Todi is one of Italy's most beloved and well-preserved medieval hill-towns, and the ideal base for cultural exploration of Umbrian and Tuscan centers of Art, History and Culture. La Pietraia is the perfect haven for a reposing vacation with family or friends. Todi is 30 minutes from Orvieto, 40 minutes from Perugia, 40 minutes from Assisi, close to Narni, Deruta, Spoleto, Gubbio and many more. It is 1.5 hours from Rome and its two airports, 2 hours from Florence, and less than 2 hours from Siena.
This enchanting 18th Century casale, built over a 13th Century watch tower, has been lovingly restored by a well-known and witty writer and novelist, born in Italy, but living in New York, who with a connoisseur's attention to detail and great affection has mixed in equal measure the desire to preserve the look and feel of the old architecture with the wish to provide her guests with every modern comfort in abundance. A week or a month in this beautiful Italian historic home will be a privilege to experience, to offer, to remember.
The main Villa has five bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, including 1 master bedroom with its own bathroom and queen size four poster bed. Three of the bedrooms have twin beds, and one bedroom has a queen size bed. Of the three additional bathrooms, one of which is en-suite.
Enjoy a large eat-in kitchen with open fireplace, dishwasher, state of the art appliances, including a large American refrigerator. The kitchen is fully equipped with kitchenware including charming Vietri tableware.
The living room is spacious with cathedral ceiling, wooden beams and a big open fireplace. Windows on three sides provide plenty of light, while French doors open on to a large terrace, where shaded outdoor tables provide for outdoor dining, one of the joys of life in Italy. Satellite TV with CNN and other international programs, plus VCR library are on offer. "La limonaia", a conservatory, is used as the dining room. There is a dedicated internet line, in a separate library/office room and wireless internet throughout.
You will enjoy the amusing powder room, built inside an antique oven. There is also a spacious pantry/laundry room (with washing machine, dryer, ironing board) used also as storage room.
"La Pietraia" stands high on a hill, with sweeping views of the Tiber Valley and offers fifteen acres of land, with olive trees and a vineyard. The large swimming pool sits on the hillside, behind and over the house and is maintained weekly. The price includes a housekeeper for 3 hours each weekday. If desired, arrangements can be made for her to work more hours or to come on weekends. She is a wonderful cook, can organize everyday shopping, and can do the laundry and ironing. English instructions for the appliances will be found in the house. Lovely linens are provided.
For those who need more space, the adjacent Guest House, "La Meridiana" may be added to the Villa rental. La Meridiana, is composed of two independent apartments. The smaller apartment offers an open plan living room/kitchen (with a queen size sofa bed), plus one bedroom with queen size bed, and a bathroom. The large apartment offers two queen-bedded bedrooms with beautifully appointed baths, one with Jacuzzi, and walk-in closets. A vast living room welcomes with an open fireplace. There is a Kitchen and a Powder room. TVs are in each apartment as is Wireless internet.