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Luxury Umbrian Castle for Rent
Over seven centuries ago when Castello Todini was born, 364 similar castles and fortresses protected the city state of Todi, an ancient Umbrian border town predating mighty Rome. As the locals are fond of saying: Todi boasted a castle for every day of the year. Today, very few of these strongholds remain. A stay in your very own luxuriously restored castle is an experience to be treasured for a lifetime. Befitting its defensive nature, Castello Todini was erected on a verdant hilltop guarding a spectacular panorama of tranquil fields and forested hills seen for miles around. The castle's rooftop that was yesteryear's guard post is now a dining and lounging terrace complete with a barbecue and festooned with linen parasols gently rustling in the breeze.
This architectural gem, refashioned for lovers of comfort and beauty, has been featured in Architectural Digest. The stately entrance is marked by a medieval era inspired garden with an antique rose collection and restful sitting areas. The garden is tended to regularly and meticulously. In addition to the rooftop, the garden is also furnished for outdoor dining, and a service kitchen on the entry level of the castello is ideal for preparing meals to be served in the garden.
A pathway leads downhill to the pool that is perfectly positioned for cocktails at sunset. A minifridge, conveniently placed poolside, comes in handy for this nightly ritual.
Once inside the fortress, an elevator whisks guests through the air conditioned levels with each floor having large windows showcasing the mesmerizing view - every room is a room with a view!
The exceptional restoration and interior design are attributed to the owner who works in the design industry. Her tasteful blending of family antiques and designer furnishings is a testament to her profession. When in residence, the owner's carriage house is next door; however, she does not use the pool - it is for the private use of Parker guests. Another thoughtful touch offered by the owner is a discount card for Castello Todini guests. She provides a list of cashmere shops, wineries, ceramic studios and restaurants where she has pre-arranged discounts for her guests.
Tremendously spacious quarters are spread over three floors while one level remains closed. Guests can easily stay in touch with each other by using the home's intercom phones set up to call each room. In addition to the main kitchen, there are two secondary service kitchens on different levels to faciliate dining with ease.
Main living and dining rooms are each furnished to comfortably seat all 12 guests along with a few other smaller sitting rooms. The bathrooms are uncommonly large rooms and are worthy of a showroom. Castello Todini is strictly a non-smoking home. For safety reasons, children under the age of 8 are not allowed.
Conveniently included in the price are a set amount of utilities, a refresh cleaning each day, a mid week towel change and WiFi. Catered meals and cooking classes may be requested when booking.
For lovers of history, seemingly all of Italy's past is gathered around here. The area's finds include 3000 year old remnants of the mysterious Umbri, equally mysterious Etruscan artifacts, Roman temples, Gothic churches and a treasure trove of art inherited from the Renaissance. Lovers of food and wine will discover Todi's culinary excellence incorporating hearty Tuscan dishes from the north with signature Umbrian truffles.
A pleasant five minute drive leads to the medieval village of San Terenziano with a small and charming historical center with a few dining options and a minimarket. The entrance to the 3Bis roadway with a large supermarket is a 10 minute drive and connects Todi to all of Umbria's major sights. The walled city of Todi with its fascinating art, architecture and relaxed style of living is a 13 minute drive from Castello Todini; Deruta's ceramics: 25; Montefalco's red wines: 30; Perugia's medieval center, Orvieto's Duomo or the Roman Marmore Waterfalls: 45; Assisi and the basilica: 50; the beaches of Lake Trasimeno or the festival city of Spoleto 60; the Tuscan wine capital of Montepulciano or Latium's olive oil hub of Rieti: 90; Rome or Siena: two hours and Florence is two and a half hours away.
A tourist tax collected by the town is paid separately. Children under age 14 are exempt.
Second floor: Bedroom suite with a bedroom having two single, joinable beds, a separate sitting room and a bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and a separate shower. Bedroom suite with a queen size bedroom, a separate living room with minifridge and a bathroom with shower.
Third floor: Dining room with fireplace. Main kitchen with stovetop, oven, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, US-Style coffee maker, and toaster. Two bedrooms each with a queen size bed. One bathroom with shower. One bathroom with large tub with hand held shower and a separate shower with Jacuzzi jets.
Fourth floor: Main living room with fireplace. Kitchen equipped for rooftop dining with stovetop, oven, microwave, fridge and dishwasher. One bedroom with a queen size bed. One small bedroom with a French bed. One bathroom with shower. One bathroom with two sinks, washing machine, Jacuzzi tub and a separate oversized, walk-in shower.
Rooftop terrace: 20 steps lead up to the furnished and partially covered rooftop with barbecue.
The tower is air conditioned. Each bathroom has a hair dryer.