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Romantic apartment with olive grove in Irsina historic hill top town near Matera

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,560 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Two bedrooms, two baths, activities, beach and skiing nearby.

Romantic traditional villa built into 1,000 year old town walls, vaulted ceilings, dramatic views (see pix by photographer Cillian Kelly), balconies, roof terrace, olive grove in unspoiled historic town.

Children under 12 stay free.

Beautifully furnished with marble fireplace in sitting room with chandelier hanging from five metre high cathedral ceiling.

Mornings can begin with breakfast on the balcony outside the sitting room, watching the birds dip and swish and the falcons glide as they search for breakfast over the valley below.

The comfortable sofas, the arm chairs, lamps, well placed side tables, the collection of books and videos all offer comfort and tranquillity - cool in the summer heat. During the winter chill bask in the glow from the log fire in the marble fireplace.

In the evening dine by candlelight on the polished table or eat in the kitchen at the oval table under another French crystal chandelier.

The kitchen - its white cupboards offset by red hand-painted Italian tiles - is well equipped with two ovens, grill, microwave, a coffee machine that freshly grinds the beans for each cup and whips a frothy milk for cappuccino. Cook, bake, even try your hand at making your own pasta - directions and ideas in the cookery books on the shelves. And when its all done, just load up the dishwasher.

Choose between two bedrooms on this level, one with vaulted ceilings and its own balcony where the morning light steams in. It has a queen-sized bed, double wardrobes and lots of storage for your clothes. There is an old fashioned dressing table and swivel mirror.

If you feel like writing, checking your emails or uploading your photographs, there is a desk perfect for your laptop beside the balcony windows that make sure your attention wanders every now and then to the wonderful view. Leading off the room is an ensuite shower room under its own mini vaulted ceiling.

The second double bedroom, also with a queen sized bed, has a partly exposed terracotta wall that adds a pink glow to the room in the evening light; a juliette balcony, wardrobe and dressing table. Leading off is the ensuite shower room with more terracotta integrated into the large shower. Italian hand-painted tiles add a fun touch to this well lit room with its large mirror and heated towel rail.

Tucked away is the laundry and cleaning closet with a washing machine and clothes dryer - and vacuum cleaner if you feel you must.

A linen closet holds lots of bed linen and towels, together with extra pillows and duvets.

Upstairs is a small room - useful for anybody who feels the need to escape, with a desk and armchair. This leads onto the roof terrace with a view over the surrounding roofs and of the valley below. There is sun all day on this terrace for those who want to sunbath and in the evenings you can watch the sky as you seldom see it so full of stars, and have a barbecue.

The timber windows are all double glazed with their own shutters to help maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the year.

There is natural-gas central heating for which there is an extra charge, based on usage .

The house is entered through an arched gateway into a small courtyard, shared with our neighbours. The solid old timber door opens onto double-glazed full glass doors that gives the kitchen day-round light.

Take the opportunity to read or write that book on a balcony looking over rolling wheat fields, olive and vine groves. Admire medieval frescoes in monastery next door or Mantegna's long-lost statue of the town's patron saint, Eufemia, in the Cathedral. Taste Italy's best olive oil, sip the local wine from the ancient aglianico grape and learn to make your own pasta. Visit the sassi in nearby Matera and Gravina, visit Altamura for its famed bread, the fossilised remains of the 170,000 year old Altamura-man and the quarry floor featuring more than 4,000 dinosaur footprints - the largest such site found; visit the unique hill-top towns with their own dialect and wonderful summer entertainment; swim in the turquoise water of the Ionion sea in Italy's instep. Ski or ramble in the Pollino natural park - Italy's largest with unique flora and fauna including the black woodpecker; ramble along many of the side roads around Irsina, along laneways to the vegetable and fruit gardens of the local people; go horse riding or cycling or simply stroll through the quiet alley ways of Irsina to one of the local restaurants at dusk.

Villa della Gioia offers the most romantic holiday in a secret corner of Italy where every stone whispers romance and every corner reveals history. The romance includes internet, all mod cons, TV, video, linen, books and a welcoming bottle of vino.

Extra activities: You can book courses and excursions in advance through an excellent local English and Italian speaking agency, details of which will be sent to you following your booking, together with travel options and directions.

Cancellation policy: Deposit refunded minus paypal fees if rental cancelled up to five weeks before first day of rental.

More Details

A Cahill
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 August, 2018

About A Cahill

Love travelling, but Irsina has captured us and we are happy. We are delighted to introduce others to this unique place - and thrilled when so many understand and love the town, the area, and the house as we do. Here is a photo of Jan and me taking part in the annual S Eufemia festival commemorating the arrival of the Mantegna statue to the town 400 years ago.

A Cahill purchased this villa in 2008

Why A Cahill chose Irsina

The moment we walked in, we knew we were home. And the more often we are there, and the longer we stay the more this feeling grows. It celebrates with us at Christmas, relaxes with us in the summer months and envelops us in the kind winters.

It's like discovering another side of life - your life - history from a perspective you never imagined, food from an attitude you never knew, a pace that was unknown, a lifestyle that offers you more of your life. And it's all for living.

What makes this villa unique

High ceilings, that mesmeric view and the life enhancing light. All this history and art and a town full of pleasant, welcoming people. Food that always tastes like food. Air that smells clean. A new experience each day.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Just want to say a huge thank you for the pleasure of staying here. Your house is immaculate, so well-appointed, and spacious, and you entrust your guests with the care of your lovely home and its beautiful contents. There is nothing lacking in terms of facilities; everything one could possibly want/need is included. And Irsina itself is such a gem of a place; a wonderful location, and with people here so friendly and welcoming.

