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Superbly restored farmhouse with private pool in stunning countryside setting

Bedrooms 4
Space 5,381 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Impressive house near Orvieto with wow factor! Sleeps 8 - 10

Surrounded by lovely countryside, with views to distant mountains, the 18th century farmhouse with its large private pool, lovely garden and exquisite views provides privacy and seclusion without isolation.

Beautifully restored, it combines traditional Umbrian features like huge wooden beams, high ceilings, immense stone walls and handmade cotto floor tiles with stylish modern decor and furnishings. Its huge rooms and lovely outdoor space with sun loungers and shady pergolas means a group of up to 10 can each find their own space, yet relax together with drinks and over outdoor meals. It is a perfect getaway for a luxurious self-catering holiday with family or friends.

At one end of the farmhouse is the pretty, self contained 'Little House.' With an additional two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and lounge - plus stunning ground and first floor terraces - it which offers those booking the farmhouse the option to spread out even more! Contact the owners Jane & Peter for more details and prices for adding the rental of the Little House to your booking.

Both the Farmhouse and the Little House have the same stylish mix of modern and antique furnishings, clean white walls, dramatic lighting, traditional beams and handmade 'cotto' floors.

The ancient Farmhouse has 4 big airy en-suite bedrooms - one with its own balcony. A roof-to-floor hall provides a dramatic welcome and opens onto a lounge with 3 big cream leather sofas and satellite TV. There is a games room with table tennis and table football, a box with board games and toys and a huge kitchen. Stretching for 50 feet, the working end has an island unit topped with local stone and stools, plus contemporary kitchen units and all the appliances and with a dining and seating area in front of an open fire. There is also a utility room with a large fridge freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer and shower room/wc on the ground floor.

Just restored and newly opened in 2013, the Little House is a pretty cottage built in 1924 which provides a further two bedrooms if required. Ideal as a bolthole for grand parents, noisy teenagers, friends of the main family or as accommodation for a nanny, the self contained cottage has two bedrooms (one with a king size bed, the other two singles), shared bathroom, lounge and kitchen - and a large private first floor terrace with stunning views on three sides. Please ask for rental details if you are interested in renting the cottage as well as the main house - it is only offered to guests renting the main house, so that Laguscello remains private. The cottage may also be rented on its own in winter - from 24 October through to 21 May 2016l, when the farmhouse is closed. It has a cosy wood burning stove which also heats the radiators and logs are provided.

Centrepiece of the garden is the 12m x 8m pool with sun loungers. Up to 12 guests can dine on the terrace beneath a shady pergola beside an original working pizza oven, which guests can use. A second pergola provides a perfect spot for after-lunch dozing in the hammock. There is a separate barbecue. An expansive lawn, perfect for ball games, is bordered by flower beds with swathes of lavender enjoyed by colourful butterflies and bees. Guests can help themselves to the figs, cherries and walnuts on the trees and there are also wild flower banks - plus a herb garden beside the dining terrace. At the front, a large gravel area provides plenty of parking within the grounds which are securely fenced and gated.

Laguscello is in a peaceful countryside setting with no other houses in view and only the occasional walker or farmworker to disturb the peace. Birds of prey soar above surrounding woodland, skylarks sing as you swim in the pool, swifts and swallows swoop to snatch insects from the water and colourful bee-eaters dive for grasshoppers in the fields. We think there is a resident Eagle Owl living in one of the unused chimneys and the cantina is possibly home to a porcupine who leaves quills outside the kitchen door and digs runs to get in and out under the fence beside the gate.

For golf lovers, there is a new 9-hole golf course a ten minute drive away and a golf driving range even closer.

It is convenient for the cities and sights of Umbria, Tuscany and beyond and is just 15 minutes from Orvieto and 10 minutes from Lake Bolsena, with its plentiful fish restaurants, water sports, beaches - and lovely sunsets. For more information, please visit

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Jane Lawrence
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
September 26, 2017

About Jane Lawrence

Jane & Peter live in East Sussex. Peter is a garden designer (so Laguscello's garden, although still quite 'young' is a highlight of the property). Jane runs a PR consultancy in London.

