About the property
- Villa3229 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
Rural Villa, 4 bed, 4 reception, 5 shower, 6 WC, many terraces with 3 big tables
A 'Wow!' property, and our second home. Private, quiet, spacious villa, with own olive grove, & woodland totalling 13 Hectares (~32 acres), 1km from medieval village. Private: 12 x 6m infinity pool (with remote control child-safe cover) & underwater seat along west side, international size boule court, extensive terraces, outside wood oven. Several guests have comented on the excellence of the pool and views from it. ‘Cloister’, open on 3 sides and under a Fig tree, with occasional tables and chairs, provide additional shade in the garden, with lights, USB charging points and English electrical socket. Three outside tables plus one inside dining table each with chairs for seating 8 people, with plenty of shade. There are 11 sun loungers and cushions.
The Villa is located in the River Tiber ('Tivere' in Italian) conservation area, and the river can (just!) be seen from the garden, together with, in the other direction, Umbria. The Villa is 7km from the Autostrada, and the river crossed on the way is the Tivere. Detailed photo directions are provided, and arrival & departure is very easy.
Rural villa sleeping 8 in peace & comfort. Floor area of approximately 300m2 on 2 ½ floors, together with a roof terrace. The house and gardens are not overlooked. There are 4 bedrooms (3 with double beds, one with two singles), 5 shower rooms, and 6 WC's.
On all sides, the 360o views are impressive, and overlook the valley of the River Tiber (Tivere) to the west, agricultural land and hill villages all around with a backdrop of unpopulated mountains and the Soratte mountain to the south west. Village shops are 1.2km, a 10-15 minutes undulating walk. Supermarkets are within 10-15 minutes by car.
Excellent wi-fi, internet TV for UK terrestrial stations and several internet radios for any international radio stations. iPad & Apple docking station with speakers in dining room. A pleasant, private and spacious office with table & chairs and own WC overlooking the pool as a quiet work place (if you really must on holiday!) Phone signal for mobile phones. Internet wifi "the best experienced" according to one guest. Satellite international TV including BBC & ITV , DVD player and 100 + DVD's - mostly English language.
Rome 1 hour by train, about 8 Euro (station 5 minutes away by car) or Autostrada. By car and autostrada Villa Elefanti is 30 minutes south of the Umbrian border, one hour south of the Tuscan border and 2 hours from the Florence exit. The autostrada junction is 7 km from the villa.
Sun (and shade available) all day. Great terraces for sundowners: three large outside tables each with eight chairs. 11 sun-loungers, 8 sun-chairs, small tables, 4 sun umbrellas, etc, etc.
Local manager, Adriano, and wife, Maria, live locally, and discretely supply support if needed.
Responsive owner is delighted to interact with you with information you can share with your family and friends, before, during or after your holiday. .
The rural Villa and its grounds is completely private and not overlooked, but close to the village. It is well back from its secondary road access, and with electric, remote control gates gates, so safe for children to explore its 32 acres/13 hectares. Either by train (station is 5 minutes away by car) or via autostrada central Rome is only an hour away.
Local places to visi:: In no particular order: Vescovio - ~20-25 minutes. Nice little restaurant next to a very old church with underground crypt. Farfa - religious little village. 8th Century I think. One or two restaurants outside village. ~30 minutes distant. Casperia - visible from the east garden. Hillside village with many steps and view and a few bars. ~30 minutes. Poggio Mirterto (good market – mostly clothes - third ? Friday of the month) Viterbo - Medieval small (like a film set!) - maybe ~1 hour. Etruscan restaurant recommended for excellent and cheap local food and grappa (Euro 1 per glass!). Some pleasant shopping streets too. Also antique shops. Gavignano – nothing much about it, but an interesting market on the third Sunday (or is the last Sunday?) of the month. Orvieto. Hill top town with a lot of history and catacombs. One hour north on Autostrada. Bagno Regio - AMAZING (walking uphill) access to medieval hill top village - 15 minutes from Orvieto and virtually unknown to non-locals.
Rome & the best beach: Ostia beach west of Rome - the best. The others are overdeveloped. This is pretty natural, with sand and dunes. Great ' Meditterane' beach restaurant & sun-bed and umbrella hire at Km 8.5 - excellent fish. Arrive early in summer as parking is along the road and limited. Tip the man who appears to look after you car about 3 Euro for the day (but that is the only charge, and if he is still there when you leave, he'll help you into the traffic flow.)
