Il Berneto Exclusive Country Villa
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Monteleone d Orvieto farmhouse description
Il Berneto is an all purpose holiday villa with a swimming pool, on the border of Tuscany and Umbria: the ideal choice for your perfect holiday in the Italian countryside.
The villa sits about 500 meters above sea level in 300 acres of flowered fields, olive groves with woodlands that have stunning views of the Umbrian hills. It is built entirely of local stones and was formerly a farmhouse that was erected on the ruins of the ancient 'Castel Brandetto”, built in 1000 AD: the original walls of the castle can still be seen in the back of the house. Last renovation in 2008.
The property includes an expansive garden, the Aia, with a lovely grass field and beautiful trees, a beautiful swimming pool, and 1000 olive trees that produce traditional Umbrian olive oil every year. The swimming pool, 14 meters in length, is discretely placed a few meters from the house, just out of sight, enjoying complete privacy. Il Berneto can host up to 20 people in summer. Supermarket, coffee shops and restaurants at walking distance.
Keywords: Country Villa
- 250 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Dinner - Booking Possible
- Catering Available
- Housekeeper Included
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20, Beds for 20
Bathrooms: 7 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Dining Area Seats:
- Cooking Utensils
- Catering Available
- Pantry Items
- Dishes & Utensils
- Child's Highchair
- Coffee Maker
- Washing Machine:
- Wood Stove:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Air Conditioning:
- Towels Provided
- Linens Provided
- Satellite / Cable:
- Ping Pong Table
- Pool Table
- Broadband Access:
- Mobile Phone
- Computer Available
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool
- Deck / Patio
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
- Tourist Attractions
- Water Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Basketball Court
- Sight Seeing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Medical Services
- Horseback Riding
- Vespa Tours Wine tours Cooking lessons available on request
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Based on the reviews we had high hopes and Il Berneto was still even better than expected. What a truly wonderful place. It has everything you could want for a family or group vacation - great location, stunning grounds and views, a spacious and well-maintained beautiful house. Martina is the consummate host - thank you so much for opening your family's farmhouse to vacation rentals! We went off-season in November for 8 days. It ended up being a great time to visit - it was olive harvest time. We were greeted by Martina and her mother with a bottle of freshly milled olive oil made from the olive trees on the property. We picked up a couple more bottles later as well at the mill close to the town of Fabro Scala a short drive away. Before and after we arrived, Martina was always quick to respond to any questions and provided us with many recommendations for things to do and places to visit in the region. She even arranged a private tasting for us at the winery Tenuta Corini nearby. We took easy day trips to Orvieto, Assisi, Civita di Bagnoregio, Perugia (and the Case del Cioccolato outside of town for a tour) and a couple of times to Citta della Pieve which is another of the many hilltop towns a short drive away. It was nice to be able to avoid the crowds in off-season. Our two year old son never wanted to leave the propery because he loved playing inside and on the grounds with all of the kids toys, especially the little tractor. That was fine with us as we loved just wandering to the quiet non-touristy town of Monteleone d'Orvieto, picking up groceries at the store at the end of the lane and cooking at home. We even roasted chestnuts in the large living room fireplace. One night Anna - who does a wonderful job as housekeeper - cooked a terrific many course meal for us as well. There are a couple of decent cafe's within a very short walk - one just at the end of the lane to the house by the road and the other (Seven Cafe) just a couple of minutes further walking. La Tana del Gufo is a good family restaurant/pizzeria also less than a 10 minute walk away. Normally my wife and I don't like going back to same place twice, but we hope to make Il Berneto one of the exceptions. We really hope to make it back soon for another stay!
