|Space||4,500 sq. ft.|
|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Il Conventaccio –“Little Convent”, is built on the foundations of a 1st Century B.C. Roman watch tower overlooking the Tiber Valley. In 1020, the tower was incorporated into a small convent. The restored stone house, about 5,000 sq.ft., sits on approximately 30 acres of olive orchards, sunflower fields, and a vineyard. The ancient and sophisticated walled Etruscan town of Todi is the panorama from Conventaccio’s extensive terraces. The building was restored with close attention to historical authenticity. All building materials were either reclaimed and/or hand made, the extraordinary cornice was hand carved to match a small remaining piece. With the exception of the living room, all chestnut ceiling beams are original to the house. The walls were painted with natural regional pigments, ground and mixed by the artist on site. The carved stone mantels are 14th century. Umbrian and Tuscan antiques are notable, especially the painted corner cabinet in the living room, a Renaissance piece, and the 17th C. refectory table in the dining room. Three sitting rooms. All bedrooms have en-suite modern baths, and thermostats. 3 bedrooms have fire places. All windows have screens. Sophisticated security system; electronic entry gates. On property is a restored 15th C. cistern. In summer, vegetable, herb, and cutting gardens are available to guests. Property includes oilve orchards, vineyard, fig, walnut and fruit trees. Formal gardens planted with hundreds of roses, varieties of Lavender, boxwood.
Three-level landscaped terraces with fountain and sensational views. Shaded pergola for outdoor dining; another for reading, cocktails, conversation. Copious teak outdoor furniture and umbrellas for al fresco living.
Keywords: Luxuriously Restored 12th.C. Small Convent
Born in the U.S., I lived in Italy from a very early age; returning to the
States to attend college. It seems that growing up in Rome marked me
with a kind of longing for 'home' that could be assuaged only by having a home of my own in Italy. It is a place most special to us, and happily to our guests and friends.
Alicia Crawford purchased this chateau / country house in 2000
The great age of the ruined, abandoned convent was highly appealing to us. And the views out over the Tiber Valley and up to the town of Todi are spectacular. We had long wanted to own a home in Umbria; and after 6 years of searching; this was the one. The work to restore the property took another 5 years as it was all done by hand; taking care to preserve as many of the original features as possible. A true labor of love.
'Conventaccio' offers the best of two worlds: an authentic stone country house in a spectacular setting, surrounded by gardens, orchards and fields; yet so close to town that everything is just a short walk away. Just 3oo meters from the entry gates to the property is the funicular terminal which is the preferred way to reach the center of Todi. The ride is free, as the town wishes to discourage cars in the center-“centro”- and in any case,
parking is almost impossible. Todi offers many outstanding dining
opportunities. The local cuisine is hearty, flavorful, entirely seasonal, and inexpensive. When in season, menus feature local truffles and game; especially wild Boar. The produce is excellent, the local wines delightful.
Weather is mild. Views incredible from every window and the many terraces. A perfect location to simply relax and de-stress, or as a home base from which to tour the cultural and artistic treasures of Umbria.
During the work to restore the property, the entire building was made
"earthquake proof" with steel reinforcing rods in walls and ceilings. Glad we did that!
All that's been said in the previous reviews is true - and yet it is hard to capture the perfection of this house and setting in words. The quality of the restoration and attention to detail is impressive and exquisite. Rooms are spacious, comfortable and elegant - lots of spaces for privacy and solitude as well as for communal gatherings - both indoors and out.
I and five friends enjoyed every minute of a two week stay in this enchanting place and felt we had only scratched the surface of things to do, places to see, and food to savor in the surrounding Umbrian towns and countryside. Walking into old Todi every morning for our cappuccinos was the perfect way to start the day. In addition to Todi we visited Orvieto, Perugia, Spoleto, Assisi, Montefalco, Bevagna, Panicali and Castiglione del Lago.
Alicia and Jim were a delight to work with - their staff and recommendations ensured that all went smoothly - we did not encounter a single problem during our stay! and would highly recommend Il Conventaccio to anyone looking for bit of Italian paradise.
Todi, Il Conventaccio is one of the most beautiful experiences one can have together with friends! We traveled with 2 other couples to enjoy Umbria and the Italian countryside. Little did we know we were stepping into a restored gem with gorgeous fabrics, original brick cathedral-like ceilings, breathtaking gardens and yummy bedrooms with lovely bathrooms. We enjoyed cooking in a sophisticated, updated kitchen close to the large sitting room with over stuffed chairs, elegant curtains and the view of the town of Todi. We walked to the lift often to experience the wonders of stonewalled Todi. Wonderful restaurants are abundant and the black truffels with rocket salad on a pizza is not to be missed! The wine is sensational and the food is a chef's delight - fresh, yummy and creative! Il Conventaccio is a special place on this earth, owner by some remarkable people who understand and have preserved the Italian culture in their restoration. Every detail was mulled over so the experience is outstanding for anyone who stays here. We ventured to Assissi which was spectacular. St. Francis's Cathedral is unbelievable and rich in history.
