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Charming Medieval House with piano & Big Garden, in idyllic Todi

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Property
house
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
2
Half Baths
1
Minimum Stay
5 nights

Description

Todi House Rental Photos and Description

3 BR, 2.5 BA, sleeps 2-7

This is a fabulous house that dates back to the 13th century, as witnessed by a Romanesque lion's head still in the facade. It has been entirely renovated (with suggestions and designs by the great sculptor Beverly Pepper). It is inside the town walls, about 5 min. walk from the main square, so it is conveniently located in terms of shopping.

I mean why come to Italy and isolate yourselves in a rural farmhouse? May as well stay in Palo Alto. We wanted to enjoy living amongst the Italians and that is why we chose this house. And yet it is very private and quiet because it is flanked by the apse of the church of S. Prassede on the south-west side, and has a 1,200 sq.ft. garden in front. All the windows have great views of the valley below and the Martani mountains directly east.

Todi is smack in the center of Umbria, one of Italy's most beautiful and artistic regions. (It is much less touristy than neighboring Tuscany.) Todi has about 9,000 inhabitants, with very little industry and rolling hills and farm land all around. It is set on top of a hill, 480 sq. meters above sea level, and is primarily medieval in its architectural make-up.

Another good reason for being in town, apart from enjoying concerts at the theater, exhibitions,

cocktails on the square, is the BEST ICE CREAM

in the world (as verified by many of our guests).

Yes, the Bar Pianegiani, a 10-min. walk up the street.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Owner
George Tatge
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 8, 2016
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About George Tatge

My wife, Lynn, and I moved to Italy way back in 1973 after graduating from Beloit College in Wisconsin, where we met. I'm a photographer and Lynn teaches English. My mother is Italian and

I have lots of relatives here. We have two children, William, a pianist/composer who lives in NYC and Alice, a contemporary dancer who lives in London.

George Tatge purchased this house in 1981

Why George Tatge chose Todi area

We lived in Todi for 12 years between 1974 and 1986. It is truly an

'Ideal City', but don't tell too many people, or it will turn into another

San Gimignano (the town in Tuscany with more tourists than townsfolk). For years we searched for a property here and

finally found it. One that we could restore as we wanted.

What makes this house unique

Not many properties in Todi with such views and with a 400 sq. meter garden inside the city walls.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Nothing but plaudits for both these sites, an in-town 12th/13th century villa in Todi, Umbria, and an in-city apartment in Florence on the Via Romana just a few minutes away from the Pitti Palace. Both dwellings are fully modern and elegant in their different ways; both are right in the middle of the best of their localities -- restaurants, museums/galleries, varied boutique shopping and more; both are really within walking distance to everything that matters -- forget about the car. And both are spotless and very reasonably priced -- far more attractive than the hotel option.



We spent two weeks, one week at each location, and were delighted with everything. Of special note -- George, our landlord, oversaw all the detail of our planning,arrival, stay and departure with personal concern. And this was important. We don't speak Italian and were a little leery of getting by in a real neighbourhood -- shopping, transportation, entertainment. But no problem. George's advice and ample local literature made it all easy.



We'd do it again. Great vacation.



One note -- Todi is a genuine hill town: climbing is a prerequisite for enjoymen, and touring the countryside by Car a wonderful experience -- i.e. a small car that fits in the medieval streets. My decision to go for a large power car because of the reputation of the autobahns was wrong -- I should have opted smaller. And in Florence -- get rid of the car asap."
May 2010
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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Charming Medieval House with piano & Big Garden, in idyllic Todi
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 18 reviews
naples, FL
5

Exquisite Umbrian Hilltown experience

  • 5 of 5

We wisely returned to George's home after a 16-year hiatus; that delay in returning to Todi will not be repeated; we will return with family (home sleeps 7 comfortably) within the next 18 months.

Recent posters have accurately lauded George's home; it is a pleasure. George has a genuine love of his home, Todi, and Umbria, that is unsurpassed. He is all about his guests experiencing the food, beauty and tranquillity of Todi and Umbria.

