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Tuscany: 17th century hillside farmhouse villa - private pool - stunning views

People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Space 2,960 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps 8

Fontemaggio is a 17th century stone farmhouse villa or 'Casa Colonica' on a hillside, surrounded by 2 acres of mature landscaped gardens that merge into the sunflowers, vines, olives, pine and cypress trees beyond. There are terraces on all sides, each with its own dining table and breathtaking views of a landscape that seems to have changed little throughout the centuries, including a lake and a Renaissance castle on a hill. Sympathetically restored, the house retains a wealth of terracotta floors and chestnut beams. The 30 ft diameter circular pool, surrounded by fragrant rosemary hedging and lemon trees, benefits from the sun for the entire day. Set amongst mature pines, cypress and olives, it enjoys tranquil views of the Tuscan and Umbrian hills in complete seclusion. The medieval hilltop village of Monterchi, featured in 'The Most Beautiful Villages in Tuscany', is close by. You will find Casa Fontemaggio a blissfully relaxing home from home in which to enjoy the pleasures of Italian life.

The gardens: the gardens and grounds have been professionally landscaped and contain planting typical of Tuscany. Trees include some very old pines and almonds, cypresses, olives, acacias, oaks, figs and lemons in terracotta pots. There are box, lavender and rosemary hedges. The terraces have pergolas covered in vines, wisteria, Chilean bell-flowers and roses climb on the house walls. A wisteria entwined tiled loggia provides a shady retreat and alternative place to dine. The tranquil sound of running water is provided by a fountain.

Situation: although private and peaceful, is not remote. It is well placed to either luxuriate in the excellent cuisine and wines of the region or take trips to the historical and cultural sites of both Tuscany and Umbria. The timeless hill top village of Lippiano, crowned by the castle that can be viewed from Fontemaggio, may be walked to for breakfast or a drink at the friendly bar.

3 km away, the local hilltop walled village of Monterchi, a tiny triangle of medieval perfection, with its intriguing arches and alleyways, is Roman in origin. It is the birthplace of the mother of the famous Renaissance artist Piero della Francesca. His fresco the Madonna del Parto, of UNESCO World Heritage status, can be seen in the old schoolhouse museum. The landscape that appears in Piero's works is clearly recognisable in the views around Fontemaggio.

You will find the local community in Monterchi welcoming and friendly, particularly at the general store run by Marcello and his family. There are bars and good restaurants serving local specialities.

There is a market on Sunday mornings and in the summer there are outdoor classical concerts.

Florence, Siena, Cortona, Arezzo, Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio are all within easy reach.

More Details

Owner
Sylvia Levy-Nichols
Member since: 2002
Speaks English, French, German, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
18 November, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

' The facilities were well above expectations and the house has a wonderful atmosphere.The photos on the internet did not do it justice and the surrounding countryside were all that we could wish for.I would have no hesitation in recommending Casa Fontemaggio to my friends'V.Cieciora,UK

'A very special place for the perfect honeymoon''A.Vlasto,London

'A magical Tuscan experience - really charming, comfortable and memorable stay in beautiful surroundings'M&I Rose,London.

'Your house is a gem! Interior,exterior and garden are beautiful and reverently created.The location with its views is superb'J.Osterberg,Sweden

‘We loved your farmhouse which has been beautifully renovated and furnished.We couldn't have wished for better’ P&L Browning,UK

'We absolutely loved your home and send warm thanks for allowing us to share in its beauty. We are already fantasizing about our next visit' Prof.C.Carbone,USA

'beautiful villa with stunning views across a very typical Tuscan landscape - lovel
Nov 2007
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Monterchi in Province of Arezzo

