Acqua e Miele
(x 8 people)
Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 5 | South of Todi, Umbria
Independent villa | Private pool | Maid included |
Facing west over a hilly landscape of olive groves, vineyards and the occasional stone farmhouse, Acqua e Miele (‘Milk and Honey’) is set in one of the most interesting parts of Umbria. Hill towns abound here, many of them founded in ancient Roman times as staging posts along their key trade route to the north. A thorough restoration has converted this old farmhouse into a marvellously user-friendly country retreat, with a fitted kitchen, brand new bathrooms with big showers, a games room and even high-speed internet. Plenty of the original character remains, along with traditionally Tuscan features such as a loggia for dining alfresco. A lawn dotted with olive trees wraps around the house and leads to a swimming pool with a large shallow area for children and plenty of loungers for sunbathing.
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Acqua e Miele is available for larger parties. For details see Acqua e Miele (x 10 people).
About 4km/2.5 miles from hilltop San Gemini in a landscape of olive groves and gentle hills. The 2000-year old ruins at Carsulae are a spectacular example of Roman town planning, while San Gemini, Todi, 30 minutes, and Amelia, 25 minutes, show how Roman towns evolved in later years. Excursions might include Spoleto, 30 minutes, or, within 1 hour, Orvieto, which predates Rome and boasts our favourite duomo, Perugia with its restaurants and jazz festival, and Assisi where San Francis and Renaissance painter Giotto both made history. Great walking around San Gemini and in the more dramatic landscape just to the south, where canyoning, rafting and hang-gliding are offered.
Lower ground floor
Laundry room. Games room with billiards and mini football tables. Bathroom with shower. Gym with treadmill and exercise bike.
Well-equipped kitchen with a breakfast table and fireplace leading out under a loggia with a dining table. Dining room opening into a large sitting room with fireplace and out to the garden. Bathroom with bath and shower. Double bedroom with French doors to the garden.
Master bedroom suite with an independent entrance from the garden, with a double bedroom, a study and a bathroom with bath and shower. Two twin bedrooms. Double bedroom. Bathroom with bath and separate shower. Bathroom with shower.
Sloping terraced garden with an olive grove. A swimming pool, 4 x 13m/13 x 42 feet, with a very large paddling area is on a lower terrace in full view of the house, about 60m/yards away. A small building with a changing room stands nearby. A childrens swing.
Efficient caretaker who speaks very little English and lives in the village. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Washing machine. Satellite TV [No Sky channels] with DVD. Ipod dock and speakers. Three working fireplaces. Ceiling fan in master bedroom only. Central heating. Fixed telephone line. Wireless ADSL internet connection [computer not provided].
Airports: Perugia, 40 minutes; Rome, 1 hour 30 minutes. Railway station at Terni, 15km /10 miles. Motorway exit at San Gemini Fonte, 15 minutes, with paved roads leading to the house. Parking for five cars.
Tennis in San Gemini at about 4 kms. 18-hole golf at the Perugia Golf Club, about 1 hour.
Hair dryer. Iron and ironing board. Kettle. Mixer. Toaster. 1 ceiling fan. 3 electric fan.
A swimming pool, 4 x 13m/13 x 42 feet, with a very large paddling area, has a depth of 0.30-2.50m/0.9-8 feet and steps for entry/exit.
Amenities for Children
1 high chair. 1 cot/crib