|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Your Etruria Antica & Umbrian Experience is awaiting you!
Our large Casale and pool are on a three thousand sq meters of
NATURAL TERRACE where you will be...
IMMERGED in an immense 'RENAISSANCE' PANORAMA,
SURROUNDED by hills of wild 'macchia mediterranea' while,
BEING on a natural 'terrace' at 320 meters above sea level,
where you can...
SMELL the perfume of lavandar, jasmine, rosemary & roses, sage, oregano, thyme...
SWIM with swallows swooping in for a drink,
FLY with your senses with the falcons,
SEE the stars at night,
JUST for you, your family & friends from Saturday to Saturday!
Originally a three family farmhouse - now has 4 BEDROOMS(+2)-4 BATHROOMS
with SEVERAL COMMUNAL spaces!
YOU CHOOSE where you want to
DINE & ENTERTAIN:
*in the GRAND PIAZZA on the facade,
**in the NEW DINING room (seats 12) adjoining
**new TERRACE (seats 8) with MOBILE VERANDA,
The GROUND FLOOR also has:
*the GRANDE ENTREE',
*a full size KITCHEN with FIREPLACE,
**NEWLY ARRANGED LIVING ROOM (with SOFA +1) with fireplace,
*a COMPLETE BATHROOM with large shower,
**1 NEW DOUBLE BEDROOM (1 dbl or 2 singles)!
The FIRST FLOOR has
TWO COMMUNAL SPACES:
*FORMAL LIVING with FIREPLACE,
**NEW LIBRARY READING ROOM (with SOFA +1)!
AS WELL AS:
*SAFFRON BEDROOM (1 dbl) and COMPLETE BATHROOM/TUB
*CELESTE BEDROOM (1 dbl canopy) and ENSUITE BATHROOM/SHOWER
SECOND FLOOR is
The HONEYMOON SUITE with dbl canopy bed
*with ENSUITE BATHROOM/TUB WITH VIEW
*and MEDITATION SPACE!
WHILE THE POOL:
... has sun from sunrise to sunset!
SIT on the the ROMAN STAIRS and massage your back or feet with its' JETS while you watch the swallows dip for water at noon and sunset! DIVE by the olive trees,
SUNTAN on our teak chaise lounges beside our 13 x 6 poolside.
SHADE TAN in our...
**NEWS!! WE'VE OPENED OUR POOL EARLY THIS YEAR!
ARRIVING A DOUBLE POOLSIDE CANOPY BED!! WATCH FOR PIX!!
**NEWS! WE'VE OPENED A LARGE DINING ROOM ADJOINING THE VERANDA!
It also has CHILDREN'S BOOKS, TABLE GAMES & CONSTRUCTION SETS to use for 'down time' and easy parental supervision,
*TABLE TENNIS (PING PONG) TABLE,
*SWIMMING & DIVING...
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PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO WHILE YOU'RE HERE,
YOUR FAMILY/FRIENDS CANNOT FILL UP THE VILLA,
YOUR FLIGHTS DO NOT COINCIDE WITH OUR SAT-SAT WEEK-
SOMETIMES WE CAN MEET YOUR FLIGHT DATES SO PLEASE..
MORE AMENITIES: We provide bed & bath linens and pool towels.
SMEG PROF 90" stove & oven (conv.& trad.), no frost freezer & fridge, SMEG dishwasher,
drip coffee maker, italian Moka (3), pressure cooker, recipe book collection!!
LAUNDRY: outdoor room, washing machine, line dry (summer), iron+ board,
IN-HOUSE: WiFi, large LG flat screen television, ventilators, fly screens on windows;
OUTDOOR: private pool, ping pong table, large hammock, enclosed hanging seat, rattan seating, large & medium BBQ,
Casale: ventilated roofs & 60cm walls,
double pane vasisdas windows,
thick linen curtains, ventilating fans & water saving wc's.
Prato: Guaranteed GREEN lawn - thanks to underground WATER COLLECTION SYSTEM for irrigation- we do NOT use city water.
NOTE -REDUCED MOBILITY - please call owner who has first hand experience utilizing ground floor in wheel chair.
