|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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. 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.
We just finished the vacation of a lifetime in Umbria and the Villa Santa Maria was central to our success for a few reasons. First, it's in an ideal location between Rome, Tuscany, Umbrian hill-towns, and even the seashore if you want to venture there. Second, the setting is magical. 14th century Italian country church attached to the house, overlooking the Tiber Valley - it's impossible to take a bad photo. Third, the house itself is big, adaptable and ready for large families. We combined three for this vacation and everyone had enough space to relax. Finally, our hostess Franca, was truly gracious and ensured that we had everything we needed during our stay. I would recommend this to anyone. We were very sad to leave.
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.
The whole family of sixteen people over three generations, spent one week in this wonderfully well kept house with beautiful gardens in the Umbrian country side, and we all loved it; the kids loved the pool, the teens the poolside and the adults the combination of relaxation by the house and gardens as well as the closeness to many beautiful places nearby such as Assissi, Gubbio or Spoleto. Very appreciated was also the fantastic Umbrian dinner, specially cooked for our mothers birthday (extra order of course). I will definitely recommend this place to others.
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
May 13 2017 - Sep 15 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $21 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$428|
|Final house cleaning||$160|
The pool is open mid-May through mid-September.
We request a deposit of 50% in order to reserve the house and the balance upon arrival. Prices are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed. The security deposit is to be paid in cash on arrival and is returned on departure.
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.