- Guest K (Toronto)
- Date of stay 11/12/13
- Review Submitted 11/28/13
Recommended for: People with disabilities, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Our group of 11 friends rented this villa to celebrate a 70th birthday and also 25 years of friendship. This villa met and exceed every possible expectation. When you arrive, you drive down this beautiful driveway and at the end is this gorgeous home with breath-taking views. The walled town of Monteleone d'Orvieto is to the west and another equally beautiful town is in the east. The interior of the villa is so large with many rooms for gathering, or quiet areas if you want to sit and read a book. Many of our group like to cook, so we often gathered around the very well equiped larger kitchen to make gnocchis or prepare some appetizers to share along with some fantastic wine of the region. There are many dining options either inside or take some tables outside and enjoy your meal with the beautiful views of the olive trees, gardens and the towns nearby. We hired Anna for two evenings and were thrilled with her meal choices and culinary capabilities. Our group also enjoyed taking a cooking lessons at a nearby restaurant - highly recommended! Each day we went out exploring various towns in Northern Umbria and Tuscany. Some of the highlights were Orvieto, Multipulciano, Perugia, Siena, Florence. There is a good grocery store in Fabro, about 10 minutes away - very near A1. The local town has a bar/cafe called Seven that is great and also a small store and bakery. People were very nice helping us out with directions, even drove us to a winery 10 minutes away because they thought we might get lost. Martina is such a delight to work with. She will come at the beginning of your stay and tour you around the house and find our what your particular needs are and how she can help you attain them. Our group would love to go back again for another stay and next time spend more time enjoying the villa and the countryside near it. It truly was A TRIP OF A LIFETIME!
- Guest Gail & Phil K.
- Date of stay 09/28/13
- Review Submitted 10/18/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
From the time you enter this Villa you will be amazed...... The View is so breath taking, the villa so clean and magnificent. We had a family reunion there and it was so perfect. We made pizzas in the brick oven, swam in the pool, everyone had the time of their lives. We also took day trips to Orvietto, Assisi, Caste de Leone, Cortona. Just a beautiful vacation. Thank you Martina and everyone who made this vacation memorable!!
- Guest Debi (New york)
- Date of stay 07/20/13
- Review Submitted 08/06/13
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, girls getaway, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers.
This place is magical
This place is magical
If you want to have an authentic, peaceful and incredibly relaxing vacation then you should choose il Berneto for AT LEAST a week's time. I have stayed there twice now and every time I leave feeling that one week is not long enough, next year I want to stay for a month. The amount of attention to detail is incredible. I ate out of the luscious garden every day, used the family-made olive oil and picked cherries from the cherry tree. The owners are incredibly thoughtful and hospitable hosts who have put effort towards your every need. Not only is the villa itself incredible, it is walking distance from the quaint, off the beaten tourist path, hill top town of Monteleone di Orvieto which is breath taking to walk through the old town. The villa is also centrally located so it is easy to do day trips to other cities such as Montepulciano, Orvieto and a bike's distance to Civita del Pieve. I went both for a family reunion and I ran a yoga/mediation retreat there, the villa was perfect for both uses. The indoor spaces really lend towards family living; there are huge tables where everyone can sit together and enjoy dinner. Other perks besides the cherry trees and garden: swimming pool, bikes, local Italian cell phone to call for reservations or call Martina if you have a question, brick pizza oven, play toys for kids and so much more I can't think of right now. Love to il Berneto, I wish that everyone could experience this place at least once in their lives, as for me, I am going back next year, we already booked for the beginning of July.
- Guest Alli (San Clemente, California)
- Date of stay 06/22/13
- Review Submitted 07/09/13
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, pet owners, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Fantastic-a wonderful fun and relaxing 10 days "in our second home" in Italy. Il Berneto became our home for the second time in 3 years. Our family of 14 ranging in age from 3 to grandparents loved everything about this fabulous farm home. It is so spacious that everyone has their own space yet cozy enough that we can enjoy being together for meals and socializing. The house and the grounds are everything you would imagine in a movie about Umbria. The pool is perfect for the warm days in June. We also enjoyed playing volleyball and soccer on the large lawn. The friendly and small town of Monteleone d'Orvieto is but a short walk from the villa and provides great opportunities for meeting the local residents, perfecting your Italian, and having some great meals. The new Caffellatte offers the most mouth-watering pastries and freshly made gelato-new flavors daily. We loved the fantastic meals prepared by Anna-all homemade and very traditional. Angelino was there daily to tend to the garden and grounds and assuring us that anything we needed would be provided. They are the heart of making our visit so great. No one wanted to ever leave and the children all would like to move there for the summer. When we took day trips to other towns everyone was anxious to return to the peace, quiet and tranquility of Il Berneto. For our family this is truly a magical place in the most beautiful country Italy
- Guest Karen (Glen Ellyn, Illinois USA)
- Date of stay 06/13/13
- Review Submitted 07/04/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Our annual family reunion...
