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Viterbo, Italy  (# 16316)
  VacationsFRBO Viterbo Vacation Rentals Property ID 16316 LA FRANCESCANA  

Major City: Viterbo
Distance: 5-10 km

Type:   Villa
Area: Rural

Bedrooms: 8
Sleeps: 18
Baths: 8.5
Size: 600 Sq M

Internet: Yes
Pets OK: Yes
Pool: Yes
Spa: No

Calendar: No
Exchange: No
For Sale: No
Credit Cards: No

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Languages: English, Italian, French, Spanish

VacationsFRBO Listing Since: 2008-03-16

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A Medieval defence and a watch tower, then a Franciscan convent and
now a beautifully restored country mansion - this is LA FRANCESCANA,
our prestigious property located near Viterbo, the very heart of
Tuscia, only a few miles from some of the major Central Italian art
cities such as Rome, Florence, Siena, Orvieto, Assisi, Spoleto and more.

Featuring 8 large, bright, comfortable bedrooms all en-suite (one in
an annex), a fully furnished kitchen-dining area, a beautiful lounge,
a great patio with a bread-baking oven, excellent antique and craft
furniture and decoration, timber ceilings, cotto floors, open
fireplaces and more, the house sits on top of a hill and is surrounded
by several acres of farmland. There we grow organic corn, beans, grain
and olives, make pure extra-virgin olive oil and also breed horses,
donkeys and Maremmana cattle.

Within the boundaries of the property the remains of an Etruscan
village - Acquarossa, 5 centuries b.C. - are interspersed with some
Etruscan tumbs and grottoes and can be seen as they were excavated by
King Gustav Adolf of Sweden back in the 60’s and 70’s. A dramatic view
over the valley with several streams surrounding the entire property
and the Roman city of Ferento with the Cimini mountains in the
background complete LA FRANCESCANA’s gorgeous landscape.

Thanks to a large, shady yard featuring a barbecue, a wonderful,
newly-built swimming pool, chairs and tables and plenty of room both
outside and inside our guests can enjoy al-fresco dining, fun and
relax at their best. Quiet and pastoral atmosphere, wonderful walking
trails and a wide variety of interesting locations with art, antique
stores, typical markets, wineries and excellent restaurants in the
vicinities make of LA FRANCESCANA the ideal headquarters to thoroughly
explore one of the most interesting and fascinating regions in Italy.

LA FRANCESCANA is located 6 kms. north of Viterbo on the Teverina road
and is conveniently accessible from the A1 highway - exit Orte - and
the Viterbo speedway.

* The 8th bedroom is separated from the main unit and is available
only for parties of 17-18.



Property Type: chateau / country house.
Floor Area: 600 m².
Accommodation Type: self-catering.
Location Type: rural.
Theme: farm holidays, historic, family accommodation
General: air-conditioning, central heating, linen provided, sunbed,
towels provided.
Kitchen: 4 ring stove, dish washer, freezer, fridge, grill, oven.
Living Room: fireplace, sofabed.
Dining: child's highchair, dining area.
Bathrooms: 8 bathrooms (all en-suite), 1 WC.
Bedrooms: 7 bedrooms, sleep a maximum of 18 people.
Bedroom notes:6 doubles, 2 rooms with 3 beds, 1 cot.
Entertainment: tv.
Outside: barbecue, garden, baking oven, parking.
Swimming pools: private outdoor pool.
Suitability: children welcome, long term renters welcome.



=== Local Activities: cycling, fishing, golf, horse riding, mountain
biking, mountaineering, paragliding, roller blading, swimming,
tennis, walking, winery tour; archaeological sites; gourmet food;
flea/antique shopping (markets, stores).


"Our family had the trip of a lifetime while staying at this
incredible villa! It was perfectly located in the heart of the Tuscia
region, ideal for daily sighting endevours in the area. This historic
home slept our family of twelve very comfortably, and was appointed
with all the modern day conveniences. Inside and out, everything about
this home is just perfect. From the kitchen and the living room, to
the pretty bedrooms, the interior features were superb. Around the
exterior, the patio, sitting areas, and pool were ideally nestled,
with incredible views of the surrounding countryside and the Cimini
mountains. We absolutely recommend this magical place, and can't wait
to return for another perfect experience in Italy. Thank you for
allowing us to enjoy it!" (Eric N., Norway)

