Downton Abbey in Umbria? Grace, Charm, Elegance and Comfort at Villa Gioianna(15 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Property type:Villa
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Villa, 8 Bedrooms, 10 Baths (Sleeps 16) overlooking lake and vineyards
We have 8 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, kitchen, living room, dining room, terrace, extensive grounds, swimming pool, and stunning views.
We can provide one of several excellent cooks, all of whom loves to spoil guests with delicious, homemade meals using our produce and other locally sourced ingredients. From a traditional nonna to an enthusiastic "New Italy" younger chef, we will find the right culinary fit for you. Or, combine a meal with a cooking lesson from an Italian "Nonna" chef or a wood-fired pizza lesson from a vivacious Italian Mama at her home or a master Pizzaiola at a local restaurant.
We would be delighted to provide a dream location for your special event. Please contact us and tell us what you're celebrating.
First, a few details:
-Pets welcome with prior notice
-Start or end your holiday on any day of the week
-Please read the Notes; the vrbo Quick Quote is not always correct. Kindly furnish details of your group and we'd be happy to give you a personalized quote.
Why don't we have online booking?
Your time at the Villa should be special. This means something different to every person. We like to maintain personal contact with all of our clients so we can ensure that we provide the best holiday we can to suit your needs.
When choosing a home for your vacation, we encourage you to consider the following, which we happily quote from John O’Donohue: “Some of our most wonderful memories are beautiful places where we felt immediately at home. We feel most alive in the presence of the beautiful for it meets the needs of our soul. . . . Without beauty the search for truth, the desire for goodness and the love of order and unity would be sterile exploits. Beauty brings warmth, elegance and grandeur.” Creating such beauty and protecting and appreciating the natural assets around us are at the heart of life at the Villa. We hope you will also embrace the warmth, elegance and grandeur of our Villa, gardens and surrounding countryside and look forward to welcoming you as our guests.
THE VILLA’S LAYOUT AT A GLANCE:
- large entrance hall
- tiled dining room with fireplace
- large kitchen with fireplace, wood-burning oven, modern appliances, doors opening to large terrace overlooking vineyards
- large living room with comfortable sofas and chairs, grand piano, baronial fireplace, doors opening to terrace
- powder room
- grand staircase leading to . .
- wide hall with seating area
- 3 bedrooms with queen-sized beds with ensuite bathrooms
- 1 bedroom with 2 small doubles with ensuite bathroom
- grand staircase leading to . . .
- wide hall with seating area and fireplace
- 4 bedrooms with queen-sized beds and ensuite bathrooms
- terraces on the front and back, each the width of the house
- 6.5 x 13 m tiled swimming pool
- jasmine-covered gazebo
- honeysuckle and rose-covered pergola
- bocce court
- private woods
- olive grove
- lavender-lined pathways to fountain
- large garden
OVERVIEW: Local lore relates that the Villa was constructed in 1918, but experts have dated its origins much older. The 'padrone', or wealthy landowner, of the surrounding farms built it as his showcase residence and he and his descendants resided here until the 1970s. In the early 21st century, the Villa was renovated and updated, but with respect for the original architecture, spirit and history of the house so that it retains the warmth and ambiance of an Italian family country home. The Villa now has, among other changes, modern mechanical systems and a well - a boring mechanical fact, you may think, until you're here in the summer, the municipality rations water to a trickle a few hours a day, but the Villa's showers continue happily at full pressure. Terracotta and hand-painted tile floors, whitewashed walls, walnut doors and wood-beamed brick ceilings form a simple background for the carefully detailed interior furnished with splendid antiques, sumptuous textiles, supremely comfortable beds and gorgeous lamps dressed with lampshades designed by the owner and made with vintage and antique fabrics. The Villa's bathrooms are notorious locally, both for their beauty and number: as every woman will appreciate, there are 9 full bathrooms in the Villa so that every bedroom has its own spacious, beautifully tiled bathroom. Enjoy them without guilt: in the summer, almost 100% of the Villa's hot water comes from solar panels.
You arrive at the Villa via an avenue of cypresses and lime trees, passing through a mature park of 4.5 acres of woods, vineyards, olive groves, fruit trees and flower gardens. The Villa is a small working estate that produces its own olive oil, fruit, vegetables, wonderfully fragrant flowers and herbs. We garden 'sustainably;' we compost and practice companion planting and encouragement of beneficial insects, birds and bats (!) to keep plant diseases and pests in check. Our lawns are local grasses and wildflowers, requiring no commercial fertilizer. We recycle or compost virtually all of the waste produced by the Villa.
