A peaceful life in the countryside. An orchard of 72 olive-producing trees. Construction that dates to 1700. These are among the charms of a stone villa being offered for sale in the hills near Todi in the Umbria region of central Italy.
Yet the property is close to shopping and services. The center of the medieval hilltop town of Todi is about 7 kilometers or slightly more than 4 miles away, according to Cinzia Romanelli, chief executive and cofounder of Building Heritage.
“Todi is a very quiet and secluded city because it holds no more than 15,000 to 20,000 people,” Romanelli says. “The administrative facilities are all conveniently located in the heart of the town while the ancillary services remain outside the town walls.”
While it may be quiet, there’s still nightlife. “Most of Todi’s nightclubs are located in the historic center or just outside,” she says, “where you will find pubs, lounges and wine bars.”
The appeal of the villa is evident throughout the 600 square meters (about 6,500 square feet) of living space.
A central fireplace anchors the beamed ceiling living room. The kitchen and formal dining room are connected by a two-sided fireplace that serves both spaces. Original details include polished terracotta floors, a wood stove and outdoor sinks.
The five bedrooms all have private bathrooms, and the vaulted-ceiling primary suite features a fireplace and bathtub. Exposed stone walls add a rustic vibe. Windows bring in views of nearby fields and, in the distance, Todi.
Across a stretch of lawn and close to the main house is a 100-square-meter (328-square-foot) secondary guest or pool house overlooking the heated outdoor swimming pool, which has an attached eye-shaped spa. Large sofas and a central fireplace create a welcome space, which has its own kitchen. A wood-fired oven, grill and trellis-covered al fresco dining space sits right outside.
The gardens encompass 3,000 square meters or about three-quarters of an acre.
The renovated villa has been used for short-term rentals most recently, Romanelli says. “But, of course, it could be used in any way you prefer—as a single-family home, rental house, B&B and more.”
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