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Impressive Villa, Private Pool in 5 Acres

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Last updated: 05/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 reception. Panoramic views of olive grove and cypresses

LAST WEEK LEFT!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 24 JUNE - 1 JULY.
SPECIAL OFFER £1500,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,£500 OFF!
quoted price £2000 pw.

The villa is on the Umbrian Tuscan border near the beautiful Lago Trasimeno. Available for Spring, Summer and Autumn holiday rentals. Family friendly. Situated in the Valley of the Fireflies, the farmhouse/villa is the owners own home, extremely comfortable and in immaculate condition restored to country house standard. GROUND FLOOR: spacious dining room, modern kitchen, washroom (lavanderia), breakfast area on spacious terrace, supper area under the pergola.
FIRST FLOOR: very large reception room (salotto), leading to terrace, master bedroom with bathroom en suite, double bedroom, twin bedroom (can be double), shower room. OUTSIDE: beyond the pergola with steps leading down from the lawn is the 12m x 6m swimming pool (beautifully lit in the evenings), with breathtaking views over the olive groves to the ancient Etruscan towns of Chiusi and Montepulciano on the horizon.
The gardens have many eating/drinking/musing areas.
All 'mod cons' in the kitchen: washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, central heating, water softener, silent ceiling fans, with 5 speed regulators in all bedrooms and reception.TV, DVD player, lead to iPod, CD collection and WIFI connection.
A beautiful location near Lake Trasimeno.
Situated in the Valley of the Fireflies, the farmhouse is the owner's own home. In 1995, Peter Hobday, wrote a book called, 'In the Valley of the Fireflies' about his wife Victoria's experiences of restoring the villa and their discovery of Umbria's saintly and sinful past. You can buy the book from Amazon or
In the spring and early summer the fireflies come out at dusk creating a magical sight - a myriad host of living lanterns.
Our villa is for those seeking a private alternative to an hotel. It is a very comfortable, beautifully restored 'home from home'. It is actually our home, we use it a lot ourselves and we believe we are situated in the most culturally enriching and stunningly beautiful area of Italy.
WINEING AND DINING AL FRESCO. Directly from the kitchen is a dining table on the terrace with a large sun umbrella for a shady breakfast and lunch. Further along the terrace under the pergola is a table for evening suppers. One can sit on the lawn with an evening cocktail watching the most beautiful ever changing sunsets.
The village is 6 minutes down the hill,,,,,,,,, we're amongst pretty hill top towns and great local restaurants. Easy distance to Florence, Rome, San Gimigniano, Siena, Spoleto and Assisi. The lake is 20 minutes away down the valley and Citta' della Pieve is a local colorful hill top town with an excellent Saturday morning market and a small but beautifully restored theatre.
Surrounding areas: The FOUR AIRPORTS we are are near: ROME, PISA, FLORENCE and PERUGIA.
There is car hire at each airport and also one in Chiusi itself at Avis.
Easy car ride to all the cultural towns in middle Italy.
PLUS take a bus or train to Florence, Rome, Montepulciano, etc. The bus station is beside the train station in Chiusi.
Leisure activities: Swimming in the private pool 12 by 6 meters.
Walking in and around the pretty hill topped towns and along the lake side.
There are two bicycle hire places in or around Castiglione. One with web site, The other with email,
TENNIS,,,,,,,,,,, one club in Chiusi (10 minutes) away, and one in Cetona.
Horse riding
Go to the MALL, the famous fashion OUTLET just below Florence. About 1 hr 15 mins by car from the house to the MALL..
Take a ferry ride to visit the three islands on Lago Trasimeno.
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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 05/22/2017

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 200 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    spacious twin...moreless

  • All the bedrooms are large and situated on the first floor, with mosquito nets and top quality ceiling fans, extremely quiet with five speed regulators. Wonderful views from every window....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet

    wash hand basin...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    wash hand basin...moreless

  • The bathroom which can be ensuite with the master bedroom, has a shower fitment attached to the bath taps. Both bathroom and shower room are modern and in immaculate order. The shower cubicle is very spacious. The clothes washing machine is in the washroom (lavanderia in Italian), which is under the loggia, approached from the pergola. There is also a large wash hand basin there for hand washing or to rinse out your bathing attire. The water softener is also housed in the washroom....moreless

Other Amenities

  • There are 6 chairs round the dining table on the terrace near the kitchen The rest are round the pool area, under three sun umbrellas. There is also seating for six under the pergola where you can lunch in the shade , or dine in the evening with a view of a wonderful sunset. There are 4 sun beds at your disposal. There is a spacious, graveled parking area at the front of the house, with a secure pedestrian gate leading round to the main terrace. The three outside doors, the kitchen and dining room lead directly from the terrace, and the reception (salotto) door leading off the terraced area (the loggia) on the first floor. There is an archway leading from the dining room directly to the fully fitted kitchen. So whilst cooking you can still take part in the conversation around the spacious dining table. The double doors from the kitchen lead directly out to the circular dining table on the terrace. You walk passed the pergola, onto the lawn which leads directly down to the pool 12 by 6m...moreless


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Coin Laundry
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool

Property Descriptor

  • Detached


from 17 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Rate 6 2017
May 13 - Jun 2, 2017
7 night min stay