YOUR WELCOME GIFT -
OUR PRODUCTION of EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL and LIQUORE DI MIRTO!
more eco products...
WE ARE CURRENTLY PREPARING THE KITCHEN HERB GARDEN FOR OUR GUESTS!
Rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme, basil, parsley, cilantro...
This and more ongoing projects will be on our fB page.
CURRENT SEASON..WHAT'S HAPPENING?
*SPRING: (April -May) The swalllows have arrived, the gigli (purple iris) are in full bloom, the air is full of rosemary perfume, we're waiting for the jasmine& roses to bloom.
The mulberry trees look promising - there'll be plenty of fruit to make
*SUMMER: (June-Sept.) NIGHT LIGHT SHOW ON ARRIVAL!
MILLIONS OF FIREFLIES arrive in June transforming our night panorama in a spectacular show.
IMMAGINE the STARS above and the FIREFLIES all around and below!!
BUTTERFLIES OF ALL COLORS attracted to our lavender blooms.
DINE IN THE PIAZZA - THE SAGRA of Gnocchi and Cinghiale (Wild Boar)-
LOCAL SIGNORE prepare the gnocchi & hunters' bounty in the town piazza,
you can enjoy at picnic tables in town or take-away to eat in front of our panorama!
ALL YEAR 'ROUND:
*classes & organized gite with mountain bikes,
*tours & degustation at local OLIVE OIL frantoio,
*tours & degustation of SLOW & non WINE producers,
*visit farm & producer of SLOW SHEEP CHEESE,
*in-house CHEF (request on reservation),
*PASTA making & cooking CLASSES (request upon reservation),
*in-house EXERCISE instructor (request upon reservation),
more can be arranged at request (at separate prices).
ORGANIZED TOURS in ORVIETO are already organized for you.
ORVIETO with it's most beautiful Duomo was voted the BEST European town to visit!
We are only 20 minutes (MAX)!
ETRUSCAN sites-visit for an incredible voyage of our area !
All are easy and nearby to visit..
summer resorts, Marmore Waterfalls, UNESCO world heritage places, petrified forest remains, HANDMADE CERAMIC producers, nearby LAKES & their towns...
Please ask us and we can suggest and help make arrangements.
*Orvieto has an important international railway station & car rental.
Visit Rome and Florence from there to avoid traffic and parking problems.
*Alviano Scalo (12 min): a regional train station connecting Rome and smaller towns.
Rome Fiumicino (1.25 hours) and Ciampino (1,25 hours).
Umbria airports Sant'Egidio near Perugia (1.5 hours),
Florence international airport (2 hours),.
FOR YOU INTERESTED IN MORE OF THE CASALE'S HISTORY and RECONSTRUCTION
This project was exhibited in Milano at the MADE Expo for American Architects in Europe.
It has been reconstructed with very high restrictions imposed by the local Comune
because it was one of the first 'farm/stall' structures transformed (in verticle) to house farmers, finally given the right to leave their Castle dwellings (see history 'Castle del Poggio' You Tube) and live on the land they tended.
Our approach was to use bio local/historic materials to finish the interiors to keep its' local identity.
The Old Casale grew from 1700's and was completed in 1869 to house three families, a giant bread oven and varied court animals. Eight years ago we lovingly reconstructed it, respecting the 'signs' of it's development, salvaging its' materials (terra cotta tiles, local travertine stones, roman tiles) while using modern and bio technology (coccio pisto, calce base paint, double pane chestnut windows and doors, ventilated roofs, subsurface water collectors for irrigation. We introduced full bathrooms which feature ultra modern Duravit/Philip Stark fixtures with Assisi hand made cotto tiles.
The ground floor (once old farmhouse functions) is now the 'communal floor' paved with antique recuperated terra cotta tiles.
The Ancient BREAD BAKING OVEN - is NEW ENTRY. From here you are distributed throughout the house. To your right is the...
OLD KITCHEN-is STILL KITCHEN where the new fireplace recalls the position of the old oven opening. The large window sill was where the bread was placed to you can prepare meals and wash dishes!
