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

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Living room with fireplace on left

Living room with fireplace on left Living room towards fire place and front door entrance Dining room / Kitchen with fireplace Kitchen / dining room Morning light in dining room piano room Master bedroom with king size bed Master bathroom in travertine stone Bath detail Second bed room Shower room off single bed room and terrace Mansard Breakfast on the patio Dinner on the patio View of garden with Romanesque lion's head in buttress Detail of 11th century lion's head Facade Front door entrance Morning mist view from bedroom floor Evening view towards the south from bed room floor Dawn from bedroom window Olympic size pool at 10 min. drive Consolazione Temple by Bramante

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Last updated: 04/24/2014
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Todi house 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. 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, it is very private and quiet. 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.

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

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Children Welcome
          • Pets Considered

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          Other Amenities

              • Insect screens on windows!

              Entertainment

              • Stereo
              • CD Player
              • Books
              • Games
              • Toys

              Theme

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

              Car

                  • Recommended

                  Attractions

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

                  Leisure Activities

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

                  local services and businesses

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

                  Location Type

                  • Town
                  • Mountain View

                  sports and adventure activities

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

                  catering options

                      • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                      Dining

                      • Dining Area
                      • Child's Highchair

                      General

                      • Living Room
                      • Telephone:

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                      • Heating
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Activities Guide
                      • Alarm Clock
                      • Firewood
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Local Activities Guide
                      • Local Maps
                      • Mosquito Magnet
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Wood Fireplace
                      • Parking
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Fireplace
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Internet
                      • Towels Provided

                      house cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Optional

                          Kitchen

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

                          Outside

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

                            Clay courts just 5 min. away...moreless

                          • Patio
                          • Porch / Veranda

                          Pool / Spa

                              • Communal Pool
                               

                              Reviews

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                              • Relaxing holiday in a wonderful house in Todi

                                Relaxing holiday in a wonderful house in Todi

                                • Guest Anonymous
                                • Date of stay 07/07/13
                                • Review Submitted 07/21/13
                                I chose Todi (for 4 adults) simply because George's house had a garden & view of the valley. What a great choice it turned out to be! There are not many tourists in Todi (unlike other towns we visited) but plenty of restaurants and great clothing shops. We particularly enjoyed the brilliant food at Antica Osteria della Valle. The house is quaint and delightful, very clean and well maintained - spread over 4 levels - and well equipped with plenty of cutlery, crockery, serving platters,pots, pans etc. Every bedroom has a view of the valley, as does the living room. It was nice that people had not thrown out their left-over olive oil, balsamic, tea bags, washing detergent etc, and we did the same for the next tenants. There were travel guides a'plenty on Todi and Umbria, and a well-stacked library of books and magazines. We had every meal possible in the garden at the table under the massive fig tree (unfortunately the figs weren't quite ripe). The view of the valley is breathtaking and we spent many hours just sitting and absorbing it, with the odd glass of vino, of course! A hot air balloon competition was on, and we delighted in watching them from the little balcony off the bathroom/laundry as they floated up from the misty valley early in the morning . We organised a cooking class in the house one night - loads of fun and we made every dish from scratch and then sat down to a feast. At George's suggestion, we hired a car from a local dealer. It was there waiting for us in the private car park just below the house when we arrived. Too easy! We did day trips to other towns, but also had "lay days" exploring Todi and enjoying the ambience of the house and our lovely view. George rang several times to check that things were going well. We were intrigued with the history of the house and wished we could have read about it and seen pictures of what it once was like. Would I recommend this house to others? Most definitely.

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                              • Incredible place in an incredible town

                                Incredible place in an incredible town

                                • Guest Anonymous
                                • Date of stay 06/29/13
                                • Review Submitted 07/12/13
                                This is an exquisite property, and pictures do not do it justice, especially the views from the garden, where we started most evenings with wine and provisions secured from the days adventures. The apartment itself is spacious and decorated very smartly with great attention to detail. It has everything you need including a fully equipped kitchen that we utilized with a cooking lesson form a local chef recommended by George. Highly recommended, It is a short walk to everywhere in Todi, which is a charming town and a great jumping point for most places in Umbria. I would highly recommend the Todi house as a great headquarters to explore Umbria!

