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SAN FRANCESCO: A Medieval tower then a convent, now a stunning country mansion

People18
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms9
Space 8,611 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Up to 18 guests, all rooms with own bathrooms. Fantastic landscape, secluded

A Medieval defence and a watch tower, then a Franciscan convent and now a beautifully restored country mansion – this is San Francesco, our prestigious property located near Viterbo, the very heart of Tuscia, only a few miles from some of the major Central Italian art cities such as Rome, Florence, Siena, Orvieto, Assisi, Spoleto and more.

Accommodating up to 18 guests in 8 large, bright, comfortable double and triple bedrooms all en-suite (one in an annex - reserved for larger-than-16 groups), a fully furnished kitchen-dining area, a beautiful lounge, a great patio with a bread-baking oven, excellent antique and craft furniture and decoration, timber ceilings, cotto floors, open fireplaces and more, the house sits on top of a hill and is surrounded by several acres of farmland. There we grow organic corn, beans, grain and olives, make pure extra-virgin olive oil and also breed horses, donkeys and Maremmana cattle. Within the boundaries of the property the remains of an Etruscan village – Acquarossa, 5th century b. C. – are interspersed with some Etruscan tombs and grottoes that can be seen as they were excavated by King Gustav Adolf of Sweden back in the 60’s and 70’s. A dramatic view over the valley with several streams surrounding the entire property and the Roman city of Ferento with the Cimini mountains in the background complete San Francesco’s breathtaking landscape.

Thanks to a large, shady patio featuring a barbecue, a wonderful, newly-built swimming pool, chairs and tables and plenty of room both outside and inside our guests can enjoy al-fresco dining, fun and relax at their best. Quiet and pastoral atmosphere, wonderful walking trails and a wide variety of interesting locations with art, antique stores, typical markets, wineries and excellent restaurants in the vicinities make of San Francesco one of the most charming country houses in the area, the ideal headquarters to thoroughly explore one of the most interesting and fascinating regions in Italy.

San Francesco is located 6 kms. north of Viterbo on the Teverina road and is conveniently accessible from the A1 highway – exit Orte – and the Viterbo speedway.

More Details

Property Manager
Proprietari Associati Managing Company
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

Me and my family stayed for one week at San Francesco and we were completly satisfied. I always thought that places like this do not exist anymore, or maybe only for real high prices. We found everything just perfect and for that reason we really want to recomend this place. It is so quiet and peaceful that it opens your mind and gives you a lot of peace and energy. If you have children you really will love it, far away from any cars or other dangers. The building itself is just wonderful and very clean, really cool when outside it is hot and furnished with much love in details. We found everything like it was written in the website, with the only difference that it was much more beautiful than described. Our children liked the garden and we were really happy with the pool after coming back from our sightseeing tours and a few times we did a little beautiful hike . The owner was just friendly and always ready to help us, with his help we found many "insider places" and had a great time. We hope we can arrange another stay as soon as possible. Tausend dank für die schone Zeit!
Sep 2017
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Viterbo in Province of Viterbo

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 8611 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Max. adults: 18
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
Bathrooms:
  • 9 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 8 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 9 - Shower Enclosure
  • 9 bathrooms in total, 8 of them en suite. All feature a toilet, a shower, a sink and a bidet. Cleanliness is no. 1 here! Bathrooms get thoroughly sanitized after each stay.
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Child Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 3 Single Bed
    Bedroom 7 - 3 Single Bed
    Bedroom 8 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Sleeps 18 (8 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedrooms are 8, all en suite. 6 bedrooms feature a large double bed each. 2 bedrooms feature 3 single beds each. A baby cot is available at no extra charge. Quiet is 100% granted in all bedrooms. * The 8th bedroom (Annex - no A/C) is separated from the main unit and is available only for parties of 17-18.
Entertainment:
  • Television
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Golf
  • Garden
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
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
  • paragliding
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Thorough cleaning of the house is performed before arrival and after departure (additional cleaning services available on request - extra). Towels, linens and blankets are included at no extra cost. Other: A former Medieval watchtower then a Franciscan convent, San Francesco features very nice, bright rooms that have been remodelled paying particular attention to the local tradition and culture. All are genuine, 100% original. * Swimming pool opening season is May 1st-September 30th

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SAN FRANCESCO: A Medieval tower then a convent, now a stunning country mansion
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
Dublin
5

Breathtaking!

  • 5 of 5

A great, extremely comfortable historical house gifted with unique charm in a breathtaking place! The property and the pool were ideal for our 4 families with children of varying ages. The position, high up, gave onto stunning views of the surrounding countryside and was very secluded and private. We would definitely advise having a car however. We found it was a good base for touring, visiting beautiful towns in the locality and Viterbo itself was charming. Very well equipped kitchen and bedrooms with good beds.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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France
5

Do not miss this beautiful country house!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful! Clean, comfortable, plenty of space, charming, magic atmosphere, breathtaking views, convenient to all spots in amazingly beautiful Tuscia. Great value for your money. The owners are friendly and helpful. Not to be missed.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brooklyn, NY
5

A peerless rental

  • 5 of 5

I was completely blown away at the design of this villa. I was not prepared for the interaction of interior/exterior space. It is a delight to experience the wonderful details everywhere. It is everything the listing describes and more. Staying at this beautiful property allows one to experience the real Italian country life then retreating to another world inside the villa walls - one feels like living like a king in the Middle Ages. It is spotless, and maintained that way, with a clean, safe for children pool. I would highly recommend this villa to all my friends and family. It is located only a few miles from the major city amenities and activities, which is a big plus. So many local restaurants to explore and the Etruscan caves within the property are amazing. A fantastic view over the Cimini mountains makes everything even more enjoyable. Absolutely recommended, two thumbs up!

