About the property
- Villa4843 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
7 Bedroom, 6 Bath Villa: Enormous Pool & Pool House, 3 Kitchens & Living Rooms
This large gated property above the Tiber Valley has extensive grounds, separate entrances and living areas to ensure privacy and comfort for all of your group. The central villa has four bedrooms and three baths: two baths are en-suite and the third bath is shared by two bedrooms. Bedrooms can be set up either as large double beds or with two single beds. A child's crib or cot can be set up in either of the two bedrooms with en-suite bath in the center of villa or in either of the larger bedrooms in Belvedere wing. The Belvedere wing has three double bedrooms, each with en-suite bath: two with shower and one with tub. Full kitchens include all appliances, oven, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, larger of two kitchens also has separate butler's pantry with large American refrigerator/freezer. New (2017) 140 square meter ground floor living space has additional cooking and dining facilities for large groups. Washing machine is in laundry room on ground floor. Larger living room has table to seat up to twenty guests, two smaller dining rooms, television, play equipment. Belvedere has expansive panoramic terrace with views over the Tiber Valley, the ancient town center of Deruta and the rolling hills of Umbria with sun loungers, ceramic dining table, umbrella. Pool area has large solarium, pool house with refrigerator, changing room, shower. Additional shower at pool. Ceramic tables for dining by pool in sun or large covered dining area at side of pool. Wifi throughout entire villa as well as in pool area.
Please note that in the season when the pool is not open it is possible to rent only the Belvedere wing or only the Villa instead of the entire Villa property. The Belvedere wing is especially appropriate for winter rentals because of the convenient under-floor heating system.
Maria Beatrice Aglini
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- English, Italian
- Calendar last updated:
- May 16, 2018
Pool / Spa
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
The Perfect Hilltop Retreat
Our party of 10 had the pleasure of staying at this fab property for two weeks early September. It was perfect. Our host Franca and her daughter, Beatrice were just outstanding. We only ever had one issue and that was the walkability!! into Deruta. Whilst, this is still an issue, it was one that was quickly sorted by Franca. We had a meal prepared for us whilst we were there and it was just wonderful. A must for everyone who has the extreme good luck to book this property.
We would without a doubt not hesitate to book this property again. The walking into Dertua is just about do'able' in the daytime but most definitely not in the evening and certainly not for anyone of a certain age..!! The swimming pool was Olympic size and very, very clean. We cannot thank our hosts enough for allowing us to stay in this wonderful property. Villa Santa Maria and Belvedere and Franca and Beatrice are the perfect paring.
Wonderful Umbrian retreat
A beautiful, relaxed and special place to stay. Owner Franca and her daughter Beatrice are superb hosts. The villa is set in pretty grounds with a superb pool (complete with diving board and lit at night) on a hillside overlooking Deruta surrounded by fields, olive groves and a vineyard - good for early morning walks and to get a feel of the local area. The accommodation was clean, comfortable; a great mix of traditional and contemporary and beautiful local ceramics (many from Franca's ceramics factory in Deruta). The area is a mix of small towns and agriculture. We were a family group of 14 (including our labrador). The contiguous accommodation worked very well for us. Having 6 bathrooms for 7 bedrooms was good. The Belvedere kitchen became the breakfast and lunch space (breakfast on the terrace, lunch by the pool) and the Villa kitchen was used for evening meal preparations. The dining table in the Villa seated us all comfortably whilst the surrounding living space and balcony gave lots of space for break-out groups. We were there during a heatwave and the air conditioning in most areas was very welcome (nb one bedroom in the Belvedere and one in the Villa do not have air conditioning, along with the living space in the Belvedere but large fans had been provided). The pool was definitely the focal point of our stay! Franca and Beatrice were wonderful and both speak fluent english. They were on hand to answer queries, make recommendations and check the pool every day (usually early morning before we were up). The medieval chapel attached to the villa is a special addition - we were there on 15 August and the villagers came up for a service followed by coffee and Franca's homemade cake!
