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Space, luxury & peace, 360 views, 32 acres, pool. 1 hr N Rome. Inclusive prices



Updated: 22-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Rural Villa, 4 bed, 4 reception, 5 shower, 6 WC, many terraces with 3 big tables

A 'Wow!' property, and our second home. Private, quiet, spacious villa, with own olive grove, vineyard & woodland totalling 13 Hectares (~32 acres), 1km from medieval village. Private: 12 x 6m infinity pool (with remote control child-safe cover) & underwater seat along west side, international size boule court, extensive terraces, outside wood oven. Three outside tables plus one inside dining table each with chairs for seating 8 people, with plenty of shade. There are 11 sun loungers and cushions.

The Villa is located in the River Tiber ('Tivere' in Italian) conservation area, and the river can (just!) be seen from the garden, together with, in the other direction, Umbria. The Villa is 7km from the Autostrada, and the river crossed on the way is the Tivere. Detailed photo directions are provided, and arrival & departure is very easy.

Rural villa sleeping 8 in peace & comfort. Floor area of approximately 300m2 on 2 ½ floors, together with a roof terrace. The house and gardens are not overlooked. There are 4 bedrooms (3 with double beds, one with two singles), 5 shower rooms, and 6 WC's.

On all sides, the 360o views are impressive, and overlook the valley of the River Tiber (Tivere) to the west, agricultural land and hill villages all around with a backdrop of unpopulated mountains and the Soratte mountain to the south west. Village shops are 1.2km, a 10-15 minutes undulating walk. Supermarkets are within 10-15 minutes by car.

Internet radios and iPad & Apple docking station with speakers, excellent wi-fi and a pleasant, private, spacious office with table & chairs and own WC overlooking the pool as a quiet work place (if you really must on holiday!) Phone signal for mobile phones. Internet wifi "the best experienced" according to one guest. Satellite international TV including BBC & ITV , DVD player and 100 + DVD's - mostly English language.

Rome 1 hour by train, about 8 Euro (station 5 minutes away by car) or Autostrada.

Sun (and shade available) all day. Great terraces for sundowners: three large outside tables each with eight chairs. 11 sun-loungers, 8 sun-chairs, small tables, 4 sun umbrellas, etc, etc. Local manager and wife live locally discretely supplying support if needed.

Responsive owner is delighted to interact with you with information you can share with your family and friends.

The rural Villa and its grounds is completely private and not overlooked, but close to the village. It is well back from its secondary road access, and with electric gates, so safe for children to explore its 32 acres/13 hectares. Either by train (station is 5 minutes away by car) or via autostrada central Rome is only an hour away.

Local places to visit:: In no particular order: Vescovio - ~20-25 minutes. Nice little restaurant next to a very old church with underground crypt. Farfa - religious little village. 8th Century I think. One or two restaurants outside village. ~30 minutes distant. Casperia - visible from the east garden. Hillside village with many steps and view and a few bars. ~30 minutes. Poggio Mirterto (good market – mostly clothes - third ? Friday of the month) Viterbo - Medieval small (like a film set!) - maybe ~1 hour. Etruscan restaurant recommended for excellent and cheap local food and grappa (Euro 1 per glass!). Some pleasant shopping streets too. Also antique shops. Gavignano – nothing much about it, but an interesting market on the third Sunday (or is the last Sunday?) of the month. Orvieto. Hill top town with a lot of history and catacombs. One hour north on Autostrada. Bagno Regio - AMAZING (walking uphill) access to medieval hill top village - 15 minutes from Orvieto and virtually unknown to non-locals.

Rome & the best beach: Ostia beach west of Rome - the best. The others are overdeveloped. This is pretty natural, with sand and dunes. Great ' Meditterane' beach restaurant & sun-bed and umbrella hire at Km 8.5 - excellent fish. Arrive early in summer as parking is along the road and limited. Tip the man who appears to look after you car about 3 Euro for the day (but that is the only charge, and if he is still there when you leave, he'll help you into the traffic flow.)

Rome: culture, shopping and people watching - 1 hour.

Some recommendations : Personal favourite restaurants and destinations notes are provided to clients by e mail.

Former guests have enjoyed golf: several courses nearby - details on request.

A car is recommended. Both Rome airports - about one hours drive away if the traffic is kind - have car hire companies, which do not exist locally to Stimigliano. A GPS for your car is highly recommended to navigate the country roads and/or Rome.

Collection from Stimigliano station can be arranged for arrival and departure (but note: no car hire firms or taxis locally - this is real Italy with few tourists.) Fumicino and Ciampino airports (Rome's two airports) are each about 1 hour from Villa Elefanti by car. There is a direct train line from Fumicino airport to Stimigliano (look for trains going to Orte end station - they go though central Rome, but no changes are needed. There are usually 2 an hour: check timetables at the stations. Tickets are cheap and must be validated before travel.)

