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LaPorcilaia Holiday heaven in the heart of Italy Large sunny breathtaking views

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

LaPorcilaia.Wondrous villa apartment for the quintessential Italian experience.

The villa is located on the border of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio, surrounded by green hills and meadows and fronted by an unforgettable view of Lake Bolsena. The exquisite apartment has stunning views from every window, with Lake Bolsena to the front and provides an impressive 130 mts, 2 bedrooms - 2 bathrooms of living space, beautifully furnished and comfortable. It is the ultimate Italian experience, an ideal situation for a romantic week away from it all, but is large enough for two couples sharing a holiday or for a family wanting to introduce their children to nature, history, culture, good food and fantastic hours spent on the shores of Lake Bolsena

Our villa is set amongst the hills of Umbria, near Orvieto and has breath-taking views of Lake Bolsena to the front. in between Bolsena . Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio , a fairy-tale hill top hamlet where time has stood still, which was the set for the latest film “Pinocchio” with Bob Hoskins.

We live in England, but we try to spend as much time at the villa as possible and we plan to move there one day! The ground floor is our holiday apartment and we rent the large luxurious first floor apartment that has its own independent entrance. The apartment is large (130 square metres) and it has been beautifully renovated by using local materials such as cotto, basalt and chestnut wood. It has all the comforts of modern life, home from home, including dish washer, washing machine and free wi fi connection. There are magnificent views from every window of the apartment and the large loggia is ideal for lazy lunches or long suppers or simply to sit and watch the sun sets on Lake Bolsena and the skies on fire, with a cool glass of Orvieto or Est! Est! Est!

If you come in the summer the lake is deliciously clean and warm and it is always possible to find a secluded beach around the lake, safe from the Italian summer bank holiday. The late spring is beautiful and it makes you want to take up painting, when the hills become yellow with the “Ginestra” in flower and the fields around the house are turned to purple by the clover and red by the poppies and all the other vivid colours of the palette by hundreds of wild flower in competition with each other. The autumn is warm and makes you feel good to be alive and sample the fruits of the land, the porcini and truffles, the bore stews, the grapes and the chestnuts. This is one of the best regions for the Italian traditional cuisine, based on fresh local ingredients and what is in season. However it is still good value and the local wine is excellent at 3/4 euros per bottle at the restaurant.

The area is in between 3 regions, Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio and although we are away from it all in a hidden corner of paradise, we are really close to the main Italian railway and motorway network. This makes the villa an ideal base to explore the wonderful sites in central Italy and visit Rome which is only 50 minutes train ride away. However there is so much to do and see that you will be hard pressed to travel further then half an hour radius if you stay for a week. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

More Details

Mr Malcolm Stevens
Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 May, 2018

About Mr Malcolm Stevens

We have bought the villa about fifteen years ago when it was in a total state of disrepair. At times it has been a struggle to get it completed and a battle against the Italian red tape, but we have done it and the journey has made us grow and find many new friends on the way. We hope to be able to retire there one day and in the interim we love to share this little bit of paradise with our guests.

Mr Malcolm Stevens purchased this villa in 2000

Why Mr Malcolm Stevens chose Orvieto

It is a wondrous place of intense beauty, peace and tranquillity. Please contact us and I will send you lots of photos.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Beautiful home,smashing owners. It's our 4th visit and can't image not returning. Thank you so much for making it another relaxing family holiday.

Hope to come back next year.
Apr 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Orvieto in Province of Terni

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 2 large bathroom both with showers. The larger bathroom has large cupboard with washing machine and utilities storage.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , Large comfortable king size bed. A child bed is available
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , A cot or child bed can be added.
  • 2 Double bedrooms. Comfortable Kingsize bed in one and comfortable double bed in the other. Views of Lake Bolsena from each bedroom. A double comfortable sofa bed is available in the lounge.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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LaPorcilaia Holiday heaven in the heart of Italy Large sunny breathtaking views
average rating of 4.9428573 based on 39 reviews

Great property within lovely surroundings

  • 5 of 5

A large, comfortable, fully equipped top floor apartment with excellent extensive views over the surrounding countryside and Lake Bolsena beyond which is a short drive away.

We arrived during a long period of very hot dry weather. We were delighted to find that gentle breezes from the direction of the lake helped to keep things comfortable during the many hours we spent on the balcony for meals or just relaxing with a glass of wine taking in the sunsets over the lake.

The property was a good base for exploring the many picturesque hill-top and lakeside towns and villages like Orvieto, Bolsena, the delightful Civita di Bagnoregio which are relatively near and Cortona, Spoleta, Assissi and Pienza which are a couple of hours away.

The property is in a lovely secluded location. Situated at the end of a long drive, you won't be disturbed by passing traffic.

Malcolm and Giulia , the owners use the lower apartment when they visit and are discreet and unintrusive hosts. They are excellent company and are always available for guidance on places to visit.

They have owned LaPorcilaia for several years during which time they have been carefully and expertly transforming a run down former agricultural property into the lovely property with landscaped grounds that we see today.

We enjoyed our stay at LaPorcilaia immensely and would thoroughly recommend it to others.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing location with a beautiful view.

