IDYLLIC UMBRIAN RETREAT WITH FENCED POOL; LAST MINUTE DEAL: JULY 26TH

Karen

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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IDYLLIC UMBRIAN RETREAT WITH FENCED POOL; LAST MINUTE DEAL: JULY 26TH

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5 bedrooms; 3 1/2 baths, sleeps 10

Villanova sits on a small hill facing Todi, which is famed as one of Italy's finest medieval hill-towns. The views from the house and gardens are unsurpassed. Ours is a lovingly restored villa, built to an exacting standard with medieval stones and modern amenities. The house is prominently featured in the book of dream Italian homes called 'Restoring a Home in Italy' by Elizabeth Helman Minchilli. The house also got rave reviews as one of the architect's best works in a well-known American design blog called Willow Decor.

*Our housekeeper is a great country cook with an exceptional warm and jovial personality. One of our greatest treasures!

VIEWS: Todi''s renowned Renaissance church set is framed by oaks in our garden. The villa is surrounded by sunflower fields, olive groves and vineyards. The gardens are laced with stone walls and the remnants of a medieval tower.

LOCATION, LOCATION! We are ideally situated to tour Umbria's attractions in Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto and Spoleto, to name just a few of the hill-towns less than an hour drive from the house. There are tennis courts nearby and a private language school in Todi as well as horseback riding stables only minutes from the house.

GARDENS: The landscaped pool area is enclosed by hedges, roses, and chestnut beam fencing; the enclosure means it is easy to supervise children. There is plenty of natural shade plus a large canvas umbrella and chaise lounges. There are four marble-topped tables in the gardens, a fruit orchard and a kitchen garden with herbs. Here, as everywhere in Italy, it is all about the pleasures of fine food and wine, which are meant to be savored and enjoyed: either under the kitchen pergola draped with flowering trumpet vines, poolside, or at one of two indoor tables. The outdoor barbeque is an open stone grill, Italian-style, with a ready supply of logs. The logs can be used outdoors or to stoke one of the three indoor fireplaces or the cast iron stove.

INTERIOR: The house is decorated with English and French antiques and Oriental rugs: the emphasis is on style and comfort. There are terracotta floors and high wood-beamed ceilings and original art. The spacious kitchen is the house's focal point: its raised fireplace warms the kitchen on a cold evening. Our treasured housekeeper will always put a smile on your face with her gracious hospitality. She is happy to cook delicious country meals for guests upon request.

LAYOUT: Villanova can comfortably sleep ten people. There are four bedrooms upstairs: one master bedroom suite, two doubles and a room with two single beds. Downstairs there is a guest suite, which comprises a queen-sized bedroom plus an adjacent sitting room/bedroom with two daybeds and a foldout sofa-bed. Bathrooms: 3 1/2 total; two of these are en suite. Villanova has an uncomplicated yet flexible layout so it is perfect for two families and even additional overnight guests. It is also ideal for a romantic retreat.

ENVIRONS: Villanova is near the tiny hamlet of Torregentile, just 7 km south of Todi in the Umbrian countryside. Todi is ideally situated in the heart of the rolling hills of Umbria, which are covered with olive groves, fields of nodding sunflowers and vineyards. It is equidistant from many of Umbria's premier hilltowns (Assisi, Spoleto, Orvieto, Deruta and Perugia) and is very conveniently situated for touring the region. It is an easy one hour 45 minute drive from Rome airports. Ryanair flies from Stansted airport, London to Perugia, only a 35 minute drive to our house.


UNSPOILED: Todi lies in the green heartland of Umbria, Italy's only landlocked region and one of its most charming. Todi has been hailed as Italy's most livable town due to the beauty of its setting and the authenticity of its culture and cuisine. Umbria is a region that still feels relatively untouched by the flocks of foreign tourists drawn to its better known neighbor, Tuscany. Todi is still largely inhabited and run by the Italians who grew up there. The surrounding countryside- though dotted with splendidly restored villas and castles- is still tended mostly by families who have tilled the soil and looked after their olive groves and vineyards for generations. 


