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Sleeps:
8
Single Bedrooms:
0
Double Bedrooms:
4
Bathrooms:
3
Type:
Villa
Property #:
16525
Nearest Town:
Torre Alfina

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Villa del Castello

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About The Experience
This villa rental in Lazio is the perfect base for exploring the Tuscan and Umbrian countryside-- or as a quiet retreat after visiting nearby Rome or Florence. Spacious, comfortable, meticulously furnished, and centrally located, this Italian villa is your home away from home. Of course, we're guessing your real home doesn't have a view like this...! Whether you're exploring the Umbrian hill towns, tasting at Tuscan vineyards, or simply sitting under your own pergola enjoying la dolce vita, this Tuscan villa rental with a castle view is the place for you.
Location Description

This villa sits virtually in the shadow of an impressive medieval castle in the village of Torre Alfina, located in the middle of the Etruscan Highlands. The village is built around the castle, which belonged to the Monaldeschi and Bourbon del Monte families in turn, until it was purchased by Edoardo Cahen in 1880. The village has excellent views and two wonderful restaurants that are very traditional in style. There are also two small groceries, two cafes, and a gelateria. Traditional festivals are held throughout the year (see Nearby Attractions, below), and something is always in season: flowers, vegetables, grapes, chestnuts, and pinoli (pine nuts). This is also a great central location, convenient to many of Italy's best known destinations-- and some of its best kept secrets! It sits on the northernmost tip of Lazio (in Viterbo), a point that pushes right between Tuscany and Umbria so that all three regions are right at your doorstep. The villa borders the Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve, a vast expanse of forests and nature trails, great for walking or horseback riding. Just a few kilometers away you will find Lago di Bolsena, Europe's largest volcanic lake. Here you can participate in freshwater fishing, sailing, swimming, and sunbathing. A drive of a half hour to an hour will bring you to the towns of Civita di Bagnoregio, Orvieto, Pitigliano, Sorano, Sovana, and Viterbo, as well as the thermal springs of San Casciano dei Bagni. A larger radius of 165 km (75 miles) will put you within reach of Assisi, Florence, Gradoli, Gubbio, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Perugia, Pienza, Rome, and Spoleto. If you feel like a jaunt to the seaside, the Argentario, Capalbio, and the islands of Elba and Giglio are a little over an hour away.

Nearby Attractions: Medieval castle, hiking trails, spa towns, Lago di Bolsena, Florence, Rome, small villages.

Festivals of Torre Alfina:

  • Festa di S. Antonio, January 17
  • Festa di S. Barnardino da Siena, third Sunday in May
  • Festa del Gelato, last week of July
  • Festa Bucolica, first week of August
  • Sagra delle Pappardelle al Cinghiale (Bowtie Pasta with Wild Boar Sauce), second week of August
  • Festa della Madonna, first Sunday in September
  • Santa Cecilia, November 22

Florence: 173 km/107 mi
Rome: 156 km/97 mi
Assisi: 110 km/68 mi
Siena: 105 km/65 mi
Perugia: 71 km/44 mi
Montepulciano: 66 km/41 mi
San Casciano dei Bagni: 35 km/22 mi
Lago di Bolsena: 25 km/15.5 mi
Orvieto: 18 km/11 mi
Torre Alfina: 50 m/164 ft
Exterior Description
(2,500 m2/1/2 acre approx) Built in the 1920's, this villa rests on the edge of the medieval village of Torre Alfina, overlooking the Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve. At an elevation of 620 meters, the air is crisp and fresh, and the entire area enjoys wonderful views of the countryside of Latium, Umbria, and Tuscany. The house itself is surrounded by a garden, described as wild, yet contained. Here you will find mature trees, lavender, and grapes-- all blended together with colorful bursts of flowers. Depending on the time of year, the gardener/caretaker of thirty years will share fresh garden vegetables, and in the winter you can gather chestnuts to roast from the 150-year-old tree in the yard. The focal point of the garden is really the pergola, overhung with grape vines and providing an oasis of shade and hospitality. Here you can relax at the outdoor dining table (seats 12) and listen to the sounds of birds, braying neighborhood donkeys, and church bells tolling in the piazza. The garden also includes a wisteria-covered gazebo and a wine house with cellar. This villa also has access to a hotel pool located nearby.
Interior Description

(240 m2/2,580 sq. ft)
Inside this lovely villa, antiques lend old-world style and elegance, while plush imported mattresses and linens provide all the comfort you want on your holiday! Relax in the living room with Italian and English satellite TV or congregate in the dining room around the table and fireplace. You’ll find yourself at home anywhere in the Villa.

Ground Floor: In the comfortable and cozy living room you will find a couch and two overstuffed armchairs, along with Satellite TV and a DVD player with a small film library. The large dining room has a fireplace and a long table with seating for 12. A fully equipped kitchen includes a cook top, electric oven, microwave, and dishwasher. Also on the ground floor you will find one bedroom with two single beds. Across the passageway is a spacious bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower.

First Floor: Upstairs there are three bedrooms, all of relatively equal size. The first bedroom has a 180 cm king-sized bed and an ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet, and shower. The second bedroom has a 160 cm queen-size bed, and the third room has two single beds. The second and third rooms share a spacious bathroom (newly remodeled in 2013) with two sinks, a toilet, a claw-foot bathtub and a shower with a large shower head.

Features Description

Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.