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful house in a location secluded yet near to everything. The house is well equipped, modern and homely. We enjoyed visiting all surrounding villages , with views and restaurants, bars. Then enjoyed cooking at home with the beautiful views of lakes and sunsets. Near the autostrada so Florence is only 2 hours drive. Orvieto is stunning as is Montefiscione. Both on the doorstep. We had a fabulous time at this property.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Thank you Guila and Malcom for a great stay.

  • 4 of 5

The apartment was spacious and well appointed. We spent many evenings on the terrace watching the sunset over the lake. Plenty of of things to do and some great restaurants all within a short drive.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
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Peaceful surrounding and beautiful view

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent two relaxing weeks at this delightful apartment. It was equipped with everything that you would need and was quiet and relaxing. Our favourite part was the loggia where we spent most evenings watching the sun go down over Lake Bolsena in the distance. The owners, Malcolm and Guilia couldn't have been more helpful both before and after our holiday. There were many lovely places within a short drive but we found that Bolsena had everything that we needed including some great restaurants. We would definitely stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
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A most enjoyable stay

  • 5 of 5

A modernised, attractive property and with all possible amenities, reading materials and dvds. It is well maintained, very clean, and all rooms are large. The kitchen has everything you should need. The owners are so helpful, friendly and very informative about the area. There is so much to see and do in the area and we particularly liked visiting the villages and towns around Bolsena lake. Bolsena town itself, and which is very near, has many quality restaurants and is worth visiting a number of times. We have been to Umbria many times but this accommodation was the best we have stayed in. John and Anne Lancaster

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
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  • 5 of 5

The villa is comfortable and located so centrally that we were able to travel in all directions....which we did....and found wonderful little towns to explore. Our hosts Giulia and Malcolm were the GREATEST! We consider them our friends! Our plan is to return and would love staying at the villa again....and of course see our new found friends! The villa is exactly as a tee! I would highly recommend it to anyone....only don't book when we're scheduled to return!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Dec-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Rome or Perugia
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Ferry
83 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Osteria Biagio
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: necessary

Letter to a family with children:

I wanted to give you an idea of what you could do with the children in our area that they may enjoy so that you can make an informed decision:

Swimming will be something they will want to do most days. The lake is deliciously warm. It has Kms of beaches, some grassy and secluded and other sandy and vast, more like a seaside resort but less commercial and with views to take your breath away. The children can rent pedalos, canoes and small boats or play volley ball with other young people. We have taken out a motor boat a couple of times and it has been real fun. In Bolsena you can rent bikes and ride around the lake. You can also rent bikes from the near village of Bagnoregio.

The ride into our village from the house is about 5 kms with a couple of Kms taken up by our drive. The road is a country lane and is often used by joggers because it is quiet. Generally there is little traffic in the area but you need to be a strong biker for more ambitious rides because of the hills.

We often swim on Montefiascone beach and end up in our favourite tapas bar on the shore of the lake for a couple of chilled glass of wine and a great selection of free tapas. We find eating and drinking out in our area is extremely reasonable and the food/wines are outstanding.

There are many local trips you could have with the children:

* 30 minutes drive - Bagni di San Filippo- Hot pools of water fed by a hot river in lovely woodland (free)

* 10 minutes drive- Walk up to Civita di Bagnoregio ,wondrous views (see photo) and explore the “valle dei calanchi” which is a reservoir and where you can encounter most species of the local fauna. (free)

* 15 minutes drive Visit - Ferento an enormous amphitheatre ( pre roman ) in a middle of a field set a unique position looking down on the valley towards Viterbo ( free)

* 25 minutes drive Viterbo - walled town with some fantastic architecture like the Pope palace and lots of trendy shops for the girls.(free)

* 20 minutes drive – Orvieto fantastic hill top town to explore. There are subterranean caves ( Tour) and the deepest well in Europe that can also be explored “Pozzo di San Patrizio”

* 10/15 minutes Bolsena Castle and museum/ mediaeval streets/ craft shops/ lovely restaurants.

* 30 minutes drive - Parco dei mostri Bomarzo – Renaissance folly garden with gigantic figures/ structures

* 30 minutes drive -Tarquinia Original first settlement that started the civilisation later adopted by Rome/ Many underground Tombs 400 BC painted with fresco depicting what the dead person wanted to do in the afterlife.

* 40 minutes drive Vulci Extensive pre roman town to be explored with miles of park trail/ gorges and lakes

This is just a small proportion of what you can do locally more likely to interest children. Adults may want to choose different itineraries and visit hill towns famous for their historical, architectural or artistic features like Assisi, Perugia, Todi, Spello Montalcino. Montepulciano, Pitigliano ancient Jewish town, Pienza, Sovana, Talamone on the sea, etc. All these places are generally under an hour drive from the house.

On a more commercial note there is a discount outlet for top Italian makes (Prada,Armani etc) and a water park for the children, but they are about an hour drive.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Orvieto, Italy

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Apr 2018 - 1 Jul 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
2 Jul 2018 - 4 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
High Season
5 Aug 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season
25 Aug 2018 - 12 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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