What does one say when you come across a physical space that embraces you, renews you and makes it oh so easy to live. Il Conventaccio is a most special and remarkable place to be. I cannot thank the owners sufficiently for the care and effort and vision they had in restoring this 12 century convent property from it ruinous state into the elegant and comfortable home that they have. From the minute you arrive you can only gasp at the beauty of the entire surroundings as you sense the peacefulness within the walls and throughout the land on which it sits. Five of us had ventured from the US for a two week respite and we found a taste of heaven. There is nothing in Conventaccio that was done without great thought and in the most exquisite of tastes. The area is charming and enchanting as one of the many hill towns with its own unique individual history and storied past. All that you read regarding the home's spaciousness and comfort is true but the words cannot capture the deep sense of place and peace it evokes as you spend time there.
The mornings are simply wonderful as you awake to the dawn and the sun shows its face, the birds sing, and the neighboring bells begin their toll. You arise to see a stunningly beautiful Umbrian landscape from your window which is calling you to greet another beautiful day in Umbria. Simply breathtaking and the owners have many kind recommendations along with the gracious assistance of their caretaker which makes your stay at Conventaccio so very easy and one which will beckon you to return. WOW
What does one say when you come across a physical space that embraces you, renews you and makes it oh so easy to live. Il Conventaccio is a most special and remarkable place to be. I cannot thank the owners sufficiently for the care and effort and vision they had in restoring this 12 century convent property from it ruinous state into the the elegant and comfortable home that they have. From the minute you arrive you can only gasp at the beauty of the entire surroundings as you sense the peacefulness within the walls and throughout the land on which it sits. Five of us had ventured from the US for a two week respite and we found a taste of heaven. There is nothing in Conventaccio that was done without great thought and in the most exquisite of tastes.
It is also located where one can explore the heart and soul of many Umbrian hill towns, each with their own unique history and storied past. All that you read regarding the home's spaciousness and comfort is true but the words cannot capture the deep sense of place and peace it evokes as you spend time there.
The mornings are simply wonderful as you awake to the dawn and the sun shows its face, the birds sing, and the sound of bells begin their toll. You arise to see a stunningly beautiful Umbrian landscape from your window which is calling you to greet another beautiful day in Umbria. Simply breathtaking and the owners have many kind recommendations along with the gracious assistance of their caretaker which makes your stay at Conventaccio so very easy and one which will beacon you to return. WOW
Il Conventaccio is perfect in every respect: fabulous location within walking distance of Todi; idyllic, pastoral setting with lovely views of Todi and countryside; and a historic home with every possible modern comfort and convenience. House is beautifully laid out for groups; the terrace and gardens are just as delightful as the house. Owners are extremely knowledgeable about the area and helpful. In sum, this one has it all.
I can’t say enough about the charm, comfort and luxury of Il Conventaccio. It goes without saying that to be nestled in the hills of Umbria, within walking distance of Todi, sets the stage for a wonderful Italian adventure but there is so much more thanks to the owners who have sensitively restored and furnished this ancient convent. Their close relationships with an incredible private chef, local restaurant owners, and the delightful English-speaking Stefano who can fetch one from the Rome airport, provide a rental car for your stay in Todi and, if you are very fortunate, tour you and your guests to the nearby towns of Orvieto, Assisi, Montepulciano, Cortona and Pienza. Rome is also a day trip. I traveled in late fall 2013. Each day was better than the next with sunshine and temperatures in the 70’s. I regretted dragging along warm clothes when a sweater or wrap was all that was needed.
The views from our bedroom and the garden were breathtaking; olive orchards, sunflower fields, vineyards and stands of iconic cypress trees. Each day began with cappuccino in the beautiful garden with the bells of the nearby monastery chiming, lunch
in the town square of whichever glorious hill town or walled-city we chose to visit and a return to the luxury of Il Conventaccio. Scheduling a week away from the responsibilities family and work is a real challenge so to discover a place where the natural beauty is indescribable (think Leonardo’s sfumato-infused landscapes) and the accommodations match it, is very important to the traveler.
No detail was overlooked in the furnishings of Il Conventaccio. The beds, pillows and linens are best quality, the bathrooms are modern and fully outfitted with a selection of toiletries and luxurious towels. The rooms are spacious and the layout provides privacy for all four bedrooms. The house would be wonderful for a family gathering of adults and young adults, a couple who want a sublime experience, up to four couples who enjoy joint travel, and women traveling alone; friends, mothers and daughters or sisters.
There is a bonus if you happen to be more fly fisherman than art historian; a highly recommended, English-speaking guide can be engaged in Arezzo. If I’d had two weeks in Umbria, a couple days wading the local streams would have been heavenly.
Vineyard tours and wine tasting; Olive press tours and oil tasting; seasonal 'sagras' in surrounding villages; Roman ruins; Tiber Valey National Park.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,089.47|
Security deposit negotiable depending on length of stay.
Building earthquake-proofed adhering to Government guidelines.
50% due at time of reservation confirmation
Balance due 2 weeks prior to arrival.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.