 hour by train, about 8 Euro (station 5 minutes away by car) or Autostrada. By car and autostrada Villa Elefanti is 30 minutes south of the Umbrian border, one hour south of the Tuscan border and 2 hours from the Florence exit. The autostrada junction is 7 km from the villa.

Sun (and shade available) all day. Great terraces for sundowners: three large outside tables each with eight chairs. 11 sun-loungers, 8 sun-chairs, small tables, 4 sun umbrellas, etc, etc.

Local manager, Adriano, and wife, Maria, live locally, and discretely supply support if needed.

Responsive owner is delighted to interact with you with information you can share with your family and friends, before, during or after your holiday. .

The rural Villa and its grounds is completely private and not overlooked, but close to the village. It is well back from its secondary road access, and with electric, remote control gates gates, so safe for children to explore its 32 acres/13 hectares. Either by train (station is 5 minutes away by car) or via autostrada central Rome is only an hour away.

Local places to visi:: In no particular order: Vescovio - ~20-25 minutes. Nice little restaurant next to a very old church with underground crypt. Farfa - religious little village. 8th Century I think. One or two restaurants outside village. ~30 minutes distant. Casperia - visible from the east garden. Hillside village with many steps and view and a few bars. ~30 minutes. Poggio Mirterto (good market – mostly clothes - third ? Friday of the month) Viterbo - Medieval small (like a film set!) - maybe ~1 hour. Etruscan restaurant recommended for excellent and cheap local food and grappa (Euro 1 per glass!). Some pleasant shopping streets too. Also antique shops. Gavignano – nothing much about it, but an interesting market on the third Sunday (or is the last Sunday?) of the month. Orvieto. Hill top town with a lot of history and catacombs. One hour north on Autostrada. Bagno Regio - AMAZING (walking uphill) access to medieval hill top village - 15 minutes from Orvieto and virtually unknown to non-locals.

Rome & the best beach: Ostia beach west of Rome - the best. The others are overdeveloped. This is pretty natural, with sand and dunes. Great ' Meditterane' beach restaurant & sun-bed and umbrella hire at Km 8.5 - excellent fish. Arrive early in summer as parking is along the road and limited. Tip the man who appears to look after you car about 3 Euro for the day (but that is the only charge, and if he is still there when you leave, he'll help you into the traffic flow.)

Rome: culture, shopping and people watching - 1 hour.

Some recommendations: Personal favourite restaurants and destinations notes are provided to clients by e mail.

Former guests have enjoyed golf: several courses nearby - details on request.

A car is recommended. Both Rome airports - Fumicino and Ciampino - about one hours drive away from Villa Elefanti in normal traffic - have car hire companies, which do not exist locally to Stimigliano. A GPS for your car is highly recommended to navigate the country roads and/or Rome.

There is a direct train line from Fumicino airport to Stimigliano. Look for trains going to Orte end station - they go through central Rome, but no changes are needed. There are usually 2 an hour: check timetables at the stations. Tickets are cheap and must be validated before travel. There are no taxi’s in Stimigliano, but a bus from the railway station to the piazza.

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Why Adrian chose Stimigliano

Guests enjoy the space, peace, views, privacy & pool and convenience for shopping and restaurants. Many enjoy visiting Rome by train or car, as well as other historical sites. We were fortunate to have ,

What makes this villa unique

We were fortunate to have, through a friend, a local contact - Adriano - now our local manager - who could look for suitable ruins for us to buy and renovate. We looked at many over a couple of years. It was the hill top location of what was to become Villa Elefanti, which enchanted us from the first viewing. The little house, and its land, originating hundreds of years ago and run as a small agricultural holding, had not been used for about 15 years, and was being offered for sale by the widow of the former family owners, from Rome. We paid the asking price, and then spent much more on the renovation. Every year we do a little more to continually improve the villa, its facilities, access and garden, which as far as possible we are developing to not require water in the summer, once plants are established. The ash trees, as in many parts of Europe, have suffered from Ash die-back and we are trying to have roses and jasmine obtain support from whats left of the dead trees. In the winter of 2017/18 temperatures went down to minus 10 -12 C , and we lost a lot of plants. But with the expert assistance of our gardener Leonardo we keep striving to make the garden more and more beautiful and in character for the local environment.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The pleasure of discovering this place is only comparable to the sadness of leaving it. But for how long? If Paradise existed it should look similar to this place with Adriano as St Peter, the custodian of the keys.

Marvellous Tuscania, Viterbo and Torquinnia add to the treasures of the place: the house of the olives of Stimigliano: the place where you can discover the other treasures of the Etruscans.

If the Romans could have known this place, they wouldn’t have taken the Sabinian with them, they would marry them right here, and Rome would have been born here.

