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Very Private house for 7+1 pers, Tuscany/Umbria, heated pool, 1h to Rom/Florence



Updated: 27-Nov-2016
Country House, 4 bedr. 3 bathr. large garden, pool + 1 bathr., BBQ, great views

The country house can be rented for 2 - 7 guests plus 1 child. It is a very romantic place, wonderfully restored with organic materials and kept in the original stile of the area. A lovely garden set in the hills on the border of Tuscany and Umbria is ideal for families or small groups. Tastefully decorated & furnished with antiques from the owners aristocratic family. The 250 year old house sits on a slope and has stunning views and light breezes in hot summers. It is surrounded by old oak trees giving shade. You will find a solar heated pool, which is open from end of March to end of October, situated in a little olive grove overlooking the vineyards, with natural shade and stunning views.The panorama pool is completely private. The 8 ha estate is owned by a Countess, who produces the estate's own biological wine & olive oil, she lives in a separate part of the house and looks after her guests, if there is a request for it. On the grounds around the antic house you can enjoy the breathtaking views over the superb Umbrian/ Tuscan countryside. The exceptional location will give you enough opportunities to relax & dream or sight seeing. Next town is the medieval city Cittá della Pieve and Monteleone di Orvieto.

further activities: Umbria is beautiful all year round. Each and every month of the year has its very own charm and quality, its colors, scents and sounds. The people of Umbria are still very much in tune with a rhythm given by nature itself.

Within the medieval boundary walls of the town, you‘ll find plenty of witnesses of a turbulent and rich history. Numerous shops, cafes and restaurants inviting you for a stroll or remain and watch the busy life in the streets.

The personal touch and extraordinary friendliness of the people of Città della Pieve, surely contribute to the special charm of the town. The Italian spoken in this area, is said to be one of the clearest and most beautiful in the country. No doubt, you will enjoy your holiday here and in no time it will feel like a home away from home.

Services: Helpful owner-caretaker in separate part of the building, garden, lawn & pool maintenance. Maid service extra, (Sat & mid-week). Weekly change of linen & towels. Services upon request: Additional maid service, local cook/chef, catering, organization of special events. Facilities: DSL/Wi-Fi access outdoor/indoor internet access.

Natural Air-conditioning. Some windows with fly nets, Fireplace. Satellite TV, stereo CD-Player. Central heating. Fully-equipped kitchen: dishwasher, fridge, freezer, stove, oven, toaster, coffee machine. Washing machine, hair dryer, anti-allergenic mattresses. Iron & ironing-board, cot, high chair. Private pool 10x5m/ 1,30 m deep, with sun-lounger’s, table & chairs. Shower and bathroom at the Pool, towels are provided.

Gazebo, Pergola, BBQ & furnished with dining table & chairs, veranda with cosy armchairs.

We give no discounts in high season! Please do not hesitate to ask for a reduction for smaller groups.

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Details for holiday villa unit_29789, 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate WC

The luxurious and romantic private house is restored using only natural and organic materials, beautifully decorated with antique furnishings of an aristocratic family, surrounded by great oak trees and a lovely garden. The house is about 250 years old, warm and welcoming, positioned on rolling hills with marvelous views, inviting you to tranquility and peace.

The house is located in the middle of a museum! Ideal for sightseeing.

The pool is surrounded by old olive trees, it`s furnished with chairs, sunbeds and umbrellas,child swing, football ground.

A few steps from the kitchen terrace is the wooden pergola with a tiled roof and overgrown with Roses, Jasmine and Vines. The table is sheltered by too much sun or the occasional raindrop and you also can enjoy your dinners, maybe prepared by your hostess, she lives on the property in a separate house and looks after the property. Extras: cooked dinners, pottery, language classes at home, guided tours, horse riding at the neighbors.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I have bought a farm ruin in 2000 and now I am renting the house to everyone who likes to spend their holidays in a beautiful house in Umbria. The locating is fantastic, 90 km from Rome and Florence on the Autostrada di SOLE. I love living here and to have interesting, fun guests.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

The long period of half a year has not in the least lessened, the winter even intensified our memories of the beautiful holidays which we – a six adult persons’ family with two boys at the age of 10 and a small dog – spent last August (16th to 23rd) at Villa Cerqualto in Umbria, Italy.

