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This beautifully restored private villa and its grounds are reserved entirely for you and your traveling companions. Built in the early 1920s, its 2,400 square feet of living space have been completely modernized without sacrificing their original detail.
You’ll enjoy the best of both worlds. The old-world style and elegance of carefully selected antiques blend with the comfort of plush, imported mattresses, fine towels and linens, cotton blankets, goose-down duvets and loads of pillows. Relax in the living room and escape with Italian and English (satellite) TV, or congregate in the dining room around the grand table and fireplace. You’ll find yourself at home anywhere in the villa.
The villa comfortably sleeps up to eight people in four equal-size bedrooms, one on the ground floor and three upstairs. There are three full bathrooms, one downstairs and two up. Common areas include a cozy living room with satellite television, a large dining room with fireplace, and a fully-equipped kitchen. Italian antiques and oriental carpets sprinkled throughout add an extra elegant touch.
The villa’s half acre of landscaped gardens are bordered on one side by the village, one side by the Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve, and on two sides by green pasture. A 400 year-old chestnut tree with seven trunks serves as the focal point for the garden and provides welcome summer shade for two rope hammocks that rest beneath it. Depending on the season, the gardens provide chestnuts, wild cherries, golden plums, white and red grapes, hazelnuts, pine nuts and peaches for the table. In the summer months, the small ‘orto’ yields home-grown tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, eggplant, zucchini, celery, onions and garlic, while ‘the girls’ keep guests supplied in fresh eggs. Lavender, oregano, basil, salvia, rosemary, mentuccia, and various mints and thymes are distributed liberally near the kitchen door. Wisteria and hydrangea add colorful highlights to the pergola and gazebo, while potted geraniums and coleus decorate the villa’s front wall and courtyard.
Situated on a ridge at 2,000 feet elevation, the medieval village of Torre Alfina offers crisp, fresh air and wonderful views over the Latium, Umbrian and Tuscan countrysides. The village guards the entrance to Italy’s Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve – 7,500 acres of protected public wilderness with forested hills, pristine forest, trout streams, and unique fauna and flora. Several of the park’s bicycle and hiking trails start from the village.
Two twin beds on ground level with views to the garden and the castle. Beds can be pulled together to make a faux king.
Two twin beds on 2nd floor with views to the village church and Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve. Listen to the sounds of the Reserve at night, and wake to the sound of church bells.
Queen pillow-top mattress with views to the castle and garden; Antique dresser and vanity. Armoir in hallway; Chair.
King bed with views to the pergola, 400 year-old chestnut tree and the Nature Reserve. En suite bath with sink, toilet, bidet and shower with sunflower shower head;
All bedrooms have ceiling fans, A/C, antique armoirs and dressers, chair, two large windows with retractable screens, and internal and external window shutters.
All bedroom have 400-thread count cotton linens, luxurious bedspreads, cotton blankets, hypoallergenic duvet comforters and a selection of pillows ...moreless
All bathrooms have large windows with retractable window screens, sunflower shower heads, pressurized water system, and unlimited hot water on demand. Hand soap, toilet paper, makeup towels and hand-held hair dryers are provided....moreless
Torre Alfina is in a volcanic region surrounded by spa towns with everything from exclusive (ie. Conde Naste's no 1 rated medical spa at San Casciano dei Bagni) to free public thermal springs. Situated on a crest at 2000 feet, the summer temperatures are usually quite pleasant, especially ay night. The villa's chickens provide free eggs to villa guests year-round, and the vegetable garden supplies tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, zucchini, eggplant and herbs during the growing months....moreless
Extensive travel book collection (no need to bring your own)...moreless
Satellite / Cable:
Satellite TV package with English news and other English programming...moreless
15' flat screen TV, DVD home theater, CD player...moreless
Away From It All
Sports & Activities
Local Services & Businesses
The villa sits at the edge of the village on a ridge at 2000 feet elevation, overlooking the Monte Rufeno Nature Riserve and the mountains of southern Tuscany....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Both indoor and outdoor dining areas are available, each with large tables that can easily accommodate ten or more people. ...moreless
Seating for 10 people
Autonomous Mitsubishi split A/C in all bedrooms; cooling to 72 degree F (22 C) for no additional charge; guests who prefer to cool more can pay a surcharge of 200 euros per week ...moreless
Wood-burning cooking fireplace in Dining Room ...moreless
Autonomous hot water heating; heated to 72 degrees F (22 C); guests who prefer to heat more can pay a surcharge of 200 euros per week; ...moreless
International Direct Dial (IDD) line, with unlimited free calls to landlines in the United States, Canada and Western Europe....moreless
