- Villa2690 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 4 nights
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- English, Portuguese, Italian, Finnish
- Calendar last updated:
- Jul 17, 2018
Medical doctor living and working in Africa, married with one boy
claudio purchased this Villa in 1990
What makes this Villa unique
magical natural atmosphere surronding a house build with love and passion
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
An amazing property in the most peaceful setting. I have spent months in Italy traveling all over and I have never experienced such peace and beautiful quiet as in this property. Claudio was incredibly helpful, his caretakers were so friendly (they brought us a huge box of fresh tomatoes from their garden) and the place was perfect.
A few important and helpful notes:
- We stayed in the height of July heat, yet the place was cool and comfortable at night. No issues. There is one A/C unit in the master bedroom but we didn't use it. We needed it in every other property we stayed in during the trip, so this is important to know. The elevation keeps the property very, very cool at night and enjoyable during the day.
- No mosquitoes. In other properties, we have been attacked by mosquitoes. Oddly, we didn't see one the entire time we were here. There are also great screens on the windows. We slept with the windows of our bedroom open each night.
- Beds and linens were incredibly comfortable.
- There is no noise but the chirping crickets. When the crickets grow silent at dawn, there is no sound but your own breathing. I live in New York. This is AMAZING.
- The kitchen is large and has all you need. One thing we did need to do is keep the kitchen clean and manage the trash. You are in the country -- there are ants if you don't keep it clean.
- The pool is GREAT. It's about 100 meters walk up from the house. We liked this because it let us explore more of the property. Also a small gazebo up there. Sunrise yoga up there was incredible.
- The road in/out is rocky and bumpy. We had a rental station wagon. No issues but you have to be comfortable driving on a dirt road.
- There is a Playstation and games for the kids.
- In late July, there are more blackberries on the bushes than you can eat.
- It's easy to do day trips to Todi, Orvieto, etc. Just beware...you will settle in here and never want to leave. My recommendation is that it's a great place to visit after you have been surrounded by other travelers in Rome, Florence and Venice. The most relaxing place ever.
Thank you for the detailed description of the house and the surrounding environment, we are also in love with the peaceful and secure setting and love to share with people who appreciate it.
The house was light, airy, very comfortable, well equipped and clean. The gardens surrounding the house were well kept and large. The pool area was fantastic, good sized pool, lovely shady gazebo structure with sofas and what an amazing view across the countryside to Todi and the mountains beyond! With total privacy and seclusion, we could either make as much noise as we wanted playing in the pool or just relax and listen to the sounds of nature all around us.
We found it hard to leave the house and pool to go out exploring but we did go to Lake Tresimeno, Terni and Todi a few times.
Roberta's grocery store is only 10 minutes drive away in Casemasce, it's well stocked especially on the deli counter with lots of local produce, not overpriced and she was extremely helpful and friendly. The larger supermarket in Todi is about 20 minutes away. Yes the track through the forest to and from the house is a little hairy scary in places but you just need to take your time and you soon get used to it and would definately not stop us booking this property again.
All in all a wonderful place, fabulous surroundings, a total get away from it all and somewhere you will find hard to leave!
Thank you Hayley and guests you picked and enjoyed the essence of staying at the house immersed in the forest
Beautiful house with stunning views and large pool
If you are looking for a beautiful house in the Umbrian hills, with a stunning view, a large pool, a large garden, 100% privacy and a lovely housekeeper, you can stop searching.
This house has it all. The house is located in a forest and can be reached via a 1.8km gravel road (steep but in good condition). When you expect the road to end and leave you stranded in the forest, you will see a gate with the silhouette of a house shining through. Via the gate you will enter the gigantic garden which is laid out on several terrraces. The house is at the lowest terrace, the pool at the highest. The higher you get, the better the view of the surrounding hills and typical Umbrian landscape gets. You can see the village of Todi (25min by car) and even some of the mountains (of Le Marche?). The pool is one of the best places in the garden as it has the best view and comfortable reclining beds. A great place to spend a full day relaxing while enjoying the surroundings. The garden is completely fenced to keep wild animals out. The house is comfortable, with a large living room with flatscreen tv and fireplace, a separate dining room, fully equiped kitchen. The ground floor also has a separate bathroom. Upstairs you will find three bedrooms and two separte bathrooms. Beds are decent, bathrooms are modern and everything is clean and well maintained.