The STALL- is the NEW LIVING ROOM and has a olive grove view, valley view through the adjacent new DINING ROOM and a view of roses through the adjoining
NEW ROSA BEDROOM/Ancient CANTINA.
The Ancient CANTINA- is the NEW ROSA BEDROOM. As you desire, 1 double or 2 singles can be arranged upon reservation. It has a view to the rose & herb garden and the olive grove. They have the ROSA BATHROOM w LRG SHOWER/Ancient GOOSE KEEP for their use.
The Ancient GOOSE KEEP - is the ROSA BATHROOM with LARGE SHOWER and has a great valley view! It is the ROSA BEDROOMS BATHROOM. It adjoins the..
Ancient VOLATILE- is the NEW DINING ROOM where they kept various birds, hens ecc., inside. Now it provides a great place to dine in 12 with an extended view from the outside. It's also a great place for children to construct one of our games, play table games, read while parents are enjoying the veranda. It adjoins our new...
TERRACED VERANDA/Ancient PIAZZETTA where they separated various grain for on the naturally exposed stone 'piazzetta '. Here it is the new terrace where everyone stills gathers for dining, reading, being together outdoors enjoying this wonderful panorama under a NEW MOBILE VERANDA or stargazing at night.
The first floor with two distinct areas recalling where the two families lived.
Straight on is a large, high beamed living room with antique fireplace which
adjoins the 'Saffron' bedroom and it's own large bathroom with bathtub. On the right is the 'Pergamena' room which has two sofas becoming two spare single beds. Straight on is the 'Celeste' double bedroom and it's en-suite bathroom with a shower with pull-down seat. On right is the stair to…
the second floor'Salvia' Suite, also known as the honeymoon/treehouse suite, it has it's own en-suite bathroom with a 'panoramic' bathtub and a meditation space with small windows observing the entire property. This suite is fought over between all the guests but usually parents or 'to be' parents win out!
The 'piazza' in front with an open view to the valley is multi-functional. You can enjoy the sunset with an aperitif in the two large wicker chairs,relax in the hammock under the almond, the rattan swing hanging from the mulberry or just grab one of our blankets to lie on our bio lawn! Under the giant elm tree we have a large ping pong table which also serves as a nice aperitif, buffet, decide!
Those of you who know the term 'Air Force Brat' know I have lived out of a suitcase, following my father 'The Chef' all over Europe and USA. At the age of 13 my father bought land in the country where we (he and I) built the house where my parents live. During architecture school (SCI-ARC, Los Angeles) I took the first chance to return to my beloved Europe, I've been here ever since - in Milano, Rome, Paris, Brazil and now I'm between Tuscany and Umbria . I pursued my career while being a travelling manager's wife (relocating, entertaining, cooking dinners, organizing outings ecc.).
Now I'm (still) a career mom of two patient children who spent most their infancy following me (or carried) to various construction sites in all of the above cities!
I'm currently dividing my working time (with our dog Pepe Jr.) between this lovely property in Umbria with an olive grove making extra virgin olive oil, another in Tuscany and my parents' property in USA.
I like to meet new people and cultures, design, sketch, build, travel, sail, bike, hike, drive, cook, gardening, gathering and producing olive oil, activities with children, animals (we have a border collie) and music of all kinds.
I dislike cruises, motorboats and skis as well as arrogant and pretentious individuals.
Debra Carol Haddock purchased this villa in 2004
I was living in Rome when I discovered nearby Umbria and it's beauty! My friends and collegues, Sara & Angelo and I discovered this old abandoned house on a typical autumn October day after we dropped our children off at school (in Rome) that morning. We were standing in 3 cm of water in front of the old house and couldn't even see the panorama for the meters of overgrown briars! Once I managed to get a peek at the valley down below, I fell in love with this place. Then we had lunch at a nearby restaurant (capelletti con tartufo) when I discovered the owner already had been given a deposit by a future buyer.Nontheless I got permission from the owners to picnic there with the children on Sundays.
In an hour's time we were having a picnic, exploring and escaping the stress of Rome.
