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Umbrian Villa set in a beautiful garden, surroundedl by olive groves and vinyard



Updated: 28-Oct-2016
5 Bed, 4 bath, kitchen, dining & living room; large gardens & stunning views of Todi and surrounding hills

The villa has 3 sitting rooms, dining room and a large kitchen. There is a wood burning stove for chilly evenings. Throughout there is a tasteful blend of antique and modern furniture and interesting art, all in keeping with the Umbrian architecture. With 2 double bedrooms, a twin room and 2 single rooms the villa comfortably sleeps 8, and can manage 10. Or 12 if you request the tower annex for a small extra fee. In the kitchen you will find the full range of modern appliances the enthusiastic cook expects. The villa also features 4 bathrooms - 2 en suite. Water is solar heated, backed up by pellet boiler. Fans are provided in each bedroom; and there is air-conditioning for very hot nights in the master bedroom and tower. The washing machine and tumble dryer make doing laundry simple. There is a large portico for relaxing away from the midday sun and al fresco dining. There's a wood-fired BBQ & pizza oven by the pool.

The beautiful curved 14x6 metre pool, with a straight swimming lane for serious swimmers, is solar heated, environmentally friendly and flanked by two ponds. It has spacious, attractive stone surround, chairs and umbrella, and is located just across the lawn from the main farmhouse.

The property is situated in 12 acres of hillside, with olive groves and vineyard, an attractive garden which is a feature of the property, and a four hole golf course that has 7 tees and plays as 12 challenging holes (equipment and instruction provided for those interested).

Please NOTE: for 7 months of the year this is a family home and as such it is homely and comfortable. And in places, cozy. The rental price reflects this (please see the photos to get an idea) - so please do not expect ultra-luxurious modern minimalist furniture, but rather a comfortable, spacious, cool home for your holiday set in the stunning gardens of a working Umbrian farm. In the most beautiful part of Umbria, nestled under Montecastello di Vibio with stunning views of Todi, just 8km across the river Tiber.

During the summer the owners, David and Jenny, live in the smaller second house on the property (it's 80 metres away, near the top of the land), and the farmer and his family live next door to them. So the property always has a caretaker on site, but never living in the same home as guests. These other homes are visible on the video and under exceptional circumstances, David and Jenny might entertain vacating that home for a week or 2 (it was the original guesthouse and sleeps 6 adults comfortably.

More Details
  • Sleeps 12
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

David and Jenny are retired doctors who grew up in England, trained in Scotland. They have three sons and six grandchildren. David was an academic physician, and former Professor, and Jenny a General Practitioner. For many years they worked in Manchester, and then moved to Hong Kong for 14 years. 7 months of the year they live in the original farmhouse (which is the house for holiday rentals in the summer months), with a smaller house and the caretaker's house also on the property. David is a member (currently President) of Todi Rotary Club, and has been a fanatical collector of Hongshan jade (which he collected in Hong Kong). He frequently organises classical music events in Monte Castello and Todi.

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Speaks English, French, Italian, Cantonese & Mandarin

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our family had the most wonderful, relaxing holiday at Le Favette. The villa is spotlessly clean and contains everything you could want. The location is stunning and although we ventured out a few times, we loved just lounging around the pool soaking up the sun and enjoying the magnificent views which could not be bettered. David and Jenny are great hosts, always there when you need them, but very discreet. Helena and Danilo provide very tasty vegetables from the garden and are very friendly, although our lack of Italian often made conversing difficult....and the dogs....my 9 year old has not stopped talking about them. Nicer, friendlier dogs you could not find!

We hope to revisit within the next couple of years!

Becky, Bristol

We had a wonderful week at Le Favette at the end of July. A wonderful setting, great accommodation, beautiful pool and generous hosts. A particular high point was the cooking lesson with Flavia - greatly enjoyed by chefs and eaters alike.

Fiona, London
Jun 2011
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Excellent location - exceptionally clean

  • 4 of 5

We had a fantastic time at La Favette the location is beautiful, the swimming pool is fantastic both the views and the fact it is long enough to swim. The villa is spotless, there are so many places I've been where you feel the need to wash everything before you use it that is not the case here.

David & Jenny are perfect hosts, welcoming and helpful but not at all intrusive.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely countryside retreat

  • 4 of 5

We enjoying a relaxing week in this lovely spot in Umbrian countryside.

Villa was a good size with large covered outdoor area. Inside is very rustic but all conveniences provided.

The grounds & pool are stunning - views are amazing and the pool area is beautiful with lovely stone patio / gorgeous gardens & lily pad covered ponds with lots of frogs. Luxury teak sunbeds with deep padded covers were very well used !!

As a family of 4 - dad loved the golf , the little course now plays as 12 holes & our host David invited him to join a couple of games with visiting friends. The children were besotted with Ah Choi & Charlie the very friendly dogs in residence.

We enjoyed the wine & wish it was exported !!

Thanks so much to David & Jenny for extending a very warm welcome before & during our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Villa in Umbrian countryside

  • 4 of 5

Loved this villa just 2km from Montevibbio de Castello. Beautifully appointed in spectacular location with stunning views. Lovely hosts David and Jenny were so gracious, especially in our hour of need. We were adopted by the two friendly dogs; and indulged a lot in David's homegrown wine.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

