La Grande Quercia
(x 8 people)
Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 3 | Near Orvieto, Umbria
Independent villa | Private pool | Air conditioning | Maid included |
Perched on a hillside above Orvieto, this lovely 14th century farmhouse is surrounded by acres of olive groves and meadows, with beautiful views of Orvieto on one side and rolling farmlands on the other. Recently restored, the main house on one level has been fitted with air conditioned bedrooms, new kitchens and bathrooms while retaining their old terracotta floors and beamed ceilings. A large dining loggia for al fresco meals enjoying beautiful views of the countryside and of the city of Orvieto. The swimming pool is set a few steps below the loggia on a broad stone terrace furnished with loungers and umbrellas. In the heart of the Orvieto Classico region, this area has much to offer anyone who enjoys good food and wine, interesting sightseeing and long rambles on foot or on horseback.
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La Grande Quercia is available at a lower rate for smaller parties. For details see La Grande Quercia (x 6 people).
On a beautiful, winding road between Orvieto, 3km/2 miles from the property, and Porano, 2km/1.5 miles. Both are dramatically located on hilltops: Orvieto is by far the larger, with plenty of shops around its base and great restaurants - and a gorgeous, striped Duomo - on top; Porano is charming and virtually unknown, boasting a fortress, a weekly market, a bank, a few shops, a handful of restaurants and bars, and public tennis courts. Bolsena and Montefiascone, in Lazio, can be reached in less than 30 minutes. Todi is about an hour's drive.
On one level
Sitting room. Kitchen with a dining table and a fireplace leading out under a large dining loggia facing the pool and Orvieto. Down three steps. Air conditioned double bedroom with an en suite bathroom. Air conditioned twin bedroom with mezzanine with twin beds. Bathroom with bath. Air conditioned double bedroom with an en suite bathroom.
A lovely open garden of gently sloping lawns within 5ha/12 acres of farmlands and woods. The swimming pool, 11 x 5m/36 x 16 feet, is set 20m/yards from the main house and a few steps lower. Shower.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's exceptionally helpful caretaker, who speaks a little English and resides in the adjacent guest house. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dshwasher. Built-in barbeque. Washing machine. Air conditioned bedrooms. Satellite TV [No Sky channels] with video/multi-regional DVD. CD/cassette player. Portable fans in all rooms. Mosquito nets on all windows. Central heating and working fireplace in both houses. Wireless ADSL internet connection [computer not provided]. Fixed telephone line.
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. Parking for four cars.
Riding stables 1.5km/1 mile. Tennis within 10 minutes. Terrific paths and quiet roads for walking and bicycling. Thermal spas at Viterbo, about 45 minutes.
Kettle. Hair dryer. Iron and ironing board.
The swimming pool, 11 x 5m/36 x 16 feet, has a depth of 1.20-1.60m/4-5 feet and both steps and a ladder for entry/exit. Outdoor shower.