The famous architect G. Valadier, who at the end of the 1700s designed the splendid square ‘Piazza del Popolo” in Rome, also designed this marvellous villa. One of his early works, the property appears in all its beauty at the end of a long tree-lined road. At 10kms from the town of Spoleto, Villa Valadier is a house in a grand scale bathed in warm, gentle colours with a rich noble history. The villa is at the summit of a hill that dominates the landscape and has 360° views that span all the way from Assisi to Spoleto. Surrounded by olive groves overlooking the Spoleto valley and the rolling green Umbrian countryside (Assisi, Montefalco, Spello, Trevi and Spoleto can all be seen in the distance), the villa is the heart of a spacious architectural complex which counts amongst its various buildings a chapel with columns. A large park also belongs to the property and the sundrenched pool is in the midst of olive groves and has beautiful views of Spoleto.
The splendid eighteenth century style of the property is reflected in the garden with its two stylish symmetrical canopies in wrought iron situated in front of the facade of the villa. The property is surrounded by 15 hectares of olive groves.
The villa has an independent entrance, a front garden and a private internal courtyard which is furnished for eating outdoors. On the north side of the villa, connected by an original private tunnel, the guest house increases the space and the charm of the villa. It is a building with three floors and is located on the slopes of the hill. At the back and adjacent to the villa there is another, smaller apartment which is the occasional residence of the owners when the villa is not occupied. The pool - about 70 metres from the main building and beyond the back walls of the private, neo-classical villa chapel on the south side of the hill - is surrounded by olive trees and enjoys panoramic views of the countryside. All of this creates the sense of charm and unique style of this gorgeous property. Inside the villa, some of the rooms still maintain the original gouache frescoes with scenes of hunting and pastoral life. All the bedrooms have picture-book views of the landscape from the windows and are furnished in early twentieth century style. Particularly original is the layout of some bathrooms, newly renovated, painted with lively pastel colours. It is possible to organize cooking lessons and art workshops, winery tours, olive oil, wine and truffles tasting.
large entrance with gouache frescoes with access to the front park, living room with billiard table with access to the front park, dining room with sitting area and bar with direct access to the courtyard. Entrance hall with direct access to the guest house. Large dining room with table for 22 people and with fireplace, large well equipped kitchen with central working bench, laundry room, guest bathroom, 1 guest bathroom for disabled persons.
small room with library equipped with computer and internet
first floor Piano nobile
fully painted entrance hall with access to the terrace, 1 master double bedroom with 3 windows and a wonderful view of the Spoleto Valley, king size bed (extra single bed on request ) and en suite bathroom with bathtub and shower heating; 2 single bedrooms with balcony, super size single beds and en suit bathroom with shower; 1 twin bedroom (convertible into double), king size beds and en suite bathroom with bathtub; 1 double room with a king size bed and en suit bathroom with window and shower; 1 double bedroom with king size bed and extra single bed on request, en suit bathroom with window and shower; 1 double bedroom (lodge bedroom) with balcony and open glass window, queen size bed and an additional queen size oriental lounge bed (sleeps 2 to 4 people), en suit bathroom with shower, 1 double bedroom with queen size bed, private bathroom with bathtub (no AC); 2 double bedrooms king size bed with an outside bathroom to share with window and shower (no AC in these bedrooms).
large living dining room with fireplace, kitchen, veranda, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower. 1 double bedroom with en suite shower with double entrance (one from inside the guest house, the other one from outside) wheelchair accessible and equipped for disabled people
down middle floor
1 double bedroom with bathroom with shower, large room connected to the backyard of the main villa throughout a private tunnel and stairs
a large open room as living or studio space connected with the inside of the villa through the private tunnel. With independent entrance to the backyard on the country side. On the outside backyard a small building with an equipped workshop laboratory
Furnished courtyard area with a table for 20 people and garden sofas, 1 bathroom with shower near the swimming pool
restaurants and foodshops 3km/2miles, bank 5km/3miles, post office 5km/3miles, supermarket 5km/3miles, tennis court and bowling nearby
property can be partially heate (no heating in the living room), friendly dogs on premises, small pets allowed. Five double bedrooms can be converted into twins. A third bed can be added in Agata and Master rooms. Security deposit to be paid in cash to the caretaker. It is possible on demand to have the adjacent apartment not occupied by the owners. The chapel seats 50 people, it is possible to have religious ceremonies in Latin/Italian. Possibility to host an event at the villa. Satellite TV only in the living room
Spoleto 10km/6miles, Fonti of Clitunno 12km/7miles, Trevi 21km/13miles, Todi 44km/27miles, Assisi 47km/29miles, Perugia 62km/38miles, Orvieto 87km/54miles, Rome City 126km/78miles, Florence 212km/131miles
Rome 156km/97miles, Florence 212km/131miles
private swimming pool (7,5x14,5mts)
2014 weekly rates
weekly rental, all taxes, electricity up to 330kwh, water & hot water, weekly change of linen and cleaning service (from 8 am to 12 am), change of towels twice a week, final cleaning on Saturday, internet connection, heating
Breakfast preparation (buffet) and tidying up from 8 to 11 Euro 180 per day (food excluded), light lunch preparation and tidyng up Euro 230 per meal (food excluded), full lunch preparation and tidying up Euro 300 per meal (food excluded), dinner preparation with service and tidying up Euro 350 per meal (food excluded), daily bedroom cleaning Euro 80 per day (8-12 am), extra change of linen Euro 15 per person, extra daily waiter service to bedrooms, terrance and pool (10am-6pm) Euro 120 per day, grocery shopping service 20 Euro plus cost of the groceries. Extra maid service 15 Euro per hour, extra waiter service 15 Euro per hour, baby sitter 15 Euro per hour, stewart and cook 20 Euro per hour. Heating Eur 1,10 m3, A/C and electricity over 330 kw a week Eur 0,50 Kw, telephone.
