Villa Matilde

Charming villa in a former monastery dating back to the XIII century, elegant luxury interiors with contemporary details. Private location, walking distance to a village with restaurants and basic shops. A/C

Sleeps: 8

Total bedrooms: 4 (3 double, 1 twin bedroom). Total bathrooms: 4

3 outside dining areas: shaded pergola in front of the villa, furnished pergola by the pool with kitchenette, courtyard with tables. 

A/C. wifi, barbecues, wood oven

 

Weekly rates

High season: Euro 4700

Mid-season: Euro 3900

Low season: Euro 3600

 

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Villa Matilde is not bookable in July/August, when is rented the whole San Lorenzo Complex.

Information

 

Villa Matilde is an elegant Umbrian villa with private pool set on commanding location and offering stunning countryside views. Walking distance to the castle and the village of Collazzone, the property is located in an historic complex called Monastery (or Abbey) of San Lorenzo, a former Monastery whose most earliest traces date back to the year 1000. San Lorenzo is protected by the Italian Ministry of Fine Arts. 

The nearby village of Collazzone has a good restaurant, bar and grocery. A tennis club at easy walking distance offers tennis facilities and a pizzeria. The beautiful and famed town of Todi, 20 minutes drive, offers all facilities for food, shopping, art and culture.

Some of Umbria’s most famous cities and sites are at short drive (from 15 minutes up to 1 hour drive) such as Perugia, Orvieto, Spoleto, Assisi, Bevagna, Montefalco and the wine area of Umbria, Marmore Falls, Trasimeno Lake. Rome is 2 hours drive, connected with highway, Florence is 2 hours and 30 minutes drive.

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPERTY

Villa Matilde offers offers privacy and proximity to restaurant ans shops, modern comfort and luxury, together with its historical character. It has been recently and totally restored (on 2018).

The property can be rented exclusively with private park and pool during the year, except for the months of July and August, when the whole San Lorenzo Complex is entirely rented, sleeping up 14+1. 

Traditional cotto floors under impressive ceilings with 100 years old oak beams, tailor made elegant furniture is combined with contemporary elements in the kitchen and the bathrooms, restored doors, modern thecnology.

From the windows of the villa is possible to enjoy an amazing, undisturbed view of the valley and hills.

The heart of the house is the traditonal courtyard with stone walls and direct access to the dining room on one side, the large room with vaulted ceiling on the other side (can be reserved for events, please enquiry). Charming location for al fresco dining (up to 15 seats) admiring the starts, with the soft light of candels located in the niches of the thick stone wall. An elegant gate give access to the garden and can be used as access of the villa. 

The villas is entirely air conditioned and has mosquito screens in the windows. Reliable Wifi connection inside and outside. Heating is available for the coldest periods, at an extra cost (metered).

The second entrance door on the villa is on the ground floor, passing under a pergola with dining tables, barbecue and wood oven. The door gives access to a spacious country kitchen with contemporary elements: 6 burners gas stove, oven, dishwasher, washing machine, double door refrigerator with ice maker and all necessary appliances (cofee maker, kettle, toaster and more).

The kitchen leads to the elegant and stylish dining room, with huge table seating up 16 and door opening to the amazing courtyard with thick stone walls and another large table, ideal location for charming al fresco dinings lit by candle lights.

On the same floor we find 2 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms: an air conditioned double bedroom, en suite bathroom with large shower, 2 steps leads to a twin bedroom (joinable beds) with en suite bathroom with shower.

A flight of 15 steps leads to the first floor, on the left we find an elegant and bright living room with sofas and fireplace, on the same side there is a family suite consisting of 2 double bedrooms sharing a bathroom with large shower. On the other side we find a second modern bathroom with shower, if necessary, this can be used as private bathroom for one of the bedrooms.

 

GARDEN AND POOL
Villa Matilde features a large fenced private park, we find roses, aromatic herbs, lavender, fruit trees and an olive groove with a green lawn under the olive trees. Children amusement, dinners or special events can take place in this charming part of the garden that is illuminated by external lights.
The garden and outside dining areas have been projected and designed as an hymn to conviviality, it offers total privacy and wide views of the valley, with hills and mountains in the distance.
There are multiple outside dining and lounging areas and it makes this property perfect for a large group: a portico with table and chairs; a furnished pergola (kitchenette, refrigerator, dining table, couches, barbecue) facing the pool making this area one of the most beautiful parts of the villa, ideal for al fresco dining or for preparing an aperitivo by the pool. Another dining area is in the pergola facing the entrance door of Villa Matilde, with large table, barbecue, wood oven and access to the kitchen. Last but not least, the spacious and charming courtyard with very large table, accommodationg the entire group.
The pool is large, with a nice irregular shape (around 6 X 12 metres), it has some steps leading into the water, in that area the depth is 20 centimetres and is ideal for children. The depth, after those steps, goes from 65 centimetres to 2,50 metres.
The pool area has deckchairs, sunloungers and couches under the pergola. There is a shower by the pool with cold/hot water and a small area used as storage and changing space.
Pool opening: the pool is regularly opened from May to end of September, in the rest of the year can be opened on request, at an extra cost, depending on the period of the year. Please enquiry.
EVENTS
On the ground floor of the building there is a large room, a former refectory of the friars and then olive mill, totally restored with a spectacular arched ceiling and thick stone walls with niches. It is rented separately on request (650 euros/week). A projector and a removable cinema screen are available for meetings or conferences. This room has a bathroom. 
This area can be rented for an intimate wedding or a celebration (like a birthday dinner and party), we are pleased to suggest an exeroienced event planner for our guests, please enquiry.
The complex includes a romanesque church located just out of the garden, with ancient crypt; the church can be occasionally used for celebrations - on demand - at the extra cost of 250 euros.