"I stayed at house in the first two weeks of May: the group
existed of 4 adults and 5 children in total. And what can I say about
this more than lovely house. Well, I never had stayed at a rental
house like this before. The house is adequately equipped and has
wonderful and peaceful surroundings with an amazing view on the valley
when I wake up in the morning. A lot of things to explore in the
neighborhood: the Etruscan remains on the property itself, the
waterfalls of Aquarossa, the Roman city of Ferento and of course the
medieval center of Viterbo. Other visits that I recommend are: Rome,
Orvieto but especially Civita di Bagnoregio. Civita is just amazing;
you should visit it when you stay over. The owners of this property
have a shop in this town as well, in which you can buy very tasteful
olive oil, sausages and of course "vino". To conclude: If I ever go
back to this area and I need a rental house, then I would book this
house immediately." (Frank v. Z., The Netherlands)

"The property and the surroundings are just beautiful, it is quiet and
peaceful, just what is needed for a perfect vacation. Close to many
different points of interests." (Francois P., Canada)

"Questo casale mi ha ospitato insieme ad altre 15 persone, da subito
si è rilevato accogliente e funzionale (7 bagni), le camere sono ampie
e comode (peccato la mancanza delle chiavi per chiudere le porte), il
riscaldamento e facile da capire ed offre la possibilità di stare
molto caldi contenendo i costi, la cucina era molto grande ci si può
cucinare e mangiare anche in 16 comodamente, il salone (molto grande)
era diviso rispetto alla cucina e quindi molto comodo per chi non
aveva fame, il terreno recintato ospita diversi animali tra cui
cavalli, mucche, tori e asini molto bello da vedere. consigliatissimo,
peccato che quest'anno era occupato ma la stessa proprietaria mi ha
offerto un altro casale." (Aldo P., Italy)

"We - 12 danes - enjoyed a fantastic week in La Francescana. The house
is beautiful and very tastefully restored, the view and surroundings
wonderful - and the nearby city of Viterbo was fantastic. All in all -
one of the best holiday houses we've ever stayed in." (Morten B., Denmark)

"La casa era splendida, con una posizione stupenda e totalmente
immersa nella campagna, ma comunque molto vicina a Viterbo. Era poi
arredata sobriamente ma elegantemente, in uno stile consono al
contesto. Qualche piccolo problema alle attrezzature, risolto però
tempestivamente dai proprietari." (Lorenzo T., Italy)

"Un posto veramente incantevole, silenzioso, con un panorama
rilassante. Il casale è splendido, spazioso e ogni persona può godere
della sua privacy." (Rachele M., Italy)

"Il casale e' bellissimo, tenuto molto bene ed in un contesto
meraviglioso; Lara e' stata molto disponibile e cordiale. Contiamo di
tornarci appena possibile!" (Massimo R., Italy)

"This is without any doubt the most beautiful vacation rental I have
ever stayed at. The first words to describe it are - classy yet sober,
elegant, extremely comfortable, peaceful. The beauty of Francescana
primarily lies in its location, which is scenic, historical and
convenient to quite a few main art cities of Tuscia and Umbria, which
we mostly reached in less than an hour drive. Our family of 6 plus
another friend family of 5 found excellent accommodation at this
noble, enticing tower. The rooms were spacious and extremely clean,
and so were the kitchen and the livingroom. The kids had plenty of
space to (safely) play and the pool was just great. The property is
humongous and part of it is an archeological Etruscan site, with some
tumbs just next to the house. Great owners, excellent communication,
amazing quality/price ratio. Absolutely not to be missed." (Franziska
H., Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

"We stayed here in Fall - charming area, great property,
excellent location - a wonderful vacation. We will surely come back.
Thanks, Lara!" (Ernie P., Boston, MA, USA)

"Absolutely terrific! Super-comfortable rooms, breathtaking place,
wonderful, wonderful owners. Only drawback - a car is definitely a
must." Margie D., Bristol, UK)

"A group of 4 families stayed at Francescana in April. It was a
lovely property - clean, well maintained, all necessary equipment and
well located, with fantastic views and easy access to surrounding
areas and into Rome on the train. Although there were so many of us
(19 including babies), each family had its own space inside the house
and there were acres to explore outside, which the children all
enjoyed very much. The owner was extremely welcoming and nothing
seemed too much trouble. She shopped for us before we arrived as it
was a bank holiday and all the shops were closed, if we had any
queries or difficulties with working anything, she came over promptly
to help us. And when our flight was delayed for a week due to the
volcanic ash cloud at the time, she welcomed us back with no
hesitation, and would have helped us find alternative accommodation if
this one had been booked. All in all we could not have asked for more
and I would thoroughly recommend this property." (Clare F., Leeds, UK)

"Dimora veramente splendida, restaurata con passione anche nei minimi
dettagli, pulitissima, molto spaziosa e confortevole. E' stata la
soluzione perfetta per una vacanza tra famiglie amiche con bambini,
che si sono goduti gli immensi spazi esterni senza pericoli. The house
is really wonderful, renewed with passion also in every little detail,
absolutely clean, with wide and confortable rooms. This was the
perfect solution for a vacation with friend families with children,
who enjoyed without any hazard the large outdoors." (Marco P., Italy)