Our annual family reunion...
... this year at Il Berneto. And now we are at the final morning of a fabulous week, capped off last night by Anna's wonderful for course meal. (Crostata! mmmmm!) Sixteen of us relaxed, swam, talked, ate, and drank a few glasses of wine -- an absolutely perfect week here in this gorgeous house. Six kids (and most of the adults) made excellent use of the swimming pool; we picked and ate delicious tomatoes, basil, and chard from the vegetable garden; cooked pizzas in the pizza oven; walked to Bar Seven for gelato and coffee; stayed up late chatting and laughing under a full moon. An amazing week! The house is incredibly comfortable. Everything that we needed was here, and we're already thinking about how and when we can all get together again at Il Berneto. Thank you Martina. And thank you, too, Anna, Angelino, and everyone else who made our stay here possible. Pat, Roger, Tim, Kate, Leo, Richard, Nicky, Cara, Gemma, Joe, Emilie, Mark, Sarah, the twins Rosie and Ella, and little Georgia. From Bishops Stortford, Miami, Newcastle, Brighton, Shoreham-by-Sea, and Gioiella.
- Guest PMW (Bishops Stortford Herts. UK )
- Date of stay 07/28/12
- Review Submitted 08/12/12
Perfect family vacation, could not ask for more!
Perfect family vacation, could not ask for more!
Il Berneto was the perfect vacation spot for our family trip with 13 people from US and Denmark. The town was close and neighborly, the house and pool were exactly as expected from the listing information and pictures, we could not have asked for more! It is a 5 minute walk to the nearby town, that has a grocery store, several restaurants and the always-open "7 Cafe" (ask for Michele). The people could not have been more friendly and helpful, by the end of the week we felt like part of the town life. Martina, Il Berneto’s owner, was very helpful in giving us a tour of the town on our arrival and arranging restaurant reservations. The house is in excellent condition, with much-appreciated air-conditioning in all the bedrooms and renovated bathrooms. Martina was very helpful and responsive before we arrived, she went out of her way to help us set-up an extra bedroom with a double (sofa) bed. The pool and grounds were well-maintained, and Angelino was there every morning to make sure everything was in order. We even picked vegetables from the garden for salads during the stay. The new pool is large, with plenty of chairs and shaded seating, games and pool toys were provided as well. The pool made the trip as the place for everyone to gather and hang out! Anna and Angelino were the perfect caretakers. They helped us cook pizza’s one night in the pizza oven (ask Anna to bring some of her ingredients!), and Anna cooked a delicious Italian meal for the whole family during the week. They were always there to help us when we needed it. For restaurants, Tana del Gufo, across from 7-café, has excellent pizza’s and steaks; the restaurant ‘up’ the round-about (L’Ape Regina) has good Italian staples of pasta and pizza. If you are looking for someone to help book tours, wine-tastings, horseback rides, during your visit call Kaylee at Chow & Ciao. We intended to visit different hill-town while we were there, but the house, pool and town provided everything we were looking for in a taste of Italy! We look forward to our next visit to Italy and Il Berneto!
- Guest CS (Philadelphia, PA USA)
- Date of stay 07/07/12
- Review Submitted 07/29/12
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Perfect for a Yoga Retreat
Perfect for a Yoga Retreat
This is the second time I have hosted a Yoga Retreat at Il Berneto. Some guests came back a second time because they loved it so much. The house is so rich in history and beauty and ideally located for day trips to Florence, Sienna , Assisi, Montepulciano, Perugia and other enchanting hill towns. Watch the Rick Steves' travel show on Italy's historic hill towns and you will book your ticket right then! We had yoga and meditation in the AM and then folks went out for day trips. We had a communal dinner each night and those hours together over local wines and fresh, local produce and cheeses were one of the highlights of the Retreat. You can even walk to local restaurants and markets that are little gems of wonderfully fresh food in delightful settings.