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22 April, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

The pleasure of discovering this place is only comparable to the sadness of leaving it. But for how long? If Paradise existed it should look similar to this place with Adriano as St Peter, the custodian of the keys.

Marvellous Tuscania, Viterbo and Torquinnia add to the treasures of the place: the house of the olives of Stimigliano: the place where you can discover the other treasures of the Etruscans.

If the Romans could have known this place, they wouldn’t have taken the Sabinian with them, they would marry them right here, and Rome would have been born here.

Thank you.
Jul 2011
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Guestbook comments from the owner

The pleasure of discovering this place is only comparable to the sadness of leaving it. But for how long? If Paradise existed it should look similar to this place with Adriano as St Peter, the custodian of the keys.

Marvellous Tuscania, Viterbo and Torquinnia add to the treasures of the place: the house of the olives of Stimigliano: the place where you can discover the other treasures of the Etruscans.

If the Romans could have known this place, they wouldn’t have taken the Sabinian with them, they would marry them right here, and Rome would have been born here.

Thank you.
Jul 2011
  • 1 of 35

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Perfect location for peace and relaxation

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely fabulous property. Total tranquility, perfect place if you are looking to relax. Everything catered for and the owner, Adrian could not be any more helpful. Looking forward to returning.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Leslie & Michael, Thank you so much for visiting and enjoying Villa Elefanti. Interesting to hear you say that the experience has finally pushed you to decide to move from the city to the country near your home! We look forward to welcoming you again, or at our Zermatt, Switzerland apartment where summer is low season! (http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1079368). Best wishes, Adrian
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Villa Elefanti - perfect

  • 5 of 5

Even before our arrival we were impressed with the detailed information sent to us, photographs as well as written.

The villa was very clean and well maintained and provided everything necessary inside and beautiful panoramic views, a lovely pool, pizza oven and Petanque court outside.

Although Adrian the owner was not on site he was more than happy to answer queries by email or text. The managers Adriano and Maria were always on hand if needed.

I would highly recommend this property to anyone.

We particularly liked the wildlife which included birds and insects not found at home, especially (but not only) a Praying Mantis, Hoopoe and a Buzzard with a snake in its beak. These together with a fantastic electrical storm provided some fabulous photographic opportunities.

All in all it was a dream holiday for a family of 8 ranging in age from 2 to 70.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Gillian, Thank you for your comments. It was great to have a dialogue with you while you were at Villa Elefanti as your enthusiasm for everything, especially the wildlife, was catching. It was also good to know that the 'baby equipment' all functioned well. We hope to see you back again soon to refresh the experience, and perhaps before the baby is at school, enjoying the cheaper but also lovely months either side of high season - June and September are particularly to be recommended, and the pool is already warm. Best wishes, Adrian
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Charming villa in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at villa elefanti, beautifully furnished and equipped with everything you could want. The pool (a salt water pool, so much friendlier on your eye), terraces and gardens were fabulous. As stunning as the photos are they can't quite do it justice. Amazing views and you see nothing of the neighbours, it is so very tranquil.

Adrian (the owner) supplied the most comprehensive of guides to the villa, the surrounding area, including places to eat, visit and transport links, exceedingly useful. We took the train into the centre of Rome, there is plenty of free parking at the station, a train and a few stops on the metro, very easy and very reasonable.

I would heartly recommend this villa to friends or family. The rooms are comfortable and well appointed, and you are pretty spoilt for choice for places for a fabulous italian meal whether indoors or outdoors with fabulous views in all directions. The kitchen has everything you could want to find, with plenty of options for making coffee including; a pod machine, a caffetteria to the sizable mocha pot (my personal preference).

A car is pretty much a must if you intend to explore the region at all, and with the stunning winding lanes in this part of Italy a small to medium sized vehicle would be easier to handle. Although it was perfectly possible to get everywhere with a minibus, as we did.

A fabulous holiday, and certainly one we'll remember.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Chris, Thank you for your clear review. I think it is the width of the panorama, and its depth into the distance, which makes it impossible to fully capture the views in photos. It's also good to hear that the garden is appreciated - we put a lot of effort into establishing a Mediterranean climate dry garden, which can withstand 3.5 - 4.0 summer months without any significant rainfall and no watering. This October we will be planting another 130 plants of 20 dry environment adapted plant species and trying to get them established before summer 2017 challenges them. Rural northern Lazio is becoming more popular, and it's population is still not 'tourist-weary' compared with some parts of Tuscany, Umbria and Rome - only an hour away, and thankfully restaurant prices are still designed for the local population. We hope to see you again. Best wishes, Adrian
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  • 5 of 5

I feel ambivalent about writing this review. I want to share the secret of this amazing place but don't want it to become so popular that I can't go again! However, after this our fifth, sixth visit I can't hold back. We have been as a couple, as one of four couples, and this time as a party of four adults and four children, aged eleven to fourteen. Quite a combo to please all at the same time. I needn't have worried. Villa Elefanti worked its magic from the moment we drove up when the boys were out of the car, stripped naked and in the pool before we had even unlocked the front door! And so it continued.

