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Historic Property on the Tuscany-Umbria Border

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Historic farmhouse, beautifully restored, 2 acres, 360-degree views

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Last updated: 08/27/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Acquapendente farmhouse description

This historic property on the three-way border between Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio is the perfect setting for travelers who seek the peace, aesthetics and traditions of Italian town and country. Owned and restored by a Canadian couple, La Cappella has retained its old world charm at the same time as it is fully equipped for modern convenience. With spacious living and dining areas, a gourmet kitchen, three (or four) bedrooms, three bathrooms and a grapevine-covered terrace, La Cappella easily accommodates eight people.

The Property: No one knows for certain why the house was called La Cappella (the chapel). The popular theory is that in days gone by, there was a religious structure on the site that French pilgrims used as a wayside chapel en route to Rome. Perched on a volcanic cliff with 360° views, the property is like a two-acre park—with a storybook view of a medieval castle, caves, countless mature trees, perennial rock gardens, an orchard and an old oak road. Surrounded by rich agricultural land and oak forest, the only exceptions to the silence are the sounds of cicadas, birdsong and distant hunters and their dogs. The property is a garden lover’s delight. The grapevine-covered pergola provides deep shade for lunch on the terrace. Strategically placed lanterns and garden lights create just the right ambiance for elegant dinners.

The Location: La Cappella is located twenty minutes west of Orvieto, a wondrous hilltop town with a magnificent gothic cathedral, a well-served train station and many five-star restaurants. Orvieto is also home to the internationally famous Umbria Winter Jazz Festival. The volcanic Altopiano dell’Alfina is an undiscovered zone of stunning landscapes, friendly locals, excellent food at local prices, clean air and temperate nights—and yet, it is within commuting distance of Rome. The property is five minutes from Torre Alfina (recently voted one of Italy’s 100 prettiest villages) and five minutes from the thriving market town of Acquapendente.

At the crossroads of three regions, guests can sample three famous Italian cuisines at local prices and in villages that are not tourist showcases. The zone is also host to some of Italy’s most famous vineyards: Orvieto Classico, Rosso di Montepulciano, Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino.

On the edge of a large nature reserve and within easy range of Mediterranean beaches, thermal spas and a volcanic lake, La Cappella appeals to nature lovers and sport enthusiasts. In the heart of the Alta Tuscia—rich with castles, fortresses and pilgrimage routes—the location is also ideal for Etruscan and medieval history buffs.

Why change hotels every few nights? At La Cappella, guests can take day trips to Rome, Florence, Pienza, Montepulciano, Siena, Todi or Assisi, and be home in time for dinner on the terrace and a good night’s sleep in the peaceful and refreshing Italian countryside.

The Interior: Attention to detail and loving care distinguish La Cappella from other villas: fine linens, fabulous bathrooms, antiques and pieces of art from around the world. The house has traditional terracotta floors, original stone walls and wood-beamed ceilings. All windows have screens. All bedrooms have fans. Given the altitude (500 meters) and the thick stone walls, the interior of the house stays deliciously cool all summer long. Even at the height of summer, guests need a sweater or light jacket for evenings on the terrace and are grateful for their quilts at night.

The house is spread out over three levels. The main floor includes spacious living and family rooms and a country kitchen—all of which open directly onto a large grapevine-covered terrace. The living room includes a sofa and chairs clustered around a fireplace and an upright piano. The gourmet kitchen has the full range of modern appliances and is properly equipped with stainless steel cookware, table service and linens for gourmet dining. Its natural light and size make the kitchen ideal for cooking lessons. The kitchen also includes the original wood-fired pizza oven, a table that can accommodate up to ten people, and cookbooks. Completing the main floor is a family room with sofa bed, a full bathroom with bath/shower, and a utility room with an extra sink and toilet.

The bedrooms have independent heating, screens and fans. All beds are furnished with North American-standard mattresses, fine linens and good reading lights. Il Mandorlo (The Almond Tree) is an upper bedroom with a king-sized bed (or twins), an ensuite bathroom with shower, and a view of rolling hills and the castle. Il Nocciolo (The Hazlenut Tree) is an upper bedroom with a king-sized bed (or twins), an ensuite bathroom with shower, and a view of rolling hills, the terrace and the rock garden. Il Noce (The Walnut Tree) is a two-bedroom suite on the lower level, with direct access to the garden and the orchard. One of the rooms has a queen-sized bed; the other has twin beds. The main floor bathroom with tub/shower is dedicated to the Il Noce Suite. Should a fifth bedroom be required, there is a comfortable sofa bed in the family room. The bathrooms are tastefully finished with unique tiles and modern fixtures.