- Guest Carol (Los Angeles)
- Date of stay 05/26/12
- Review Submitted 07/09/12
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, girls getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
We want a house that is quiet and secluded, where we can relax and not have to drive everywhere. But our teenagers want activities on the doorstep. Il Berneto gave us both. We had tennis, cafe, restaurants and ice cream bar, as well as a beautiful old medieval hill town just ten minutes' walk down the lane. The house is traditional Tuscan farmhouse style, set in a stunning landscape with lots of space, including a volleyball field and table tennis, BBQ and pizza oven in the outbuildings, which also house bikes for holidaymakers' use. The pool, wth diving board and lots of comfortable loungers, gazebo and lots of shaded areas around, was fantastic. Thanks to the fact that the house is at such a height, there was an occasional, and very welcome, gentle breeze. We could never tire of the view here, looking out on the beautiful old town and towards the Tuscan hills, it is magnificent. None of the photographs do it justice, but I don't think it is possible to capture the panoramic view with shots from a still camera. Listening to the church bells and the drumming in the village - which was preparing for its annual fesitval - was lovely too. The housekeeper, Anna, ensured everything was spick and span and even kindly repaired a pair of shorts that ripped during an energetic game of tennis. She also made us an absolutely delicious meal. We will always remember her brushetta, it was was so intensely flavoursome, and her tomato and mozzarella lasagne (so light, soft, melt-in-the-mouth) was the best we ever tasted. I have never stayed in a house with such a well stocked kitchen. We enjoyed making meals with all the lovely local produce - not to mention Il Berneto's own olive oil and the delicious lettuce and tomatoes from the garden, which, like the pool, was carefully tended by Anna's husband Angelino. We went out occasionally to the local Bar Seven, where the pastries and coffee are very good - not to mention the people watching! Everyone is very friendly and welcoming. We also loved the pizzas at the restaurant opposite, and the ice creams from the other cafe bar. It was so handy having the little shop at the end of the drive to stock up on provisions. We also visited a number of the surrounding hill towns and villages, all very interesting and attractive. The house is perfectly situated for touring. The older children took trains to Rome and Florence for day trips - which meant we didn't have to drive! Thanks to the Silvanos, Anna and Angelino...
- Guest Ruth (North Yorkshire)
- Date of stay 07/23/11
- Review Submitted 08/12/11
Recommended for: Families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
One of the best trips ever
One of the best trips ever
If you want to revel in beauty as you look out each and every window...this country house if for you. Olive groves, vineyards, medieval castle all within view. Walking distance to markets. Lovely pool and lots of space. I held a yoga retreat there for 20 people and everyone said it was one of the best experiences of their lives. I plan on doing it again. The beauty of stayig here is that you can take day trips to Florence, Orvieto, Perugia, Sienna, Montepulciano or just hike close by. Cook in the villa's kitchen or eat out. Perfect for family reunions. Highly recommend!
- Guest Carol (Los Angeles)
- Date of stay 05/16/11
- Review Submitted 06/27/11
Recommended for: Girls getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
*Up to 12 people Seasons: 7Sept-21Dic 2013/ 11Jan-12 April 2014: Low Season/up to 12 people...€ 2000/week: 26Apri-31 May 2014/ 6 Sept - 20 Dec 2014:Low Season/up to 12 people...€ 2000/week *Easter weeks: 12April 2014-26 April 2014 up to 12 people:.... € 3000/week *SWIMMING POOL OPEN Seasons/ up to 20 people: 31 May - 21 June 2014: Mid season/ € 4700/week up to 20 pax- 4200/week up to 12p 21 June 2014 - 6 Sept 2014 : High Season/up to 20 people ...€ 5300/week: UP TO 12 p: 6 Sept 2014-20 Dic 2014 2000/week 20Dic 2014-10 Jan2015 5300/week
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Year Purchased: 1930
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Il Berneto - Front View
The Swimming Pool
Second living room with kitchenette and 2# fireplace
Sitting room on ground floor- TV corner
The Main Kitchen
Master double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
Bathroom en-suite with La Torretta
Bathroom with shower
In the middle of Umbrian hills, but walking distance from Monteleone d'Orvieto
View from the sky
First Floor - Main Living Room
Sitting Room on the Ground Floor
First Floor - Main Living Room (Second View)
Ground floor livingroom-up to 20 seats
Bathroom en-suite with the masterbedroom
La Torretta- Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
Bunk beds bedroom- perfect for kids and teenagers
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