Podere Montepozzo is a spacious farmhouse set in on a leafy outcrop, enjoying panoramic views over beautiful countryside of the Alta Tuscia region of northern Lazio, with Tuscany and Umbria just minutes away. It's the ideal base for day trips to the cultural treasures and retail pleasures of Rome, Florence and Siena. It's the ideal location for a retreat or to explore the heritage, culture and charm of the locality. Nearby Acquapendente is a bustling market town with good supermarkets and chic boutiques; Acquapendente Golf Club is 3 miles away; 5 miles to Monte Rufeno nature reserve for watching, walking, cycling; to Lake Bolsena for swimming, boating, beach cafes and small resorts. Coastal resorts about an hour away; Florence, Sienna and Rome within about two hours.
- Farmhouse1506 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, well-equipped kitchen, wonderful rural views, 4 km from Acquapendente
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- English, Italian
- Calendar last updated:
- 13 Jun 2018
About Jacque Thomas
I am a retired illustrator, mostly for children's books, desperately seeking the relaxed lifestyle I observe amongst my Italian friends and neighbours. Getting there, slowly! I paint watercolours presently, a far cry from illustration. I feel confident to call myself 'a real artist' now as i am no longer having to meet agents, authors and publishers requirements and deadlines! I'm free! I have a lovely dog, a little pointer called Molly. Very friendly. Loves everyone. Hopeless guard dog. My son often stays here to help me with the bigger and heavier chores around the place. He's lovely too!
Jacque Thomas purchased this Farmhouse in 2001
Why Jacque Thomas chose Acquapendente
I was looking to buy a smaller property in Tuscany, but when I saw Montepozzo, just beyond the southern Tuscany border, that was it! The character of the house and the delightful countryside provide a temperate microclimate in this relatively undiscovered area of central Italy. The wooded hills around provide a green outlook throughout the year. And the location is perfect for touring - within a half hour drive are Lake Bolsena, Orvieto and many ancient spa towns. Within an hour or two, the Mediterranean, Apenine mountains, Siena, Florence, Assisi and Rome. But you don't have to travel any distance as there is lots to see and do locally to satisfy most appetites for good food, art and culture and all kinds of activities. Alternatively, just stay home and relax; let the peace and tranquility restore your spirit.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Podere Montepozzo is a spacious rural house set in 1.6 acres on a leafy mound in a temperate climate, enjoying panoramic views over beautiful countryside in the Alta Tuscia region of northern Lazio, with Tuscany and Umbria just minutes away. Ideal for a family, or two families wanting to holiday together whilst still having their own independent spaces. Ideal base for day trips to the cultural treasures and retail pleasures of Rome, Florence and Siena. Ideal location for a retreat or to explore the heritage, culture and charm of the locality. all around this area is rich in Etruscan history. Grotte de Castro, an impressive ravine town nearby, was recently the subject of excavations and studies by Cambridge University because of the many recent finds from this period.
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100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
How could this property possibly be as good as portrayed in the photographs? Our doubts were dispelled as soon as we caught our first glimpse. The directions and information sent by Jacqui were impeccable, the welcome as warm as old friends. Our ten days at Montepozzo were nothing less than perfect. Joined by family from Texas for five of those days, we were excited to be able to show them the Italy of our memories. We revisited the beauty of Lake Bolsena and explored nearby Orvieto and Acquapendente. Molly (the dog) was a welcome visitor, filling the canine crevasse of those left behind. The house immediately felt like home, the warmth of the furnishings and the amber light of the afternoon sun inviting aperitivo. The spacious rooms were comfortable, the showers hot, the kitchen an absolute delight to create in. Jacqui, John and Alex were wonderful company, we wish our ten days could have been ten weeks.
Wow… what a super gracious write-up. Much appreciated, thank you.
We have just looked at Kathy’s blog and wow again! Terrific photography and commentary. As regard’s ‘The Tramp’… I have just finished reading your book Michael and played your CD. Dare I say Wow! a third time? What a talented and creative couple you are! And so modest! Had I known what treasures we had staying with us we would have barged in more! Regret not having spent more time with you so come again and we’ll have some fun.
