Newly restored five bedroom farmhouse completed by renowned designer. Combines the beauty of a traditional stone farm house with the best of modern Italian design to create a unique blend of the old and the new.
Tuscany-Southeast/Val D'Orcia Villa 10
Come restore your senses at Podere Palazzo, a very special country villa at the border of Tuscany, Umbria & Lazio, between Rome and Florence, and situated in one of the most charming areas of central Italy. Located atop a hill with expansive views, this vacation home is surrounded by the unspoiled beauty of the rural Tuscan landscape with its magnificent oak woods, peaceful pastures, classic olive orchards and vineyards, and delightful medieval towns. Podere Palazzo has been beautifully restored in 2007 with the help of skilled local craftsmen and combines the beauty of a traditional stone farm house with the best of modern Italian design to create a unique blend of the old and the new. This spacious and airy villa can serve as a home for a family or a group of friends who want to explore the beauty and history of central Italy or enjoy outdoor acitivities.
The price of rental includes gas, water, electricity, Wifi internet, bed linens, bath & hand towels, pool towels, soaps, shampoos and detergents. It also includes final cleaning, 1 midweek cleaning, use of all appliances and equipment. All windows have insect screens.
5 Bedrooms/4.5 bathrooms
Details & Amenities
- Country villa with 5 bedrooms & 4.5 baths (3 en suite)
- Accommodates 10+2: 8 in king beds, 2 in twin beds, 2 in extra
- 3 fireplaces & central heat
- Portico, al fresco dining for 10
- Heated pool, private grounds Pond, outdoor lounges & hammocks
- Organic vegetable garden, olive & fruit orchards
- Breathtaking 360 deg. views
- Outdoor fireplace and BBQ
- Washer & dishwasher
- Gourmet kitchen with gas stove, oven, microwave, espresso machine, toaster
- Ceiling fans in all bedrooms
- Hair dryers, iron/board
- Wi fi internet, Mp3 player, TV, dvd player, stereo, speaker system, books & games
- Maid service
- Parking, wheelchair accessible
Podere Palazzo sits atop a hill with 360 degree views of the complex landscape formed by a unique geological history, Etruscan settlements, and medieval towns with their rich tapestry of cultivated fields.
To the east, the lush woods of the Monte Rufeno Regional Park, composed of a mixture of oak, elm and pine trees, descend to the valley of the Tirolle River below. At the southern end of the park are working farms with olive groves and cultivated fields overlooking the valley of the Paglia River.
The view to the southeast expands dramatically across the Paglia Valley and the volcanic plateau beyond where the town of Acquapendente and the crater of Bolsena, the largest volcanic lake in Europe, can be seen. The valley is rich with vineyards, olive groves, and sunflower fields, all beautifully framed by the lush vegetation of the plateau.
The town of Proceno sits on a tufa rock directly south of Podere Palazzo, surrounded by fields typical of the Alta Tuscia region. To its west is Monte Civetta overlooking the Paglia Valley and the Roman road known as the Cassia, which is still used today as a main thoroughfare. In addition, the Via Francigena, the medieval pilgrimage route connecting Canterbury to Rome and Jerusalem, passes through the valley. Pilgrims still follow this ancient path.
Directly west of the house is a nearby hill which offers more cultivated fields and the view of other restored poderi. This strategic hilltop was the site of an Etruscan settlement.
The views to the north are unique: a picture book valley with stone farmhouses and a system of cultivated fields, pastures and oak woods, topped by the medieval town of Trevinano with Monte Cetona beyond. The serenity of this valley takes you back in time and is so soothing to the eyes that you might just want to sit down to take it all in.
The house, an old stone farmhouse from the late 1700’s, was part of a rich system of poderi that cultivated the land for the noble landowners from the nearby towns of Proceno and Trevinano since the middle ages. Abandoned since the 1950’s, it was purchased in 2005 and fully restored in 2006-2007 with the goal of preserving its beauty and its rightful place in the landscape, while converting it into a residence with all modern comforts. The restoration was a labor of love which combined an ambitious design with the passion and talent of local craftsmen who worked non-stop for one and a half years to bring Podere Palazzo back to life. The structure has been restored in the traditional Tuscan style reusing the original stone and other materials, complemented with new terracotta bricks and chestnut beams, all manufactured locally and by hand.
