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30% OFF ALL MAY/JUNE WEEKS! Restored farmhouse, private pool, olive grove, views

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, sleeps up to 6

A private restored stone house that sits on two acres of beautifully landscaped property and olive groves,Casa d'Oliva is a superb location for a vacation for 4-6 guests. It sits high in the hills of Northern Umbria with breathtaking views of the Italian countryside, yet is located near all the region has to offer. The house, a combination of old world charm and modern amenities, is filled with typical Umbrian furnishings.

It is near to all the hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria including Assisi, Gubbio, Siena, Spoleto, Orvieto, Florence and Cortona and within 15 minutes of a town that has a supermarket and all the services you may want.

Eat a leisurely breakfast under the wisteria covered pergola. Spend the day reading by the private pool or walking through the countryside and then dine on the spacious stone patio that overlooks the mountains.

Casa d'Oliva is the perfect setting and location to make your Italian vacation most memorable.

Additional amenities: There is a great deal of information about the area including restaurants, sights, towns and trips. Phone numbers, directions and maps are provided.

Casa d'Oliva has an extensive library (classics, mystery, chick lit, suspense, biography, travel, etc.) and games and puzzles.

A sizeable CD collection (Aerosmith to Zevon and Bach to Tchaikovsky) and a selection of DVDs that can be watched on your laptop computer are in the house.

Shampoo, soap, hair dryers, ironing board and iron provided as well.

Dinner is available for your first evening at Casa d'Oliva. Inquire about menu and prices.

In-home catering and cooking lessons are available. Contact the owner for details.

In-home massage with a licensed, English speaking masseuse also available. Contact the owner for details.

Complimentary items: Complimentary kitchen starter package including cheese, wine, bread, milk, coffee and eggs provided. The kitchen is equipped with spices, salt, sugar and cleaning supplies as well as dishes, flatware, glasses, pots, pans, etc..

More Details

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 30, 2018

About Betsy

We are an American couple Cliffe Raymond and Betsy Fenik who love Italy and especially Umbria. In the United States we own a manufacturing company and make parts for boats. Cliffe is an avid cyclist and loves riding both in Italy and here in Rhode Island. I am a photographer and am very lucky to spend lots of time making pictures all over Italy and New England.

Betsy purchased this villa in 2002

Why Betsy chose Umbertide

We vacationed in Umbria and fell in love with the people, the countryside, the food, the wine and the pace of life. We hope to retire there someday, but in the meantime we are happy to share our little piece of heaven on earth with those who want to slow down and really enjoy life. Our home is a bit remote, but that is exactly what makes it the perfect get-away. Its position up the mountain affords you spectacular views and plenty of peace while its nearness to town (15 minutes) enables you to enjoy dining out and other activities. If sightseeing is what you like Casa d’Oliva is situated near to all the “hill towns” of Umbria and Tuscany. Easy day trips include Cortona, Assisi, Gubbio, Pienza, Montefalco and Florence is a 1 hour 20 minute train ride away.

What makes this villa unique

Eat breakfast under the ivy covered pergola or on the balcony. Spend the day sunning and swimming at the pool. Enjoy a catered dinner on the patio. Please stop and smell the roses. Feel free to pick them too. Enjoy all the flowers here and be sure to use the herbs in the pots on the patio for delicious, fresh pasta dishes. Make sure to be up at the pool each evening for a beautiful sunset. On a clear night lie out on the pump house roof and watch for shooting stars. Enjoy the sounds of the country; the cuckoo, crickets, song birds. At night you can hear the frogs and birds. Slow down, take your time, experience everything here. Italy runs on slow time. So should you when on holiday.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The four of us arrived at the house with Antonella after doing some grocery shopping at Coop in Umbertide and were amazed at how beautiful the property was. The photos don't do it justice. Antonella showed us everything we needed to know about the house and left us to explore and relax. The house is beautiful inside and out, well-appointed and set up perfectly with plenty of privacy for 2 couples. We each had our own bedroom and bath on different floors. The yard, patio and grounds were in full bloom and the pool was a great place to relax, read and have meals. We were close enough to all the Hill Towns we'd heard so much about so took day trips to Cortona, Assisi and Montefalco using the Day Trip sheets that you left with all of the information on restaurants and things to do and see. One day we had Dana come to the house and had massage by the pool and also had a delicious Umbrian meal catered at the house by Mel. He's such fun! We hope to return to Casa d'Oliva for another holiday one day - it was really wonderful!
Aug 2010
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Umbertide Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower
  • One bath with shower enclosure, toilet, sink and towel warmer. One bath with shower in tub, toilet, sink and towel warmer. Outdoor shower at pool.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • One bedroom with king bed, chest, armoire and book case with adjacent bath. One bedroom with king bed, chest, armoire and book case and adjacent bath. One sitting room with double sofa bed and shared bath.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
House is suitable for the elderly on the ground floor. See below for additional amenities.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.857143 based on 8 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with my sister-in-law and her husband, who had never visited this region before.