SIGHTS AND FESTIVALS: Many of the region's architectural and artistic highlights are in Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto and Spoleto and Spello, all an easy drive from our house. Most towns are reachable by car within an hour or less. In many towns you will find Romanesque or medieval churches tucked away inside a meandering warren of cobbled streets that spill down hillsides; you will discover frescoes, oil paintings and art treasures that rank with Italy's finest. In each town you can enjoy locally produced fine food and wine before setting out to visit the sights. You can duck into local craft or wine shops, or enjoy a panoramic view of swathes of sunflowers in the warmer months. Music and dance is celebrated at world famous outdoor summer festivals: there is Umbria Jazz in Perugia and The Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto. There is yet more jazz played live in Orvieto in December. You can visit the wine museum near the vineyards of Torgiano and buy hand-painted ceramics at any number of shops in nearby Deruta. You can savor the celebrated red wines of Montefalco and buy the richly textured Umbrian traditional linens availalble at several shops Todi itself. 


IN PIAZZA: Pastimes are plentiful in and around Todi itself. A cappuccino in Todi -which boasts one of the region's most beautiful piazzas - is a very pleasant way to while away a summer afternoon. And you don't have to worry about throngs of tourists: Todi is a quiet hilltown free from the maddening crowds of Tuscany or beach resorts. Visit the town's many good restaurants, pizzerias and gelaterias - they are wonderful enough to entice you back many times for the duration of your stay. 


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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
I selected Villanova after tons of research on-line the winter before our summer 2012 Italy two-week stay. Although I was pleased with the additional information I received from the owner, I wanted to independently verify from a previous guest before making a final decision. The owner provided a couple of contacts with whom I spoke directly - they were so genuinely enthusiastic that I knew this was the place I should choose for my family reunion. It turned out to be the right decision, as all of my family members will attest. The villa is not far from the housekeeper's home, and she was a jewel, very attentive in providing all information we needed to make our stay at the villa and in the area comfortable. She prepared several meals for us as well - simply a wonderful "home away from home" for us all.
Jul 2012
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Karen

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I worked mostly as a journalist in Italy for the decade I worked and lived in Rome. Such halcyon days! When it was time to leave, I was able to realize my dream to create a haven for friends and family. A place I could return to to savour the food, wine and beauty of the place I had grown to love so deeply. Our villa is very much that dream come true. And after the dust settled, I was inspired by the renovation project to study garden design in England, where I am now based.

Karen purchased this villa in 1995

The views. The views. And the house's ideal position: we're nestled on the side of a hill facing Todi means we're not baking on a bare hilltop in the hottest summer months.The bare bones of the house - the old stones with the medieval walls lacing the garden- are unlike any other I've seen.

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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PERFECT!

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful stay at this lovely, comfortable house, which has everything you could wish for to enjoy a thoroughly relaxing holiday with the benefits of fascinating cultural destinations close at hand. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and the house is only a short drive from Todi, a lovely town with many interesting buildings and good restaurants. Don't forget to try the wonderful Triestinas home cooking though!
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OUR ONE WEEK STAY IN UMBRIA

  • 5 of 5
We would definitely rent this property. It was very easy to rent and the description listing was accurate. it was very clean and well-maintained and the owner was a joy to rent from. Very friendly and very helpful. I would definited recommend this property. we enjoyed the surrounding areas and the owner gave us lots of details about restaurants and nearby towns.
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GORGEOUS VILLA SET AMID THE UMBRIAN COUNTRYSIDE

  • 5 of 5
Situated down a quiet,white gravel road near the quiet hamlet of Torregentile, Villanova is set amongst the rolling Umbrian landscape and has a fantastic view of Todi (we especially loved the night-time view with all the lights twinkling in the distance).

The villa has been restored to a very high standard and sleeps up to 10-12 people comfortably. The bedrooms and bathrooms were clean and well-decorated. The kitchen is well-equipped and we mostly dined outside under a lovely pergola at the rear of the property. You could also dine inside informally at the kitchen table, or more formally at the long dining table in the huge sitting/dining room.

The pool is a delight and formed the focal point of 1-week stay. Surrounded by trees and with picturesque planting, you can while away the sunny hours reading, swimming, and snoozing. The villa has w-fi too so if you absolutely must go online you can!

The Villa has a comprehensive "book" of helpful details to enable you to get the most out of your stay, including locations of supermarkets, restaurant recommendations, and ideas for day trips to places such as Spoleto and Perugia.

