Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 404: La Colombaia, La Colombaia
apartments in Todi, Umbria
October 2002, I visited these apartments, but did not stay in them
The apartments were carved out of several small buildings outside the walls of Todi in a very private location (despite being off the main road leading up to Todi).
One of the most attractive aspects of these apartments is that by walking out the rear of the buildings you will be able to use the new (2002) walkway which is wide, is remarkably lit, offers views out over the country side and leads to the center of Todi. Of course, this is a hill town so the walkway has a grade, but there are places to rest and view the country. Having said this, I would guess that the distance is only a couple of hundred meters.
The buildings are from the 1600s, but the conversion to apartments was completed in 2001. Therefore, the apartments are in perfectly new condition. While there are "three" apartments available, two are, while separable, mostly used combined as a unit with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The "third" unit has a bedroom, bath, living room and kitchen/dining room layout.
In front of the buildings is a fairly narrow terrace. The slope down to the main road has just been planted and will need some time to mature.
Again since this is a new enterprise all of the furnishings were in perfect condition with a mixture of the old and the simple new. The apartments were immaculate and oh so attractive.
While we did not stay overnight, we were told the mattresses were orthopedic ones. Since there was a bathroom for each of the bedrooms we would think that would be sufficient; however, only one of the bathrooms has a tub, and what a great tub it is. The other bathrooms have handsome enclosed showers.
The kitchnettes were attractive and furnished with the basics. These, however, were suitable for light cooking only. They were great for the morning breakfast, the afternoon snack, the pasta dish for the light dinner, and the late night snack.
Problems or Bonuses
These apartments are available for the weekends as well as for a week or more. This flexibility is a bit unusual. As with most of these type rentals, there can be an extra charge for heating. There is a little distance from the parking to the building perhaps 10 to 20 yards and therefore the baggage handling could be a problem, yet there is a small driveway up to the buildings which could be used to drop off the baggage just not for parking. The owner has his office and apartment in the buildings so service and security are of the highest order.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Italian, English, and German are spoken perfectly. The owner and his helpmate are gracious, knowledgeable, and accommodating.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
As noted we did not stay overnight but just visited; however, we believe this to be a most attractive and accessible setting with simply beautiful accommodations and a terrific owner. We look forward to staying there and would recommend it to our best friends and family. For visual confirmation of what we have reported please visit the website.
Things to do in this area
If you use the walkway out the back of the apartment building that leads up to Todi you will come rather quickly to a small restaurant (on the right side of the street) which we would recommend called Antica Hosteria dela Valle. We went there twice on our last trip and both times had a simple but good meal. The chef/owner was frequently "out front" and checking that we enjoyed ourselves and the meal. The wine list was limited but local.
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