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Sylvia Levy-Nichols

Member since: 2002
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Speaks English, French, German, Italian

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

25 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Perugia area - 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.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sylvia Levy-Nichols (Owner)
Member since: 2002
Call Owner
Speaks English, French, German, Italian

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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based on 25 holidaymaker reviews

Tuscany: 17th century hillside farmhouse villa - private pool - stunning views
average rating of 4.92 based on 26 reviews
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

"beyond my wildest fantasies"

  • 5 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: Jun 5, 2008
  • Date of Stay: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning home just outside of a beautiful, little village

  • 5 of 5

The pictures are beautiful and the reality is even better! When Martin and Sylvia first walked us around the property when we arrived, we were stunned by the beauty of the grounds. There is beautiful landscaping at every turn and a seemingly endless number of places to sit outside and enjoy the surroundings. The pool is a calm oasis (which is much bigger than it looks) with comfortable lounge chairs and plenty of shade to get a break from the Tuscan summer sun.

The inside of the restored farmhouse oozes charm. The exposed ceilings and low doorways remind you of the history of the home, but the kitchen and beautifully remodeled bathrooms are completely modern (the great water pressure in the showers was a nice surprise!) Our bedroom had stunning views all around, even from the bathroom! There isn't AC but the large bedroom fans kept us pretty cool and comfortable at night.

Sylvia and Martin stayed in the tobacco house next door which was handy to ask them questions and advice, but they were never obtrusive and when we wanted privacy, we hardly knew they were there. We hired Cinzia and Luciano one night to cook dinner and, as others have stated, it was one of the best meals we had in 2 weeks in Italy and was a wonderful splurge.

In Monterchi, you truly feel like you are a resident of Italy. The little hill town is picturesque and nearby Anghiari was one of our favorites. We ate twice at the nearby La Pieve Vecchia, which seemed to be a favorite of local Italians, and when we visited, the restaurant was surrounded by gorgeous fields of sunflowers. Marcello's little market (5 minutes from the house) has great salami, cheese, pesto, all the basics and lots of wine. The family doesn't speak much English but are so gracious and helpful. We took a wine tasting day tour to Chianti with Very Tuscany tours (also available to other wine regions) which I recommend as well. We travelled around quite a bit, and found the area around Monterchi to be one of the most beautiful that we saw. It is a calm, farming area but still close enough to take day trips to hill towns all around the area.

I can't say enough good things about Casa Fontemaggio. We loved our weeklong stay there and were very sad to leave.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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California, USA

Wonderful second stay at Casa Fontemaggio

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd visit to Monterchi and Casa Fontemaggio. We were truly lucky to be able to stay at this magnificent home again. We were here in 2012 celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary with friends. This time we came with the same friends and their two teenage sons. Friends from Belgium also joined us in the evenings for many wonderful dinners at this beautiful property. They were able to stay within walking distance of us.

I cannot say enough positive things about this home. The bathrooms have been remodeled since we were here in 2012 and they are nicely done. The upstairs bathrooms are absolutely beautiful. This home easily sleeps 6 people without any problems and I'm sure 8 people would fit just as nicely. Each couple had their own private room and bathroom and the teenager's each had their own beautiful bedroom and they shared a bathroom.

We cooked in almost every evening and enjoyed the amazing views while we dined on the terrace or ate inside by the fireplace in the dining room.

The gardens, terraces and pool are absolutely breathtaking. I spent many mornings by the pool taking in the views after enjoying a lovely early-morning walk each day.

The town of Monterchi has a grocery store with friendly people that genuinely try and help you even if you do not speak Italian very well. There are so many small towns within a short drive of this property and within 30 to 60 minutes you can visit some of the most beautiful hill towns in Tuscany and Umbria. Sylvia provides a guide with many recommended towns nearby.

The owners of Casa Fontemaggio are the nicest people and we truly enjoyed spending time with them during the stay. I happen to ask Sylvia about walking in the area and she invited us on a lovely walking tour that was organized by locals in the area. We were also able to enjoy dinner with them during our stay.

One thing I would highly recommend is hiring Cinzia to cook a meal for you and your family or guests while you're staying in this home. We did this in 2012 and also this trip. The food is absolutely fantastic and everything is made from scratch.

The Wi-Fi works well and you can even get work done by the pool if needed. The home has a washing machine. There is plenty of space inside and outside to spend together or find privacy. The kitchen is a joy to cook in.

