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Sleeps:
6 - 8
Single Bedrooms:
0
Double Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
3
Type:
Farmhouse
Property #:
18074
Nearest Town:
Acquapendente

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Country Home on the Tuscany Umbria Border

La Cappella dell'Alfina - 8

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About The Experience
Legend has it that this centuries-old farmhouse in Lazio was once used as a chapel by French pilgrims en route to Rome. Situated in the region of Lazio on the three-way border with Umbria and Tuscany, this self-catering accommodation has gorgeous landscaping and 360o views. Once owned by the local Contessa, this beautifully restored farmhouse is within day-trip range of some of the country's most famous cities. It is entirely possible to enjoy full days of touring in Rome or Florence, and still be “home” in time for dinner on the terrace and a good night’s sleep in the cool peace and quiet of the Italian countryside.
Location Description

The property is located five kilometers from Acquapendente, a thriving market town on the Cassia (the original Roman road); and six kilometers from the village of Torre Alfina in the heart of the Etruscan Highlands. Torre Alfina was recently named one of Italy’s 100 most beautiful villages. It is built around a castle that once belonged to the Monaldeschi and Bourbon del Monte families until it was purchased by Edoardo Cahen in 1880. The village has two restaurants, a grocery store, a butcher shop, a bakery, two cafés and a gelateria. Torre Alfina features a year-round and village-wide art exhibit, and an Annual Blues Festival. This property is ideal for nature lovers and history buffs because it borders the Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve, with its many bike and hiking trails, and the region is dotted with Etruscan caves, ruins and artifacts. It is within an hour of Mediterranean beaches, 15 minutes from the clear volcanic waters of Lake Bolsena, and within 45 minutes of several excellent thermal bath spas. The farmhouse is in a great central location, convenient to many of Italy's best kept secrets: Orvieto, Todi, Bolsena, Bagnoregio, Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Siena.

Nearby Attractions: Acquapendete (markets, restaurants), Torre Alfina (restaurants, markets, cafes, gelateria, annual festivals), Orvieto (train station), Lake Bolsena, Assisi, Siena.

Siena: 100 km/62 mi
Assisi: 90 km/56 mi
Montepulciano: 60 km/37 mi
Orvieto: 20 km/12 mi
Torre Alfina: 6 km/4 mi
Acquapendente: 5 km/3 mi
Exterior Description
(Two acres)
Positioned on a large volcanic rock, this ancient stone farmhouse is set amongst perennial gardens, countless mature trees, natural terraces, and an orchard. The private outdoor terrace is covered in grape vines and furnished with a gas barbecue, a table that can seat up to 12 people, and lounge chairs. A new private swimming pool (12 m x 5 m, 1.5 m deep) is just 25 meters from the house. The pool is open May - October and heated up to 29 C. One of its three caves is used as a garden shed, another as a wine cellar under the house. Situated on a well-maintained gravel road, the farmhouse has a remote-control gate, and plenty of secure parking space. Please note that the owners live on the premises, but guests enjoy complete privacy, including an independent entrance and terrace and private gardens.
Interior Description
(250 m2)

The farmhouse is restored with traditional materials, and is beautifully furnished with antiques and unique pieces of art from around the world.

Main Level: The L-shaped living room is furnished with a couch, armchairs, and a piano situated in front of a fireplace. There is satellite TV, a DVD player, Ipod docking station, and a separate space with a desk. Five steps lower is a separate family room with a sofa bed (most suitable for one), which can be curtained off to serve as a bedroom. The kitchen is equipped with a cook-top, wood-burning pizza oven, microwave, dishwasher, and a dining table that can seat up to 10 people. There is a bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower with a tub as well as a utility room with a washing machine, sink, and toilet.

Lower Level: A staircase off the family room leads down to a suite in which two bedrooms are connected by an arch without a door but with a heavy curtain. These bedrooms are suitable for one couple or a young family. The first room has a 160 cm queen-sized bed and the second room has twin beds (90 cm), which can be joined, upon prior request to form a king-size bed (180 cm). The suite has access to the orchard and designated lawn chairs.

Upper Level: A staircase from the living room leads up to two bedrooms. The first bedroom has two 100 cm single beds, a desk, and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, bidet, and shower. The second bedroom has a 180 cm king-sized bed (which can be separated, upon prior request, to form two single beds) and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower.

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.

  • Tuscan Catering: 40 - 45 Euros per person per meal (including wine), prices vary depending on the menu
  • Housekeeping: 10 Euros per hour
  • Telephone (free long distance calls to land lines in Europe, U.S., and Canada or to cell phones in U.S. and Canada only): All other long distance calls will be extra and charged according to use
  • Cooking lessons, massage, yoga: Upon request

Please Note:

  • The twin-bedded room on the lower level can be made into a king-size bed upon prior request. The king-size bed on the upper level can be separated into twin beds upon prior request. Please mention this at time of booking.
  • The double bedrooms on the lower level are actually a two-room suite, separated by a heavy curtain.
  • The owners live in an apartment attached to the farmhouse but have their own private entrance and terrace.
  • The owners have a miniature schnauzer that lives with them on the property.
  • The owner has made arrangements for clients to use three nearby shared pools. Two are within walking distance (15 and 30 minutes by foot).
  • A change of towels is provided mid-week.
  • A cell phone (with purchase of a prepaid phone card) is available.
  • Welcome Basket: Complimentary Welcome Basket usually includes fresh artichoke pizza, fresh bread, home-made jam, cheese, cured beef, pasta, fresh fruit, fresh tomatoes, milk, cream, butter, yogurt, cereal, cookies, canned tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, coffee, tea, fresh olives, and wine.

