Villa Francis

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Sleeps: 17 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 10


Wedding Venue Exclusive Pool Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Ideal for Parties

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Leave your worries behind at Villa Francis, a 12th century villa in Umbria near the Tuscany border, which sits amid sunflower fields and wooded hills with the feeling of being untouched by the passage of time. The grounds include beautiful gardens, a 13x5m pool with hillside views, a hot tub and a splendid courtyard perfect for relaxing in the sun. Umbria’s ruggedly beautiful landscapes and wines will amaze you.

This former monastery consists of 7 self-catered apartments containing 8 bedrooms for 17 guests. Each apartment has its own entrance and an en-suite modern bathroom, and many have original elements like stone walls, brick floors and wooden beams.

Umbria is near it all; from your location northwest of the village of San Giovanni del Pantano, medieval hill towns like Assisi, Perugia and Gubbio are within 40 km, and the art and culture of Arezzo, Siena and Florence are just 45-90 minute drives. Schedule a wine tour and go truffle hunting to enjoy the region’s gastronomic delights. You can even book a cooking class to learn how to make handmade pasta.

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What you should know…

  • Unfortunately, due to the old stone stairs, this villa isn’t right for those with mobility issues.
  • A car is highly recommended to explore this beautiful region
  • 12 more guests can be accommodated on sofa beds

Property Features

Shared Pool Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Table Tennis Working Fireplace Heating

The villa comprises of seven self catered apartments containing 8 bedrooms for 17 guest with en suit bathrooms. An additional 12 guests can sleep on sofas in the living rooms of several of the apartments.

Apartment 1 - First floor (4+3 pax)

- Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower
- Double bedoom with en-suite bathroom with shower and bathtub
- Living/dining area with 2 double sofa beds
- Kitchenette

Apartment 2 - esternal stairs, first floor (2+2 pax)

- Double bedroom
- Living/dining area with double sofa bed
- Kitchenette
- Bathroom with shower

Appartment 3 - ground floor (2 pax)

- Studio apartment with kitchenette, double bed, living and dining area and bathroom with shower

Apartment 4 - external stairs (2+2 pax)

First floor
- Living/dining area with double sofabed
- Kitchenette
- Bathroom with shower

Second floor

- Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and sofa

Apartment 5 - external staircase (3+2 pax)

First floor
- Dining and living area with sofa bed
- Kitchenette
- Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom

Second floor

- Loft with French bed and en-suite bathroom with shower

Apartment 6 - ground floor (2+2 pax)

- Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower
- Living/dining area with sofa bed
- Kitchenette

Apartment 7 (2+1  pax)

Ground floor
- Dining/living area with sofa bed
- Kitchenette

First floor

- Double bedroom

Outside grounds

- Terraces and courtyards
- Swimming pool (13x5m, depth: 1.5m, open approximately from beginning of May to end-September
- Garden


- Barbecue
- Cots available


About the surrounding area of Villa Francis
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby
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For Art & Culture Lovers the medieval hill towns of Assisi, Perugia, and Gubbio, as well as Cortona are only 40 km away; Arezzo, Siena and Florence are just a 45 – 90 minute drive away.

For Wine Lovers- The famous Gritti Family Vineyard  offers a very popular vineyard tour, dinner  and wine tasting in the Niccone Valley.

The world renowned wine trails of Montefalco in Torgiano where you can visit the Lungarotti Wine Cellars; and the prestigious Brunello wineries of Montalcino in Tuscany are only a 1 hour drive from Villa Francis. The beautiful Montepulciano and his famaous "Vino Nobile" is just a 40 minute drive.

For Music Lovers – The Spoleto Classical Music Festival of the Due Mondi and the Umbria Jazz Festivals is in July and the Preggio Chamber Music Festival is in August.

There is also an 18 hole golf course at Antognolla Golf Club.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Perugia

(40 km)

Nearest Airport 2 Florence

(168 km)

Nearest Village Preggio

(8 km)

Nearest Town Umbertide

(15 km)

Nearest Restaurant Preggio

(8 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Preggio

(8 km)

Nearest Supermarket Umbertide

(15 km)

Nearest Shop Umbertide

(15 km)


Umbria has best of Italy to offer: rolling landscapes, wine, beautiful towns and villages, olive oil, expansive lakes and the food, glorious food. A holiday here can be as lazy, active, cultured and as delicious as you like.

This region is scattered with pretty, picturesque villages, while the area has a rich cultural heritage. From thermal pools to medieval cathedrals and olive oil museum, Umbria has an intriguing amount of history to discover.

Both Rome and Florence are accessible within a day trip, while the closest towns of interest would be Orvieto, the old town which is a fascinating series of winding streets, piazzas and a colourful weekly market. 

History lovers will be spoilt - from the first century Roman amphitheatres to the twelfth-century duomos, to the fourteenth-century hilltop fortresses,  the glut of remnants from the medieval and Bronze Age that punctuate the region is impressive.

