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Never a Frown

  • 20 guests

  • 10 bedrooms

  • 10 bathrooms

    +4 extra toilet

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Sitting within a medieval borgo (little village) whose heyday was the early 17th century, this villa complex embraces old-world Umbria. It’s pure peace and quiet out here between the endless olive groves (extra virgin olive oil is the region’s speciality) and rolling hills covered in a patchwork of fields. It’s five kilometres to Monte Castello di Vibio with its ancient theatre and fifteen kilometres to the pretty town of Todi for restaurants and supermarkets. The yard, where wheat was once threshed by hand, is now home to a smattering of chairs and tables for tipples in the sunshine. The porticoed upper terrace is the perfect spot for breakfast, or big barbecue lunches, with views of the 22-hectare estate. But the crowning glory of the gardens has to be that Roman-style swimming pool with its panoramic view of the countryside. Accommodation is split between three separate buildings set around the courtyard. Two annexes have their own kitchenettes, living rooms and dining area so the group can spread out. The main villa is home to myriad antique-filled lounges and living rooms, including a striking main lounge set around the ancient hearth. Low, wood-beamed ceilings and old agricultural tools on the walls give that rustic farmhouse feel. A little games room invites guests to sit down for a game of chess or to peruse the library of books in here. But the real bonus inside is the dedicated celebration room which is a vast, barn-like space which can be set up for dining, dancing or even a spot of yoga.


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What to expect


Highlights

Embrace the peace and quiet of your Umbrian countryside location

Embrace the peace and quiet of your Umbrian countryside location

Bag a lounger by the Roman-style pool and soak up the rays

Bag a lounger by the Roman-style pool and soak up the rays

Set up for big group breakfasts on the charming porticoed terrace

Set up for big group breakfasts on the charming porticoed terrace

Live like it's the 17th century by the ancient hearth

Live like it's the 17th century by the ancient hearth

Have it your way  – adapt the vast, barn-like space to celebrate a special event

Have it your way – adapt the vast, barn-like space to celebrate a special event

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Home truths

    The caretaker lives in an annexe on the grounds – they are available for any requirements while fully respecting your privacy

    This home consists of three separate buildings – two annexes and the main villa

    You will need to climb six steps to reach the entrance of the main villa, so it may not be suitable for those with limited mobility

    In a remote location, having a car is recommended and there is plenty of private parking

    The default setup is one twin bedroom, but there are four bedrooms that can be twins or doubles, let your host know what you prefer

    Air conditioning is in the bedrooms and one living room

    Wifi is in the living room and dining room

    The pool is open from the end of April to the beginning of October

About this stay


Amenities

Outdoor seating

Laptop friendly workspace

Wi-fi

Air conditioning

Pets allowed

Parking available

Bedrooms & bathrooms

10 bedrooms, 11 beds

10 bathrooms, 4 additional toilets

Extras


VIP services

Daily cleaning

Additional fees

  • Your host welcomes well-behaved dogs of certain breeds for for an additional fee €50,00 per animal per week or part of week. Please discuss this with them prior to making your reservation for clarity

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

  • Your host can provide extra linen for an additional fee of €15 per person

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

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.

26 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.

23 min
Explore the Concordia Theater

Explore the Concordia Theater

Step into this beautifully restored Umbrian hilltop town theatre, the smallest in Europe. Experience its spectacular shows and take a guided tour to learn about its rich history.

19 min
Dine at Oasi Villaggio

Dine at Oasi Villaggio

Enjoy a gourmet touch with low prices at this very nice Umbria restaurant in Marsciano. The risotto with lemon and truffles is a must-try dish. Great service and beautiful settings.

37 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.

24 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.

25 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.

24 min
Sample the menu at Agrincontri

Sample the menu at Agrincontri

Experience exceptional food in a beautiful setting at Agrincontri. Enjoy mixed focaccia, delicious pasta, melt-in-the-mouth deer carpaccio, and delicate deer stew. Highly recommended for a memorable dining experience.

10 min
Enjoy the cocktails and a view at Caffè Centrale

Enjoy the cocktails and a view at Caffè Centrale

A great little local bar in Monte Castello with friendly staff, serving excellent coffee and limoncello. Take in the brilliant views from the peaceful square outside.

20 min
Enjoy culinary delights at Colpo di Scena

Enjoy culinary delights at Colpo di Scena

A hidden gem in Monte Castello di Vibio, this restaurant offers a delightful twist on the classic trattoria experience. Impeccable service, innovative dishes, and a great selection of local wines make it a memorable place.

19 min
Enjoy dinner with a view at La Torraccia Pizzeria

Enjoy dinner with a view at La Torraccia Pizzeria

Enjoy fantastic pizzas with a breathtaking view at this friendly restaurant. The Salterini family ensures top-notch service, making it a favourite among locals and visitors alike.

19 min
Dine at Diamond Cafè Ristorante Pizzeria Bar

Dine at Diamond Cafè Ristorante Pizzeria Bar

Experience a warm welcome and delicious Italian cuisine at this charming restaurant and bar. Indulge in their tagliatelle alla carbonara or try their handmade pizzas.

21 min

Get around

Airport

Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino

2 hr 7 min

Train station

Orvieto

49 min

Local shops & services

Supermarket

8 min

Cafe

19 min

Pharmacy

19 min

Points of interest

Beach

Lago di Bolsena

1 hr 43 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.

Registration or licence number: 054029AGR1G08082.

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