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Surrounded by lovely countryside, with views to distant mountains, the 18th century farmhouse with its large private pool, lovely garden and exquisite views provides privacy and seclusion without isolation.
Beautifully restored, it combines traditional Umbrian features like huge wooden beams, high ceilings, immense stone walls and handmade cotto floor tiles with stylish modern decor and furnishings. Its huge rooms and lovely outdoor space with sun loungers and shady pergolas means a group of up to 10 can each find their own space, yet relax together with drinks and over outdoor meals. It is a perfect getaway for a luxurious self-catering holiday with family or friends.
At one end of the farmhouse is the pretty, self contained 'Little House.' With an additional two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and lounge - plus stunning ground and first floor terraces - it which offers those booking the farmhouse the option to spread out even more! Contact the owners Jane & Peter for more details and prices for adding the rental of the Little House to your booking.
Both the Farmhouse and the Little House have the same stylish mix of modern and antique furnishings, clean white walls, dramatic lighting, traditional beams and handmade 'cotto' floors.
The ancient Farmhouse has 4 big airy en-suite bedrooms - one with its own balcony. A roof-to-floor hall provides a dramatic welcome and opens onto a lounge with 3 big cream leather sofas and satellite TV. There is a games room with table tennis and table football, a box with board games and toys and a huge kitchen. Stretching for 50 feet, the working end has an island unit topped with local stone and stools, plus contemporary kitchen units and all the appliances and with a dining and seating area in front of an open fire. There is also a utility room with a large fridge freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer and shower room/wc on the ground floor.
Just restored and newly opened in 2013, the Little House is a pretty cottage built in 1924 which provides a further two bedrooms if required. Ideal as a bolthole for grand parents, noisy teenagers, friends of the main family or as accommodation for a nanny, the self contained cottage has two bedrooms (one with a king size bed, the other two singles), shared bathroom, lounge and kitchen - and a large private first floor terrace with stunning views on three sides. Please ask for rental details if you are interested in renting the cottage as well as the main house - it is only offered to guests renting the main house, so that Laguscello remains private. The cottage may also be rented on its own in winter - from 24 October through to 21 May 2016l, when the farmhouse is closed. It has a cosy wood burning stove which also heats the radiators and logs are provided.
Centrepiece of the garden is the 12m x 8m pool with sun loungers. Up to 12 guests can dine on the terrace beneath a shady pergola beside an original working pizza oven, which guests can use. A second pergola provides a perfect spot for after-lunch dozing in the hammock. There is a separate barbecue. An expansive lawn, perfect for ball games, is bordered by flower beds with swathes of lavender enjoyed by colourful butterflies and bees. Guests can help themselves to the figs, cherries and walnuts on the trees and there are also wild flower banks - plus a herb garden beside the dining terrace. At the front, a large gravel area provides plenty of parking within the grounds which are securely fenced and gated.
Laguscello is in a peaceful countryside setting with no other houses in view and only the occasional walker or farmworker to disturb the peace. Birds of prey soar above surrounding woodland, skylarks sing as you swim in the pool, swifts and swallows swoop to snatch insects from the water and colourful bee-eaters dive for grasshoppers in the fields. We think there is a resident Eagle Owl living in one of the unused chimneys and the cantina is possibly home to a porcupine who leaves quills outside the kitchen door and digs runs to get in and out under the fence beside the gate.
For golf lovers, there is a new 9-hole golf course a ten minute drive away and a golf driving range even closer.
It is convenient for the cities and sights of Umbria, Tuscany and beyond and is just 15 minutes from Orvieto and 10 minutes from Lake Bolsena, with its plentiful fish restaurants, water sports, beaches - and lovely sunsets. For more information, please visit www.laguscello.co.uk
Children of all ages love Laguscello with its space and its fantastic pool! The garden is securely fenced with a large lawn for them to run around on. Children toys, games, books and dvds are provided. And plenty of inflatables for the pool. There is a high chair, cot, 'potty' and changing mat. Gates are available to install at the top and bottom of the stairs. ...moreless
Well behaved dogs are welcome by prior arrangement - however, our neighbour's dog Basil is a frequent 'guest' who finds his way in (through his own personal entrance under the fence), usually around meal times - he can easily smell a barbeque from his house a quarter of a mile away! We provide biscuits for guests to give to Basil! ...moreless
Dining inside and out are on huge tables seating 12, made locally by Castel Giorgio's carpenter. The outside table is under a shady pergola, next to the working original pizza oven and bbq....moreless
A huge table made locally to the same design as the indoor table is located by the pizza oven under a shady pergola and beside the herb garden. The Little House has a terrace with panoramic views...moreless
There is a large lawn and a second pergola with a hammock for snoozing! Swathes of lavendar, flower beds near the pool and wild flowers planted on the banks. Plus a variety of fruit trees. ...moreless
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Jun 27 - Jul 3, 2015
7 night min stay
Jul 18 - Aug 28, 2015
7 night min stay
Aug 29 - Sep 11, 2015
7 night min stay
Sep 12 - Sep 25, 2015
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Sep 26 - Oct 17, 2015
7 night min stay
Oct 24 - Dec 19, 2015
7 night min stay
Dec 20 - Jan 2, 2016
7 night min stay
Jan 3 - May 21, 2016
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Up to 10 people can be accommodated at Laguscello (or 14 if opting to rent the Little House too). The four huge ensuite bedrooms sleep 8 and there are two fold up beds for a couple of extra children/teenagers sharing a bedroom (an extra charge of £75 per single bed, per week is applied). Rental prices quoted here from 2 May - 17 October 2015 are for up to 8 people in the Farmhouse. Winter rates - from 24 October 2015 until 21 May 2016 - are for up to four people staying in the Little House and do not include use of the swimming pool. Logs are included for the wood burning stove, which heats the radiators and water. Electricity is also included, but gas is charged at 1 Euro per litre.