Amenities: Many guests say that having access to Jude and Richard is the best part—whether it’s which train to take, how to trim an artichoke, or how not to make a brutta figura! Jude manages the rental and is on hand to help with travel planning; but her policy is to be as invisible or as helpful as guests desire. The guesthouse has its own entrance, terrace and gardens, so privacy is not an issue. Guests are greeted with a glass of prosecco, fresh local delicacies. Jude can arrange for a professional chef to cater or give cooking lessons in the comfort of the La Cappella kitchen. Weekly cleaning is included in the cost of rental.

The resident Miniature Schnauzer welcomes all children and (friendly) dogs.



Keywords: Villa, farmhouse, country living, comfort, space, quality, luxury, views, terrace, gourmet kitchen, gardens, self-catering, privacy, location, Tuscany, Umbria, wine, thermal baths, Orvieto

Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 250 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Considered
              • Children Welcome

              Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

              • Bedroom 1: 1 king

                King may be split into twins. Ensuite has shower....moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 1 king

                King may be split into twins. Ensuite has shower....moreless

              • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

                Twins may be made up as king. Uses main floor bathroom. ...moreless

              • Convertible bed(s)

                Sunken family room has very comfortable double sofa bed....moreless

              • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

                Uses main floor bathroom with shower/tub....moreless

              • King size beds (2) may be made up as twins; Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) Twins may also be made up as a king, Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Comfortable futon sofa in the family room...moreless

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, bidet

                Il Mandorlo ensuite...moreless

              • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower, bidet

                Il Nocciolo ensuite...moreless

              • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Main floor bathroom...moreless

              • Bathroom 4: toilet

                Utility room next to main bathroom has extra toilet & sink....moreless

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Pantry Items:

                Staples, spices, salt & pepper mills, olive oil, vinegar, coffee, tea, herb garden, plus welcome basket of fresh local ingredients for first few meals...moreless

              • Kitchen:

                Large country kitchen with stainless steel cookware and the full range of modern appliances...moreless

              • Dining:

                Kitchen table seats 8. Terrace tables seat 10 or more....moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                Good quality stainless cookware and sharp knives...moreless

              • Coffee Maker:

                Various: electric, plunge, large & small mokas...moreless

              • Dining Area Seats:

                10...moreless

              • Child's Highchair
              • Microwave
              • Catering Available
              • Dishwasher
              • Seating for 10 people

              Amenities

              • Linens Provided:

                Fine cotton linens. Down or synthetic duvets. Good quality bath towels. Beach towels....moreless

              • Living Room:

                Large, comfortable, TV, Satellite, DVD player, fireplace, piano, office desk...moreless

              • Parking:

                Safe, gated parking enough for four cars....moreless

              • Wood Fireplace:

                Unlimited firewood...moreless

              • Heating
              • Towels Provided
              • Hair Dryer
              • Iron & Board
              • Parking Off Street
              • Washing Machine

              Other Amenities

                  • 'Welcome Basket' (four bottles of complementary wine and a selection of fresh local ingredients to sustain guests for the first 24 hours), well-stocked pantry, upright piano, kitchen herb garden, heat and firewood, GPS, IPOD docking station, highchair and crib, reference library of guidebooks and maps, novels and other reading materials....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Books:

                    Novels, travel books, Italy guide books...moreless

                  • Toys:

                    Games, cards, croquet, beach toys...moreless

                  • DVD Player
                  • Video Library
                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Music Library
                  • Television

                  Communications

                  • Telephone:

                    Free 24/7 long distance to land lines in North America & Western Europe. Complementary cell phone & GPS....moreless

                  • Wireless Internet:

                    Accessible on main floor and on terrace....moreless

                  • Free Long Distance

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Golf:

                    New golf course with driving range & mini-golf 5 km from house....moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Large grapevine-covered terrace, table seats up to ten...moreless

                  • Gazebo

                  Theme

                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic
                  • Tourist Attractions

                  Location & View

                  • Village:

                    Torre Alfina (recently voted one of Italy's 100 prettiest villages) is five miles away. Famous gelateria. Medieval castle. Great restaurants....moreless

                  • Rural:

                    Surrounded by grazing sheep, agricultural lands and forest...moreless

                  • Monument View:

                    Storybook view of Torre Alfina's medieval castle...moreless

                  • Mountain View:

                    Long distance views include mountains...moreless

                  Activities

                  • Restaurants
                  • Swimming
                  • Hunting
                  • Hiking
                  • Medical Services
                  • Hospital
                  • Groceries
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Antiquing
                  • Golf
                  • Walking
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Shopping
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Miniature Golf
                  • Museums
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Churches
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Cycling
                   

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                  August 2014 Special
                  Jul 26 - Aug 29
                  7 night min stay

                  C$3,010
                  High season
                  Aug 30 - Oct 31, 2014
                  7 night min stay

                  C$3,500
                  My Standard Rate
                  7 night min stay

                  C$2,800

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Refundable Damage Deposit C$500
                  • Taxes Not included

                  Notes:

                  Please contact the owner directly (juderand@gmail.com) about special offers.

                  40% deposit to secure booking. Balance due 60 days before arrival.


