RESERVATIONS OPEN FOR SUMMER 2020! Casale Poggio al Sole stands on a natural terrace overlooking the green Umbrian hills and the Tiber Valley, surrounded by olive groves and oak trees. A big fenced garden surrounds it and the 12X6 meter panoramic swimming pool is accessible to people with walking disabilities . A big patio Is the perfect stage for al fresco dining with fresh vegetables from our own garden.
Poggio al Sole is a sophisticated mixture between tradition and modernity: externally it respects local archiitecture, while the interiors are more contemporary. The big french windows, very unusual here, frame lovely views of the surrounding medieval villages and unspoilt rural landscape. On the ground floor: open space with entrance hall, living room with fireplace, kitchen/dining; big double bedroom with an extra bed, wheelchair accessible bathroom. A staircase leads to the first floor: huge master bedroom with an extra sofa bed, ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi; double or twin bedroom and bathroom. Basement: laundry room, technical room, storage, bathroom.
Casale Poggio al Sole is strategically located 100 km north of Rome and 188 km south of Florence (drive or train. railway station is 3 km away ). From the Casale, you can daytrip almost anywhere to explore the art and natural beauty of Central Italy. A few km away are the lovely medieval villages of Alviano, Lugnano in Teverina, Amelia and Giove. Orvieto is 25 km north; Todi 35 km east; Spoleto 65 km east; Perugia 75 km northeast . Viterbo and its hot thermal springs is 40 km west. Fascinating Lake Bolsena and Bagnoregio are also half hour drive away to the west. From late spring to early autumn birdwatchers can enjoy a stroll at the WWF bird sanctuary Oasi di Alviano, just 5 km from the house. Five minutes downhill there is the cold thermal spring of Ramici. Locals say its waters are miraculous for your skin and general health.
Due to technical reasons, I had to republish my announcement, therefore losing the 5 star rating earned in 2019 and all the guests feedbacks. I copied them from the old announcement, as I think there is no better way to describe my property than through the words of the people who have stayed at Poggio al Sole. Here they are:
Valentina’s house is so nice, clean and welcoming. The kitchen is much bigger than it seems in the pictures! We cooked dinner there every night, four adults together while the kids were running around and we felt like this was our home two minutes after we started our vacation. The rooms are spacious also and very comfortable. Valentina prepared them prior to our arrival with such care and attention to details. Her explanation about them, the house and the things we can do in the area plus the booklet filled with tips and recommendations was just so so helpful. On top of everything we got to meet the person who is in charge of taking care of the house. This guy is something special, he insisted to teach us Italian and was just so warm and kind. I would recommend Valentina’s house to everyone I know who wants to go to Italy! In fact we all ready started to send out messages to our family during our stay, that we should already book our next vacation there :)
This home is a wonderful home located in a beautiful rural area with amazing hilltop views! Everything was clean and it was well equipped with all the basics (plus some) needed to really make this spot feel like home! The pool was a wonderful very welcome bonus... there was so much to see in the surrounding area over our short stay that we wish we got to use it more than we did but we enjoyed it after long days of site-seeing! The home is located up on a somewhat remote hilltop so a car is necessary, though I understand a train station is just below in the valley. If you plan to cook make sure to pick up what you need on your way to the house because you’ll probably not want to leave this gorgeous home and pool when you get to it... and nearby grocery stores have limited hours (normal for Italy but something to remember). We were pleasantly surprised that Valentina had left us an assortment of basics for the first night which allowed us to put together a fantastic pasta meal without the need to go back out to shop. Renzo the gardner greated us upon arrival and meet us for checkout. Although he doesn’t speak English and we don’t speak Italian, we were able to communicate well using a translation app. He showed us around the home and explained everything perfectly. He also stopped by every morning to maintain the pool. He came very early each morning and was super quite / was not intrusive at all. We never even knew he’d been there - aside from the pool being perfectly bug and leaf free. :) Valentina also allowed us some flexibility on checkout time which was wonderful as we wore ourselves out driving all over Umbria and parts of Tuesday taking in the natural beauty and enjoying stunning towns like Orvieto, Montepulciano and Cortona. A great stay in a gorgeous relaxing peaceful setting!
