Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 6 | Near Orvieto, Umbria
Independent villa | Private pool | Air conditioning | Maid included |
Collombroso sits nestled at the end of a drive in the hills just minutes from the prettiest of the medieval cities in Umbria, Orvieto. The house has just undergone a two year restoration, the proud owners carefully converting this 400 year farmhouse into a very comfortable contemporary home. A well tended garden welcomes your arrival and leads you across to the large heated swimming pool set on a paved terrace with a large decked loggia with sofa and table for al fresco dining. The centre of gravitation in all these houses always ends up around the kitchen. Plenty of thought has gone into the design and layout of what is hard to define as a kitchen. There is a large open plan area with a sophisticated kitchen, a sitting area and a dining area which are air-conditioned, leading out under a loggia for dining al fresco. The bathrooms are modern, the bedrooms [one of which is air-conditioned] typical of a house in Tuscany or Umbria, with terracotta floors, beamed ceilings, less the tower that has wooden floors. What a wonderful property from which to explore the many secrets that Umbria has other than just enjoying the beauty of the garden and the peace and tranquillity on offer at this great home.
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The pretty hilltop village of Porano, 3km/2 miles, boasts a fortress, bar, shops and restaurants along with a weekly market. A wider selection can be found at nearby Orvieto, 6km/4 miles, with a striped Duomo at the heart of this magnificent hilltop town. Boasting a long kept secret of labyrinth tunnels, galleries, wells, stairs, quarries, cellars, unexpected passageways, cisterns and caves. Bolsena and Montefiascone, in Lazio, can be reached in less than 30 minutes. Todi is about an hour's drive.
Lower ground floor
Double bedroom leading out to the lawn with an ensuite bathroom with shower. A second double bedroom leading out to the lawn with an ensuite bathroom with shower.
Top ground floor
Entrance with hallway leading into the sitting room with fireplace. Twin bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with shower. Air-conditioned double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with shower. Large well equipped kitchen/sitting and dining room with fireplace, which are air-conditioned, with views of the pool leading out to a paved terrace with a dining table under a loggia ideal for alfresco meals and sitting area.
[a through room leading to the second floor] Double sofa bed with non-working fireplace.
Double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with shower with wooden floors.
Summer kitchen. Bathroom with shower.
A well maintained lawned garden leads to the private heated swimming pool, 7 x 14m/22 x 45 feet, with high quality garden furniture and sun loungers. A large decking area boasts a shady area next to the pool with sofa’s, table and chairs. Vegetable garden.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's exceptionally helpful English speaking caretaker who lives nearby. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Microwave. Portable gas barbecue. Washing machine. Spin dryer. Satellite TV [Sky channels] with DVD. CD player. iPod docking station. Two working fireplaces. Central heating. Air-conditioned kitchen/sitting, dining room and one bedroom. Two portable fans. Mosquito nets on all windows. ADSL wireless internet [computer not provided].
Airports: Florence and Rome, under 2 hours. Railway station [for Florence and Rome] and motorway exit at Orvieto, 15 minutes’ drive along a paved, winding road to the property’s white drive. Ample parking.
Tennis courts at Orvieto, 6km/4 miles. Horse riding at La Cacciata, 2km/1 mile. 18-golf course Antognolla, 107km/67 miles. Terrific paths and quiet roads for walking and cycling. Thermal spas at Viterbo, about 45 minutes.
Kettle. Mixer. Toaster. Iron and ironing board. Several hairdryers.
The private heated swimming pool, 7 x 14m/22 x 45 feet, has a depth of 1.2-2.2m/4-7 feet with steps for entry/exit.
Amenities for Children
1 cot/crib. 1 highchair.