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2960 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom - Toilet
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • There are two luxury, en-suite bathrooms with travertine marble showers and basins, with brushed stainless steel fittings, and one has a freestanding stone bath. The bedroom suite has en-suite shower room. There is also a cloakroom with toilet and basin. One ensuite bathroom may be accessed from outside the bedroom, making it possible to be shared with the fourth bedroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , with en-suite bathroom, walk in wardrobe
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , External access to bathroom of bedroom 2
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , with en-suite bathroom, walk in wardrobe
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Suite with sitting room & shower room. Beds can be 2 singles
  • Two cots for babies/toddlers are available on request and may be placed in any of the bedrooms. One double bedroom is set in a suite with a sitting room, en-suite shower room and sun terrace. The bed can be made up as 2 singles on request. In addition to internal access, it may be accessed independently from outside. It is ideal for a couple who prefer some space away from the main group or family.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 16 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
Notes:
Fontemaggio is spacious, airy and has a feeling of a well cared for and elegant family house. The furnishings are neutral toned throughout. There is a dining room with original inglenook fireplace and chestnut refectory table and an adjacent sitting room with library. Two double bedrooms have walk-in wardrobes and en-suite bathrooms. The second double is in a spacious suite on its own floor with sitting room, en-suite shower room and terrace with table and chairs. All bedrooms overlook the gardens and have views to the surrounding landscape. The kitchen and breakfast room, that opens on two sides to terraces, is a blend of modern convenience and tradition. There is a separate laundry room. The staircases are child-safe. Guests find it a perfect home from home.

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Tuscany: 17th century hillside farmhouse villa - private pool - stunning views
average rating of 4.9375 based on 33 reviews
5

Perfect for our visit to Italian countryside. Comfortable, quiet, relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful home. History, culture, great food, nice folks. Great host.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted that these guests described their stay at Casa Fontemaggio as 'perfect'. This succinct review neatly sums up what the property and the surrounding area have to offer. Grazie mille!
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5

A beautiful rural idyll

  • 5 of 5

Casa Fontemaggio was everything we had hoped for and more. Aware that it can be hot in August, I had looked for a villa that provided areas of shade, as well as sun. This was a place which did just that. The pool area was beautifully landscaped with cypress trees, lemons growing in pots, as well as greenery that had been trained overhead, yet there was still plenty of sun. It was a particular favourite of the two young children in our group & also much enjoyed by the adults too. The seventeenth century farmhouse is situated on several levels and has stunning views in all directions - rolling hills, cypress lined driveway, a castle on the horizon - the epitome of Tuscany/Umbria. The kitchen is well equipped, a wonderful bowl of fruit and welcome pack greeted us. There was a choice of a number of seating and eating areas both inside and out. The meal provided by Cinzia & Luciano was superb & definitely to be recommended. A wall of books lined the sitting room, contributing to the atmosphere of knowledge and history conveyed by this lovely old farmhouse. Bedrooms were rustic yet very comfortable and bathrooms provided all we required. We felt privileged to be the occupants of this beautiful old house for a week & could gladly have stayed for longer. Sylvia, the owner lived in the nearby barn & was there to answer queries. She booked meals at the local restaurant for us & even took two of us to a jazz concert in the local square one evening. The surrounding countryside is truly idyllic, we really enjoyed walking its gravel tracks through fields of sunflowers, tobacco plants, vines, tomatoes & more, as well as up to Lippiano castle. At almost every turn, there was a fantastic view. The extremely hot weather during our stay meant we preferred to stay close to the pool & in the immediate locality, rather than venturing to the bigger cities, yet there are many interesting and atmospheric small towns nearby. We came, as three generations of a family, to celebrate my significant birthday and to make memories of good times spent together. This wonderful villa, its accommodating owner and stunning surroundings provided the perfect backdrop. We left feeling that we'd love to return in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have a three generation family appreciating Casa Fontemaggio as their Tuscan home from home. That they were happy to stay put for most of the week, was a measure of their enjoyment of the house, pool and surroundings. During an exceptionally hot period, I am pleased that the property was able to provide shady relief when required. It was a joy to know that Fran and her family valued the experience of authentic Tuscany and Umbria outside the tourist laden cities. I would be a treat to welcome you all back!
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5