Grounds, Garden, Pool
The grounds encompass four acres carved out of several hundred acres of sheep pastures and woods. An old existing pond south of the house was restored to become an open air cistern fed by a deep well for the new irrigation system. By taking advantage of the century old oak trees around it and by creating a new gravel terrace overlooking the Paglia Valley below, the pond is now a restful and shady oasis with hammocks for relaxing on hot summer days. A newly planted olive grove, with over 60 plants right beneath the pond, restores Podere Palazzo’s former agricultural glory and beauty. Cypress and elm, wild pear and apple trees, wild plum and rose bushes define the driveway from the main road.
The pool is built with a double infinity edge to allow for the full enjoyment of the surrounding views. It measures a generous 5 x13 meters [16 x43 feet] and has a comfortable shallow area for children and non- swimmers. It is flanked by a large stone patio with comfortable sun beds for tanning, reading, or napping.
Living, Dining & Library
The main entrance to the house features arched French doors which open into a large and comfortable living room with views of the medieval town of Trevinano. It is furnished with two large sofas set in front of a large, modern wood burning fireplace and across from a credenza with satellite TV and DVD player, as well as a stereo with an MP-3 player connected to a built-in sound system.
The dining room shares its views of Trevinano with the living room and has arched French doors opening onto a patio which overlooks the infinity pool and the verdant woods of Monte Rufeno across the valley. The dining room seats twelve around a rustic table and includes a sitting area with library.
Portico & Kitchen
From the dining room, down a bright hall that accesses a portico and a powder room, there is a modern gourmet kitchen with travertine stone counters and sink, gas cooktop, oven, refrigerator with freezer, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. The kitchen island generously provides seating for five. A set of French doors opens onto a large portico for al fresco dining. All the windows and doors have southern and eastern exposures that fill the kitchen with light throughout the day.
A special feature of the house is a 10 meter (30 foot) long portico with stunning views of Monte Rufeno and the valley of the Paglia River. The custom stone table which seats twelve is a great place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. A wood-burning fireplace allows for outdoor cooking. There is also a comfortable seating area that is the perfect place for reading a book or sipping a glass of wine.
Bedrooms & Baths
All bedrooms have ceiling fans, built-in closets, and plenty of drawer space. On the first floor is the bedroom Amiata with a king size bed and a large en suite bathroom with wheelchair accessible shower. With windows facing pastures, ravines, and hills to the west, this bedroom is especially convenient for anyone who may have difficulty climbing stairs.
- Property Type
- Tuscany-Southeast/Val D'Orcia
- Special Selection
- Best Value Property
- Fantastic views
- Outdoor pool
Recommended Local Restaurants
TREVINANO: 5 minute drive from the houseTrattoria & Bar Gianfranco
A typical small town place with tasty regional specialties and pizza at affordable prices. Reservations needed on weekends when people come all the way from Rome for hearty home cooking (Inexpensive)
The closest restaurant to the house is also one of the most original in the area. Run by two young creative chefs you will be served delectable food that is respectful of Italian traditions and is made from the best of locally produced ingredients. A warm room with formal service. Nationally recognized. Reservations are a good idea (More expensive)
ACQUAPENDENTE: 10 minute drive from the house
Trattoria ToscanaA favorite of the locals. Good food at good prices. When in Acquapendente, eat with the Acquesianos (Moderate)
A creative restaurant that serves traditional and elegant food rooted in local tradition (moderately expensive)
Pulvano Dino Bakery
A great bakery just off the main square. Pizza, bread, cakes, cookies and sweet goods of many kinds... they have it all.
SAN CASCIANO DEI BAGNI: 10 minute drive from the houseDaniela
Daniela is the place to see and be seen as well as to eat wonderful traditional Tuscan cooking. The restaurant, situated in the former stables of the palace of the Bologna family, is simple and elegant. Reservations recommended (Moderately Expensive)
Next door to Daniela. This is a good place to get a morning cappuccino and a cornetto or a gelato in the afternoon or evening. A wide assortment of European newspapers and the International Herald Tribune can be purchased here. The outdoor cafe has a nice view across the piazza to the valley below.
In the newer part of town, the comfortable dining room of a small hotel. Savor the very best of regional cooking. Meats, pastas, and desserts are prepared with care and are always delicious. A great wine list. Reservations recommended (Moderately expensive)
Pasticceria Il Duomo
A terrific bakery. Try their biscotti with espresso or cappuccino. If you are cooking dinner at home, buy something for dessert.
