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5* Luxury Boutique Villa: Beautiful Scenery, Private Pool, Wifi & All Mod Cons.

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

La Buia Villa in Umbria near Lippiano - Tuscany/Umbria border. Tranquil with Unspoiled Views, a true gem hidden away in Umbria's back pock e

La Buia is a beautiful restored hillside tobacco tower villa, situated in virtually unspoiled Umbrian countryside off the Tiber valley between Monte Santa Maria Tiberina, Lippiano and Monterchi.

The villa with tower has been lovingly restored 5 years ago. The stone built barn with tower attached and new wing is a stunning piece of restoration work. Views across the most beautiful small valley in Umbria are ravishing. A door leads off a gallery above the sitting room over a little bridge to the swimming pool. A pretty landscaped terrace begins just outside the dinning room/kitchen door where table and chairs are for eating al fresco under a heather clad gazebo.

The house is decorated with flair using Italian furnishings, preserving the character of the old building with beautiful beamed ceilings, terracotta tiles creating an extremely attractive and well equipped family house.

A bedroom is a sanctuary and so always a priority on ones list when you travel. The master bedroom is a restful green with 3 picture windows drawing the eye out to amazing scenery. State of the art chandelier and marble topped side tables adorn the room with airy muslin blowing gently across the tall windows giving a relaxing feel at first glance.

Up through double doors is the top bedroom hidden away in a private world. We call this room 'The Rossini room'. It is painted a tuscan red/orange with a traditional white margin. The bathroom is small but intimate. There is a small balcony with stairs going down to the private entrance door of this charming 'studio' bedroom. On the ground floor is the Puccini bedroom, in charcoal, pink beige & cream. Elegant and Italian.

The large galleried sitting room is original and wonderful to be in, with doors leading out to the pool. A slick Italian kitchen with dinning room and garden beyond is very much an integral part of this exciting house, full of warm light with an island hob and breakfast bar with stools.

Directly outside the kitchen is a very attractive small terrace with garden armchairs, sofa and coffee table. A sun umbrella gives shade. Handy for dashing into the kitchen to check your cooking.

More Details

Richard Shelbourne
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
5 May, 2017

About Richard Shelbourne

Richard is an outstanding landscape architect and Lucie is an artist. Surrounded by Richard's gardens,the Villa has several of her oil paintings hanging on the walls often depicting scenes from the Italian landscape, interiors, portraits.

Guests staying in the newly restored villa are treated like royalty. Everything is done to try and make their holiday a huge success. The comments book in the villa is a great read with wonderful messages left from appreciative holiday makers. Lucie and her husband Richard will sometimes invite their staying guests in the Tobacco Barn to dinner on their beautiful shady terrace. This is a night to relish with great food and drink plus diverse conversation.

The boutique villa is considered to be five star.

Richard Shelbourne purchased this villa in 1988

Why Richard Shelbourne chose Citta di Castello area

Buying a house in Umbria was the nearest thing to stepping back to the countryside of my childhood. The spring and summer months are very beautiful with the fire flies appearing in early June. The rest of the year brings its own specialness

Everything is easily accessible from where the house is situated and at the same time there is an element of seclusion.A perfect combination. The luxury of the unspoilt countryside all around and the birds in the canopy of the woods near by, singing their hearts out make the experience unforgettable. Everyone comments on the beautiful area round the swimming pool where grape vines loaded with fruit and flowers spill from terracotta pots at the edge of the sparkling water. The moment you arrive you can start the relaxation process; a dip in the pool with a glass of chilled prosecco before a sumptuous dinner overlooking the valley with the distant lights of Monte Santa Maria twinkling in the sky above and the sounds of un-spoilt Umbria around you.

What makes this villa unique

Guests benefit from the element of luxury which make this villa stand out above all others which often have inexpensive furniture in them and non matching knives and forks. Horrors! Knowing that high profile guests have stayed before you and relishing the thick fluffy towels,expensive soaps,tasteful decor,art work and hand made top quality mattresses, all help make visitors feel good. There are travertine work surfaces in the kitchen and a champagne bucket for celebrations. Fabrics sourced in Florence and Arezzo, keeping the atmosphere of the villa Italian throughout. Herbs grow in the garden for use in cooking delicious food in the slick Italian country kitchen. Sometimes zucchini are also ripe and ready to gather.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"on seeing this villa, i now want to rent out my italian holiday home to others and come and stay here instead! " jeremy.

"i am an interior designer and this house has been decorated very sensitively and beautifully with a mix of contemporary Italian plus the odd antique. " Lorna - Ireland.

This has been the most relaxing and harmonious holiday. Flowing living space, just lovely! - Lavinia - London
Jun 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Monte Santa Maria Tiberina in Umbria

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • 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 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1) shower, basin, loo Bathroom 2) shower, basin, loo, bidet Bathroom 3) shower, basin, loo, bidet seperate Loo/utility downstairs
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 Bedrooms) 2 doubles, 1 twin. + views Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1); 2 single beds put together to make a double. 170 x 200cm. Standing fans in each bedroom. Bedroom 2) large double bed King:- 170 x 200cm plus sofa bed in adjoining part with old screen. Bedroom 3) Double bed Queen:- 160 x 200 cm. 2 fold up beds for children and young people (found on mistrals gallery.)
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Heating is an extra cost. Contact owner for details. Wood supplied for wood burning stoves at extra cost. Outside: 3 patios, barbecue, large round garden table with 6 chairs under Gazebo, outdoor Italian quality woven armchairs and sofa.Swimming pool 11 x 7 metres. 6 Pool loungers. Grapevine. Extensive mature gardens with woodland walk and grotto, bocce pitch (like boules). Lots of flowers and herbs. Utility Room: Old fashioned sink, washing machine, ironing equipment, loo Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, pool towels and linen included. Cleaning provided on request at extra cost. Other: Large minstrels gallery has sofa and 3 arm chairs, small coffee tables. Two put me up beds hidden at end.




Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Spring
7 May 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early Summer
4 Jun 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Autumn
3 Sep 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
10 Sep 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
26 Nov 2017 - 23 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day: Usually Saturday in summer months.

Notes on prices: Prices may differ slightly to those quoted as the villa is available all year round.From beginning of June to beginning of July £2,450 a week.

Winter Lets: For Winter let please contact me.

Deposit of 25% on booking. Balance paid 8 weeks before holiday begins.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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