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The layout of the Villa is ideally suited to accommodate both smaller groups of 4 to 10 (main house) or large gatherings of up to 19 people.
The main house and guest cottage each provide space for social gathering and for private moments and almost every room offers an extraordinary view of the Umbrian Hillside with the silhouette of the Cathedral at Todi.
The kitchen is fully equipped and opens onto a loggia with a large table, and also onto a vine-covered pergola also with table.
There is a game room with billards, board games, ping pong and bocce, badminton and croquet for outdoors.
Accommodation Summary: Villa with separate guest house, pool
Main House: 4 bedrooms- each with ensuite bathroom: two with king size bed each plus a single bed each, 1 with queen size bed, 1 with three single beds), kitchen, breakfast room, games room (billiard and ping pong), ½ ‘powder room’ bathroom, laundry room, TV sitting room.
Granny room-queen bedded room with French door to north patio with ensuite bathroom, walk-in shower with grab bars and stool. Not only for grannies! Lovely quiet room especially for someone who wants to get up early and go into the kitchen or out for a walk, jog or swim. It is the only bedroom downstairs in the main house.
*Notes for mildly disabled: No steps to reach this bedroom. Doors accommodate most wheelchairs. There is one step into the living room/kitchen level and otherwise there are few essential steps. If needed a person can exit the front door and walk or be wheeled to the pool area by the side path. No steps to the pergola. Two steps down to the loggia.
Living room/dining room with three French doors leading onto vine covered pergola with views over Todi and Umbrian hills. The dining room table seats 10-12.
Fully equipped kitchen including breakfast nook with heavy chestnut table for eight with two French doors leading onto pergola and loggia.
Laundry room with washer and dryer, iron and ironing board and laundry sink. Clothes rack and drying line.
Powder room-guest bathroom with sink and toilet.
Games room with full billiard table, ping pong table, assortment of board and card games, croquet, boules, etc.
Covered loggia with table for 8-10 with lovely views
Vine covered Pergola with lovely views with table for 4-6 and lounge chairs (a matching table is located near the Private Studio Cottage and could be put on the pergola for additional dining.) Please note-there is flexibility for dining as the main loggia table is 8-10, plus a round table=12-16, plus another round table=16-22. The glass topped table by the swimming pool seats 10.
Master bedroom- king size bed (could be two singles) plus a single bed, ensuite bathroom with walk in 4 x 3 foot travertine shower and a deep tub, private balcony with views. Bedroom suite has north views over hillside and olive grove and south views over drive.
TV room with sofa, a loveseat and large armchair, TV, DVD multi-system international player (this will play DVD’s from most countries), VHS player, games console, lots of current books as well as classics and guide books.
Company bedroom- king size bed (could be two singles) plus a single bed, ensuite bathroom with 3 x 3 foot walk-in travertine shower and a tub. Views over valley to Todi even from tub! Bedroom views west over valley and north over hillsides and olive grove.
Kids or singles room- two single beds and above in a loft another single bed and a sofa which converts to a single bed and a trundle bed below. House rule no small children in loft without supervision. Ensuite bathroom with a 6 x 3 foot shower-.
Private studio cottage:
This private bedroom is a short distance from the main house and adjoining the guest house through a covered walkway but is completely separate.
It comprises a king bed room with an ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower. There are lovely views over the Umbrian Hills through three arched French doors. Only rented in conjunction with the main house.
This is a self-contained three-bedroom house on a hill with entrances both upstairs and downstairs. It is only rented in conjunction with the main house.
Entrance door opens to small lobby area with a king bed room to the left with views over the Umbrian Hills to the medieval town of Todi, and anther king bed room to the right. There is a shared bathroom between the rooms with a tub/shower. Both bedrooms can be configured with either a king bed or two singles. Stairs lead down to:
Living room/ dining room with full kitchen at one end and at other end a set of French doors opening to private gravel patio and driveway and views west over Umbrian Hills towards Todi.
A large king bed room with French doors to gravel patio with lovely views west towards Todi and ensuite bathroom with walk- in shower. There is an additonal washer and dryer in an alcove.
*Notes for mildly disabled: No steps to enter or exit this bedroom. Doors accommodate most wheelchairs. There is no step into the living room/kitchen. The whole floor is on one level, which is level with the driveway entrance. If needed a person can exit the front door and walk or be wheeled to the main house or to pool area by the side path.