Whatever the age, each one of us revelled in the beauty, the calm and the generosity of the villa and its furnishings. There is nothing skimped about this place, unlike many other holiday lets. It is a home from home.

What is different however is the local wining and dining. So relaxed and such good value. The jaw dropping "wow" of the eleven year old when the biggest pizza margerita of his life was laid in front of him at Da Lina's was a sight I, and probably the waitress, will never forget!

Further afield there is culture if that is what you want. Rome is a train ride away and Hadrian's Villa half an hour or so by car. For myself I want nothing more than to lie by that pool, glass in one hand, book in the other and thank my lucky stars, and Adrian!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mary-Ann, I have, personally, lost count of how many times you and Peter have stayed, but wish i had asked you also to review earlier! Thank you for your comments. It is gratifying that I, and our - Rome ballet critic and - architect Alberto Cervi, having set out to design a Villa for our own enjoyment as well to delight extended families or groups of friends, appear to have succeeded. We look forward to many further visits organised by you two. Best wishes, Adrian
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  • 5 of 5

We have taken a villa for our annual summer break for some time now and try to vary where we go. I found Villa Elefanti on the HomeAway website and it seemed perfect for our needs. The booking process was seamless with the owner Adrian being incredibly helpful and informative. We duly booked for two weeks….

On our arrival we were immediately taken by the spectacular location of this villa - it is very private and secluded and has breathtaking views from all sides of the property. The view over the infinity pool is particularly special - something you never tired of. The large pool is one of the best we have experienced with easy access and a very convenient ledge running along one side - perfect for sunbathing and reading! The villa itself is amazing in every respect. The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable with excellent bathrooms (a treat to have such excellent showers). We loved the well-equipped kitchen with a large table on the terrace right outside where we had most of our meals. In fact you can eat in various locations so you can vary this accordingly.

It was hot whilst we were there so we didn't really use any of the indoor sitting rooms but they were spacious and well furnished and I can see them being a real bonus in the Spring/Autumn. The wifi was excellent and enabled us to stream the test matches from the UK; our daughters were able to use their IPads and kindles to download and watch programmes in the evenings.

The area is perfect for exploring. Being so close to Rome, the transfer was very straight-forward and took no more than an hour each time. Adrian's instructions/directions are first class so, even though the villa is in a remote location, there was no danger in getting lost. The girls had a great day out in the capital (very convenient and cheap train service form the village station) and we ventured further afield to visit the Villas Adriano & Deste and the incredible Bagnoregio which is a must visit. We ate out twice at the De Lina restaurant as recommended and they served the most wonderful pizzas with house wine at an incredible 4 Euros! We struggled to get the bill to over 12 euros a head!

All in all, we had a holiday of a lifetime and felt very spoilt to be based at Villa Elefanti - it is truly a magical place and I recommend it wholeheartedly and unreservedly. The owner and his handyman Adriano couldn't have been more helpful and were always available to us. We will certainly return one day.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mark, Our enjoyment of Villa Elefanti and its location align very much with your family's. It is easy to enjoy 'real Italy' around Stimigliano, and the local Italian's are not 'tourist weary' and show it! And travelling to Rome quickly demonstrates the differences in prices of a major (and wonderful!) tourist destination from an Italy priced for Italians. Fortunately, its easy and cheap to return to the tranquility of Villa Elefanti. Thank you for your review, which will help others decide between the huge number of opportunitis available to them, and we look forward to welcoming you and your friends back again. Best wishes, Adrian
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Luxurious tranquility with real character!

  • 5 of 5

' What a fabulous holiday we have had in Villa Elefanti.It feels like home, but with more than a touch of luxury.The renovation of this charming farmhouse , capacious bathrooms and bedrooms and different terraces to access the sun ,shade and views is very thoughtful. My memories are of the warm scented roses that surround the west terrace, watching the sun go down with a bottle of wine from the local supermarket and the great fun we all had cooking homemade pizza in the outside pizza oven. Real' man-stuff' lighting the oven-why are all men pyromaniacs?!

