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Artist’s tower: Immersed in nature yet within short walk from town centre

Overview

Property

Updated: 01-Dec-2016
Independent tower home, 2 bathrooms, 1 bedroom and a sleeping loft

This lovingly restored artist’s home is located in a ‘sacred grove’ on the hillside of Monteluco, which has a wooded nature preserve facing Spoleto which is reached in 15 to 20 minutes (1.5 km.) via the ancient aqueduct footbridge. The property sits tranquilly amid olive groves and is within a stone’s throw of hiking paths that wind up through a forest renowned since ancient Roman times. La Torre dell'Artista includes: Living room with fireplace and spectacular views, renovated eat-in kitchen with fireplace and windows opening out to the covered dining area for serving food outdoors, master bedroom with en-suite bath opening out onto a garden terrace with views out over Spoleto and the mountains beyond, sleeping loft with two single beds, second bath with ante-bath and dressing room, shaded dining porch outside the kitchen and shaded car park as well as an extensive garden amidst the olive groves. The property has wifi and a spa that is located close to the house but in a very private area carved into the hillside within the original wash house with a spectacular view out over the town of Spoleto and surrounding hills. The hot tub is easy to operate and there is a refreshing outdoor shower which are both available mid-April through mid-October.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We raised our children here and enjoyed the endless variety of cultural offerings in the area, from the Spoleto Festival to the many nearby art treasures and the beautiful landscape of Umbria. Although we no longer live here it remains in our hearts and memories as home to the best moments of our lives.

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Speaks English, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

We've had a wonder stay here: so much to see and do. Our greatest pleasure was relaxing in this beautiful house with its amazing views. Most appreciated after our four days in Rome. Would love to return and will recommend this place to our friends.
Aug 2012
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11 Reviews

4.8
based on 11 holidaymaker reviews

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Sublime Getaway

  • 5 of 5

La Torre is a unique and wonderful place to stay in a beautiful location. Full of character echoing its artistic past, La Torre is a relaxing and comfortable retreat, with stunning views across the valley to Spoleto. Easy access to the good regional road network allows exploration of the beautiful surrounding area with many, many historic hill towns to delight in.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great place to relax

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay here. It was our first holiday without kids and our main objective was to relax and do as little as possible. We couldn't have found anywhere better. It was 2 days before we even walked into town and that was mainly because we needed to buy more wine !

The house was lovely inside and stayed cool despite the 30+ temperature outside. But there is plenty of shade for sitting out in the garden as well. Being on a hillside there was often a gentle breeze which was nice.

The views were lovely too: Spoleto in the morning from the living room, the distant hills from the spa pool, and the stars at night from outside the bedroom.

Sophie was incredibly helpful as well. We hadn't hired a car so she provided transport from the station when we arrived and took us back at the end of our stay. She also provided invaluable assistance when we needed to go to the local hospital and we cannot thank her enough.

Unfortunately we didn't get to experience walking over the bridge to Spoleto due to it being closed for inspection following the earthquake. The alternative route down the road was certainly a bit longer and felt hot walking back up but the spa was great for soothing tired legs. Oh well, we'll just have to come back when the bridge reopens !

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your thoughtful review, we're very glad you enjoyed your stay at La Torre and really do hope you will be able to get back for another getaway as soon as the walking bridge reopens, which we hope will not take much longer. It was a pleasure to meet you both and I look forward to welcoming you back again. best wishes, Sophie
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Lovely setting with spectacular views.

  • 4 of 5

The Torre is very well placed to explore the town of Spoleto and the walk over the aqueduct is stunning. The location and the views and lovely walks straight from the property are what makes this such a lovely place to stay. It would have been helpful to have been advised of the steep driveway so that we could hire a suitable car that is small but has a flexible engine.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us at the Torre dell'Artista, we're very pleased that you enjoyed your time at the house and in the area. We do draw attention to the driveway in our description of the property: there is a photo of the driveway with the caption "the driveway is steep!" I'm sorry if you missed this information when looking at our listing, most of our guests are prepared for the drive which may at first seem challenging but becomes easier with a little practice. Best wishes, Sophie
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Bello Spoleto

  • 5 of 5

Our last night of a beautiful 10 days in Le Torre del Artista overlooking the lovely town of Spoleto. Everything perfect...the house, the town, the weather and of course Umbria. The perfect location to explore this part of Italy and the perfect house to return to each day to relax and plan the next!

Many thanks.

Leigh and Deb, Perth WA

  • Review Submitted: Feb 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at the Torre; we're very glad to hear that you enjoyed the house and the town and hope you'll be able to return on future visits to the area. It was a pleasure to host you. We can't guarantee that the weather will always be so pleasant in mid-winter but think the area has much to offer our visitors whatever the season! Our warmest wishes to you both.
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Unique and beautiful house in the forest.

  • 4 of 5

This is our second 3 week stay at this beautiful house. The setting in a wonderful garden surrounded by the oak forest is. You also can be in Spoleto in 10 minutes by walking down a path in the trees and across the Ponte which is breathtaking. Spoleto is such a special place and you will feel very Italian here. Friendly people, wonderful food and culture. And a great place to hike or bicycle as will as explore the lovely towns nearby. The caretaker Sophie is so kind and helpful and has lots of suggestions if you need them. The house has a little noise from the water system, but not too bad. Really a special place.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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All it promises, and more

  • 5 of 5

Make your friends insanely jealous – send them the photos of this house where you will be staying. Then prepare yourself for how much the pictures can’t capture. The views of Spoleto are majestic. The house is so secluded and seems so far above everything, but you can walk to town in no time. An easy path from the house through the woods, across the imposing ponte, past the Rocca, and you’re there. Just 16 minutes to the cattedrale – but wear good shoes.

