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Tower-House in 15th Century Borgo Fontanini - with mountain views

Bedrooms 5
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

15th Century Tower-House, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, living room

Casa del Podere in Borgo Fontanini is a fortified house-tower set in 20 acres of fruit groves and chestnut woods in the beautiful region of Emilia Romagna. Just 45 minutes from the centre of Bologna and Modena. This location represents the perfect base to enjoy your holiday in Italy. The house is very comfortable and offers a breathtaking view over the valleys and mountains of the Apennines. It is perfect for small groups of 6 persons as well as for larger groups up to12 people traveling together, as it is offers 5 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen with open fireplace, a spacious living room with eating table, panoramic terrace with furniture and barbeque. The villages of Montombraro and Zocca, with restaurants, shops, swimming pools and tennis courts are at walking distance. We organize cookery courses for enthusiastic amateurs, gourmets and anyone who appreciates food, wine and cooking.

Property Manager
Silvia Vignati
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, Italian, Nederlands
Calendar last updated:
21 February, 2017

About Silvia Vignati

Born in Bologna in 1973, I have a university degree in foreign languages and literature's. I work at the Agrotourism "I Fontanini" since its opening in 2003, where I manage the customers, the advertising and the public relations.

Silvia Vignati purchased this castle in 1980

Why Silvia Vignati chose Modena

Bologna and Modena 1 hour far away, mountain views, fresh air, pleasant climate both in the summer and in the winter, the quietness, the wild nature, the singing birds, the excellent food and wines, the friendly people in the village. Village fairs, excursions and plenty of activities organized from May until November. Montombraro famous swimming pool and the Parco dei Sassi di Roccamalatina.

What makes this castle unique

Living in this house is like living in different Centuries at one time: the house is in fact made up of different buildings constructed along the centuries. The living room is the most ancient part, it is like a fortress dominating the valley from its massive stone walls and it dates back to 14th Century. The sleeping area is an ancient 16th century dove cote tower and the recently added entrance, kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms only date back to the 17th Century. The house is enchanting, spacious, and let you enjoy small landscape paintings from every window. The big kitchen with fireplace is the heart of the house, where meals are prepared and consumed together. The bedrooms are spacious, cosy and comfortable and the quietness of the location lets everybody sleep very well.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Choosing Fontanini as our holiday destination was an excellent idea! Our family spent two lovely weeks in "Casa del podere" in the beginning of July 2006 enjoying pleasent climate, fresh air, quietness, beautiful views and buildings. The friendly and warm hearted people made us feel like home.

As a designer I paid attention to the interior which had been decorated with good taste. The kids were lucky to have a well equipped swimming pool nearby in the village. That´s why it wasn´t worth driving all the way to the seaside. After doing it once we were happy to be back among the friendly village people away from tourist places...But it was nice to go shopping to Bologna and Modena now and then. The history of art and architecture makes the city of Florence worth visiting over and over again.

Family Leinonen from Espoo, Finland

Leila, Eero, Kaarle (13), Kreeta (12), Max (6) and Viktoria (3 yrs old)
Jun 2006
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday castle in Zocca in Emilia Romagna

Property Type:
  • castle
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Bathroom 1-ground floor- wc, shower, bidet and sink. Bathroom 2 -1st floor- wc, shower, bidet and sink. Bathroom 3 -1st floor- wc, shower, bidet and sink.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 12 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 on the ground floor, has got a double king-size bed and a cot. Bedroom 2 on the 1st floor, king size bed. Bedroom 3 on the 1st floor, king size bed. Bedroom 4 on the 1st floor, has got 2 twins. Bedroom 5 on the 2nd floor, has got 2 twins.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Notes on accommodation: WIFI included. Cot and highchair for children free of charge. Outside: There is a panoramic terrace provided with table, chairs, deck-chairs and BBQ for dining al fresco. Utility Room: Washing machine available in a separate laundry room. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bathroom towels, bed linens and kitchen towels are provided, they are changed every week. Cleaning 1 x week. Extra cleaning service available.



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Prices & Availability

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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £126.33

The costs for central heating, when needed, are extra and depend on the amount of gas used, which is metered upon arrival and departure. Baby cot and high chair for free. Pets allowed if previously agreed with the owner at 30 Euros per week. Extra bed Euro 70 per week. Baby cot and high chair for free.

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