The Villa’s name comes from a two words: 'Gioia' (pronounced joy-ah) means 'joy' or 'jewel' in Italian; Anna is the name of the owner, thus Gioianna (joy-ahn-nah).
OLIVE OIL: Our olive oil is our pride and joy. In late October/early November we harvest the olives by hand in the traditional method of 'stroking' the tree, then quickly press them at our local mill. Also consistent with tradition, we pick the olives before they are fully ripe in order to maximize the flavor, aroma, and peppery taste of our oil. Olive oil from our region - the border of Tuscany and Umbria - is highly prized for these qualities and has been given its own special regional designation. Guests are welcome to join in the olive harvest.
NEAREST TOWN: The medieval town of Castiglione del Lago is the nearest market town (6 km), sitting high on an olive tree-covered promontory jutting into the west side of the lake. The town's magnificent medieval castle and palace dominate one end of the old town, the 19th century church of Santa Maria Magdalena the other. In between are a number of small shops, restaurants, cafés, bars and bakeries and, on Wednesdays, an outdoor food, crafts, clothing and sundries market. Below the town are public beaches that are a great place to meet locals. The beaches offer paddle and rowboats, a pizzeria, gelato, pick-up volleyball and soccer, tennis courts, cafes and a disco. Or, simply float on your back in the lake, gazing back at the ancient town up above on the hill.
For touring, Castiglione del Lago provides easy access to the superstrada linking Perugia and eastern Umbria to Siena, Chianti and western Tuscany, and is the embarkation point for ferries servicing the lake islands. The new town has all the conveniences and services of a thriving town.
LOCATION: A few kilometers away is Chiusi, whose old town is worth a visit for its Etruscan museum and good restaurants. The new town has excellent transportation links, with high-speed train connections to all destinations on the Naples-Milan high-speed train line, including Rome, Florence and Orvieto, and convenient access to the A-1 Autostrada. Within an hour's drive of the Villa are many historic Umbrian and Tuscan hill towns such as Assisi, Arezzo, Cortona, Montepulciano, Orvieto, Pienza, Perugia, Deruta, Spello and Montalcino, as well as other less well-known, but perhaps more charming, smaller villages. Many of central Italy's other leading historical and cultural centers (Rome, Florence, Todi, Siena, Spoleto, Gubbio and Urbino) can be reached in less than two hours.
AIRPORTS: The nearest airports are Rome, Pisa and Florence. Each is about a 1.5 to 2-hour drive away. Bologna is a bit farther, approximately 2.5 hours. Perugia airport is the closest (approx 40 minutes).
*Laundry Room with Washer, Iron and Ironing Board
*Transformers for North American plugs
*Stereo with iPod cable
*High quality linens
*All cotton comforters made from traditional Umbrian and Tuscan textiles, feather down duvets and choice of feather or hypoallergenic pillows
*Sumptuous en suite bathrooms
*Groups of friends, tour groups
*Anniversaries, Family Reunions, Birthday Celebrations
*Business events, seminars, training sessions
*Exclusive use of the Villa, grounds and pool
*All linens and towels, including pool towels
*Weekly pool cleaning
We would be happy to recommend and arrange other services such as:
*Home-cooked and first-class chef-cooked meals
*Refrigerator filled prior to arrival
*Tours, drivers, airport transfers
*Wine tasting tours
*Horseback riding or biking tours
*Many, many wonderful things to see and do in our area !
We aim to be as 'green' as possible. We
*Recycle 100% of plastic, paper products and glass/metal, encourage our guests to do so as well, providing facilities so that it is not difficult to achieve this.
*Compost all vegetable matter and food scraps.
*Severely limit the use of chemicals in the gardens.
*Air-dry our bedlinen whenever possible, instead of using the dryer.
*Use products made from recycled materials or from certified sustainable forests.
