The Tobacco Tower ‘Seccatoio’

Our wonderful villa called ‘The Tobacco Tower’, is located in the most beautiful valley in Umbria, a protected beauty spot. Secluded and yet not too far off the beaten track, with all the gems of the region scattered around in tantalising fields of treasure, from captivating market towns to beautiful Medieval hill top towns, the famous undulating cypress clad hills of central Italy to the placid banks of the river Tiber as it winds through the Umbrian countryside towards its Roman arena.

La Buia – The Tobacco Tower has been restored finally, 20 years after having bought the property which stands in 3 hectares of sublime gardens and olive groves landscaped by our very own Richard Shelbourne.

La Buia Villa-Tobacco-Tower-Front

The stone building with tower and newly added wing is a stunning piece of restoration work. Views out across the unspoilt and intimate valley at first glance, interrupt your thoughts as the sheer beauty of what your eye is taking in has an overwhelming effect.

French windows ‘porta finestra’ lead out of the gallery above the sitting room and over a little bridge to the pool. A pretty landscaped terrace greets you outside of the dining room / kitchen where the table is set for eating al fresco. There is also a breakfast or aperitif terrace that joins the kitchen on another facade with rattan armchairs and sofa.

La Buia Tower Front
The villa is decorated with flair throughout using Italian furnishings, preserving the character of the old building with its beautiful beamed ceilings. Terracotta ‘blond’ handmade tiles cover the floors giving a warm and countrified feel to this attractive and well equipped villa.

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The Old Tobacco Tower

The Tower is on 3 floors housing two double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. The ground floor has a third bedroom with ensuite bathroom adjoined by a short corridor.

La Buia Villa-Tobacco-Tower-Downstairs
Sitting Room

Sitting room

Wood-burning stove, comfortable seating, old cotto flooring & DVD player.

Gallery Above Sitting room

Internet connection point, DC player with I-Pod dock.

Kitchen / Dining room

Oven with 5 ring hob. Fridge freezer, 2 separate sinks, one near dishwasher.
Good selection of cooking equipment. Table seating 8.

La Buia Villa-Kitchen
Fully Equipped Kitchen

Laundry room

Washing machine, WC, Sink, Ironing equipment.
4th loo in utility room.

Ground Floor Bedroom

  • Large room with private French windows onto terrace.
  • Ensuite bathroom with shower, basin & loo. Bed 170 cm

First Floor

  • Double bedroom, furnished with double bed 170 cm.
  • Dressing room with sofa. En suite bathroom with loo, shower, bidet & basin.

Second Floor

  • Double bed 170cm en suite bathroom with loo, shower, bidet & basin.
La Buia - Seating Area
One of many places to sit and relax


Pool Terrace: with mature grape vine covered pergola.
Kitchen terrace: with garden table and chairs for 6/8.
Sitting room Terrace: with tables & chairs.

Garden & grounds

About 2 hectares in all with a small landscaped wood to explore and a grotto plus various shady walkways to stroll down. Lavender, rosemary, honeysuckle, pots of geraniums, and roses grow in the garden plus fruit trees, cypresses, olive trees and box.

La Buia Villa-Swimming-pool-with-view
Private Swimming Pool with stunning views

Swimming pool

11 x 7 metres deep end and shallow end, open from May to September depending on weather. Bocce pitch Italian for Boules.


Dinner can be arranged if and when guests desire. Dinner on arrival is often a nice idea when you are tired from travelling. Starting at 55 Euros for a 4 course meal excluding wine, meals can be tailor made according to your requirements. Small portions can be arranged for children.