The original stone farmhouse dates back to the 1600’s and was the point of reference for the entire San Bartolomeo valley, just east of Orvieto, and was then abandoned in the early 1900’s. The house was then revived in the 1930’s as a refuge for the locals during the war. Many years passed by until two local architects finally brought the “casale” or farmhouse back to life in the late 90’s and restructured it to become an “agriturismo” or agritourism / farm holiday: in other words, an old country inn with several guest rooms, a main kitchen for serving meals and hectares of fertile land around the estate to enable self-sufficiency. The estate was resold several times until it was literally “rediscovered” by Marco Paris and Daniela Falconi.
The couple made the not so difficult choice of leaving their careers and their hectic urban way of life in Rome (the driving alone was reason enough!) and began their search for their dream home. A country home with verdant land for as far as they could see, lots of fresh air and the sound of silence. And olive trees. Lots of them. Those awe-inspiring, unconquerable trees that give a sense of peace and stability that no other tree can give.
Finally, after a long year of searching, they stumbled upon this very farmhouse secretly tucked away in a lush valley with a view to die for. Needless to say…it was love at first sight. While walking through the endless rows of olive trees on their very first visit, they saw a boar chasing a wild hare with ears so long it seemed like a vision straight out of a Lewis Carroll tale. But this vision was real and that was the first sign from destiny for which they were waiting. After 2 more years the property was finally purchased and Marco and Daniela put life back into the house as only they could do … with great passion and true respect for the “slow way of life.” They hope to show you the way too … and hope to welcome you to their humble abode in Orvieto, where you are not just a guest but a part of the family.