Castiglione del Lago Villa Rental Photos and Description
Villa, 8 Bedrooms, 10 Baths (Sleeps 16) overlooking lake and vineyards
Villa Gioianna is an exclusive and gorgeous country residence sitting in a small working estate composed of large flower and kitchen gardens, olive grove, fruit orchard, woods, and vineyards upon a hill above Lake Trasimeno, where it commands a superb view of Tuscany, Umbria and the Lake.
We have 8 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, kitchen, living room, dining room/study, terrace, extensive grounds, private swimming pool, and stunning views.
We can provide an excellent cook (an Italian grandmother) who loves to spoil guests with delicious, homemade meals using the produce from our fields and other locally sourced ingredients. She gives cooking lessons as well.
Pets welcome with prior notice. Please contact us for details.
Start or end your holiday on any day of the week.
We would be delighted to host your special event and, in fact, excel at such celebrations. Please contact us and let us know what your requirements are; we'd be happy to provide a dream location for your special event.
THE VILLA’S LAYOUT AT A GLANCE:
- large entrance hall
- tiled dining room with fireplace
- large kitchen with fireplace, wood-burning oven, all major appliances, doors opening to large terrace overlooking vineyards
- large living room with comfortable sofas and chairs, grand piano, baronial fireplace, doors opening to terrace
- powder room
- grand staircase leading to . .
- wide hall with seating area
- 3 bedrooms with queen-sized beds with ensuite bathrooms
- 1 bedroom with 2 small doubles with ensuite bathroom
- grand staircase leading to . . .
- wide hall with seating area and fireplace
- 4 bedrooms with queen-sized beds and ensuite bathrooms
- terraces on the front and back, each the width of the house
- 6.5 x 13 m tiled swimming pool
- jasmine-covered gazebo
- honeysuckle and rose-covered pergola
- bocce court
- private woods
- olive grove
- playing field
- lavender-lined pathways to fountain
- fruit orchard
- large garden
OVERVIEW: Local lore relates that the Villa was constructed in 1918, but experts have dated its origins much older. The 'padrone', or wealthy landowner, of the surrounding farms built it as his showcase residence and he and his descendants resided here until the 1970s. In the early 21st century, the Villa was renovated and updated, but with respect for the original architecture, spirit and history of the house so that the Villa retains the warmth and ambiance of an Italian family country home. The Villa now has, among other changes, modern mechanical systems and a wonderfully productive well - a boring mechanical fact, you may think, until you're here in the summer, the municipality rations water to a trickle a few hours a day, but the Villa's showers continue happily at full pressure. Terracotta and hand-painted tile floors, whitewashed walls, walnut doors and wood-beamed brick ceilings form a simple background for the carefully detailed interior furnished with splendid antiques, sumptuous textiles, supremely comfortable beds and gorgeous lamps dressed with lampshades designed by the owner and made with vintage and antique fabrics. The Villa's new bathrooms are notorious locally, both for their beauty and number: as every woman will appreciate, there are 9 full bathrooms in the Villa, planned that way so that every bedroom has its own spacious, beautifully tiled bathroom. Enjoy them without guilt: in the summer, 100% of the Villa's hot water comes from solar panels.
You arrive at the Villa via an avenue of cypresses and lime trees, passing through a mature park of 4.5 acres of woods, vineyards, olive groves, fruit trees and flower gardens. The Villa is a small working estate that produces its own olive oil, fruit, vegetables, wonderfully fragrant flowers and herbs. We garden 'sustainably;' we compost and practice companion planting and encouragement of beneficial insects, birds and bats (!) to keep plant diseases and pests in check. Our lawns are local grasses and wildflowers, requiring no commercial fertilizer. We recycle or compost virtually all of the waste produced by the Villa.
The Villa’s name comes from a two words: 'Gioia' (pronounced joy-ah) means 'joy' or 'jewel' in Italian; Anna is the name of the owner, thus Gioianna (joy-ahn-nah).
OLIVE OIL: Our olive oil is our pride and joy. In late October/early November we harvest the olives by hand in the traditional method of 'stroking' the tree, then quickly press them at our local mill. Also in conformance with tradition, we pick the olives before they are fully ripe in order to maximize the flavor, aroma, and peppery taste of our oil. Olive oil from our region - the border area of Tuscany and Umbria - is highly prized for these qualities and has been given its own special regional designation. Guests are welcome to join in the olive harvest, either through our special offer Olive Harvest packages or through an annual week-long Olive Harvest Tour offered by olive oil expert, Dr Carol Firenze.
NEAREST TOWN: The medieval town of Castiglione del Lago is the nearest market town (6 km), sitting high on an olive tree-covered promontory jutting into the west side of the lake. The town's magnificent medieval castle and palace dominate one end of the old town, the 19th century church of Santa Maria Magdalena the other. In between are a number of small shops, restaurants, cafés, bars and bakeries and, on Wednesdays, an outdoor food, crafts, clothing and sundries market. Below the town are public beaches that are a great place for young families to congregate. The beaches offer paddle and rowboats, a pizzeria, gelato, pick-up volleyball and soccer, tennis courts, cafes and a disco. Or, simply float on your back in the lake, gazing back at the ancient town up above on the hill.
For touring, Castiglione del Lago provides easy access to the superstrada linking Perugia and eastern Umbria to Siena, Chianti and western Tuscany, and is the embarkation point for one of the ferries servicing the lake islands. The new town has several large grocery stores and all the conveniences and services of a thriving town.