A 30% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. The rental balance is due 12 weeks ahead of your stay, together with a £250 security deposit, which we hold against major breakages/damage (not just the odd glass or two!). We refund this immediately after your stay.
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Laguscello is 15 minutes from the medieval city of Orvieto and 10 minutes to lovely Lake Bolsena with its fish restaurants, beaches and water sports and to the amazing eroded city of Bagnoregio. It is 5 minutes from shops, bars and restaurants. Rome, Siena and Florence are within easy reach for a day out and there are fast, regular trains from Orvieto - Rome is just over an hour by rail and Florence an hour 30. The thermal springs at Saturnia are 40 minutes and it is 90 minutes to beaches on the west coast. All the must-sees of Tuscany and Umbria are within easy reach, including Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto, Todi, Arezzo....Viterbo is a 30 minute drive and the gardens of Villa Lante and Bomarzo are also close. There are wine and jazz festivals in the area, plenty of walks - including from right outside Laguscello's front door. Animals, birds, wild flowers in spring and fungi in autumn to look out for too. Etruscan tombs are in the woodland, just a few minutes walk from the house.
Golf: A new nine hole golf course at Aquapendente - 10 minute drive. Golf driving range five minute drive
Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: Jane & Peter live in East Sussex. Peter is a garden designer (so Laguscello's garden, although still quite 'young' is a highlight of the property). Jane runs a PR consultancy in London.
Why the Owner Chose Bolsena:
We had been looking to buy somewhere in Italy since we first holidayed here in the 1990s - in Tuscany and Umbria. We spent years searching for the perfect place and chose this part of Umbria for its convenience to Rome and Florence - as well as to some of Italy's most famous and most beautiful gardens. We fell in love with the ruin that was Laguscello and bought it after much soul searching - it was far too big, too derelict and too expensive! But such a breathtaking location.... and we could see it would be wonderful once restored. When we had almost finished the restoration, a local came up to us with tears in his eyes, shook our hands and thanked us for giving life back to the house he had been born in. We were so proud and happy....
The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
As well as being such a beautiful house, Laguscello has to have one of the most stunning locations ever. Every other year it stands in a sea of sunflowers and it has panoramic views across open countryside to mountains in the distance. It is totally peaceful and private, yet just half a mile or so from the main road leading to Castel Giorgio one way and Orvieto the other, so you don't feel isolated. One of its other main attractions is its proximity to Bolsena lake, which is delightful - and rather like being by the sea, especially as the sun sets on a warm summer's evening. Above all, Laguscello is safe and welcoming - its enormous old walls seem protective of those inside somehow and you can really imagine it in centuries past when the animals lived on the ground floor with the farming families above.
Laguscello surrounded by sea of sunflowers
Farmhouse - the huge master bedroom with balcony and traditional open fireplace
Farmhouse - bedroom 1's balcony. Perfect for coffee or nightcaps under the stars
Farmhouse - Bedroom 3 & 4 look similar and both have views over rolling fields
Farmhouse - Dining room from the kitchen
Pool looking through trees to the corner of the Little House
Early morning mist looking at the Pergola with hammock from the Farmhouse
The imposing frontage of Laguscello basks in the evening sun
Little House - kitchen. Simple but stylish furnishings and fully equipped
Little House - large terrace with views on 3 sides and all day sunshine
Little House - twin bedroom. Also with its own door to the terrace.
Laguscello's large pool has 12 loungers. There's a pergola and trees for shade
Farmhouse - master bedroom
Farmhouse - Bedroom 2, is the same size as the master bedroom
The Farmhouse lounge has 3 sofas, TV, desk and opens into the towering hall
Farmhouse - Dining room, games room and kitchen. The table seats 12 comfortably
Laguscello's 12m x 8m pool overlooks fields - swallows dip for water as you swim
Outdoor dining under a shady pergola. The table seats 12 and is locally made
View from one of the windows
Little house - entrance and terrace which doubles as a shady spot for dining
Little House - lounge with windows on two sides which get the evening sun
The pretty main bedroom in the Little House with king size bed + door to terrace
All 6 bathrooms at Laguscello are large and look much like this
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