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Santa Maria - A Former 15th Century Stone - Built Priory

Bedrooms 7
Separate WCs1
Space 4,305 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

6 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12 Persons.

Santa Maria is a former 15th century stone - built priory fully restored few years ago by the choreographer Lindsay Kemp - former owner of the property.

Santa Maria is located on a smooth hill in a panoramic position just 8 kilometres from Todi, the famous medieval Umbrian town.

The property is surrounded by 1 hectare of land with a lovely garden and a large swimming pool. Around the garden you will find a stone built BBQ, a cute house built on an oak and a little football field.

The property is ideal for family reunion, for family with kids and the atmosphere is extremely comfortable and peaceful.

As you approach the villa, you’ll see the loggia and its series of arched opening. This is your outdoor eating spot: shady and cool, with a long oak table and right next door to the kitchen. A more lyrical location would be hard to find! There is a pretty dining room indoors of course, but the loggia is irresistible. There’s also a large and comfortable sitting room set around the open fire on the ground floor. Naturally the oak beams and terracotta floors give a feeling of age and space, while the choreographer’s dramatic touch lights the walls with splendid William Morris wallpapers. The ground floor also has a handsome double bedroom, a bedroom with twin beds and a plain and simple bathroom. Upstairs, there’s a second sitting room opening onto a small terrace, from which there are stone steps down to the garden, and a tiny kitchen.

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Property Manager
Massimo Pavolini
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 August, 2018

About Massimo Pavolini

I live in Rome with my family (my wife and 3 kids) and 8 dogs. I studied abroad UCLA and Columbia University. Sport, travelling and movies are my major interests.

My father in law bought this house several years ago from the famous coreographer Lindsey Kemp. We use the house for family reunion and holidays with our friends.

Massimo Pavolini purchased this villa in 1999

Why Massimo Pavolini chose Todi

The perfect place for a family reunion and big groups. The pool, the play room, the house on the tree, the piano and the little soccer field ...

What makes this villa unique

At your arrival you will find lasagnas, 2 bottle of wines and seasonal fruit.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a wonderful nine days in Italy. The villa was ideal for us: a family of eight spanning three generations. The Villa itself was spacious and unique with so many interesting rooms and features, including a large playroom with table tennis and a piano. We very much enjoyed eating out in the portico just outside the kitchen. The grounds were extensive and in addition to the many hours that we spent in the pool we also managed to have a family football game on the miniature football pitch and the children had plenty places to hide in our daily game of hide and seek. Relaxing in the gardens or next to the pool was a joy. The gardens were secluded and surrounded by beautiful countryside. We used the villa as a base to travel near and far. Nearby was Assisi, Perugia, Todi, Lake Trasimeno and the Waterfalls of Marmone. We also travelled to Rome and Florence. We made good use of the supermarket in Todi, only fifteen minutes away by car. From the moment we booked until our holiday was over Massimo, the owner, responded promptly to all our emails and all our questions. Susan showed us around the villa on our arrival and suggested places to visit. Rosalba, the housekeeper, who arrived for a couple of hours each day was very friendly and helpful. One day we hope to return!
Jul 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Todi in PG

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Fax
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom -
    Bathroom -
    Bathroom -
    Bathroom - Toilet
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom - 3 Child Bed , bunk beds
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , bunk bed
    Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 7 - 1 Double Bed
  • 4 doubles, 2 bunk beds, 1 children’s bed, 1 cot
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Child's Swing
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Sand Pit
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 12 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Santa Maria - A Former 15th Century Stone - Built Priory
average rating of 4.75 based on 10 reviews

Truly unique villa with great location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in August 2016 - our fourth villa holiday in the region. Two families with a mix of young and older children. The house is majestic, tastefully fitted out with all modern conveniences and lots of old world comfort and some nice touches of retro design. All the rooms and beds were very comfortable and we barely noticed the motorway 600 meters south of the house. The Vistas are really peaceful and comforting. We loved the salt water pool and made full use of the villa's location to visit the plethora of little cities and cultural beauties. We hired the cook for two evenings which just made for a great and peaceful start to the holiday. The owner is highly responsive and very, very easy to deal with and goes out of his way to be helpful. Two minor points - wifi was not that great (not that we really cared!) and the house book could use a tad of updating regarding local restaurants. Overall such a pleasant home and great location. We simply loved it and highly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic property for a large family or group holiday

  • 5 of 5

Santa Maria is a fantastic villa that is capable of sleeping up to 15 guests. There were 13 of us in 3 families and the layout of the rooms meant that each family had rooms suitable for both adults and children located close to each other. There is masses of communal space, so that even when everyone was around you weren't tripping over each other. The playroom was brilliant for keeping the kids occupied either first thing in the morning or during the heat of the day. The villa was clean and tidy and well equipped, and with the housekeeper visiting daily it stayed that way throughout our visit.