Any improvements? We had 4 keen (and very good) cooks in our group so perhaps some additional kitchen utensils such as sharp knives/chopping boards would have been good. There are two sorts of electric sockets and we struggled a little with adaptors.
Deruta - Franca's ceramics shop, the Ceramics museum, Taverna del Gusto for lunch, the local butcher, homemade gelato (nocciola was a favourite), fresh pasta, Tuesday morning market
Places nearby - Assisi, Gubbio, Montefalco (superb wine tasting at Fongoli Cantina including the local Sagrantino grape), Monte Subasio (spectacular views), Spello (preserved roman acquaduct), Todi...the list is endless
We loved it and hope you do too.
Thank you Sarah. Was a pleasure for us to host you and your family. Thanks also for your suggestions. You have been fantastic guests, and it was great to get to know you.Thanks again for your stay and we hope to see you ( and the dog Bea ) again.
Lovely spacious villa with beautiful pool
We had a fabulous week at this beautiful villa. The setting of the villa in the hill above Deruta with a magical view of the town and the valley is stunning. Many an evening was spent on the large terrace eating and drinking as we watched the beautiful sunset. But there was so many options to sit and enjoy meals from a table next to the pizza oven to lunches and a BBQ next to the pool. The children loved the huge pool, the grounds and ringing the bell on the old chapel in the grounds. All the bedrooms and bathrooms were individual, well decorated and large and there was a lot of space in the house (really 2 houses with kitchen and lounge area in each house- we used the facilities in the belvedere section as this worked well for us). Most bedrooms had access to the terrace or a balcony with views of the beautiful surrounding countryside. Even though the villa feels very rural, it was a very short trip into the town of Deruta for the local market, supermarket and ceramic shops. We were also fortunate to be there for the first day of a festival in Deruta (July 21st) so took the children into town to enjoy this local event.
Franca and Beatrice were such attentive hosts making sure we had everything we wanted from suggestions of local places to visit to logs for the BBQ and pizza oven to helping us order a delicious shoulder of pork from the local butcher. They were always nearby if we needed anything.
One of the best villas we have stayed in in our 14 years of this type of holiday as both the house and the grounds were stunning and close to many interesting places to visit - hilltop towns, Assisi and lake Trasimeno a few of the options available.
Thank you Sarah for your lovely words. It was a pleasure to host you and your beautiful family. We are glad you had a good time at Villa Santa Maria. Thanks again for your stay and we hope you will return soon.
Perfect Umbrian Villa
If you're looking for a villa in central Umbria for a large group (we were 15), this is the ideal choice. The property and views were stunning, the place is outfitted with much more than you would need (3 kitchens, pool house, several places to gather/eat). The huge pool was amazing and necessary during a hot summer visit. The owner was extremely friendly and helpful, recommending several great day trips, and setting up ceramics class for kids, cooking class for adults, and anything else we needed. The location is a great base for visiting the region. I would honestly give this place a perfect rating. The only additional information that I would note is that there is no real shallow end of the pool. The "shallow" end is about 5 feet deep, and the deep end is 10+ feet deep. This was great for us, as all of the kids in our party were strong swimmers, but this might be helpful info for anyone with small children, or non- or weak swimmers.
it was our absolute pleasure to have you with us.
You and your family have been fantastic guests, and it was great to get to know you.
We are glad you had a good time at Villa Santa Maria, and we hope to see you again soon!
Fabulous Umbrian trip with friends...
We're sadly on our way home from a lovely fortnight at Franca's amazing villa... The description doesn't prepare you for the space, view from the terrace or attention to detail.... There was room for our big group (8 adults, 9 kids) and Franca was on hand whenever we needed anything.... She even cooked for us on our last night....