LOCATION: A few kilometers away is Chiusi, whose old town is worth a visit for its Etruscan museum and good restaurants. The new town has excellent transportation links, with high-speed train connections to all destinations on the Naples-Milan high-speed train line, including Rome, Florence and Orvieto, and convenient access to the A-1 Autostrada. Within an hour's drive of the Villa are many historic Umbrian and Tuscan hill towns such as Assisi, Arezzo, Cortona, Montepulciano, Orvieto, Pienza, Perugia, Deruta, Spello and Montalcino, as well as other less well-known, but perhaps more charming, smaller villages. Many of central Italy's other leading historical and cultural centers (Rome, Florence, Todi, Siena, Spoleto, Gubbio and Urbino) can be reached in less than two hours.
AIRPORTS: The nearest major airports are Rome, Pisa and Florence. Each is about a 1.5 to 2-hour drive away. Bologna is a bit farther, approximately 2.5 hours. Perugia airport is the closest (approx 40 minutes).
*Laundry Room with Washer, Iron and Ironing Board
*Transformers for North American plugs
*Surge protectors for your laptops and phones
*Stereo with iPod cable
*Collection of CDs
*High quality linens
*All cotton comforters made from traditional Umbrian and Tuscan textiles, Feather down duvets and choice of feather or hypoallergenic pillows
*Sumptuous en suite bathrooms
*Families and groups of friends
*Anniversaries, Family Reunions, Significant Birthday Celebrations
*Business events, seminars, training sessions
*Exclusive use of the Villa, grounds and pool
*All linens and towels, including pool towels (changed weekly)
* Housekeeping (check your voucher for frequency)
*Full cleaning and change of linens on 7th day of multiple week booking
*Weekly pool cleaning
*Initial supplies of kitchen supplies and household goods
We would be happy to recommend and arrange other services such as:
*Italian nonna for a home-cooked meals
*Refrigerator filled prior to arrival
*Tours, drivers, airport transfers
*Wine tasting tours
*Horseback riding or biking tours
*Many, many wonderful things to see and do in our area !
We aim to be as 'green' as possible. We
*Recycle 100% of plastic, paper products and glass/metal, encourage our guests to do so as well, providing facilities so that it is not difficult to achieve this.
*Compost all vegetable matter and food scraps.
*Severely limit the use of chemicals in the gardens.
*Air-dry our bedlinen whenever possible, instead of using the dryer.
*Use products made from recycled materials or from certified sustainable forests.
*Even our furnishings are “recycled”: the Villa’s décor is largely antiques or quirky secondhand furniture imaginatively redesigned by us into beautiful and useful items.
We are so proud of our area and would love for you to visit. If the Villa does not fit your size or budget, please contact us anyway. We may have last-minute offers or short specials and are always happy to recommend local, more budget alternatives. If you are serious about a holiday in our area, we would be absolutely delighted to help you.
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- Events Allowed
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
The Villa is wonderful. The food was out of this world and the hospitality was great. Thank you for a wonderful stay.
Castiglione del Lago and two neighboring towns -- Panicale and Paciano – have each been designated as one of the 'borghi piu belli d'Italia' -- most beautiful villages in Italy -- and it's true. Once fortified against frequently invading foreign armies, they are now lovely but not overly restored towns full of life and warmth. Aside from the obvious benefits of local (coffee) bars, several excellent family-run restaurants, food shops, postal, pharmacy and bank services, a very good hospital, wineries nearby, walking and biking trails and amazing art, the villages have lively social lives with summer concerts, festivals, art exhibitions, and theater.
And the people are friendly and welcoming; within days, I was greeted by the locals as one of their own and developed my own morning and evening rituals of coffee and apertivo at the local bar, catching up on the local news. Plus, it's simply beautiful and close to everything. I feel very lucky to be a part of this.
But overall, the house was love at first sight. There is a wonderful feeling about it: whether it is the Liberty-style symmetry, its position on a hilltop, the history or just warm feeling that it exudes. It’s a very special house. It has the perfect balance of privacy, yet proximity to cultural treasures and modern-life amenities.
And the views ! On one side there is the lake, with its magical sunlight-on-water or moonlight-on-water views. On the other is such a picture-perfect panorama of vineyards, hills, villages and mountains, that you might be justified in thinking it's a painted scrim.
We are surrounded by the vineyards of a world-class, but family-run winery. You can walk a few minutes, knock on the kitchen door of my neighbor, be greeted warmly, and then return later with a jug of very good and reasonably-priced table wine (vino sfuso) or a bottle of one of the best sangiovese or cabernet wines to be had. How wonderful is that?
Privacy. Tranquility. Beauty. Fabulous food and great wines. Relaxing garden and pool. Warm Hospitality . . . . We think we are the perfect Italian getaway with the best of both worlds: located in the heart of the countryside with all the benefits of having a lively historical city and charming villages nearby.
Everything you could want to see in central Umbria and Tuscany is at your fingertips - 10 minutes from the main train line leading to Rome in 2.5 hours, Florence in just over 1 hour, 1/2 hour drive to Perugia for chocolate making, Montepulciano or Chianti for wine, Pienza for amazing cheese and countless little hilltop towns along the way. Less than an hour drive to Siena (famous for its horse races, the Palio), Montalcino for wine and many other towns.
Plus this is our home town! We live here and we've explored the area for you, so we're ready to help with reservations, little out of the way spots to explore, hilltop towns to discover, small family-run wineries to see. Years of enjoying our territory and helping guests to discover its magic has built up our 'little black book' of special restaurants, wineries and amazing sites.