San Donato

Near Orvieto, Todi & Northern Lazio, Umbria & Lazio, Italy

From £1,137 per week

Up to 25% reduction

Our view

High in the hills, looking down to views of Lake Bolsena, this very well equipped family villa in Lazio is a beautifully restored, century old, tufo stone house – set in ten acres of total tranquillity.

In brief

  • Breathtaking views
  • Private infinity pool
  • Games room, table tennis

About the villa

Character and contemporary comfort come in equal measure at this lovely villa in the heart of Lazio’s Etruscan region, but within very easy access of the neighbouring regions of Tuscany and Umbria. Perched on a hilltop and encircled by olive trees, meadows and sunflowers, the house is framed by an avenue of cypress trees, its stone walls mellowed to a soft honey tone, its gardens screened with neatly trimmed hedges. Inside, the villa’s innately rustic features are enhanced by a mix of modern and antique furnishings. Hand-made tiles and high ceilings, crossed with chestnut beams, contrast with travertine marble bathrooms; and a kitchen, equipped with all mod-cons, meets the dining room through a huge stone arch.

Linking indoor and outdoor living, a loggia runs the width of the house, forming al fresco living and dining ‘rooms’, from which to enjoy the uninterrupted views. Steps lead down from here to the infinity pool in its lawned surround, and to a games room and convenient shower room on the lower level. Just 4km from shops in Grotte di Castro, San Donato is 5km from swimming, sailing and fish restaurants at Bolsena Lake. Two other nearby attractions are the UNESCO World Heritage site of Civita di Bagnoregio. Known as the 'Dying City', this medieval town sits atop a constantly eroding volcanic rock. And cut from volcanic stone the hilltop town of Pitigliano gives wonderful views of the wild Tuscan landscape. Locals call the town Little Jerusalem.

This villa was included by The Times in January 2019  as one of the best villas in Italy for rental. 


'Exquisitely designed house in a wonderful area with loads to see and do.' 

'A beautiful villa. We appreciated all the thought that has gone into making this a fantastic place to stay. '

'Spent all of August in this lovely house. Lots of good food and chilling. Great local shops and produce.'

'Our third visit. Another glorious week! '

Villa details


Ground Floor

  • Sitting room
  • Kitchen/dining room, opening to terrace
  • TV / Media room opening to terrace
  • Loggia with outside dining and seating area

First Floor

  • Master double bedroom (king size bed) with bathroom en suite and separate shower
  • Double bedroom (king size bed)
  • Shower room
  • Twin bedroom (can be made up as double)

Second Floor

  • Twin bedroom
  • Shower room


  • Games room with table tennis and table football, opening to terrace
  • Shower room



  • Cot and highchair


  • Gas barbecue


  • WiFi
  • Smart TV
  • HDTV
  • Satellite TV (limited English speaking channels)
  • DVD Player
  • DVD library
  • Blu-Ray player
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • CD player
  • Laptop
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Playstation 3
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Nintendo Wii U
  • Selection of books
  • iPod dock and bluetooth music station
  • Playstation 2


  • Table tennis
  • Table football


  • Ceiling fans


  • Fridge
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Coffee machine
  • Nespresso machine
  • Ice maker
  • Cool box
  • Hob
  • Oven


  • 12m x 4m
  • Built-in steps
  • Pool towels
  • Chlorine free, salt water filtration system
  • The pool is open from mid May to mid September


  • Washing machine
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Pre-pay mobile phone with some credit
  • Heating
  • Insect screens

Important Information

Please note that the maximum occupancy for the property is 6, though all 4 bedooms will be available. Low walls around the loggia make San Donato unsuitable for unsupervised children.


An English speaking CV representative in Italy will be available by phone during your stay. Contact details will be sent with your travel documents.


Arrival from 16:00 - 19:00. Departure by 10:00.


Please refer to the Health & Safety pages on this website.



CV Villas is happy to book flights for our customers on scheduled, chartered or low cost airlines from London and regional UK airports. Please ask for details.


Car hire can be pre-booked through CV Villas with collection at the airport.


A food hamper is available on request. It must be ordered in the UK pre departure and paid for locally. Please ask for details.

Additional services

CV Villas offers a wide variety of additional services, to make your villa holiday even more special.  You should be able to find all the information you need here, otherwise you can check out our frequently asked questions page or simply send us an enquiry.

Service & Staffing


  • Welcome pack
  • Maid service 4 hours per day 2 day(s) per week
  • Linen change 1 day(s) per week*

* On Saturday (extra changes are available on request for an additional cost)



  • Shops and restaurants 4km Grotte di Castro
  • Bolsena 10km

Places of Interest

  • Lake Bolsena 10km
  • Pitigliano 20km
  • Orvieto 32km
  • Civita di Bagnoregio, Monte Amiata 35km
  • Saturnia & Viterbo 50km
  • Todi 65km
  • Caprarola 68km
  • Montepulciano 90km
  • Siena 140km


  • Perugia 75km
  • Rome 150km

Train Station

  • Orvieto Scalo 35km
About the area

Near Orvieto, Todi & Northern Lazio

Average weather

In the south, an Umbria holiday comes dotted with honey-coloured stone farmsteads and sprinkled with olive groves—this region is not called ‘Italy’s green heart’ for nothing. The towns are a must-see for cathedral connoisseurs: there’s nothing restrained about the façade at Orvieto, yet one simple rose window is all that breaks up the classy simplicity at Todi. All of southern Umbria’s villas are within day-trip distance of Rome, too: the station at Orvieto has a fast link with the capital.

Find out more about Orvieto, Todi & Northern Lazio