                  Cancellation policy:

                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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                  Last updated: 08/27/2014
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                  Location

                  120 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Roma Fiumicino
                  15 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Orvieto
                  18 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  A1
                  15 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Lake Bolsena
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Torre Alfina
                  60 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  Monte Amiata
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Acquapendente
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Nuovo Castello

                  Car: Necessary

                  Gliding, thermal baths, medieval hilltop towns, Etruscan necropoli & underground tours, Orvieto Classico and Montalcino Brunello wine tastings, commuter train to Rome or Florence, 15 minutes from clear volcanic lake, one hour from Mediterranean beaches, mushroom hunting,

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2003

                  About the owner: We are Canadians who have been resident in Italy since 1999. Rich works for the UN in Rome, and Jude travels extensively with her work in international development. We come and go between Rome and La Cappella, where we have private quarters at the back of the property. When 'home', Jude willingly plays host and helps guests with travel planning.

                  Why the Owner Chose Acquapendente:
                  When our younger son went off to university in 2002, we needed a project to fill the empty nest. The restoration of La Cappella was a five-year labour of love... and the best thing we ever did.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
                  La Cappella is located in a wondrous, green, undiscovered zone of Italy where villages are not tourist showcases, and yet it is within commuting distance of Rome, Florence and many of Italy's most famous hill-top towns. It is at the crossroads of three regional cuisines with some of Italy's famous vintages. At 500 meters, La Cappella enjoys cool, refreshing nights all summer long. The house is designed, furnished and equipped to be a home away from home. It is simply stated and simply wonderful.


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                  Speaks: french, italian, english

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                  • Historic farmhouse, beautifully restored, 2 acres, 360-degree views

                    Historic farmhouse, beautifully restored, 2 acres, 360-degree views

                  • Deep shade all summer long.  Gas barbecue.  Table for 10. Gravity chairs.

                    Deep shade all summer long. Gas barbecue. Table for 10. Gravity chairs.

                  • Large, well-equipped terrace is ideal for family reunions.

                    Large, well-equipped terrace is ideal for family reunions.

                  • Storybook view of a medieval castle from several points on the property

                    Storybook view of a medieval castle from several points on the property

                  • Spacious and comfortable living room with fireplace and piano.

                    Spacious and comfortable living room with fireplace and piano.

                  • Il Mandorlo bedroom may be set up with king or twins.

                    Il Mandorlo bedroom may be set up with king or twins.

                  • Il Nocciolo bedroom may be set up with king or twins.

                    Il Nocciolo bedroom may be set up with king or twins.

                  • Il Noce I has a queen-sized bed and direct access to the yellow rose garden

                    Il Noce I has a queen-sized bed and direct access to the yellow rose garden

                  • The main bathroom serves Il Noce I and II.  It has a sink, toilet & tub/shower.

                    The main bathroom serves Il Noce I and II. It has a sink, toilet & tub/shower.

                  • The orchard blossoms profusely in the spring.

                    The orchard blossoms profusely in the spring.

                  • Strolls around the beautiful property

                    Strolls around the beautiful property

                  • Fresh flowers in every room and a welcome basket of select local ingredients.

                    Fresh flowers in every room and a welcome basket of select local ingredients.

                  • Strategic lighting, leisurely evenings on the terrace.  No mosquitos!

                    Strategic lighting, leisurely evenings on the terrace. No mosquitos!

                  • View of the rock gardens and barn from the terrace.

                    View of the rock gardens and barn from the terrace.

                  • Figs, wild mushrooms & grape harvest in Oct.  Olive harvest in late November.

                    Figs, wild mushrooms & grape harvest in Oct. Olive harvest in late November.

                  • Very large, well-equipped gourmet kitchen.  Table for 8.

                    Very large, well-equipped gourmet kitchen. Table for 8.

                  • Sunken family room may be converted into fifth bedroom

                    Sunken family room may be converted into fifth bedroom

                  • Il Mandorlo ensuite has sink, toilet, bidet & shower.  All bathrooms unique.

                    Il Mandorlo ensuite has sink, toilet, bidet & shower. All bathrooms unique.

                  • Il Nocciolo ensuite has sink, toilet, bidet and shower

                    Il Nocciolo ensuite has sink, toilet, bidet and shower

                  • Il Noce II adjoins Il Noce I.  The two rooms are suitable for a young family.

                    Il Noce II adjoins Il Noce I. The two rooms are suitable for a young family.

                  • Il Noce garden doors lead to private table and chairs in yellow rose garden

                    Il Noce garden doors lead to private table and chairs in yellow rose garden

                  • Perennial rock gardens.  Countless rose bushes & hydrangeas.

                    Perennial rock gardens. Countless rose bushes & hydrangeas.

                  • Gorgeous furnishings

                    Gorgeous furnishings

                  • Luna, the 'dog away from dog'

                    Luna, the 'dog away from dog'

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