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Villa With Private Pool And Woodland Views

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Traditionally built 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa near Gagliettole, Collazone, Umbria, Italy with Woodland views

Villa Carolina is an independent cottage or villetta built in 2002 near the village of Gaglietolle in Umbria. The villa is situated on a gently sloping hillside with views of the surrounding woodland and valley below. It is built in a traditional style with terracotta floors and beamed ceilings but has all the modern facilities required.

As you enter the house there is a boot room/utility room which houses the washing machine and leads on to the living room.

The comfortable living room has two sofas and a dining table which seats up to 6 people. There is a TV with Sky TV and a DVD player along with a number of DVDs for your entertainment. A CD player and a selection of DVDs complete the in house entertainment,

There are 2 bedrooms, one with king size bed and an en-suite wet room and the other with two single beds that can be made up as a double. This room also has an additional single bed which is available for a small additional fee.

The good sized family bathroom is between the bedrooms. This was completely refitted in early 2017 with modern white and chrome sanitary ware. The room retains the charm of the beams and terracotta ceilings and is tiled and painted in soft shades of grey. The large (160cm by 90cm) shower has a choice of shower heads and is large enough to accommodate a stool for the safety of the very young and guests mobility issues. There is a sink with vanity unit, providing storage for your toiletries, along with a toilet and bidet.

There is a fully equipped, modern kitchen adjacent to the living room was created over the winter of 2016/2017 by enclosing the original entrance portico. It is fitted with modern gloss white units and stainless steel appliances. This room has two large windows flooding it with light and with views to the woodlands to the south and, from the sink you also have views to the west over the valley below.

There are double French windows leading from the living room onto the covered south facing terrace which overlooks the pool and the views of the fields and woodlands behind the house. The terrace is furnished with a large ceramic table, seating 6 and an outdoor sofa and chairs, providing a lovely outdoor room.

The villa has a nice, secluded garden on three levels, including plum, cherry, fig, apricot and apple trees and a vegetable patch, which provide fresh fruit and vegetables in season.

The virtually chlorine free private 5 x 10m infinity pool and covered terrace offer a cool respite from the hot summer days.

The villa is close to the border with Tuscany making a number of the major cultural centres of both Umbria and Tuscany such as Assisi, Perugia, Todi, Spoleto, Sienna, Cortona and many more easily accessible.

Festivals are held in the area throughout the year, and Spoleto's Festival Dei Due Mondi in June & Perugia's Umbria Jazz in early July both provide a special experience.

We now live on site with our family of rescue cats. As we are on site, we are available to assist you in enjoying your holiday and can help you with restaurant bookings, advise you on local festivals and events and even book train tickets or concert tickets for you. We can also arrange extras such as winery visits and on site beauty therapy treatments. Meals and fresh bread can also be provided on request.

More Details

Carol and Mel Lewis
Member since: 2006
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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Carol and Mel Lewis

We are both from the North of England, Carol from Whitley Bay, near Newcastle and Mel from Manchester. We met while working in the North West as computer programmers for the UK government.

Carol went on to train as a Project Manager and spent the latter part of her career managing large projects and programmes and providing Service Management consultancy for a UK telecoms company.

We fell in love with Italy over 30 years ago and spent as much leisure time as possible here over the years.

We were married in Volterra, Tuscany in 1993 with family and friends in attendance. The family has grown a little since then and we are now the proud grandparents of 5 grandchildren.

In 2004 we decided to take the plunge and buy our own home in Italy. After searching estate agent web sites and viewing many houses that summer, we fell in love with Villa Carolina. 6 months later we finally closed the deal on our new Italian home. Since then we have built up a number of friends in Italy, both ex pat and local Italians. We have been letting Villa Carolina to guests for the past 10 years and enjoy helping our guests to have a wonderful holiday.

In 2009 Carol took early retirement and we created additional private accommodation in Villa Carolina for our own use and now live on site. Carol came to Italy first and in April 2010 and our two elderly cats joined her in late May. They flew BA rather that Ryanair! Mel had to continue to work in the UK for a further 3 years but was able to move to Umbria 3 years later and now teaches English for a local language school.

Our older cats are no longer with us but, over the years, we have been adopted by a number of abandoned and rescue cats, some of which just moved in. Our neighbours dog, Bart also visits, especially at barbecue time and is a hit with many of our young guests.

Carol provides the day to day management of the holiday accommodation and looks after the Orto (vegetable plot). Mel looks after the DIY jobs and the main garden work.

Carol and Mel Lewis purchased this villa in 2005

Why Carol and Mel Lewis chose Collazzone

We looked at many properties, over a wide area, from the romantic ruin to newer properties. We knew we wanted a property with enough room to build a pool. Early in our search we decided that the romantic ruin was not for us and found exactly what we were looking for in Villa Carolina. Although it is a modern house, it has all the features of older properties, with chestnut beams and terracotta ceilings. We also had plenty of room to build our dream infinity pool and that was one of the first projects we undertook. Later, we bought additional land and created an Orto (vegetable plot) and Carol enjoys growing her own organic produce. There is nothing better tasting than tomatoes still warm from the sun and creating dishes from our own vegetables is extremely satisfying.

