About the home
The apartment is comprised of four rooms: a full kitchen with dining area and fireplace, living room with pull-out double bed, bedroom with queen bed (or twin beds configuration available with advanced request) and bathroom with shower and heated towel rail. Wireless high-speed Internet access and satellite television (including BBC World, CNN International, etc.) are included in the rental price. The total area of the apartment is 55 sq. m. (550 sq. ft.). There is a pellet stove in the apartment which provides easy and inexpensive heating for those cooler mornings and evenings in early spring and autumn. The saltwater swimming pool (available during the summer months in daylight hours) overlooks the villa’s olive grove. There is a small garden dining area available for guests near the pool with stunning views overlooking the valley towards Todi.
There is a second bedroom , which could be used in conjunction with the apartment, available upon request. This room is situated across the hall from the apartment kitchen on the same floor so is equally private. The additional cost of this room is 125 euros per week and comprises of two single/twin beds. A second bathroom on the same floor will be available for this bedroom in June 2012 at which point the rental rate for bedroom and bathroom will be 250 euros per week. This property/apartment then becomes ideal for two couples travelling together.
This stunningly beautiful part of Umbria is ideal for a painting holiday, there is endless inspiration for artists so bring your paints and enjoy. It is also a wonderful area for walking, short or long, take a picnic lunch and go off for the day.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedroom|
|Will consider:||Short breaks|
Nearest amenities: 3km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for over 5s only|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Rooms:||1 Bedroom, 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 4|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Shared garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
The apartment is very bright and airy so combined with views of the 10th century walled 'borgo' from the living room and stunning landscapes vista from the bedroom it is an artists paradise.
Further details outdoors:
If reading and solitude are what you crave then you can find a quiet spot overlooking the pool and olive grove. Life in this part of Umbria has not changed much over the centuries and the village bells still ring three times a day to signify the rhythm of country life. Walk up to the piazza for a cappuccino and soak up the local atmosphere.
Use of a washing machine, with outdoor drying facilities, can be arranged with the owners.
Although this rental is listed as not suitable for children under 5 our property policy is for children of a minimum of 10 years of age.
The Umbria region
There are stunning views from the village of the famous Tiber River and gorge before it flows into Lago di Corbara (Lake Corbara) which is a 15 mins. drive away. For those who like to be near water, there are two other lakes in the area – Lago di Bolsena and Lago di Trasimeno. Acqualoreto is no more than a one hour drive to many of Umbria’s fabled hilltop towns: Todi (20 mins.), Orvieto (35 mins.), Perugia (45 mins.), Assisi (1 hr), Spoleto (1 hr), Montefalco (45 mins.). In addition, an important archaeological site, the Roman town of Carsulae is only 30 mins. away. There is a site with Etruscan tombs near Montecchio, a short drive from the village and an Etruscan necropolis at the base of the cliffs of Orvieto.
The Todi / Acqualoreto area
Acqualoreto has a bar and a small restaurant “La Cruccola” in the piazza. There is an excellent local pizzeria / restaurant (Rosa dei Venti) serving typical Umbrian dishes only 10 mins. drive away. There are no shops in the village but there is a small store in Morre (5 mins. drive) and a larger supermarket in Collelungo (7 mins. drive). A full array of stores and services are available in Todi and Orvieto.
Having a car is essential to enable you to explore this enchanting part of Italy.
Cultural - There are many beautiful medieval cities and towns to visit in the area, many of them walled and positioned on hilltops. They all boast wonderful medieval architecture and some of the churches, for example, the cathedrals in Orvieto and Assisi are World Heritage Sites. Most cities have museums in historic buildings where art collections and archaeological artefacts are displayed.
There are numerous festivals in the region which take place throughout the year with many originating during the Middle Ages. The people of Umbria proudly maintain the historical traditions of their ancestors with period costumes, dancing and food. There is an internationally acclaimed arts festival in Spoleto every summer and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia (July) often brings in famous musicians and singers for the Festival. Another well-known event in Perugia is the International Chocolate Festival which takes place every October, not to be missed by any serious chocolate-lover. Montefalco hosts a big wine festival in mid/late September, featuring the famed local Sagrantino wine. Not to be forgotten is Aqualoreto's own festa week leading up to Ferragosto (August 15th which is Italy's most celebrated holiday) - this week consists of dinners and music in the piazza.
Last but not least is our own olive harvest which takes place in early November.