The location: the villa is marvellously situated up a hilly range. To get there you find your way through fields and woods, following the excellent instructions of the landlady. The winding road and its serpentines is part of the adventure and at the end of the journey the traveller is rewarded with a spectacular far reaching view of the Apennine mountains in great distance and with the silhouette of the inviting nearby Città della Pieve.

The Villa: you can relish the views as well as the close surrounding when sitting in a deck chair on the loans and flowery slopes, next to bunches of wine grapes and to fruit trees: A bit further down the garden hill, there is a well kept swimming pool, ready for sporty activities or for just a refreshing bath.

Villa Cerqualto itself is built on a gentle slope, with the main entrance into a large kitchen at ground floor, a maisonette underneath – separate entrance from the lower slope side. The Villa houses large comfortable bedrooms with conveniently separate bathrooms, and one of them with a large Loggia.

The landlady: Stephanie Countess zu Ortenburg is a wonderfully caring, attentive and considered landlady, who creates a warm hearted, relaxed ambience. The Villa is excellently looked after, the details are well organised. Stephanie might pay you – having breakfast at the pergola opposite the house – a short visit to find out about your wellbeing and your plans for the day, to offer her generous help – when needed - , to make very useful suggestions and give hints (not found in traveller guide books) for nearby and far distance enterprises. Thanks to that, we were able to explore wonderful places – restaurants, cities, panorama views – with a charming typically Italian atmosphere and not at all touristic.

At your departure from this unique and remarkable resort, you hope for an “Auf Wiedersehen” – until then you suffer from a “Paradise lost”.
Aug 2015
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40 Reviews

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Wonderful stay.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I (and our three girls, ages 19, 16 and 11) have had a fantastic holiday in this gorgeous retreat. Shortly after we arrived, we were sitting on the veranda enjoying a glass of wine and I said to my husband, "we absolutely must come back here again"! We were stunned by the beautiful gardens, complete with vibrant blooming flowers, a lovely pool, and even an olive grove and small, grape vineyard. Waking up at this house is a total delight with a cool breeze, dreamy vistas, the aroma of lavender and the inviting sounds of singing birds. We felt so relaxed and at home here. We loved the owner, Countess Stephanie, as well. She was so kind and helpful and made some excellent recommendations for places to visit as well as wonderful restaurants. The surrounding villages and countryside are absolutely gorgeous! The only thing we would have changed about our stay is the length of time that we were here...our stay was much too short! Next time we will return for longer! We would definitely recommend this property to our family and friends and anyone planning a visit to Umbria and Tuscany.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: when my guests are so happy with their stay it is such a satisfaction for me and it is great to have such wonderful guests at my home. The Villa is located between Florence and Rome with many beautiful places in between, if you want to relax at the Villa and go out for a few excursions a week is a really very sort stay. Thank you for staying and hope to see you back soon. Stephanie
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Perfect relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had an idyllic week in this villa. The location was perfect - stunning views, quiet, peaceful and incredibly relaxing. The villa, pool and grounds are beautifully maintained; the villa very comfortable, well equipped and spotless. Stephanie is very knowledgeable about and helpful with local information and was most welcoming. Would recommend without hesitation for a wonderful, chilled holiday in a gorgeous area.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent location and holiday!

  • 5 of 5

From the time of our arrival we had a wonderful holiday, beautiful villa, comfortable, spacious, well-equipped and well-supported by the owner. The pool was a bonus in the summer heat and the gardens made the whole experience luxurious. We can heartily recommend it to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Unmatched views in comfort and beauty

  • 5 of 5

My family and I thought we had been catapulted into heaven when we arrived at the exquisitely designed and renovated villa. The house is beautiful, comfortable, well appointed and meticulously maintained. It is situated such that there is a dreamy view from every window. The long view across the valley allowed us the vision of very old towns with towers and turrets, olive groves and vineyards. The closer view was of forest and winding country road with agricultural fields, very green in spring, several covered with bright red poppies. The closest view was of the surrounding gardens with the fragrance of roses and acacia trees, plus all manner of bright seasonal flowers, herbs and a large olive grove through which to wander. Everywhere was the sound and sight of myriad varieties of birds – including nightingales, which I had never heard before. We swam in the privacy of the pool with a long view to the mountains, and ate under the pergola on days when it was warm enough.

