A Cahill

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Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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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.

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A Cahill (Owner)
Advertiser since 2008
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About A Cahill

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.

A Cahill purchased this villa in 2008

Why A Cahill chose Matera

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.

What makes this villa unique

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.

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!!
Jun 2014
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Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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Romantic apartment in villa with olive grove in historic hill top town of Irsina
average rating of 4.826087 based on 23 reviews
Romantic apartment in villa with olive grove in historic hill top town of Irsina
+32 485715453
Matera Basilicata
Bermingham, UK

What a view

  • 5 of 5
What a landscape! Mesmerizing. Could look at it for ever. Even our know-it-all son was impressed. The accommodation was very comfortable and we even cooked dinner a few evenings in the excellent kitchen. We enjoyed shopping for the freshest vegetables ever from our neighbours on Via Roma. And we tried out some of the recipes we learned during our one-day cooking course organised for us by Becky in the local My Italian Job travel agency. The miles of beaches on the Ionian coast were almost empty with long stretches of light golden sand and clear blue water. We checked out some of the other towns around too including Matera and spend a day in nearby Puglia with its trade-mark trulli. The roads are good and almost traffic-free. As Ann said the people in Irsina were friendly and helpful and she provided us with lots of useful material. We can see ourselves returning. Pia and Gerry.
  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2009
  • Stayed: Sep 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: So happy you relished what Irsina and the region has to offer as we do. We look forward to seeing you again when we hope to have even more to offer.
Romantic apartment in villa with olive grove in historic hill top town of Irsina
+32 485715453
Matera Basilicata

Fantastisch verblijf in de Centro Storico

  • 5 of 5
Een prachtig verblijf in het oude stadsgedeelte van Irsina. Het appartement beschikt over alle comfort, is mooi ingericht en is erg ruim en licht. Vanuit de living en vanop het dakterras heb je een prachtig uitzicht op het landschap. Vooraan kijk je uit op een mooi, rustig straatje. Er is veel documentatie om je te helpen je uitstappen te plannen. Op 3 minuten wandelen ligt het "centrum" van de centro storico. Hier vind je 2 lekkere restaurantjes en een café met uitzicht op de vallei. Er zijn ook een paar winkeltjes vlakbij, de bakker zit praktisch naast de deur! Net buiten de stadspoort kom je in het "nieuwere" deel waar ook nog een erg lekker restaurantje is en een breder aanbod aan winkels. 2 maal per week is er ook een marktje.
Een prachtige streek met veel bezienswaardigheden. Een absolute aanrader is Matera en een bezoek aan de provincie Puglia. Ook een uitstapje naar zee is niet té ver.
Een absolute aanrader als je graag in het hart van een oud Italiaans dorpje wil verblijven.
  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Romantic apartment in villa with olive grove in historic hill top town of Irsina
+32 485715453
Matera Basilicata

A real home

  • 5 of 5
It is a very well eqipped house, huge kitchen, big bedrooms and wonderful living room. It looks better then on the pictures (and the pictures are beautiful, too) The atmosphere is fantastic! It's like your real home. I think, the owner has a very good taste and that's why we enjoy this place so much. It's nice to stay at home - just like in your real house. There are many useful information, suggestions and idea given by the owner. (in a big folder)
We have visited Matera, Metaponto, Vesuvio and Pompei. I suggest you to go to the small, local museum in Irsina and the secret chapel next to the museum. The museum-guy was the only one who could speak English and it was very nice to talk to him.But everybody was very-very kind and helpful. You can live a life here which is very different from your everyday life or another journey. Ypu can live like an Italian in the past.
The colours of the countryside are fantastic. Like a pastel. You only have to look out of the window.
There is a small shop and a bakery next to the house. But on the main street of the new part of the city there are other bakeries and shops, too. On the square Garibaldi there is Restaurant Nugent where you can eat a nice supper.

We all (me, my husband and sons 21, 10) enjoyed Irsina and this house very much.
  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Romantic apartment in villa with olive grove in historic hill top town of Irsina
+32 485715453
Matera Basilicata


  • 4 of 5
This a big and very good provided house, when the wheather is good you can enjoy your morning coffe at the balcanony overlooking the impressive landscape.
Even better you can sit on the big roofterrace and even have a dinner with BBQ there!
The kitchen is huge and has everything you need for cooking at home, all shops are almost nextdoor.
It is very clean and has 2 big coaches, a fireplace and two grat big bedrooms with good bathrooms.
I would very much reccomend the house.
  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Romantic apartment in villa with olive grove in historic hill top town of Irsina
+32 485715453
Matera Basilicata

