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Review 624: Italian Vacation Villas, Le Rondini

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Review by Amy from MA who is a SlowTrav Contributor

4bed/3bath villa near Todi, Umbria


When

July 2003, 1 week

Location

Le Rondini is located around a 10-15 minute drive from Todi. It is up a steep gravel road in the hamlet of Canonica. Canonica has a tiny alimanterie with very limited hours. Very peaceful, with glorious views of Todi and the surrounding landscape. There are two other houses nearby, so we sometimes heard the neighbor's dogs or cars going down the road. We enjoyed chatting with the neighbors when we met on walks.

Nearby Amenities

You need to drive into Todi for shopping and restaurants. There is a Coop in Todi just outside the walls, and a Sidis supermarket at Ponterio. In Todi near the Coop is also a fresh pasta shop, frutta e verdura, pastry shop, and porchetta stand. Restaurants in Todi, some simple places in Ponterio, and others in the small villages in the area. In 15 minutes we could drive to the parking lot at the base of the Todi funiculare, take it up to the top, and be enjoying gelato. The area is wonderful for touring Umbria, as you are 10 minutes from the Perugia highway.

The House/Apartment

Le Rondini can be drooled at in detail at the owner's website, http://www.rentlerondini.com

A beautifully and lovingly restored home and property. Gorgeous, appropriate decoration and furnishings. The owner has added cushy extras like screens on bedroom windows, clothes dryer, enormous fluffy towels, and a large refrigerator that you certainly do not often see in Italian rentals. Everything is in excellent condition, and the place is obviously well maintained.

Garden

One of the most beautiful gardens I've ever seen. And oh, the view of Todi at sunset...

Just off the kitchen is a stone porch with table seating 10, and then a step below is a flagstone terrace with plantings and wicker chairs. Huge shrubs of rosemary and lavendar; flowers galore; thyme plants scenting the flagstones...Heaven on earth. The pool area is fenced (a great thing if you are traveling with young children), and is in pristine condition.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

All furnishings were comfortable and gorgeous. Country antiques, big sofas, good lighting. The house is perfectly set up for a group of eight. Everything was spotless, and the lovely housekeeper comes twice during the week to keep things in good shape. (You pay her around 9 euros per hour, and will find some Italian to communicate helpful. Smiles and pantomine work, too.)

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The beds were all comfortable, and bedrooms each lovely with little details. And did I mention window screens? The master bedroom is fabulous--- huge, with its own little terrace, and with the largest bathroom I've ever seen. The other double-bedded room also has its own bath; and the two twin-bedded rooms share a nice hallway bathroom. All bathrooms have beautiful tile and fixtures. Really stunning.

Kitchen

This is obviously someone's dream kitchen. I know it would be mine, anyway. Professional quality range, huge fridge, antique tiles, french doors open to the outside dining terrace, and all the equipment you could possibly wish for. Sharp knives. Old wooden table to sit at while you chop with a glass of wine at your elbow.

Problems or Bonuses

The constant surprise was just how fabulous this place is-- especially for such a relatively fair price.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Martin at Italian Vacation Villas was a pleasure. Professional, knowledgeable, and responsive.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

In a heartbeat. Go.

Things to do in this area

You can drive to almost anywhere in Central Umbria from here. Just wander.

Favorite restaurants were La Mulinella at Ponte Naia for wonderful food in a local atmosphere; Antica Osteria della Valle in Todi up the street from the top of the funiculare for excellent, inexpensive trattoria food. I'm afraid that I cannot recommend the popular Umbria for more than the view and the wine list. You can do better these days. Follow your nose.

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