Ideas: perfect for a family with up to four children as parents can sleep downstairs and children upstairs. The living room off the lower bedroom has two queen sized sofa beds. Kitchen is handy for mid-night snacks, early morning coffee or any cooking.
Another idea is to lock to lower bedroom door isolating it from the rest of the guest house as it has a separate entrance, and turn the rest of the whole house with four single beds upstairs and 2 sofa beds downstairs over to teenage friends. There is an ipod speaker system
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Lots of books in English. All sorts of subjects- economics, political, and lots of mysteries. Most of the Donna Leon (take place in Venice), and others taking place in Italy. Guide books, art books....moreless
Sky TV- Family Package (Disney, Animal Planet, National Geographic), Cinema Package (in original language if desired), General Package (English language news, common series); and international sports....moreless
Refrectory style table inside dining room seats 10-12, breakfast table in kitchen seats 8, outdoor eating under covered loggia seats 8-10; adjacent vine covered pergola two tables seat 4-6 each....moreless
A simple cellphone with sim is available for guests. The Vodaphone sim card will have a euro or two credit and can be topped up with a voucher purchased in any bar. Ask the barman to do the top up!...moreless
Local calls and received calls only from house phone. We leave a pay-as-you-go portable for your use with a few euros call time on it. Top up at any bar. Can make and receive calls to anywhere. ...moreless
Clara will greet you on your arrival on Saturday and show you how everything works. She will return Monday-Friday for three hours (you select hours) to clean and tidy. Also, (not included in your booking but you can arrange with her) she will babysit. You can also arrange with her to cook and serve dinner- she charges 20 euro a head for a three course meal plus prosecco and appetizer to begin. The price includes buying the food and wine and preparation. Her menu is available but she is a great cook and will likely be able make what you want if it is not on the menu. Clara also offers to teach you how to make gnocchi or pasta or other. She speaks only Italian but has no trouble at all in being understood....moreless
(2) Kitchen in Main House has five burner gas cooktop, double oven, stainless fridge with drawers style freezer, dishwasher, microwave, juicer, American coffeemaker, Italian Moka coffee maker, food processor, pasta hand crank roller machine, coffee grinder, hand mixer and good knives, graters and other gadgets. There are plenty of plates and serving plates, stainless cutlery and about 50 cookbooks in English and several in Italian. See below for herbs and other produce provided for your use. Kitchen in Guest House is basically equipped. Stove, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, mixer, coffee making and plates and cutlery....moreless
A basket of kitchen staples as listed above, plus toilet tissue, kitchen paper, dish liquid, dish washer powder, napkins, soap, some cleaning supplies and wash powder, gas for the grill are provided...moreless
You will also find a welcome package of breakfast items- bread, jam, butter, milk, coffee, tea, fruit, and staples such as napkins, toilet tissue, bath soap, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, dish washing liquid, new sponges, sugar, flour, oil (our own extra virgin), vinegar, salt, pepper and spices and wine. No personal products such as shampoo are provided....moreless
We do not supply bicycles but you can rent at local shop, this is a gently hilly area. Can choose with a little motor thingy to help with the hills. Nearby flatter areas go c. 15-20 miles. ...moreless
Main House Main House +Studio Main House+ Studio+ Guest House May 3-May 31, 2014 3500euro 4000euro 5500euro May 31- August 16, 2014 4700euro 5300euro 7300euro August 16- Oct 18,2014 3500euro 4000euro 5500 euro Oct 18,2014- May 2,2015 3000euro 3300euro 4000 euro (Heating in cooler months may be extra.) Above calendar goes through May 2015. Please contact us to book in summer of 2015.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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Convenient base for visits to Umbrian hill towns such as Assisi( Basilica of St Francis), Perugia (museums, chocolate, antiques), De Ruta (ceramic center), Torgiano (wine tasting), Orvieto, Bagnoreggio di Cavallo, Narni, Amelia, and many historic small hamlets. You are 2 hours from Florence, 2 hours on direct bus to Rome for a day trip.
And of course, you are convenient to Todi and many charming local restaurants and shops. You are near three wineries, a small boutique spa, and many leisurely walking lanes.
Clara will greet you and orient you, then will come for several hours five days per week to keep things tidy, and can also babysit, cook, or give a cooking lesson. Local representative can also organize cooking lessons, tours, drivers, or for special needs.