Features and Amenities

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

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Weekly         Min
Stay
Apr-01-2020 - Oct-30-2020 $7,200
$6,480
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 or traveler's checks. The security deposit will be returned to you prior to your departure minus any extra charges or accidental damages to the property. The listed security deposit is: 500 USD or 400 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
  • Departure Time: 9:00 am
  • 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

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Customer Ratings

  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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  • Outside Area
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  • Kitchen
  • Bedrooms
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Based on 15 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Overall:
I felt I was in a movie. What a beautiful villa. The area is perfect for going on day trips to Rome or Florence. We were met by the owners with a bottle of Prosecco and snacks. They supplied us with a folder about the area and suggestions on dining. They also told us that we had unlimited long distance calling to the US and a GPS for our vehicle with many of the dining and suggested towns already loaded.
Enjoyed Most:
Everything was just beautiful. The villa has everything we needed. It was hard to get us to leave on our planned day trips. I loved the kitchen and we ate there every night. Jude and Richard left us enough food and wine for at least a few days. The patio is very nice for eating outdoors and the views are breath-taking. Looking over the fields to the castle on the next hill was a memory I will never forget. The beds were comfortable and the home is furnished with the owners' African art collection. Each room was a revelation.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing to dislike. Everything was perfect including the weather I don't know how they managed that one, but thanks again.
Surrounding Area:
The hill towns of Bagnoreggio, Sarano, and Pitigilano. We also love the nearby village of Torre Alfina. The gelato at the bottom of the castle is the best. We visited Orvieto as a day trip and shopped for groceries there on our way through to other towns. Ovieto is definately worth a day trip and it is very near, 15-20 minutes.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Torre Alfina, with its castle, is easily within walking distance. There is a walking trail a few hundred yards from the villa that comes out just below Torre Alfina.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring a GPS! There are few street signs I never saw any but I'm sure they must be there and once at the villa you can use the one they provide to get to favorite places they suggest. One of the best restaurants was the one overlooking the footbridge to Bagnoreggio di Civita. The terrace dining overlooks the ravine and the bridge to get to the hill town. We ordered 4 different entrees and all were delicious and reasonable. When I asked the waitress where the wild boar we ordered came from, she pointed to the ravine and smiled. Priceless!
Directions:
We had a GPS for our drive from Venice and used the directions from Orvieto that were provided by Rentvillas. Once there we just entered the villa as home on the GPS.
Check In Out:
We were met by the owners, Jude and Richard, and they welcomed us with wine and snacks. Richard showed us around the next morning and gave us a history of the villa and the surrounding area.

Amy, October

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Overall:
This was our second trip here and another wonderful experience. Once again, the owner was very generous and most helpful.
Enjoyed Most:
We had just spent a busy week in Rome and it was great to be able to relax and enjoy being at this property. We were traveling with our son and his family and we all loved the space here. My five year old granddaughter said that playing in the large yard was her favorite part of the vacation.
Enjoyed Least:
You do have to drive to the stores and restaurants, but can find the things you need only ten minutes away.
Surrounding Area:
This is just a beautiful area.
Directions:
Yes we did use a GPS to get to the property. The owners also had a GPS that was programmed for several locations which made things very easy for us.
Check In Out:
Everything went as planned.

Katherine M., September

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Overall:
We had a wonderful experience at La Cappella dell'Alfina
Enjoyed Most:
The home is a restored "antique", very lovingly cared for. The owner is very available for questions about the property and the surroundings. There were booklets in the house that had suggested day trips, and suggested restaurants. These were very useful.
Enjoyed Least:
The living room was quite dark. There are few windows in that area of the house, and not much lighting to help out. During the day in summer it was hot and we kept the shutters closed against the heat. This made the interior VERY dark. Only late in the afternoon, when the weather cooled off, could we open up the house to the light. We also had 2 encounters from afar with scorpions. These are not the deadly variety, but are scary nonetheless
Surrounding Area:
The house is well situated for touring. The little neighboring town of Torre Alfina is lovely--great gelato, too! Orvieto is very close by. The little hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria are well within a day's travel.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Torre Alfina was the nearest town. It was not within walking distance--more like a 10 minute car ride.
Directions:
There are no street markers, but the directions were excellent. We did have our GPS, which we brought with us from the States. The owner of the property also has a GPS. I would suggest that once you arrive, you set the location into memory.

Jamie, August

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