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The villa is in a good location, being minutes by car from the beautiful town of Montefalco and 30-45 minutes from many other hill towns in Umbria, ie Assisi, Todi, Spelleto, Spello and others.
The villa feels very private and secluded even though there are other properties on its boundaries. The views are fantastic, the pool is wonderful, the property spacious enough to accommodate us and our visiting children.
Reilly is a very accommodating host, responding immediately to 'fix it' issues (a storm knocked out the wifi). He was also a very patient and delightful chauffeur for a self-organised wine tour.
My husband, 7-year-old son, and I stayed in Reilly's villa in the middle of June, 2016, and had a great time. Reilly was very helpful during our stay, answering lots of questions, providing suggestions for things to do/see, and even helping to line up an English-speaking babysitter for an evening. The house is comfortable and picturesque, with our favorite room being the bright, sunny one on the ground level near the pool, which made a nice home base for reading, playing games, and relaxing. The kitchen is well stocked with basics (e.g., oil, vinegar, plates, pots, flatware, etc.) and there are lots of bath and swimming towels. Wifi, washing machine, and quiet air-conditioner in the upstairs bedroom all worked great. We loved the thick stone walls, which kept the house cool, and the wooden shutters that could be easily opened/closed over the windows to keep the rooms dark and allow for sleeping late in the morning. There are a couple of very nice outdoor areas for eating, including one on the upper deck where we enjoyed a lunch under the huge unfolding umbrella. Pool is unheated but felt great on a hot, sunny day (and water will only get warmer as the summer continues).
Our trip began with a couple of days of rain, which meant we had some mosquitoes and gnats in and around the house. This was annoying for sleeping, because the bugs would buzz in our ears and bite. I'd recommend guests keep the windows/doors shut as much as possible to avoid letting them into the house. The beds are a bit firm for our taste, but we slept comfortably overall. In general, the layout of the house is a bit odd, with the kitchen upstairs, away from access to the outdoor eating areas, and no hallway upstairs or down to connect different spaces--i.e., you walk through one room to get to another. The kitchen has a big fireplace that smelled a bit smoky. We initially had the upstairs door to the kitchen open to air it out, but then opted to close it to keep out the mosquitoes and gnats.
The home is 5-10 minutes away from Montefalco by car on a quiet but narrow road. We loved the restaurant L'Alchimista in the upper square! The views near the home are beautiful and we spent lots of time sightseeing in the area. Bevagna was a particular favorite that is a short drive away. Reilly also recommended that we see the wildflowers on the huge flat plain in the mountains by Castelluccio, and we're glad to have done that despite the long drive (90+ min or so each way).
We have just returned from a wonderful 2 weeks at Villa Olivia. There were 4 of us (2 couples). The house is lovely, situated a few kilometers outside the walled village of Montefalco. While the property is small, there are several great spots for outdoor eating, drinking, and taking in the views. The pool is not overly large but was much appreciated during the hot hot weather that comes with July in Umbria! Despite the heat, the villa itself was comfortable. Reilly was available whenever we needed him, always responding promptly (a fact that was particularly helpful the day the power was shut off while Mark was outside of the property - making it difficult for him to get back in through the electric-powered gate! Fortunately, Reilly was able to walk us through the process to manually open the gate...). Morning walks were usually on the main road, but it is a quiet road and you don't have to go far to be rewarded with mesmerizing vistas of Montefalco and the surrounding countryside. We never did any elaborate cooking, but had a few dinners at 'home' and found everything we needed. We look forward to returning!
Helene, Mark, Robin, & Frank
Reilly has maintained a lovely historic villa to a high standard and included modern conveniences such as very strong wifi in every room. It was easy to either do it yourself with supermarkets a short drive away or go out for every meal at the many local restaurants. Highly recommended for two families.
Set behind gates off the windy roads outside Montefalco sits this incredibly charming & comfortable villa. Two master ensuite bedrooms with king-size beds and a central common area where kitchen, dining and living areas converge plus a sunny pool room make the property quite special in terms of space. The outdoor spaces make you feel like you've gone back in time. The vistas are extraordinary from every window and rooftop. This is a property that utilizes all the best features of it's position on a hillside, including a rooftop from which sunsets are stunning. The bathrooms are new and modern, the kitchen likewise while retaining the old-world charm of a farmhouse fireplace. It's simple and small but we cooked daily and needed nothing more than what was provided. I honestly can't say enough about how beautiful the scenery, how comfortable and inviting the interiors and how perfectly suited Villa Olivia is for a couple or two who like to "plop" (because you're not going to want to leave!) The pool is small but perfect for the lot and the perfect answer to the heat of summer.
If the comfort and beauty of Villa Olivia and it's amenities (ample books, board games, photography opportunities, working wi-fi & cable TV) aren't enough to keep you put, Montefalco is an amazing hilltop town with ancient walls and cobbled streets that simply exudes charm.
Between Villa Olivia and Montefalco there are two excellent supermarkets and countless cafes. Take a chance on the Sagrantino wine for which Montelfalco is known - robust and down-right 'chewy' it hooked us for life! And look for the olives packed in unassuming small plastic packs bearing only ".99€ " and hanging in the produce section - they're heavenly and buttery (no other description is apt).
Villa Olivia's manager was friendly, helpful & courteous and a fount of information about the area. We learned that car rental offices in the country close at noon on Saturdays and aren't open on Sundays so plan accordingly.
I can't recommend Villa Olivia highly enough, or say as much as I'd like about the property except to say, "We can't wait to go back"!!
We spent a short week here and loved it. Montefalco is a sweet little town, but no need to go anywhere (other than the grocery), as the villa is lovely and has everything you need. Reilly met us and got us sorted and remained available via email for questions. We've already recommended this place to friends.
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All linen provided. New washing machine.