Jane Lawrence purchased this farmhouse in 2006

Why Jane Lawrence chose Castel Giorgio

We had been looking to buy somewhere in Italy since we first holidayed here in the 1990s - in Tuscany and Umbria. We spent years searching for the perfect place and chose this part of Umbria for its convenience to Rome and Florence - as well as to some of Italy's most famous and most beautiful gardens. We fell in love with the ruin that was Laguscello and bought it after much soul searching - it was far too big, too derelict and too expensive! But such a breathtaking location.... and we could see it would be wonderful once restored. When we had almost finished the restoration, a local came up to us with tears in his eyes, shook our hands and thanked us for giving life back to the house he had been born in. We were so proud and happy....

What makes this farmhouse unique

As well as being such a beautiful house, Laguscello has to have one of the most stunning locations ever. Every other year it stands in a sea of sunflowers and it has panoramic views across open countryside to mountains in the distance. It is totally peaceful and private, yet just half a mile or so from the main road leading to Castel Giorgio one way and Orvieto the other, so you don't feel isolated. One of its other main attractions is its proximity to Bolsena lake, which is delightful - and rather like being by the sea, especially as the sun sets on a warm summer's evening. Above all, Laguscello is safe and welcoming - its enormous old walls seem protective of those inside somehow and you can really imagine it in centuries past when the animals lived on the ground floor with the farming families above.


Castel Giorgio Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5381 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Activities Guide
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Each bathroom has a new white sink, toilet, bidet and spacious walk-in shower. The master bathroom also has a bath. Luxurious white towels are provided. Each bathroom has a large mirror over the sink, shaving socket and space to store toiletries. All have windows with shutters except the ground floor shower room/toilet.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 2 child bed
  • Each spacious bedroom has exposed beams, high ceilings, cotto floors and a king size bed (double bed in bedroom 4). Each has a wardrobe with hangers provided, a large chest of drawers and seating area with table. Bedrooms 1 and 2 overlook the rear garden, pool, fields and woodland to mountains in the distance. Bedroom 1 has double doors leading onto a private balcony with a table and chairs. The ensuite bathroom in this room also has a bath with shower attachment as well as a spacious separate shower. The other three rooms each have ensuite shower rooms - all with bidets. Bedrooms 3 and 4 overlook beautiful open countryside. One has a double sofa bed, there are two fold up singles available ideal for children and a cot is provided. Each bedroom has a free standing fan and hairdryer, window shutters and flyscreens at each window. There are a further two bedrooms in the Little House which may also be rented.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 14 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Laguscello is securely fenced with double gates and intercom system. There is an original pizza/bread oven outside, which may be used, as well as a barbecue. Indoor and outdoor dining tables are huge and hand-made by a local carpenter, both seat 12. The kitchen is the heart of the Main Farmhouse and has an island unit with stools for informal eating, as well as a dining area and a lounge area with two leather sofas in front of an open fireplace. The separate main lounge has three sofas, writing desk and TV with a selection of DVDs and books for guests to use. There is a CD player and wi-fi for internet connection both inside and outside the house. A separate utility room contains a second fridge and sink, washing machine, tumble dryer as well as extra store cupboards. A selection of board games/pool games/garden games and toys are provided. The separate games room has table tennis and table football as well as a toy box for young guests.


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Superbly restored farmhouse with private pool in stunning countryside setting
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

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  • 5 of 5

We wanted somewhere we could chill out with good friends we haven't seen in a while. The house was just perfect for this. It is lovely, with all you could need and in a beautiful location - not overlooked at all, surrounded by countryside and quiet without being off the beaten track. It was nice to just be able to amble for occasional walks through the fields and woodland, but equally, just a few minutes to bars, shops and restaurants. We all wanted to move in permanently and it was a real wrench to leave. Very spacious with huge rooms and really well equipped. Hairdryers provided for us to use was a bonus, fans to keep us cool at night, flyscreens to keep the bugs outdoors and having two fridges - one a large American-style one - meant we could shop in bulk with plenty of room to chill enough white wine for eight of us to last the week! We did some excursions into surrounding parts, most notably Lake Bolsena, which is just on the doorstep and the hot springs at Saturnia and we ventured by train from Orvieto to Florence. We loved it and going by train was easy yet an adventure in its own right. We swan in the huge pool,held table football and table tennis tournaments and we even used the original outdoor bread oven- not for baking bread, but for slow roasting meat, which was utterly delicious and eaten one evening on the big table on the terrace as the sun went down. Unforgettable!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2009
  • Stayed: June 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review pretty much sums up Laguscello - almost makes us want to go ourselves! But then we know how lovely it is. The hot springs at Saturnia are definitely a must - some previous guests went in October 08 in hot sun - there is an area you can go to which is free (directions in the Rough Guide in Laguscello's 'library') - came back smelling of sulphur apparently! Florence is wonderful too - and there are other places nearby in Tuscany we'd recommend for days out. The last guests had a wonderful day on a beach in Tuscany (west coast - gorgeous sunsets) - they emailed to tell us all about it. How nice is that!
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Tuscan dream, idyllic!

