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Where the Cypresses Sing

  • 13 guests

  • 7 bedrooms

  • 3 bathrooms

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Out in the rolling hills of Umbria, this pretty stone villa embraces the quiet, provincial life. It’s surrounded by two hectares of forest, olive groves and fieldland and the private gardens are alive with lavender and fragrant Mediterranean herbs. Between the plant life, there are sunloungers on lawns, a children’s play park and plenty of shaded spots beneath trees to settle down with a good book. Perhaps the crowning glory of the gardens is the turquoise swimming pool, shimmering in the Umbrian sunshine. Though foodies may argue it’s the rustic summer kitchen with its brick-built grill, stone sink and prep area for long, lazy lunches in the loggia outside. The home is split between the main villa and a separate annexe, and large groups will find myriad sitting rooms and lounges to spread out. Smoke-blackened hearths speak of the home’s history and sitting rooms beneath wooden ceilings are home to antique furniture and little libraries of holiday reads. There are two kitchens to choose from – one in the annexe and one in the main villa, and we love the annexe’s living room with its arched window looking out over the undulating Umbrian countryside. Should you wish to explore beyond the grounds, the pretty town of Todi is around three kilometres away. It’s picture-perfect, perched on a hilltop where rambling medieval streets house local trattoria and quaint little shops. This is where you can stock up on supplies at the supermarket too.


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What to expect


Highlights

Float the day away or simply take in the view from the swimming pool terrace

Float the day away or simply take in the view from the swimming pool terrace

Catch a glimpse of the Umbrian countryside from one of the many lounges inside

Catch a glimpse of the Umbrian countryside from one of the many lounges inside

Head up to the first floor terrace for a sundowner or two

Head up to the first floor terrace for a sundowner or two

Get the grill going in the rustic summer kitchen for a barbecue feast

Get the grill going in the rustic summer kitchen for a barbecue feast

Enjoy an alfresco game of ping pong on the lawn

Enjoy an alfresco game of ping pong on the lawn

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Home truths

    The pool is available to guests from the last Saturday in April until the first Saturday in October

    Some of the interiors are a little dated, but the surroundings are spectacular

    This home consists of a main villa and annexe with a second kitchen and dining room

    The single bedroom is accessed through one of the other bedrooms, so would be best suited to a child semi-sharing with adults

    There is air conditioning but it is only in the bedrooms, not the reception rooms

    For those with reduced mobility, there's a ground floor bedroom and bathroom here

    Your host can provide a cot and high chair for infants, just ask

About this stay


Amenities

Desk

Wi-fi

Air conditioning

Pets allowed

Parking available

Washing machine

Bedrooms & bathrooms

7 bedrooms, 9 beds

3 bathrooms

Extras


VIP services

Daily cleaning

Additional fees

  • Your host welcomes well-behaved dogs here for an additional fee of €30 each per week

  • Your host can provide extra linen for an additional fee of €12 per person

  • Your host can arrange extra cleaning services for you here – it'll cost €22 per hour

Additional fees subject to a 3.5% handling charge.

Extras are subject to availability. Please enquire with your host.

Local guide


About Todi

Sitting pretty in the hills above the River Tiber, Todi's medieval walls and towering churches wouldn't be amiss in a Renaissance painting. Here, the pace of life is slower, the air is fresher and the atmosphere is unpretentious – no wonder it was deemed one of the most livable cities in the world. With steep, twisting lanes, underground Roman tunnels and three-ringed city walls, history oozes from every nook and...

Explore the area

Local restaurants, cafes, museums, sites and activities, recommended by our community of hosts and travel experts

Enjoy an elegant dinner at Vineria San Fortunato

Enjoy an elegant dinner at Vineria San Fortunato

A charming restaurant and bar in Todi, offering excellent food, a great wine selection, and a lovely ambience. Enjoy homemade, tasty dishes and warm hospitality from the humble owner and friendly staff.

8 min
Explore the Charming Piazza del Popolo

Explore the Charming Piazza del Popolo

Immerse yourself in the historic town of Todi, with its interesting buildings, charming alleyways, and lively main square. Enjoy a glass of wine while the kids indulge in gelato from the nearby gelateria.

8 min
Explore the Church of Saint Mary of Consolation

Explore the Church of Saint Mary of Consolation

Impressive structure in a Greek cross formation with beautiful stone carvings and a sculpture of a pope. You can also enjoy great views here.

5 min
Dine at Torre Sangiovanni Albergo & Ristorante

Dine at Torre Sangiovanni Albergo & Ristorante

Experience the spectacular food at this relaxed Umbrian restaurant.

10 min
Enjoy a glass of local wine at Pane e Vino

Enjoy a glass of local wine at Pane e Vino

Discover this cosy, local hangout in Todi serving inventive and well-cooked food with traditional mountain ingredients. Enjoy attentive service, reasonably priced local wine, and a warm welcome from the owner.

7 min
Discover the Ancient Porta Romana

Discover the Ancient Porta Romana

Step back in time and discover the history of Rome at Porta Romana. This ancient gate is a fascinating point of interest that will transport you to another era.

5 min
Stroll through the Giardini Oberdan

Stroll through the Giardini Oberdan

Situated in Todi, this well-cared-for park offers a relaxing atmosphere and an amazing panorama of the plains. Don't miss the opportunity to overlook the valley and enjoy the beautiful sights.

6 min
Visit Chiesa della Nunziatina

Visit Chiesa della Nunziatina

Discover a hidden gem in Todi, this small church is nicknamed the Little Sistine Chapel. Admire the stunning frescoes and the beautiful masterpiece inside.

14 min
Tuck into local dishes at Ristorante Pizzeria L'Angolo del Gardenia Blu

Tuck into local dishes at Ristorante Pizzeria L'Angolo del Gardenia Blu

Enjoy homemade food at this friendly restaurant with a wonderful terrace. Indulge in their delicious pizza, antipasti plate, gnocchi with wild boar, zucchini soup, marvellous tiramisu, and espresso.

11 min
Share a romantic dinner at John's Restaurant

Share a romantic dinner at John's Restaurant

Indulge in absolutely delicious Italian cuisine at John's Restaurant. From bresaola and bufala mozzarella to truffle taglioni and heart-shaped burrata ravioli, the food here is exceptional. Share portions as they are generous. The chef's black truffle ravioli is a must-try.

18 min
Admire stunning views at Pizzeria Due Santi

Admire stunning views at Pizzeria Due Santi

Dine at this cosy pizzeria with lovely outdoor seating and breathtaking views of Todi. The delicious, well-priced pizza is a must-try.

14 min

Get around

Airport

Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino

1 hr 45 min

Train station

Baiano Di Spoleto

39 min

Bus stop

S.P.382

3 min

Local shops & services

Cafe

15 min

Pharmacy

3 min

Points of interest

Beach

Wunderschöner Badestrand am Bolsenasee

1 hr 25 min

Booking policies


House Rules

Children welcome (1-12 years)

Infants welcome (under 12 months)

Pets welcome

No smoking

No parties or events

Good to know

Arrival from 16:00

Departure before 10:00

Air con

Wifi

Cancellation policy

  • Up until

    60

    days

    Cancel at least 60 days before your check-in date for a 50% refund.

  • Not eligible for a refund once your check-in date is under 60 days away.

Host


This home is managed by Emma

This home is managed directly by a business. A member of their staff will be your point of contact before and during your stay. As well as looking after top-quality homes, this wonderful team are more than happy to help arrange extras that will take your stay to the next level.

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