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Member since: 2007
- 5600 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Catering Available
- Breakfast - Booking Possible
- Lunch - Booking Possible
- Dinner - Booking Possible
- Housekeeper Included
- Private Chef
- Events Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
Pets (which usually means dogs) are welcome, upon prior notice and separate agreement to our pet policies. We love cats, but who travels with their cat? If you do, please ask! No reptiles, please. We have plenty of frogs on the property if that is your passion; no need to bring your own. Please contact us to tell us if you'd like to bring your pet and we will do our best to accommodate you. There is a small extra cleaning fee and damage deposit and you will need to agree to our pet policy. On the plus side, dogs LOVE our huge big yard, running in the woods, chasing rabbits in the vineyard and generally have a good dog time in the countryside. ...moreless
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 16
- Queen size Beds (6) Wildly romantic, canopied four poster beds feature in three bedrooms; equally stunning antique brass or ornately carved wooden bedsteads furnish the others. Each of the eight bedrooms has its own beautifully tiled bathroom with a deep soaking tub and/or a commodious power shower. Double Beds (2) There is one 'twin' bedroom furnished with two 3/4 width (48-inch) beds. Two bedrooms have a daybed that can be used as a sofa or converted to a second bed in the room. Two other rooms can also be converted to a 'twin.' Five child cots/cribs are available for a small extra charge (15 euro/week). ...moreless
Bathrooms: 9 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- We distinguish ourselves not only by the beauty of the house, its location and tranquility, but by our great service and continuing efforts to make the experience of vacationing at Villa Gioianna the best it can be. We provide full support on the ground, whether it be helping to find the perfect restaurant, recommending outings, locating the right babysitter. We are continually looking for and implementing ways to make the Villa better and our guests' experience optimal. This year, we invested in more lovely garden furniture and umbrellas, cooking equipment, decorative painting and garden improvements. We know we are not the cheapest but are confident that we provide the best value. Please contact us and see the difference !...moreless
- CD Player
- Music Library:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Water Parks
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Outlet Shopping
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Lake View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Equestrian Events
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Mountain Biking
- Water Skiing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 16 people
- Broadband Access:
A dryer is available in emergencies (ie pouring rain!) We have several lines where your clothes dry naturally in minutes under the Umbrian sun. Be virtuous, save energy and enjoy the view of the neighboring vineyards as you hang up your clothes to dry. They smell fantastic afterward....moreless
- Hair Dryer
Free wi-fi internet service for guests on their own devices. Sorry, no printer. Back-up in the event the internet is down is via a 'chiavetta,' which requires that your laptop have a USB port....moreless
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Parking Off Street:
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet:
(4) Each of the kitchen, living room, dining room and top floor sitting area have functioning woodburning fireplaces. The fireplace and woodburning oven in the kitchen can also be used for grilling, roasting meats and baking pizzas. First night fire is gratis; afterward wood is charged at market rate....moreless
If you ask a local where is the best place to eat, he will say 'at my Mom's house!'. This is not to denigrate local restaurants but highlight how good the local home cooking is. We work with an excellent local cook -- the quintessential Italian grandmother -- who will cook for you like she does for her own family. She is available upon request and payable separately and can prepare a delicious, home-cooked meal for you and/or teach you some of the secrets of Umbrian cuisine. She will spoil you shamelessly, if you let her. The cost is comparable, per person (based on 10 guests and up) to a local restaurant meal, but offers the convenience of relaxing at home. The quality, in my view, is higher than most restaurant meals....moreless
- Coffee Maker:
A cook lives here! The kitchen is well-equipped with quality pots, pans and a full array of kitchen utensils. The Villa contains lovely Villeroy & Boch china and a selection of local, handpainted ceramics for dining. Staples (such as sugar, flour, herbs & spices, paper products) will be stocked in the house prior to your arrival and guests replenish what they have used....moreless
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Pantry Items:
- Deck / Patio:
Guests can enjoy open air dining at several locations on the property: on the rear terrace, under a gazebo cloaked in jasmine or a pergola smothered in roses and honeysuckle, at a little stone table in the woods, or at a shaded table on the thyme patio, overlooking the woods....moreless
- Kayak / Canoe:
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- Outdoor Grill:
Pool / Spa
- Housekeeper Included
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 3 - Mar 31, 2017
7 night min stay
Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2017
7 night min stay
May 1 - May 31, 2017
7 night min stay
Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay
Jul 1 - Sep 15, 2017
7 night min stay
Early Fall 2017
Sep 16 - Oct 31, 2017
7 night min stay
Fall/Olive Harvest 2017
Nov 1 - Nov 20, 2017
4 night min stay
Thanksgiving Weekend 2017
Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2017
4 night min stay
December 2017 SEE NOTES
Nov 27 - Dec 28, 2017
7 night min stay
New Year's 2017
Dec 29 - Jan 2, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Pet Fee $161.22
Please read this: the VRBO Instant Quote is often incorrect and usually wrongly includes a booking fee, which is not payable if you book through us directly. Please contact us to confirm the rental fee, citing # in your party, # of children, if any pets are included, and length of stay.
Weekly rates for all other periods do not include refundable security deposit, final cleaning fee or utilities above 100 euros/week. Heating and phone payable separately, as per use.
For small groups/short stays, please contact us.
Pets welcome, please just let us know what type and size of animal you have. There is a small additional damage/cleaning fee.
The Comune (municipality) has recently imposed a small overnight guest tax. We have to collect this on behalf of the Comune and pass it on to them. This is not included in the rental fee.
Thanksgiving weekend is priced for a double room for four nights. Please contact us for details about what it includes.
