This finely restored traditional 18th century ‘casale’ with swimming pool is located south of Orvieto in a beautiful and peaceful setting overlooking Lake Alviano. This area is renowned for its rare flora and fauna and is a ‘World Wildlife Fund’ protected area. The villa has been restored in keeping with the traditional Umbrian country architecture. The features include exposed stone walls, traditional wood ceilings and handmade terracotta tiles; traditional handmade terracotta floors with hidden heating to avoid wall mounted radiators. Custom made windows framed in the local ‘Travertino’ stone and restored antique interior doors. The house has been simply and tastefully furnished with local and family antiques. From the poolside one can enjoy the panoramic views of the Umbrian countryside The 5-acre grounds boasts olive trees, cherry and other fruit trees as well as elms and oaks. There is also an organic herb and vegetable garden.
1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with Jacuzzi shower, 1 twin bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower (can be converted into a double), 1 double bedroom (can be converted into a twin) and 1 bathroom with shower. Large kitchen area fully equipped with 2 conventional ovens, microwave, a fireplace for cooking, electric coffee-maker, ‘Kitchen-aid’ standing mixer and plenty of cupboard space. A large living room with traditional stone fireplace and french windows that open out onto a porch with views over the lake.
1 double bedroom, 1 bathroom with Jacuzzi bathtub, small kitchen area with fridge, cosy living area with double sofa bed, an antique wood burner and a small loft. Small laundry area. Separate access is available for this floor.
panoramic porch leading off the living room with table for 8 and new garden furniture (loungers and couches) overlooking lake Alviano, the ideal spot to enjoy memorable sunsets.
supermarket and food shops 3km/2miles, post office 3km/2miles, restaurants within a short drive from the villa, several scenic country foothpaths lead from the house to nearby towns, tennis court at Alviano 10km.
pets not allowed, photovoltaic system on the roof.
Guardea 3km/2miles, Orvieto 16km/10miles, Todi 25km/15miles, Amelia 18km/11miles, Rome city 100km/62miles, Florence 180km/111miles. Motorway (A1) and nearest train station 10 minutes drive. Rome by train 1 hour.
Perugia 81km/50 miles, Rome 135km/84 miles, Florence 185km/115 miles.
• family friendly villa
• large and well furnished kitchen area
• panoramic views - superb hilltop location
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We had fantastic vacation there. Mady was very helpful and this trip confirmed we love Umbria a lot.
The pool. Perfect water, temp and a fantastic view
The house is comfy
And I know there is not much to be done there but we had a lot of bugs. I mean a LOT of bugs
I asked Mady to only have the gardener and housemaids on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday otherwise the gardener was coming every day and wake us up with noises in the garden. No biggie. Again, Mady was very responsive
The road (or lack of road) to get to the house was a challenge for the cars of my friends. The price to pay to be insulated I suppose :)
All in all, fantastic stay and great service overall
Thanks a lot
We had a wonderful stay in Poilio and thank Home in Italy for all your help. We received a very warm welcome on arrival from Maadi, the owner, and found the villa to be of a high standard. The views were spectacular and we loved the pool, jacuzzi and hammocks. We'll be back!
We had a wonderful time at the villa in Umbria. I stayed another week in Italy and am just now at home in the US. The villa is lovely, well equipped, comfortable, inviting, and a perfect setting. A few had trouble with the directions to the villa. We suggest that you add directions from Guardea, the nearest town. It is easy to get to the villa from there and Guardea is a town that guests could find on a map if they got lost. The orientation for the villa was great and the owner called a few times to ensure all was well, very thoughtful of her. I trust she was satisfied with the condition in which we left it.
Sorry for the delay in getting you this feedback, life has been a little hectic since we got back.
Firstly can I say that the service we received from yourselves at Home In Italy has been first class, Thankyou.
With some trepidation we headed off to the villa from Rome, we had invited some friends to join us for the second week and I got quite stressed on the way worrying that the villa would have the same problems as the apartment.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
We got lost, though I feel that was more to do with our map reading than to do with the instructions, but when we eventually got there we were absolutely delighted. The situation was stunning, and the villa itself was delightful. We met the owners who were very helpful.
The accommodation was excellent, beautifully decorated and well equipped. Clearly the renovations had been done to a very high standard.
The pool was brilliant, spotlessly clean and very well kept surrounding area.
We had a wonderful relaxing time, we had a small child with us this week and couldn’t eat out in the evenings, but that wasn’t a problem, I adore cooking and cooking in that well equipped kitchen with plenty of fresh herbs in the garden (which the owner said we could help ourselves to) was an absolute delight.
The local village (Guardea) had all we needed and was only a few minutes away in the car.
The internet worked (much to my teenage daughters delight, and while she didn’t use it all that much it was handy that she could)
In summary we had a lovely time and felt really relaxed.
I hope you find this helpful. This was a holiday of a lifetime for us, we saved for a long time and while I realize they wern’t your most expensive properties, it was expensive for us, but we wanted the best we could afford. The position of Balconi was excellent and despite the problems it was lovely little place (though we felt it could have been made so much nicer) and Poilio was fantastic. I would recommend you to friends without hesitation.
We had a fantastic time at the villa and would return in the future.
It was extremely well furnished and tastefully decorated through out. The housekeeper and gardener were very helpful.
We had a wonderful local chef who was organised for us by the owner and the owner herself was very attentive in checking everything was to our satisfaction.
The Courets informed me that they had a lovely holiday in both villas (Casa degli Artisti & Poilio) but would advise that the owner of Casa degli Artisti put mosquito screens on the windows.
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