Villa Cervajola 8

Historic ex-hunting lodge near Orvieto : Porano, Umbria

Nice little touches

  • The views of Orvieto, including the facade of the Cathedral, are striking. In the evenings the setting sun strikes the facade of the Cathedral making it shine brightly with all the gold decorations - a fabulous view to enjoy while sitting with an aperitivo in your private garden,

Good to know

  • This is a historic house, so some things have not been modernised; it's a slice of history to be enjoyed.

This Historic villa was built as a noble family's hunting-lodge in the seventeenth century, set in prime position on a ridge just south of the fabulous city of Orvieto. Over the following centuries it was transformed into a seminary and then finally, in the nineteenth century, it became a private home. Today the owners have decided for the first time in centuries to share it with those who'd like to come and enjoy the beautiful position, explore the fabulous surrounding area, and live for a while in a historic villa layered with stories and memories.

This is not a sterile hotel-like dwelling but a real historic villa with traces of the inhabitants in every corner. If Italy were ever to make an Italian version of the comedy series "Ghosts" this would be a perfect setting, with stories from Etruscan to Roman, Renaissance to Modernity all woven into the landscape and the fabric. It sleeps 8, with space for a small extra in a child's bedroom, so 8 to 9.


The villa sits in fenced private grounds surrounded by cypress trees; park outside the gates and walk across the garden to the formal entrance, entering into a wide entrance hall floored into wonderful warm terracotta tiles, decorated with old lithographs of racing horses. The hallways runs right through the centre of the house, with french doors leading to the rear garden and towards the pool.

Ignore the lure of the pool for a moment and turn right, into a living room with sofas, some delicate and elegant pieces of furniture, a floor of square terracotta tiles and a fireplace. To the right again the living room turns into more of a nook, with a comfortable armchair one can imagine curling up on with a good book.

From the living room a door leads back to the entrance hall, past a tiny studio full of photographs of the military past of the owners, across the entrance hall to a further small studio, this time decorated to look like a rustic dining room. This was once the room where the owners would receive the local farm labourers to distribute their wages or discuss crops and projects. Beyond it, a dining room has a large stone fireplace blackened by centuries of use. A door from here leads to the kitchen which is simple but well-equipped, with an induction hob, an oven and plenty of equipment.

At this point we have nearly completed a spiral itinerary around the floorplan and find ourselves close to the entrance doors - but there is a last surprise, a tiny chapel tucked between the kitchen and the entrance hall. Still consecrated, and decorated with icons and candelabra, this may well be locked for your visit - we can ask the owners if you'd like to visit it. On the other side of the entrance hall a last door takes you to the top of the stairs to the cellars, carved out of Tufa rock (locked) and to a WC, with a toilet inscribed with "Fides et Labor", perhaps there from the years of the villa as a seminary?

Back in the entrance hall, wide stairs lead us up to a spacious sitting room with oil paintings on yellow walls, and a striking coffered ceiling. Doors lead from this sitting room in various directions - listed in a clockwise direction, there is a double bedroom, a large double bedroom, a bathroom, a child's bedroom, a shower room, the third double bedroom, and finally the twin bedroom. A door from the twin will lead you back to the top of the stairs.

In front of the shower room you'll see a further flight of stairs leading upwards - these go to the second floor which is out of bounds as unrestored. But if you ask the owners, they might take you up the stairs and to a further tiny staircase that pops out on the roof and leads up to a roof terrace with amazing views.


Villa Details

  • Swimming Pool
  • Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Private Pool
  • Fireplace
  • Insect Screens

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

  • 3 Double Bedrooms
  • One Twin Bedroom, Plus A Child's Single Bedroom
  • One Full Bathroom, One Shower Room, One Wc Downstairs.

Kitchen equipment

  • American Coffee Machine
  • Nespresso Coffee Machine
  • Fridge With Icemaker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Juicer
  • Kettle


  • Baby Bed And High Chair
  • Washing Machine
  • Smart Tv
  • Iron And Ironing Table
  • Bluetooth Speaker
  • Barbecue

What's included

  • Gardener And Pool Cleaning
  • Pool Towels Provided


  • Mid-Week Cleaning On Request
  • Chef Available On Request
  • Extra Single Bed (For A Child)
  • Wine Tasting And Tours


  • Private Pool, 15 X 5 Metres With Lunette Shape, 1.3 Metres Deep
  • Children's Blow Up Pool On Request.

Nearby Activities


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Where is Villa Cervajola ?

Getting here

  • Rome and Florence Airports 2hrs
  • Perugia Airport 1hr 15 mins
  • Pisa Airport 2hrs and 45 mins
  • Closest Railway Station Orvieto Scalo, 10 mins drive, 5km

Around Villa Cervajola

This is a magical area, full of magical towns built on Tufa outcrops - like Orvieto itself, or Civita di BagnoRegio, or the glorious Pitigliano. Then you have the Lakes of Bolsena and Trasimeno close by, as well as Perugia, Assisi and Arezzo. Head north into the wine regions of the Val d'Orcia, with Montalcino, Montepulciano and Pienza all accessible in around an hour. Head east into the green and forested hills of Umbria, with Todi as a jewel to aim for. Or head south to explore the magical sculpture garden of Bomarzo, a renaissance fantasy sculpted out of the naturally occurring rocky outcrops of the area.

Anywhere you look there is plenty to explore, inclduing plenty of spots that are off the everyday tourist trail, giving an insight into the area that few will see. And when you return home, the umbrella pines of your private garden will shade as you relax in the garden with an Aperol Spritx, perhaps planning next day's adventures.

Nearby Activities

  • Porano is the closest village, 2 kms away and about a 30 minutes walk. It has shops and restaurants
  • Orvieto is just under 5 kms away, an easy drive - and there are those who walk there, apparently it's a lovely walk.
  • Civita di Bagnoregio, 20 mins drive
  • Bolsena 30 mins
  • Perugia, Pienza and Arezzo 1hr 15 mins
  • Gardens of Bomarzo 40 mins
  • Montepulciano or Todi around an hour

Sleeps: 8
From € 393 per day


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How to book

Is Villa Cervajola perfect for you?

For availability and pricing see the calendar above. If you have any questions or would like help choosing, we visit our properties regularly and can help you choose and book the best villa for your holidays.

We can hold dates for you for 48 hours while you make sure everything lines up, then you simply pay the deposit (30% of total) to secure your booking. The balance will then be due 10 weeks before you travel. You can also add "XCover" to your booking for a full refund if you can't travel.

For more details see our Booking Conditions and XCover. You can add XCover to your booking at any time until you have paid your balance, simply ask your agent.

Worth knowing

Many local administrations now charge a “Tourist Tax” for people staying in rented accommodation and these vary from town to town. The charges are generally per person per night with a maximum number of nights, usually around 5 but sometimes 7, beyond which they will not charge. The charges range between 50 cents to 3 euro. Children are sometimes included, sometimes not and these charges should be collected by the property owners.

Not sure?

It can often be faster to contact us to ask for advice - we visit all the houses so can give you first hand advice based on your wishlist. Once you find a villa you like we can hold dates for you for up to 48 hours while you check flights or make sure everybody is on board.

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