7 Bedroom, 6 Bath Villa: Enormous Pool & Pool House, 3 Kitchens & Living Rooms
Maria Beatrice Aglini
- english, italian
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Stunning villa, ideal location and unbelievable hosts
We had a two-week family holiday - 8 adults and 6 children under 11.
The villa is absolutely lovely - two separate 'units', one with three bedrooms and one with four (all with very good air-conditioning). Each unit has a kitchen, dining room and lounge but to be honest you spend most of the time outside. There is a wonderful and large balcony which comfortably seated all 14 of us for breakfast/dinner, but the star of the show is the gorgeous pool. Sun loungers, chairs and umbrellas galore. A sizeable pool house with a loo and a fridge. Unsurprisingly we spent most of our time here !
It's the personal touch that makes it though - Beatrice and Franca are wonderful hosts and incredibly kind people. Nothing is too much trouble and they went so far above and beyond for us. Anything and everything from delaying a night out to help us get in after we'd locked ourselves out (sorry again Beatrice !) to arranging for my father's car to be transported back to the UK after he broke his wrist.
There is a barbecue and a small pizza oven, but if you have the time you MUST try the proper big stone pizza oven. It takes at least a couple of hours of stoking a log fire to get it to the right temperature, and a bit of trial and error to get the cooking right, but I was very happy when all the kids said it was the best pizza they'd ever tasted ! (Beatrice can give you the instructions you need, and you can buy fresh dough from Conad in Deruta).
On the subject of food, Beatrice is a fantastic cook and on four evenings she cooked for all 14 of us. The meals were incredible (with SO much food) and not having to cook or clean afterwards is a big bonus. Good value too - I'd strongly recommend it.
With young children we spent a lot of time in the pool, but there's plenty to do. The old town in Deruta is nice, and the supermarket (Conad) is close and has everything you'll need. Local vineyards are worth a trip ...
We had extremely nice meals in Deruta at Osteria Il Borghetto and Taverna del Gusto - both lovely local Italian food and very friendly people (especially Luigi and Maria at Osteria). A few miles away is Torgiano, and Albergo Ristorante Siro is fantastic.
Overall we couldn't have done better. For large family gatherings it's hard to think of anything that would improve it, and we're all so grateful to Beatrice and Franca for giving us a perfect holiday !
Dear Matthew, was a pleasure for us to host the Wolton family. You have been super funny and gorgeous guests, and it was great to get to know you.
Thanks again for your stay and we hope to see you again.
The property was perfect for a family holiday. Our hosts were wonderful
The property was beautiful, and the location was great for touring the towns of Umbria on day trips. We visited Assisi, Orvieto, Perugia, Gubbio, Todi and made an excursion to Lago Trasimeno.
We were a group of 9 adults and two small children, and the accommodations could have handled another two or three adults easily. It was incredibly hot for the week that we were visiting, but the air conditioning in the bedrooms made it quite pleasant. When we returned from our day trips, the pool was a great way to cool off.
Our hosts prepared three dinners for us and the setting by the pool was perfect and the food was excellent. It could not have been a better family vacation.
thank you for your beautiful words about our property. We loved host you and your family in Villa Santa Maria and we are very happy you spent great time here.
Really hope to see you again.
All the best
Ours was a large family get-together (3 generations, 13 people) for 2 weeks in July 2018, easily fitting within the 7 bedrooms available at this extensive property. The accommodation was excellent, with large air-conditioned bedrooms and living spaces, all extremely well-equipped and comfortable. There are 2 modern kitchens with plenty of utensils, crockery and cutlery, and a very large high-level terrace accessible from 2 of the bedrooms, and by stairs from the gardens. The panorama from there across the valley was to die for, especially at sunset, which became a regular event for us all to watch.
On arrival in Deruta, we were met by Franca, who led us to the property, located in the hills above the town. Throughout the stay, Franca and her daughter Beatrice (who both speak excellent English) were extremely friendly and helpful, and always available for any questions or assistance with booking trips, restaurants etc. A visit to their ceramics factory and shop is a must – especially for the children, who painted their own cups and plates which were given to them at the end of the holiday.
I must mention the meal prepared for us by Beatrice and Franca (by arrangement). Beatrice is a professionally trained chef, and we sampled probably the best local food we experienced during the holiday, with a large range of dishes to choose from. The meal was for 17 people, including visitors and children, who all enjoyed the al-fresco dining.
The enormous swimming pool, with steps and diving board, was the centre of our relaxing days spent at the villa. There were plenty of loungers, umbrellas for those who needed shade, and a pool room with fridge, shower and toilet. Chairs and tables meant that meals could be taken close to the pool or in the adjacent grounds. We made full use of both the large barbecue and the pizza oven.
Places to visit / things to do within easy drives: The old town at Deruta, with restaurants and bars around a central plaza; Perugia, with its spectacular architecture; Assisi, a medieval town and basilica perched on the side of a mountain; Lake Trasimento; a tour and wine tasting at the Lungarotti Winery, Torgiano.
All in all, this was a holiday of a lifetime, in a villa and setting which matched the occasion, and fantastic hosts and facilitators in Franca and Beatrice Sberna, who we have to thank for making our stay so pleasant and fulfilling.
thank you for this awesome description of Villa Santa Maria. We are really grateful for your lovely words.
You are a beautiful family and we hope to see you again.
All the best.
