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Luxuriously Restored Historic Home Short Walk to Todi

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View of the Villa from the town of Todi


Last updated: 02/13/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:6
  • Property type:Chateau / Country House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Country House, 4 Bedrooms, 6 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

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
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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 02/13/2017

Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 4500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    30 years of age or with references....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Set in 30 acres of olive groves, gardens and sunflowers, this meticulously restored convent (completed in 2006) was built in 1120 on 1st.C. Roman foundations. Exquisite views in all directions: 3 levels of terraces face Etruscan Hill town of Todi and over the Tiber Valley to Assisi. Gardens lush with lavender and roses. Interior furnished to highest standards: Umbrian and renaissance antiques, art, custom upholstery, fine fabrics and linens. Automatic security gates; English care-taker lives 10 minutes away and is always available.. Cook and house-keeping available at extra cost. 300 yards from 'elevator' (free) to Todi center where you can enjoy your Cappuccino with the 'Herald Tribune'....moreless


  • Books:

    Travel guides. Books on Italian history, culture, literature. ...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Sky TV. Channels in Italian, English, French, German, Russian, etc....moreless

  • Television:

    In sitting rooms on 1st and 2nd floors; as well as master bedroom ....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Monument View:

    Views to south east are of the Etruscan walled town of Todi....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Views to the north west are over the Tiber Valley to Assisi in the distance....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    17th C. chestnut refectory table. Custom made white linen upholstered chairs. Stone walls, vaulted ceiling, french doors to outdoor dining pergola and terraces....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Individual controls in every room. ...moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Clothes dryer located in the basement....moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    thermostats in every room...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    High quality bed linens and towels. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    25 foot ceiling , hand made cotto floors, 18th C. stone fireplace. 4 French doors opening to terraces. Custom loveseats covered in Italian cut-silk velvet....moreless

  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking:


  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking inside property gates...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided:


  • Washing Machine:

    Washing machine located in the basement....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    High speed internet in every room. Also accessible on the terraces....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    4 wood burning fireplaces. Main living room; master bedroom; and two other bedrooms. Prunings from the olive orchard available to use as firewood. ...moreless


  • Catering Available:

    We are happy to arrange a chef to cook for you. ...moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Nespresso and Krupps...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Full complement of utensils. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully equipped cook's kitchen. 3 sets of china. Toaster oven, blender. Nespresso machine....moreless


  • Bicycles:

    Available for rental in town....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Two thousand square feet of terraces over three levels. Fountain. Extensive seating for cocktails/dining reading or napping on sun beds. ...moreless

  • Gazebo:

    Covered gazebo off living room to protect from hot summer sun....moreless

  • Golf:

    About 25 miles away. Private course on grounds of old castle....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Rose and wisteria covered pergola off dining room with dining table and chairs for 10....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    25 acres of private property. Adjacent to house are multi level lawns and gardens planted with roses, lavender and boxwood. Herb garden outside kitchen Vegetable garden. Fruit trees. Olive orchard...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Very nice club with clay courts available just across the way from entry gates to our property....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    In Todi; under 10 minutes drive....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,062.50
  • Taxes Not included


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.

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: 02/13/2017
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163 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Train
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant

Car: Recommended

Vineyard tours and wine tasting; Olive press tours and oil tasting; seasonal 'sagras' in surrounding villages; Roman ruins; Tiber Valey National Park.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Todi PG, Italy:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
'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!

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Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 02/13/2017

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  • View of the Villa from the town of Todi

    View of the Villa from the town of Todi

  • Todi Side of the Villa - Detail

    Todi Side of the Villa - Detail

  • Formal Garden -Detail

    Formal Garden -Detail

  • View of Downstairs Salon

    View of Downstairs Salon

  • Kitchen


  • Pink Bedroom - Detail

    Pink Bedroom - Detail

  • Breakfast Room

    Breakfast Room

  • Large outdoor area perfect for sunbathing, eating, or simply enjoying the view.

    Large outdoor area perfect for sunbathing, eating, or simply enjoying the view.

  • Front View of the Villa

    Front View of the Villa

  • Entry Gate

    Entry Gate

  • View of Todi from the Villa  Tiber Valley Below

    View of Todi from the Villa Tiber Valley Below

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Tower Bedroom

    Tower Bedroom

  • Second Floor Sitting Room

    Second Floor Sitting Room

  • Modern, luxurious plumbing throughout the villa.

    Modern, luxurious plumbing throughout the villa.

VRBO #315941

This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Sunday, February 26, 2017

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