American-style, Egyptian cotton bath, hand and face towels; Special towels for make-up removal; Fresh towels provided on Wednesdays and Saturdays; ...moreless
A++ energy-efficient 8kg (17.5 lb) non-drum european washing machine; laundry soap and fabric softener provided ...moreless
American drip, Italian stove-top and French press coffee makers are provided; a coffee grinder is also available...moreless
Dishes & Utensils:
This kitchen features a large collection of All-Clad cookware that will delight most foodies. ...moreless
The modern kitchen features all new, A++ energy-efficient appliances; it connects directly to the grape-covered outdoor pergola and herb garden...moreless
In addition to fresh rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme, mint, marjoram, and lavender, the owners provide local olive oil and unlimited red and white tables wines from their cellar. ...moreless
A small balcony off the upper foyer provides a spectacular sunset view of the nature reserve....moreless
Less than 8 miles away as the crow flies, 15 miles by road, lies Lake Bolsena, Europe's largest volcanic lake; swimming, sun-bathing, boat rides, boats for hire, sailing are all available here;...moreless
Deck / Patio:
The villa's principle outdoor focal point is a vine-covered pergola offering both red and white grapes...moreless
Lanai / Gazebo:
The wysteria-covered gazebo provides a shady respite for those who prefer to play cards or read, away from the main activity under the pergola. ...moreless
Lawn / Garden:
The villa offers flower gardens, vegetable gardens, fruit and nut trees and a side lawn punctuated with a 7-trunked, 400 year old chestnut tree ...moreless
Immediately adjacent the vine-covered pergola is wood-fired Italian barbecue and unlimited firewood...moreless
Ski & Snowboard:
50 minutes away lies Monte Amiata, Tuscany's highest mountain and only ski resort; also great for hiking in the pine forest in the summer time...moreless
Water Sports Gear
Pool / Spa
Villa guests enjoy swimming privileges at the boutique Hotel Nuovo Castello immediately next door; The hotel pool and garden sit in the shadow of the Castle with snack bar, patio and dining terrace...moreless
Cancellation Policy: The following penalties apply: 30% of the rental price applies if the cancellation is made 70 or more days before the start of the rental period; 75% of the rental price if the cancellation is made from 69 to 33 days before the start of the rental period; 100% of the rental price if the cancellation is made 32 days or less before the start of the rental period.
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Torre Alfina is a medieval agricultural village whose origin dates to the 1200s. The village grew up around a fortified castle on a bluff overlooking the 'Alta Tuscia,' or the Etruscan highlands. Today it sits on the edge of the large Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve, overlooking Orvieto and the central valley to the east, and the mountains of southern Tuscany to the west. Torre Alfina sits in the 'lantern' of the region of Lazio (Latium), 10 miles from the border of Tuscany and four miles form the border of Umbria. This makes it the perfect location for visiting the most popular tourist destinations of all three regions, including Rome, Florence, Assisi, Todi, Perugia, Orvieto, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Siena, Civita di Bagnoreggio, Bagni San Filippo, Bolsena, San Casciano dei Bagni, Sorano, Sovano and Pitigliano.
Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: Jeff and Robin are American nationals who met in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa. They are career humanitarian officers for the United Nations. Their work takes them to different UN duty stations around the world, as needed, every 2-4 years. As such, the villa is their permanent 'foot on the ground,' their 'comfort zone' their eventual retirement destination. As such, it is furnished warmly as a home, not as a 'rental,' something that is much appreciated by their guests. One-third of their guests are return visitors.
Why the Owner Chose Acquapendente: This villa is perfectly located in a medieval village on the borders of Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria. The location allows guests to visit the major tourist venues from Rome to Florence, while returning each night to welcome tranquility, warm hospitality and the food, food, food of village Italy. The village of Torre Alfina enjoys the distinction of being one of Italy's 'Most Beautiful Small Towns' ('I Borghi Piu Belli d'Italia.')
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: Double-glazed windows and doors, internal and external shutters, energy-efficient appliances, upgraded electrical service, retractable window screens, unlimited on-demand hot water for baths and showers (guests will never argue over who used all the hot water!), silent split air conditioning in the bedrooms, wireless internet, unlimited direct-dial free calls to fixed lines the United States and Canada are only a few of the things that set this Italian villa apart from the competition. All–Clad cookware, American and French drip coffee makers, coffee grinder, unlimited complimentary white and red local wines and locally-produced extra virgin olive oil help ensure that La Villa di Torre Alfina lives up to it’s tagline: “More than you can imagine!”
Speaks: english, french, spanish, russian, italian