A deposit of 850 Euros for the cost of the groceries must be paid in cash upon arrival directly to the staff. Based on receipts the property owner will give the remained money in return.
Breakfast preparation (buffet) and tidying up from 8 to 11 Euro 150 per day (food excluded), light lunch preparation and tidyng up Euro 200 per meal (food excluded), full lunch preparation and tidying up Euro 250 per meal (food excluded), dinner preparation with service and tidying up Euro 300 per meal (food excluded), daily bedroom cleaning Euro 60 per day (8-12 am), extra change of linen Euro 15 per person, extra daily waiter service to bedrooms, terrance and pool (10am-6pm) Euro 120 per day, grocery shopping service 20 Euro plus cost of the groceries. Extra maid service 15 Euro per hour, extra waiter service 15 Euro per hour, baby sitter 15 Euro per hour, stewart and cook 20 Euro per hour. Heating Eur 1,10 m3, A/C and electricity over 330 kw a week Eur 0,50 Kw, telephone.
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The main villa is lovely and unique and all residing there were pleased and excited with their rooms. The annex has a few quirks (e.g., car seats sitting on the floor of the anteroom to the downstairs bedroom) but those who stayed there enjoyed it nonetheless. Those in the farmhouse were also happy, although it is definitely a distinct quality step down in comparison with the villa in terms of furnishings (especially in the living areas) and in conveniences (lack of water and extremely basic shower/bathrooms), even given understanding that it is a simple stone farmhouse. From all parts of the estate the views and gardens and pools were spectacular. There is great space for joint meals/gatherings, both inside and out, which we made the most of, and a good size room upstairs with large screen where many of us watched World Cup games in the evenings. We had some problems figuring out how to let ourselves in/out the main electronic gate as there were so many of us relative to available keys, but had it resolved by week end. The staff led by Rita were exceptional; they were accommodating, inventive, went out of their way to be helpful, and provided delicious and good value meals.
About Home In Italy, my experience was excellent. I felt fully supported by you and your colleagues from the beginning all the way through to our departure. The whole process was very smooth and easy from my perspective. Also, the phone call from you during the week we were there was also very much appreciated; although we had no problems, it was good to know that you were still there for support if needed.
All the best,
“Beautiful venue, wonderful experience”
After searching for a suitable location throughout Tuscany and Umbria for our wedding, we settled on Villa La Valadier. It turned out to be the perfect choice with its own private chapel, enough accommodation space (in the Villa, Annex and Diamond Cottage) for all the guests for 4 nights, plenty of land, splendid views, terrific staff and food and cool pools to enjoy in the September sun. Every one of the guests enjoyed their time immensely and the staff, in particular Reno and Rita, went out of their way to help us in any way they could. The barbecue was a great treat - they use a converted old agricultural plough as the barbecue! This was truly a memorable experience and we don't think we could have chosen a more suitable place for our needs. We wish we could go back one day and do it all again. Hopefully someone from our group will also choose Villa Valadier for their wedding! Fingers crossed. Once again - thank you so much to all the staff at the Villa for helping make this occasion truly unforgettable.
“Best Birthday Celebration”
My partner & I were joined by 21 friends, from Australia, the Usa and France, for my 60th Birthday celebrations. We rented the whole complex so our celebrations would be just us. From the moment we arrived the owner Anna and her wonderful manager/chef Rita made us feel so welcome. No request was too much. The food was fantastic and the cooking lessons with Ritas' mum was great fun (the perfect hangover cure after the Birthday Party). The setting is idyllic and lounging by the pool or hanging in the hammock is perfect. The Birthday dinner started with canapés served on the front lawn and then dinner an was alfresco under the grape covered arches looking toward the township of Spoleto. A very special evening.
Rita organized our bus trip to Siena and several dinners in Spoleto. Nothing seems to be beyond her organizational capabilities.
The Villa itself is magical and the restoration is quite amazing. A wonderful venue for a special occassion , or just a getaway from the rat race.
We hope that we will be able to return in the not too distant future.
