Legend has it that this centuries-old farmhouse in Lazio was once used as a chapel by French pilgrims en route to Rome. Situated in the region of Lazio on the three-way border with Umbria and Tuscany, this self-catering accommodation has gorgeous landscaping and 360o views. Once owned by the local Contessa, this beautifully restored farmhouse is within day-trip range of some of the country's most famous cities. It is entirely possible to enjoy full days of touring in Rome or Florence, and still be “home” in time for dinner on the terrace and a good night’s sleep in the cool peace and quiet of the Italian countryside.
Positioned on a large volcanic rock, this ancient stone farmhouse is set amongst perennial gardens, countless mature trees, natural terraces, and an orchard. The private outdoor terrace is covered in grape vines and furnished with a gas barbecue, a table that can seat up to 12 people, and lounge chairs. One of its three caves is used as a garden shed, another as a wine cellar under the house. Situated on a well-maintained gravel road, the farmhouse has a remote-control gate, and plenty of secure parking space. Please note that the owners live on the premises, but guests enjoy complete privacy, including an independent entrance and terrace and private gardens.
The farmhouse is restored with traditional materials, and is beautifully furnished with antiques and unique pieces of art from around the world.
Main Level: The L-shaped living room is furnished with a couch, armchairs, and a piano situated in front of a fireplace. There is satellite TV, a DVD player, Ipod docking station, and a separate space with a desk. Five steps lower is a separate family room with a sofa bed (most suitable for one), which can be curtained off to serve as a bedroom. The kitchen is equipped with a cook-top, wood-burning pizza oven, microwave, dishwasher, and a dining table that can seat up to 10 people. There is a bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower with a tub as well as a utility room with a washing machine, sink, and toilet.
Lower Level: A staircase off the family room leads down to a suite in which two bedrooms are connected by an arch without a door but with a heavy curtain. These bedrooms are suitable for one couple or a young family. The first room has a 160 cm queen-sized bed and the second room has twin beds (90 cm), which can be joined, upon prior request to form a king-size bed (180 cm). The suite has access to the orchard and designated lawn chairs.
Upper Level: A staircase from the living room leads up to two bedrooms. The first bedroom has two 100 cm single beds, a desk, and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, bidet, and shower. The second bedroom has a 180 cm king-sized bed (which can be separated, upon prior request, to form two single beds) and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower.
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
* Tuscan Catering: 40 - 45 Euros per person per meal (including wine), prices vary depending on the menu
* Housekeeping: 10 Euros per hour
* Telephone (free long distance calls to land lines in Europe, U.S., and Canada or to cell phones in U.S. and Canada only): All other long distance calls will be extra and charged according to use
* Cooking lessons, massage, yoga: Upon request
* The twin-bedded room on the lower level can be made into a king-size bed upon prior request. The king-size bed on the upper level can be separated into twin beds upon prior request. Please mention this at time of booking.
* The double bedrooms on the lower level are actually a two-room suite, separated by a heavy curtain.
* Smoking is not allowed inside the property.
* The owners live in an apartment attached to the farmhouse but have their own private entrance and terrace.
* The owners have a miniature schnauzer that lives with them on the property.
* The owner has made arrangements for clients to use three nearby shared pools. Two are within walking distance (15 and 30 minutes by foot).
* A change of towels is provided mid-week.
* A cell phone (with purchase of a prepaid phone card) is available.
Left on 09/29/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | Cindy
We loved the villa. The owners go above and beyond in making sure you'll have everything you need. They were very helpful in planning our day trips, and I was in contact with the owner many times before our stay; she always responded quickly and with a great degree of thought.
Sitting under the grape arbor with a glass of wine.
Not a lot of traffic noise. We liked watching the cows come in in the afternoon.
Left on 09/20/2012 for a stay in April 2012 | Julie-Vermont
This was my first trip to Italy and it couldn't have been any better. I attribute this to our hosts, Jude and Richard. Their villa is beautiful as are the surroundings. Everything you could possibly need for a very comfortable stay was provided. Very careful not to intrude, Jude and Richard were always available for any questions that may come up. We were able to walk the local roads and see the farmland in the area in the mornings and then head out for a day of touring great towns in the area. We were given wonderful advice for a variety of day-trips and places to eat. The hardest part was deciding which trips to leave out based on our length of stay. (May have to take another trip!)
I would stay there again, without question, if I get the chance to visit Italy in the future. I didn't feel like I was leaving a rental. I felt like I was leaving the beautiful home of new friends.
Left on 08/25/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | John
A wonderful surprise. The villa has large bedrooms and bathrooms. The kitchen was such a joy that my family wanted to stay home for their meals, which we did most nights. We wish we could have stayed for 2 weeks instead of just one.
