Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 3701: Estate di San Martino, San Martino
apartments on a farm near Todi, Umbria
June 19th - June 30th, 12 days
In the country close to the village of Pian di San Martino. The location was great, it was close to a village and a large town but still in a country setting with a lot of privacy. It was located close to one other farmhouse, but all other residences were quite a bit farther away. We loved the area it was quite, beautiful, and very restful. You could enjoy a walk or just sit in the courtyard and enjoy the country view.
The village was close enough to walk to and I'm sure that there were places to drink coffee, although we drove everywhere we went. The hillside town of Todi was approx. 5-10 minutes away and was a great place to enjoy a meal, coffee, or just a great view of the area. Todi was a great place to explore and the locals were very friendly. A grocery store was approximately five minutes from the villa and large enough to have everything that you would need. There was also a restaurant across from the grocery store. Restaurants were all over, so a drive from 10 to 30 minutes would allow you to find more places to eat then you could try out.
Yes, it was a restored 17th century farmhouse. It was in great shape and is obviously well kept up. It was a peaceful and very quiet area and we had only the occasional evening noise from a local soccer field where I assume that locals played.
The sitting area was very nice, it was shaded and very private. There was not a pool. There was an area to cook and make bread if you so desired within the sitting area.
Furniture was it great shape, it was very comfortable, everything was clean and well kept. The caretaker was within a cell phone call and was very responsive and willing to get you whatever you needed. The only drawback was that he could not speak any English.
Bedrooms were nice and comfortable; we had five people so we had plenty of bedroom space (3bed/2bath). The bathrooms were in great shape and clean. Everything was very nice.
The kitchen was very usable, everything that we needed to cook and clean was provided. There were plenty of pots and pans in the kitchen and they were of good quality. Yes, we all had a turn at cooking in the kitchen and we all enjoyed the experience. It was a great kitchen for cooking full meals, the only downside was that the refrigerator was a bit small, it could have been larger.
Problems or Bonuses
No bad surprises at all, the accommodations were superb. Everything was exactly as we were told it would be. The owner and the caretaker were always ready and willing to assist us in anyway possible. So many thanks to Anna and Mr. Forini for all of their assistance. The villa was located in an area that allowed us to visit Rome for five days (1 1/2 hour trip one way), Assisi, Florence (approx. one hour drive) many local villages and towns within 30 minutes and always back to the villa each night. It was a warm and comforting base of "operations" from which to plan and launch our next days activities.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Booked through the owner. The on site person was excellent, but did not speak English. Yes, the reality did accurately reflect the published information. We paid approx €1030 for 11 days.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, most definitely. It was a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend the villa to anyone traveling to this region and to first time travelers who wanted to have a "home base" and not be on trains, buses, their entire trip. I would recommend it without any qualifications. It's hard to describe the beauty and the serenity of the place; it's more than I had hoped for. Pictures just do not do the area justice. So, you have to go and see it first hand for yourself.
Things to do in this area
We visited Florence for several days, Assisi, several local villages and towns. We made numerous trips to Todi to eat, drink, and shop and to explore. We rented a car and drove everywhere we went so it was quite the experience. We toured the winery of Roccafiore just under the town of Todi. We made friends with one of the owners of the Pane & Vino ristorante and wine bar in Todi, I would recommend that you visit there for sure.
We visited Rome for five days and toured the Vatican, had an audience with the Pope, visited museums, shopped in Rome, visited the Hard Rock Cafe, the Coliseum, walked the streets, rode the subway, and the buses. Ate at a seaside ristorante on the Rome coast.
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