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“Peaceful property with amazing outlook”
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One of the three terraces with views over the lake
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One of the three terraces with views over the lake
Casa Poiana
Casa Poiana
fully equipped kitchen
dining area
master bedroom
private terrace in front of master bedroom
guest bedroom
terrace with BBQ area
bolsena town
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Orvieto, Province of Terni, Umbria

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KTav79
Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Peaceful property with amazing outlook”
Reviewed August 22, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

Our stay in this villa was the highlight of our trip to Italy. Located about 15min drive from the small town of Bolsena - a clean, pretty, well maintained town on the lake- it is ideal for a peaceful getaway, in the off season at least. We stayed over Easter and it was quiet, yet cafes and restaurants on the waterfront were open.
The villa is well restored and laid out, and whilst not spotlessly clean (a bit of dust and cobwebs) this was more than made up for by the very well appointed kitchen, modern bathrooms, and wonderful view from 2 outdoor areas. More than enough room for me and my 2 children (sharing a bed room) and my parents. They swing in the tree, sandpit and friendly local cat were all very pleasant surprises, especially for my young children.
The hosts were pleasant and helpful, when the fridge failed a new small fridge was personally delivered by the owner within 24hrs, even though it was Easter and this would have meant hours of driving for him!
Access to the property was via a rough unpaved road, but if you follow the directions carefully & take it slow, its fine, even in a normal sedan.
Overall a wonderful stay and we would love to return one day.

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Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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Dizzy616
Preston, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful house in a beautiful area with beautiful views... Just beautiful!”
Reviewed August 22, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We stayed here in July '15 for one week and didn't want to leave. The views are spectacular over lake Bolsena and the house is very comfortable with everything you could possibly need. Bolsena itself was a short drive away, we could have walked into town if my husband hadn't broken his leg a few months earlier. Don't let the road put you off going here, it adds to the charm of Casa Poina, just try not to hire a low slung car, however we did and it wasn't a problem, just added to the fun. Total chillin week with amenities 10 minutes away! Thank you Maria and Sean for youre hospitality. Bellisimo!

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Liked best: The views and the house
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Friends
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169Sandra...
Espoo, Finland
1 review
“Another wonderful stay at beautiful Casa Poiana”
Reviewed August 31, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

Another wonderful stay at beautiful Casa Poiana

Following a history of more than 15 years of vacations in the “undiscovered treasure” of Lazio we came up with Casa Poiana in the vicinity of Lago di Bolsena.

The house sits on a secluded, almost isolated hill-side with a breathtaking view to the lake. At the same time it is within 5 minutes of a drive from the city center with all of its offerings from beach to restaurants. If one feels up to it, one can jog to the beach on “Via Francigena” and have a morning cappuccino after a twenty-five minutes of an exercise.

House is very tastefully designed with quintessential Italian “chic”; complemented with distinctive style and spark. House comfortably accos are within their own peace with master bedroom attached to its own bathroom with beammodates 4 (even up to six ) and is equipped with state of the art amenities inclusive of satellite tv and WI-Fi connections. Kitchen is second to none and the open terrace provides for picturesque scenery to enjoy and entertain. 1-story setting is very spacious and bedroomutiful tile-work.

Truly a unique offering in the middle of the best the lake-side Italy has to offer.

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Liked best: The location
Traveling group: Teenagers
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Laura S
Zurich, Switzerland
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Perfect and unforgettable holidays”
Reviewed August 3, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We had the most wonderful vacation at Casa Poiana. The house is very private and has a fantastic view over the lake. The house is very cosy, its very well equipped especially the kitchen. We enjoyed sitting on the terraces facing the lake. Everything went very smoothly, Domenica the house manager was very friendly and answered all our questions. We will definitely come back and we will recommend Casa Poiana to our friends.