"het huis is heel mooi, heeft een fantastisch uitzicht, is rustig
gelegen en kinderen kunnen vrij rondlopen. Het huis is vlak bij veel
leuke plaatsjes zoals: Civita, Viterbo, Bolsena, Orvieto." (Lina M.,
The Netherlands)

"I stayed at this villa with 11 students and 3 faculty members.
Everyone in our group was delighted with their accommodations and the
villa property in general. The villa is beautifully and tastefully
restored. The large living room was perfect for our evening card games
and the kitchen table easily fit all 15 of us at one sitting. The
bedrooms are simple and each has its own bathroom.The owners wisely
did not "overdecorate" so you really feel the authenticity of the
building. Our hostess took us on a wonderful tour of their olive
business and then on to the indescribable Civita. All of the students
said that it was their favorite day in Italy! We arrived in Viterbo
very late in the evening and the owner came out and led us directly to
the villa so that we would not get lost. She couldn't have been nicer
about it. Case in point, she made a point of inquiring if we needed to
get groceries before we went out to the villa. We traveled to Rome to
sightsee during two of the days we were here. It was just an hour's
drive to the parking lot at the metro. You can even more easily get
into Rome by driving to nearby Orte and taking the train in from
there. In Viterbo, we ate at a very good, family-run restaurant on Via
Cavour. The owner's young daughter was our delightful waitress. She
made our final evening in Italy a memorable one. The only note of
caution I would give is this - the watchtower property would not be
suitable for older (65+) travelers as the bedrooms are up steep stone
stairs. Luckily, there are other accommodations on the site that do
not require a climb." (Cynthia R., Maine, USA)

"We - a company of ten people -selected La Francesca for a combined
business and vacation period of 10 days. Our initial selection
criteria were that the apartment should be easy to reach from Rome,
spacious, clean and with rooms allowing for both undisturbed privacy
and social interaction and located in a tranquil beautiful
environment. On all accounts we were amply rewarded. Our only
criticism relates to the kitchen utilities, which for a big company
(the apartment can host up to 16 people) was somewhat modest and
inadequate. Our host Lara took excellent care of us. Highly
recommended." (Kim P., Finland)

"I stayed here for a week with my family and a few
friends. The first thing I need to say is, I cannot express enough how
marvellous Raffaele & Lara, the owners, were! They went above and
beyond the call of hospitality and graciousness! There are not words
to describe my gratitude and thanks for helping out in situations they
could have easily dismissed as not their problems. They also helped us
getting a USB stick to connect with the internet (it worked
perfectly!) and took us on a tour to breathtaking Civita di Bagnoregio
(absolutely not to be missed!), their olive mill and local produce
shop. A memorable day! As of the property....What a lovely, gorgeous
place! The building has been lovingly restored and has all the
amenities that you will need, including a great swimming pool with
outdoor furniture. The grounds are relaxing, and spectacular views
abound.... From the olive tree covered hills, to the many villages
across the valley, down into the town of Viterbo! A perfect setting!
The bedrooms are large and airy, tastily decorated. They have been
nicely designed and feature comfortable beds and soft linens. Together
with 100% quiet, pleasant sleep is sure to be found. The kitchen
features all the cooking tools one may need and the outside veranda is
fabulous for al fresco dining. I highly recommend LA FRANCESCANAo as a
beautiful, relaxing place to enjoy the surroundings of Lazio and
Umbria and the whole Tuscia, with Rome only 1 hour drive (or train).
The property itself, the location, and the people are FABULOUS!! I'm
looking forward to a return in the near future so as to enjoy more
flavours, sights, and sounds of Italy and La Francescana! Thanks Lara
and Raffaele for all your attention and care! Brilliant!" (Mary D., USA)



*** 2019 RATES === 1-12 GUESTS, 2019 ALL-INCLUSIVE WEEKLY RATES (EURO): January 7 - April 20: 990; April 20 - April 27: 1.800; April 27 - June 31: 1.440; June 31 - August 31: 1.920; August 31 - October 5: 1,440; October 5 - December 21: 990; December 21 - January 7, 2020: 1,920. + 200 Euro fully-refundable deposit, cash at check-in. One-time cleaning fee: 90 Euro The above rates are weekly, for up to 12 guests. Each additional guest + 70 Euro/week. Initial & final cleaning, washing = 90 Euro. Extra: utilities (metered) and firewood. Long stay rates available - please inquire. * Swimming pool opening season is end of April - beginning of October. The annex (no A/C) is made available only for parties of 16-18.


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