"Quite the loveliest place we have ever stayed, and we are determined to return".
May 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Irsina in Basilicata

Property Type:
  • villa (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1560 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Gas central heating charge based on meter reading - about €1 per hour/unit when the weather is cold. House will be warm when you arrive.
  • No pets on the furniture. Must be on lead outside and you must clean up after them on the street.
  • Children must be supervised on balconies please. Any breakages, please tell me before you leave so I can replace.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Shower room ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Sleeps 2, ensuite shower, wc, whb, bidet
  • Main bedroom en suite with double doors to balcony. Second bedroom with double bed and ensuite with shower, whb, wc and bidet. Hair dryer supplied.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Maid service available to be arranged in advance and paid separately.


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Romantic apartment with olive grove in Irsina historic hill top town near Matera
average rating of 4.8703704 based on 59 reviews
Bermingham, UK

What a view

  • 5 of 5

What a landscape! Mesmerizing. Could look at it for ever. Even our know-it-all son was impressed. The accommodation was very comfortable and we even cooked dinner a few evenings in the excellent kitchen. We enjoyed shopping for the freshest vegetables ever from our neighbours on Via Roma. And we tried out some of the recipes we learned during our one-day cooking course organised for us by Becky in the local My Italian Job travel agency. The miles of beaches on the Ionian coast were almost empty with long stretches of light golden sand and clear blue water. We checked out some of the other towns around too including Matera and spend a day in nearby Puglia with its trade-mark trulli. The roads are good and almost traffic-free. As Ann said the people in Irsina were friendly and helpful and she provided us with lots of useful material. We can see ourselves returning. Pia and Gerry.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Mar-2009
  • Date of Stay: September 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you relished what Irsina and the region has to offer as we do. We look forward to seeing you again when we hope to have even more to offer.
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Phillipsburg, New Jersey- USA

If you want to experience authentic Italy - Irsina is the place to visit.

  • 5 of 5

Ann and Jan were extremely welcoming and very helpful anytime we had questions. The apartment was comfortable, tastefully decorated and had breathtaking views of the valley. The kitchen had all the amenities necessary to cook meals and grocery stores were within a few minutes walk. Even doing laundry was an experience, as I hung our laundry on the rooftop terrace taking in the view of the valley below. Ann provided a binder full of everything you needed to know about the apartment, the history of the town, things to do and people to talk to depending on your personal interests. The people in town were friendly and loved sharing Irsina with us. If you love history or art and are looking for an authentic Italian experience - Irsina is the place to go and staying at Ann and Jan’s VRBO apartment is the way to go. We will definitely be returning on our next trip to Italy.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable house in a perfect location to explore the surrounding areas of Southern Italy

  • 5 of 5

Thank you to our most friendly and helpful hosts Ann and Jan. The house is spacious and airy and has wonderful views of the valley below. Irsina is unspoilt with good local restaurants and bars, bakeries and various shops. There is lots of visitor information in the house, plus books, CDs and DVDs. We went to Matera, and another day to Gravina but were too relaxed and comfortable in Irsina to visit the many other towns in the area. A most enjoyable week.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Princeton, NJ USA

Beautiful, tastefully decorated, neat, clean and as the name Casa Gioia implies, it is a joy.

  • 5 of 5

The property is 5 star, the view is wonderful and the hosts Ann and Jan are 5 star as well.

We had a wonderful time, their graciousness and concern for every detail made our stay superb.

Irsina is a lovey small town, very good local restaurants and easy driving distance to other towns and cities in the area. Breakfast on the balcony overlooking the olive orchard and the beautiful green hills brings a feeling of tranquility. This apartment deserves all the wonderful comments that have been made about the Casa. Ann and jan just add to the wonderful experience of being in Irsina.

Thank you both very much for providing such a special place and a wonderful experience

  • Review Submitted: 11-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautifully maintained and magically situated. Wonderful experience.

  • 5 of 5

We throughly enjoyed our time in Irsina at Ann and Jan's home. They were wonderful hosts and their place is more than we expected. The kitchen is very well equipped and the views from the balconies are amazing. Can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Empfehlenswerte Ferienwohnung

  • 5 of 5

Sehr schöne Ferienwohnung-sehr gut ausgestattet. Traumhafter Ausblick. Matera und andere interessante Orte schnell zu erreichen. Die Vermieter sind sehr nett.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Kilometres
Le Ducale
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
89 Kilometres
Riva dei Tessali, Metaponto
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
60 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Kilometres
La Contessa; Trattoria Nugent, Fuoco de Vino.
Nearest Ski
75 Kilometres
La Sellata-Pierfaone, Potenza
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The South of Italy has it all, three seas, the craggy Lucanian Dolomiite mountains, history, archaeology, art, nature & fine food. Everyone was here some time – the clues wait your discovery in farm masserai, Greek temples, Norman castles, sassi, baroque cathedrals, Byzantine painted cave chapels, trulli & fortified hilltop towns like Irsina. Italy's biggest national park Monte Pollino (60 mins) has Apennine wolves, black woodpeckers & in winter, skiing. Metaponto (40 mins) with fine sandy beaches, children’s activities, golf & the most complete Greek urban remains. Matera (30 mins), a Unesco World Heritage Site, its ancient cave dwellings used in films of Christ’s time. The first Crusade planned in Melfi, owned by Frederick II whose Irsina castle is now restored. Enjoy medieval splendour of Saints’ day festivals. Freshest food, finest dolce, choice wines from hospitable people in local farms, shops & street markets. Public swimming pools, karting, tennis, rock climbing, flying nearby


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Check in after 4:00 pm & check out before 11:00 am. Other arrangements possible if no other guests arriving.
Cot, high chair, car seat provided for free - request in advance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.