BEST FAMILY VACATION IN THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN THE WORLD!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned yesterday from our family vacation at the beautiful home of Fontemaggio and have decided that this was our favorite family vacation! We were a family of 8 that ranged in ages from 21 to 82 who found the house perfect for our trip. The views from every window were spectacular. The pool was the highlight for our days that we decided to enjoy the beauty and comforts of the house. Sylvia was the perfect host who was always available if we had questions and her dog Bepo was always friendly. We were greeted with flowers and a welcome gift that let us enjoy a great breakfast the next morning. We did shop most days at Marcello's little store called Punto Supermercato Rossi where the service was great and you were able to find everything you needed to get through the week. We did rent a small car to be able to shop and visit a couple local restaurants but used a local car service to take us to the small towns and wineries for our day trips. Sylvia has the name of the car service if you need a recommendation. We ate "Ciaccia" at Lippiano's one night and pizzas at La Pieve Vecchia out on the patio where the view of Monterchi at night was a site to see. We had Cinzia and Luciano prepare dinner one night and it was one of the best meals that we had while on our trip. I would recommend everyone to have a relaxing meal prepared by them while you are visiting. I would recommend Fontemaggio for your family vacation in Tuscany so you can have the BEST FAMILY VACATION EVER!!!! Thank you for everything Sylvia!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am overwhelmed by Sheri's enthusiatic response to her family's stay at Casa Fontemaggio. It was a pleasure to see they all felt so at home, appreciating the special qualities that the property and the local area have to offer. They also made excellent use of the ease with which to visit the sites of Tuscany from the location. I know that Sheri meticulously plans and researches her family's trips, and her standards are high, so I am particularly delighted by her effusive comments. Beppo and I look forward to welcoming the family back!
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New hope Pennslyvania
5

Peaceful and Perfect

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we drove up the driveway we knew that Fontemaggio was a special place. Halfway up a ridge, this rustic home gave views of beautiful farms, tree-lined hillsides, and a 400+ year old castle across the valley. The grounds were well kept, but not fussy, offering quiet places to read, snooze, or simply contemplate the meaning of life. There were four different places to dine outdoors, each with a different feel. The pool was pleasant and private, but still nippy in late May. Beyond the grounds short hikes were possible. During one we saw a stag, a jackrabbit, a pheasant and a rainbow.

Inside, this home was simple, but well appointed. The four bedrooms were placed apart from each other, affording privacy and quiet. The bathrooms had lots of travertine marble, modern fixtures, and no shortage of hot water. Mine included a shower and soaking tub. The kitchen was small, but all we needed. We enjoyed cooking in it, after pleasant trips to the small local supermercato, where the proprietor and staff were friendly, helpful and fun. Throughout the house the terra-cotta tile floors were cool and clean. Doorways were low, so we did endure a few small bumps, but the rooms once entered were generously sized. Figuring out the laundry cycles in the new washing machine was a challenge and hanging things once washed to dry outside was part of the rustic charm.

The countryside surrounding this home was beautiful agricultural land. We enjoyed so much watching the local farmers lovingly tend their small fields and the sounds of tractors in the distance provided a bucolic soundtrack Short trips to local hill towns were within easy distance and not stressful to drive.

Sylvia, the owner, was a perfect host, friendly and available for questions or advice when we needed it, but quiet and never intrusive. We had a magnificent dinner prepared by Cinzia and Lucciano, which was one of the highlights of our trip.

All in all, I think we would have been hard pressed to find a more perfect spot. If you are looking for a quiet, rejuvenating place for an unharried sojourn, Fonteaggio is for you.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you to these 'peaceful and perfect' guests, who were sensitive to the special qualities of Casa Fontemaggio and the surrounding landscape. It was a privilege to be invited to dine with them and share conviviality, and Cinzia and Luciano's delicious food, on the terrace with the view to the hilltop Renaissance castle. I must thank Robert and Tim for treating the property with respect and leaving it in the immaculate condition they found it in. It is a real joy to have guests who value the relaxing escape I aim to provide at Fontemaggio.
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5

Beautiful villa and well located

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of six; two families. On arrival we found bread, butter, coffee etc. had been provided and fresh flowers in the hallway. A great start and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this unspoilt and, in September, fairly 'untouristy' part of Tuscany.