December's and New Year's rates include heating. These are the only rental periods when heating is included in the rental rate.
We love having writers, composers, artists, chefs and other creative people for long-term stays (minimum one month) in the lower seasons. Please inquire if you have a sabbatical and need an inspiring, peaceful place to create.
Discounts for repeat customers.
Owner's cancellation policy:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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Winetasting, thermal baths and spas, outdoor music and food festivals, jazz, classical and blues concerts, folk dance exhibitions, art, historical and nature tours, outlets and handicrafts shopping, outdoor markets, bird watching.
Year Purchased: 2001
Why the Owner Chose Castiglione del Lago, Perugia, Italy:
Castiglione del Lago and two neighboring towns -- Panicale and Paciano – have each been designated as one of the 'borghi piu belli d'Italia' -- most beautiful villages in Italy -- and it's true. Once fortified against frequently invading foreign armies, they are now lovely but not overly restored towns full of life and warmth. Aside from the obvious benefits of local (coffee) bars, several excellent family-run restaurants, food shops, postal, pharmacy and bank services, a very good hospital, wineries nearby, walking and biking trails and amazing art, the villages have lively social lives with summer concerts, festivals, art exhibitions, and theater. And the people are friendly and welcoming; within days, you will be greeted by the locals as one of their own and develop your own morning and evening rituals of coffee and apertivo at the local bar, catching up on the local news. Plus, it's simply beautiful and close to everything. But overall, the house was love at first sight. There is a wonderful feeling about it: whether it is the Liberty-style symmetry, its position on a hilltop, the history or just warm feeling that it exudes. It’s a very special house. It has the perfect balance of privacy, yet proximity to cultural treasures and modern-life amenities. And the views ! On one side there is the lake, with its magical sunlight-on-water or moonlight-on-water views. On the other is such a picture-perfect panorama of vineyards, hills, villages and mountains, that you might be justified in thinking it's a painted scrim. We are surrounded by the vineyards of a world-class, but family-run winery. You can walk a few minutes, knock on the kitchen door of my neighbor, be greeted warmly, and then return later with a jug of very good and reasonably-priced table wine (vino sfuso) or a bottle of one of the best sangiovese or cabernet wines to be had. How wonderful is that?
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Privacy. Tranquility. Beauty. Fabulous food and great wines that are punching way above their weight in terms of quality for the reasonable price. Relaxing garden and pool. Warm Hospitality . . . . This perfect Italian getaway has the best of both worlds: located in the heart of the countryside with all the benefits of having a lively historical city and charming villages nearby. Everything you could want to see in central Umbria and Tuscany is at your fingertips - 10 minutes from the main train line leading to Rome in 2.5 hours, Florence in just over 1 hour, 1/2 hour drive to Perugia for chocolate making, Montepulciano or Chianti for wine, Pienza for amazing cheese and countless little hilltop towns along the way. Less than an hour drive to Siena (famous for its horse races, the Palio), Montalcino for wine and many other towns. Plus this is our home town! We live here and we've explored the area for you, so we're ready to help with reservations, little out of the way spots to explore, hilltop towns to discover, small family-run wineries to see. Years of enjoying our territory and helping guests to discover its magic has built up our 'little black book' of special restaurants, wineries and amazing sites.
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Links to more information:
- CLICK HERE - Information about and photos of the annual Tulip Festival in Castiglione del Lago
- CLICK HERE - Information about and photos of the annual Kite and Hot Air Balloon Festival
- CLICK HERE - Information about and photos of the annual blues festival in the Trasimeno area
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View in the Fall from the Zibibbo bedroom, over hills, vineyards and mountains.
Close-up of one of the rolltop tubs and handpainted wall tiles.
The kitchen is spacious and well-outfitted.
The dining room features a handpainted fresco and gorgeous crystal chandelier.
Have an Italian nonna make you a fabulous meal like homemade ravioli!
View of Castiglione del Lago from Sagrantino bedroom.
Lunch on the terrace; look out over vineyards and rolling hills.
The living room has an enormous fireplace.
first floor (North Americans calls this the second floor)
The 6m x 13m swimming pool is surrounded by the olive grove.
Sagrantino has two small doubles and a view of the lake and swimming pool.
Vermentino bath features a footed slipper bath & handpainted travertine tiles.
The large fireplace in the kitchen is perfect for grilling meats and bruschetta.
View from the back garden in the spring.
Lake Trasimeno is just minutes away. Loads of water sports and other activities.
Morning sun on the lake.
Nobile has an antique four-poster bed and hand-carved Tuscan furniture.
French doors open from the living room to the back terrace.
This listing was first published here in 2007.
Date last modified - Monday, January 23, 2017
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