We loved Tuscany but as soon as we came to Umbria we realised that it offers so much more. Umbria is beautiful with many hilltop medieval towns and villages, all with something to visit and spectacular scenery. The slower pace of life in the green heart of Italy suits us well. The food here is more rustic Than many other areas of Italy and very seasonal, using locally produced fruit and vegetables, olive oil and wonderful pork products such as hams and salamis. Locally produced wines range from basic table wines to the wonderful Montefalco Sagrantino that fully complements the rustic meat dishes. We even have a winery selling wine by the litre just down the road and our neighbours own a winery in Montefalco.

The local people are friendly and all of our guests have mentioned how welcoming they are.

Our home is only a short drive from the E45 Superstrada, making access easy from a number of airports and making Villa Carolina an excellent base for exploring Umbria and southern Tuscany. Villa Carolina is situated in a small hamlet with only a few houses nearby. Once at Villa Carolina you can switch off from the world in a truly unique and peaceful setting

What makes this villa unique

Our property has all the conveniences of home with the added luxury of a spectacular infinity pool. We are constantly working to improve our client's experience and welcome comments on improvements, although the suggestion of an escalator from the pool to the kitchen is a little beyond our reach and budget! However, we have installed steps from the terrace direct to the pool so that guests have the option of taking the steps or the walk down the driveway. Now that we are living on site we can offer guests some extras that they may not find elsewhere such as advance shopping for all your immediate requirements, home cooked meals on arrival or during your stay and even Carol's home baked bread. Just tell us what you would like and we will do our best to provide it.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Thank you both for letting us enjoy a slice of your Umbrian heaven. We had all the ingredients for a fantastic holiday - great villa and essential pool, historic sights to see, good local food and wine, perfect weather.' - The Parker Family, Newbury, July 2007.

'We had a wonderful time in your beautiful 'viletta'. The swimming pool is fantastic and the house is well equipped with everything you could need. Thank you for all the effort you've put in to make such a lovely place for guests to enjoy. We're sad to leave!' - Ed and Eilleen Naughton, Fife, Scotland, July 2007.
Nov 2006
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Collazzone in Province of Perugia

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • See rental agreement for cancellation policy
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This room is a wet room with toilet, sink and shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • En suite wet room to bedroom 1 consisting of WC, shower and sink. Family bathroom with large double shower, wc, bidet and sink.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , A baby's cot is available
    Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed , Two single beds and one full size day bed.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with King size double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds but can be made up as a double. An additional single bed is available in bedroom 2 if required for an extra fee of £10 per night.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Fans are available in the bedrooms and living rooms Outside: Outside the villa there is ample parking for several cars. Surrounding the villa there is a mature garden with outside lighting. The 5x10m infinity swimming pool is open from early May until Late September and is for the exclusive use of Villa Carolina residents. The pool area is furnished with a further ceramic table with 6 ironwork chairs, a seating area with a sofa and two chairs and 4 comfortable sunloungers together with 4 large sunshades and a covered swing. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linens and towels (including swimming) are included. The property is cleaned weekly on Saturday. Additional cleaning can be arranged on request. Other: Through the French windows there is a covered terrace overlooking the pool and woodlands behind the house. Furnished with a locally made ceramic table with six ironwork chairs and a comfortable outdoor sofa and armchairs making it a relaxing outdoor room.


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Villa With Private Pool And Woodland Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews

A very well-equipped, comfortably furnished villa in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Villa Carolina was perfect, the Villa was easy to find, in a great central location for sightseeing and positioned in a quiet spot with a beautiful outlook, but still within 10 mins of restaurants and shops. The villa was spotless, very comfortable, with all mod cons and lots of lovely thoughtful extras like bathrobes, toiletries, coffee pods and a very generous home-made welcome hamper. The 5* infinity pool was the highlight with lots of high quality, comfortable furniture for lounging and eating by the pool, with lilos and pool towels all provided and was especially lovely when lit up in the evening and a perfect vantage point for taking in the beautiful sunsets. The on-site owners were super kind and helpful and full of local knowledge and tips to make our stay even better. Thank you Carol & Mel, for a lovely week.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay here. As you found, getting around is easy and there is so much to see and do. We do hope to see you all again soon.
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Villa with the Wow Factor

  • 5 of 5

Villa Carolina really does have the wow factor. From the moment we arrived we were greeted with a warm welcome from Carol & Mel, a drink on the terrace before the guided tour. The villa is superbly equipped and beautifully presented. Carol really has thought of everything from the Welcome basket with her homemade bread & jams to the ear plugs next to the bed (not that you would need them as its so peaceful).

The upper terrace is the place to just sit, relax and breath in the stunning Umbrian view. The pool was a great hit with our boys with lots of floats & pool toys provided for their use. You can follow the sun round all day relaxing on the loungers.

Carol can provide a meal if you wish - which she did twice!!!

Umbria itself is just beautiful and the villa is ideally situated to visit many places without driving too far.

