The Farmhouse

  • Location: Countryside
    Local butcher, bakery and shops: 10 mins walking
    Todi: 19km (25 minutey by car)
    Assisi with ist beautiful Basilica: 45km (45 mins by car)
    Medieval town of Perugia: 35km (35 mins by car)
  • Perugia airport (PEG): 35km (35 mins by car)
    Rome and Florence airports (CIA, FCO and FLR): 160km (2h by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking

It’s your dream come true: classic Italy with its rolling hills, vineyards and cobblestone streets.
We love the great family-run restaurant for truffles near Trevi, it’s such a unique experience!
You can easily walk to a pizzeria, rosticceria and salumeria with specialties such as boar sausage.

Such a peaceful wonderland can only be reached by car. Enjoy its remote peacefulness!

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An introduction to The Farmhouse

How would you describe The Farmhouse in a nutshell?

The Farmhouse is set among tranquil olives, grapes and rolling barley fields and has been turned into a beautiful vacation rental with four bedrooms in Umbria, Italy. It has a very modern feel and aesthetic to it.

It’s a very country feel. We’re luxurious in that everything is custom made from the beds to the linens, as well as having amenities like air conditioning, but you’re in the country. There’s lavender, sage, rosemary, jasmine and roses all over. You can walk around barefoot and feel comfortable.

We are a little bit hidden away, and I think that’s very much what guests like. You would never imagine this paradise exists at the end of a dirt road.

Please tell us more about the farm.

Our farm is comprised of 70 acres and my husband oversees the farming. We grow red wine, olive oil, and our own grain, all of which is organic. We are busy in the fall with the grapes, and that moves right into olive season. Once February starts, we begin pruning everything. We eat very seasonally here — strawberries in the spring, then it’s cherry season, then apricot season. Our children really enjoy experiencing the seasons based on the foods available.

We have a white sheep dog, cats, and chickens roaming around the farm. People love to visit with the animals, especially the children. And of course, our chickens offer fresh eggs every day.

What inspired you to move to Italy and open a vacation rental?

I have had a long love affair with Italy. My husband, Lorenzo, is Italian, and I studied art history and classics and traveled to Italy later to work at the Guggenheim in Venice.

We purchased the estate almost 20 years ago. It was a ruin and little by little we restored it. We restored the villa from the ground up, adding windows, doors and fixing the roof. We then progressed to the farmhouse and finished that just last year.

The estate had a farm home on the property and it seemed like a good idea to rent out the villa to vacation guests. We also had a bicycle touring company and knew the area well. Our guests had expressed interest in staying there, so it fit right in.

Farmhouse pool
Farmhouse bedroom
Farmhouse bedroom
Farmhouse bathroom
Dining area
Kitchen
Outdoor bathtub and terrace
Farmhouse pool
Farmhouse terrace
The estate

The Farmhouse rooms & rates

The Farmhouse is all on one level and two houses are kind of combined into one, with a covered walkway that joins them – one with 3 en-suite bedrooms and one with 1 en-suite bedroom, a living area with a limestone fireplace, a fully-equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a cooks stove and a full complement of All-Clad cookware, a dining area and a separate TV room.

All 4 bedrooms have a private bathroom with rainfall showers (one bedroom has a separate a freestanding outside bathtub) and a private terrace overlooking the beautiful gardens of The Farmhouse.

There is a large outside terrace with an exterior fireplace with grill and a swimming pool. The pool has a shallow end for kids to enjoy. We have a foosball table under a terrace and the back yard has a bocce court and picnic table. A side terrace has private seating and a fire pit.

The Farmhouse is made of stone and is modern and airy. We used only local materials in the renovations. There is a lot of wrought iron and all the typical materials you find in Umbria, yet we gave it a little lighter and more modern feel.

