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Charming Medieval House with Piano & Big Garden, in Idyllic Todi

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Diningroom/kitchen with fireplace and door to patio and garden

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Last updated: 02/27/2017
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

3 BR, 2.5 BA, sleeps 2-7

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 (they tell me the landscape is very similar). 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, so it's not far from any of the other wondrous hill towns in the region. (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 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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Owner

Member since: 2008

Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/27/2017

Property Type

  • 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
  • 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:

    (3)...moreless

  • 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
 

Reviews

Write a review 4.8
from 18 traveler reviews
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low
Nov 15 - Mar 31, 2017
5 night min stay

$1,200
High
Apr 1 - Nov 14, 2017
5 night min stay

$1,800
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$257

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Clean up fee $100
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500

Notes:

* $1000-$2000 / wk

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

3-4 people .. $1400-$1900/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 $950 for multi-weeks. This is returned to you within 7 days of your departure minus the utilities (gas for heat in Winter) and clean up fee (€ 100).


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.


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Last updated: 02/27/2017
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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 was 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. I began my career as a photographer using Todi as a base. I shot mostly portraits and landscapes and was often hired by the Regional authorities to work on large exhibitions which required photographs for its catalogues. I was then hired by the Alinari Archives in Florence to become their Director of Photography, the reason we moved there in 1988. In 2003 I left the archive and returned to free-lancing and to exhibiting my work. I was awarded the Friuli Venezia Giulia prize for photography in 2010. My recent book Italia Metafisica won an IPA award in NY in 2015 and the Hemingway Award in Italy in 2016. You can see some of my work at www.georgetatge.com.

Why the Owner Chose Todi PG, Italy:
For years we searched for a property here and finally found it. One that we could restore as we wanted. Our house is in the neighbourhood of Borgo, one of the oldest areas, inside the first ring of the Etruscan town. We lived in Todi for 14 years between 1974 and 1988. 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).

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
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/27/2017

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Photos

  • Diningroom/kitchen with fireplace and door to patio and garden

    Diningroom/kitchen with fireplace and door to patio and garden

  • Morning light in dining room

    Morning light in dining room

  • Living room with fireplace

    Living room with fireplace

  • Master bedroom with king-size bed.

    Master bedroom with king-size bed.

  • Master bathroom

    Master bathroom

  • Shower room with terrace off single bedroom

    Shower room with terrace off single bedroom

  • Breakfast on the patio

    Breakfast on the patio

  • View of garden with Romanesque lion's head

    View of garden with Romanesque lion's head

  • Facade of house with 17th c. apse of St. Prassede

    Facade of house with 17th c. apse of St. Prassede

  • Morning mist.  View from bedroom floor

    Morning mist. View from bedroom floor

  • Dawn from bedroom window

    Dawn from bedroom window

  • Olympic-size swimming pool 10-min. from house

    Olympic-size swimming pool 10-min. from house

  • Diningroom/kitchen

    Diningroom/kitchen

  • Living room from entrance

    Living room from entrance

  • Bedroom floor with piano

    Bedroom floor with piano

  • Master bathroom in travertine

    Master bathroom in travertine

  • Detail of bath

    Detail of bath

  • 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

  • Consolazione Temple by Bramante

    Consolazione Temple by Bramante

VRBO #215677

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Monday, February 27, 2017

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