Todi is a perfectly located base from which to explore by day-trip any number of thoroughly intriguing Umbrian (and adjoining Regions) towns.....Orvieto, Cortona (lunch: La Bucaccia), Montefalco, Amelia, Perugia, Siena, Gubbio, etc., (Ristorante Umbria, located immediately off of Todi's City Square, is not to be missed).

If you are looking for the hard-to-capture feel of the 15th Century, combined with modern amenities, this Todi home is for you and your loved ones. Note: The EMI supermarket, a quick 5-minute drive from Todi's City centre walls, provides an array of quality food to be enjoyed at George's backyard dining table, that offers an incredible view of the Valley below.

Hard to beat!!

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Absolutely enchanting

  • 5 of 5

My family (4 adults with the occasional add on) spent a glorious 3 weeks at George's home in Todi. The house was all we hoped it would be: nestled in a beautiful stone alleyway on the edge of town with a breathtaking view over the valley. The kitchen was well stocked and a pleasure to use: we prepared some lovely meals - even a delicious roast lamb with herbs we had gathered on walks in the countryside. A lunch made up around the amazing Porchetta bought from a van that comes into the square on Saturdays is something we will never forget nor the moonlit nights in the garden shared with fireflies and even a hedgehog! George is a wonderful host who made some excellent recommendations particularly to hire a car from Stefano, (who also drove us to Rome at the end of our stay). Todi is wonderfully located with many of Umbria's most beautiful towns and walks within an easy drive. The most spectacular walk was in Castelluccio Di Norcia where the wildflowers are just extraordinary - and the lentils amazing. With all the walks and the steps in Todi we left in much better shape than we arrived but never once dreamt of holding back on the wonderful Umbrian food and wine - effortless! It was so very hard to leave - thank you George!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for these kind words. I often tell our guests that I worked so hard on the restoration of this medieval house that I left my soul there (from cleaning the old clay floor tiles one by one in a solution of muriatic acid in photographic trays out in the garden, to carrying the huge flag stones down the alley, to looking for the right faucetry in Rome). Only a truly obsessed 29-year-old could do such a thing. So when I read an enthusiastic review it fills my heart with joy and satisfaction. It is a truly special house in a very special town. But I don't want to spread the word too much for fear of Todi turning into another tourist town, like San Gimignano or Spoleto.
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Charming villa in Umbria

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I stayed in this villa for a month and thoroughly enjoyed it. We used Todi as a hopping off spot for numerous day trips throughout Umbria. The villa was exactly as described - very comfortable and spacious.The kitchen was very well equipped and there was an abundance of sheets and towels, so that we change them every week.

The owner was extremely helpful. He contacted us our first day there, and answered any questions we had (via phone or email) quickly. In fact, even after we left Todi to spend a month in Campania, he remained in contact, answering further questions.

Todi itself was delightful; the pace was much slower than the larger cities, and had far fewer tourists, which is what we were looking for. However, Todi was always alive with activities - festivals, concerts, street fairs. Absolutely charming.

There was no need for having a car in town, every place is walkable. But we had a car for our frequent day trips to Orvieto, Marmore Falls, Umbrian and Tuscan wine regions, Florence, Assisi, Spoleto,

I definitely recommend this place for anyone who wants to get away from the large, bustling tourist destinations of Italy and experience the heart of Italy. The only people I would not recommend it for are for those have substantial mobility or breathing issues, as the town is on top of a hill, which while not particularly steep, does require some sustained walking up and down the narrow streets and staircases.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Woderful stay in Todi!

  • 5 of 5

We rented George's house in Todi for the month of May. We had family and friends visiting throughout the month and the house accommodated us all very comfortably. We enjoyed the location of the house; the views from the backyard were spectacular! Being able to walk to the piazza in Todi was a plus and we took full advantage of all the charm Todi has to offer.

Todi itself is a charming hill town without the touristy feel. After staying a month, we got familiar with a lot of the locals and knew them on a first name basis. There are many amazing sites and day trips to take from Todi; we also used public transportation on several occasions to get to Rome and Florence. Todi has many fabulous restaurants and a supermarket conveniently located.

