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So beautiful! Enjoyed our hosts and shared dinner with them. They graciously shared their home and herb garden. They also took us to the local pharmacy for medications and directed us to markets etc. Would certainly consider booking this property again.
Accommodations. Friendliness of hosts!
We felt rushed to vacate, even though we had booked for an additional day.
Access to historical cities and regions. Friendliness of the people.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Proceno; not within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
Very well furnished. Only really needed personal products and laundry products.
We did use GPS to a point.
Our trip to Italy was a gift to our children for graduations from university and medical school. Our stay at the villa was certainly a memorable part of our Italy experience as it was where we felt the most relaxed and peaceful.
All in all it was the most beautiful and amazing travel experience we have ever had as a family and staying at the villa was a significant part of that.
The property was in a beautiful location with views from every window, door, terrace. It was furnished with everything we needed and then some...such as a great stereo with CD's. Music is always such a mood setter and memory maker.
Our villa could not have been better and was even beyond what we had hoped.
The views... the swimming pool setting...the shower-
In general, it was just a most beautiful place. You could tell the owners put a great deal of thought in providing every amenity. Quality workmanship, appliances, furnishings, window treatments...lots of wonderful attention to detail. I wish I could personally thank them!
Wow--that's a hard one...maybe the helpful "red book" with local and regional info could have had more English. Unfortunately, we could not interpret some of what appeared to be interesting information.
Reasonable proximity to all the areas we wished to travel. Easy access to day trips--- even going to Rome for a day trip by train from Orvieto.
Tips or Restaurants:
Did not need things mentioned in book such as toilet paper, pillow cases, cutting board...everything was already there.
The restaurant at the castle in nearby Proceno was not actually in the castle as we had hoped but the food was delicious none the less.
We did use GPS. We set the coordinates and were able to find our way back easily when we took day trips.
Might be helpful to mention the stone shed just after the road to the villa as a landmark.
Check In Out:
Our keyholder did not speak English but we had friends who live in the area who helped us communicate. We wanted an earlier check out and she accommodated us very well.
She was very pleasant.
This is the nicest house we have ever rented in the 15 years we have been going to Italy. It is in a quiet, somewhat remote corner of northern Lazio/Southern Tuscany and is absolutely peaceful. Lovely views abound, with hardly a road to be seen or heard. The house is well appointed with nearly every imaginable accoutrement, and the swimming pool area is glorious. We would go back in a heartbeat.
It's hard to pick a single thing. The house was lovingly and carefully reconstructed a few years ago, and it has modern electricity and plumbing. The appliances are top of the line and include a large refrigerator, clothes dryer and microwave oven. There is ample indoor lighting, including at the beds. There are many comfortable eating areas, indoors but most especially outdoors on the gorgeous patios. The grounds are beautifully planted with fruit trees, flowering shrubs, fragrant lavender and an herb garden.
The ONLY drawback is part of what makes this place so wonderful. The access is via a very rutted farm access road. The result is that we didn't just pop down to Proceno, the nearby village, three times a day as we might have done from other locations. We ate many meals at the villa, since little could surpass the views and the the atmosphere. Editor's Note: The road has been repaired since this review and is now in very good condition. October 2013.
We have been to Italy numerous times, so we didn't care about proximity to major tourist draws. We love exploring minor hill towns and random villages. Proceno, the nearby village, fills every basic need grocer, panificio, pizzeria bar, macelleria, etc. and further, has a lovely castle that dominates the town's skyline. The restaurant has a very nice restaurant that serves dinner in a beautiful outdoor garden when the weather is fine.
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The beds are extremely comfortable. In fact, the whole house is designed for comfort and peace. This is a place to slow down and enjoy the pace of the countryside. Waken early to hear the birds and the farmhands. Go for walks around the property - it's surrounded by a protected reserve on one side, sunflower beds on the others. Swim in the lovely pool. Drive to the small towns around Monte Amiata. Spend a day at Lake Bolsena on a boat or eating seafood. Dine at the Castello di Proceno. Cook for yourself and enjoy the breezes playing across the lavender as you sip wine on the patio.