Selvamica makes you feel welcome the minute you arrive. Set on a hilltop, with views over the surrounding vineyards and across the rolling green hills of Umbria, this lovely stone farmhouse offers the best of both worlds — a peaceful, rural setting that is just minutes from the marvelous hill town of Orvieto. A charming key holder will greet you when you arrive and will be available to help with information and reservations to make your Italian villa vacation unforgettable.
From the Strada Statale an unpaved road (1.3 km) takes you to our rental.
Selvamica has been carefully restored to balance the integrity of traditional elements, such as chestnut-beamed ceilings, with modern comforts, including some air-conditioned bedrooms and a private pool. Sunny interiors are furnished with comfortable seating and an interesting collection of local antiques and eclectic artwork, some of which have been painted by the former artist-owner.
The kitchen is the true heart of any Italian home, and Selvamica’s kitchen is exceptional. One of the former owners was editor in chief of Food & Wine magazine and loves to cook. She furnished her kitchen to delight anyone who cooks. Even if you never do more than make your morning coffee in this beautiful kitchen, the inspiring view from its windows makes something as mundane preparing your morning cappuccino, a delightful way to start your day.
Outdoors there are three separate terraces in addition to the pool area, so there is plenty of space to dine beneath the stars or to find a quiet corner to relax privately or curl up with a book. Bordered by large pots of flowers, each terrace offers a lovely view of the countryside. Flower gardens surround the house, and you are welcome to help yourself to the vegetable and herb garden; wild rosemary grows right by the front door.
The swimming pool (12x6) is set on its own terrace, with a pergola for relaxing or dining and chaises with awning covers. Large white umbrellas provide shade, and a fountain flows into an antique stone basin next to the pool.
Everything is so charming and enjoyable that you may find it hard to go sightseeing. But start with your new home town, Orvieto. Its Gothic cathedral is considered the best in Italy. Twice each week, Orvieto hosts a renowned outdoor market. There are picturesque piazzas, and lovely shops, wine bars and restaurants. Explore Etruscan tombs and underground caves. Views range from glances down tiny, ancient lanes to vistas over the ramparts to the valley below.
The location is one of the best for exploring Tuscany and Lazio as well as Umbria. Excellent high-speed rail service can take you to Rome in less than an hour or Florence in two. The Orvieto station is just 15 minutes from the house and has ample free parking. You'll be delighted to find that Umbria is a hidden treasure, less well-known and with fewer tourists than neighbouring Tuscany, with its own charming and interesting hill towns, great art, magnificent scenery — without the crowds.
Selvamica is comfortable in all seasons, also for Christmas holiday, because of its excellent heating, large fireplaces, and a famous jazz festival held in Orvieto at the end of December.