Rome: culture, shopping and people watching - 1 hour.
Some recommendations: Personal favourite restaurants and destinations notes are provided to clients by e mail.
Former guests have enjoyed golf: several courses nearby - details on request.
A car is recommended. Both Rome airports - Fumicino and Ciampino - about one hours drive away from Villa Elefanti in normal traffic - have car hire companies, which do not exist locally to Stimigliano. A GPS for your car is highly recommended to navigate the country roads and/or Rome.
There is a direct train line from Fumicino airport to Stimigliano. Look for trains going to Orte end station - they go through central Rome, but no changes are needed. There are usually 2 an hour: check timetables at the stations. Tickets are cheap and must be validated before travel. There are no taxi’s in Stimigliano, but a bus from the railway station to the piazza.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 22, 2018
Why Adrian chose Province of Rieti
Guests enjoy the space, peace, views, privacy & pool and convenience for shopping and restaurants. Many enjoy visiting Rome by train or car, as well as other historical sites. We were fortunate to have ,
What makes this Villa unique
We were fortunate to have, through a friend, a local contact - Adriano - now our local manager - who could look for suitable ruins for us to buy and renovate. We looked at many over a couple of years. It was the hill top location of what was to become Villa Elefanti, which enchanted us from the first viewing. The little house, and its land, originating hundreds of years ago and run as a small agricultural holding, had not been used for about 15 years, and was being offered for sale by the widow of the former family owners, from Rome. We paid the asking price, and then spent much more on the renovation. Every year we do a little more to continually improve the villa, its facilities, access and garden, which as far as possible we are developing to not require water in the summer, once plants are established. The ash trees, as in many parts of Europe, have suffered from Ash die-back and we are trying to have roses and jasmine obtain support from whats left of the dead trees. In the winter of 2017/18 temperatures went down to minus 10 -12 C , and we lost a lot of plants. But with the expert assistance of our gardener Leonardo we keep striving to make the garden more and more beautiful and in character for the local environment.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Keith & Pam Saunders ( Scotland) July 2017. Beautiful villa with amazing views. Fantastic pizza oven
with terrace to dine & enjoy the view. Very spacious with comfortable beds & excellent showers. Well equipped kitchen with dinning area outside with canopy providing welcome shade. It was very hot while we were there in July, 36/38 degrees. Loved the pool & cloister again providing much needed shade. The villa has an ample supply of very informative books for visiting Rome & surrounding villages. We loved Orvieto & the Civita Di Bagnoregio is amazing. In Rome we can recommend using the hop on hop off bus with a tour of The Coloseum on offer, very good value. For art lovers The Villa Borghese is outstanding. Driving in Rome is an experience, not one we'd recommend but taking the train from Stimigliano is by far the best way to get into Rome. Adrian was so helpful in every way providing all you need to know. For eating out the local restaurant Da Lina takes some beating for atmosphere, service & price. We were a group of 7 with ages ranging from 70 ( grandparents ) to parents , a 21 year old & 2 teenagers so lots to please & we were all happy! Our only criticism of this beautiful villa was that although there were plenty of fans there was no air-conditioning. Because it was so hot when we were there this proved difficult particularly at night. Apart from that a magnificent place. We would recommend a car to benefit from the surrounding areas.
Dear Keith & Pamela, thanks for your comments. It's good to know that for you too, Villa Elefanti made the whole age range teenagers to 70's happy, both in the Villa and its garden and pool, as well as as a base to explore Rome and the surrounding small towns and villages. Italy has had in 2017 the hottest summer since 2003, and the worst drought for 70 years. Normally overnight temperatures are comfortable for everyone with top-of-hill breezes, and fans if necessary - there is one in each bedroom- keeping everyone comfortable. Come back and see us again soon!
Fantastic property in a wonderful location!
We spent an uninterrupted week at Villa Elefanti for our honeymoon - it is a wonderful place. Secluded, yet close enough to the local town (Stimigliano) for groceries and plenty of options for proper Italian food.
It gave us the space to relax, enjoy the spectacular views and enjoy firing up the pizza oven.
We will be back - next time with friends!!!
