|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Villa Umbriana is in the tiny hamlet of Villanova and sits on a low hill facing Todi, which is known 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 a warm and welcome personality. She knows the property inside and out and is always helpful to guests. One of our greatest treasures!
VIEWS: Todi''s renowned Renaissance church (Santa Maria della Consolazione) 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 bordered by hedges, roses, and fully enclosed by (chestnut beam) fencing. This enclosure makes 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, fruit trees and a kitchen 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 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 antiques and Oriental rugs: the emphasis is on style and comfort. There are terracotta floors and high wood-beamed ceilings. The spacious kitchen is the house's focal point: the raised fireplace is perfect for gathering round on a cold evening. Our 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: The villa 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. The villa 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.
I once worked as a journalist in Italy, which is when I fell in love with Umbria. At the end of the decade I lived there I was able to realize my dream of creating a haven for friends and family in Umbria. I wanted a place I could always return to to savour the food, wine and beauty of the place I had become so attached to. Our villa is very much that dream come true. After the dust of construction and renovation settled, I was inspired to look at the landscape outside, which led me to study garden design in England.
Karen purchased this villa in 1995
The views, views views! Also our house's ideal position: we're nestled on the side of a hill facing Todi; this means we're not baking on a bare hilltop in the hottest summer months. The medieval walls lacing the our garden make it unlike any other property I've seen.
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.
My perfect dream vacation. Comfortable, tastefully furnished, updated converted farmhouse minutes from the ancient city of Todi. Every bedroom looks out onto the gorgeous Italian countryside. Fireplaces in almost every room of this amazing five-bedroom house. The perfect home base for exploring charming historic hill towns. Caretakers were more than helpful.
Located at the end of a country road, this beautifully restored farmhouse is a perfect place to get away from it all. It was clean, comfortable and well maintained. Waking up to the sounds of cicadas, birds, bees and chickens was truly a delight! Spending lazy days reading by the refreshing pool, having long lunches outside, and taking afternoon walks were highlights for us. The proximity to Todi, Orvieto, Civita, Assisi and Perugia make it a great home base for exploring Umbria as well.
Karen gave us great directions and recommendations in Todi that we all enjoyed.
Thank you for a truly authentic Italian experience!
We had two magical weeks at Villanova. The house was a perfect fit for two families, and we loved spending as much time outside (by the pool or under the pergola) as indoors. We took numerous day trips to Assisi, Spoleto, Perugia, Orvieto and even further afield to Venice and Pompeii. I have traveled throughout Italy but never in Umbria, which is now my favorite part of Italy! Triestina, the housekeeper, cooked dinner for us on two occasions and we thoroughly enjoyed her expertise with local dishes. The kids (ranging in age from 14 to 20) loved seeing Italy from this very special perspective. We would love to come back someday. Thank you for an incredible vacation.
Villanova is everything it was advertised to be and more. My direct communications with the owner assured me that I was not going to be disappointed in my choice. Karen was responsive, helpful and there were no hidden costs or surprises.
Her directions were clear and when we reached the property, it was more than we had dared to hope.
Her fabulous housekeeper, Triestina, was there to greet us and we had arranged for her prepare our dinner that first night. As I glanced at the kitchen counter, I could tell we were in for a treat! Everything was fresh, vegetables and herbs from her garden, fresh pasta, fabulous mozzarella and chicken that needed nothing but a fork to cut.
Our first night was Magic, ten of us sitting outside under the pergola being served fabulous food by the sweetest woman in Italy. We were all speechless....pretty amazing for our group. When Triestina left, the kitchen was spotless.
The house is beautiful, comfortable and unbelievably well equipped. We needed nothing,meverything was there. M
The gardens are beyond beautiful and the pool area brought hours of pleasure to young and old alike. In the evening we would sit outside near the pool and watch as the children chased fireflies.
Karen provides an informative binder with everything you could wish to know about the house and the area. There are restaurant recommendations which were terrific and we followed them and were not disappointed.
The proximity of the house to the Umbrian hill towns is perfect. Within a ninety minute drive are: Assisi, Spoleto, Deruta, Perugia, Todi (a few miles away) just to name a few. We visited all of of those mentioned, as well as a beautiful mountain lake resort called Lake Trasimeno.
We came from the San Francisco Bay Area and it was worth every dollar we spent. Our goal is to return in a few years and visit this magic place again. You will not be disappointed.
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!
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.
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.
|Refundable damage deposit||$493|
During the colder months heating charged on a meter basis
A deposit required and excess refunded according to usage
Pool is open during the high season