This is a place for nature lovers and romantics - a great place to cool out and relax and a perfect place from which to explore. It was easy for us to visit not only the better-known tourist spots – Rome, Orvieto, Chiusi, and the wine country further north, but also the mostly undiscovered treasures in the centuries old smaller towns with winding streets, steep hills, breathtaking views over the valley below, plus geraniums in every window and gourmet food in excellent small and friendly restaurants. Our hostess was charming, friendly and attentive. She provided long lists of places to visit and restaurants of every kind to try, plus tips on out-of-the-way places to explore. With Stephanie’s help, I felt we got a very good taste of this area, which, blended with cups of coffee and glasses of wine on the terraces in the mornings and evenings and quiet walks on well-maintained trails left us feeling very enriched and balanced.

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Just a big THANKS !!
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Great location for exploring Umbria and Tuscany.

  • 5 of 5

The location is wonderful for exploring some of the "must see" locales, but also perfect for off the beaten track villages. The view from just about anywhere on the property is picture perfect and the villa has all you could need for a restful, comfortable base. Stephanie was the perfect hostess, made us feel right at home and more than willing to help with suggestions and reservations (La Palomba in Orvieto is a must). Our only complaint was not scheduling a longer stay; but definitely will the next time. Take the time to hike to Monteleone ( a good hour) and Citta della Pieve ( a good couple of hours); there is a lot of up hill, but worth the effort.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hiking in Umbria

  • 5 of 5

A very beautiful and nicely done up house. Very comfortable bedrooms and extremely nice bathrooms.

The property was exactly as we expected it to be and we would always recommend it to friends and relatives.

The owner was very kind and helpful and the service was immaculate.

We used the property as a base for hiking tours in very beautiful scenery.

It was extremely nice, that you could start the tours from the doorstep.

The are around is full of well known and less well known sightseeing attractions.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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From the Owner

The house is very privately set, but close to the A1 Autostrada di Sole. You can reach the property easily from Rom and Florence. The trainstation is 10 min. away from the grounds. I have nice neighbours, but not to close. The property is 8 ha large and has lovely olivetrees and vines. In the large garden are very big old oak trees and there are lovely views.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Perugia, Rome, Florence, Pisa at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Monteleone di Orvieto at 5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Ancona at 120 Kilometres Nearest Golf : 3 golf courses at 25 Kilometres Nearest Train : Fabro, Chiusi-Chianciano at 6 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Fabro at 6 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Monteleone di Orvieto, best Pizzas at 5 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Monte Amiata at 50 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Porto Ercole at 80 Kilometres Car: necessary

The House is situated on the hills near Tuscany 311 slm, between Monteleone d´Orvieto and Città della Pieve, near Montepulciano, Montalcino Cetona, San Casciano de Bagni (hot springs), Orvieto, the wildlife isles of Alviano and Montepulciano, near Chiusi, an Etruscan town. By train ( 10 min. to station ) you reach Rome and Florence within 1 1/2 h. To the seaside in Toscany, Santo Stefano and Monte Agentario it is ca. 90 km, it is a lovely cultural and panoramic road. The Lago Bolsena a very clean vulcanic lake and is easy to reach shortly after Orvieto. Which is situated like and island on a highplateau, it is the most important Etruscan town in Italy and has a very beautiful Dom with frescos.

Perugia, Assisi, Montefalco, Siena and Arezzo ( Anticmarket ) are to reach in ca. 40 min. Lago di Trasimeno is very near and you can take a boot to the islands and enjoy delicious fish restaurants.

Many events in summer like jazz Festival or the Paglio in Cittá della Pieve are worth a visit.