The kitchen and outside patio. The patio had a grill and we used it. The vine-covered outdoor area protected us from the sun yet we never experienced bugs.
Orvieto became our primary spot to visit. There we catch trains, go to the super market, and the old city.
Left on 06/30/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | Carolyn
Our family loved our stay at La Cappella. The villa was in perfect condition with every amenity. The outside was immaculately kept with beautiful planting, gardens and a lovely patio area with an arbor. The owner, Richard, could not have been more gracious and helpful without being at all intrusive. The kitchen was perfectly equipped to make any or all meals at home. The owners provided any information about the house and surrounding areas including wonderful ideas for day trip itineraries. The location was ideal and allowed for wonderful and varied day trips that still allowed for evenings at home. The surroundings were just beautiful, scenic and remote yet with easy access to a nearby town and market. Finally, the bedrooms were all lovely and very clean and comfortable with beautiful linens. The bathrooms were all beautiful and newly renovated. We could not have been happier with our stay.
The property is just beautiful with gorgeous views and lovely and well-kept landscaping. There were beautiful containers of gernaniums on the patios and hygrangea and roses growing everywhere. The tables outside allowed for lovely dining at home and there was a wonderful outdoor gas grill which made outdoor cooking easy. We just loved the location because it is remote and in the country yet located in such a perfect area to allow for day trips to major cities like Florence and Rome as well as to othe smaller villages and even the beach and thermal baths.
The nearby towns we enjoyed most were Bolsena with its beautiful lake, and Orvieto with its magnificent cathedral and lovely cobbled stone streets and little shops--very charming. We also went to a beautiful festival in Bolsena, at the owners' suggestion, for the feast of Corpu Christi.
Left on 11/03/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | Amy
I felt I was in a movie. What a beautiful villa. The area is perfect for going on day trips to Rome or Florence.
We were met by the owners with a bottle of Prosecco and snacks. They supplied us with a folder about the area and suggestions on dining. They also told us that we had unlimited long distance calling to the US and a GPS for our vehicle with many of the dining and suggested towns already loaded.
Everything was just beautiful. The villa has everything we needed. It was hard to get us to leave on our planned day trips. I loved the kitchen and we ate there every night. Jude and Richard left us enough food and wine for at least a few days. The patio is very nice for eating outdoors and the views are breath-taking. Looking over the fields to the castle on the next hill was a memory I will never forget.
The beds were comfortable and the home is furnished with the owners' African art collection. Each room was a revelation.
Nothing to dislike. Everything was perfect including the weather I don't know how they managed that one, but thanks again.
The hill towns of Bagnoreggio, Sarano, and Pitigilano. We also love the nearby village of Torre Alfina. The gelato at the bottom of the castle is the best. We visited Orvieto as a day trip and shopped for groceries there on our way through to other towns. Ovieto is definately worth a day trip and it is very near, 15-20 minutes.
Left on 09/17/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | Katherine M.
This was our second trip here and another wonderful experience. Once again, the owner was very generous and most helpful.
We had just spent a busy week in Rome and it was great to be able to relax and enjoy being at this property. We were traveling with our son and his family and we all loved the space here. My five year old granddaughter said that playing in the large yard was her favorite part of the vacation.
You do have to drive to the stores and restaurants, but can find the things you need only ten minutes away.
Left on 09/03/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | Jamie
We had a wonderful experience at La Cappella dell'Alfina
The home is a restored "antique", very lovingly cared for. The owner is very available for questions about the property and the surroundings. There were booklets in the house that had suggested day trips, and suggested restaurants. These were very useful.
The living room was quite dark. There are few windows in that area of the house, and not much lighting to help out. During the day in summer it was hot and we kept the shutters closed against the heat. This made the interior VERY dark. Only late in the afternoon, when the weather cooled off, could we open up the house to the light.
We also had 2 encounters from afar with scorpions. These are not the deadly variety, but are scary nonetheless
The house is well situated for touring. The little neighboring town of Torre Alfina is lovely--great gelato, too! Orvieto is very close by. The little hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria are well within a day's travel.
Left on 11/13/2010 for a stay in October 2010 | Katherine M.
It was a wonderful experience. The property was beautiful and the views outstanding. The owners live in a separate part of the building but made sure that we had all the privacy we needed. They were so welcoming and generous.
It is just gorgeous! Everything we needed was there. A great place to relax and be comfortable.
It is a good distance from the larger cities, but you just have to plan for that and enjoy the smaller towns and villages.
Left on 08/07/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | Linda
Fabulous! Beyond expectation!
Richard! Great host! He took us on a wonderful hike, helped us plan each day's itinerary, made arrangements for us to attend the most amazing cooking class and dinner, told great stories, made us feel like friends. Also loved that there was room for 8 of us. The outdoor dining table under the pergola was wonderful.
