Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Girasole ( Italian for sunflower ) is a lovingly restored farmhouse, nestling on the side of a hill and enjoying spectacular views of rolling hills and fields of sunflowers, cypress trees and olive groves, vineyards and hilltop villages.
This 4 bedroom house also has a beautifully situated pool and offers a magical escape to those who love all the things that make Umbria special: the people, the food, the wine, the scenery, the medieval villages and the Renaissance art.
Girasole is a perfect place to relax amid the peace and tranquility of the countryside. If you want to venture out, you are only 10 minutes drive away from the Etruscan walled town of Todi, which is full of life and locals.
You are also within 30 minutes striking distance of many other lovely places to visit: the hilltop towns of Bettona, Monte Castello del Vibio and Montefalco; the Roman ruins at Carsulae; the Umbrian capital Perugia; and the wonderful centres of art and pilgrimage at Orvieto and Assisi.
Go to Girasole once – and you will want to return – again and again!
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rome Fiumicino and Rome Ciampino 160 km, Nearest railway: Todi 6km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
While we do not have air conditioning, every bedroom has a ceiling fan which works perfectly in the hot weather.
There are also mosquito nets on every bedroom window.
Beamed ceilings and stone tiled floors are throughout the house.
All Bedrooms are bright with panoramic views.
Layout of Girasole
Bright Living Room, with 2 large windows and French Doors to covered loggia eating area.
Large Fireplace - TV, DVD and CD player. WiFi - 2 sofas and armchairs
Fully equipped kitchen with fireplace, Beamed ceilings, The kitchen has a large marble topped table t o seat 8 which is ideal to sit around for early morning coffee or late night chats.
Pantry - extra fridge and kitchen storage
Twin Bedroom with french doors opening onto garden.
Shower room and WC
Cantina - storage and laundry
Large Double Bedroom -
Large Twin Bedroom
Bathroom - bath, shower and WC
Door leading outside to covered seating area and steps to pool.
Third Floor -Tower
|Further details outdoors|
Dining al fresco, finding a quiet place to read or just somewhere to admire the views. At Girasole there are many options for sunshine or shade; you can sit at the lovely covered loggia for dining which has seating for 8, at the marble table under the mulberry tree or on the upper terrace under the vines which we call Da Giorgio, lovingly built by our friend Giorgio. Otherwise there is always the option of lying by the pool ( pool is approximately, 10.7 m by 4.7m).
There is also an outdoor pizza oven.
The house is built against the side of a hill and is on three levels. May not suit toddlers.
The Umbria region
Ogni cor nasconde un mistero
Every heart hides a mystery
Umbria is known as the Green Heart of Italy and the mystery that it harbours is how it retains its quiet otherworldliness. Although it sits between the busy regions of Lazio and Tuscany, it remains quiet and somewhat set apart.
Over 90% of the landscape is mountains and rolling hills, with beautiful forests and woodlands and wide lush valleys of the River Tiber. It is ideal for the hill walker, the art lover, the food and wine enthusiast , and those seeking a relaxing holiday surrounded by beauty.
Many of its hill towns are perfect gems of medieval splendour. Perugia, the regional capital, is now a major cultural and shopping centre, with wonderful renaissance paintings by Perugino and Pintoricchio in the National Gallery of Umbria. Assisi, the home of St, Francis, is crammed full of cathedrals, churches, monasteries and convents, and Giotto’s famous frescoes. And the smaller towns of Todi, Orvieto, Spello, Bevagna, Montefalco, all have their own treasures.
And everywhere you go, the food is wonderful -
Todi, a famous medieval walled town (founded by the Etuscans in 2700 BC), is situated in a magnificent position dominating the Tiber Valley. It is rich in character and culture. Its 12th century cathedral ( duomo) is in what is considered to be one of the most beautiful piazzas in Italy. The long rectangular Piazza del Popolo, has the Duomo facing the Palazzo dei Priori, Palazzo del Popolo and Palazzo del Capitano all originally 13th century civic buildings which are still used as such today,.
Celebrated for its Roman and Etruscan remains, its palazzi and its churches, many an hour can be spent wandering the winding cobblestone streets, and enjoying the galleries, artisan shops, excellent restaurants and bars. The local theatre holds many musical concerts and festivals throughout the year.
The Campanile ( bell tower) of the 13th century Santa Fortunata church is worth the climb to see the surrounding panoramic vista.
The church of Santa Maria della Consolazione (16th-17th century), built to a plan by Bramante is one of Italy’s finest Renaissance Churches.
There is an excellent tourist office in the main piazza with lots of information and helpful staff who speak English.