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Liked best: The silence and the perfect lake view
Traveling group: Extended Family
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LeytonB
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Scenery & setting as billed, access, beds and creatures are negatives”
Reviewed July 13, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

After some difficulty with ambiguous directions, we found Casa Poiana with the last apprx. half kilometer over very narrow unpaved bumpy roads. The location is fine if you do not mind being a little isolated and have an auto with good suspension and ground clearance. We now understand why we received the directions only a few days before arriving although we had asked for them many weeks previously.
We found that the furnishings and facilities were a bit tired and could do with some updating and refreshing. We liked the lake view and the outdoor access and sitting areas were pluses.
What was the dealbreaker for us were the old firm beds which we found impossible to sleep on. We had booked for about one week and after two sleepless nights we had to leave to seek other accommodations in order to get some sleep. i normally sleep on a firm mattress at home but these mattresses date back to an era of different standards. We have rented other properties including one the previous week in Como, and had never had this issue. In addition upon arrival the owner's information book warns of poisonous vipers, hornets, and wild cats. Had these negatives been in the owner's advertised property description we would have been able to make a different choice.

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Liked best: View of Lake Bolsena
Liked least: Mattresses & bedding & cleanliness of kitchen and dinnerware
Traveling group: Other
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Jul 26, 2014
We are sorry that these guests had such a bad experience at Casa Poiana but we find the one star rating a little harsh to say the least. We can only hope that potential guests give more credence to the other ratings and comments on this page.

We would, however, like to address some of the points we consider to be unfair.
- We have never had any complaints about the mattresses, which are seven years old this year and can hardly be described as antiquated or belonging to another era .The guests announced they would be leaving within 2 days only 20 minutes after arriving in the house and complained about the hardness of the beds after sitting on the edge of one for a few seconds.
- One other person in 10 years has had a problem with the directions to the house so we still consider them adequate and easy to follow.
- We can assure the guest that no subterfuge was intended with the date of the directions email, which we sent 2 weeks before arrival (not a few days before as stated in the review). We consider the fact that the house is in a secluded spot, surrounded by nature, to be an advantage and not something which we would try to hide.
- Casa Poiana is a country property 5 km out of town, so If other potential guests are nervous to be in a secluded country house, we strongly suggest they do not book Casa Poiana. We have now updated the house description to make the secluded nature of the property more evident.
- If guests are uncomfortable with the existence of local wildlife, we suggest they do not come to rural Italy at all. The information in our booklet is meant only to ensure awareness of the existence of these creatures, which are present throughout Italy. Nobody has ever been stung, bitten or otherwise inconvenienced by animals, while staying at Casa Poiana.
- The final stretch of road to the house (500 mtrs) is sometimes bumpy, depending on recent weather and the local authority's maintenance schedule. We have a normal family sedan and have no problems arriving at the house with it. A low slung sports car could have some trouble but a high clearance vehicle is certainly not necessary if you possess average driving skills.

We are very disappointed with this review and do not believe that it gives an accurate representation of the house.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Belinda58...
Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“An Umbrian gem!”
Reviewed April 30, 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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person found this review helpful

We loved this place ... off the beaten track in private meadows with a view to die for across the lake! Friendly helpful Teresa greets you with a delicious complimentary lasagne and, once you've got used to the narrow, hilly roads, it's a hop, skip and a jump down to Bolsena where you will find everything else you may want or need (including a swim in the crystal clear lake waters if the fancy takes you). The house is generously appointed with simple but tastefully decorated rooms, excellent entertainment and relaxation spaces, a very well equipped kitchen, superb indoor/outdoor access and great barbeque facilities. The mosquito-netted beds are firm but comfy, the bathrooms immaculate, the verandah is broad and shady, and quiet places to settle down with a book abound. All the mod cons (washing machine, dishwasher, TV, iPod docking station, no microwave oven but then who needs one) are on hand and, if you come when it's cold, there is underfloor heating too! The kids will also love the place, but feed the cats at your own peril!

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Liked best: Everything was great.
Liked least: Not applicable.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Caus-Mart...
Bidgetown, Barbados
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A wonderful place to stay .... if possible forever”
Reviewed September 8, 2012 for a stay in July 2012
1
person found this review helpful

An excellent house in a wounderful surrounding. The house is tastefully furnished, very orignal, very clean and comfortable. The best of all is the view over the lake, one can sit there and enjoy the view forever.

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Liked best: the house and the view
Liked least: there was nothing I did not like
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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