George was very helpful and gracious. As mentioned, his home was roomy, clean and comfortable. He recommended we use Stefano Agostino for transports and car rental and we were thrilled we followed up with the suggestion. Stefano was delightful and we highly recommend you utilize his services if you are considering a stay at George's. We enjoyed him so much that we extended an invite for him to visit us here in the states! George also recommended Isabella to assist me during the month with cleaning and we were very happy to meet her and her family during our stay.

Our family and friends totally enjoyed their stay in Todi. If you are looking to experience living as a local, then Todi is the place for you! Even after a month, it was difficult to leave this enchanting place!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, Cozy Base for Touring Umbria

  • 5 of 5

We rented this lovely home in Todi for a month. George, the owner, was a fantastic host. He provided a list of local restaurants and important phone numbers, none of which we needed but it was a comfort to have them. He arranged for our pick up in Rome and welcomed us with a phone call on arrival and continued to keep in touch by phone and email. The house is just as pictured. It was clean and comfortably furnished. After touring around Umbria during the day, we were very happy to stop and pick up food for dinner at the supermarket in Ponte Rio and enjoy a fire in the fireplace at night. As we were there in winter, not all of the local restaurants were open, but those that were served delicious typical Umbrian cuisine at very reasonable prices. We had to pay for heating which is quite expensive, but by turning it off when we were not at the house, it cost no more than what we would have paid had we been home. We loved our month in Umbria and would not hesitate to recommend George's home. It was perfect.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
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We Hope to Return!

  • 4 of 5

If you are planning a trip to Umbria and you want to feel a part of an historical hilltop town then you could not pick a better place than Todi, nor a better in town home than George's medieval house. We have just returned from five weeks that went by way to fast....like past guests we spent time touring the neighboring towns and countryside and Todi is perfectly situated for day trips to any place in Umbria. We also took the train from Orvieto into Rome a couple of times and we entertained a steady flow of guests throughout our stay. But the best parts of our stay revolved around time spent with friends enjoying lunch on the terrace, views of the beautiful countryside from almost every room in the house, the steep walks up to the main plaza which made our pasta dinners (think we tried almost every restaurant in town and some more than once) almost guiltless, a spritz at the Grand Café, shopping each day at the local stores and exploring the town.

George was very attentive to our needs and his suggestions prior to our arrival were so valuable. His best advice was to rent a car from Agostini Motors in Todi and arrange to have Stefano pick us up at the Rome airport and boy was he right. We arrived in Todi after dark and in the middle of a storm and without Stefano as our guide we would have been lost. The next day the sun was out, Stefano delivered our rental car and we spent the next few weeks managing to drive in the hilltop towns very narrow streets without any incidents!

It was a great vacation and we would definitely recommend the town, the house and Stefano! We hope to return....

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Rome, Fiumicino or Perugia S. Egidio
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
In main square
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Perugia
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Todi Ponte Rio
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
E45
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
In main square
Nearest Ski
100 Miles
Terminillo
Nearest Beach
100 Miles
Tarquinia or Sirolo
Car: recommended

Todi is equidistant (30 min. drives) from Assisi, Gubbio, Perugia, Spello, Spoleto, Orvieto, Montefalco, Bevagna and Foligno, all beautiful towns worth day-trips. A two-hour drive from Florence and 90 min. drive from Rome.

Other Activities: Hot Air Ballooning, Wildlife Viewing

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Rates & Availability

Todi House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low
Nov 15 2016 - Mar 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
$1,200
 
 
High
Apr 1 2017 - Nov 14 2017
5 night minimum stay
$1,800
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$1,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

* $1000-$2000 / wk
* 1-2 people .. $1000-$1600/week
3-4 people .. $1400-$1900/week
5-7 people .. $1600-$2000/week
These prices are negotiable depending on the length of the stay.
* A $ 500 security/holding fee is required when reserving for short stays $950 for multi-weeks. This is returned to you within 7 days of your departure minus the utilities and clean up fee (€ 100).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Todi House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Town
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Insect screens on windows!

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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