(x 2 people)
Sleeps 2 | Bedrooms 1 | Bathrooms 1 | South of Orvieto, Umbria
Independent villa | Private pool | Air conditioning | Maid included |
Perched at the edge of a perfectly preserved and impossibly picturesque medieval village, I Ruderi is an exquisite aerie with breathtaking views of steep hills and limestone cliffs. The tall, narrow stone house is decorated with a great deal of charm and taste and retains several unusual features from the village's Etruscan origins, including a wine cellar grotto carved right into the hillside. The modern kitchen is cleverly designed to blend in with the decor, air-conditioned living room and bedrooms and equally modern bathrooms are fitted to the standards of a luxury hotel. A staircase leads from a balcony down to a grassed pool terrace surrounded by ancient olive trees. There are simple shops within walking distance of the house, excellent restaurants close at hand and some of the prettiest villages and most interesting towns of Umbria, Lazio and southern Tuscany within a short drive.
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I Ruderi is available for larger parties. For details see I Ruderi (x 4 people).
Civitella d'Agliano is one of central Italy’s best-kept secrets. Founded 3,000 years ago by the Etruscans, it was occupied by the Romans and altered in the Middle Ages -but virtually nothing has happened there since, beyond the construction of a small cluster of ‘modern’ shops and restaurants, and a pink town hall, on its outskirts. The old village is a maze of cobbled alleyways and steps huddled at the edge of a steep bluff; it overlooks the valley of the Tiber River which is entirely agricultural in this area and dotted with the limestone cliffs known as ‘calanche.’ No cars are permitted within the village but all the essentials are within walking distance: a wonderful restaurant and inn, the Tana de l’Istrice, owned by the local wine baron, lies two minutes’ walk away in the main square, with several small shops - a grocer’s, a butcher, a pharmacy, a post office and a pharmacy, as well as a handful of simple but good restaurants - just beyond. Winding roads lead from the village to key sights in both Lazio and Umbria within 30 minutes’ drive or less: the gardens of the Villa Lante, the ‘Monsters’ Park’ at Bomarzo and picture-perfect Lake Bolsena in the former, and Orvieto with its gorgeous cathedral and vineyards in the latter.
Advise: This house is not recommended for Infants or Children or Disabled
Compact, well-equipped kitchen. Air-conditioned living room with a dining table and a fireplace. Balcony.
Air-conditioned double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with bath. Study.
Air-conditioned twin bedroom [convertible to a double US Olympic Queens size]. Bathroom with shower. Terrace with a splendid view of the valley with table and chairs.
Grotto with seating carved into the hillside. WC.
A steep flight of steps leads from the living room balcony down to a very pretty, carefully-maintained garden with rockeries, ancient olive trees and a shady sitting area. The swimming pool, 5 x 9.5m/16 x 31 feet, is set on a broad stone terrace in the garden with wonderful views and lots of sunshine.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's exceptionally helpful caretaker who lives in the same village, speaks a little English and is an excellent cook. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Portable barbeque. Washing machine. Satellite TV [No Sky channels]. Air-conditioned living room and bedrooms. Central heating. Working fireplace. Fixed telephone line. Wireless ADSL internet connection [computer provided].
Airports: Rome, 1 hour 30 minutes; Florence, about 2 hours. Motorway exit at Orvieto, 40 minutes along paved, winding roads. Cars cannot enter the old section of Civitella d’Agliano; the nearest parking, for several cars, is in a small piazza reached through a narrow archway, about 100m/110 yards from the house.
Tennis, horseback-riding and fishing within easy reach. Lago di Bolsena, 25 minutes, offers several beaches with watersports including water skiing, wind surfing, pedal boats and jet skis, as well as a very pretty island reached by ferry. Thermal baths at Terme dei Papi, Viterbo, about 30 minutes. 18 hole-golf at Le Querce Golf Club in San Martino (just south of Viterbo), 30 minutes.
Hair dryer. Iron and ironing board. Kettle. Mixer. Toaster. A portable fan in each bedroom
The swimming pool, 5 x 9.5m/16 x 31 feet, has a depth of 1.2-2m/4-6.5 feet and steps for entry/exit. Outdoor shower.
The steep steps down to the garden and the open stairway inside the house pose a decided risk for small children.