Beatrice and Franca
The Perfect Hilltop Retreat
Our party of 10 had the pleasure of staying at this fab property for two weeks early September. It was perfect. Our host Franca and her daughter, Beatrice were just outstanding. We only ever had one issue and that was the walkability!! into Deruta. Whilst, this is still an issue, it was one that was quickly sorted by Franca. We had a meal prepared for us whilst we were there and it was just wonderful. A must for everyone who has the extreme good luck to book this property.
We would without a doubt not hesitate to book this property again. The walking into Dertua is just about do'able' in the daytime but most definitely not in the evening and certainly not for anyone of a certain age..!! The swimming pool was Olympic size and very, very clean. We cannot thank our hosts enough for allowing us to stay in this wonderful property. Villa Santa Maria and Belvedere and Franca and Beatrice are the perfect paring.
Wonderful Umbrian retreat
A beautiful, relaxed and special place to stay. Owner Franca and her daughter Beatrice are superb hosts. The villa is set in pretty grounds with a superb pool (complete with diving board and lit at night) on a hillside overlooking Deruta surrounded by fields, olive groves and a vineyard - good for early morning walks and to get a feel of the local area. The accommodation was clean, comfortable; a great mix of traditional and contemporary and beautiful local ceramics (many from Franca's ceramics factory in Deruta). The area is a mix of small towns and agriculture. We were a family group of 14 (including our labrador). The contiguous accommodation worked very well for us. Having 6 bathrooms for 7 bedrooms was good. The Belvedere kitchen became the breakfast and lunch space (breakfast on the terrace, lunch by the pool) and the Villa kitchen was used for evening meal preparations. The dining table in the Villa seated us all comfortably whilst the surrounding living space and balcony gave lots of space for break-out groups. We were there during a heatwave and the air conditioning in most areas was very welcome (nb one bedroom in the Belvedere and one in the Villa do not have air conditioning, along with the living space in the Belvedere but large fans had been provided). The pool was definitely the focal point of our stay! Franca and Beatrice were wonderful and both speak fluent english. They were on hand to answer queries, make recommendations and check the pool every day (usually early morning before we were up). The medieval chapel attached to the villa is a special addition - we were there on 15 August and the villagers came up for a service followed by coffee and Franca's homemade cake!
Any improvements? We had 4 keen (and very good) cooks in our group so perhaps some additional kitchen utensils such as sharp knives/chopping boards would have been good. There are two sorts of electric sockets and we struggled a little with adaptors.
Deruta - Franca's ceramics shop, the Ceramics museum, Taverna del Gusto for lunch, the local butcher, homemade gelato (nocciola was a favourite), fresh pasta, Tuesday morning market
Places nearby - Assisi, Gubbio, Montefalco (superb wine tasting at Fongoli Cantina including the local Sagrantino grape), Monte Subasio (spectacular views), Spello (preserved roman acquaduct), Todi...the list is endless
We loved it and hope you do too.
Thank you Sarah. Was a pleasure for us to host you and your family. Thanks also for your suggestions. You have been fantastic guests, and it was great to get to know you.Thanks again for your stay and we hope to see you ( and the dog Bea ) again.
Lovely spacious villa with beautiful pool
We had a fabulous week at this beautiful villa. The setting of the villa in the hill above Deruta with a magical view of the town and the valley is stunning. Many an evening was spent on the large terrace eating and drinking as we watched the beautiful sunset. But there was so many options to sit and enjoy meals from a table next to the pizza oven to lunches and a BBQ next to the pool. The children loved the huge pool, the grounds and ringing the bell on the old chapel in the grounds. All the bedrooms and bathrooms were individual, well decorated and large and there was a lot of space in the house (really 2 houses with kitchen and lounge area in each house- we used the facilities in the belvedere section as this worked well for us). Most bedrooms had access to the terrace or a balcony with views of the beautiful surrounding countryside. Even though the villa feels very rural, it was a very short trip into the town of Deruta for the local market, supermarket and ceramic shops. We were also fortunate to be there for the first day of a festival in Deruta (July 21st) so took the children into town to enjoy this local event.
Franca and Beatrice were such attentive hosts making sure we had everything we wanted from suggestions of local places to visit to logs for the BBQ and pizza oven to helping us order a delicious shoulder of pork from the local butcher. They were always nearby if we needed anything.
One of the best villas we have stayed in in our 14 years of this type of holiday as both the house and the grounds were stunning and close to many interesting places to visit - hilltop towns, Assisi and lake Trasimeno a few of the options available.
Thank you Sarah for your lovely words. It was a pleasure to host you and your beautiful family. We are glad you had a good time at Villa Santa Maria. Thanks again for your stay and we hope you will return soon.
Near the largest spa in Umbria, multiple golf courses and horse riding clubs, further afield are hang-gliding, white water rafting, rock climbing. A short drive from world class entertainment in Perugia and Spoleto, hundreds of local culinary and cultural festivals. Eurochocolate, Festival of Two Worlds, Umbria Jazz, many other music and food festivals. Near to Assisi, Perugia, Todi, Orvieto and the beautiful hill towns of Umbria and Tuscany such as Montefalco, Spoleto, Spello, Cortona, Gubbio. Lago Trasimeno has ferries out to the atmospheric islands, beautiful spots for walks and picnics. Ruins of Carsulae, waterfalls near Terni and many other natural, historic and cultural spots. Excellent museums are found right in Deruta, in Perugia, and in many smaller towns. Wine cellars have tastings and tours and nearby Torgiano has a wine museum as well as wineries and restaurants. Our ceramics showroom and production centre in Deruta will welcome you with a personalized tour.