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

People4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms2
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

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 shower and separate laundry/utility 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 May through October.

About Us

Sophie Clarke
A R Hyde Clarke
49 North Ridge Road
06870 Old Greenwich
LeWit Collection LLC
LeWitt Collection LLC Via Flavio Gioia, 14 84010 Praiano SA Italy
VAT Reg NoP.Iva 05051600657

Owner
Sophie
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
23 November, 2017

About Sophie

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.

Sophie purchased this house in 1978

Why Sophie chose Spoleto

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

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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Location

Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
Giro della Rocca
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Spoleto
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Kilometres
Flaminia
Nearest Restaurant
1500 Metres
Many in town center
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.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Spoleto in Province of Perugia

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
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
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Ground Floor Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , antebath w/2nd sink, separate dressing room w/iron
    Master Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , en-suite to Master Bedroom
  • The full bath is connected to the master bedroom on the ground level of the house. Beyond the kitchen is the second bath with separate laundry/utility room with washing machine, 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.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool
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
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 and utility/laundry room.

Reviews

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Artist’s tower: Immersed in nature yet within short walk from town centre
average rating of 4.769231 based on 16 reviews
4

Wonderful setting, comfy and relaxing. A long walk from Town, closed aqueduct: drive a challenge!

  • 4 of 5

Spoleto charming and full of interest. The steeple and tortuous access became a problem when the driver had an inner-ear problem: rescued by the wonderful Sophie and Franco, who provided taxi service and support with hospital visits. Cured within 48hrs (Hospital Staff were super): these were the days it rained. The views, the crepuscular visits by wild boar piglets after the fallen figs, the hot tub... each a delight. Such a shame the aqueduct remains closed, even to pedestrians, or it would have been an unqualified success. Being too mean to hire mr AVIS' satnav, got wonderfully lost between Spoleto and Orvieto: the scenery was magnificent. I will aim to get lost again the next time I visit! The unexpected gem was Bevagna, ancient, solid, largely unspoiled: well with a visit, if only to slow down even more.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Lovely home in a stunning location.

  • 5 of 5

Much more than a typical AirBnb rental, this property feels like a home. Tastefully decorated and very spacious. Great kitchen, well-equipped. The fireplace was very welcome given the weather during our stay. The bathrooms were recently completely remodeled and were superb. Across the Ponte delle Torri from Spoleto, we felt as if we were a world away, but in fact Spoleto was easily accessible. A great place to stay for an extended period of time if you plan to explore the many small towns in Umbria. Fantastic access to innumerable hiking trails. The host, Sophie was very responsive and very accommodating. The only drawback is that the driveway leading to this hillside house is not for the faint-of-heart!

  • Review Submitted: 06-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review, I am so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay even though the hot tub was not open yet. It was a pleasure to have you as our first guests after the recent renovations and we hope you'll be able to return again to explore the region further. best wishes, Sophie
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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: 14-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 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: 04-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 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: 16-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 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: 11-Feb-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 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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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Spoleto, Italy

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter 2017-18
28 Oct 2017 - 30 Mar 2018
5 night minimum stay
£718
for 5 nights
From
£133
£718
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£851
for 7 nights
£851
 

Additional pricing information

Final house cleaning £53.17
Stay tax £0.89 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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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