The apartment was recently carefully renovated by its owners using traditional skills and local craftsman. It is formed from the bases of three mediaeval towers whose upper stories were demolished in the Renaissance by order of the Pope. It has one Roman room, one room dating from the eleven hundreds, a thirteenth century dining hall and a series of fifteenth century rooms. It is a beautiful three bedroom, three bathroom apartment, sleeping 5/6, within the Roman walls of the mediaeval city of Todi. It has a lovely private courtyard with Travertine marble floor that leads on to a charming walled garden, full of English roses, wisteria and lavender.
The front door opens on the vaulted 13th century dining hall that leads through to the private courtyard. The kitchen is fully equipped with , gas hob, large fan-assisted electric oven, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, marble preparation surfaces, Magimix and all the pans and crockery you could wish for. There is a laundry room equipped with a washing machine and a dryer. The living room is furnished with eighteenth and early nineteenth century antiques. It has an open fire.
Each of three bedrooms has a soporific mattress made by local artisans in Todi. One Bedroom has a replica of Napoleon's bed in mahogany and gold leaf and an ensuite bathroom with a roll-top bath imported from England. The second bedroom has a large four-poster bed in Anglo-Dutch seventeenth-century style. There is an ensuite shower room. The third bedroom is the base of a twelfth century tower, with a round-headed stone arch of the period over the door to the garden. The room looks out over both the private courtyard and the garden. The bed is a 19th century French lit-en-bateau with a new, very comfortable hand-made mattress.
The house is within the Roman walls of Todi, five minutes walk from the famous and beautiful central square, said to be 'the most beautiful square in Italy' and so often used in films. Todi is one of the few, 'quiet cities with slow food' (food cooked individually after you order from fresh local ingredients).
The town is a founder member of the Slow Food Movement. Excellent and relatively inexpensive restaurants, acknowledged as some of the best in the region are within five minutes walk from the front door, so you can drink wine with dinner and walk the short distance home. From the front windows of the house you look out over the ancient walls to glorious views over the Naia Valley.TripAdvisor property ID 3996402...Read more
“Splendid apartment in an exceptional Italian town”
Left on 05/27/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed May 27, 2010Stayed May 2010
I've stayed at this property a number of times. It is a gem owned by two lovely English university lecturers, one of whom is a specialist in Italian art History. It's a magical place if you want a really relaxing holiday right in the heart of a true Italian town. When you arrive at the property you open the front door into a wonderful barrel-vaulted dining hall that opens out into the courtyard, which is covered in Travertine marble. Then you go through to a beautiful kitchen, which has everything you could need (not only the usual cooker and dishwasher, but microwave, Magimix, coffee percolator, every pan you might want... I defy you to find something missing!) There is lovely living room that is beautifully decorated with antique furniture and there is an open fire. There is a huge library of books (more than 100) and the DVD library is fantastic if you don't feel like going out - loads of boxed sets.
But oh the bedrooms... The bed in the master bedroom is, I was told, a replica of Napoleon's bed. It is startling - made of mahogany and gold leaf with life-sized swans! The second bedroom has a huge four-poster bed in it that makes you think of Henry Viii. Then you have yet another gorgeous bedroom that looks out to the garden and the courtyard. The garden is charming and full of English roses. The views over the countryside from the bedrooms are wonderful.
The level of care and attention I received from the owners was fantastic. Dr Gibb made sure I had all the information I could possibly need. She has produced booklets containing information about where to shop, the best restaurants and on the history of Todi. The house is within walking distance of the town centre (5 minutes) and the town is a great base for seeing assisi, Perugia and even Rome and Siena. A property that is truly loved by its owners who want to share their passion for Italy. Highly recommended!
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