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Modern elegant village house in beautiful Umbria

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

The house has 2 bedrooms, 2 .5 bathrooms, and an olive grove

This elegant two bedroom two and a half bathroom house is located in the lovely village of Monteleone D'orvieto in Umbria, Italy. It dates back to the 15th Century and is perfectly placed between Rome and Florence for the best sightseeing in Umbria and Tuscany. The beautifully furnished living room is on the ground floor with a guest bathroom and laundry room. On the next floor is the dining room that seats six and a brand new fully equipped kitchen. Above that is the guest bedroom with en-suite full bathroom. On the last floor is the master wing with en-suite bathroom and a fabulous view of the surrounding countryside. The floors are connected via a spiral staircase.

There is a 42 inch flat screen TV in the living room and another in the master bedroom. The house has high speed internet and WiFi throughout. We have Sky satellite reception on both televisions with programs and films in their original language. The house comes with an olive grove a short walk outside the village walls, where you can go to read a book under an olive tree or sunbathe. Dinners 'alfresco' as the sun is setting, with a good bottle of wine, are a favorite of our guests. Should you wish we have a maid to clean for you whenever you like.

The charming village has one of the smallest theaters in Italy and it is an absolute jewel. The village has a bank, two restaurants, two cafes, a grocery store, one butcher, a clothes shop and a newspaper and general supply store. Once a week there is an outdoor market with vegetables and fruits, clothes and linens. Plus a fresh fish truck that comes every Wednesday from the Tuscan Coast.

On August the 16th every year the village has it's own Pablio, a medieval celebration. The villagers get dressed up in their beautiful medieval costumes and there is a jousting tournament with horses and their riders. At the end there is a big fireworks display, it is not to be missed as it is such a colorful and special celebration. It attracts people from all over the region. In fact from the 8th of August till the day of the Palio there is a lively fair on the Main Street selling crafts made by artisans from the region. As well as a festival of Umbrichelli a handmade pasta made by the villagers served with a variety of sauces and other accompaniments like meat, salads and desserts. You eat at long tables set up in tents it is a very jovial and happy event that lasts a week. All summer there are festivals and fairs that are great to see how life is celebrated in this really special region of Italy.

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Monteleone d'Orvieto House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Please no smoking inside the house. Pets allowed with a security deposit of €100 No loud noise after 10 p.m.
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Hand sink
  • The two en-suite bathrooms are new and are have everything you need plus luxury toiletries.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • The king size beds are with wood slats so they are perfect for your back and a very good nights sleep.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 5 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Hospitality is very important to me and my guests comfort is paramount. I have furnished the house with that in mind, and have been told by my guests that they are feel very at home in the house.


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Modern elegant village house in beautiful Umbria
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Wonderful summer stay in Umbria

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week in sunny Umbria in August and really enjoyed staying in this wonderful and well-equiped house. The house was very clean and well-maintained and really matches the description on the website - actually it's much nicer being there than just reading about it.

We really appreciated the way Susana cared about our well-being and all the details like the nice soaps and her delicious olive oil. Whenever we had a question we got a prompt reply.

A real highlight and place to relax on sunny days or after long excursions was the olive grove that is a few minutes below the village and offers stunning views in the surrounding landscape, especially at sunset.

All in all we had a great stay, enjoying the house and the atmosphere in the village, going on excursions to Orvieto, Perugia, Lago Trasimeno, exploring neighbouring mountain-top villages and towns and walking in delightful nature.

We hope to be able to come back for another holiday.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sebastian, It was a pleasure to host you and your family during your stay, and I am so happy that my house met your expectations. Also that you were able to go down to the olive grove and appreciate the wonderful view from there. You are very welcome anytime you want to return, with pleasure I will make my house available. You were such nice guests, I wish you a wonderful rest of your summer. All the best, Susana
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Nice place in a sleepy hill town

  • 5 of 5

We liked our stay here in Monteleone d' Orvieto. The apartment is on four floors so if stairs are an issue this may not be your place. Otherwise the spaces were well appointed and the rooms spacious and comfortable. There are 2.5 bathrooms and a good functional kitchen with a dishwasher! We loved the olive oil! Scott and Anne

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Diamond in a ruff

  • 5 of 5

Loved the village.The house was just perfect and the host was wonderful with lots of info of things to do and see.the place was very clean and had everything you need for a extended stay.The stairs are hard to get used to but after a while they were fine.

