|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
An extraordinary newly built villa designed by a reknown architect to blend minimalism and rural culture, resulting in a unique example of energetic autosufficiency of style and design . Inspired by love of the city of Todi and the mysticism of the Umbrian hills, this is a house in which the fine-taste and design meet passion and respect for nature, whilst seeking to coalesce with it. The project fits in perfectly to the surrounding landscape, and results in a technologically avant-garde and eco-sustainable dwelling.
The gardens, designed to blend in perfectly with the surrounding landscape, consist of a lawn with lavender, rosemary and broom borders. The sunny pool faces the views and is surrounded by a teak and grey stone paved area.
The single level house is made up of 6 buildings ( 5 of which are used by guests), all internally linked to each other. Each building has a large French Window that opens directly onto the garden. The architectural and volumetrical conformation is typical of a row of barns, and is commonly found in the north of Italy: rectangular plan, vertical brick structures, covered by a double layer roof. The overall effect is one of great beauty and originality – making every holiday here a truly unique experience.
Other interesting details, aside from the use of sophisticated materials, furnishings and designer lighting are: the large jacuzzi in the master bedroom, encased in a teak deck; the new-generation projector in the sitting area with a large screen (ideal for watching films and documentaries); a perfectly equipped outdoor area for barbecues, grills and cooking in the wood-oven; Great attention has also been paid to functionality and technological comfort- from the accessories, to the high-tech electrical appliances that have been chosen for the kitchen, wifi connection throughout, various audio–visual systems ( projector/cd with large screen and dolby surround, lcd tv with Sky decoder, dvd player, hifi, cd player, Ipod, Iphone cable).
We enter the sitting area from the outside patio, which runs across the centre of the house. This area has a wooden floor, a large dining table for 8/10 people, sofas, benches and a small wooden table. To the left of the entrance is a hallway that leads to the Tv room and to the two guests' bedrooms. Both guests' bedrooms are double and have bathrooms with shower. The tv room/study has a very welcoming and intimate atmosphere with two comfortable corner-sofas in front of the fireplace, two windows ( one of which is a French window that leads into the front garden), photos, artwork and a square table which is perfect for use as a desk.
The hallway leads us back to the living area ( the heart of the house) which is a unique and large, bright room with three large French windows leading into the front garden, and 2 large rectangular windows facing the back gardens. This multifunctional and completely open-plan area is an extraordinary space where every tone of white is perfectly enhanced by the strong colours of the furnishings and the artwork which harmoniously interrupt the monochrome. Divided into two sections, this space reflects the modern living-concept, kitchen and dining area, with white lacquered table that seats 10/12 people, a beautiful natural wood shelf which adds a dash of colour to the amazing custom built kitchen, with a 'gioia carrara' marble work-surface, a central island helps to divide the dining area, and has two seperate cookers. The opposite work-surface, which is underneath the window, has two extra-large sinks that are at a distance so as to optimise the preparation space.
The sitting room has four sofas, three of which are arranged around the fireplace and in front of the wall on which the projector screen is hidden. The walls are adorned with bookshelves and pieces of art.
A hallway leads from here to the master bedroom, which is preceded by a shower room. This bedroom has a french window that opens onto the side of the house where we find the swimming pool ( southwest) and a large jacuzzi is encased in a teak deck on the other side of the room underneath the window. A walk-in wardrobe is next to the jacuzzi.
