(x 4 people)
Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 2 | South of Todi, Umbria
Independent villa | Private pool | Air conditioning | Maid included |
Charming and very private, L'Olmo is a completely renovated farmhouse that nestles against the hillside below San Gemini, a lively and beautifully preserved medieval hill town. The house gazes through a deep valley towards an open countryside of fields and forests, with no neighbours in sight save Il Cerro. Traditional elements such as terracotta floors and beamed ceilings create a warm and comfortable interior, while large windows flood the spacious rooms with light. On the ground floor an airy living/dining room features a sunken area with a fireplace and a comfortable couch, the first floor double bedroom with air conditioning and the fully fitted open kitchen is equipped with every convenience. A pretty garden with three furnished loggias is planted with jasmine, rosemary, wisteria and climbing roses, and leads down to a swimming pool positioned at the edge of the lawn.
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L'Olmo is also available at a lower rate for smaller parties. For details see L'Olmo (x 2 people).
In a lovely, untouristed part of southern Umbria known for its spectacular Roman ruins and pretty hill towns. San Gemini's shops and restaurants are a 5-minute drive away or a 10-minute uphill hike. Excursions might include the Roman ruins at Carsulae, 10 minutes, Spoleto and Amelia, 30 minutes, or, further afield, Orvieto, Perugia and Assisi, all reached in less than 1 hour.
Sitting room with an open fireplace. Kitchen/dining room leading to a portico furnished for al fresco meals with a barbeque. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower. Laundry room. Loggia with a sitting area.
Air-conditioned double bedroom. Bathroom with a bath. Terrace with table and chairs.
The garden at L’Olmo is a flowering, scented setting for the house and its large pool, 6 x 15m/20 x 49 feet, which has steps and a good shallow area for children. The house is set closer to the end of the valley than its neighbour, Il Cerro, which is just visible through the trees and shrubs at a distance of approximately 50m/160 feet.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's very helpful offsite caretaker, who speaks English. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Portable barbeque. Washing machine. Satellite TV [Sky channels] with DVD. CD player. Central heating. Air-conditioned double bedroom. Two fans. Working fireplace. Wireless ADSL internet connection [computer not provided]. Fixed telephone line.
Airports: Rome, 1 hour 30 minutes; Florence, 2 hours 30 minutes. Railway station at Terni, 15km/10 miles. Bus stop in San Gemini to local towns and villages see link for times and destinations http://www.prosangemini.it/en/traspubb.php. Motorway exit at San Gemini Sud, 15 minutes along paved roads to the village, followed by a fairly steep access road - about 700m/760 yards - down to the house itself. Parking for three cars.
Tennis available at San Gemini. 18-hole golf just south of Perugia, about 1 hour. Giostra dell' Arme in San Gemini takes place the last week in September and the first two weeks of October, http://www.bellaumbria.net/San_Gemini/giostra_dell%27arme_eng.htm
Kettle. Filter coffee maker. Mixer. Two hair dryers. Iron and ironing board.
The large salt-water pool, 6 x 15m/20 x 49 feet, has a depth of 0.3-1.7m/15"-5.5 feet and steps for entry/exit.