In fact, the town is so walkable that there’s no need for a car at all unless you want to do a lot of day trips. Since we had none, Franco, who comes by every few days to tend the gardens, offered to drive us to Norcia for the day. We were content to stay close to home and explore. It was clear that some of the other visitors have taken the bus and train to other towns nearby. That’s what we’ll do next time.

We were here for the festival, so there was probably more energy and activity than usual in town. Still, the house is so nice that one day we scrapped our plans just to lounge around. Our biggest move that day was from the chaise lounges under the grape vines to the table for lunch, to another lounge chair outside to nap in the sun. Though it was unseasonable warm while we were there, the walls of the house are so thick that it stayed cool and comfortable inside.

On the grounds we counted olive, plum, fig, pear, and peach trees, but only the peaches were starting to be ripe yet. As city dwellers, we were blown away by how peaceful it was. Somewhere in the distance we could hear a rooster and cars winding up the road, but they were a world away.

The torre is fantastic. It has an old soul with modern conveniences. Sophie, the caretaker, was easy to reach and responsive to any questions and needs we had. The place is neat as a pin, decorated beautifully, and laid out to anticipate anything a traveler could want. Next time we’ll come back when it’s a little cooler so we can use the fireplaces!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to let me know how much you enjoyed your stay and for your kind words of appreciation. It was a pleasure to meet you and I do hope you'll be able to return sometime to take advantage of the fireplace! Very warmest wishes from me, the owners, Franco and the house cleaners.
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Location

From the Owner

An artist must have a tower, a view and isolation to work--but also a short walk through the woods to clear the mind and a welcoming cafe a short distance away to read the paper and enjoy the passing parade each day.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Giro della Rocca at 800 Metres Nearest Train : Spoleto at 4 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Flaminia at 1.5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Many in town center at 1500 Metres Nearest Beach : at 150 Miles Car: recommended

This independent house a short and scenic 15-20 minute walk (1.5 km). from the town centre offers exceptional convenience to all the cultural offerings of Spoleto and the rest of Umbria while remaining immersed in the natural beauty of the Sacred Wood of Monteluco. It’s only 1 ½ hours from Rome by train or car. Summer cultural offerings include the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto and the world-class Umbria Jazz in Perugia. Umbria is known as the Green Heart of Italy and has a wealth of both natural and cultural treasures to be explored including: Assisi, Gubbio, Montefalco, Perugia and much more.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter 2016
29 Oct 2016 - 24 Mar 2017
5 night minimum stay
£692
for 5 nights
From
£128
£692
 
 
Spring 2017
25 Mar 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£734
for 7 nights
£734
 
 
Summer 2017
24 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£820
for 7 nights
£820
 
 
Autumn 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£777
for 7 nights
£777
 
 
Winter 2017-18
28 Oct 2017 - 30 Mar 2018
5 night minimum stay
£692
for 5 nights
From
£128
£692
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£820
for 7 nights
£820
 

Additional pricing information

Final house cleaning £51
Stay tax €1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 14 years.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Please note that winter rates do not include heating costs. All rates include utilities and complete, bed, bath and kitchen linens. We do request a security deposit of 150 euro on arrival which is refunded on departure. The final housecleaning fee is due in Euro cash on arrival, thank you. We do not recommend paying through the online service which has proven unreliable.

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Facilities

From the Owner

To live close enough to walk into town yet enjoy the tranquility of the countryside, to pass over the Ponte delle Torri to reach the historic center and then return to the protected woods of Monteluco is a unique experience.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural

Attractions

  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 120 m²

Bathrooms

  • Master Bath - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet, en-suite to Master Bedroom
  • Ground Floor Bath - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, antebath w/2nd sink, separate dressing room w/iron
  • The full bath is connected to the master bedroom on the ground level of the house. Beyond the kitchen is the second bath with washing machine, an ante-bath with sink and a dressing room with dryer and house supplies

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Sleeping loft, above living room but quite private from it
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed, terrace, en-suite bath: tub with shower, wc, bidet and sink
  • The master bedroom with connecting bathroom on the lower level opens onto a quiet and completely private terrace with a magnificent view of the valley below—a perfect place to take your morning coffee and favourite book. From there one can access a stone staircase leading off the property and into the woods towards both the path to the center of town and hiking trails up the mountain. Above the living room is a sleeping loft with two single beds, plenty of extra space. It is quite private from the living room below.

Outside

  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • From the ground floor entrance via the covered parking area, there is a generous outdoor dining area with windows looking in to the kitchen - convenient for passing food and drinks out. Through the main door is a spacious living room filled with book-lined shelves and an exceptional collection of original artworks by noted artists. While the two windows open onto expansive views of Spoleto and the surrounding landscape, the lovely fireplace creates a cozy focal point in the room. Adjacent to the living room is the renovated kitchen with modern appliances and a large wooden table, seating 6 to 8. At one end of the table there is another generous fireplace, ideal for grilling, etc. Beyond is the second bath with washing machine, an ante-bath with second sink and dressing room.

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