Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Villa Mirella is an old farmhouse that has been sensitively converted into a warm country home with lovely antiques and comfortable modern furniture to match the old terracotta floors and beamed ceilings. On the ground floor, a spacious living room and a very nice kitchen open into the garden and a stone loggia surrounded by a well-kept garden with extensive lawns. A second sitting room and a television and reading room on the first floor provide alternative areas for lounging. Just below the house, the swimming pool is set on paved terrace with plenty of garden furniture positioned to enjoy superb views of Todi and the stunning surrounding countryside.
Main house/Ground floor
Large living room leading out into the garden. Large, well-equipped kitchen leading out under a loggia with a dining table and garden furniture. Laundry room. Large bathroom with shower. Furnished loggia facing the valley and Todi.
Double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with shower. Double [convertible to twin upon request] and twin bedroom sharing a bathroom with shower. Sitting room with an open fireplace. TV room. Dining room with an open fireplace.
Double bedroom. Double bedroom [French bed]. Bathroom with bath and shower.
The property lies within a 27 ha/65 acre fruit-growing estate bordered by a patchwork of hilly fields. The garden features extensive sloping lawns studded with lovely old trees. The pool, 6 x 12m/20 x 39 feet, is set below the house on a broad terracotta terrace with loungers and a little pergola for shade. A cabana nearby has a shower with hot and cold water.
Guest house (for optional 12 people)
Kitchenette with fireplace. Living room with TV. Bathroom with shower.
Assistance is provided locally by the property's owners, who speak English and lives offsite. For late arrivals and early departures the owner may use the guest house.
The owners can offer you local knowledge of village food festivals, excellent restaurants and local places of interest.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rome, 1 hour 45 minutes; Florence, 2 hours., Nearest railway: Perugia, 20 minutes; Terni, 30 minutes|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (5), Cots (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set|
The Umbria region
According to the legend, said to have been recorded around 1330 BC by a mythological Quirinus Colonus, Todi was built by Hercules, who here killed Cacus, and gave the city the name of Eclis.
Historical Todi was founded by the ancient Italic people of the Umbri, in the 8th-7th century BC, with the name of Tutere. The name means "border", being the city located on the frontier with the Etruscan dominions. It probably was still under the latter's influence when it was conquered by the Romans in 217 BC. According to Silius Italicus, it had a double line of walls that stopped Hannibal himself after his victory at the Trasimeno. In most Latin texts, the name of the town took the form Tuder.
Christianity spread to Todi very early, through the efforts of St. Terentianus. Bishop St. Fortunatus became the patron saint of the city for his heroic defense of it during the Gothic siege. In Lombard times, Todi was part of the Duchy of Spoleto.
After the 12th century the city started to expand again: the government was held first by consuls, and then by podestà and a people's captain, some of whom achieved wide fame. In 1244 the new quarters, housing mainly the new artisan classes, were enclosed in a new circle of walls. In 1290 the city had 40,000 inhabitants. Communal autonomy was lost in 1367 when the city was annexed to the Papal States: the local overlordship shifted among various families (the Tomacelli, the Malatesta, Braccio da Montone, Francesco Sforza and others). Although reduced to half of its former population, Todi lived a brief period of splendour under bishop Angelo Cesi, who rebuilt several edifices or added new ones, like the Cesia Fountain that still bears his name.
In July 1849 Todi received Giuseppe Garibaldi, who was fleeing after the failed democratic attempt of the Republic of Rome.
Todi is the birthplace of the Franciscan poet Jacopone da Todi, who is buried in a special crypt in the church of S. Fortunato.
Villa Mirella is set in the farmlands just north-west of hilltop Todi, 7km/4 miles, in the hamlet of Pian di San Martino, 2km/ 1 mile. A wonderful area for meandering drives through spectacular countryside dotted with villages such as cliff-side Monte Castello di Vibio, 11km/7 miles, Roman-founded Acquasparta, 25km/16 miles, and fortified Giana dell' Umbria, 26km/ 16.5 miles. Day trips might include Perugia or Spoleto, 45km/28 miles, and Orvieto, 40km/25 miles.
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