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                              • Beautiful Italian Getaway

                                Beautiful Italian Getaway

                                • Guest Anonymous
                                • Date of stay 04/27/13
                                • Review Submitted 05/17/13
                                We had a wonderful stay in George and Lynn's home! We traveled with 4 adults and 1 infant and it couldn't have been more perfect...the house is beautiful and cozy. We enjoyed fires in the morning with coffee in the living room when it was chilly and spent many afternoons and evenings outdoors in the garden. It is truly an ideal setting for a family. The house had everything that we needed to make our stay easy with a one year old and plenty of space. They provided a crib, highchair and even gates to keep our little one from going up and down the stairs. It made our stay so much more relaxing knowing that we didn't have to worry about traveling with all of this overseas. The kitchen had every pot and pan we could want which made cooking so fun and easy. The town of Todi is a short (albeit steep) walk from the house with many shops and plenty of places to eat. It is a wonderful town with much to see. It is also an ideal location for day trips (we visited Florence, Cortona, Perugia and Orvieto during our stay). We couldn't have asked for a better house and town for our Italian getaway. Thank you both for allowing us the pleasure of staying in your home! Love, The Solomons and Rydlands

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                              • Glorious home in glorious Todi

                                Glorious home in glorious Todi

                                • Guest sarah f.
                                • Date of stay 10/13/12
                                • Review Submitted 11/02/12
                                I just returned to the United States from a two week stay in Todi, Italy at the gorgeous vacation rental #247510. The home was exquisite - spacious, immaculately clean, beautifully appointed and furnished, and perfectly situated. I could not have dreamed of a more comfortable, lovely place to spend my vacation. Moreover, the owners were extraordinarily helpful and kind. They gave me extremely helpful and detailed suggestions about how to get to Todi from Rome; and they arranged for someone to meet me at the bus stop and drive me to the house when I first arrived in town. (My wonderful driver even took me grocery shopping!) They provided me with fabulous suggestions for activities, restaurants, and possible resources (chauffeur, taxi driver, language specialist, physician.) And they checked in on me periodically to make sure I was doing well. I felt enormously valued and cared for - embraced by their generosity and by the loving energy in their home. Bravissimo!

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                              • 700 year old house loaded with charm

                                700 year old house loaded with charm

                                • Guest Patrick C.
                                • Date of stay 09/29/12
                                • Review Submitted 10/24/12
                                We were three couples in our 70ies and very active so the 4 flights of stairs in house did not bother us. It was fascinating for us to see how the owner had been able to modernize this 700 year old house and still maintain the charm of the place. We thoroughly enjoyed the style of the house, the ceilings, the antique farm doors, and re-purposed lights. It just took a little getting used to the odd arrangement of functionality and style in the kitchen. The views of the Todi country side from the bedroom windows and the 3rd floor patio were classic Umbria. The owner had suggested a chef to come in and give us cooking lesions in the house and it turned out to be a night to be remembered forever. An incredible 7 course dinner served over 5 hours with every one getting their hands dirty. The main piazza in Todi was only a short 7 minute (uphill) walk away. A very interesting and pretty hilltop town that was not overrun by tourists as we had previously encountered in Pisa, Florence and Rome. Todi is a very clean, attractive and picturesque old city. We had briefly stopped in Todi in 2008 and had vowed to come back and spend more time. We are glad we did.

                                Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway.

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                              • Todi house

                                Todi house

                                • Guest Jon H.
                                • Date of stay 05/26/12
                                • Review Submitted 07/02/12
                                Dear George: We are feeling very nostalgic about our 4-week stay in your lovely home in Todi. It was remarkable to live in a 700-year old house in a medieval hill town, which you have so tastefully restored. Your former home does not feel like a rental house at all. You did indeed put your heart and soul into it. Anne just loved having breakfast in the garden, watching the swifts fly, and picking the cherries. The figs will be ripe in a week. Lucky for the next people. Thanks so much for calling us from time to time. It was very comforting and helpful to have you so readily available, and to have Isabella to clean for us. Todi is a wonderful place to spend a protracted period of time. I commend the city administration for keeping the city spotlessly clean. It made it so pleasant to walk up the stairs by the Etruscan wall to the piazza for an evening prosecco. A wonderful, peaceful place to linger and admire one of the great public squares in Italy. Todi is also an excellent location from which to visit all of Umbria. We returned to Orvieto, Perugia and Assissi so many times that we did not get to many places we wanted to visit. I suppose we could have done so, but Todi is too pleasant a place to spend the day, and walks in the neighboring countryside are so pleasant, that staying home often won out over exploring new places. Two things we hadn’t anticipated. First, Todi’s Olympic-sized swimming pool, which is kept immaculately clean. A great place on a hot day. Second, the nightly soccer games on the field below your house with 4 on 4 matches between local teams. Our grandchildren, who are soccer players, were mightily impressed! We are so glad that we spent a weekend in your apartment in Florence and had a chance to meet you. Warm regards, Jon and Anne Halverson