  • The Farmhouse for 8-10 people / 375 m²
    / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 3 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 3 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Other rooms
    • 2 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Sofabed (on req.)
    • 2 Baby cot (on req.)
Included in the rates
Rates include maid service 3 times a week (daily maid service upon request for an additional charge), a welcome basket with fruits, breads, water, milk, juice and other essentials. Our caretaker, maids and vineyard manager are present and working in the vineyard, gardens and olive grove. They are always around and happy to help with questions, recommendations or a visit to our cantina. Air conditioning, firewood, etc are included in the cost of rental.
Optional extras
Private chefs. Private driver and transfers. A private guide for touring Assisi etc. and a private driver for day trips (or longer excursions) can be arranged. Vespa motorscooter rentals; Cannondale hybrid bicycles, as well as biking/hiking maps and route directions; Private driver; Extra maid service (EUR 12 / hour).
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome, and the long shallow end of the pool was made with youngsters in mind. Baby cots and extra beds are available on request. We have a foosball table and a bocce court.
Minimum stay
7 nights
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 10:00
Discounts/Special offers
5% off for bookings of more than 14 nights
Closed Christmas to March

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Concierge service
  • Babysitting on request
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • Honesty bar/Minibar
  • Toys for kids
  • BBQ area
  • Iron & Board
  • Bicycles
  • Hair dryer

The Farmhouse has its own pool with about four meters of shallow space, so it’s very good for children and young families. Just above the pool is the terrace offering beautiful views of the Tiber River Valley, an outdoor fireplace and you are surrounded by cherry, walnut and olive groves, fig and cypress trees. We also offer WiFi, DVDs, and a Wii.

Even though the place is self-catering, we have two wonderful chefs who can come to either building. Guests can request meals and watch the chefs rolling out the pasta in the kitchens. Our own home-grown ingredients are used in preparing the meals. We have our own gardens with vegetables, so guests can hand pick their own food and cook in the kitchen and sit on the terrace all night.

We also have bikes. It’s hilly and rigorous biking, so it’s probably not for beginners, but if you’re a cycling enthusiast, you’ll love it. There are a lot of animals, as it’s a hunting preserve, and there are a lot of walking and hiking trails to explore.

Things to do in Umbria & Collazzone

  • Art / Culture
  • Wine tastings
  • Cooking classes
  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Hiking
  • Cycling

Our cantina is nearby and guests enjoy walking over and watching the wine-making. Most guests come from the city and love to come here and slow down.

One thing not to be missed is Montefalco. We show our guests a beautiful ride through the vineyards to get there. It’s a lovely artisan wine town with great restaurants and a museum. They can go into town, buy local sausage from the butcher, go over to the cantina to get wine, cook out on the terrace, and sit outside and watch the sunset.

Todi is also a beautiful day trip. People can get to Orvieto with its beautiful cathedral in about an hour. And Assisi is about 45 mins away, which is worth seeing for the Basilica. There’s just a lot of different towns close enough for day trips. Europeans tend to stay more local, but the Americans like to travel further out.

The location of The Farmhouse

We love Umbria. It has a much slower pace than the city life we experienced in the States. It’s the classic Italy that you dream about with the rolling hills, vineyards and cobblestone streets. The nature is beautiful but there’s still a lot of culture and art history too.

We’re hidden away up in the hills, but you can get to places easily from here. We are two hours from both Rome and Florence. We are 20 mins north of Todi, and about 35 mins south of Perugia, the main city in Umbria, which has an incredible Medieval town.

The main village here, Collazzone, which guests love to walk to, probably has about 500 people. It has a post office, a butcher, a coffee shop, a pizzeria, and a place where the kids can play soccer. It’s very small.

When is the best time to visit Umbria?

June is one of my favorite months because Umbria is spectacularly green. All the roses are in bloom, the lavender is in bloom, the cherries are ripe, you can swim and stay out all night. The fireflies are out, the nightingales and owls are out. It’s pretty spectacular.

The summer is nice for Europeans who have kids and want to hang low. The kids can play in the pool while they relax.

Spring and fall are my favorite months. September and October are so exciting because of the harvesting of the grapes, olives and mushrooms, which guests can help us with. Different towns on different weekends open up their olive mills and have events where you can sample bruschetta, beans, and lentils. That goes on through November.