Barking dogs at night. I had to close the shutters to block out the noise, but then I'd get too hot with the windows closed.
Beautiful countryside, castle towns to explore, a lake to swim in, woods to hike in, restaurants with the best food I ever ate.
Left on 07/10/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | Betsy
Amazing! I am totally sold on the ease and economy of having a villa.
The hostess and host, Jude and Richard. Absolutely wonderful! They thought of every comfort and need we could have. The beds were incredibly comfortable and the kitchen was wisely stocked with everything one needs for basic cooking. Shopping in the area was extremely affordable and the location was ideal.
Each of the little villages had a unique charm and we love visiting them. Some we just passed through, others we made friends with restaurant and gelateria owners. The area is a treasure!
Left on 04/30/2010 for a stay in April 2010 | Julie
We have stayed in several rental properties over the years and I must say this was the best. Jude and Richard pamper you as guests - so it is much more than a rental. It starts with the welcome basket of food to cook along with a suggested menu until you have time to go to the store. There were fresh flowers in all of the rooms. Great linens and comfortable beds - all in a fantastic setting in the Italian countryside.
The house is wonderful. My husband and I took the bedroom downstairs with a private garden door. We enjoyed keeping the door open with the screen shut and waking to the fresh country air and the birds chirping. We had three couples and each enjoyed their private bath and bed arrangements - very comfortable. Jude and Richard supplied us with Internet, a cell phone, GPS and recommendations on local sights.
Left on 11/30/2009 for a stay in November 2009 | Kevin
Awesome. Our first time out of the country and our honeymoon couldn't have been more perfect. The villa was beautiful. The owners were very welcoming and knowledgeable. The area was beautiful and the quaint, local towns were what you would imagine out of a movie.
The quiet, serene feeling you get just being there. The decor was perfect. You almost didn't feel like you had to leave, we could have stayed there and never gone sightseeing!
Nothing...everything was perfect!
The quaint town of Orvieto, cobblestone roads..the amazing cathedral...little shops..ceramics..especially the chocolate!!
Left on 06/30/2009 for a stay in June 2009 | Patti
We were treated like royalty by the owners, Jude and Richard, and they were available to answer questions and give advice on restaurants, tours, markets, etc. We had a very positive experience and would happily return.
The comfort and attention to detail by the owners. The beds were especially appreciated as they had comfortable, American mattresses and very high quality linens. Every convenience was provided including a dock for my Ipod. They provided reading lights in the bedroom and had instructions on how to operate everything.
The bathroom for the lower level bedroom was one flight up stone steps. They were well lit but it was a slight disappointment that the bath couldn't be on the same floor I realize that given the layout of the home this would be impossible. This was not a large enough problem to prevent me from staying in that same bedroom next time we visit. The laundry room has a very good washing machine but they do not provide a dryer and have a folding rack that you can set up on the outside patio. They do provide an iron and ironing board.
The open countryside and privacy. There were many local villages that offered good food and interesting experiences. The location gives you the ability to explore Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany as they all meet near the location of the villa.
Left on 04/30/2009 for a stay in April 2009 | Lisa
Our overall experience was wonderful. The house surpassed our expectations as did Jude's hospitality.
We liked absolutely everything. The owners greeted us with prosecco for our party of eight and had the kitchen stocked with a welcome baskets of fresh, local cheese, wines, bread, eggs, pasta, etc. Everything was done so well.
There was nothing not to like!
The peace, the rollings hills, the friendly locals, the food, the wine, the proximity to towns in Umbria and Tuscany.
I can't say enough about the peace and tranquility of this beautifully restored farmhouse, nestled in the woods and fields of the Italian countryside. We have been to Italy many, many times in the past. This was like being in a movie.
Peace! Privacy! Proximity! Where do we start? We were able to take day-trips (which is really all you need for many famous sites) to Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino and even Assisi, Siena and more, yet make it back in time for leisurely dinners on the vine-covered terrace. And to cool off in the noon day sun, Lago di Bolsena is less than 20 minutes by car. We were also impressed by the fact that the house is so beautifully furnished with original artwork and collector's pieces from Asia and Africa - makes you feel at home. (The beautiful bathrooms were a special treat!) There was also an extensive DVD collection (English and foreign) for lazy evenings.
Can't think of any. I even enjoyed the occasional "wake-up calls" of local farmers and their hunting dogs in the far distance (though my husband snored through it all).
The house is surrounded by beautiful gardens, lovingly attended by the owners. The grapevine-covered pergola provided welcome shade in the afternoons and served as our favorite location for long family dinners. The fact that the garden is surrounded by forest and farmland (the nearest house is on the horizon) means absolute privacy, and allows a storybook view of the castle in Torre Alfina.
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