We stayed here with a group of 23 to celebrate a significant birthday. The villa is set in an idyllic situation on top of a hill with panoramic views in all directions. Lying by the pool in the hammock was very special. The staff were all amazing, nothing was too much trouble. We had a cooking lesson with "Nonna" and many meals there including barbecues and al fresco meals under the grape covered pergola. There are a number of towns locally well worth a visit and the town of Spoleto nearby is charming. It is only just over an hour by train to Rome. We would highly recommend the villa especially for a group. There are some single rooms and many doubles as well, all with en-suites. We hope to go back!
HOUSEKEEPER and LOCAL STAFF
Amazing, warm, caring, attentive. We have only glowing words for the local staff. They went above and beyond. All our guests were impressed and touched by the innumerable thoughtful gestures. Rita Gentile, the housekeeper who supervises the local staff in the Villa complex, is like a fairy: she reads your mind and tries to make every moment special and memorable. She can magically solve all problems and arrange everything from flower decorations for an evening reception to group-booking for a spa. One could not ask for more. The cooks are very talented. The gardener and baby sitters are very attentive.
Beautiful and elegant historical building, very well maintained and managed by the local staff. The ancient charm is complemented by modern services, including air conditioning. Fantastic views. Very quiet. Cool and ventilated at night even during super warm summer days. The swimming pool and garden are an additional source of bliss.
VILLA ANNEX 1: Our friends staying in this annex were very happy. It is less fancy than the Villa but it is very comfortable and pleasant. It is connected to the Villa and our friends could fully enjoy all the perks of the Villa.
“What a treat !”
We spent 5 days in April at the annex to this impressive XVIIIth century villa, a few miles outside Spoleto (This was the countryside residence of the powerful Noble family ; a palace is now hosting a bank in this city).
The place is very well refurbished, with a discreet, yet obvious good taste. We were like at home, very cosy and never disturbed.
And the area is full of marvelous villages, churches and paintings by Perugino and Pinturicchio
Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
“close to nature and art in LV!!”
If you need to take a rest form everyday life the La Valadier is a special place. I appreciated the beauty of storic villa full of interesting pieces of art. The view form Villa is death breathing. I found total harmony there. The villa is located on the hill, surrounded by olive trees (in the morning there is a fog above and the paysage looks mysterious.) I was feeling close to the nature in that place. The people who are a part of staff are very nice, competent and you will remember them for their sympathy and warm reception. The rooms are beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable. AWESOME place!
I highly recommend the stay here :)
My brother-in-law was given the responsibility of organising a long celebration weekend for my sister-in-law’s birthday for family and friends, a party of 22 people. After weeks of trawling the web and becoming increasingly depressed at the offerings, he stumbled into Villa Valadier. His initial reaction was “too good to be true”. His cynicism was wholly misplaced. This place is very special indeed: stunning setting; beautiful and very sympathetic restoration; and extraordinarily good value for money. But by fat the most impressive element was the way we were all treated. Anna, the owner, was delightful and her team, led by Rita, could not possibly have done more to make us feel welcome. Having stayed at top hotels and villas all over Italy, including Hotel Danieli in Venice, we can honestly say Villa la valadier was a clear winner, on every count.
“Anything is possible”
The house has a prominent position in the countryside at the top of a hill with olive grove, pine and fruit trees, bamboo plantation and rolling fields, not to mention the signature of residence - the avenue of cypresses leading to the front facade. Standing there, looking over the various views with the sun warm on your face and the strong smell of pine trees and wild herbs underfoot such as mint and oregano, you understand the meaning of the word 'timeless.'
A small team of people are working on turning the villa into a comfortable and well serviced place to stay. But not at the cost of sacrificing its character. Antique furniture rubs up against modern wet rooms and bathrooms as only the Italians provide with such panache.
Restoration of the furniture is happening on site in a sewing room and a carpentry workshop. Mm - I would like to do that. Two large studios offer a great space for painting or drawing - I'd like to do have a go at that, given the wonderful views.. A large sun terrace invites early morning yoga practice - oh how I would love to do that. A fabulous kitchen and a team of local cooks will guarantee you never go hungry - I'd like to learn how to make some of those wonderful local dishes.
Anything is possible at the Villa Valadier. You could even just do nothing.
Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
“See you again at Villa La Valadier”
What a lovely place to stay! The villa and it's grounds are situated a little outside Spoleto in Terraia - on the top of a hill with sunning views. We stayed end of September at the cottage. It's equipped with all you need for self catering. The beds were good and the three bed rooms furnished in a charming style.
As the weather was still very warm it was a luxury to have our own pool right outside the house, with sundeck chairs and sun beds next to it. Another great thing - there is a dishwasher in the ktichen and a washing machine available.
People from the Villa are very kind and welcoming. Thanks again for organising the group shuttle for us to get to Perugia and Assisi.
Hope to meet you again, we enjoyed our stay a lot. Chi vidiamos doppo :-)
Steffi and friends
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