*( Final Cleaning and professional laundry Charges apply see booking notes )
Villa The Old School House – Luxury Villa Rental.
A warm Italian welcome to “ The Old School House
Immersed in the stunning rugged landscape of central Italy, this imaginatively restored, traditional stone built, luxury Country House with beautiful private pool is set in a dominant hilltop location and affords extremely pretty open countryside views descending downhill to Lake Bolsena on its western shore.
This superb Villa, which was originally an old school house dates back to the turn of the century and is a really fine example of 20th century architecture with a stunning external stone staircase. It has been imaginatively and meticulously restored by the British owners over the last eight years into an amazing home with a really special atmosphere. The house achieves that rare combination of a seamless blend of high end modernity yet still retains an intrinsic Italian character with exposed beams and traditional pepperino stone floors throughout.
Surrounded by glorious countryside, it is set in a unique border location right in the green heart of Italy, where Umbria meets Lazio, overlooking the Lake Bolsena Basin with its crystal clear waters, clean unspoilt beaches and quaint lakeside villages. This surprisingly lovely region has been untouched by mass tourism and yet, is only 17 miles south of Orvieto, characterised by its evocative and miraculous Cathedral.
The Villa is excellently positioned, only 26 km from the main A1 Autostrada
( Motorway ) exit of Orvieto, from where guests can easily travel south to Rome
( 1.5 hours ) or north up to the beautiful City of Florence ( 2.5 hours ), with its world famous art galleries, architecture, history and museums. All services and amenities are nearby, just 10 minutes’ drive from the Villa you can reach the famous medieval lakeside town of Bolsena, which is buzzing with shops, bars, restaurants and a stylish Marina, with all manner of boats bobbing in the sunshine. The town of Bolsena is particularly important as it is the site of the Eucharist Miracle in the 13th century and holds wonderful festivals, antiques and flea-markets and live art, musical and cultural events throughout the seasons.
Accessed via a short, good quality, white gravel, hedgerow lined, private drive the Villa offers complete privacy. It is set in uncluttered, well maintained gardens, which are laid mainly to lawn with a flower bed of fragrant roses, an alluring natural wild flower meadow and a verdant Olive Grove planted by the owners and supplied with fresh water from the ancient underground pozzo. The large pool * ( 9.1 m x 4.0 m x 1.5 m ) with views of the Lake in the distance, is discreetly set into the landscape within the spacious garden and is complimented by a chic sun bathing deck and a selection of high end pool side sun beds. The woodland back drop is full of bird and other wildlife and there is a wonderful walk through the forest from the property.
The main living accommodation is laid out over the First Floor and comprises a huge lounge with double doors out onto the stunning terrace, which being elevated has fabulous views. The large, open interior living space, offers beautifully sunlit, luminous rooms, including a stylish kitchen - dining room with warm honey coloured wood dining furniture to entertain 8 - 10 people. Spliced into this is a modern, well equipped, top of the range kitchen, fitted with all mod – cons and a breakfast bar seating area for more relaxed dining. The interior of the Villa has been simply decorated in light colours which complement the tasteful combination of high quality furnishings and hand- picked artworks and fabulous sleek modern bathrooms.
Additionally, there are 3 bedrooms on this floor – 2 doubles ( King Beds ) and 1 double ( 2 x single beds ).
On this floor there are two double bedrooms with plush contemporary bathrooms. One is a spacious and tastefully furnished Master Bedroom with King Bed and oodles of storage space and another utterly romantic bedroom with restored exposed Chestnut wood beams * Low ceiling in part.
There is a mezzanine area set above the lounge which houses the stylish home office and with two comfortable easy chairs creates a relaxing modern space. Within the lounge, there is TV offering a variety of stations ( No satellite ) and WiFi internet access for your enjoyment.
There is a utility area with washing machine and utility sink on the lower ground floor.
The beautifully furnished outdoor dining terrace and shaded seating areas ensure guests can enjoy the wonderful landscape throughout the seasons. The hillside location means that even in the heat of midsummer you are kept cool by pleasant breezes. For those seeking to recharge mind and body this is the perfect place to start and end your day. Breakfast on the sun lit terrace, enjoying the delicious local pastries, take a stroll by the lake and have lunch at one of the waterside restaurants serving freshly caught grilled lake fish, relax with a book, take a dip in the pool then, come the evening, enjoy an aperitivo on the panoramic terrace and watch the sun go down over the lake …. Perfect!
The weekly rental runs from Saturday to Saturday during the peak season ( June / July & August 2019 ). In the off peak season we can accommodate other arrival dates so please ask. There is additionally a final cleaning and professional laundry charge of €150,00 ( for a 1 week stay ) or €200,00 ( for a 2 week stay ). All weekly rentals include a simple Welcome Pack of fresh fruit and Prosecco and a mid - multi week clean.
A car is necessary for this rural location as public transport options are limited.
*A baby cot is available upon advance request.