Thank you.
Jul 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Stimigliano in Lazio

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , + wash basin
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , + wash basin
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , + wash basin
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , + wash basin
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , + wash basin
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , + wash basin
  • One of the shower rooms is a wet room shower (separate from the bedrooms), with WC & washbasin. All the remaining showers are similar in design to the one shown in the photo with mosaic tiles walls, massive travertine stone (200Kg each!) shower trays, and modern 'water-fall' type showers with a diverter to a hand-shower. There is at least one WC / washbasin on each of the three floors of the property.There are 4 hair dryers at Villa Elefanti.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • One of the double bed bedrooms is next to the large shower-room (with wash basin & wc & bidet) shown in the photo. The twin bedded room has an en-suite shower room with WC & washbasin Both other double bedded rooms have en-suite shower room with wc & washbasin & bidet The twin bedded bedroom and one of the double bedded rooms are off the same corridor beyond double doors, and so create a family unit if needed. 3 of the bedrooms face west, with shutters. The bedroom from the roof terrace faces east, has an oval window, and no shutters.. 2 Cot(s) + bottom sheets + 2 baby alarms + 2 changing mats + 2 pottys + 1 high chair available free on request. (I also have a friend with a gorgeous house for rent (sleeps 4 in two bedrooms) & garden also with views and a private pool, 1.5 km away. Contact me about it if needed.)
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 7 deck chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
There are extensive terraces on west, north and east of property, as well as a roof terrace. Shade is available all day. The north terrace (see photo) has a modern wood fired oven (with light and fan). There are plenty of places to enjoy sundowners! There is extensive parking, and the external gates to the property can be locked. Guest have access to the full 13 hectares (~32 acres) of the property, which is about 100m off a minor road. hairdryer in each bedroom. hammock + rucksack available. Woodburning stove in one living room TV/DVD room with open fire & ~50 DVDs 5 wifi internet radios Written and illustrated joining instructions will be provided to clients, as will some suggestions concerning favourite local restaurants and places to visit. Guide books and cookery books will be found in the kitchen, and some novels + CD's + DVDs + VHS tapes in the winter-studio. 2 of cots, cot sheets, changing mats, wireless baby alarms, pottys + 1 high chair available on request


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A great place

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the villa. It's a fabulous location, with a very interesting and warm feel to the place. Plenty of room and lots of outdoor settings. It was very clean and well appointed inside and outside.

The swimming pool was terrific, with an infinity edge looking out to the great countryside. It was large too.

It is close to the main road route into Rome and places like Orvieto. Stimi is a small hilltop village, but the main square has a couple of bars and the supermarkets are just down the hill, so a quick drive.

All in all we simply had a great time there.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Steve, & Kim & family, Thank you for sharing your experience of Villa Elefanti: they really reflect ours too, and I hope help others decide to visit this very convenient part of 'real Italy'. We look forward to seeing you again! Adrian
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Italian paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Villa Elefanti for one week in May with our big family of 7 (2 adults and 5 teenagers). Arriving at the house, the only word that we could utter was 'WOW'. And the 'wows' got bigger and bigger as we explored the house and grounds. We could not believe our luck to have found such a gem. The house is perfectly positioned with 360 degree views - the photos are amazing but the reality is a million times better. Everywhere you look there are stunning views of the countryside, of beautiful villages and the mountains in the distance. Outside the property, we were spoilt for choice as to where to sit - all terraces and the pool area are beautiful for enjoying alfresco dining. Inside the property, the standard of decor is top spec. We could not believe the beauty of the furniture, decorations, ornaments. The rooms are huge, as are the 'many' bathrooms. We were spoiled for choice as to where to sit inside too (not that we sat inside much). We didn't even have chance to use the lower sitting room or dining room. The house is perfectly equipped, containing everything you would have at home (and more in our case!). The equipment is also of a very high standard. We were simply in heaven all week.

The beauty of the house made us very lazy and we only ventured out a couple of times: once to Rome on the train from Stimi - very easy! We chose the day that forecast thunder storms in Stimi. Amusing as we returned to the house to rain and thunder, when the electricity had shorted out. Luckily thanks to the plethora of information provided by Adrian, we were able to sort out the electric gates and also return the power to the house. Aside from that, we only ventured out to visit the local supermarkets, and to Da Lina and RosMarino restaurants - both amazing! We didn't want to waste a minute our week away from this paradise. My sister and I don't speak Italian, but thanks to 2 months of Italian podcasts and a phrase book, we were able to get by throughout the week using our very stilted Italian. The locals were so friendly (and amused/impressed) - despite being in true Italy, we never once felt out of place or unwelcome.

Our negative is that we think that Villa Elefanti has probably ruined every future holiday we will have, as nothing will ever be as perfect. We are now desperately researching how buy property abroad, because we would love to have somewhere even 1% as nice as this place. Thank you Adrian and Lena so much. We hope to be back someday. x

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rachel and Stephanie and teenagers, Thank you for your very full review. It's very gratifying to read when people enjoy just the things we do! I was a little concerned when I started to read of your "Our negative is....".... but pleased to think that there is no need for you to buy somewhere overseas, you can just come back again to Villa Elefanti! Apart from Rome, there is plenty to explore in the area, without venturing far: my notes suggest a few places as you know. Your family would also (just) fit into my Zermatt apartment: . And summer is low season there! Best wishes, Adrian
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Fantastic Villa

  • 5 of 5

This is a fantastic villa with beautiful views and all the amenities that you need. Thoroughly enjoyed our week there. Thanks Adrian

  • Review Submitted: 19-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic property in a wonderful location!

