Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1732: PrimaVillas, PV-805
5bed/5bath villa near Todi, Umbria
October, 2005, 2 weeks
Located in the country on an estate with 3 rental villas. Private location, one other villa within 200 ft., good view to the south, could see Todi about 10 miles away. Good area for day trips. The driveway had a locked gate. There is limited parking. We had 3 cars, but it was tight. Since the house accommodates up to 10 people, I judge the parking to be inadequate. A path to one of the public roads (property on a corner) had a locking gate, security was good.
Had to drive for groceries, restaurants, cafe. Tiny grocery store in Pantala 1-2 miles, large supermarket in Marsciano 15 mins. drive. Restaurants in Todi, 20 mins. drive. Walks along the public roads were good, with good views. 45 min. walk to either Collazzone or Piedacolle. Collazzone a sleepy, pretty hilltop village; Piedacolle smaller, sleepier.
This was a fairly new building with a traditional look. The free standing house had a standard layout with 2 bedrooms downstairs, 3 upstairs, each with a modern bathroom. Weak links were the kitchen equipment, and very limited indoor sitting for 9 people.
The decor was frightful; looked like a decorator gone mad. Someone was turned loose to put knick-knacks on every wall, shelf, and in every corner or space available. All manner of junk-tique items hung from walls, mantles, and hooks. Some of our group just took lots of them down while we were there. Curtains and spreads were too cute.
Private outdoor sitting was OK, but not a generous patio or loggia. Nice pool with some poolside sitting. Nice landscaping. Only on-site herb was rosemary.
Cleanliness - good. Seating comfortable, but poor for reading, not enough reading chairs with good lighting. Dining room seating was good.
Beds very comfortable, bathrooms modern, some very small. Plentiful hot water a plus.
We cooked every evening. The pots and pans were poor (scratched non-stick, no good roasting pan or baking equipment). The accessories were poor, worn. We even bought a new saute pan ourselves. Major appliances were fair, marginal capacity for 9 people, limited counter space.
Problems or Bonuses
Bad: Smacked of a new villa for investment, no intrinsic charm.
Good: Comfortable beds, modern bathrooms.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The booking was well handled (Primavillas); onsite person(s) spoke no English, directions to the villa were inaccurate (fortunately others figured it out before we arrived).
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We are neutral on this. The opportunity to be well located to visit so many wonderful Umbrian towns, and the basic comfort level were positives, but the negatives cited above cannot be overlooked.
Things to do in this area
Many interesting towns, especially Perugia (sacred music festival was on in September, lovely concert in a church in Bettona), Orvieto, Assissi, Spoleto, Spello, etc. Fine restaurants in all of these towns, wonderful art in the great churches of Assissi, Orvieto, Spello, Spoleto, and civic buildings (Perugia). Great wines (sagrantino reds of Montefalco, grechetto whites, wines of Lungarotti in Torgiano), olive oil, truffles, porcini mushrooms, cheeses.
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