It's a little odd to have 2 separate kitchens but we just used one for breakfast and one for other meals.... She's planning a new big kitchen under the terrace that would work well... It has a fab pool house with toilet, shower and fridge/freezer for those poolside beers and ice creams....
Deruta is not really walking distance with kids although we did it once (for the spectacle that was Miss Umbria!!).... Pizza Party does great take away pizzas and Taverna del Gusto in the old town is friendly and fabulous.....
Definitely try the water park at Tavernelle and lunch at the Alchemist on the square at Montefalco.....
We may well return!!
We stayed for two weeks at this house during the summer of 2015 and found it wonderful.
The house (or really 2 adjacent houses) is beautiful and spacious. The rooms were nicely but simply decorated with good quality furniture, and the kitchens were well equipped (especially with ceramics!). For us, the only drawback was that there were two houses, and thus two kitchens and living rooms, and we like to hang out together, but there is plenty of room, so this isn't a big problem (and for many this could be an advantage).
The area by the pool, where we would also eat, was just wonderful, and from the patio area, you could watch the sun set over Deruta. The pool is huge and well maintained. Since we were there in the middle of a heat wave, this was a vacation-saver! The gardens are beautiful and there is quite a bit of space both indoors and outdoors.
The local hosts were very helpful with restaurant and tourist ideas, or issues with the house (I locked us out!) and yet not intrusive. They came every day to check the pool and water the plants, but usually before we were up, or when we were cooking dinner.
Umbria is almost as beautiful as Tuscany, without all the tourists, so the area nearby is very nice and full of places to explore.
Thank you for taking the time to let us know how you enjoyed Villa Santa Maria, it was a pleasure to host you. Some information for our future guests: The two structures are contiguous and form one large edifice which also connects to the private chapel; each part of the Villa has a separate entrance stairway with about 12 meters from one to the other. We hope the second kitchen allows our guests more flexibility in gathering for meals such as breakfast at different times but both living areas are large enough to accommodate the entire group and indeed, many guests choose to gather for meals poolside where there are outdoor cooking options as well.
Of course 'almost as beautiful' ...we feel Umbria is even more beautiful because of its wider valleys and wilder mountains--all with fewer crowds to contend with--but the house is positioned close enough to Tuscany to allow guests to explore nearby Tuscan areas such as Cortona, Montepulciano, etc.--although we think you may have your days filled just with Umbrian jewels such as Assisi, Todi, and the islands of Lago Trasimeno, to name only three nearby destinations.
Thanks again for your stay and we hope you'll return before long.
Near the largest spa in Umbria, multiple golf courses and horse riding clubs, further afield are hang-gliding, white water rafting, rock climbing. A short drive from world class entertainment in Perugia and Spoleto, hundreds of local culinary and cultural festivals. Eurochocolate, Festival of Two Worlds, Umbria Jazz, many other music and food festivals. Near to Assisi, Perugia, Todi, Orvieto and the beautiful hill towns of Umbria and Tuscany such as Montefalco, Spoleto, Spello, Cortona, Gubbio. Lago Trasimeno has ferries out to the atmospheric islands, beautiful spots for walks and picnics. Ruins of Carsulae, waterfalls near Terni and many other natural, historic and cultural spots. Excellent museums are found right in Deruta, in Perugia, and in many smaller towns. Wine cellars have tastings and tours and nearby Torgiano has a wine museum as well as wineries and restaurants. Our ceramics showroom and production centre in Deruta will welcome you with a personalized tour.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
The pool is open mid-May through mid-September. We request a deposit in order to reserve the house and the balance upon arrival if you are paying directly. Prices are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed. A 400 euro security deposit is to be paid in cash on arrival and is returned on departure. The final cleaning fee is 200 euro and is also due in cash on arrival. Please contact us regarding direct payments. Air conditioning use is charged separately at 20 euro per day. Winter months firewood is provided free of charge. Pellet stove, radiators and underfloor heating are charged separately at cost based on usage.