  • Housekeeping: 8 Euros per hour
  • Complete Laundry Service: 10 Euros per hour
  • Babysitting: Upon request

Please Note:

  • There is no additional cost for thermostat-controlled cooling to 22 C (72 F). Guests who prefer a colder house will be asked to pay 200 euros per week for use of air conditioning.
  • The owner will rent for a maximum of three weeks.
  • Tourist tax is included.
  • This is a non-smoking property.
  • A complimentary bottle of red or white wine is available upon arrival.
  • Telephone: Calls to land lines in Western Europe, USA, and Canada are included in the rental price; Calls to cell phones are an additional cost.
  • Utilities: Heating, water, and electricity are included in the rental price.
  • Housekeeping requires a minimum of 2 hours. Linens and towels are changed on Wednesday and Saturday.

Features and Amenities

  • Walk To Town
  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Independent Villa
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Outside Area - Private
  • Outside Dining
  • Pool Towels
  • Swimming Pool - Fenced
  • Swimming Pool - Shared
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Ipod dock
  • TV - English Channels Available
  • Internet
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Mobile Telephone Available - Extra Cost
  • Telephone - Incoming & Outgoing
  • American Coffee Maker
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron and Board
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Toaster Oven
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans - Partial House
  • Fireplace - Indoor
  • Firewood Available - Included
  • Heating - Whole House
  • Window Screens - Whole House
  • High Chair
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
  • Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
  • Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Weekly         Min
Stay
Oct-14-2017 - Jan-06-2018 $3,200 1 wk
Jan-06-2018 - Mar-24-2018 $2,800 1 wk
Mar-24-2018 - Jun-02-2018 $3,200 1 wk
Jun-02-2018 - Sep-22-2018 $3,600 1 wk
Sep-22-2018 - Nov-03-2018 $3,200 1 wk

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Arrival Times

Please note: Official Arrival Times:

  • Sat 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Conditions *

Security Deposit

  • Upon arrival at the property you are required to pay to the property representative a security deposit payable in cash. The security deposit will be returned to you prior to your departure minus accidental damages to the property. The listed security deposit is: 500 EUR

Additional Expenses

  • Telephone (If Available): According to consumption

Other Notes

  • Housekeeping available upon request at an extra charge
  • Heating (in Italy): Allowed by law from November 1 - April 1; some exceptions for extreme weather
  • Arrival Fee (Outside Posted Times): Payable upon arrival
  • Departure Time: 11:00 am
  • Cook Services (If Available): must be arranged at least 2 months prior to arrival
  • UPON ARRIVAL, RENTERS MUST PROVIDE A PHOTOCOPY OF EACH TRAVELER’S PASSPORT AND SIGN A FORM FOR THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES. IF ARRIVING AT DIFFERENT TIMES GUESTS HAVE 24 HOURS TO COMPLETE THIS PROCEDURE OR OWNERS WILL BE FINED BY THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
  • Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day
  • Extra Services (cook, housekeeping, etc) may be arranged for a non-refundable fee payable to Rentvillas.com. Last minute requests (less than 2 weeks prior to arrival) will be an extra charge. Please inquire for pricing.

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Customer Ratings

  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
  • Peace and Quiet
  • View
  • Outside Area
  • Living Room
  • Kitchen
  • Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
Based on 60 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Overall:
Amazing, peaceful, relaxing atmosphere surrounded by charming scenery. Exactly how I pictured Italian countryside.
Enjoyed Most:
The outside area with the view, and the hammocks.
Enjoyed Least:
Loved everything.
Surrounding Area:
The countryside was beautiful and the town was charming, made you feel like you were truly living like a local. Cute restaurants and very affordable. Gorgeous views.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Beyond Torre Alfina (where the villa was, and was very walkable,) I believe was Aquapedente, which wasn't walkable but a quick drive.
Tips or Restaurants:
Go into town to the geleterias for a glass of wine, it's cheap, you get to enjoy the views and they provide snacks. Check to see if the castle is open for tours before you go, since it isn't usually open for touring. Stop in a grocery store in either Orvieto or Acquapedente for major grocery needs as the local one just has bare necessities. They provide incidentals.
Directions:
Definitely use GPS just for local travel. Once in town, villa is easy to find.

Jen, June

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Overall:
From the moment we arrived, we felt the serenity peacefulness-- it was truly amazing!
Enjoyed Most:
EVERYTHING! But the outdoor area was the best!
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing!!!
Surrounding Area:
Immersing ourselves in the culture. Love the small village and the people were warm friendly.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Torre Alfina was a two minute walk. Two nice restaurants, a bakery and gelato!
Tips or Restaurants:
Just bring yourselves enjoy! There is enough to do within a 30-minute drive in all directions and gives you ample time to enjoy the Villa
Directions:
Very easy directions. We had no problems.
Check In Out:
Alex was so helpful and gracious. He had some appetizers ready and we really appreciated that

Mary, June

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Overall:
One of the nicest vacations ever! Will definitely return!
Enjoyed Most:
Perfect size for 8 people and the amazing location.
Enjoyed Least:
The kitchen is small and a little awkward -- hard for two people to cook together, and the oven is very small.
Surrounding Area:
Very easy drive to many off-the-beaten path towns like Montepulciano, Montelcino, Pitigliano, etc.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Acquapendente, and it was a 10-15min drive.
Tips or Restaurants:
The villa had everything (including GPS), and any staples are easily procured in Torre Alfina. Trattoria Toscana in Acquapendente is amazing (we went there twice), and Da Ciccio a la Capannaccia is a great trattoria just a short drive from the villa.
Directions:
Used GPS, which worked fine.

Randy, May

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