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Secluded villa in rural Italy with large private pool

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Self-catering rental, ideal for families and exploring Lazio, Umbria &Tuscany

The Yellow House is a haven of peace and tranquillity in the heart of rural Italy, it is secluded, hidden in a valley and surrounded by mature trees and beautiful views. The villa itself is elegant and comfortable and perfect for self-catering holidays for family groups. Happy days can be spent enjoying the large private pool, exploring the 10 acres of land and fishing in the stream. For those who want to explore the area there is much to see including Lake Bolsena where you can swim, water ski, jet ski, explore the lake on pedelos and visit the beautiful island of Bisentina by boat. The city of Orvieto is only 40 minutes away and a visit will keep shoppers, historians and gastronomes happy all day long. Nearer home is the fascinating 'dying city' of Civita di Bagnoregio, a tiny town perched on the top of what remains of a an earthquake 300 years ago, and offers spectacular panoramic views.

Surrounding landscape: The large private swimming pool (5m x 15m) is situated on the side of a hill and below is the winding valley. The pool is secluded and peaceful. Around the perimeter of the pool is a mature rosemary bush providing a beautiful perfume in the evenings and fresh herbs for cooking. The marble patio is spacious with plenty of room for the 8 sunloungers. In the garden there are 3 large garden tables and outside seating for 20 people. There is a lantern in the oak tree which provides the perfect light for intimate suppers or large parties in the evening. There is a large pizza oven which is great fun to use for cooking pizzas, joints of meat etc. The garden is informal. and the area around the house has space to park several cars. There are plenty of places to explore on the land including 3 small caves and a stream at the end of the bottom field from where it is possible to fish for trout. We have one neighbour but neither of the houses are overlooked.

Eating and drinking : There are a wide variety of very good restaurants within driving distance of Civitella D'Agliano which cater for all needs including families. For specific details visit our website: Please contact us for the web site address. There are many local wines but the best known is the organic wine made by Sergio Mottura and his family who own the beautiful hotel La Tana dell'Istrice. If you are interested you may like to spend an evening with the Mottura family and their guests tasting wine, visiting the impressive wine cellars and finishing off with a delicious meal in their restaurant.

Cookery demonstrations. Learn how to make traditional dishes prepared in The Yellow House kitchen by a local chef. Guests can be involved in the preparation or just watch the experts at work. Enjoy the fruits of your labour accompanied by regional wines. The selection of dishes will vary depending on the best ingredients available. Contact Cristina for details of choices and price.

Things to do and see: If you enjoy shopping for local produce you may want to visit the markets, these are a typical feature of the local areas, the size of the markets vary depending on the town's importance. The markets usually start at 8am and finish at 1pm. On Monday there is a market in Bagnoregio, Tuesday in Bolsena Thursday and Saturday in Orvieto and a small market on Friday in Civitella d'Agliano. For those of you who enjoy golf 'La Querce' Golf Club is approximately 40 minutes drive away just south of Viterbo - 18 hole, par 72, 64262 meters. And those that ski -Mount Amiata is 60km from the house in Tuscany on the way to Siena (approximately a one hour drive). Although not on the door step it is possible to visit the resorts for day trips. There is good skiing at Prato della Contessa, Prato della Macinaie, Marsiliana and Cantore. Slopes are suitable for beginners and advanced skiers. For excellent local info 'Bolsena, Everything You Need to Know' by Fleur Kinson -

More Details

e-mail - Emma de Souza (England), phone - Cristina Casian (Italy)
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, german, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 22, 2017

About e-mail - Emma de Souza (England), phone - Cristina Casian (Italy)

We live in Hertfordshire and have a teenage daughter.

We bought The Yellow House in 2002 and have always loved Italy, buildings and restoration. Some Italian friends have a property near Bolsena and after visiting the area we were struck by how unspoilt and beautiful it was.

e-mail - Emma de Souza (England), phone - Cristina Casian (Italy) purchased this villa in 2002

Why e-mail - Emma de Souza (England), phone - Cristina Casian (Italy) chose Viterbo Province

Initially we looked at properties near Bolsena but could not find anything with enough seclusion or land. We broadened our search and came across several possibilities, The Yellow House was our favourite.

At the time the house was a ruin and we spent 2 years on the restoration. The project was great fun and we had lots of support from our now property manager, Kalle.

Parts of The Yellow House were renovated again in 2010. The main change is the kitchen which has been extended to form a much larger kitchen dining area with modern professional kitchen (30ft x 12ft).