The only thing that we did not enjoy was the bells being very close to them was not a good thing .

But would go back and stay if we get the chance.

Thanks Susana.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Llewelyn and Kelly, It was a pleasure to have you at my house and I am delighted you enjoyed your stay despite the church bells. It is a medieval village and the mayor believes the bells announcing the hours is a historic reminder of that fact. Your staying for three weeks gave you a real feel for this wonderful part of Italy and the house position made it perfect for covering a large area of sights to see. We look forward to welcoming you again should you return. Wishing you all the best, Susana
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Tremendous Value

  • 5 of 5

Two couples shared this home for nine nights. We selected it because of its location in the village of Monteleone d’Orvieto and for its features which include two ensuite bedrooms (plus another half bath). The WiFi and laundry were also greatly appreciated.

The location is well suited for sightseeing of an interesting portion of Umbria and southern Tuscany. The area has an abundance of both touristy and less visited towns. Those who like to see what is around the bend, or over the next hill will enjoy the results of their explorations.

The very characteristic local village has a beautiful site and contains most essential services, including some very good gelato.

The accommodation is well appointed and a tremendous value. The owner is extremely responsive and easy to work with. She met us at both our arrival and departure.

One caution. The home contains several levels connected by a spiral staircase and would not be appropriate for those with mobility issues. Overall though, wonderful experience...

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Christophe, Thank-you for your kind review we really enjoyed meeting you and we're delighted you had such a great time at the house and in this lovely region. We look forward to seeing you again in the future, safe travels back home. Wishing you all the best, Susana
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  • 5 of 5

My stay with friends last year from 5th September to the 16th September, 2014 at Susana Hayman-Chaffey’s house in Monteleone d’Orvieto was one of the BEST vacations I have ever had. The house and it’s accommodations were wonderful and the fact that the house is in the village really gave us a flavor of what life in an ‘old’ Italian village is like. The views from the village across the surrounding country side were amazing. We particularly enjoyed going down to the Olive Grove which came with the house rental, after a long day exploring the surrounding countryside and points of interest, with a bottle or two of Prosecco and some cheese and cold cut delights we found along our way to see the sun set and relax! What a treat!!

The house itself was Great! We particularly loved the multi-level layout which afforded us a wonderful, sense of privacy when we wanted that, or of course the get together spaces at the kitchen level and the living room on the ground floor.

All in all a VERY ENJOYABLE Experience and more than affordable compared with properties we had looked at in nearby Tuscany before finally deciding on this one.

Definitely a 5 STAR experience and one to be repeated more than once!

Thank you Susana for a once in a Lifetime way of letting us get to know another side of Italy!

  • Submitted: May 24, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Shyrlei, It was so nice to talk at length with you when I came to see you off. It was so great to hear of all your adventures and how the house was the perfect spot for you and your family. I am glad the beds were what you needed for your back and that you liked that the bathrooms were en-suite. It does make it more private to have your bedroom and bathroom together. We are especially happy that the olive grove was such a plus, as we really enjoy going there in the late afternoon to enjoy a drink with some mouth watering appetizers. Safe travels back home, Susana
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Beautiful Springtime in a beautiful antique palazz

  • 5 of 5

The date above should be April 1st 2015. I had a most comfortable and delightful stay in this beautifully furnished antique house in an old Umbrian vlllage. The beds are very comfortable with a full bathroom for each floor (3). The kitchen is fully equipped and I had a fabulous cooked meal by the maid-cook. Nearby is a beautiful olive grove where one can sit and enjoy the surrounding beauty of the Umbrian countryside

  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Roberta, It was a pleasure to meet you and to hear that your stay was everything you expected. We look forward to welcoming you back next year with your friends. Wishing you all the best, Susana
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Susana Hayman-Chaffey
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Susana Hayman-Chaffey

I was born in England and left to travel the world with my parents when I was 9 months old. I was a soloist with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company based in New York City and traveled the world with them. I left New York after 28 years and bought my first house in Tuscany in 1989. In 2012 I published my memoir called: ' Love, Please' which is available on the major buying web site that we all use. As a result of my travels I speak Italian, French, Spanish and a rusty Portuguese.

