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Romantic apartment with olive grove in Irsina historic hill top town near Matera

Irsina MT, Italy
  • Villa1560 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 nights

Two bedrooms, two baths, activities, beach and skiing nearby.

Romantic traditional villa built into 1,000 year old town walls, vaulted ceilings, dramatic views (see pix by photographer Cillian Kelly), balconies, roof terrace, olive grove in unspoiled historic town.

Children under 12 stay free.

Beautifully furnished with marble fireplace in sitting room with chandelier hanging from five metre high cathedral ceiling.

Mornings can begin with breakfast on the balcony outside the sitting room, watching the birds dip and swish and the falcons glide as they search for breakfast over the valley below.

The comfortable sofas, the arm chairs, lamps, well placed side tables, the collection of books and videos all offer comfort and tranquillity - cool in the summer heat. During the winter chill bask in the glow from the log fire in the marble fireplace.

In the evening dine by candlelight on the polished table or eat in the kitchen at the oval table under another French crystal chandelier.

The kitchen - its white cupboards offset by red hand-painted Italian tiles - is well equipped with two ovens, grill, microwave, a coffee machine that freshly grinds the beans for each cup and whips a frothy milk for cappuccino. Cook, bake, even try your hand at making your own pasta - directions and ideas in the cookery books on the shelves. And when its all done, just load up the dishwasher.

Choose between two bedrooms on this level, one with vaulted ceilings and its own balcony where the morning light steams in. It has a queen-sized bed, double wardrobes and lots of storage for your clothes. There is an old fashioned dressing table and swivel mirror.

If you feel like writing, checking your emails or uploading your photographs, there is a desk perfect for your laptop beside the balcony windows that make sure your attention wanders every now and then to the wonderful view. Leading off the room is an ensuite shower room under its own mini vaulted ceiling.

The second double bedroom, also with a queen sized bed, has a partly exposed terracotta wall that adds a pink glow to the room in the evening light; a juliette balcony, wardrobe and dressing table. Leading off is the ensuite shower room with more terracotta integrated into the large shower. Italian hand-painted tiles add a fun touch to this well lit room with its large mirror and heated towel rail.

Tucked away is the laundry and cleaning closet with a washing machine and clothes dryer - and vacuum cleaner if you feel you must.

A linen closet holds lots of bed linen and towels, together with extra pillows and duvets.

Upstairs is a small room - useful for anybody who feels the need to escape, with a desk and armchair. This leads onto the roof terrace with a view over the surrounding roofs and of the valley below. There is sun all day on this terrace for those who want to sunbath and in the evenings you can watch the sky as you seldom see it so full of stars, and have a barbecue.

The timber windows are all double glazed with their own shutters to help maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the year.

There is natural-gas central heating for which there is an extra charge, based on usage .

The house is entered through an arched gateway into a small courtyard, shared with our neighbours. The solid old timber door opens onto double-glazed full glass doors that gives the kitchen day-round light.

Take the opportunity to read or write that book on a balcony looking over rolling wheat fields, olive and vine groves. Admire medieval frescoes in monastery next door or Mantegna's long-lost statue of the town's patron saint, Eufemia, in the Cathedral. Taste Italy's best olive oil, sip the local wine from the ancient aglianico grape and learn to make your own pasta. Visit the sassi in nearby Matera and Gravina, visit Altamura for its famed bread, the fossilised remains of the 170,000 year old Altamura-man and the quarry floor featuring more than 4,000 dinosaur footprints - the largest such site found; visit the unique hill-top towns with their own dialect and wonderful summer entertainment; swim in the turquoise water of the Ionion sea in Italy's instep. Ski or ramble in the Pollino natural park - Italy's largest with unique flora and fauna including the black woodpecker; ramble along many of the side roads around Irsina, along laneways to the vegetable and fruit gardens of the local people; go horse riding or cycling or simply stroll through the quiet alley ways of Irsina to one of the local restaurants at dusk.

Villa della Gioia offers the most romantic holiday in a secret corner of Italy where every stone whispers romance and every corner reveals history. The romance includes internet, all mod cons, TV, video, linen, books and a welcoming bottle of vino.

Extra activities: You can book courses and excursions in advance through an excellent local English and Italian speaking agency, details of which will be sent to you following your booking, together with travel options and directions.

Cancellation policy: Deposit refunded minus paypal fees if rental cancelled up to five weeks before first day of rental.