This place is unique! Besides the amazing area and the beautiful house, our host Valentina and Pascale are warm-hearted souls who made our stay outstanding. So far I never came cross such caring hosts who truely cared about us having a great time at their house. We highly recommended this great spot for an incredible relaxing holiday.
This is a wonderful property hosted by local people who really know how to make you feel welcome. The views are lovely, especially from the back of the house and the pool. The property is comfortable, well-equipped and very clean. You will need a car as the house is very much in the countryside. I would return in a heartbeat.
Our family of four spent 8 wonderful days in this villa that has everything you'd expect and more. The setting is as if from the movies, only better, because it's nicer and cleaner. There's a big table for eating outside as a family, just like you see in the movies. There's complete privacy, no one else is around, only the olive trees. The view is breathtaking. You can see the Alviano castle across the mountains. A short drive takes you to the Alviano train station, very convenient for a 1hr trip to Rome's central station (because driving in Rome is hard). In the other direction the train takes you to Florence in about 2 hours. We decided to drive there, there's convenient parking right off the highway where a metro takes you to the heart of Florence. There's a lot to see around the house, in the country, away from the big tourist spots. Every little village has a "castello" worth checking out. Orvieto, the closest town, is also charming. Upon entering it, there's a Coop (grocery store) in a mall type of setting with other stores. This Coop is open Sundays which is rare for the smaller villages. The other nearby towns also worth visiting are Bolsena (on a lake) and Viterbo. Other tips... do follow the speed limits when driving, especially entering Alviano Scalo (60km/h going to 50), where there are cameras and we saw cops too. (BTW Scalo means train station, it seems common to have a village perched on a hill and then a train station in the valley. So there's Alviano and Alviano Scalo, Orvieto and Orvieto Scalo, etc). The internet is the other thing, from other reviews I've seen of places in Tuscany and surroundings it looks like the providers limit the amount of data per month. So an inconsiderate guest before you may have used the limit. However there's no limit after midnight. Also we got a mobile wifi router (same as the one in the house) with the rental car (from Europcar, 56 Euro for 10 days) which looked like there's no limit. And so we got mobile wifi anywhere we went, which is something to consider. One last tip: visit Stefano, the local butcher. There's also a local guide folder with highlights to see and do (restaurants, shopping, description of nearby villages), we followed it closely, especially the restaurant recommendations, the 3 that we ate at were great. My favorite was probably IL BARONETTO in the village of Amelia. Amazing views (and mozzarella buffala, and the best tomatoes). The pool at the property was much appreciated in the hot August days (and nights!). Speaking of nights, the night sky is great because there's very little light pollution in county. At the villa there was also a vegetable garden and herbs that were available to us to pick from. I'm missing the place already, I cannot recommend it highly enough and I'm looking forward to returning one day.
Perfect little hideaway in the typical Italian nature of Umbria! Valentina and Renzo were really lovely, welcoming and helpful with every question we had. They showed us around in their cute house, which is decorated nicely and with lovely details. The bedrooms have big windows and shutters to open which we really liked. It is quiet and you are really alone with the surrounding of olive trees, a FANTASTIC view over Umbria and the sounds of cicadas in the trees. Also they have a little vegetable garden which we were able to use - we had our own grown salad, zucchini and some herbs. Really nice! The pool is big and also good for beginners :) We loved everything and we would always recommend going to Valentina's accommodation and the beautiful nature and cities of Umbria :)
My family and I spent two fabulous weeks at Poggio al Sole.
We were warmly welcomed by Valentina and Pasquale who gave us a tour of the property and an overview of good sites and restaurants to visit in the surrounding towns etc.
The property itself is beautiful - very clean, comfortable, well equipped, tastefully decorated and has gorgeous views across the surrounding hills and olive groves.
The property sits alone high on a hill side ensuring maximum privacy and plenty of peace and quiet.
The swimming pool is large, cleaned early every morning by the gardener and has a ramp at one end for easy access.
The surrounding towns and villages are beautiful and provide guests with a good choice of days out with Rome just over an hour away by train from the nearby village of Alviano Scalo. Valentina was an excellent host and did all she could to make our stay as pleasant as possible.
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