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TUSCANY: 17TH CENTURY HILLSIDE FARMHOUSE VILLA - PRIVATE POOL - STUNNING VIEWS

Sylvia Levy-Nichols

Speaks French, German, Italian, English
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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Sylvia Levy-Nichols

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TUSCANY: 17TH CENTURY HILLSIDE FARMHOUSE VILLA - PRIVATE POOL - STUNNING VIEWS

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Monterchi - Casa Fontemaggio

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.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Events Allowed

Sylvia Levy-Nichols

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Speaks French, German, Italian, English
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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 18 holidaymaker reviews

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Tuscany: 17th century hillside farmhouse villa - private pool - stunning views
average rating of 4.888889 based on 18 reviews
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Tuscany: 17th century hillside farmhouse villa - private pool - stunning views
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p7115
+44 (0)1323 423122
Monterchi Anghiari - Sansepolcro area
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
5

"BEYOND MY WILDEST FANTASIES"

"beyond my wildest fantasies"
  • 5 out of 5
Fontemaggio was even more beautiful than both the description and photos and the surrounding countryside was spectacular . The villa offers a magical escape with miles of walks and views as well as being set in an area that is rich in history, art, fabulous food and wine.
We were given a lovely welcome basket on arrival and never stopped feeling overwhelmed by the attention and care with which the villa had been designed and decorated both inside and in the surrounding gardens. The excursions and restaurants in the visitor's booklet were exceptional and we were grateful for and learned to depend on all the recommendations.
Not only would I highly recommend a stay at Fontemaggio to everyone but I would happily return anytime. When I asked a travelling companion if she wanted to contibute to the description she said that "beyond my wildest dreams" pretty well sums it up.
  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2008
  • Date of Stay: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Tuscany: 17th century hillside farmhouse villa - private pool - stunning views
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p7115
+44 (0)1323 423122
Monterchi Anghiari - Sansepolcro area
5

AN EXCELLENT CHOICE.....

  • 5 out of 5
"My family and friends absolutely fell in love with Casa Fontemaggio: the house is perfectly situated at the top of a small hill which means wonderful views from coffee to cocktails. The locations is within a short drive of a supermarket, butcher, pharmacy and a couple of excellent restaurants: go to Il Travato at the top of the hill in nearby Monterchi and ask them to just bring out whatever is special that day and serve family style. It was probably the best restaurant meal of our stay, and not just because it was so reasonable. We all enjoyed hiking in the hills and then relaxing by the pool: it is a house organized for enjoyment. Our party of 3 former restaurant owners were very happy with the centre island kitchen layout which allowed us to cook as a family every day. The beds felt brand new, lots of pillows and there was never any issue with hot water, even with 4 couples in the house. The living room was very comfortable for 8 to sit and read, watch movies or just relax. An excellent choice for a family holiday"
  • Review Submitted: 09-Dec-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted that Cheryl and her friends, who I know had high professional expectations, were so happy with their stay at Fontemaggio. Particularly pleasing was their appreciation of Fontemaggio as ‘a house organized for enjoyment’.
business
Tuscany: 17th century hillside farmhouse villa - private pool - stunning views
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p7115
+44 (0)1323 423122
Monterchi Anghiari - Sansepolcro area
5

WHAT CAN YOU SAY TO DO THIS AMAZING PLACE CREDIT?

  • 5 out of 5
The most beautiful place we have ever stayed in. The house and surroundings are the stuff of dreams. We chilled by the pool with the kids by day and visited the lovely towns and villages by night for drinks and lovely local food. The lady owner, Sylvia, was always on hand to ensure we made the best of the Tuscan/Umbrian culture. The only downside was that we booked a week and not a fortnight. A breathtaking place that we loved to bits. We will definitely be back.
  • Review Submitted: 21-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: How marvellous that Emily’s stay made such a memorable impression, that she is still reminiscing about it long after the holiday. I am so pleased that once again Casa Fontemaggio has worked its magic on adults and children alike.
business
Tuscany: 17th century hillside farmhouse villa - private pool - stunning views
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p7115
+44 (0)1323 423122
Monterchi Anghiari - Sansepolcro area
Carlsbad CA, USA
5

A STEP BACK IN TIME AND LIFE....

  • 5 out of 5
A dream come true! We were a couple and two singles staying for a week. I had the gorgeous top-most bedroom, and the views from my windows took my breath away every day. The little town of Monturkey was a delight and only 2 Km away. Marcello, at the little grocery store, treated us like family and gave us free samples of his homemade wine (a new thing for us at a grocery store!) Later in the week, when he roasted his pig, he invited us all to his home for pork sandwiches and more wine. The villa owner, Sylvia, was there for the first two days of our visit and she was so helpful, while providing us our privacy. She even had a new DVD player delivered for us mid-week as the one in place was no longer working. I loved having to duck under every low doorway, I felt like a medieval princess in a castle. We cooked in the beautiful kitchen, we swam in the amazing pool, and we visited nearby hill towns. It was perfect and I hated to leave. Thank you, Sylvia!
  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am touched that Jerri was so moved by her stay at Casa Fontemaggio that she took the time and trouble to commit her thoughts to writing. I take great pleasure in knowing that the house continues to enchant guests and that they are able to relish the beauty of the surrounding landscape and the friendliness of the local community.
business
Tuscany: 17th century hillside farmhouse villa - private pool - stunning views
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p7115
+44 (0)1323 423122
Monterchi Anghiari - Sansepolcro area
California, USA
5

WONDERFUL 20TH ANNIVERSARY TUSCAN EXPERIENCE.....

