L'Orto di Alice
(x 4 people)
Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 2 | South of Orvieto, Umbria
Independent villa | Tennis court | Air conditioning | Maid included |
L’ Orto di Alice is perched on the edge of the small and unspoilt medieval village of Civitella D’ Agliano overlooking the warm Umbrian countryside.
The beautiful stone house has been recently restored by its owners over a period of four years to become their luxury holiday home.
Traditional materials and local artisanal skills have produced a remarkable charming and comfortable house with air-conditioned bedrooms and number of original features, ranging from Etruscan caves to a secluded outdoor hot tub on one of the two terraces each of which enjoys a different yet spectacular view over the mountains, villages and farmhouses of Umbria.
On another terrace there are pretty tables and chairs for outdoor eating, or loungers to lie in the sun. There is even a pergola.
Both inside and out the house is furnished with great taste and attention to detail. It is truly unique.
The property is not recommended for children or mobility restricted persons.
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L'Orto di Alice is also available at a lower rate for smaller parties. For details see L'Orto di Alice (x 2 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 children or the disabled as the village is entirely pedestrian with some fairly steep streets and the house itself has steps between most rooms.
[an external staircase with 14 steps leads down to the main entrance of the villa from a pedestrian-only road; all rooms on this floor open to a terrace with a shaded dining area] Small sitting area with fireplace. Three steps lead to two rooms in Etruscan-built grottoes: the air conditioned main sitting room and a nicely equipped kitchen with a dining table.
Up 5 steps to a beautiful air conditioned double bedroom with lots of light through 3 large entrances. There are steps leading up to the hot tub terrace from the bedroom.
[up 13 steps from the first sitting area] Small study with a desk and computer. Air conditioned double bedroom with a picture window and an en suite bathroom with shower. Six further steps lead to a paved terrace with a hot tub.
Study with an en suite bathroom and a separate door to the (pedestrian-only) road.
Terrace with a shaded dining area and breathtaking views of the valley and the mountains beyond. Hot tub [heating included] on a separate terrace with views extending across the Tiber valley.
Assistance is provided by a very nice caretaker who does not speak a word of English but lives nearby (and is a fantastic cook). Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Washing machine. Flat-screen satellite TV [No Sky channels] with DVD. Working fireplace. Central heating. Air conditioning. Wireless ADSL internet connection [computer provided].
Airports: Rome [Fiumicono], 138km/86 miles; Rome [Ciampino], 123km/76 miles; Florence, 196km/122 miles; Pisa, 287km/178 miles. Motorway exit, about 22km/14 miles. Railway station at Alviano, 15km/9 miles or Orvieto, 22km/14 miles; the latter witha taxi service available to Civitella Catsligione. Please note that parking is only available in the village’s main square; this is about 250m/yards from the house and is accessed by a very narrow archway.
Tennis, horseback-riding and fishing within easy reach. Lago di Bolsena, 25 minutes, offers several beaches with various watersports including water skiing, wind surfing, pedalos 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.
Kettle. Blender. Toaster. Hair dryer. Iron and ironing board.
Hot tub only.
Amenities for Children
Please note that constant air-conditoning or heating may push usage over the 330 kW included in the rental charges.