5 bedrooms; 3 1/2 baths, sleeps 10
- english, french, spanish, italian
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
Why Karen chose Todi
If you want to get away from the stifling heat and crowds of the tourists, Umbria's a great choice. Our villa provides a thoroughy authentic experience with postcard perfect views. Villa Umbriana was formerly an ancient farmhouse whose original structurewas lovingly restored (many country properties have been razed and then newly built.)
What makes this Villa unique
Location, location, location with views, views views! The villa has natural shade and thick stone walls built centuries ago. You won't be baking on a bare hilltop in the hot summer months. (We have air conditioning for the hottest summers.) There are balconies with private seating and views, and the medieval walls lacing the our garden make Villa Umbriana totally unique.
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Stunning Country Villa
Our stay was wonderful! Karen was easy to reach through VRBO if we had any questions. Communicating with the property manager was a little difficult for us since she doesn’t speak English and we don’t speak much Italian. She was a sweet woman. We did have a translation app that proved to be quite helpful with that! The rooms were lovely, the outdoor areas were all so beautiful. The pool was much enjoyed by our entire family. Karen connected me with someone for cooking classes in the villa and I cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed that night! We made a day of relaxing by the pool and then doing the cooking class that evening. I have already recommended this villa to friends and if we are able to return to Umbria again, we will absolutely try to rent this villa again. We simply didn’t want to leave! We felt at home as soon as we arrived. Thank you Karen!
The Wonderful Villa in the Umbrian Countryside
We spent the most wonderful week in enchanting Umbria and we stayed in this perfect home and cannot recommend it higher! The house and gardens are welcoming, comfortable and stunning. Karen was quite helpful during the arrangements and answered my questions without hesitation. Todi is a lovely town and we loved being close to it but also far enough away to relax in the country setting. We loved the view and food from the terrace of the restaurant in Todi called, “Pizza Cavour”. There was a “super moon”in the sky the night we dined there which we all decided was a gift from the gods or why right then and why was the sky so clear to witness such
Umbria is a tourist’s dream come true. Each we drove to another hill town after having breakfast outside on of the patios beautifully landscaped. After seeing the particular sites of the town, we would have lunch and ooh and ahh over the local cuisine and wines. Back to our home away from ho e to swim and chill-out in the most wonderful pool one could imagine! And did I mention the view from the pool? The lovely town of Todi approximately 5 miles in the distance, overlooking the rolling hills of Umbria and 2 castles, gently resting in the valley just to put the cherry on the sundae.
A few restaurants that we absolutely loved:
Osteria Piazzetia Dell Erba in Assisi. (A remarkable place, not to be missed! The hippest menu, lovely terrace and great service.)
Trattoria del Moro - Orvieto. (Incredible meal! Great day and lots to take in. We walked and walked and loved every twisting
One MUST go to Civita Di Bagnoregio........words can not describe the experience. Do your homework and do not miss this gift! Amazing place and history awaits your visit! We had
a fantastic lunch after the trek in Bagnoregio at the hotel, Romantica Pucci which again made us ooh and ahh so ardently that the two cooks came to our table to see what all the excitement was about!
Spello was a other feast for the eyes, lovelier than lovely said we all! Another beautiful lunch was eaten at “Porta Venere” down a windy, cobble-stoned street and away from the other happy sight-seers! The terrace overlooked the valley and was quite cozy and the food was delicious.
We were inspired by the owners suggestion to have her charming housekeeper cook dinner for us one evening and it was most definitely a treat! She prepared a full course meal, including a sumptuous wild boar ragout over fettuccine, hunted by her husband!
A beautiful spot to relax outside Todi
This is a beautifully restored and maintained villa outside Todi, Umbria. We were two couples, though there is room upstairs for another couple and two others (a total of four upstairs bedrooms, with a bath for three, and one in the master suite; the guest suite downstairs has its own bath). Each couple had a floor to themselves, with outside balconies or terraces for private morning coffee, if wanted. The bathrooms are clean, spacious, and provide baths or showers with good water pressure (not always a given). Each window offered a picturesque view, and the property had 54 geranium planters scattered about, always in full bloom. We spent a lot of time sitting under the pergola, eating together, or reading, or napping by the pool, which we also enjoyed for swimming. The caretakers live nearby and maintain the gardens and respond readily to any concerns, though we had none. The owner was very helpful in finding us people to give cooking lessons and make a special birthday dinner. Amazingly, one of our favorite restaurants was in the next hamlet, and we enjoyed our two visits there enormously. It is very hard to get a bad meal in Italy, but ones where the service and ambience and food are all comfortable, excellent, and reasonable are always special. The villa makes it easy to relax, and to make day trips to the hill towns nearby (like Assisi, Deruta, Spoleto, and Umbria's capitol, Perugia). We would drive to a town, explore, sit for a glorious two-hour lunch, come home, enjoy the pool (or watch world cup soccer!), and end the day watching the light fade slowly over Todi at the side of the pool. Todi itself is a quiet place, but it has some of the best gelato I've ever tasted, a wine bar with some of the best food in Umbria (think cod carpaccio with juniper berries and greens) and is a lovely town, not yet touristy, to explore. We will remember the drone of the bees at work on the vines overhead on the pergola (never bothered the humans below), the copious lavender and rosemary that surround the house, and the cherry tree heavy with fruit. It is a special place.
A wonderful property in Umbria
We all had a wonderful -- fabulous time at the house. I can't really come up with the adjectives. The accomodations were so comfortable, the pool was great for the kids, the views were fantastic, and every morning I walked up into the hills for two hours, exploring the amazing landscape and hidden treasures up there. I love the area and the location of the house is just perfect. We had a fun dinner at Rosa dei Venti, the local restaurant, and two wonderful homemade meals by the wonderful local woman who takes care of the house. We also met one of the permanent expat neighbors, who came over for dinner one night.
Traditional villa with breathtaking views!
If you'd like to immerse yourself in Umbrian life in a traditional, beautiful, fully-restored villa with the most spectacular views from nearly every window....then look no further! Very spacious, well-equipped, well-built villa up in the hills - 7 min drive to Todi, a gorgeous old town with many original buildings, several restaurants with more amazing views - 30-60mins drive to various other beautiful town such as Perugia, Spoletto or Orvieto. Though be warned....it will be a very tough decision....choosing between staying by the villa's fantastic pool with jaw-dropping views over to Todi......or getting in the car to visit these lovely medieval towns! Enjoy also, the delicious fresh figs and plums from the garden! The drive from Rome airport was an easy and straightforward 2hr journey. Thanks to Triestina who was so cheerful and kind looking after us (her with no English, and us with no Italian!)
Fantastic Villa Umbriana
What a beautiful home base from which to explore Umbria! We found the house to be well-equipped and charming. Our party of five (me, my girlfriend, my mother and my two teenage daughters) were comfortably accommodated. The house is set in a beautiful part of Umbia, just outside Todi, with a fantastic pool and garden. It was wonderful to eat outside at any hour of the day since the pergola offered nice shade. Triestina, the housekeeper, was quick to help us when we needed it. I would recommend this property without reservation to anyone who wants a beautiful vacation home in a marvelous setting.
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.