Torre la Cupa
(x 9 people)
Sleeps 9 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 3 | Near Todi, Umbria
Independent villa | Private pool | Maid included |
Torre La Cupa has been growing, room by room, since the 14th century. Originally constructed as a lookout tower, the building later came into use as a colonica, a farmhouse, and each successive generation of farmers added on space as needed. The result is a charming country home full of unexpected corners and pleasant for both small and large parties. Inside its thick stone walls the book-filled rooms have preserved their beamed ceilings and terracotta floors, and have been very tastefully decorated in a warm and welcoming style. A pretty flagstone courtyard outside the kitchen is furnished with a dining table for al fresco meals. Beautiful views of the hills around Lake Corbara, between Orvieto and Todi, can be seen from the windows, the garden and the lovely pool area set at the edge of the garden.
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Torre la Cupa is available at lower rates for smaller parties. For details see Torre la Cupa (x 6 people).
Low mountains rise from the east bank of the Tiber River here, dotted with hamlets of medieval origin. Acqualoreto, 5km/3 miles, is the nearest of these, built in the 10C to survey the Forello Gorge, which, although now partially flooded by Lake Corbara, is still a lovely destination for walks. It’s a 20-minute drive to hilltop Todi and about 30 minutes to Orvieto or less-known San Gemini, a lovely old village near the Roman ruins at Carsulae. Perugia, Umbria’s main city, and beautiful Assisi can both be reached in 1 hour, with the ceramic centre of Deruta on the way.
Well-equipped kitchen leading out to a flagstone courtyard. Dining room. Up three steps to a large living room with a fireplace. Double bedroom and a single bedroom sharing a bathroom with shower.
Two spacious double bedrooms [one with a sink]. Up two steps to a large bathroom with bath and shower. Up another three steps to a double bedroom with an adjoining study/sitting room and an ensuite bathroom with shower.
A beautiful garden of sloping lawns edged with tall trees. Several outdoor sitting and dining areas at vantage points for the views. The gated swimming pool, 7 x 14m/23 x 46 feet, which has a shallow area and steps for entry, is set about 50m/ yards from the house in a lovely clearing.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's very helpful British owner, who occasionally stays in a separate wing of the main house with its own entrance and garden. Services included in the rental fee, and optional services available, are noted under Price and Availability.
Dishwasher. Microwave. Portable barbeque. Wood oven. Washing machine. Satellite TV [No Sky channels]. Central heating. Working fireplace. Fixed telephone line. Wireless ADSL internet connection [computer not provided].
Airports: Rome and Florence, 2 hours. Railway station at Todi. Motorway exit at Orvieto, 30km /19 miles from the property on paved roads with a short stretch of white road leading to the entrance. Parking for four cars.
Tennis at Todi. 18-hole golf at the Perugia Golf Club, about 50 minutes. Rafting and canyoning at Papigno, 1 hour.
Several nature reserves in the area: one of the loveliest is the WWF-managed Alviano reserve just south of Montecchio, where migratory birds from all parts of Europe stop to rest among bamboo stands and aquatic trees.
Kettle. Espresso and Cappuccino machine. Hair dryer. Iron and ironing board.
The gated swimming pool, 7 x 14m/23 x 46 feet, has a depth of 0.5-2m/2-6.5 feet and steps for entry/exit.
Amenities for children
Many children's books available.