Immersed in the silence and charm of the hills surrounding Todi, L'Olmeto is a newly built exclusive villa designed by the owner- who is a reknown modern architect. It is the result of a great love for Umbria, which is full of a magical mysticism, and a strong passion for nature, natural light and the architect's desire to use air as a main feature in the indoor spaces, making this a perfect example of sophisticated and welcoming modern rural architecture. The garden has been designed to blend in perfectly with the surrounding landscape, and consists of a lawn which is bordered by lavander, rosemary and broom bushes which naturally flow into the surrounding land ( 2 hectares). There is a spectacular view overlooking green hills, woodland, small villages and Monte Castello di Vibio in the distance. The sunny pool faces the view and is surrounded by a teak and grey stone paved area. The nearest village (Ilci) is 4 kms away and boasts a medieval castle which has hosted various battles between Perugia and Todi. Although the castle has been destroyed, the arches and a few charming alleyways help maintain the structure and the atmosphere. Thanks to its charming position, appreciated by travellers and reporters, Ilci has been defined, “ a placid little hilltop village that has delightful vague and spacious views”. The City of Todi is only 10 kms away, Interestingly, Todi was voted 'the most liveable city in the world' by prof. Richard S. Levine of Kentucky University ( U.S.), and is located in a dominant hilltop position along the Tiber valley. Geographically Todi is right in the center of Umbria, and is equi-distant from its the region's main urban centers (Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto, Terni, Spoleto, Gubbio). Surrounded by medieval walls, Todi's beauty leaves its visitors speachless and the city offers a wide range of art from various historic periods, from the Etruscan period, to the Romanesque, from the Gothic period to the Renaissance. Todi is a true gem – with dozens of beautiful churches to visit, alleyways to explore , roof gardens to admire and plenty of fascinating history to discover. Despite the decrease in artisans, we can still find several blacksmiths, iron-mongers, coppersmiths and brassieres, carpenters, restorers, inlayers and cabinet makers, who proudly maintain medieval and renaissance traditions by creating antique-style furniture . There are plenty of interesting Umbrian craft shops in and around the main Piazza, such as Il Telaio di Todi which specialises in Umbrian textiles. You will also see plenty of the famous Deruta ceramics which have adorned many churches and architectural structures in Umbria for centuries, as well as various grocery and wine stores. Todi offers a large selection of excellent restaurants and cafes in and around the old town. Montecastello di Vibio, is a small hamlet , reknown for housing the smallest theatre in the world. This miniature gem is protected by the FAI and is just 14km from l'Olmeto. We are in the Sagrantino and Greco del Tufo area, where many medieval hamlets lie, such as Montefalco and Bevagna. They are full of Umbro-Tuscan art and enhance the splendid surrounding hills of vineyards that offer interesting enogastonomical routes, with more than 25 wineries that are open for tastings.
Orvieto is approx 40 km from L'Olmeto, and is on the border between Umbria, Tuscany and Lazio. This stunning City is built on a cliff of tuff (a type of rock consisting of consolidated volcanic ash ). Orvieto has always been a fascinating and majestic city due to its central location and artistic charm. This city is an outstanding example of how nature and architecture can integrate. It is certainly and a place where art, culture, and amazing food and wine compliment each other perfectly. The road that leads to Orvieto crosses the River Tiber and the Forello Gorge- a breathtaking scene of the river Tiber flowing between the rocky travertine walls that are full of caves where wild animals take refuge.
The nearest supermarket is the Conad at Pian di porto, which is where you will also find the Montecristo Dairies ( not to be missed) and a bar/tabacconist . The EMI megastore is at Ponte Rio (slightly further towards Todi), which is where you will also find various shops including a newsagents and a chemist.
Various services can be booked by guests at L'Olmeto, including a cookery school with gourmet dinners (from the aperitif to desert), or health and fitness therapies carried out by qualified specialists. We can also provide an english-speaking assistant to guide you in Todi, taxi service, or a personal trainer. Todi also has : two tennis clubs ( a 15 minute drive away), horse-riding centres, archery or mountain bike rental. The nearest 18 hole golf-course is in Perugia – another magnificent city of Art, at 40kms from L'Olmeto, which offers not only undisputable urban–architectural wonders, but also has a variety of boutiques and cashemere outlets.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£866|
Check- in on Saturdays from 15:00 to 19:00 (extra charge for late check.ins)
Check-out procedures on Friday night and key handling on Saturday at 9. The house must be left not later than 9:30.
Compulsory extra charge of € 200 for final cleaning and clearing to be paid at check-in
INCLUDED ON THE RENTAL FEE:
- All utilities and wifi connection
- Towel and linen (changed weekly) - 1 set per person per week
- Pool towels - 1 per person per week
- private use of the pool ad the estate
- weekly cleaning of the pool water
- weekly basic cleaning of the house
- Cambio extra biancheria (€ 20 lenzuola; € 15 x set bagno)
- Pulizie € 10 hr min 3 hrs
- Cuoca € 15 hr
- Spesa € 30