  • 5 of 5

This wonderful Italian farm house set on the Tuscan/Umbrian hills is all one would imagine for the idyllic family holiday.

Beautifully restored with a touch of opulence. The extremely well equipped rustic Tuscan kitchen is supplemented along the pathway with a complete pizza room and delightful outdoor dinning area under vine clad pergola.

With the summer breeze wafting through the lavender and rose bushes it is heaven just idling by the pool though if feeling more energetic the surrounding area abounds with medieval towns set high on hills to discover and beautiful lakes to swim in in the valleys.

Great family holiday place with added attraction of games room, all guests need anticipated and good cheap restaurants close at hand. As you can see we really enjoyed our holiday here and cannot wait to return. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2014
  • Stayed: April 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed your stay at Laguscello and appreciated all its features, including the original walk-in pizza oven - which is always a favourite - and the garden, which we have added to this year with even more colourful flowers to enjoy.
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Beautifully restored gem

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Laguscello with our extended family of 4 adults and 2 small children. The property has been beautifully restored, the finishes and furniture are of a high standard. It is located amongst beautiful fields and is set back well from the road. It is blissfully quiet.

When you are trying to locate the property make sure you read the instructions that are sent to you and follow them. If we had done this instead of trusting the GPS to get us directly there we would have saved ourselves a few u-turns!

The property is spacious and the rooms are huge. Jane and Peter have thought of everything a family could need, even down to stairgates at both the top and bottom.

We had a great time, unfortunately we didn't get to use the pool enough as it was just getting into the warmer season. We did brave it a couple of times even so.

We spent a good 4 days trying to source some firewood, eventually after a tip from our friends at the Ritrovo del Cacciatore (great restaurant on the main road on the way to Orvieto, just before you get to the bendy turns) we found a timber yard selling firewood in an industrial estate just before you get into Montefiascone.

A few musts:

- Orvieto, a day at least but you could spend a couple here.

- Civita di Bagnoregio, gorgeous little town that looks like it's going to fall into the valley around. Loads of restaurants there to choose for a relaxing lunch before heading back down and up the other side. The walk over and up the bridge looks worse than it is. If you have small kids I would recomend taking a backpack over a pram though.

- Lake Bolsena, if you're drving and head from the town of Bolsena down to the lake turning left and follow it along you'll get to a good playground for the kids and then a minute further on there's a good beach to play on. Opposite a small hotel called Hotel le Naiadi sul Lagomore.

Overall a fantastic stay and would recommend to anyone considering a visit. There is so much to do in the area and so many towns and restaurants that you won't need to travel too far. A visit from the friendly neighbouring dog Basil was a highlight for the boys. A car is a must for this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is very easy to spend a week just chilling out in the area around Laguscello as these guests did - without having to worry about driving too far afield. There's plenty to do in close proximitiy - but equally, Laguscello is well placed to have one or two day trips to places like Rome, Florence and Siena. Lake Bolsena is just 10 minutes away and is so big, it is like an inland seaside - with beaches, lovely views and glorious sunsets. On summer evenings, the lakeside often plays host to outdoor discos, which are great for families with young teenagers.
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Northumberland UK

Lovely Laguscello

  • 5 of 5

We had an idyllic week. Laguscello is a gorgeous house, so pleasingly thought out, with wonderful proportions and use of light. The bedrooms are highly covetable, and we spent many happy hours outdoors, swimming, eating and sleeping (sun and peaceful surroundings send me off!)

Highlights included the pizza oven and trying out Guy's recipe during a calorie-filled evening - we even achieved a good calzone! Civita was another memorable surprise. It's a real delight - all the better because we were the first family to visit that day and had the place to ourselves.

The weather, the house and the company were wonderful. It was a fantastic base for a holiday we’ll remember for years. Many thanks.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2011
  • Stayed: June 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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best holiday ever

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house, lovingly restored and luxuriously fitted out.

