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Charming Medieval House in the 'Ideal Town' of Todi, Umbria

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Last updated: 06/02/2015
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

This is a fabulous house that dates back to the 13th century, as witnessed by a Romanesque lion's head still in the facade. It has been entirely renovated (with suggestions and designs by the great sculptor Beverly Pepper). It is inside the town walls, about 5 min. walk from the main square, so it is conveniently located in terms of shopping.
I mean why come to Italy and isolate yourselves in a rural farmhouse? May as well stay in Palo Alto. We wanted to enjoy living amongst the Italians and that is why we chose this house. And yet it is very private and quiet because it is flanked by the apse of the church of S. Prassede on the south-west side, and has a 1,200 sq.ft. garden in front. All the windows have great views of the valley below and the Martani mountains directly east.

Todi is smack in the center of Umbria, one of Italy's most beautiful and artistic regions. (It is much less touristy than neighboring Tuscany.) Todi has about 9,000 inhabitants, with very little industry and rolling hills and farm land all around. It is set on top of a hill, 480 sq. meters above sea level, and is primarily medieval in its architectural make-up.

Another good reason for being in town, apart from enjoying concerts at the theater, exhibitions,
cocktails on the square, is the BEST ICE CREAM
in the world (as verified by many of our guests).
Yes, the Bar Pianegiani, a 10-min. walk up the street.

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Property Type

  • 4 story
  • House
  • 150 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Insect screens on windows!

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Toys
  • VCR

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Town

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

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  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis:

    Clay courts just 5 min. away...moreless

  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High
Mar 15 - Nov 14, 2015
5 night min stay

$1,800
Low
Nov 15 - Mar 15, 2016
5 night min stay

$1,200
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay

$1,500

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Taxes Included

Notes:

* $1000-$2000 / wk

* 1-2 people .. $1000-$1600/week

3-4 people .. $1400-$1800/week

5-7 people .. $1600-$2000/week

These prices are negotiable depending on the length of the stay.

* A $ 500 security/holding fee is required when reserving for short stays. This is returned to you within 10 days of your departure minus the utilities and clean up fee (€ 100).

The rental fee depends on season, number of people and length of stay. $1,500/wk: average fee. A $500 deposit/holding fee is required when reserving ($950 for long rentals). This sum is returned to you within a wk of your departure minus utilities (negotiable depending on season) and $100 clean up fee. Rental fee to be sent 2 months prior to arrival (negotiable). Credit card, check, transfer.


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Location

30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Rome, Fiumicino or Perugia S. Egidio
0.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
In main square
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
Perugia
3 Miles
Nearest Train
Todi Ponte Rio
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
E45
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
In main square
100 Miles
Nearest Ski
Terminillo
100 Miles
Nearest Beach
Tarquinia or Sirolo

Car: Recommended

Todi is equidistant (30 min. drives) from Assisi, Gubbio, Perugia, Spello, Spoleto, Orvieto, Montefalco, Bevagna and Foligno, all beautiful towns worth day-trips. A two-hour drive from Florence and 90 min. drive from Rome.

Other Activities: Hot Air Ballooning, Wildlife Viewing

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1981

About the owner: My wife, Lynn, and I moved to Italy way back in 1973 after graduating from Beloit College in Wisconsin, where we met. I'm a photographer and Lynn teaches English. My mother is Italian and I have lots of relatives here. We have two children, William, a pianist/composer who lives in NYC and Alice, a contemporary dancer who lives in London.

Why the Owner Chose Todi:
We lived in Todi for 12 years between 1974 and 1986. It is truly an 'Ideal City', but don't tell too many people, or it will turn into another San Gimignano (the town in Tuscany with more tourists than townsfolk). For years we searched for a property here and finally found it. One that we could restore as we wanted.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Not many properties in Todi with such views and with a 400 sq. meter garden inside the city walls.


Contact us

Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian

Links to more information:

Guestbook comments from the owner

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Photos

  • Living room with fireplace on left

    Living room with fireplace on left

  • Dining room / Kitchen with fireplace

    Dining room / Kitchen with fireplace

  • Morning light in dining room

    Morning light in dining room

  • Master bedroom with king size bed

    Master bedroom with king size bed

  • Bath detail

    Bath detail

  • Shower room off single bed room and terrace

    Shower room off single bed room and terrace

  • Breakfast on the patio

    Breakfast on the patio

  • View of garden with Romanesque lion's head in buttress

    View of garden with Romanesque lion's head in buttress

  • Facade

    Facade

  • Morning mist view from bedroom floor

    Morning mist view from bedroom floor

  • Dawn from bedroom window

    Dawn from bedroom window

  • Consolazione Temple by Bramante

    Consolazione Temple by Bramante

  • Living room towards fire place and front door entrance

    Living room towards fire place and front door entrance

  • Kitchen / dining room

    Kitchen / dining room

  • piano room

    piano room

  • Master bathroom in travertine stone

    Master bathroom in travertine stone

  • Second bed room

    Second bed room

  • Mansard

    Mansard

  • Dinner on the patio

    Dinner on the patio

  • Detail of 11th century lion's head

    Detail of 11th century lion's head

  • Front door entrance

    Front door entrance

  • Evening view towards the south from bed room floor

    Evening view towards the south from bed room floor

  • Olympic size pool at 10 min. drive

    Olympic size pool at 10 min. drive

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
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  • Calendar last updated 06/02/2015
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