The immense stone walls of Laguscello provide a cool respite from the sun in summer and cosy warmth in winter. Derelict until September 2006, it once housed several farming families on the first floor with their animals below. It has been carefully and beautifully restored, with materials like sweet chestnut beams and handmade ‘cotto’ floor tiles honouring Umbrian tradition, but incorporating modern styling, such as clean white walls, dramatic lighting and contemporary kitchens and bathrooms.

The front door of the main house opens into a towering floor-to-roof hall with an arch on one side opening directly into a lounge, with comfortable leather sofas, satellite TV, DVD player - and supply of DVDs and books. Wi-fi internet connection is available.

To the right is a games room with table tennis,table football and games, as well as some toys for youger guests. Ahead is a massive kitchen which stretches the length of the house. The ‘working’ end has contemporary quality fittings, topped with local stone and an island unit with stools on one side. A huge dining table made especially for Laguscello by Castel Giorgio’s carpenter, stretches towards a cosy seating area in front of an open fire. There is a separate, fully equipped utility room and a shower room/wc on the ground floor.

Upstairs are four big, airy double bedrooms, to sleep eight-plus people, each with an en-suite bathroom. One has its own balcony.

NEW FOR 2013 -  Laguscello's 'Little House' opens, meaning we can now sleep up to 14 people. Built in 1924, it is the 'modern' part of Laguscello! It sits on one end of the main house, with its own first floor terrace with stunning views south, west and east - and day long sunshine.  A pretty cottage, its has a roomy well-equipped kitchen with open fireplace and lounge.  Upstairs a large master bedroom and smaller double bedroom both have original beams.  Bedroom 2 has the option of single of double beds.  They share a spacious shower room.  Both bedrooms have French doors to the terrace.  The Little House is only available to rent with the main house, except during the winter when it is a cosy cottage for 4.


Centrepiece of the large garden is a 12m x 8m pool, with comfortable sun loungers, recliners and large umbrellas.

Beneath a shady pergola on the terrace is a roomy table for outdoor dining beside the original pizza oven, which we have also restored.  It can be used for pizza, bread or roasting meat and fish and a barbecue is also supplied.  There is a second pergola - with hammock.  There are wonderful, uninterrupted views.

A path passes Laguscello, the original Pilgrim’s Way from Canterbury to Rome. It is used only by occasional farm workers and walkers, as it links Lake Bolsena to Orvieto through lovely countryside featuring vineyards, olive groves, kiwi orchards, woodland and fields full of wild flowers. Within a few minute’s walk is a wood containing Etruscan tombs - and mushrooms and orchids in season!


Orvieto is not to be missed – take the funicular railway up to the top of the rock before seeing its famous cathedral, caves and charming narrow streets.

Also nearby is the isolated medieval city of Civita Bagnoregio, now so eroded that it can only be reached by a footbridge. Lovely Lake Bolsena boasts excellent fish restaurants as well as water sports, beaches and boat trips. Pretty towns cluster by its shores, including Bolsena with its medieval castle, Marta, Montefiascone and Capodimonte.

It goes without saying that there are plenty of excellent restaurants close by!

Further afield

Laguscello is located right by the border with Tuscany – all its famous tourist hot spots are within an hour’s drive or so. Both Rome and Florence can be reached by train – Orvieto station has a big free car park and offers a fast rail service. The Umbrian cities, towns and countryside should also be explored. To the west, the Tuscan coastline fronts the Mediterranean, with lovely beaches and fish restaurants for al fresco dining as the sun sets over the sea.

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