The pool area is very well done. It is clean and tidy and provides shady areas most of the day. The only down side being that it wasn't fenced off/no pool alarm, so we had to keep a constant eye on the children. However, with an adult down there most of the time, that wasn't a big issue. Within the ground, the play area (with swings and a small football pitch) and the tree house were an added bonus.

When booking, we had some slight reservations due to the motorway running past at the bottom of the valley. However, I only noticed it on one occasion, so it isn't an issue. In fact, during our whole stay there was very little noise from any direction. Also the views from the villa are amazing, particularly as the villa is set on the top of a small hill giving 180 degree views to the south.

The owner, Massimo, was extremely helpful. His english is perfect, he always responded quickly either by phone or email and he didn't complain even when asked some fairly ridiculous questions. If I were to take any issue with him, it would be that he needs to get some better photos of the villa on the website as the current ones really don't do it any justice.

I would highly recommend this villa to others, whether you just want to relax and enjoy the views and the swimming pool; or take in the cultural heritage of the area. It's a reasonable distance from Rome and has a number of tourist attractions within easy driving distance - not something we did much, but one of the other families took full advantage.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Italian Escape!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 weeks at Casale Santa Maria in August and had a truly wonderful holiday. We were a party of 7 adults and 5 children (aged 2-6).

The accommodation was ample, with 7 bedrooms (two sets of bunk beds), huge living spaces, large dining room, enormous play room, two kitchens (a small overflow kitchen upstairs with fridge freezer) and magnificent grounds. The rooms are all very generously proportioned and comfortably furnished. The wifi is very good. It is clearly a house that the owners stay at which made it more lived in and less like a commercial letting business. We ate every meal at the huge table in the loggia just off the kitchen, enjoying the beautiful views. Even in August, it was always cool there as north facing and thick stone walls. The kitchen was adequately stocked with pots, pans, utensils to cook for 12. A cleaning lady came every day for a couple of hours and kept things very tidy. The house was spotlessly clean. The pool was beautiful and the grounds maintained daily by a gardener. The pool has a covered area at one end for resting out of the sun (a later addition as not in the photos on the website). There is a supermarket just off the motorway past Todi - around 15 mins drive which stocked everything. We found the location perfect for visiting local towns and cities as only 5 minutes to the main Perugia/Rome highway. Todi is 7 kms away and is a gorgeous town with great family restaurants and facilities. We also enjoyed trips to Orvieto and Assisi.

We had a wonderful holiday and would highly recommend, particularly for families with children. There are so many things for kids to do at the house - with a huge (safe) treehouse (stocked with crockery, pots and pans), swings, football nets, beauiful grassy lawns for running and rolling on and a huge indoor playroom full of toys, a tent, a ping-pong table etc. Perfect to occupy the early risers in the house! I think the photos don't do the house justice as they seem a little dark. In fact, it is a huge house with lots of natural light (360 deg view on the hilltop) and the decor is tasteful and in keeping with a house of this type.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful villa with style, character and personality, and an excellent location in Umbrie

  • 4 of 5

A beatiful villa with style, character and personality. Great location to visit many beatiful villages. Nice and friendly welcome. Helpful and hospitable people. Great for families with children. Many thanks to Rosalba, Susan, Michela + father, and Massimo!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Just the perfect guests. A really nice family. It has been a pleasure to have them at the villa.
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Nearest Airport
130 Kilometres
Fiumicino - Roma, Leonardo da Vinci Airport
Nearest Ferry
150 Kilometres
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Massa Martana
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
E 45 Perugia - Roma
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Todi, Italy

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
high season
9 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
mid season
8 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £269.18

Included in the price: weekly rental, electricity up to 300 KWH, water, hot water, local calls, change of linen, two hours cleaning for five days a week. The final cleaning is not included and cost € 100 per week. Discount for small group last minute bookings and in case of more than 1 week rental period.

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