Matera Villa Rental Photos and Description
Two/three bedrooms, two/three baths, activities, beach and skiing nearby.
Romantic traditional villa built into 1,000 year old town walls, vaulted ceilings, dramatic views, balconies, roof terrace, olive grove in unspoiled historic town.
Beautifully furnished with marble fireplace in sitting room with chandelier hanging from five metre high cathedral ceiling.
Mornings can begin with breakfast on the balcony outside the sitting room, watching the birds dip and swish and the falcons glide as they search for breakfast over the valley below.
The comfortable sofas, the arm chairs, lamps, well placed side tables, the collection of books and videos all offer comfort and tranquillity - cool in the summer heat. During the winter chill bask in the glow from the log fire in the marble fireplace.
In the evening dine by candlelight on the polished table or eat in the kitchen at the oval table under another French crystal chandelier.
The kitchen - its white cupboards offset by red hand-painted Italian tiles - is well equipped with two ovens, grill, microwave, a coffee machine that freshly grinds the beans for each cup and whips a frothy milk for cappuccino. Cook, bake, even try your hand at making your own pasta - directions and ideas in the cookery books on the shelves. And when its all done, just load up the dishwasher.
Choose between two bedrooms on this level, one with vaulted ceilings and its own balcony where the morning light steams in. It has a queen-sized bed, double wardrobes and lots of storage for your clothes. There is an old fashioned dressing table and swivel mirror.
If you feel like writing, checking your emails or uploading your photographs, there is a desk perfect for your laptop beside the balcony windows that make sure your attention wanders every now and then to the wonderful view. Leading off the room is an ensuite shower room under its own mini vaulted ceiling.
The second double bedroom, also with a queen sized bed, has a partly exposed terracotta wall that adds a pink glow to the room in the evening light; a juliette balcony, wardrobe and dressing table. Leading off is the ensuite shower room with more terracotta integrated into the large shower. Italian hand-painted tiles add a fun touch to this well lit room with its large mirror and heated towel rail.
Tucked away is the laundry and cleaning closet with a washing machine and clothes dryer - and vacuum cleaner if you feel you must.
A linen closet holds lots of bed linen and towels, together with extra pillows and duvets.
Upstairs is a small room - useful for anybody who feels the need to escape, with a futon. This leads onto the roof terrace with a view over the surrounding roofs and of the valley below. There is sun all day on this terrace for those who want to sunbath and in the evenings you can watch the sky as you seldom see it so full of stars, and have a barbecue.
The timber windows are all double glazed with their own shutters to help maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the year.
There is natural-gas central heating for which there is an extra charge, based on usage .
The house is entered through an arched gateway into a small courtyard, shared with our neighbours. The solid old timber door opens onto double-glazed full glass doors that gives the kitchen day-round light.
The optional third bedroom is at garden level, entered through the old stone steps from the courtyard. It has a barrel vaulted ceiling of old terracotta brick, queen-sized bed, wardrobe and drawers and a blue shower room leading off. This has a shower and a bidet as well as a wash hand basin and wc. Both have central heating and the metre thick stone walls make sure the temperature is comfortable year round.
Take the opportunity to read or write that book on a balcony looking over rolling wheat fields, olive and vine groves. Admire medieval frescoes in monastery next door or Mantegna's long-lost statue of the town's patron saint, Eufemia, in the Cathedral. Taste Italy's best olive oil, sip the local wine from the ancient aglianico grape and learn to make your own pasta. Visit the sassi in nearby Matera and Gravina, visit Altamura for its famed bread, the fossilised remains of the 170,000 year old Altamura-man and the quarry floor featuring more than 4,000 dinosaur footprints - the largest such site found; visit the unique hill-top towns with their own dialect and wonderful summer entertainment; swim in the turquoise water of the Ionion sea in Italy's instep. Ski or ramble in the Pollino natural park - Italy's largest with unique flora and fauna including the black woodpecker; ramble along many of the side roads around Irsina, along laneways to the vegetable and fruit gardens of the local people; go horse riding or cycling or simply stroll through the quiet alley ways of Irsina to one of the local restaurants at dusk.
Villa della Gioia offers the most romantic holiday in a secret corner of Italy where every stone whispers romance and every corner reveals history. The romance includes internet, all mod cons, TV, video, linen, books and a welcoming bottle of vino.
Extra activities: You can book courses and excursions in advance through an excellent local English and Italian speaking agency, details of which will be sent to you following your booking, together with travel options and directions.
Extra ensuite double bedroom: Optional extra bedroom, kitchen/dining area same building, separate entrance. Beautifully restored vaulted ceilings. Double bed, wardrobe. Central heating. Ensuite shower, wc, whb, bidet. Cooker, fridge, table, chairs, cooking equipment. 200 euro a week extra.
Cancellation policy: Deposit refunded minus paypal fees if rental cancelled up to five weeks before first day of rental.
- non smoking only
Guestbook comments from the owner
The house is absolutely beautiful, with high ceilings helping to keep the rooms cool. The furnishings are lovely. Sit in the Queen Anne chair and enjoy the magnificent view with a coffee or glass of wine, if the weather is not quite right for sitting on the balcony. As the house looks on to the countryside it is extremely quiet and peaceful. Plenty of good quality linen and towels. The house was very clean.
The kitchen is fully equipped and enabled us to make ample use of the fantastically fresh produce from the local shops, try the Cardoncelli mushrooms, if they're available. We also made use of the roof terrace and BBQ.
Car parking was easy, in the Piazza 3 mins walk from the house. The old town is very interesting, the new town really just flats and shops. However, it was great for taking the regular evening passeggiata. The townspeople are very friendly and the shop keepers really want to show off their produce. We saw half a lamb hanging in the butchers window and were invited in to see it and the local speciality of involtini made from the liver and intestines - which are very tasty.
The weather was unkind to us for 6 days, so having Wi-fi helped but it also meant that we didn't get out to the local restaurants as much as we'd planned. Went to La Contessa, although the meal was nice we didn't want to rush back. We really liked the Caffe Ducale either just for a drink, a breakfast pastry or a fantastic pizza. It is family run and very friendly. The cakes at Pasticceria Lucana are delicious as is their ice cream, that was our Sunday treat!
Didn't particularly like Metaponto, it was very run down, although it was good to get to the sea. Matera is really interesting and despite being a World Heritage Site, wasn't terribly expensive.
The countryside in this particular part is dominated by wheat fields, further into Basilicata is greener.
We had a great holiday and would recommend this property. We only found a couple of English speakers, but this wasn't a problem for us as we speak Italian. However, I don't think it would be a problem for non-speakers as the shop keepers are so keen to sell that a little sign language and pointing will go a long way! Go and enjoy the delights of Irsina and Casa della Gioia!!
Love travelling, but Irsina has captured us and we are happy. We are delighted to introduce others to this unique place - and thrilled when so many understand and love the town, the area, and the house as we do.
The moment we walked in, we knew we were home. And the more often we are there, and the longer we stay the more this feeling grows. It celebrates with us at Christmas, relaxes with us in the summer months and envelops us in the kind winters.
It's like discovering another side of life - your life - history from a perspective you never imagined, food from an attitude you never knew, a pace that was unknown, a lifestyle that offers you more of your life. And it's all for living.
High ceilings, that mesmeric view and the life enhancing light. All this history and art and a town full of pleasant, welcoming people. Food that always tastes like food. Air that smells clean. A new experience each day.