I enjoy people from all walks of life and love hearing their life stories. I am always amazed at how fascinating most peoples lives are. I love Italy and the Italian people for their warmth and kindness, and general love of life. I live between Italy and Los Angeles and travel frequently to other places that interest me.

Susana Hayman-Chaffey purchased this house in 2010

Why Susana Hayman-Chaffey chose Monteleone d'Orvieto

When I sold my big house in Tuscany I wanted to find something more manageable and started looking in Umbria. On one of my explorations I fell upon Monteleone D'Orvieto and fell in love with it immediately. I then looked for an agency to see about buying a house there. As soon as I walked into the house I felt at home and charmed by how it was renovated. The Count who owned it was an architect and he had done the renovation with great taste and kept the original tile 'cotto' floors which are so authentic. The house is functional and very comfortable. The village is very appealing as well and has one of the oldest theaters in Europe, it is a small jewel and in the summer they have concerts there occasionally. The village also holds it's own Palio every summer on the 16th of August and people come from the surrounding towns to see it.

I did not want to rent it at first and have only rented once to an English couple who rented it for a year from September 2011 to September 2012. You will see their comments in the review section. I have decided to rent for vacation rentals as I am not able to visit so often and would like others to be able to enjoy it.

What makes this house unique

It is uniquely placed exactly between Rome and Florence and so is the perfect place from which to explore both Umbria and Tuscany. Being just an hour and a half from Rome and Florence and only five minutes from the A1 motorway. It is so convenient for sightseeing and enjoying all the wonderful restaurants and open air markets of the region. In addition it is not far from the train station at Chiusi for Florence and Siena and Fabro Scalo for Rome.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wow as they say in Texas what a great holiday we all had at your gorgeous house!!!!!! One of the best Christmas and New Year holidays we have ever had. Susana we cannot thank- you enough for all your help and your maids holiday cooking. SO delicious and such a treat not to have to cook and to eat tradition Italian home cooking. We will tell our friends about you and your lovely comfortable house.

John and Marianne
Dec 2013
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Nearest Airport
140 Kilometres
Rome or Forli
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
In our village
Nearest Ferry
140 Kilometres
Porto Santo Stefano
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
In our village
Nearest Beach
140 Kilometres
Porto Santo Stefano
Car: necessary

This elegant house is very comfortably furnished and is in an ideal position one and a half hours from both Rome and Florence.

The living room is on the ground floor with a flatscreen tv and Sky satellite reception as well as a guest power room and laundry. Up one floor via a spiral staircase that connects all three floors, is the dining room with table and chairs for six and a fully equipped kitchen. On the second floor is the guest bedroom with a king size bed, a writing table and a chest of drawers. It comes with an en suite full bathroom with shower. On the third floor you will find the master bedroom with a king size bed, satellite flat screen tv, a desk and chest of drawers. It also has an en-suite bathroom with toilet, bidet, bath tub with shower and a sink. The view from this bedroom is over the surrounding countryside and is bright and sunny.

This charming house is on the Tuscany Umbria border. In Umbria you have, Orvieto, Todi, Assisi, Citta della Pieve and the Umbria Jazz Festival. In Tuscany you have, Siena, Montepulciano, Pienza, Florence and Chianti to name a few. The house comes with ain Olive grove with a panoramic view over the hills where you can sit under an olive tree and read a good book or dine 'al fresco' with a bottle of wine.

We have a maid who can clean for you should you choose.

We do not have a pool but there is a lovely public pool in Fabro Scalo ten minutes away Called Parco Piscine Ondaverde. With a big pool and a children's pool, slides, and a Restaurent. Cost € 7.50 for adults for the day and € 4.50 for children.

The beautiful town of Orvieto with it's spectacular cathedral is just twenty minutes away and it has wonderful shops of all sorts for that special present to take home and some wonderful restaurants. San Casciano Bagni is just a half hour away where you can immerse yourself in the hot springs of the Fonteverde Spa, where in the summer they also have aperitif nights on Fridays and Saturdays.

In the living room we have a large selection of brochures, maps and places to visit during your stay in this fabulous region.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $61.48
Cleaning $73.77
Refundable damage deposit $307.39

We require a 250 Euro deposit. There is a final cleaning fee of 50 Euro.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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