A perfect holiday for us

  • 5 of 5
Villa della Gioia is spacious, clean, bright and welcoming. Irsina old town is a delightful medieval maze but with handy shops and places to eat, and the views are spectacular. Everybody is friendly and helpful. We made trips into the mountains, to the coast, into lovely countryside and to villages and small towns all around, and the sense of history everywhere is very exciting. Coming back to Irsina at the end of a day out really is like coming home, and just passing the time enjoying the peace and quiet of the house, listening to the birds and savouring the magnificent view from the balconies is certainly time well spent. Everything we did during our two weeks there was a highlight - but Matera is truly magical. The sassi are deservedly a world heritage site, but the ice-cream shop called I vizi degli angeli almost deserves the same status (thank you Becky for introducing us to it). Eating in Irsina late into the evening at La Contessa is like being invited to share a meal with friends. We shall very definitely return to Irsina, and we would happily recommend the house to anyone who likes peace, beauty and space and who wants to experience genuine Italian. Thank you Ann and Jan for letting us share this wonderful place, and thank you to the people of Irsina for making us feel so welcome.
  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Romantic apartment in villa with olive grove in historic hill top town of Irsina
+32 485715453
Matera Basilicata


  • 5 of 5
We would highly recommend renting this lovely house which looks even better in real life than in the pictures on the website. We really felt like we were staying in a home rather than a soulless apartment. The views are beautiful and it was good to have the option of the balcony or the roof terrace depending on whether we wanted the coolness of the shade or sun to lie in. The kitchen was the best equipped we have seen in our travels so far which was good as it is such a treat to cook with all the lovely Italian food. Also having the bakery a few doors down meant we could get fresh bread every day. Irsina itself was lovely and everyone was very friendly and welcoming. We found all the information about local areas useful and had lots of day trips out to the surrounding towns and villages. We plan to return in the not too distant future and would definatley recommend it to family and friends.
  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
60 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Kilometres
Le Ducale
Nearest Ski
75 Kilometres
La Sellata-Pierfaone, Potenza
Nearest Golf
89 Kilometres
Riva dei Tessali, Metaponto
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Kilometres
La Contessa; Trattoria Nugent.
Car: recommended

The South of Italy has it all, three seas, the craggy Lucanian Dolomiite mountains, history, archaeology, art, nature & fine food. Everyone was here some time – the clues wait your discovery in farm masserai, Greek temples, Norman castles, sassi, baroque cathedrals, Byzantine painted cave chapels, trulli & fortified hilltop towns like Irsina. Italy's biggest national park Monte Pollino (60 mins) has Apennine wolves, black woodpeckers & in winter, skiing. Metaponto (40 mins) with fine sandy beaches, children’s activities, golf & the most complete Greek urban remains. Matera (30 mins), a Unesco World Heritage Site, its ancient cave dwellings used in films of Christ’s time. The first Crusade planned in Melfi, owned by Frederick II whose Irsina castle is now restored. Enjoy medieval splendour of Saints’ day festivals. Freshest food, finest dolce, choice wines from hospitable people in local farms, shops & street markets. Public swimming pools, karting, tennis, rock climbing, flying nearby

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Matera Villa Rental Rates

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4 night minimum stay

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes Check in after 4:00 pm & check out before 11:00 am. Other arrangements possible if no other guests arriving.
Deposit of a third of the total rental amount to confirm booking and the balance due four weeks before arrival.
Additional ensuite double bedroom available for €200 euro a week.
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Central heating charge based on usage works out at around €1 an hour.
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Matera Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 145 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Romantic
  • Historic
  • Away From It All
  • Parking ...
  • Fireplace
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Living Room
  • Parking On Street
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Internet
  • Wireless Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Towels Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Heating
  • Blender
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Freezer
  • Pantry Items
  • Grill
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Shower room ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2, ensuite shower, wc, whb, bidet
    Bedroom 3 optional extra - 1 queen , Optional additional Sleeps 2, ensuite shower, wc, whb, bidet
  • Main bedroom en suite with double doors to balcony. Second bedroom with double bed and ensuite with shower, whb, wc and bidet. Hair dryer supplied. Optional extra third double bedroom, same building, separate entrance. Beautiful restored terracotta barrel-vaulted ceiling. Ensuite shower, wc, whb and bidet. Central heating. 200 euro a week extra.
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • Books
  • Video Library
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Games ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • Binoculars
  • 8 garden chairs
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • churches
  • museums
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • hospital
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain biking
  • hiking
  • skiing
  • golf
  • water skiing
  • mountaineering
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting small game
Maid service available to be arranged in advance and paid separately. Swimming pool 25 minutes drive away.
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