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                              • Todi House

                                Todi House

                                • Guest Carole and Colin (Canning)
                                • Date of stay 09/02/10
                                • Review Submitted 11/06/10
                                Our month long stay at the charming Todi house over exceeded our expectations. It is a truly beautiful, comfortable and cozy home with views that take your breath away. And, of course, George was so helpful and personable, answering our many questions about the house and area. We spent many many hours sitting in the garden "dining room" enjoying endless bottles of wine, fabulous dinners dreaming and planning the next hilltown to explore, the next fabulous restaurant meal to experience. And Todi is full of wonderful restaurants and shops with the friendliest people. A truly exquisite town. We were there during the Arte Festval of Todi, a truly enriching cultural experience. A place to warm your heart and soul

                                Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers.

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                              • Todi House stay 9/30/10 - 10/14/10

                                Todi House stay 9/30/10 - 10/14/10

                                • Guest Trish (Dallas, Texas)
                                • Date of stay 09/30/10
                                • Review Submitted 11/03/10
                                The Todi House was more than I expected. I would sit in wonder and absorb the beautiful design, architecture, and views. The grounds, inside and out were, immaculate. The huge dining room was our evening focal point where a jug of wine from the local winery was dearly enjoyed and plans were made for our next day's adventure. George was extremely patient and helpful, even recommending a driver to and from Rome and a rental car service. Due to Todi's central location and a rental car, our daily sojourns included eleven beautiful hilltop towns. Needing a day of rest, we enjoyed the numerous sites, pastry shops, and eateries. Our favorite was Pizzeria Cavour, a short distance from the main square. I have recommended The Todi House to all my friends as it affords privacy and a great location,

                                Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, girls getaway.

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                                • Guest Peter B.
                                • Date of stay 05/22/10
                                • Review Submitted 06/18/10
                                "Nothing but plaudits for both these sites, an in-town 12th/13th century villa in Todi, Umbria, and an in-city apartment in Florence on the Via Romana just a few minutes away from the Pitti Palace. Both dwellings are fully modern and elegant in their different ways; both are right in the middle of the best of their localities -- restaurants, museums/galleries, varied boutique shopping and more; both are really within walking distance to everything that matters -- forget about the car. And both are spotless and very reasonably priced -- far more attractive than the hotel option. We spent two weeks, one week at each location, and were delighted with everything. Of special note -- George, our landlord, oversaw all the detail of our planning,arrival, stay and departure with personal concern. And this was important. We don't speak Italian and were a little leery of getting by in a real neighbourhood -- shopping, transportation, entertainment. But no problem. George's advice and ample local literature made it all easy. We'd do it again. Great vacation. One note -- Todi is a genuine hill town: climbing is a prerequisite for enjoymen, and touring the countryside by Car a wonderful experience -- i.e. a small car that fits in the medieval streets. My decision to go for a large power car because of the reputation of the autobahns was wrong -- I should have opted smaller. And in Florence -- get rid of the car asap."

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                              Rental basis: Per property
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                              Apr 1 - Nov 30, 2014
                              5 night min stay

                              $1,800
                              My Standard Rate
                              5 night min stay

                              $1,500

                              Additional information about rental rates

                              Fees:

                              • Taxes Not 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 the season, the number of people and the length of your stay. $1,500/wk is the 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 the utilities (negotiable depending on season) and €100 clean up fee. The rental fee should be sent 2 months prior to arrival.


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                              Last updated: 04/24/2014
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                              Location

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

                              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.


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                              Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian

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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

                              $214 - $257 per night (USD)
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                              3 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 7

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                              Minimum stay: 5 nights
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