Spacious house, lovely location and very friendly and welcoming hosts
Located in a quiet country location, the only noise being bells on the local sheep! While you're in the middle of nowhere you are only a few kilometres from shops and lots of historic attractions. Our hosts did their upmost to ensure we had everything we needed to have a wonderful time, and the weather was excellent. We must especially mention Alex, who gave us a very friendly welcome and managed to sort out a couple of minor issues as they occurred, and a big thank you to Jacque, for the wine and card to help us celebrate our special anniversary. We would recommend this to others
We found this a wonderful place to stay. The house has a great deal of character in a rural area but within a short driving distance to the small but interesting town of Aquapendente. The hostess ,Jacque, was very friendly and helpful, and the facilities were excellent.Sitting in the garden under the grape vined terrace on the South side was especially delightful. I would thoroughly recommend this villa to anyone who likes to have a quality holiday in a wonderful area with the proviso that a car is an essential ingredient.
The neighbouring hill towns were wonderful, historic places to visit. Altogether a successful holiday.
Hard to beat
This is a wonderful place to stay with the villa full of character and in a very quiet area but within a short distance to the interesting town of Acquapendente
The hostess ,Jacque was so friendly and helpful and we enjoyed her company very much along with her lovely dog Molly
The facilities were excellent and the garden especially at the south side under the trellis and grape vine where it was delightful to have a meal and a glass of wine !
I would thoroughly recommend this villa to anyone who likes to have a quality holiday in a wonderful area with the proviso that a car is an essential ingredient
très bonne location
L'annonce est tout à fait conforme à la réalité, il s'agit d'une maison très agréable dans un environnement très calme ! Accueil très sympathique.
Lake Bolsena is about 8 miles to the south and offers small resorts, beaches, boating and swimming. The Mediterranean coast is about an hour away and offers resorts and secluded beaches.
Rome's Fiumicino and Ciampino airports are about 2 hours drive, as is Perugia.
Nearest train station is Orvieto, about 35 minutes drive; trains to Rome and Florence and beyond are frequent and can be cheap.
A car is essential and rental agents such as Hertz, Avis etc are located near the station in Orvieto and of course at the airports.
Acquapendente is about 3 miles; 5 miles to Monte Rufeno nature reserve for studying, walking, cycling, horse riding; five miles to Lake Bolsena for swimming, boating, resorts; Mediterranean resorts about an hour away; Florence, Sienna and Rome within about two hours. The town of Bolsena, site of the Miracle of Corpus Christi, is 8 miles. Orvieto, the stunning city built on 150m high cliffs, is 35 minutes. Tuscany and Umbria within 5 miles.
Acquapendente is a bustling market town. It offers a surprising mix of chic boutiques, restaurants and cafes, two theatres and a cinema. For the daily essentials there are a number of good supermarkets including Coop and Spa. even a small hospital with a minor injuries unit. For the best local produce you will want to visit the many individual bakery, grocery, fruit and vegetable, meat, fish, cheese and pasta shops. There are also some very chic clothes and shoe shops. Restaurants from pizzerias to the more formal are very good value. Market day is Friday, but nearby towns hold markets on other days.
The town is famous for its annual Pugnaloni, a May festival of flower petal paintings, enormous canvases depicting creative interpretations of the theme of “freedom over oppression”, each designed and produced by competing groups of townsfolk, and paraded through the town in a colourful procession, culminating in a pageant of flag displays and the inevitable spontaneous fireworks in the evening. The Duomo or cathedral dates from the 10th century and the crypt contains a blood stained stone said to be a relic from the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Acquapendente curiously has a direct link with Canterbury in England, for through its centre runs the Via Francigena or Pilgrims Way which links Canterbury and Rome and is of course very popular with walkers and cyclists.
Throughout the year festivals of all kinds are held at Acquapendente and the other towns in the locality, so there’s often some lively local entertainment to be enjoyed.
The surrounding countryside is varied with wooded hills, rocky ravines, plateaus and plains and the huge Lake Bolsena which is about 6-8 miles across. Adjacent fields are currently sheep pasture; sunflowers and vegetable crops are also grown locally. And olive and vine of course!
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: Deposit of 20% of total rental cost (£200 minimum) required to confirm booking. For bookings made less than four weeks from start date full payment of the rent and deposit is required to confirm booking. Changeover Day: Saturday changeover preferred - arrive after 15:00 pm, depart by 11:00 am.