Adrian-the owner- is better than any tour rep. He will provide information about restaurants and places to visit in this beautiful part of Italy. So convenient for Rome on the train from the village station to visit The Colosseum ,Vatican or just have a roam around and lunch on the pavement seating at Cul De Sac - really good food and wine.

The seaside is not far away, but actually I love the peace and tranquility of mooching about beside the pool just lapping up Italy.

I can't wait to return with our ever growing family. I see there are high chairs at the ready!

Fabulous !!! '

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Karen, Thanks for your comments. We agree: it is very easy to enjoy time at Villa Elefanti, whether it's the tranquility and privacy of the house and its surroundings, the very real Italy in Stimigliano and nearby villages and towns, or historical, and fashionable Rome. We are always finding new treasures and will have more to inform you of when you return. We already have two sets of baby equipment: let me know if you need more! We look forward to your next visit. Adrian
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Ciampino (54km) or Fumicino 84 km (both are Rome) at 70 Kilometres Nearest Train : Stimigliano (on the line with Orte as end station) at 3 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Autoroute Del Sole at 7 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Da Lina (details for local restaurants available) at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Ostia - west of rome - written details available at 90 Kilometres Car: recommended

Lazio is the province of Rome. Although more accessible, less touristy and therefore cheaper than Tuscany to the north, the Lazio agricultural landscape has many similarities and hilltop villages and history. A car is recommended. Rome, culture, shopping and enjoyment in many forms - 1 hour by car or train. A great beach at Ostia. Numerous small villages steeped in history are with 15 - 30 minutes by car. In no particular order: Vescovio- good restaurant next to a very old church with underground crypt. Farfa - 8th Century religious village. Casperia - visible from the east garden, hilltop village with a few bars. Poggio Miterto (good market – mostly clothes - third Friday of the month). Orvieto, hill top town with a lot of history and catacombes. Bagno Regio (75 mins) - AMAZING (walking uphill) access to medieval hill top village - 15 minutes from Orvieto and virtually unknown to non-locals. There is a golf course about 15 minutes away at a hotel. Written info sent to clients

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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22 Apr 2017 - 5 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
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6 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
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27 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
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15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
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2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
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14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
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28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The prices quoted are all inclusive. 25% or rent as a non-refundable first payment, and a signed contract by e mail, to confirm the reservation, then 75% of the rent 45 days before the first day of rental. No security deposit, No final cleaning and No laundry charge. Speak to me if you prefer to pay in Euro, as I can manage that. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Updated: 22-Apr-2017


Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Luxury


  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Room


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool


  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 300 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, + wash basin
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, + wash basin
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, + wash basin
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, + wash basin
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, + wash basin
  • Bathroom 6 - Toilet, + wash basin
  • One of the shower rooms is a wet room shower (separate from the bedrooms), with WC & washbasin. All the remaining showers are similar in design to the one shown in the photo with mosaic tiles walls, massive travertine stone (200Kg each!) shower trays, and modern 'water-fall' type showers with a diverter to a hand-shower. There is at least one WC / washbasin on each of the three floors of the property.There are 4 hair dryers at Villa Elefanti.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • One of the double bed bedrooms is next to the large shower-room (with wash basin & wc & bidet) shown in the photo. The twin bedded room has an en-suite shower room with WC & washbasin Both other double bedded rooms have en-suite shower room with wc & washbasin & bidet The twin bedded bedroom and one of the double bedded rooms are off the same corridor beyond double doors, and so create a family unit if needed. 3 of the bedrooms face west, with shutters. The bedroom from the roof terrace faces east, has an oval window, and no shutters.. 2 Cot(s) + bottom sheets + 2 baby alarms + 2 changing mats + 2 pottys + 1 high chair available free on request. (I also have a friend with a gorgeous house for rent (sleeps 4 in two bedrooms) & garden also with views and a private pool, 1.5 km away. Contact me about it if needed.)


  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 7 deck chairs


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • There are extensive terraces on west, north and east of property, as well as a roof terrace. Shade is available all day. The north terrace (see photo) has a modern wood fired oven (with light and fan). There are plenty of places to enjoy sundowners! There is extensive parking, and the external gates to the property can be locked. Guest have access to the full 13 hectares (~32 acres) of the property, which is about 100m off a minor road. hairdryer in each bedroom. hammock + rucksack available. Woodburning stove in one living room TV/DVD room with open fire & ~50 DVDs 5 wifi internet radios Written and illustrated joining instructions will be provided to clients, as will some suggestions concerning favourite local restaurants and places to visit. Guide books and cookery books will be found in the kitchen, and some novels + CD's + DVDs + VHS tapes in the winter-studio. 2 of cots, cot sheets, changing mats, wireless baby alarms, pottys + 1 high chair available on request

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