The villa was quiet and well located for visiting Tuscany, Umbria and beyond. The photographs were a faithful representation of the charming and very well maintained house, pool and gardens. The quality of the kitchen equipment including washing machine/dishwasher was excellent. Notably the provision of all those things that one generally forgets or hopes not to have to buy on holiday, such as loo paper, cleaning materials, bin bags etc. was exceptionally generous. A small point but it sums up the very positive approach of the owners to ensure that their guests have an enjoyable and relaxing stay. They were not at all intrusive but could not have been more helpful or friendly even offering us fresh produce from their garden.

This is one of the best properties that we have leased whether in the UK or elsewhere; we very much hope to have the opportunity to return.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Manly, NSW, Australia
5

A blissful stay at Casa Fontemaggio

  • 5 of 5

Tucked away on the border with Umbria near the Tuscan village of Monterchi, this beautiful seventeenth century farmhouse provided the perfect location for our holiday. We are a family of five who travelled from Australia to spend time with UK-based grandparents and other family members. Months before we had spent many hours online researching potential villas in Italy and were very taken with what Casa Fontemaggio had to offer. The already high expectations we had from the photos on the website were totally surpassed. The photos actually don't do it justice. From the jaw-dropping views from the terrace where we spent many memorable meals, to the simply sublime circular pool fringed by cypress trees, lavender and geraniums; it is all just achingly beautiful. The house itself is very comfortable, well-equipped, tastefully furnished and filled with interesting art pieces and books . An added bonus is that the hosts, who live in the neighbouring barn, are very friendly and extremely helpful. We shared a few proseccos with Sylvia and Martin (and dog Beppo!) on the terrace and cannot speak highly enough about them; genuinely warm, lovely and interesting people. They are there if you need anything but their presence is in no way intrusive if you value your privacy. The situation of the house itself is idyllic; surrounded by rolling Tuscan hills and fields carpeted with sunflowers. We had elderly grandparents aged over 80 in our party so didn’t venture as far afield as we might have done if it was just immediate family. However there are plenty of charming villages to visit locally; Anghiari, San Sepolcro, Citerna, and the beautiful city of Arezzo. A day trip into Florence is easy, only 50 minutes by train. If you stay, make sure you take advantage of the two-day roasted suckling pig sold on a Tuesday at Marcello’s in the local village - it was probably one of the best meals we had. There are plenty of good eating out options, our favourites were the Belvedere restaurant in Citerna and La Pieve Vecchia just outside Monterchi. We will always treasure the memories of our fantastic stay at Casa Fontemaggio and hope to return one day. The Cotton family, Sydney, Australia.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a real pleasure having this warm and friendly extended family, aged from 8 to 80, at Casa Fontemaggio. They truly appreciated how special the property, the surrounding landscape and the local area are and this comes across so clearly in their review. Our favourite quote was from 8 year old Ella: "There's only one thing wrong with this place - it's too nice"!
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Location

Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Perugia, Florence, Pisa
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Ancona
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Arezzo
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Sansepolcro
Car: recommended

The local village of Monterchi is in the historic and desirable S.E. corner of Tuscany near the border with Umbria and is therefore an ideal location for visiting the key attractions of both regions: Arezzo 20 min, Cortona 35 min, Perugia and Gubbio 40 min, Assisi: 45 min, Florence, Siena, San Gimignagno: 1 hour. Within easy reach of several international and budget line airports and motorway routes.

Golf: There is a golf course, 15 minutes away by car.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Monterchi, Arezzo Area

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Easter
24 Mar 2018 - 6 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,900
for 7 nights
£1,900
 
 
Early
7 Apr 2018 - 27 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,550
for 7 nights
£1,550
 
 
Mid
28 Apr 2018 - 25 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,900
for 7 nights
£1,900
 
 
Early high
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,100
for 7 nights
£2,100
 
 
High
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,400
for 7 nights
£2,400
 
 
Late high
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,100
for 7 nights
£2,100
 
 
Low
29 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,550
for 7 nights
£1,550
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Negotiable rates are available for long term rentals and late bookings. Non Saturday-Saturday stays may be available outside the high season. Included in the rates are water, electricity and gas (central heating is extra), cleaning prior to arrival and on departure, weekly maid service and change of bed and bath linen and pool towels. Extras include Italian cooks, extra maid service, heating.

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Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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