Rate 7 2017
Jun 3 - Jun 16, 2017
7 night min stay

Rate 8 2017
Jun 17 - Jun 23, 2017
7 night min stay

Rate 9 2017
Jun 24 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay

Rate 10 2017
Jul 1 - Jul 7, 2017
7 night min stay

Rate 11 2017
Jul 8 - Jul 14, 2017
7 night min stay

Rate 12 2017
Jul 15 - Jul 21, 2017
7 night min stay

Rate 13 2017
Jul 22 - Jul 28, 2017
7 night min stay

Rate 14 2017
Jul 29 - Aug 25, 2017
7 night min stay

Rate 15 2017
Aug 26 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay

Rate 16 2017
Sep 2 - Sep 8, 2017
7 night min stay

Rate 17 2017
Sep 9 - Sep 22, 2017
7 night min stay

Rate 18 2017
Sep 23 - Oct 20, 2017
7 night min stay

Rate 19 2017
Oct 21 - Dec 22, 2017
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $388.09
  • No additional mandatory fees


When making a booking, there will be a booking fee of £300.00. We will ask for the rent two months in advance. Upon payment of the rent the booking fee originally held reverts to being the deposit, to be held against any damage of breakages that may occur during your term of occupancy.

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Last updated: 05/22/2017
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100 Miles
Nearest Airport
Rome, Pisa, Florence and Perugia
100 Miles
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant

Car: Necessary

We are right in the midst of the cultural centre of Italy. Florence, Siena, Gubbio, Spoleto, Rome and Assisi are all within easy driving distance. Also a fantastic train and bus service from Chiusi. You can get a fast train to Rome, one hour and twenty minutes; and Florence, where it is very difficult to park in the city, under two hours.

Arezzo is well worth exploring. Principally the lengthy restoration work on, the Legend of the Cross, the famous cycle of frescoes by Piero della Francesca in the church of San Francesco, has at last been completed. Also the Antique Market of Arezzo, is held the first week-end of every month on Saturday and Sunday. Serenella, a colourful eating-house in Citta' della Pieve, a fascinating hilltop town 20 mins away. Good Umbrian cooking, even the local priest eats there. Plus many other interesting Attractions. Fashion Bargains are to be had at The Mall, in the village of Leccio, it is 1hr and 15 mins away by car. It is a collection of designer outlets selling surplus and out of season stock.

Other Activities: Various games: i.e. Scrabble, cards, Backgammon.

Golf: The nearest Golf Course is in Panicarola , about 5 miles away. It's a 9 holes golf course. The larger 18 hole golf course is nearer Perugia, about an hour away. We have been there and it looks very good.

Please enquire further when asking about availability.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1988

About the owner: Nearly 29 years ago Peter Hobday who was helping to present the Today programme on Radio 4, London, came across an article about properties for sale in Italy, amazing bargains the article said! So Peter rang his wife Victoria and in no time they were ringing estate agents searching for the 'Italian dream'. They found it, Casa del Lauro. It was a complete ruin set upon a wheat sown hillside surrounded by olive trees. They restored it, and through the years created an architecturally designed garden. There were many ups and downs with trees being moved on a regular basis from one spot to another! Now that Peter has more time they try to be there on and off for about three months of the year. It is their home in Italy.

Why the Owner Chose Città della Pieve, Perugia, Italy:
Architecturally it is in the classic Italian farmhouse style, long and low with pale tiles on the roof. They could not have got nearer to the Italian dream house. It is situated in the cultural heart of Italy, within a drive from the fascinating Renaissance towns of Florence, Sienna, San Gimigniano, Gubbio and many more,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and on the door step of the beautiful lake Trasimeno, and the castellated lake side town of Castiglione del Lago.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Casa del Lauro is now a fabulous farmhouse/villa, thoughtfully designed to combine contemporary facilities with country house elegance. It is kept in perfect decorative condition and the spacious garden with endless lawns is well maintained by Silvio the gardener, with the 33 cypress trees pruned every two years. It is set among gentle rolling hills, with 360 degree views of pretty little Umbrian and Tuscan hill top towns such as Montepulciano, Citta' della Pieve and the old Etruscan town of Chuisi.

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Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 05/22/2017

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  • swimming pool 6 x 12 meters

    swimming pool 6 x 12 meters

  • aerial shot of Casa del Lauro

    aerial shot of Casa del Lauro

  • the swimming pool at sunset

    the swimming pool at sunset

  • View of villa farther up the hill

    View of villa farther up the hill

  • dining area on terrace near the kitchen

    dining area on terrace near the kitchen

  • view of the pool from the lawn

    view of the pool from the lawn

  • lunching, dining under the pergola

    lunching, dining under the pergola

  • view of the villa

    view of the villa

  • dining room

    dining room

  • reception room (salotto)

    reception room (salotto)

  • double bedroom

    double bedroom

  • double bedroom

    double bedroom

  • Swimming pool 12 by 6

    Swimming pool 12 by 6

  • swimming pool early evening

    swimming pool early evening

  • evening shot of pool and villa beyond

    evening shot of pool and villa beyond

  • view of the house from the olive grove

    view of the house from the olive grove

  • Entrance gates and parking area

    Entrance gates and parking area

  • view of the front of the villa

    view of the front of the villa

  • view of villa and the pergola

    view of villa and the pergola

  • aspect from house to olive grove

    aspect from house to olive grove

  • dining room out to terrace

    dining room out to terrace

  • salotto


  • twin bedroom

    twin bedroom

  • bathroom


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