We would definitely have no hesitation in re-visiting Villa Carolina.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday at Villa Carolina, despite the Europe wide heat wave this year. As you discovered, when you can tear children away from the pool, the nearby Umbrian towns and villages are spectacular. And after a day spent sightseeing a swim as the sun goes down and after dark is a great way to cool down so we were pleased to see your boys taking advantage. We hope to see you all again before we retire. Mel and Carol.
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A delightful villa in a beautiful location equipped with everything you could want

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic 2 weeks in Collazzone in this lovely villa. The accommodation is situated in beautiful grounds with a fantastic pool. It is located just a short drive away from shops and restaurants. Carol and Mel couldn't have been more helpful with tips and advice. We would highly recommend a visit

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I am glad that you enjoyed your holiday despite the heat wave. At least you made good use of the pool! We are also happy that we were able to help with advice on where to go and what to see in this lovely area. We do hope to see you again before we retire. Carol and Mel
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Beautiful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This was our first introduction to Italy and we were taken back by the beautiful countryside of Villa Carolina. Villa Carolina was very much a home from home experience. The property was extremely clean and really well maintained and there was nothing missing. The very friendly Carol and Mel were on hand to give us advice on where to visit which was really helpful.

We also pre-arranged a couple of meals which Carol prepared and they were extremely delicious. Carol's homemade bread was a big hit with our girls.

We would recommend this property to our friends and family as there was nothing we could fault at all and we will hopefully return on another visit soon.

The Moulton Family

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay. We enjoyed having you here and would be happy to welcome you back in the future. The Umbrian countryside is really beautiful and, as you discovered, it is easy to get around and see some of the spectacular hillside towns and villages. We do hope to see you here again, just remember we will be retiring after the 2020 season so make sure your visit is before then. Regards Carol and Mel
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Perfect, secluded retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay for two weeks. Carol and Mel are lovely hosts who can't do enough for you to make your stay as good as it can be but they also give you the space to enjoy your holiday. It is the little things that make the difference and everything is set up to make this a great place to stay. Plenty to do in the surrounding area - waterfall and white-water rafting at Mamore were particularly good along with Spoleto, Orvieto and Assisi of the hill towns. The view from the pool is spectacular as well. All in all a great place to stay...

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and were able to take full advantage of the local area. As you discovered getting around is easy given our proximity to the E45. We hope to see you here again in the not too distant future. Mel and Carol
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A great relaxing break

  • 5 of 5

A super place to say. Great location for exploring towns and villages. Every comfort has been thought about in the accommodation.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your long awaited holiday. We do hope to see you again one day. Carol and Mel
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Car: necessary


Lago Trasemeno - Umbria's largest lake, is less than 40 minutes drive away and offers a range of water sports.


The nearest Airport is Perugia which is less than 30 minutes away with flights from London Stansted via Ryanair. Other airports are Rome (Fumicino and Ciampino) and Ancona - all are less than 2 hours away. Pisa airport is approximately 3 hours drive. A number of carriers offer flights to these airports from local airports around the UK. A car is essential to explore the wonderful medieval hill top towns of this part of Umbria.


The capital of Umbria, Perugia, is 30 minutes away and the delightful towns of Assisi, Todi, Spoleto, Montefalco, Trevi, Cortona all within an hour's drive. Sienna, Florence, Urbino and Rome are within 2 hours.

Further Details:

A welcome pack of wine, water, milk, eggs and home made bread is provided and the kitchen is supplied with basics such as tea, coffee, sugar etc. We also provide a regularly updated pack giving more information about the villa and surrounding area. The nearest local shops are only 5 minutes drive away and include a well stocked supermarket. The nearby village of Collepepe offers a full range of shops, including an excellent Macelleria (butcher).

There are 3 local restaurants within 5 minutes drive and many other restaurants within the local area. You will find a number of banks in the local towns and the machines take UK bank cards with a selection of languages.

Information about local places of interest can be found in our welcome pack and in the information pack that we send out to our clients.

We live in our own private accomodation with a separate entrance in the basement of Villa Carolina and and are available to welcome guests and provide assistance where required. We can also offer additional facilities such as home cooked meals and advance shopping if required.

We can also offer a range of beauty treatments to our guests in the comfort of the villa. In addition winery tours and tastings and a tour of a traditional olive oil mill can be arranged - please contact us for more information.

For those with an interest in history, culture and music, there is a wealth of things to do and see throughout the region. Of special note is the Spoleto Festival in late June and Umbria Jazz in July. Perugia's Umbria Jazz attracts a host of big names not all of them traditional Jazz artists. As well as some great traditional jazz concerts and street parades, there are excellent outdoor concerts in the main arena. In past years headline acts have included; Elton John, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Prince and Sting.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Collazzone, Umbria

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
High Season
26 May 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
1 Sep 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
6 Oct 2018 - 3 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Changeover Day:
Saturday to Saturday. Alternative change over dates may be negotiated off season, please contact the owners. Check out time 10am. Check in time after 4pm.

Notes on prices:
Prices for the property are in UK Pounds. Prices for medium and high season are for a minimum of 7 nights. Discounts are available for multiple weeks. Minimum stay in low season is 3 nights.
Additional charges will be applied for heating and/or wood for the fire where required. Normally low season only. These will be applied in the local currency (euro).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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