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Baby bath
  • Cot(s)

Onsite Facilities

  • Children's books
  • Table Tennis

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Babysitting Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Babysitting Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Event information

Step back in time by hosting your wedding at this 12th century villa in Umbria, a rural retreat most romantically situated amidst Umbrian wooded hills and fields of sunflowers. The former monastery retains a peaceful ambiance and offers so many lovely locations for your ceremony and celebrations, both inside and out. The arched cloisters frame pastoral views, the illuminated pool looks over the hills and the charming stone courtyard can be bedecked with fairy lights. Your guests will love the hot tub and separate apartments where original features are skilfully combined with modern comforts. When the celebrations are over, the glorious cities of Rome and Florence are easily accessible for a day trip.

Wedding Reception
Up to 70 guests can be hosted for an outdoor reception in the villa courtyard or up to 45 people can be seated inside the villa.

Dancing can continue in the courtyard or beneath a hired marquee in the grounds with music permitted until 1am outside and 3am inside.

Wedding Ceremony
There are many options for an outdoor symbolic ceremony at this villa. The cloisters, piazza by the swimming pool, courtyard and gardens can all host up to 70 people while up to 45 guests could attend a ceremony inside the villa.

This villa is not recommended for couples wanting a civil wedding as the nearest town hall is 18km from the property.

There is a church 8km from the villa which may be available for a Catholic ceremony.

The owners can provide details of an English-speaking celebrant.

Where to Stay
Up to 17 people can sleep on-site.

Nearby, all guests would be able to find accommodation between 8 and 20km from the property.

The owners can supply details of local transport firms.

Wedding Planning 
The venue can suggest a wedding planner or the client may provide their own.

The venue has supplier suggestions for all aspects of the planning and prefers clients to choose from these.

The venue can recommend a range of external caterers or the client may provide their own.

Other information
Events can run until 3am.

The venue prefers clients to use their suggested suppliers but special requests can be made.

Wedding planning packages are available.

Extra costs may apply to the use of certain areas for the event – this depends on the guest numbers and choices made.

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions



These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €800 paid in cash to the owner upon arrival and refunded upon departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 3 pm to 6 pm.
Departure time 8:30 am to 10 am.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Extra cost, payable locally.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Changeover day Saturday in July, August and during Christmas. Flexible during all other periods.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings and any other special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges. Please note stag/hen parties are not allowed.
Minimum stay 7 nights in July, August and during Christmas. 3 nights during all other periods.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Internet access? Wi-Fi connection included.
Pool towels included? Extra €5, payable locally. Available on request.
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately beginning of May to end-September. Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 17 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 26th 2021 - Dec 18th 2021 £3,054 £4,226 £5,323 £5,323
Dec 18th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022 - - - £9,208
Jan 1st 2022 - Apr 23rd 2022 £3,054 £4,226 £5,323 £5,323
Apr 23rd 2022 - Jun 25th 2022 £3,894 £5,389 £6,883 £7,228
Jun 25th 2022 - Aug 27th 2022 - - - £9,208
Aug 27th 2022 - Sep 24th 2022 £3,894 £5,389 £6,883 £7,228
Sep 24th 2022 - Dec 17th 2022 £3,054 £4,226 £5,323 £5,323
Dec 17th 2022 - Mar 30th 2023 - - - £9,208

Prices based on an occupancy of 17 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 26th 2021 - Dec 18th 2021 €3,348 €4,520 €5,692 €5,836
Dec 18th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022 - - - €10,095
Jan 1st 2022 - Apr 23rd 2022 €3,348 €4,520 €5,692 €5,836
Apr 23rd 2022 - Jun 25th 2022 €4,270 €5,764 €7,258 €7,925
Jun 25th 2022 - Aug 27th 2022 - - - €10,095
Aug 27th 2022 - Sep 24th 2022 €4,270 €5,764 €7,258 €7,925
Sep 24th 2022 - Dec 17th 2022 €3,348 €4,520 €5,692 €5,836
Dec 17th 2022 - Mar 30th 2023 - - - €10,095

Prices based on an occupancy of 17 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 26th 2021 - Dec 18th 2021 $3,924 $5,096 $6,268 $6,840
Dec 18th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022 - - - $11,832
Jan 1st 2022 - Apr 23rd 2022 $3,924 $5,096 $6,268 $6,840
Apr 23rd 2022 - Jun 25th 2022 $5,004 $6,498 $7,993 $9,288
Jun 25th 2022 - Aug 27th 2022 - - - $11,832
Aug 27th 2022 - Sep 24th 2022 $5,004 $6,498 $7,993 $9,288
Sep 24th 2022 - Dec 17th 2022 $3,924 $5,096 $6,268 $6,840
Dec 17th 2022 - Mar 30th 2023 - - - $11,832

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
3 years

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
location and atmosphere

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
Local folklore recounts of a connection between the five important medieval structures of the area: the Church of San Bartolomeo dei Fosse, Monestevole Castle, the Inquisitors Palace in Preggio, Convento and Bisciaio Castle which was used by monks in the Middle Ages to house abandoned/ illegitimate children.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?
participate on truffle hunting
Really eat?
handmade local pasta
Really see? small hamlets and castles

Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
That you should come back and visit Villa Francis again....what else?


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