What makes this villa unique

Secluded spot, beautiful views of valley, local area unspoilt by tourism. Very close to local shops, restaurants and medieval village. Large private swimming pool. Outside pizza oven. Perfect base to explore Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany. Wine tasting and catered events including cooking demonstrations. Private fly fishing instruction for all levels of experience.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Emma, Just to say what a lovely time we all had at the Yellow House from 26/7 to 2/8. It met all our hopes and expectations and we had such fun with the pool, the outside terrace, the games (scrabble and monopoly were favourites) and we played a very successful game of 'Sardines' - If you don't know it, it involves one hiding and the rest searching until the last one finds the hiding place where everyone else is holding their breath! The house affords many good hiding places! Kalle and the cooks who came in did us proud and for the rest we enjoyed the local produce home cooked. Lovely place. I'm sure you are so happy when there. Best wishes
Aug 2014
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Viterbo Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Ground floor bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Ground floor shower - toilet , shower
    1st floor en-suite shower - toilet , shower
    1st floor en-suite shower - toilet , shower
    2nd floor en-suite WC - toilet
    2nd floor en-suite WC - toilet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Ground floor twin bedroom - 2 twin/ single , (next to ground floor bathroom and shower room)
    1st floor double (en-suite shower, toilet and sink) - 1 queen
    1st floor double (en-suite shower, toilet and sink) - 1 double
    2nd floor large double (en-suite toilet and sink) - 1 queen
    2nd floor 4 bed family room (en-suite toilet and sink) - 4 twin/ single
  • Two cots are available that can be moved to any room
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Toys ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • 1 bicycles
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This house is perfect for holidays for families. The pizza oven is great fun to use and fresh dough can bought from the local bakery. If you have a special occasion to celebrate and would like a party, Cristina can provide local dishes and wine. Do contact Cristina in plenty of time and she will be happy to discuss your likes and dislikes to ensure your party is a success.


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Secluded villa in rural Italy with large private pool
average rating of 4.9038463 based on 60 reviews

An idyllic holiday

  • 5 of 5

We were so lucky to have found this beautiful house. The space was perfect for two families. The surrounding countryside is lovely and peaceful. There is a small village close by and a mini supermarket, so you are not isolated but you really feel like it is the countryside.

The pool and outside space is fabulous. We loved the big kitchen and the pizza oven.

It was a wonderful holiday and Cristina the manager could not have been a better host.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rebecca for your lovely review, we're so glad you enjoyed your stay at The Yellow House, we hope to see you again one day.
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Picture Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house in a beautiful rural location. If you are looking for a peaceful holiday this is the place for you. Pool is exquisite. Just watch out for the ants!!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Anne, thank you for your lovely review, we're so glad you enjoyed your stay at The Yellow House. Thank you also for letting us know about the ants, Cristina has dealt with them now and we don't expect a return of the uninvited guests! We hope to welcome you back soon.
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My 9th return visit to The Yellow House

  • 5 of 5

This was my 9th time staying at The Yellow House and was shocked to see the transformation to the Pool and lower garden areas and now we have an impressive staircase leading from the pool area to a well laid out flowered lower garden area along with a different angle to enjoy the views of the valley with a new pergola for shade with a Bocce court for all ages.

This year with all the new garden layouts our eating paten changed with;

Breakfast, around the Pool (in the morning sun) using the newly located table and chairs

Lunch, sitting under the new pergola shading from the mid-day sun along with a couple games of Bocce

Dinner under the oak tree where we sat, relaxed and enjoyed our time staying at The Yellow House.

Places we visited this year was;

Mon’ Bagnoregio market and visited the Dying City, (30 mins from The Yellow House)

Tues’ Lake Bolsena market and a swim from the sandy beach in Lake Bolsena (40 Mins away)

Wed’ Visited the town of Capidimonte and picnicked and swam again in Lake Bolsena (50 Mins away)

Thurs’ Visited the 200 year old Olive Company Bertomomi and its still producing today (tour and sampling) (30 mins away)

I really recommend visiting the medieval village of Bertomomi just head for the Church and you will turn back time.

Fri’ Visited and used the hot thermal springs at Viterbo (60 mins away)

To summarize,

If you are looking for peace and relaxation The Yellow House is perfect.

If you are looking for interesting places to visit The Yellow House as them all around.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Brian, thank you for your kind review, we're so glad you enjoyed the changes to the garden, I enjoyed reading your account of your eating habits, sounds like you really made the most of the new lay out. Watch this space - there may be more changes soon : )
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Outstanding - can't wait to return!

  • 5 of 5

The yellow House exceeded our expectations in almost every respect.

The house itself is lovely with a fantastic kitchen, comfortable beds and a great sense of style. The outside space is equally fabulous with a large pool, plenty of loungers and an abundance of games and inflatables.

The house and pool were so lovely that we didn't explore an much as we'd planned, but we did manage trips to Bolsena and Capodimonte for swimming, and to Civita di Bagnoregio and Montefiescone for evening walks.

The pizza oven was an added bonus; due to gluten intolerance in 2 of our party we opted to make our own dough (we were able to source the ingredients easily from the local supermarket and the one in Bagnoregio) which worked surprisingly well.

One earlier review had commented on the access road to the house, and I should just say that we found the unfinished track to be no problem at all in a standard estate car.

To sum up, we had a fantastic week at the Yellow House and hope to return for a longer break soon... Thank you :)

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A pleasure. So glad you enjoyed yourselves, congratulations on your pizza making success and look forward to welcoming you back very soon.
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Fabulous property, just magical!