  • 5 out of 5
Casa Fontemaggio is one of the best holiday homes we have ever rented. We spend 3 weeks 1-2 times per year in Europe and always enjoy renting a home instead of staying in a hotel. Sylvia answered my many, many, many, many numerous e-mails very timely and always without any irritation which is very important to me when I am spending hours and hours researching homes. Casa Fontemaggio was beyond our expectations and the pictures truly do not show how beautiful the property is. What they show is wonderful but when Sylvia greeted us upon arrival and showed us the grounds I am sure my jaw was needing to be closed. The grounds with many eating areas and pool were our favorite place to spend the afternoon enjoying local wines after a morning of site seeing in the areas around the property. The lavender, rosemary, citrus, cypress, many herbs, geranium plants, etc were lovely. The inside of the house was comfortable and we enjoyed every morning and evening cooking in the well equipped kitchen. There was plenty of room for the four of us and the house can easily accommodate eight. My favorite area was the pool and I enjoyed each afternoon there gazing out at the magnificent view!

Martin and Sylvia were in town staying the barn located near the house and it was a pleasure to meet both of them and have some time to chat with them and enjoy their sweet rescue dog :)

I had asked for bikes to rent while we where there and Sylvia had them delivered and they were awaiting our arrival and I truly appreciated that!

We were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary along with our good friends that were also celebrating their 20th and we all had an amazing time at Casa Fontemaggio. Cinzia and Patrizia were hired to cook for us one evening and the meal was the best we had while in Tuscany. They spent hours preparing the meal with the many courses and everything tasted beyond possible description.

We look forward to coming back in 2014 and staying even longer. Thank you again Sylvia for always being there to answer my questions and offering such a beautiful place for people like us to enjoy. We can't wait to come back again in the future.
  • Review Submitted: 12-Oct-2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a privilege to have the opportunity to meet guests – particularly such appreciative and enthusiastic ones. Casa Fontemaggio is a really special place, so I was pleased to be able to help in making this holiday there a memorable one.
business
Tuscany: 17th century hillside farmhouse villa - private pool - stunning views
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p7115
+44 (0)1323 423122
Monterchi Anghiari - Sansepolcro area
Lancashire
5

BEAUTIFUL HOUSE...

  • 5 out of 5
What can I say that hasn't been said before..! Fontemaggio can only exceed your expectations, and believe me our expectations were high!

The house itself is a perfect example of the rustic charm you would hope for in a Tuscan farmhouse. Every detail seems to have been considered with a view to ensuring your stay is perfect. It was lovely to find simple things available like towels that you could use around the pool and hairdryers in every bedroom, as well as beautifully scented lavender soaps in the bathrooms.

The setting is "breathtaking" to quote a previous reviewer with the house standing proudly above lush fields of various local crops. Wild flowers, including swathes of poppies, border the fields around the house making it utterly picture perfect. Make a mental note to listen out for the nightingale at the front of the house in the evening; it’s very special.

It is very easy to get out and about and explore the plethora of hilltop towns and villages that seem to be scattered throughout this beautiful area. Monterchi itself is stunning and Marcello and family at the local supermarket reflected the wonderfully friendly nature of the locals. Our 9 year old daughter loved visiting the store; something to do with the big smiles, warm hugs and the chupa chups lollies she seemed to be given each time we were there! Not quite the same shopping experience in the UK!

The weather was glorious for our week so much time was spent lazing around the pool only pausing for a few hours at lunchtime to partake of the salamis, hams, salads, and of course vino, under the dappled shade of the wisteria covered pergola which overlooks the pool.

I'm sure we will visit again and would certainly recommend the house to anyone wanting to partake of a true Tuscan experience.
  • Review Submitted: 13-Jun-2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review perfectly sums up what I love about the house and local area. I am delighted that guests too are able to experience what makes a stay at Casa Fontemaggio so special.

Location

Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Perugia, Florence, Pisa
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Ancona
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Arezzo
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Sansepolcro
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
beach
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
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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Rental rates for this holiday farmhouse in Monterchi, Anghiari - Sansepolcro area

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Rental Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
28 Jun 2014 - 29 Aug 2014
7 night minimum stay
£2,250
 
 
30 Aug 2014 - 26 Sep 2014
7 night minimum stay
£1,950
 
 
27 Sep 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
7 night minimum stay
£1,250
 

Notes

  • 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 available on request include: central heating; additional maid service; an Italian cook for either occasional or regular meals; cookery classes; taxi service for airport transfers, trips, dining out or daily chauffeuring.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Monterchi in Anghiari - Sansepolcro area

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 275 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
General:
  • Wood Stove
  • Living Room
  • Firewood
  • Basic Soaps
  • Iron & Board
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Internet
  • Wireless Internet
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Safe
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Parking
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Oven
  • Kitchen
  • Dishes & Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • Child's Highchair
  • 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. In addition there is a shower room and 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 2 - 2 Single Bed , with en-suite bathroom, walk in wardrobe
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , is a suite, with sitting room and en suite shower room
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , External access to bathroom of bedroom 2
  • The twin room may be made up as a double on request. 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. 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:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 16 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Events Allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • Babysitter
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain biking
  • golf pass optional
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • golf
  • 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. One double and the twin/ double bedroom 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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