|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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 www.laguscello.co.uk
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
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....
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$308|
Up to 10 people can be accommodated 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 - 28 October 2017 are for up to 8 people in the Farmhouse. Winter rates - from 22 October 2016 until 29 April 2017 - are for up to four people staying in the Little House and do not include use of the swimming pool. r. Electricity is included 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 28 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.
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.