|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Casa dell'Usignolo is a 400 year old tastefully renovated farmhouse with all modern comforts, 12kms from the medieval hill-top town of Todi. It is peaceful and spacious with a beautiful garden and several shady terraces for outdoor eating. The magnificent pool (15 x 7 metres) is located on a lower level away from the house and the system has recently been changed to saline from chlorine. Casa dell'Usignolo is the ideal holiday home for a large family or two families who require plenty of space. It is also the perfect base for art lovers being within easy driving distance of the world's major art treasures.
I divide my time between London, where I have a small apartment near Regent's Park and my beautiful house in Umbria. The winters are spent in London as the Italian Villa doesn't have central heating. I usually fly with Ryanair from Perugia to Stansted. This is very convenient as Perugia airport is 45 mins' drive from Casa dell'Usignolo and parking is free!
I am now working as a hypnotherapist and have clients in London, Rome and Umbria. I love this work as I get great satisfaction from helping people to feel better. In particular I have had great success with smoking cessation.
For many years I was a teacher - modern languages at an F.E. College in London and subsequently taught English and Linguistics in Japan for 6 years.
Pamela Gaglianii purchased this farmhouse in 1970
When I bought my property in 1973, it was a tumbledown, neglected farmhouse with 250 sheep in residence in the stables downstairs. I was working in Rome at the time as a translator and Todi was a convenient distance for weekends. I was bowled over by the spectacular views and the spirituality of the landscape. I fell in love with the place the moment I saw it seeing only the vision of how I would renovate it blind to its defects. I had just been left a small legacy of £10,000 which, at that time, was sufficient to buy, renovate and furnish the place. When I was working in Japan and earning a huge salary I could afford to do some upgrading of kitchen, bathrooms etc.
In 1996 I put in the pool and all the other amenities required for renting (screens, ceiling fans, satellite TV etc)
For me, Casa dell'Usignolo is paradise. It is in a world of its own being at the end of a gravel track. In the Summer the pool is idyllic. It is the perfect place to relax completely. My tenants love it as it really is a 'home from home' with stacked bookshelves, piano, wonderful shady spots in the garden and complete peace and quiet. For energetic, early risers, there are wonderful walks in the fields and hills behind the house.
If one feels like sightseeing, however, some of the most important art treasures in the world are within close range not to mention umpteen places of scenic beauty. There are frequent trains to Rome and Florence from Orvieto with free parking at the station.
Todi itself is a flourishing cultural centre particularly in the Summer with many evening concerts.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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|Refundable Damage Deposit||£500|
30% deposit on booking and balance 2 calendar months before rental. 5% deposit of rental on arrival for breakages.
Saturday is changeover day. Arrival between 4 and 6pm. Departure before 10am. I provide a welcome basket of basics for arriving tenants.
Notes on prices:
Discounts of 10% for bookings made before the end of 2014 for a minimum of 2 weeks.
Reasonable B & B rates for 2 double rooms, each with bathroom, during gaps between rentals.