A Cahill

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About A Cahill

Love travelling, but Irsina has captured us and we are happy. We are delighted to introduce others to this unique place - and thrilled when so many understand and love the town, the area, and the house as we do. Here is a photo of Jan and me taking part in the annual S Eufemia festival commemorating the arrival of the Mantegna statue to the town 400 years ago.

A Cahill purchased this Villa in 2008

Why A Cahill chose Irsina

The moment we walked in, we knew we were home. And the more often we are there, and the longer we stay the more this feeling grows. It celebrates with us at Christmas, relaxes with us in the summer months and envelops us in the kind winters. It's like discovering another side of life - your life - history from a perspective you never imagined, food from an attitude you never knew, a pace that was unknown, a lifestyle that offers you more of your life. And it's all for living.

What makes this Villa unique

High ceilings, that mesmeric view and the life enhancing light. All this history and art and a town full of pleasant, welcoming people. Food that always tastes like food. Air that smells clean. A new experience each day.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, Shower room ensuite
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, Sleeps 2, ensuite shower, wc, whb, bidet
      • Main bedroom en suite with double doors to balcony. Second bedroom with double bed and ensuite with shower, whb, wc and bidet. Hair dryer supplied.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower, bidet

        Location Type

          • Rural
          • Town


              • Away From It All
              • Historic
              • Romantic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Local Activities Guide
                      • Activities Guide
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Fireplace
                        Some logs provided for chilly winter evenings.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Gas central heating throughout the house. Place warm on your arrival when we read the meter & before you leave as additional charge for heating based on meter units.
                      • Internet
                        Bring your Netflix pass code to watch movies etc on the TV.
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Laundry Soap
                      • Linens Provided
                        Duvets - summer and winter weights, can be used together or singly. Sheets, duvet covers, protective cotton covers on beds and pillows.
                      • Living Room
                        Lots of seating with two three-seater sofas and an arm chair.
                      • Alarm Clock
                      • Local Maps
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Parking
                        Three minutes walk away in the piazza - free.
                      • Parking On Street
                      • Shampoo
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Towels Provided
                        Hand and bath towels a plenty.
                      • Tumble Dryer
                        For when clothes won't dry on the sunny roof-terrace.
                      • Washing Machine
                        with full instructions and detergent.
                      • Wireless Internet
                        I will send you the password in advance so you can come prepared to connect the moment you arrive.


                          • Grill
                          • Blender
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                            with dishwasher tabs provided.
                          • Freezer
                          • Coffee Maker
                            Four different coffee makers - drip, mocca, espresso with froth maker for cappuccinos and plunge!
                          • Kitchen
                            Large kitchen well equipped to allow for cooking full meals for four to six people with lots of pots and pans, plates, bowls, mugs, cups and saucers for tea drinkers, coffee cups etc
                          • Microwave
                            Microwave that also can be used as a grill and a conventional fan oven.
                          • Oven
                            Electric fan oven.
                          • Pantry Items
                            Happy to do some shopping for you before you arrive - send me a list please. Will also make reservation for you at one of the restaurants for day you arrive.
                          • Refrigerator
                            Good sized fridge
                          • Stove
                            Gas hob with five plates


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                                Dine in the kitchen, in the sitting room, on the balcony, or on the roof terrace where there is also a BBQ
                              • Dining Room
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                  • Books for Adults
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                    Playing cards, Poker chips, Monopoly, and a jigsaw.
                                  • Radio
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Television
                                  • VCR
                                  • Video Library
                                    A selection of old classics.


                                      • Balcony
                                        Two balconies - one outside the sitting room with table and chairs, a second outside one of the bedrooms.
                                      • Beach Towels
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Table, chairs, two lielows, umbrella available.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        leading to the olive grove accessed through a gate and a rapidly descending uneven path. Only for the fit.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Barbecue provided for use on the roof terrace
                                      • Terrace


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Communal Pool
                                                The closest is about 25 minutes away by car with a large adult pool & smaller kids one. Umbrellas and seating and place for picnics. 40 mins away a pool at an agri-tourism villa with lunch provided.


                                                  • autumn foliage
                                                  • caves
                                                  • churches
                                                  • forests
                                                  • museums
                                                  • playground
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • ruins
                                                  • winery tours

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • eco tourism
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • outlet shopping
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • walking

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • fitness center
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • hospital
                                                          • laundromat
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • freshwater fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • hunting
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • mountaineering
                                                              • skiing
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis
                                                              • water skiing


                                                                  • Maid service available to be arranged in advance and paid separately.