Casemasce is the nearest village with a small store for groceries. Todi and Orvieto are the larger cities in the area. Rome is a 2 hour drive away.
Vera, the housekeeper, and Emanuel (her husband) are your point of contact as the (Italian) owner lives and works in Africa. They are very kind and always available - upon request Vera can cook a delicious authentic Umbrian dinner for you. The owner is responsive via email and telephone to any questions that you may have and transparent on the payment terms, identification etc.
You must consider that the house is literally in the middle of a forest (there are a few other houses further down the road, but invisible from the premises), shops and supermarkets are therefore only accessible by car. In return you get ultimate privacy and tranquility in an absolute stunning area. Umbria is a beautiful rural area (less touristy than Tuscany) with lovely medieval villages, great food and wine (red wines are fantastic), lots of culture and plenty of nature. This house is a great find that I can recommend to anyone who is looking for privacy, tranquility and nature.
Thank you Johan for the comments
Living in Umbria
My girlfriend and I stayed at Claudio's villa for ten days in August 2013. It is an amazingly large property with a stunning view over the medieval village of Todi. You are literally on top of a giant hill. It's the perfect spot to get away from it all. The house is and old restored farmhouse surrounded by forest. You hear no traffic and no neighbors. When we were there, the bushes were full with big, sweet, juicy blackberries. We ate them at breakfast and as snack at the pool. There are so many bushes that you almost can't keep up eating fresh blackberries until the next batch is ripe. We also enjoyed eating out. The best place we found is "Antica Hosteria de la Valle". We had the most amazing ravioli there. Everything is made from fresh local ingredients. No comparison to the "Italian" restaurants that you find elsewhere. Another night, we also used the fireplace. Claudio's housekeeper provided us with a "giarosta" (a rotating spit), and she brought us a fresh chicken and vegetables from her garden. You can't get more local than that. During the day, we enjoyed the pool. We made our own pizza. We visited the beautiful city of Spoleto. We had dinner at the Agritourismo Bartoli (mentioned by Michael Tucker in his book "Living in a Foreign Language"). And at night we would simply sit outside and watch the stars -- there just seemed to be about two million more of them when you're up there on a quiet hill in rural Umbria, and there's nothing but you, and the garden, and the crickets, and the starry sky.
many thanks Ali for your appreciations
If you want a lasting memory of Italy, you need not search any further. Imagine yourself on a hill overlooking the Umbrian valley. In the distance you can see the Todi castle, still standing in all its magnificence and pride. Behind you, a lush forest, that momentarily sends you hints of its fresh, natural fragrances with every subtle breeze of the wind. This beautifully restored farm-house is perfectly positioned for you to maximise your experience of nature, serenity, solitude, revived architecture and history. If you need to rejuvenate your soul, and your senses, then this is the place for you! I really loved my experience here and will go back to stay at this house in the near future.
thank you very much for the kind words
A beautiful home in a beautiful place.
An amazing property in a superb location. Ideal for enjoying the surrounding countryside, elegantly furnished and with a great new swimming pool. An ideal retreat for the family, we loved it! Umbria is also a great location to explore central Italy and the view from the house is simply panoramic. The location is also quiet and the opportunity to just relax with nature all around, and maybe a bottle of local wine is irresistible. All in all, one of the best places to rent in central Italy.
thank you for the positive feedback
from the house in 20 min drive is possible to reach Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto, Spoleto, and in 90 min. drive Rome, Florence
periodo bassa stagione spese per riscaldamento da conteggiare separatamente secondo consumo del gas. Luce, wifi, manutenzione piscina inclusi nel prezzo di affitto