The housekeeper Trestina is a fabulous cook and the complimentary meal she provided us for our first night at the villa was superb - not only home-cooked but we found out that she grows a lot of her own vegetables too. Although we don't speak Italian (apart from a few phrase book sentences) we managed to thank her for the meal.

Todi is well worth a visit and is only a short 15-minute drive away. We made several trips to explore the town. We'd recommend taking the funicular railway that takes you up to the old centre of the town with interesting alleyways, antique shops and (most importantly) gelateria! You can walk along the old walls of the town and enjoy the magnificent views.

We had a wonderful week at Villanova and would definitely come again!
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DREAM ITALIAN FARMHOUSE

  • 5 of 5
An idyllic country house with every amenity needed for a perfect vacation in Italy. We rented a car at the airport and found it a pleasant drive and appreciated the good directions that Karen provided. The views from the house, pool, and walks in the country were great. Todi is a lovely hilltop town with plenty of good restaurants and things to do. You are close enough to not feel isolated, but, far enough away to have complete quiet and privacy. We took a few day trips to nearby towns, but, were just as happy hanging out at the house and cooking meals together in the well stocked kitchen.
All the rooms are generous in size, beautifully decorated, and you will be wanting for nothing at this beautiful property! Can't wait to go back!!
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ITALIAN PARADISE

  • 5 of 5
This magical home that has a view of Todi from the yard is exquisitely decorated, each item showing divine taste. The house itself, built to maintain the original feeling of another time in Italy, is both beautiful and comfortable. The fenced-off pool area makes one feel like you are on the Riviera, with lush flowers and comfortable chaises. The location is ideal because we visited Assisi; Perugia; Orvieto; Montefalco and more, all day trips that are manageable and enlightening. We bought ceramics in Deruta, which is also a day trip. We highly recommend this charming home for the feel of real Italy. A favorite trip of mine; would definitely go back again and again.
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AN ADULT FAMILY VACATION

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Eight of us, my husband, myself, and 3 adult children and partners, spent a week last spring in this extraordinarily beautiful house. The kitchen and sitting areas are expansive and welcoming, and the bedrooms, especially the two large ones with en suite baths, are like stepping into a magazine article. It was too early for the pool, and the garden was just coming into flower, but we were able to enjoy eating on the terraces and sitting outside in the sun.

For those who, like us, are in search of wonderful Italian cities, Orvieto, Perugia, and Spoletto are a day trip. and Todi itself has plenty to offer. I would note that there are not attractions within walking distance, not a town with a cafe or a market unless you drive.

A real plus is Triestina, the housekeeper, who communicated with us in our rudimentary Italian, but would have made herself clear even if we spoke no Italian. Talking to her was enormous fun. She also cooked us a delicious celebratory dinner.
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  • Stayed: Apr 2013
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Perugia
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Todi
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
E45
Car: necessary

Umbria has gained fame for its quiet authenticity. Umbria offers gently rolling hills that are graced with sunflowers and vineyards; we are not overrun with tourists like Tuscany. Even in peak tourist seasons, most Umbrian hilltowns - including nearby Assisi, Orvieto and Spoleto- are free of the maddening crowds. The nearby hilltop towns of Assisi, Orvieto, Perugia and Spoleto offer tourists their troves of architectural and art treasure. They are very accessible for dayl trips using Todi as a base. Umbria has two major cultural events in the summer. The Umbria Jazz festival (featuring major world class talent) is held in Perugia in July and The Festival of Two Worlds (featuring open air concerts and dance) is held in Spoleto in June/July. Both are a 45 minute drive. Ryanair flies from London to Perugia, only a 30 minute drive from our house.

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Availability & Rates

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Todi Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High
Jun 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
7 night minimum stay
£2,420
 
 
Mid
Sep 1 2014 - Sep 27 2014
7 night minimum stay
£2,100
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£1,893
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit £500.00
Setup/Cleanup £155.00
Notes During the colder months heating charged on a meter basis
A deposit required and excess refunded according to usage

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Todi Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • Two bathrooms are ensuite.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Video Library ...
  • Games for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Beach Towels
  • Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
Attractions:
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • antiquing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Central heating is metered and charged separately in cooler months

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