Local markets and groceries offer a range of delicious natural foods, and many prepared foods. Local restaurants grow/make everything from the bread and pasta to the cured meats, wines, and all vegetables and desert
Year Purchased: 1998
About the owner: We are an Italian husband/American wife who have restored the villa in a traditional Umbrian style with the assistance of a local professional expert in restoration. Though ancient beams, mellow chestnut wood doors and recuperated terracotta floors were lovingly restored and/or replaced, the villa has been insulated, plumbed and wired using the most modern techniques. The result is comfortable and very practical. The old house is sited on a hillside in such a way as to enjoy cool breezes all summer. The pool was designed by a dedicated lap swimmer and has its waterfall border overlooking one of the most beautiful open views in Umbria.
Why the Owner Chose Todi:
We chose the Todi area because of its lovely medieval character and because of its convenience to both Rome and Florence. Extended family lives in Rome. People describe Umbria as a place you can still savor the ‘real’ Italy. It is much less visited and ‘touristy’ than Tuscany. It is somewhat more rural and more native. For example, most restaurants offer only homemade pasta, bread, local wines, local oil, locally grown meats. Often there is truly a granny in the kitchen and the kids of all ages may be the servers. Not that food is everything but you do get really good food here. Not everyone speaks English. People are still quite interested in visitors. It is a living, working Italian area and though there are growing numbers of visitors it is not primarily a tourist destination. We also absolutely fell in love with the gentle and spectacularly beautiful views from the property. The Villa is surrounded by olive groves, we maintain a small vineyard, fruit trees and an organic vegetable garden with produce for guests' use. the landscaping is typical for farmhouses of this area and consists of mostly rosemary, lavender, roses, and other herbs such as sage. One of our favorite features is the old cottonwood 'whispering tree' in front of the loggia that has leaves that rustle in the most relaxing soft murmur when the breeze blows which is most of the time. Local visitors call it 'l'albero sussurrante' which simply means tree that whispers. The natural beauty has meant we have hosted a number of painting workshops with master painters who have come with students for a week. In 2012 we will host a painting and a photography workshop.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
We love the quiet rural setting, having breakfast on the loggia and catching sight of a pheasant or two scurrying from under a bush and taking flight. We love to swim and relax by the pool. We also enjoy preparing meals using fresh salads from the garden, our own olive oil, and we often cook outside on the grill. Local restaurants are terrific. We have prepared a house book which describes and gives directions and contact numbers for our favorities. The house book will describe every feature of the house and gives information such as on local doctors who will make a house call, local church service times, markets, and so forth. Clara or our representative, Susan, can help with everything, too. Both are local. We very often take a long walk each day. The house is on the 'beautiful italy' road circuit and the walks can either be fairly flat or can be hilly and mildly challenging. For example, just head off down the drive and go left up past the tiny hamlet at the top of the hill to arrive at a coffee bar a vigorous one mile away. If you go into the olive grove on the property and duck to the right into an unpaved tractor path with canopy trees you will arrive at a ‘strada bianca’ white gravel road. You go left and after about ½ mile left again you will be back on the asphalt road making a circle to the villa entrance gate. This will take about 45 minutes. Maps in the house or at the Todi tourist office will give you many adventurous ideas for walks. In easy touring distance of historic Umbrian hilltowns, there are plenty of music, art and gastronomic festivals and events. Umbria Jazz in july in Perugia is very special (Santana, Sly and the Family Stone, last couple of years, for example.). Going south we can visit the Festival at Spoleto which is very near. Many small towns such as Amelia or Bevagna or Narni have medieval events-food-pagents-horse races in costume- in late June.
Back of house-Returning from vegetable garden in May
Looking from Pergola to kitchen door and Loggia to the left
Sunflowers turn their faces east to the villa
Sunset behind Todi
Path from the Studio to the Main House
Entering living room/ dining area with pergola and open views beyond
King bedroom with ensuite bathroom with lovely views
Master bedroom with extra single bed
Loft bedroom with two single beds below, a single bed upstairs and a sofa/bed
Garden room ensuite bath with large shower
Lower king bedroom guest house, ensuite bathroom, french dviews, washer &dryer
View of the house from the pool
Afternoon light over the valley with silhouette of Todi
Driveway to the Villa
Part of fully furnished kitchen
Entrance area with stairs to den and three bedrooms
Sunny living room with doors opening onto Pergola with lovely views
Ensuite bedroom with shower and bath and views
Master bathroom with shower, bathtub and balcony
Garden bedroom, queen bed
studio bedroom with ensuite bathroom, views from three arched doors
Guest house living room with views, looking from kitchen area
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