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Stunning Umbrian Villa w/16m Lap Pool Set In Beautiful Garden & Olive Groves



Updated: 14-Sep-2016
Villa near Lugnano, Citta Di Castello, Umbria Italy - Peaceful Location On The Tuscan/Umbrian Border Between Cortona And Montone

La Villa Solferino is situated in an excellent location being very close to the Tuscan Umbrian boarder and in easy reach of all the most important historic and artistic centres including Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio and Spoleto in Umbria, and over in Tuscany the towns of Arezzo, Siena, and the city of Florence. The Villa has been beautifully restored with many of its original features such as the fireplaces, exposed beams and marble worktops in the kitchen. The house is a mix of the state of the art with modern bathrooms, stainless steel and marble kitchen, and beautiful Italian furniture. The pool is finished in travertine stone with easy access steps in the shallow end giving it the feel of a wonderful Roman bath. There is WIFI internet access, a DVD player and television. There are a host of local restaurants all serving an excellent selection of the most delicious Umbrian cuisine, the nearest being in the local village of Lugnano.

  • Sleeps 11
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Simon moved to Italy 26 years ago and as a fluent Italian speaker is a great source of local information and ideas of where to go to get the most from your holiday. However, Villa Solferino is so secluded and tranquil, the longer you stay the less you want to leave, even to go to the shops in the valley below.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

The villa is absolutely fantastic. We were a family group of four couples, and

there was plenty of space for everyone.

Mornings were spent drinking coffee and looking out at the view. The kitchen

was very well equipped for cooking for a large group, and eating out on the

veranda with a fire in the outdoor fireplace was a highlight.
Oct 2015
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


Wonderful house in an amazing location.

  • 5 of 5

We met Simon socially whilst on holiday in Italy last year and he took us to see Villa Solferino while we were there. We feel in love with it immediately and started to plan a visit straight away. As we work in tourism ourselves we can only manage an autumn holiday so the pool and alfesco eating weren't part of our routine. With a wood burning stove and open fires we made ourselves very cosy and watching the sun come up with the valleys shrouded in cloud whilst the hill tops stuck up like floating islands in bright sunshine; we were in heaven.

Simon could not have been more helpful enabling us get the best out of our time there. He met us at the house, drove us to a supermarket so we knew where to shop and during the fortnight of our stay, took us to some wonderful places we would not have found without him. We met some of his friends and Simon made the whole holiday far more interesting than being strangers in a foreign land. We loved every moment and the house and its hill top vista entranced us in every weather and light. The more you stay the less you want to leave and I was wrenched away yesterday wishing I could spend the whole winter there looking at the view above the clouds in full sun. As an artist the house and garden has everything I could hope for and we will certainly go back next year for a special birthday.

Thank you Simon.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Booking on the web from the other side of the world brings it's concerns but I did on behalf of my group of friends.

It took a wee while to find but we did and discovered the wonderful Villa Solferino. It was better than the photos. Lovely rooms, heaps of chill out spaces, beautiful trees and fruit, the pool and a chefs kitchen.

Simon was a great host, very helpful with local info and all our group enjoyed talking to him. It was a most enjoyable holiday, a favourite!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Villa Solferino sits near the top of a hill overlooking an amazing panoramic view of hills and valleys as far as the eye can see. Set in its own olive grove with rows of vines in between, the house sits in an elevated position with terrace and garden giving ample room for enjoying an outdoor life in complete seclusion. There are footpaths into the surrounding woodland where chestnuts and porcini grow, so perfect for foraging the occasional wild meal. The pool is exquisite, understated and discreet but offering the perfect place to chill out and relax in the hotter summer months.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Perugia at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Petrelle at 2 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Livorno at 140 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Citta Di Castello at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Arezzo at 35 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : E45 at 7 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Lugnano at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Parco dele Uccellina at 120 Kilometres Car: necessary


Airports - Perugia 30 mins, Pisa 2.hrs, Bologna 1.45 mins, Rome 2.30 mins.

Florence 1.30mins.

Lugnano 5 mins, Assisi 45 min, Sansepolcro 30 min, Citta di Castello 20 min, Perugia 40 min, Monterchi 30 min, Cortona 30 min, Arezzo 50 min, Florence 75 min, Montone 15 min, Siena 75 min, Trestina 10 min, Castiglion Fiorentino 30 min.

Further Details:

From the spring right up until the late autumn there are a number of gastronomic events including the truffle fair, a chocolate fiesta, and various wine and olive oil tastings. The region is also famous for its many cultural events including Perugia Jazz, the Umbrian film festival and numerous music concerts. The fashion giant Prada has its factory outlet near Arezzo. There is also a thermal spring centre in Citta di Castello where you can experience the hot waters and have mud treatments.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
24 Sep 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
To proceed with a booking we will require a 25% holding deposit with the full amount payable 45 days prior to date of arrival.

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day is Friday or Saturday.

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From the Owner

In the depths of the countryside and offering all the peace and beauty that a rural location can offer, Villa Solferino is also very well placed to explore more of Umbria and Tuscany. You do need a car but once there, you get so mesmerised by the view the inclination to leave becomes less and less. Reading, cooking, swimming in the lovely pool or enjoying chilled out time with friends and family, this is the perfect location to get the best of both worlds, timeless but none the less modern.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • 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
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • golf pass optional
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 350 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with bath and shower, wc and bidet. Bathroom 2 with wet shower area, wc and bidet. Bathroom 3 with wet shower area, wc and bidet.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and balcony. Bedroom 2 with double bed and balcony. Bedroom 3 with double bed. Bedroom 4 with twin beds. Bedroom 5 with twin beds.


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: We can organise a local chef for an evening who will cook and serve a fantastic Umbrian meal. Please note that the pool is not fenced and children must be supervised. Outside: The grounds are extensive with a beautiful dry stone wall garden.There is a large terrace beyond the Portico with a barbecue. The 16m (50ft) pool sits to the side of the villa amongst the olive trees. Sun loungers and deck chairs are provided. Utility Room: Washing machine, iron, ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All the linen and towels are provided, including pool towels. The villa is cleaned and bedlinen changed on a weekly basis. Other: The portico is a large arched dinning area leading from the kitchen. The table seats 12 people. Open fireplace. Surrounding the portico there is a terrace with barbecue.

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