  • 5 of 5

We spent an uninterrupted week at Villa Elefanti for our honeymoon - it is a wonderful place. Secluded, yet close enough to the local town (Stimigliano) for groceries and plenty of options for proper Italian food.

It gave us the space to relax, enjoy the spectacular views and enjoy firing up the pizza oven.

We will be back - next time with friends!!!

Thank you

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear James & Elle, Thank you. We have previously had Villa Elefanti used as 'home' for a wedding in Rome, followed by a catered reception at the Villa . The couple visited us there is advance, by arrangement, and we assisted them with contacting a local caterer, and also other accommodation for their overflow guests, locally. I think it all worked out a lot cheaper than a lot of alternatives. Yours is the first honeymoon though. Maybe you'll give others the idea? And of course we look forward to welcoming you and your friends next time. Best wishes, Adrian
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A Hidden Gem?

  • 5 of 5

From the moment you arrive at Villa Elefanti you are torn, on the one hand there’s an almost irresistible urge to share your delight in having found this gem of a place, on the other there’s a bit of you which would like to keep it your little secret. For our party the urge to share won out and as far as our respective social media circles are concerned this gem is certainly no longer 'hidden'.

The villa itself is an attractive and imposing building outside and spacious, comfortable and well appointed inside. Set on its own hill top it is secluded without feeling isolated and surrounded by hard and soft landscaping totally in keeping with its environment. More importantly its position offers outstanding views over the surrounding countryside on every side and there are plenty of places to sit together or singly to take it all in. We particularly loved the patio with the wood oven (which was great fun to cook with) which quickly became our favoured place to eat dinner and enjoy another fabulous the sunset.

We were blessed with perfect weather during the week we were at Villa Elefanti, and opted for a leisurely stay lazing by the pool, playing petanque and soaking up the wonderful views. However, we did try Adrian and Lena’s favourite local pizza place as well as shopping in their nominated supermarkets all of which were as described in Adrian’s comprehensive and invaluable notes. With lots more to explore in the surrounding area we have the perfect excuse for a return visit in the not too distant future.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nick, for disclosing your families "gem". We look forward to seeing you again. Adrian
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A terrific house ,beautiful views and fabulous pool. Highly recommended .

  • 5 of 5

This is a great spot , views all round to dazzle and the nicest pool we have encountered. The heat was intense for most of our stay so the loggia was a godsend . The big terrace is great in the mornings and evenings - sunsets wonderful and the pizza oven great fun.

Well organised and equipped house and outdoors .

A very peaceful spot . We had a great holiday ..

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Moira, Thank you. The idea for the loggia (= cloister) came from a trip to Chile in January where we saw such structures often used to provide shade. We are pleased you enjoyed this years construction. The idea for the long underwater ledge/seat along the west side of the pool came from a game lodge in South Africa, and from another one came the large open shower enclosures idea. Very pleased to hear that you had a great holiday. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Best wishes, Adrian
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Ciampino (54km) or Fumicino 84 km (both are Rome)
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Stimigliano (on the line with Orte as end station)
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Autoroute Del Sole
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Da Lina (details for local restaurants available)
Nearest Beach
90 Kilometres
Ostia - west of rome - written details available
Car: recommended

Lazio is the province of Rome. Although more accessible, less touristy and therefore cheaper than Tuscany to the north, the Lazio agricultural landscape has many similarities and hilltop villages and history. A car is recommended. Rome, culture, shopping and enjoyment in many forms - 1 hour by car or train. A great beach at Ostia. Numerous small villages steeped in history are with 15 - 30 minutes by car. In no particular order: Vescovio- good restaurant next to a very old church with underground crypt. Farfa - 8th Century religious village. Casperia - visible from the east garden, hilltop village with a few bars. Poggio Miterto (good market – mostly clothes - third Friday of the month). Orvieto, hill top town with a lot of history and catacombes. Bagno Regio (75 mins) - AMAZING (walking uphill) access to medieval hill top village - 15 minutes from Orvieto and virtually unknown to non-locals. There is a golf course about 15 minutes away at a hotel. Written info sent to clients


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Stimigliano, Italy

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
14 Jul 2018 - 4 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
5 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
30 Sep 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
6 Oct 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
20 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The prices quoted are all inclusive. 25% or rent as a non-refundable first payment, and a signed contract by e mail, to confirm the reservation, then 75% of the rent 45 days before the first day of rental. No security deposit, No final cleaning and No laundry charge. Speak to me if you prefer to pay in Euro, as I can manage that. I look forward to hearing from you.

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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