5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, gated heatable pool, tennis court, bikes, near Todi
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About Tracey N
I am originally from the US, but have spent 25 years in Europe, 5 of those being in Rome. Presently live in London with 3 kids and work in Sports Media. Although we lived in Italy for 5 years, we had never spent any time in Umbria until after we were living back in London. My husband Adrian grew up in London and now runs a London based residential building project management firm, but also lived in Rome where we both worked in television. *Please note: Rachel Agnel is assisting us with reservation requests so will be in touch if you need further information about our house, the area and how to book*
Tracey N purchased this Villa in 2003
Why Tracey N chose Todi
We fell in love with Umbria after spending a family holiday there in 2001. Although less known than Tuscany, it offers the same quality of Italian experience. The beautiful settings, wonderful villages and superb food offer a top quality vacation.
What makes this Villa unique
Palombara is set in 5 acres of walkable land with terrific views from both front and back of the villa. The original house is over 400 years old with the pizza oven originally serving as the communal oven for the village of Camerata, a scenic 15 minute walk away. The house is also well situated for the cycling enthusiast or amateur, with a the larger village of Collelungo a 20 minute cycle away. The Etruscan town of Todi, is a 15 minute drive away, which offers several top quality restaurants. Umbria is also home to Vissani , on the top rated restaurants in Italy on the shores of Lago Corbara. The house is very well equipped for families, my kids have grown up there and we are happy to pass on the same experience.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
A lovely villa which provided us with a wonderful family holiday
We spent a lovely week at Villa Palombara (1st - 8th July) with our family (seven adults and four children). The villa is set in spacious grounds with far reaching views and gorgeous sunsets. The property is extremely well equipped for sports enthusiasts - there is a magnificent floodlit tennis court, 7 or 8 bikes, table tennis table, basketball net, cricket set (and plenty of flat garden in which to play), football nets, toys for the pool.
There are two covered areas, one of which is the outside eating area and the other serves as shaded outside lounge. The pool is a good size with a generous shallow end. It was plenty warm enough for us (no heating required)
Mari Lou and her husband look after the property very well and are very obliging. They stop in the owners' villa next door.
Inside there are two attractive bedrooms. The third double bedroom downstairs is a bit poky. The children's bedroom has two separate bunk beds and accommodated our four grandchildren. There is a fifth bedroom in which our adult single daughter slept. It has a cabin bed and would not really work as a double room.
There is a large lounge which we did not make much use of as the weather meant we spent all our time outside.
The kitchen is well equipped (a cafetiere would be handy )
There is a small village a couple of kilometres away where a small shop sells the basic stuff. Todi is about a 10/15 minute drive. It is a beautiful hill town. Within easy reach are a clutch of Italian hill towns Orvieto, Perugia, Assisi, Montefalco which are all worthy of a day or half day excursion.
The property sells itself on the basis of its grounds and outside facilities. It is not a classic Tuscan villa and lacks a bit of character inside. Don't let that put you off however (we are seriously considering a return visit next year)
Weekend at Palombara
My wife and I had a fantastic weekend staying at Palombara. We want to go back in the summer with our extended family.
We were greeted with a lovely meal cooked by Marilou, the house keeper and a nice bottle of wine that we drank on the terrace looking at the sunset behind the lovely Umbrian hills. In the morning, it was a very short cycle ride to the local village for a coffee and a bit of food shopping. We spent some time in the pool but definitively want to come back with the family to try the tennis court and adventure further with the bikes we found in the shed. The house is about a 15 minutes' drive from a wonderful medieval town called Todi. We went there one evening for a pizza and an ice cream on the piazza, and that was great. Definitively going back soon.
This villa is located in the middle of beautiful Umbrian countryside with wonderful views of the rolling hills and valleys, yet within easy reach of Todi, one of the most impressive and characterful hilltowns in Umbria. The area is untouched and rural, perfect relaxing in peace or for walking, bird watching or cycling in the Apennine foothills. Stroll through the cobbled streets of Todi, Orvieto or Gubbio and stumble across good restaurants with delicious seasonal produce. Take a boat trip on the lakes of Bolsena or Trasimeno, an hours drive from the villa. The hilltown of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis and home to some of the most important frescoes by Giotto and Cimabue, is just an hour away.