  

ACCESSIBILITY, NOTES

The villa is easily accessible by the main road. The property is not suitable for people with restricted mobility. It is a good choise for familIes with children and exceptionally, small well behaved dogs can be accepted, on demand (extra cost, 50 euros)

 

FACILITIES/AMENITIES

-  WiFi internet connection in the villa and the pool area

-  Air conditioning included in the rental rate

-  Washing machine 

-  Dishwasher 

-  Toaster 

-  Electric water heater 

-  drip coffee machine

-  Nespresso cofee machine (capsules)

-  Gas stove

-  Oven

-  Iron 

-  Ironing board 

-  Hairdryers 

-  Barbecues

-  Mosquito screens

-  Heating. The same machine can provide cold and hot air, according to the season

-  Woodoven

-  Fireplace 

  

LOCATION 

Umbria has a green and hilly territory with olive groves and vineyards, rich in art cities and quaint towns.

Placed in Central Italy between Rome and Florence, Umbria is a region rich in history and culture, from the hilly landscape with olive groves and vineyards, and dotted with historic villages and artistic cities such as Perugia (important international University Centre), Spoleto, Orvieto, Todi, Assisi, Spello and others.

15 minutes from Perugia is located Lake Trasimeno, the largest Italian lake after that of Como.

Umbria delights its visitors with a stunning natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage. Local truffles, olive oil, asparagus, funghi porcini, and famous Sangiovese wines will ensure food lovers will be in for a treat when visiting one of the region’s many excellent restaurants. 

The climate is mild with temperatures in winter rarely fall below zero degrees and summer temperatures around 25 degrees.

The region is the scene of major cultural events throughout the year (such as the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto and Umbria Jazz) and many other folk events which, especially in summer, enliven small and large centers of the entire territory. 

  

WHAT TO DO DURING THE STAY... 

  • ART, GASTRONOMY, TOURS, NATURE, SPORT, CULTURE, RELAX 
  • International Art festivals and local food festivals 
  • private chef, on demand 
  • Antique markets (Todi and Pissignano) 
  • Wine Tours in the vineyards and cellars 
  • Active Days (guided or self-guided walks/hikes in the surrounding forests - cycling - river rafting - hiking, free climbing et.) 
  • Bike tours followed by pic-nic lunches prepared by a local chef 
  • Horseback riding
  • Spa
  • Truffle Hunting Excursion followed by lunch including truffles 
  • Classic City Tours in Umbria and Tuscany 
  • Cooking Classes or demonstrations in the villa or in nearby locations
  • Gourmet Tours (to include olive oil, cheese, cereals, cured meats)
  • Hot baloon tours
  • Winter fun (snow rackets trekking/cross country skiing) in the mountains 
  • Foraging Excursions followed by tastings (mushrooms, asparagus, edible flowers and wild herbs); 
  • Especially suitable for children (Pizza making, Truffle hunting with dogs, Riding with donkeys in the mountains followed by picnic, Farm visits, outdoor adventure park and more) 

  

RENTAL RATE - minimum stay 1 week, save exceptions

Includes 

• Air conditioning • Welcome pack and toiletries • Linens and bathrooms change once per week  mid week quick cleanings with change of bathroom and pool towels • Utilities (except for heating) • internet wifi • Final cleanings

Does not include 

• Heating is metered and is payable locally  extra services (cooking service extra change of linens and towels, extra cleanings) • the rental of the large room on the ground floor (a former oil mill converted in event area) can be reserved at an extra cost for small events or special dinners. Larger events, like weddings or events with other participants in addition to those that have rented the villa, can take place in the room and courtyard on the ground floor or in the garden and olive groove. For large events and event fee will be asked, that will depend on the number of guests and kind of event.

 

 

San Lorenzo history...

 

The whole territory belonged to the order of the Knights Templar and the complex, during the XIII century, was home to Benedictine monks before and Franciscan then, hosting the Clarisse nuns, followers of St. Francis. The monastery consists of a part designed for the accommodation for the nuns and monks and a nearby church of Romanesque origin with an beautiful and well preserved crypt.

 

According to tradition, Jacopone da Todi took refuge on 1306 here and died in the church on Christmas night of that year.

Fra Jacopone da Todi, (ca. 1230 – 25 December 1306) was a Franciscan friar, very popular in Italy and still venerated. He wrote several laudi (songs in praise of the Lord) in the local vernacular. He was an early pioneer in Italian theatre, being one of the earliest scholars who dramatised Gospel subjects.

The monastery was home to the Countess Matilde di Collazzone, that died here on 1240, her daughters were Clarisse nuns, a son was Saint Simone a franciscan monk patron of the nearby village of Collazzone living with Saint Francis, and another son died during the Crusades.

In 1520 a girl was sent to San Lorenzo, historical information demonstrated that she was the illegitimate daughter of a countess of Perugia and Emperor Charles V.

 

During the XIX century Napoleon confiscated this complex, that was sold to the great-grandfather of the current owner, he created in San Lorenzo a big mill for oil processing. Nowadays, in the garden are still visible the huge millstones used to crush olives and obtain the local extra virgin olive oil and, in the large room on the ground floor, is possible to admire dozens of stone jugs used to store oil.

 

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