Outdoor and Sports - The countryside in Umbria offers many opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities such as walking and hiking. There are signposted routes in the area around Todi, the Tiber Nature Reserve and Lago di Corbara. Cycling and mountain biking are also very popular as the countryside provides for both simple and challenging cycling routes but all with beautiful views. Other activities include watersports on Lago di Corbara, Lago di Bolsena and Lago di Trasimeno.
How to get there
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Perugia San Egidio - 45 minutes
Rome Ciampino or Fiumicino - 1 1/2 hours
Pisa - 3 hours
Budget airlines RyanAir and EasyJet service these airports
Car rentals available at all airports
Hertz and Avis car rental available a 3 minute walk from Orvieto train station. Train links to Orvieto station available through Rome Termini from Ciampino and Fiumicino and from Pisa through Florence.
Orvieto is the nearest train station - 30 minute drive to Acqualoreto. Avis and Hertz car rental available within walking distance from the station. Train travel time from Rome Termini station to Orvieto, InterCity train, 1 hour 10 minutes.
Perugia via E45 to Todi exit - S448 towards Orvieto - 11 kms to turn off to Acqualoreto, signed
Rome via Autostrada A1 to Orvieto exit - 26 kms on S448 to turn off to Acqualoreto, signed
Pisa via Autostrada A1 to Orvieto exit - 26 kms on S448 to turn off to Acqualoreto, signed
Activities near Todi
Rural / countryside retreats
15 Oct 2011
We have enjoyed staying at "Villa Sogno" with our family in different seasons. The apartment is large, comfortable, well furnished, and fully equipped, with a pool that is easily accessible and large enough to swim lengths as opposed to being simply for paddling. It's a relaxing and enjoyable place to stay, with hosts that genuinely seem to care that you are comfortable and make every effort to anticipate your needs.
The house location is great - right in the middle of Acqualoreto village with immediate access to the piazza which contains a small but superb restaurant and a friendly bar for coffee, croissants, or something stronger if preferred.
Acqualoreto is the middle of the beautiful countryside of Umbria, above the Tiber River, and there are numerous places of cultural and historic interest nearby. The well-known towns of Orvieto, Todi, and Perugia are all less than 30 minutes away, and the beautiful cities of Florence and Siena are also easily accessible.
Overal, definitely a 5-star recommendation!
28 Sep 2011
Located in small hilltop village midway between Todi and Orvieto, and convenient to the major renaissance centres, this is a seriously good, well hidden, find. The owners are English speakers, and really know their stuff, recommending places I've never heard of, even after 10+visits to central Italy (like Bagna Reggio - go there!). The house itself has stunning views, but know you're hiking up two flights of steps to get to the apartment, where the views are possibly even better. Nice swimming pool (it had just been opened in early June), and lovely area to sit outside and watch that endless Italian landscape. Everything in the apartment worked well, with a good shower to ease the bones after walking all day. Good local pizza joint (ask for directions), but recognise you'll need a car if you want to get around.
28 Sep 2011
The Accommodation was spacious, immaculate, very attractively laid out and decorated, and very comfortable. The surrounding countryside was lovely, and I was able to do day trips easily to Orvieto, Asissi, Todi and Perugia. The train station, about 25 minutes away in Orvieto, was handy for trips I took to Rome and Florence.I'm planning a return trip to celebrate a milestone birthday of my husband. The owners, my host and hostess, were really knowledgeable about Umbria specifically, and had lots of handy suggestions. Next time I will visit more of their suggested spots, which will be a lot of fun for us.
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|Prices for group size 4|
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|Spring||1 Apr 13||30 May 13||€ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|Summer||1 Jun 13||1 Sep 13||€ 600||-||-||1 Week|
|Autumn||1 Sep 13||15 Nov 13||€ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|Winter||15 Nov 13||1 Apr 14||€ 450||-||-||1 Week|
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Price includes gas, electricity, water, linens and towels. There is a wood pellet stove available for use in the apartment. Cost for final cleaning is 50 Euros. Changeover day is Saturday (checkout time is 1000 hrs and check-in time is 1600 hrs). Upon arrival, a deposit of Euros 150 cash is to be paid. This will be refunded upon departure minus the cost of final cleaning and possible damage.Enquire now
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The owner is based in Italy and has advertised with Holiday Lettings since 2011. This apartment has received 5 reviews from previous guests.
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