In February they called to let me know that the future buyer had withdrew the deposit and if I was still interested. That is when Sara, Angelo and I started working together and discovering the simple yet down to earth local cuisine.
Our panorama will make your spirits fly! It seems to put any troubled soul at peace a problems in their perspective. We've even had guests who began to cry - perhaps because of its' vast open space (?), other who call it 'paradise'. Whatever it may be, it brings people together to enjoy. At night you can see the stars and all the lights and fireworks from all the other towns from far away yet still sit in silence.
The whole property is sunny all year and above the clouds which accumulate in the valley. It is surrounded by olive trees from which we make our own extra virgin olive oil as well as other produce which we introduced later. We grow our own herbs and fruit without pesticides and the lawn as well. We also managed to collect all that extra subsurface water and we water our lawn, keeping it green even during the hot summer- and pesticide free! During the construction the windows were positioned in a way to have a 'picture' from every window frame, whether it's the castle, valley, giant elm, almond or olive trees, it is always 'picture perfect'.
We are conveniently located on the border of Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany which makes day trips easy in Tuscany, Lazio and Umbria!
Visit our attached film to see the history and itineraries regarding its' Etruscan history.
Rome is one hour away while still in Lazio are the thermal baths in Viterbo, Villa d'Este's waterfalls, Parco dei Mostri in Bomarzo, Cività di Bagnoregio is a UNESCO medieval village to visit only on foot by a bridge, Bolsena and its' lake, Gradoli..
Tuscany visit Pitigliano, another UNESCO medieval city, Sorano...
Orvieto is only 20 min. away with its' magnificent Duomo, Pozzo St. Patrizio, underground tours, Todi is 25 min., Dunarobba's petrified forest..the list is long, Alviano's castle and their pool has a small waterslide and tennis as does Castiglione in Teverina, The list is long for places to discover. The WWF Oasis for migratory birds is below us on the Tiber River.
DEGUSTATION AND TOURS OF THE FOLLOWING:
Olive Oil, Wine, Sheep Cheeses, Beer, Honey, Saffron.
During August you must go to the piazza where there'll be the Sagra del Cinghiale (Boar), local hunters hunt them and our local cooks make typical umbrian dishes.
SPORT : Mountain Bike, classes and tours, Rafting at the Marmore Falls, Walking/hiking is possible just outside the property.
LOCAL SITES IN TOWN TO SEE:
The Arco della Pace, one of its' kind, representing each country of the world with a stone chosen by its' respective country and sent to the ideator of this hidden treasure, in the park of Guardea along with other sculptures executed by invitation.
Ancient Cemetary for Valentina-Crepax lovers, this ancient cemetery in was used for the film.
Castello del Poggio di Guardea- visit the castle (when opened by owner) to see how well it has been restored from its' walls to the inner structure from the Byzantine period. Visit the nearby 'pineta' park you'll find a polivalente court, small bar, picnic tables and park for children used mostly by locals during hot summer months. Just outside of Guardea visit the chapel and grotte of San Francesco where legend has it, he slept on his journey to Rome.
Montecchio-the Etruscan Necropoli,..further away Narni, Waterfalls of Marmore,..the list goes on...
|CLEANING CASH ON ARRIVAL||£130|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£433|
PAY IN FULL UPON RESERVATION FOR YOUR SUMMER 2016 AND RECEIVE 5% DISCOUNT!
WE DO NOT GIVE LAST MINUTE DISCOUNTS!
CLEANING FEE: of 150 Euro per each week to pay in cash UPON ARRIVAL.
CHECK-IN/OUT: we use a Sat-Sat week however air flights do not always cooperate.
Don't hesitate to ask us upon your inquiry and we'll try to find a solution which works for you.
CHECK-IN/OUT TIME- from 16:00-18:00 and check out at 10:00 unless organized prior.
Please advise us if you will be late arriving and upon arrival organize your departure as sometimes a late departure is possible.
OCCUPANCY: Can't or don't want to fill up the Villa's occupancy? CONTACT US and we can give you a different price.
There is an extra charge for use of fire wood based and for
abuse of water, electricty (more than 2kWhx day x person)and GPL above the normal consumption will have an extra charge.