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, MA
5

Absolutely wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

San Francesco was the perfect base for our party of ten to explore the Tuscia countryside. We even took a trip to Rome and enjoyed every minute. The great advantage of having a villa just outside the walls of Viterbo made it perfect to become a part of the community for our 2 week stay, and it was wonderful returning to the villa's outstanding views. All of the people of the town were wonderfully friendly and welcoming, even if we could only speak a smattering of Italian. All of the information on the website regarding the villa is accurate, the rooms and the view are truly outstanding! The owner was extremely responsive to all of our questions and she made excellent recommendations for things to do and see. We especially enjoyed weekly trips to the shore and attending some local festivals where only Italians go. We enjoyed stopping by for drinks and having meals occasionally at some trattorias, which are so convenient to the steps into the city. Unless all you want to do is visit Viterbo during your stay, a car is essential. It took us to the other hill towns and a lovely wine tasting at a local winery.

  • Review Submitted: 05-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Norway
5

Wonderful - Look no further

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from another wonderful week in St Francesco house just outside Viterbo. Although the house has ample room for 18 (in 7 bedrooms) it is also ideal for a small family, for a quiet getaway. House has all necessary amenities and a lot of outside space, with Etruscan ruins and caves to visit within the boundaries of the property. Location is ideal - a short walk up to the lively town with its restaurants, wine tasting and a whole range of formal and on-street music. Clean, comfortable, with plenty of charm. Absolutely a must, look no further!

  • Review Submitted: 05-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
105 Kilometres
Rome Fiumicino or Ciampino
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Viterbo
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Viterbo
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Viterbo
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Tarquinia
Car: recommended

San Francesco is located 6 kms. north of Viterbo on the Teverina road and is conveniently accessible from the A1 highway, exit Orte, and the Viterbo speedway. Very close to Spoleto, Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto, Todi, Lake Bolsena, Lake Trasimeno and very convenient to Siena, Florence, Arezzo and all Tuscany. The closest shore (Tarquinia) is only half an hour away. Rome is at a stone's throw.

Within the boundaries of the property sits the Acquarossa Etruscan site - free for our guests to visit - with Etruscan caves (furnished) that are available for dinners and parties (our guests only).

The rest - all at hand - is the breathtaking and still off-the-tourist-routes Tuscia Region, its landscapes, its historical towns - Tuscania, Tarquinia, Montefiascone, Civita di Bagnoregio, Vitorchiano, the Cimini Mountains... Too bad the room here is not enough to list them all!

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Viterbo, Rome & Lazio

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Mid-Season
8 Apr 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
5 night minimum stay
£1,205
for 5 nights
£1,655
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season
30 Jun 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£2,181
for 7 nights
£2,181
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid-Season
2 Sep 2018 - 6 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
£1,205
for 5 nights
£1,655
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
7 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
5 night minimum stay
£829
for 5 nights
£1,130
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter Season
22 Dec 2018 - 7 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
£1,280
for 4 nights
£2,181
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
£1,205
for 5 nights
£1,655
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning, linen, etc. £78.82

* 2018 ALL-INCLUSIVE WEEKLY RATES (EURO)

=== 1-12 GUESTS: January 7 – March 31: 1,200; March 31 – April 7: 2,400; April 7 – June 30: 1,800; June 30 – September 1: 2,400; September 1 – October 6: 1,800; October 6 – December 22: 1,200; December 22 – January 7, 2019: 2,400.

The above rates are weekly, for 12 guests. Each additional guest + 70 Euro/week. Initial & final cleaning, washing, utilities = 90 Euro. Flexible changeover day (Saturday in season). Shorter-than-1-week and long-stay rates available. Minimum stay = 4 to 7 nights.

+ 200 Euro fully-refundable deposit, cash at check-in.

=== EXTRA: Heating (in season – metered) and firewood.

LONG STAY RATES AVAILABLE – PLEASE INQUIRE.

* Swimming pool opening season is May 1st-September 30th.
** The annex (no A/C) is separated from the main unit and is available only for parties of 17-18.

Our cancellation policy is as follows:

1. Cancellation not later than 60 days prior to arrival: 100% refund, minus expenses;
2. Cancellation not later than 30 days prior to arrival: 50% refund, minus expenses;
3. Cancellation 30 days or less prior to arrival: no refund.
4. For 2. and 3. – if we get to re-assign the cancelled period to a third party – funds will be held to be used for another reservation within one year from the cancellation by you or any person you indicate, or returned in full minus expenses – your choice.

Manager'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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