Fantastic location, ideal for exploring, Orvieto, Lake Bolsena and Rome by train are musts.

The family loved the swimming pool and all the games provided and unanimlously agreed we must return soon

  • Submitted: May 17, 2009
  • Stayed: August 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Norfolk, UK.


  • 5 of 5

The title says it all. The property is newly restored, and to a very high standard. The construction and fit-out has lots of local, character-filled features (like HUGE exposed roof beams) combined with some very well constructed and installed modern technology (Smeg kitchen appliances, double glazed windows with integral shutters and fly screens). Although it wasn't blazing hot during our visit, I guess the very thick stone walls (3 feet in places) will keep things cool in summer. The place is very well equipped, and we didn't once wish for some kitchen gadget from home.

Bedrooms (4, all en-suite) are simply vast, with decent, new furniture, and the bathrooms are all fitted to a very high standard.

We only ate out a few times (too easy to just drop anchor in this place) in Orvieto and Todi where there are big choices and good food, and we took the train to Rome in order to tick off the Colosseum and Vatican. The train is very easy from Orvieto, and if you pay an additional 12%, you get to go first class. Florence is apparently also easy to reach this way. We made the mistake of driving to Siena on a holiday weekend. Do not try this yourself.

We also walked about a bit each day. There are beautiful woodland tracks all over the place, and the few locals we did meet ( including a black labrador called Basil) were all very friendly.

The location is everything it says in the description; far enough away from roads and other houses to give genuine peace and quiet, but close enough to make shopping a short drive, and Orvieto is only about 15 minutes away. There are great views in many directions.

I would not recommend this property to anyone wanting urban nightlife on their doorstep, nor to those who can't sleep unless lulled by thundering traffic. Otherwise, I don't see how you can possibly go wrong.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2009
  • Stayed: April 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
130 Kilometres
Rome - Fiumicino or Ciampino
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Castel Giorgio - 5 minutes
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Aquapendente 10 minutes
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
5 minutes
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Lake Bolsena or Tuscany coastline
Car: necessary

Laguscello is 15 minutes from the medieval city of Orvieto and 10 minutes to lovely Lake Bolsena with its fish restaurants, beaches and water sports and to the amazing eroded city of Bagnoregio. It is 5 minutes from shops, bars and restaurants. Rome, Siena and Florence are within easy reach for a day out and there are fast, regular trains from Orvieto - Rome is just over an hour by rail and Florence an hour 30. The thermal springs at Saturnia are 40 minutes and it is 90 minutes to beaches on the west coast. All the must-sees of Tuscany and Umbria are within easy reach, including Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto, Todi, Arezzo....Viterbo is a 30 minute drive and the gardens of Villa Lante and Bomarzo are also close. There are wine and jazz festivals in the area, plenty of walks - including from right outside Laguscello's front door. Animals, birds, wild flowers in spring and fungi in autumn to look out for too. Etruscan tombs are in the woodland, just a few minutes walk from the house.

Golf: A new nine hole golf course at Aquapendente - 10 minute drive. Golf driving range five minute drive


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $330.43

Up to 10 people can be accommodated in the Farmhouse at Laguscello (or 14 if opting to rent the Little House too). The four huge ensuite bedrooms sleep 8 and there are two fold up beds for a couple of extra children/teenagers sharing a bedroom (an extra charge of £75 per single bed, per week is applied). Rental prices quoted here from 29 April - 7 October 2017 are for up to 8 people in the Farmhouse. The winter rate of £750pw from 7 October 2017 until 29 April 2018 (excluding Christmas/New Year) is for up to four people staying in the Little House and does not include use of the swimming pool. Electricity is included in the winter price and there is a wood burning stove which heats the radiators, but gas central heating is charged at 1.25 Euro per litre. The self-contained Little House has two bedrooms, a shared bathroom, kitchen, lounge and two large terraces. The Little House cannot be rented on its own from 29 April to 7 October 2017 but may be booked for an additional cost for larger parties already renting the farmhouse. Use of the swimming pool is included from 3 June - 23 September 2017. All prices include cleaning once a week, electricity, gas (except winter bookings), bed linen, towels and a welcome pack. We also have a safe.

A 30% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. The rental balance is due 12 weeks ahead of your stay, together with a £250 security deposit, which we hold against major breakages/damage (not just the odd glass or two!). We refund this immediately after your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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