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    48 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    What a view

                                                                    Gerry & PiaBermingham, UK

                                                                    What a landscape! Mesmerizing. Could look at it for ever. Even our know-it-all son was impressed. The accommodation was very comfortable and we even cooked dinner a few evenings in the excellent kitchen. We enjoyed shopping for the freshest vegetables ever from our neighbours on Via Roma. And we tried out some of the recipes we learned during our one-day cooking course organised for us by Becky in the local My Italian Job travel agency. The miles of beaches on the Ionian coast were almost empty with long stretches of light golden sand and clear blue water. We checked out some of the other towns around too including Matera and spend a day in nearby Puglia with its trade-mark trulli. The roads are good and almost traffic-free. As Ann said the people in Irsina were friendly and helpful and she provided us with lots of useful material. We can see ourselves returning. Pia and Gerry.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    So happy you relished what Irsina and the region has to offer as we do. We look forward to seeing you again when we hope to have even more to offer.

                                                                    Beautifully maintained and magically situated. Wonderful experience.

                                                                    Frances L.

                                                                    We throughly enjoyed our time in Irsina at Ann and Jan's home. They were wonderful hosts and their place is more than we expected. The kitchen is very well equipped and the views from the balconies are amazing. Can't wait to return.

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                                                                    Barbara F.

                                                                    Sehr schöne Ferienwohnung-sehr gut ausgestattet. Traumhafter Ausblick. Matera und andere interessante Orte schnell zu erreichen. Die Vermieter sind sehr nett.

                                                                    Very pleasant stay.

                                                                    Joseph P.Carmel, California, USA

                                                                    This is a lovely apartment with a very nice and tasteful set-up and nice and helpful owners.

                                                                    If you are looking for a place away from it all, this is the place. If you want to do various attractions of Puglia and Basilicata, it is somewhat too remote, forcing quite bit of driving. If you do drive try to explain to your navigation (e.g. Google Maps) that you want to use more mainstream roads rather than marginal bumpy ones even if the distance seems shorter (we had difficulty to do this).

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thank you Joseph to you and your wife for staying with us and we are happy you enjoyed our place. Indeed, Irsina is one of those increasingly rare places where you can get away from it all, where they still sell vegetables from their doorsteps, make their own wine in autumn and olive oil in winter. And still have fast internet, nice restaurants, lots of little cafe-bars and very friendly locals. As you say, some of the roads are quite good and with very little traffic while others are winding, encouraging you to drive slowly and allowing you to enjoy the rolling hills and views of other distant hill-top towns. We find that many of our guests who come with the aim of exploring the southern region visit the main attractions (Matera - European city of culture 2019, Metaponto, Alberobello, Bari etc) and somehow slow down enough to enjoy what is on their doorstep.

                                                                    Very comfortable apartment and well equipped with a wonderful view.


                                                                    This is one of the nicest italian properties we have stayed in. High above the pasta plains this apartment in the old part of Irsina ticked all the boxes. A stone's throw from a very good pizza restaraunt and a very decent bottle of wine this apartment gives you a real flavour of Italian life. Nearby is the fascinating town of Matera.

                                                                    The best bed we have slept in in Italy.


                                                                    W M.

                                                                    excellent, peace and quiet in a lovely place.


                                                                    Irsina MT, Italy

                                                                    The South of Italy has it all, three seas, the craggy Lucanian Dolomiite mountains, history, archaeology, art, nature & fine food. Everyone was here some time – the clues wait your discovery in farm masserai, Greek temples, Norman castles, sassi, baroque cathedrals, Byzantine painted cave chapels, trulli & fortified hilltop towns like Irsina. Italy's biggest national park Monte Pollino (60 mins) has Apennine wolves, black woodpeckers & in winter, skiing. Metaponto (40 mins) with fine sandy beaches, children’s activities, golf & the most complete Greek urban remains. Matera (30 mins), a Unesco World Heritage Site, its ancient cave dwellings used in films of Christ’s time. The first Crusade planned in Melfi, owned by Frederick II whose Irsina castle is now restored. Enjoy medieval splendour of Saints’ day festivals. Freshest food, finest dolce, choice wines from hospitable people in local farms, shops & street markets. Public swimming pools, karting, tennis, rock climbing, flying nearby

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                                                                    Additional Guest Fee

                                                                    Check in after 4:00 pm & check out before 11:00 am. Other arrangements possible if no other guests arriving. Children under 12 free with parents. Cot, high chair, car seat provided for free - request in advance.

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