The Farmhouse is a beautiful vacation rental with four bedrooms in Umbria, set among tranquil olives, grapes and rolling barley fields. It has a very modern feel and aesthetic to it.
It is an extremely romantic and elegant place. On the walls you can still read and feel the patina of the centuries.
This property offers easy COVID-19 cancellation terms:
In case of official travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, guests can cancel up to 10 days before and will get full credit for the amount paid towards any of Patrizio’s 7 homes in Italy or Mexico for a 1.5 year time span.
How would you describe Mazzini 31 in a nutshell?
Framed by the undulating landscape of Umbria, Mazzini 31 is an elegant and romantic 3-bedroom villa rental in Monteleone d’Orvieto. Modern luxuries and comforts are combined with century-old character, just a touch of whimsical, as well as contemplative and beautiful views. Think frescoes accented by bold interiors, converted caves and a luxury spa.
Tell us a bit about the history of the villa and the interior design.
The building is from the 14th century but its current layout is from the late 1700s when it was owned by a rich family and then divided into multiple residences among heirs. We purchased the more ‘noble’ of these apartments with frescoed walls and ceilings, a beautiful terrace annexed to it and the old stables of the building and turned it into a luxury vacation rental.
We wanted to preserve all that was original and of historic value but at the same time really infuse the home with contrasting elements of modernist design. We used materials and furnishings that felt noble and elegant and in a way are almost the modern versions of the old elements.
How would you describe the atmosphere at Mazzini 31?
It is an extremely romantic and elegant vacation home. On the walls you can still read and feel the patina of the centuries but the new interventions and the many updates we added make it extremely luxurious and comfortable.
There’s a touch of whimsical that we always like to infuse our projects with, to make them unexpected and intriguing, and this is particularly true in this house. The original rooms are so well proportioned and lovely that one feels comfortable and poetically inspired just being in them.
Tell us more about the stunning swimming pool and spa at the villa.
We love it! This area was the old stables of the building and there was still manure on the floor when we bought it. They also stored all their olive oil production there and you could still smell it! Because the house has limited outdoor space we thought of creating a private spa here with pool, hot tub, lounging inside and outdoor as well, a minibar/kitchenette and a full bathroom.
During renovation we found areas of the floor that looked cemented. As we removed the cement we discovered 2 underground caves carved into the stone, perfectly preserved. There were still old bottles of wine and barrels in there! We cleaned up the caves, restored the beautiful stairs and converted the larger of the two into a wine cellar for our vacation guests’ use. The entire spa area has in-floor radiant heat so even in the dead of winter this will be the most enjoyable pool around.
To you personally, what is so special about the whole experience of staying at Mazzini 31?
The special aspect of this rental is the peace and quiet of its surroundings. The views are contemplative and beautiful. The house feels like an elegant oasis that is also very connected to the rest of the world so in just a short drive you can be in some of the most beautiful cities of Umbria and Southern Tuscany. The whole experience of being there feels relaxing, away from it all yet not remote or isolated in any way. I can’t think of many places that feel this way. I think about it as a writer’s retreat!
What would you recommend to see or do in this part of Umbria?
Lots of very well known sites like the wonderful towns of Perugia, Assisi, Montepulciano Orvieto, Cortona. One of my favorite highlights is the the nearby convent of ‘La Scarzuola’. It’s a famous architectural utopian dream of blending a Franciscan monastery with a fantastical ideal city made of Tufa rock. It is still a work in progress but as charming as it gets. Another highlight are the summer festivals and Palios with processions that occur in all the towns from June through September. They are all great fun and all the locals volunteer and cook for everybody in piazzas, tavernas, and gardens which makes them all very convivial and fun events. Another great thing to enjoy is the monthly Antiques market in the city of Arezzo.
The 3 current bedrooms where originally also bedrooms and we created bathrooms out of passageways and old closets to give them all a very private feel. One of the bedrooms had layers of plaster that we kept peeling away until we found original frescoes from the 1500s, and all the others have beautifully painted walls as well.
The original dining room became a library that opens onto an eat-in kitchen with a dining table in the old maid’s quarters. From there you get on the beautiful terrace overlooking the valley. The original living room has a fireplace and some of the best frescoed ceilings and is a very serene and elegant space. And of course right below it is the pool and spa.
I love the flow of the house and the open feel of the circulation between all the rooms. I wish homes were still designed this way!
We love providing pretty much anything that our guests desire as it enriches the experience of the house and the area. We have a cook for private meals and a Michelin starred chef who does cooking classes. We can also provide private massages, Yoga classes, local wine and cheese tastings, wine tours in the most beautiful nearby vineyards with tastings and lunch, a personal driver and limo service... Basically Mazzini 31 is luxury vacation villa with a full concierge service like in a luxury hotel.
Because the house has limited outdoor space we thought of creating a private spa in one of the underground caves with pool, hot tub, lounging inside and outdoor as well, a minibar/kitchenette and a full bathroom. The entire spa area has in-floor radiant heat so even in the dead of winter this will be the most enjoyable pool around.
Sightseeing of course and the exploration of the rich artistic patrimony of these beautiful parts of Italy. You can do hiking and walking in the countryside and surrounding mountains, horseback riding, biking (we also provide 2 bikes). Visiting vineyards is also a great way to explore the area through its rich tradition of wine production. Some of the best of central Italy’s wineries are located here, like Antinori and Falesco. There is also a nice lake nearby, Trasimeno, so you could be on a beach sunbathing in 20 mins.
People of the area pride themselves in still producing the best prosciutto, pork sausages, salami, wine and fresh pasta. Every establishment will proudly have you taste their homemade cordials, grappa and wines, their homegrown artichokes, tomatoes and fruit. There are lots of markets with fresh produce in every little town. The nearby Citta’ della Pieve has one of the best monthly markets with vendors coming from all over Italy so you can be tasting and buying Pecorino cheese from Sardinia next to Taralli bread from Puglia and Grappa from the Venice region!
The villa is in the heart of the town of Monteleone d’Orvieto right at the edge of its western ridge overlooking a magnificent valley between Umbria and Tuscany. The great thing about Monteleone is how easily it connects to the A1 highway so that in 5 mins you could be traveling south towards Rome or North towards Florence. It is a short drive also from the charming towns and cities of Montepulciano, Cortona, Chiusi, Orvieto, Perugia and Assisi.
It is still a really unspoiled and authentic part of Umbria bordering with Tuscany. Not overrun by tourists at all, intact from a landscape standpoint and the food is delicious and authentic everywhere you go. People are friendly, genuine and welcoming. There’s a great sense of community that brings you in.
I love spring and summer in this part of Umbria, but fall is also a delightful time to experience the grape harvest and wine making in October as well as the olive harvest in November. Winters are mild in this part of Italy and we have a 4 season pool open all year round so you could be here anytime of the year and feel pampered and delighted by the house amenities, 365 days of the year!
We rent the house by the week, Sunday to Sunday, and you would not want to spend less time than that. There is so much to savor and absorb in this area.
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