  • 5 of 5

What can I say, words cannot describe how lovely this house is! We were a group of 12, aged between 12 and 74 and each one of us enjoyed our stay here. The space is really good for a big group, plenty of bathrooms for everyone and large seating areas both inside and out. The table outside under the tree is just a magical place to sit and enjoy meals overlooking the fields down to the river. Unfortunately the river was quite dry in August so we missed out on fishing. The kitchen has everything you could need, dishwasher and washing machine along with large oven and hob. We cooked most nights and really enjoyed the experience of eating under the tree each night, followed by a few glasses of wine! The pool area is lovely, there is shade most of the day under a tree which was really needed in August and the pool was a welcome relief, big enough of all 12 plus loads of inflatables ! Although it does not have air conditioning it was cool in most of the rooms because of the thick walls. The only room we found to be a bit stuffy was the very top bedroom, but we found a fan and that sorted the problem out.

The town is about 15 minutes walk and has everything you could need, including a few restaurants and a couple of bars. The bars were really cheap compared to other parts of Italy. There is also a large supermarket just before you reach the town, just at the end of the road leading to the house, which you can walk to in 8 minutes and it sells everything you could need. There are also a couple of really nice bakeries and we purchased pizza dough and tried out the pizza oven, we also bbq'd in the garden a couple of times. Both Christina in Italy and Emma were very quick to answer any questions both before and during out stay and were a pleasure to deal with.

Bolsana lake is really nice to visit, we spent a day there on the beach and hired a speed boat for 40 Euro for one hour which was a really good price. You could also hire bodyboards etc for less than 10 Euro an hour, much cheaper than many places we have visited.

To sum up, we spent a lovely week here, relaxing by the pool and chilling out in the evening under the tree, just perfect!!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review, delighted you enjoyed your stay, we hope to see you again some time in the near future.
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Very nice

  • 5 of 5

I'm writing this as I await my flight back to Gatwick. An absolutley brill week away at the yellow house. It was about an hour and a half from Rome but we never got a chance to venture into the capital as there is more than enough to do (or not do) within a short drive of the house. The house itself is perfect for a relaxing holiday. Most of our time (4 adults 2 children) was spent in the sun by the pool, by the pizza oven (make sure you use plenty of the wood provided) or in the kitchen dinner in the evening. Bagnorrigio was 15 minutes away and food shopping was well catered for. The gelateria was brill but there is also one in the village centre near the house. Bolsena is a must too. We didn't get a chance to go to Orvieto or viterbo but maybe next time we can squeeze it in! Great holiday and we will hopefully return

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay at The Yellow House - we look forward to welcoming you back very soon.
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Nearest Airport
150 Kilometres
Rome Fumicino or Ciampino
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Insomnia Bar - Civitella d'Agliano town
Nearest Ferry
125 Kilometres
Porto Santo Stefano
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Castel Georgio
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Alviano (Orvieto - 30km - 45 minute drive)
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
San Michele Pizzaria (next to super market)
Nearest Ski
80 Kilometres
Mount Amiata - Tuscany
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Lake Bolsena (30 minute drive)
Car: necessary

The villa is situated in the heart of wine-making countryside, it is the perfect place to relax and because of its unique location can be used as a base to explore Umbria, Tuscany and Lazio. The House is situated 15 minutes walk from the quiet, medieval village Civitella d’Agliano, in which there are several shops, a petrol station, a Banca di Roma and Post Office. Even nearer home is our local restaurant and a small supermarket. There are several other good restaurants in the area including at the beautiful Hotel La Tana dell’Istrice (the porcupine’s lair), where one can also taste wine from the impressive wine cellars. There is a pizzeria and several small bars. There are facilities for playing tennis, horse-riding, fishing, walking and cycling, information can be found in the Town Hall (Comune). Bagnoregio is the nearest large town and is 15 minutes by car. Orvieto is 40 minutes drive away as is Lake Bolsena, see link to our website for further information.

Other Activities at The Yellow House: wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, table tennis, badminton, table football and clay modeling with clay from the stream


Rates & Availability

Viterbo Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2 (2017)
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $41 per night, per additional guest
Autumn 1 (2017)
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Autumn 2 (2017)
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 27 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $32 per night, per additional guest
Spring 1 (2018)
Mar 17 2018 - Apr 13 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $32 per night, per additional guest
Spring 2 (2018)
Apr 14 2018 - May 11 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Summer 1 (2018)
May 12 2018 - Jun 29 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $39 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2 (2018)
Jun 30 2018 - Aug 31 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $41 per night, per additional guest
Autumn 1 (2018)
Sep 1 2018 - Sep 28 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Autumn 2 (2018)
Sep 29 2018 - Oct 26 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $32 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Additional Guest Fee $31.76 per person per night

To secure a booking we require 50% of the total cost now and the remaining balance 28 days prior to arrival. We recommend using the Book Now option as the total cost is calculated for you and immediate payment of the deposit is possible. The price includes provision of bed linen, towels (one hand, bath and swimming towel per guest) gas, electricity and final clean.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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