David and Jenny bought Le Favette in 2002 as they wanted to return to Europe from Hong Kong to retire which they did in 2006, and they could not have found a better place. They love the rolling hills of Umbria and the exhilarating view they have of Todi, one of the finest towns in Umbria. The spire of San Fortunato Church gives a stunning sky line and the beautiful colours as the sun sets on the town rivals the winter days when the town floats on swirling cloud. They love the local town of Monte Castello di Vibio with its tiny theatre, said to be the smallest working theatre in the world. The town has it own medieval festival, sagra along with others, all of which are great fun to participate in. This is a perfect centre for exploring the many wonders of Umbria, which is just as interesting as its more famous neighbour Tuscany (and less crowded). Interesting historic towns within a 50 km radius include Orvieto, Perugia, Assisi, Trevi, Spello, Spoleto, Foligno, Bevagna and Montefalco. Near Terni to the south are the stunning falls at Marmora, open at specific times for viewing. For the wine connoiseur there are many fine viticulturas to visit. In the summer there is always a sagra nearby for inexpensive local food, and there are many excellent restaurants nearby. There are also a number of local music and jazz festivals. Two hours drive away is the famous Piano Grande, with sensational scenery and summer flowers, mountain hikes, and artist's paradise and the town of Norcia to be seen on the way home. There is a convenient coach to Rome from nearby Ponte Rio for a relaxing day trip to the Italian capital. Many of our visitors alternate a relaxing day lounging by the pool with days of exhausting and exhaustive cultural visits! Two weeks stay is therefore ideal.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : St Egidio, Perugia at 37 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Monte Castello di Vibio at 2 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Lake Trasimeno at 45 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Perugia + property mini course at 37 Kilometres Nearest Train : Fratta Todina at 5 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : E45 at 5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Monte Castello di Vibio at 2 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Terminillo, near Roma at 110 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Porto Ercole, Argentario promontory at 179 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

A cookery course can be arranged or even a one day special. A very passionate Italian cook is available who speaks very good English.

Smallest operational theatre in the world in Monte Castello di Vibio


Perugia airport 35km

Rome both Fumicino and Ciampino 180 km

Ancona 130 km

Pisa and Forli

Channel ports 1500 km

Sulga Bus to Rome 5 km from the villa (direct)good for day visit

A car is essential to enjoy the area and is easy to rent at the airport or locally

It is a 15 minute walk to the local hill top village with plenty of parking outside the walls


2km from the village, which has the smallest theatre in the world, Todi is 16km, Perugia 35 km and many towns in the valley all about 35-40 km. Carsulae ( Roman town) is 30 km, which can be visited with San Gemini. All medieval towns often with Etruscan remains. Piano Grande which has a fabulous flora is about 90 minute drive through beautiful mountainous countryside. Great hikes both here and locally.

Further Details:

There is convenient small supermarket shopping in the village, with bigger supermarkets 7km away in Marsciano or Ponterio. Probably the best restaurant is in the village with others less than 20 minutes away. Banking is available with ATM in the village


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Apr 2017 - 5 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
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6 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
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Early SUMMER 2017
27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
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Peak SUMMER 2017
24 Jun 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
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Late SUMMER 2017
9 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £600
Cleaning fee £100
Pet Fee £25

Booking Notes:

There is a refundable breakages deposit payable at the same time as the balance is payable, ie: 40 days before arrival. This will be refunded within 6 weeks.

Changeover Day:
Our change over day is Saturday in the high season, but this can be varied at other times. Arrival time after 4 pm and departure time is before 10 am.

Notes on prices:
The price is negotiable for overflow into the Tower annex, or to include the 2nd smaller house.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The property is a small holding with 400 olive trees and both black and white grapes, which they brew into wine and bottle for their own consumption - and are very happy to share with guests. Danilo and Helena, the resident farmers, also live on the property, work the land and look after the chickens. Helena produces some very good vegetables and when they are ripe, she is delighted to hand you some tomatoes, lettuces etc. and from the chickens some fresh eggs, when they are available. David has developed a 4 hole golf course and a Sunday morning is a must to try out your skills. The 14 metre pool, croquet, tree house, and swings give leisure pastimes for all generations and the two lily ponds are a haven of wildlife that the children love. Last but not least the two dogs are winners for children as they are very gentle and many anxious children have been converted into dog lovers!

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


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

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 200 m²


  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet, For bedrooms 3 & 4
  • Bathroom 4 - Shower Enclosure, Living area bathroom (ground floor) shared with bedroom 5
  • Bathroom 2 En-suite - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet, en-suite
  • Bathroom 1 En-suite - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet, en-suite bathroom
  • There are 4 bathrooms in the main house, and the Tower annex also has a small shower room, making 5 in total when the house is at full capacity.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom (1) - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot, en suite bathroom with bath and shower
  • Double Bedroom (2) - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot, with en-suite bathroom
  • Twin Bedroom (3) - 2 Single Bed, this room has space to accomodate a cot
  • Single Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed, Further bedroom with bathroom is available in tower annex
  • Bunk Bedroom (5) - 2 Child Bed, Suitable for 1 adult or 2 kids - bunk beds
  • Tower annex - 1 Sofa bed/Futon, for overflow at reasonable extra price (please enquire)
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8-12, 2 Double Bedrooms. 1 twin bedroon, 1 bunkbed room, 1 single bedroom and Tower annex (studio appartment) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with double bed & ensuite, bedroom 2 with double bed and en-suite beds, bedroom 3 with twin beds that can be made into a double bed, bunk bedroom, single bedroom, all with fitted wardrobes and chests of drawers. Bedroom 3 & 4 share bathroom. Bedroom 5 is a single room downstairs (with shower and toilet next door).


  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Air-conditioning is charged pro-rata. Internet access is free. Outside: Private curved pool 14m x 6 m that is solar heated. it is surrounded by decking and has an attractive terrace with loungers and umbrellas. There is a nearby barbecue with pizza oven for bbq parties when the pool and garden lights can be switched on, creating a romantic atmosphere. The villa has it own loungers, table for al fresco dining, barbecue and table tennis table. the loungers can be spread on to a nearby lawn. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The beds are made on arrival and towels including swimming towels are provided. The linen is changed weekly and the maid cleans on Saturday.

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