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Porta San Donatowww.portasandonato.com
Vacation Rentals, Italy, Umbria
Historic gatehouse, built in 1242, view of mountains, newly remodeled interior, in old town
Location: Gualdo Tadino
History, beauty, comfort, convenience, at budget prices!
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.
In 2008 I bought this lovely little house, classified as an historic monument, as a vacation home to escape to occasionally, and I've been renovating it inside for my own pleasure. I would like to share it with others who like travelling the way I do - slowly! I wanted a house in a town in a beautiful countryside and near other towns. I chose Umbria not only because of the physical beauty of the region, but also because of the predominance of art, culture, and history in the area. Porta San Donato, built in 1242, right in the old town and with a gorgeous view of the mountains, was exactly what I was looking for.
The house is warm and cozy, with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, an eat-in kitchen, living room with fireplace, and a view from the windows of the mountains from the living room and bedrooms, and view of the old town from the kitchen. (The picture of the mountains on the right is taken from the living room window.) In my experience, many houses in Italy are rather dark, with little daylight coming in the windows and inadequate artificial lighting. Porta San Donato has all new lights, but during the day the daylight coming through the windows is more than sufficient, and the house is always bright and cheerful.
There are so many places to discover on nearby day trips, not to mention the old town of Gualdo Tadino itself. To the south there's Assisi, Spello, Trevi, Spoleto, Bevagna, and many other beautiful hill towns. To the north there's Gubbio, to the east the Appenine mountains, gorgeous gorges, and the scenic towns of Le Marche. And to the west is Perugia and its many surrounding towns. I think I will still be discovering new places to visit for the next several years!
Built into the city wall in 1242, Porta San Donato was one of the four original gatehouses of Gualdo Tadino and is honored every year in the town's most important celebration, "The Games of the Gates". Four teams representing the original four gates battle it out with slingshots, crossbows, riding donkeys, and much more, in a three day medieval pageant at the end of September.
Gualdo Tadino is known for its beautiful ceramics. There are many ceramics artisans and stores in the area.
Kitchen: oven, gas burners, microwave, full size refrigerator, toaster, plenty of dishes, glasses, silverware, pots and pans, spices and cooking staples
Master bedroom: queen size bed and sitting area with table and 2 chairs, wardrobe with drawers and clothes hanging area, bookcase, bedside tables and lamps, alarm clock, ironing board and iron, linens included
Second bedroom: two twin beds which are combined to make a queen, but can be separated upon request, wardrobe with hanging area and shelves, bedside tables and lamps, linens included
Living room: new large comfortable Natuzzi sofa and barrel chairs, fireplace (in winter first load of firewood provided free), TV, DVD and DVD library, radio/CD player and CD library, lots of books, maps, travel books, board games, information on local and area shops, restaurants, museums and other places to see.
Bathrooms (2): one bathroom off kitchen has a hipbath with shower over, the second bath (upstairs with the 2 bedrooms) has a shower and bidet. Towels provided at no cost.
Welcome basket provided.
There is free wi-fi access for your computer.
Baby travel bed available.
Telephone for incoming calls only.
Final cleaning cost included in price.
Although the house is self-catering, it is possible to have daily or occasional cleanings at 10 euros per hour.
How to get to Gualdo Tadino:
By car (parking on street outside house)
Prices (for the house, up to 4 people):
Peak Jun 1 - Sep 30 2012, $725 wk., $375 weekend
Low Oct. 1 - Dec 31, 2012, $600 wk, $310 weekend
Monthly Low $2300, Peak $2600
Minimum stay 3 nights
Weekend is either Thurs/Fri/Sat or Fri/Sat/Sun
all fees are included in the rental price
Please visit my website (www.portasandonato.com) for availability and more photos and information about the house, the town of Gualdo Tadino, nearby towns, activities and events in the area, a link to a map with the exact location, and much more.
Slow Travel Reviews
Company: Porta San Donato
Name: Elaine Vivenzio
Phone: 509 851-4295
Website: www.portasandonato.comE-mail: Click here to send an e-mail inquiry
Listing #3715, on Slow Travel since 1/28/2009
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