Dear James & Elle,
We have previously had Villa Elefanti used as 'home' for a wedding in Rome, followed by a catered reception at the Villa . The couple visited us there is advance, by arrangement, and we assisted them with contacting a local caterer, and also other accommodation for their overflow guests, locally. I think it all worked out a lot cheaper than a lot of alternatives.
Yours is the first honeymoon though. Maybe you'll give others the idea?
And of course we look forward to welcoming you and your friends next time.
Best wishes, Adrian
A Hidden Gem?
From the moment you arrive at Villa Elefanti you are torn, on the one hand there’s an almost irresistible urge to share your delight in having found this gem of a place, on the other there’s a bit of you which would like to keep it your little secret. For our party the urge to share won out and as far as our respective social media circles are concerned this gem is certainly no longer 'hidden'.
The villa itself is an attractive and imposing building outside and spacious, comfortable and well appointed inside. Set on its own hill top it is secluded without feeling isolated and surrounded by hard and soft landscaping totally in keeping with its environment. More importantly its position offers outstanding views over the surrounding countryside on every side and there are plenty of places to sit together or singly to take it all in. We particularly loved the patio with the wood oven (which was great fun to cook with) which quickly became our favoured place to eat dinner and enjoy another fabulous the sunset.
We were blessed with perfect weather during the week we were at Villa Elefanti, and opted for a leisurely stay lazing by the pool, playing petanque and soaking up the wonderful views. However, we did try Adrian and Lena’s favourite local pizza place as well as shopping in their nominated supermarkets all of which were as described in Adrian’s comprehensive and invaluable notes. With lots more to explore in the surrounding area we have the perfect excuse for a return visit in the not too distant future.
Thank you Nick, for disclosing your families "gem". We look forward to seeing you again.
A terrific house ,beautiful views and fabulous pool. Highly recommended .
This is a great spot , views all round to dazzle and the nicest pool we have encountered. The heat was intense for most of our stay so the loggia was a godsend . The big terrace is great in the mornings and evenings - sunsets wonderful and the pizza oven great fun.
Well organised and equipped house and outdoors .
A very peaceful spot . We had a great holiday ..
Dear Moira, Thank you. The idea for the loggia (= cloister) came from a trip to Chile in January where we saw such structures often used to provide shade. We are pleased you enjoyed this years construction. The idea for the long underwater ledge/seat along the west side of the pool came from a game lodge in South Africa, and from another one came the large open shower enclosures idea. Very pleased to hear that you had a great holiday. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Best wishes, Adrian
Improving on perfection!
In addition to all the excellent aspects of Villa Elefanti, reported by others, a new 9 x 3 metre 'Cloister' with tiled roof has been constructed - partially under a large fig tree - in the garden and close to the pool, to provide cool shade in the heat of the Italian summer days. It has lights and power points - including both Italian and UK power points and USB connections for charging personal electronics.
Thanks for your comment - every year we invest in Villa Elefanti, for the enjoyment of all guests - including us! Adrian
a beautiful villa in an incomparably beautiful place. Everything perfect.
Thank you. We look forward to having you stay again! Adrian
Lazio is the province of Rome. Although more accessible, less touristy and therefore cheaper than Tuscany to the north, the Lazio agricultural landscape has many similarities and hilltop villages and history. A car is recommended. Rome, culture, shopping and enjoyment in many forms - 1 hour by car or train. A great beach at Ostia. Numerous small villages steeped in history are with 15 - 30 minutes by car. In no particular order: Vescovio- good restaurant next to a very old church with underground crypt. Farfa - 8th Century religious village. Casperia - visible from the east garden, hilltop village with a few bars. Poggio Miterto (good market – mostly clothes - third Friday of the month). Orvieto, hill top town with a lot of history and catacombes. Bagno Regio (75 mins) - AMAZING (walking uphill) access to medieval hill top village - 15 minutes from Orvieto and virtually unknown to non-locals. There is a golf course about 15 minutes away at a hotel. Written info sent to clients
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
The prices quoted are all inclusive. 25% or rent as a non-refundable first payment, and a signed contract by e mail, to confirm the reservation, then 75% of the rent 45 days before the first day of rental. No security deposit, No final cleaning and No laundry charge. Speak to me if you prefer to pay in Euro, as I can manage that. I look forward to hearing from you.