This is a gorgeous house in a stunning location, is has everything you might need. There is multitudes of information provided of places to visit, restaurants etc, enough to keep you busy for months.

It's very well thought out, outside the pool gets the last rays of sun and there is a table that gets the morning sun to eat breakfast at, plus other places to sit out in the sun or shade as you choose.

I can recommend the Sunday buffet lunch only 3km (from the real road) towards Tuscany, more amazing food than you thought you could eat, mainly grown in Christina's garden, and in the opposite direction Nonna Gelsa is consistently good food and very friendly.

There are so many lovely places to visit and try to walk off the calories that you really didn't try hard enough not to consume.

I would recommend this property especially if you just want to get away from the rat race and relax.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that you enjoyed your stay.
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Warwick, RI

I love Casa D'Oliva!

  • 5 of 5

Casa D'Oliva is a wonderful place to stay. I went with 4 other women, rented a car and toured around Umbria and Tuscany in Ocotber of 2010. We came home each night to this warm and welcoming home. It is beautiful, quiet and authentically Italian! There is plenty of private and communal space. The gals who care take are lovely and helpful with suggestions. We would all go back together or with another group. Enjoy!! Martha, Warwick, RI

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2011
  • Stayed: October 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Providence, Palm Springs, Saranac Lake

The Unltimate Umbian Experience

  • 5 of 5

Quiet/ Remote - yet in thoroughly integrated with the mountains, villages and city-states that provide historical context, this lovely home provides a comfortable environment for a base to explore central and northen Umbria. Tinkling bells from sheep herds, occasional truffle hunters, and the whisper (truly) of the pines are the primary sounds. Local trattorias - and restaurants - are a serious liablity as are the muliple vineyards; one has dinner for lunch and then dinner for dinner. But you can walk it off on the sinuous upland road that brings you to the Casa.

Reccommend? Mercy. Without any reservations

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2011
  • Stayed: September 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bill - so glad that you had a good holiday at Casa d'Oliva and hope to see you again soon! Betsy & Cliffe
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  • 5 of 5

We arrived at Casa d’Oliva imagining long impossibly lazy days doing precious little in the late September sun . . . The house is even more beautiful than Betsy’s pictures show, and the setting and views over the nearby hills conspired to keep us indolent & happy by the pool.

In reality the lure of Cortona (stunning) and Gubbio (fascinating and real), along with the market in Umbertide (serious bargains even for a man!) and the drive to Lake Trasimene, proved irresistible! In all ways a splendid place and a wonderful holiday”

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2009
  • Stayed: September 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, fully-equipped villa

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Casa d'Oliva in May 2008. I loved it. It was the perfect combination of old world charm and modern amenities. The owners had just installed a new oven, which we used very often. The grounds are beautiful. The villa is very comfortable, and the kitchen is totally stocked. We loved eating outside on the back patio overlooking the olive trees and the hills. Even the road up the mountain is exciting, but recommend that you do your day trips during the day and return to the villa before night fall. Lots of information on Tuscany and Umbria. We loved Gubbio, Deruta and Cortona in particular. Would consider returning, but in June because the pool wasn't open yet. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Essex, England

casa d'oliva

  • 4 of 5

this is a truly splendid property, with wonderful facilities and a spectacular view. inside and out it is immaculate, yet you do not feel that you are intruding on someone else's home - you feel it is 'yours'.

the biggest drawback is the 15-minute drive up and down the mountain to get to and from the property. we did not dare go out to eat at night because of the trip up and down (not a problem for us - my husband is a wannabe celebrity chef and delights in creating evening gastronomy). as you have to drive everywhere, you couldn't have a drink out with your meal.

all that said, we got used to it. just be brave. it's ok. and we did go out to eat at a wonderful restaurant on a neighbouring hill and wish we'd done so earlier.

if we spoke italian and had our hiking boots, we'd have been in seventh heaven. thank you elizabeth.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2009
  • Stayed: August 2008
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Locanda di Nonna Gelsa
Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Casa d'Oliva is a day trip to Assisi, Gubbio, Perugia, Orvieto, Siena, Cortona and many other of the hill towns of Umbria and Tuscany. The art and churches of Florence are but 2 hours away. The house is near to many vineyards, olive oil mills that offer tours and tastings.

Other Activities: In-home catering, cooking lessons, guided vineyard tours, in-home massage, sightseeing, antiquing, shopping and golf. Contact me for more information.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning $85

A 400.00 Euro security deposit is collected upon arrival and returned at your departure less any breakage and heating usage costs.
A 75.00 Euro cleaning fee due per week collected upon arrival.
Payment is accepted in US Dollars by wire or check. Please ask the owner about payment terms.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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