Other Activities: Riding, painting lessons, swimming in hot springs, sightseeing, childrens playground!

Golf: Golf: In spring and autumn you will find the ideal conditions to play golf in this area. The countryside is very beautiful and staying in a comfortable house and go golfing during the day is an ideal holiday. For out of season we give special prices, please inquire directly.

CASTELFALFI: ca. 30min away.




Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
x-mas, heating not included
17 Dec 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
solar heated pool/ 4 guests
1 Apr 2017 - 19 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
spring 4 guests
20 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
summer 7 pers.+1 child
25 Jun 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
summer 7+1 guest
27 Aug 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £252

Money transfer and credit card fees have to be paid by the renter.
Heating per day € 50,00 per full house, Half house Euro 30,00
Deposit by arrival € 300,00

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 27-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

The house has an air ventilated roof that is like a natural air-condition. By restoring an old farm house the character of the buildings in the 18th century has been maintained and we left many typical Umbrian details. The garden has wonderful big old trees and special plants..

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool

Onsite Services

  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 230 m²


  • Bathroom en-suit - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, en-suit with red bedroom
  • Bathroom top floor - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet, 2 basins
  • Bathroom with walkin shower - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, en-suit with sitting/bedroom
  • Poolhouse - Toilet, Outdoor Shower, Changing room
  • All bathrooms are very modern and large rooms suited in an newly built in an old fashioned tower, they are all large with a lot of windows. Central heating. In winter heated towels. 3 bathrooms in the house 1 outside, top floor - Toilet, Bathtub with Shower, Bidet, 2 basins, Bathroom next to livingroom, with walkin shower, Toilet, Bidet, 1 basin, next to red room downstairs, shower, basin, toilet, Poolhouse - Outdoor Shower, Changing room, WC All bathrooms are very modern in an old fashioned tower. Very large with a lot of windows. Central heating, In winter heated towels.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • yellow room - 2 Single Bed, can be used also as double bed
  • Library - 1 Single Bed, sharing bathroom with redroom
  • red bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed, can be used also as 2 single beds
  • blue room - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot, the beds are 2 single beds and are joint together
  • The house has an natural air-conditioned roof and it keeps the rooms cool in summer and warm in winter. Indoor shutters easy to close and open. 2 large fireplaces for cool spring and autumn evenings, 1 large basket of wood is included for each fireplace. Master bedroom with terrace 2 single or 1 double , Yellow bedroom with 2 single or 1 double, Bathroom with 5 windows, bathtub, shower, double basins, bidet, Large Kitchen with fireplace, dishwasher, fridge/deep freeze, 4 gas flamed stove, electric oven, table for 8 guests. The Sitting room has 3 sofas, fireplace, sat TV, internet connection, CD/radio player, Red bedroom 1 double or 2 single, green bedroom 1 single bed. sharing bathroom with next door bedroom All beds have daun covers for the winter, in mid season woolen blankets, in summer cotton covers. each person has it´s own blanket. each guest has 2 towels, plus pool towel. Hairdryer and adapting plugs are in each bathroom. each room has 1 window with fly shield


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 15 garden chairs
  • 10 deck chairs


  • Self-catering


  • The house has an natural air-conditioned roof and it keeps the rooms cool in summer and warm in winter. Indoor shutters easy to close and open. 2 large fireplaces for cool spring and autumn evenings, 1 basket of wood is included for each fireplace. If you come and stay in winter you will find a warm house welcoming you. Modern central heating and very good isolation of windows. Assistance: Maid service is optional and has to be booked before arrival. Weekly change of linen & towels, toilet paper for the first days are in the house. Services upon request NOT included in the rental price: cook, maidservice, babysitter, arrival dinner, first shopping, chauffeur, airport pick-up, central heating, 1 large basquet of firewood is free. There is an extra charge on events. Painting classes, we can organize a professional teacher, most of the guests have enjoyed the landscape water color or oil painting. see more photos on facebook.com/stephanie.ortenburg Visits to the nearby natural Spa at San Casiano dei Bagni (20 min.) Bathe in warm, restorating pools,and feel the massage of water jets that generate your energy.

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