The Bar at the Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort A beautiful full service bar at the hotel-one of the ’Leading Hotels of the World’-just a few minutes from the house. White jacketed waiters. Elegant service. A great place for a night cap (Expensive)
ORVIETO: 35 minute drive from the houseTrattoria Vinosus
This restaurant is considered one of the best in the area and is especially known for their exquisite wine selections. The owner Luca will guide you personally through the wine list and the chef Rita will delight you with typical Umbrian recipes with an updated touch. It is located right next to the beautiful gothic cathedral of Orvieto and In the summer you can eat outdoor on their terrace with a lovely vista of the impressive black and white marble flank of the cathedral (Moderately expensive)
This is one of the most popular spots in town for pizza and personally we think they make some of the best pizza in central Italy! The restaurant/ pizzeria has a beer garden style courtyard for outdoor dining in the summer and a spacious interior during the rest of the year. It can be hard to find a table especially on weekends but it is worth the wait! Their appetizers of cold cuts and local delicacies and cheese are always very satisfying and their dessert called “sbrisolona” just perfect! The atmosphere is relaxed and casual and the service very informal. Located a couple of blocks rom the Piazza della Repubblica (Fairly inexpensive)
Osteria del Grillo
This restaurant is not in the center of town but just above the train station in Orvieto Scalo. While the location is not ideal if you are touring the old town, the food is outstanding. They do not serve any pasta but only fresh and beautifully prepared appetizers and delicious local organic meats. The restaurant in fact has a butcher counter where you can pick your own cut of meat and have it roasted on the spot in the wood burning oven. Yum said the vegetarian! The place is full of locals and the wine list, while not extensive, is delightfully local (Moderate)
Il Pozzo Etrusco
Orvieto has many good and established restaurants but this one is one of the most authentic, genuine and a relatively newcomer. Serving great traditional recipes with the freshest ingredients and a special touch. Friendly service, great street side experience (Moderate)
CETONA: 30 minute drive from the houseLa Frateria di Padre Eligio at Mondo X
This 12th Century Franciscan Monastery has been converted into a hotel and gourmet restaurant and is a self-sustaining community for recovering drug addicts. It is worth a visit just to see the monastery and its art but it is also a wonderful place to have dinner and support a good cause. Make a reservation and be sure to get a tour. Plan a stop in Cetona before your visit and take a beautiful walk toward the highest point in town to see intimate views of the unique landscape that has made this town a haven for the rich and famous. You are in good company as you admire the landscape-Valentino has a house here (Expensive, reservations needed)
Refined local cuisine served in the well restored cantinas of an old building on the main piazza or under a pergola in a secluded alley. Either experience is delightful. Don’t forget to take a stroll before or after dinner in the street of beautiful medieval Cetona. A snack bar part of the same establishment serves good ice cream and drinks on the piazza (Moderately expensive)
PIENZA: 30 minute drive from the houseOsteria Sette di Vino
Known for its pecorino and its piazza, the mother of all Renaissance piazzas, this delightful, not to be missed town in the magnificent Valley of the Orcia River is also home to the unique 'small plate' Tuscan style food served here. This is simple tasty peasant food prepared with love by its charming owner who does it all, including telling you what to order (Moderate)
PITIGLIANO: 30 minute drive from the houseCeccottino
Located in a beautiful Piazza at the center of town. The atmosphere is delightful and in the summer months you can eat outdoor al-fresco. The food is always fresh, wonderfully prepared and very local and seasonal.
SORANO: 30 minute drive from the houseLocanda dell’Arco
In the old city center it offers authentic and good simple food in a family environment with charming hosts (Moderate).
MONTEPULCIANO: 45 minutes drive from the houseLa Grotta
Just outside of Montepulciano near the church of San Biagio. Considered one of the best restaurant in the province of Siena. It offers exquisite food that is refined and inventive with local and genuine ingredients. Good service and a great selection of wines. The patio next to the beautiful church of San Biagio is delightful in the summer months and the entire experience of eating here is memorable (Moderately expensive)
Most of year
Prices include all taxes, agency fees, foreign exchange fees, and credit card fees.
Sep 24 - Oct 15 $8,745 Weekly
Oct 23 - Dec 24 $5,145 Weekly
Dec 24 - Jan 07 $8,745 Weekly
Jan 07 - Apr 22 $5,145 Weekly
Apr 22 - May 27 $8,745 Weekly
May 27 - Sep 02 $10,440 Weekly
Sep 02 - Sep 30 $8,745 Weekly
A DISCOUNT OF 5% OF TOTAL RENTAL COST WILL BE APPLIED FOR 2 OR MORE CONSECUTIVE WEEKS.
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