Thank you Sylvia, Martin and Beppo for allowing vacationers to be able to live like an Italian in a breathtaking area =)

  • Review Submitted: Dec 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are touched that Leslie and Scott were so delighted by their second stay at Fontemaggio, that they took the trouble to express their thoughts in writing. As these guests regularly stay in holiday rental properties around the world, it is a privilege to know that they and their friends really appreciate the special qualities of Fontemaggio and the surrounding area. Thank you - we truly look forward to welcoming you back!
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Paradise in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

Paradise in Tuscany

This property is exceptional and well exceeded our high expectations. We have stayed in several Tuscan properties, at a similar rental rate, and this is, without doubt, the best. The web site photos, good as they are, can not capture the wow factor of this house. Staying at Fontemaggio is like having a boutique hotel all to yourselves. The spacious property is a stylish blend of contemporary and vintage furniture. Each of the three master bedrooms was comfortable and tastefully decorated. The bathrooms are superb - better than any luxury hotel I have stayed in. The kitchen worked really well. It is thoughtfully equipped and has a well designed layout, with a big central marble topped island which was great for shared cooking and wine tasting! The circular pool is much bigger than we expected and the whole pool area is enchanting – well furnished, beautifully planted, wonderful scents and views to hills, olive groves and castles. We loved hanging out on the big dining terrace with its cinematic view to the castle of Lippiano. We also appreciated the deep shade of the loggia for lunchtimes. The location is perfect, in the middle of the peaceful countryside , surrounded by sunflowers, yet only minutes away from the village. It is also ideally located for easy travel to the main attractions in Tuscany, Umbria and the Marches. We even took the train from Arezzo to Rome for the day. Sylvia’s recommendations were the perfect guidebook and made sure we did not overlook the many local gems. There are a range of great restaurants around Monterchi and each meal was a memorable pleasure.

We are dreaming of our return to this Tuscan paradise..........

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Juliet and David for your generous comments. I am delighted that this happy group of guests so appreciated what a stay at Fontemaggio has to offer. I understand how important holidays are and it is so satisfying that, yet again, Fontemaggio and the local area have given so much pleasure. The title 'Paradise in Tuscany' perfectly sums up how we feel.
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Cleveland, OH, USA

Expectations exceeded!

  • 5 of 5

Our week at the villa will go down as a truly remarkable visit to a beautiful part of the world in a magical villa. The property was beautifully situated in the Tuscan hillside, ideal for day trips to charming hilltop towns and perfect for long walks in a lovely landscape. The villa was both comfortable yet rustically elegant. Just what we had hoped to find in Tuscany! Whether it was coffee or wine on the terrace, or breakfast on the high patio, the views were serene and beautifully pastoral. Sylvia and Martin were lovely, attentive and gracious hosts. They provided plenty of useful information about day trips, local restaurants and tips about navigating the road and rails. Certainly, one of the trip's highlights was the local chef Sylvia arranged to make a delicious dinner for our group of six. Homemade ravioli, delicious duck, local greens and a homemade fruit tart for dessert made it a wonderful way to ease into our vacation. The villa was everything we possibly could have hoped for. The attention to detail throughout villa certainly captured a feel for all that is Tuscan. Sylvia made us feel welcome and treated us like friends. We have and will recommend Casa Fontemaggio to all our friends. Ciao!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to welcome Lynn and Bruce and their friends. They were really 'simpatico' to what makes Fontemaggio so special and made full use of what the property and location have to offer. I am delighted they felt their stay was authentically Tuscan. I particularly like the word 'magical' - an adjective many guests have used to describe their stay at Fontemaggio.
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fantastic house

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent the most fantastic week to celebrate my husband's birthday with our family

Such a wonderful position with superb views of the nearby villages

This lovely house was far more superior than the website could express and the pictures don't do it justice.

A brilliant location for easy access to the major cities for sightseeing.

Thank you to Sylvia and her husband for making our stay so comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased that yet again, Fontemaggio has made a holiday, and a significant birthday celebration, a special one. It's reassuring to know that for so many guests the house, grounds and views exceed expectations.
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Perugia, Florence, Pisa
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
100 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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Monterchi, Anghiari - Sansepolcro area

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
high 2016
2 Jul 2016 - 26 Aug 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
late high
27 Aug 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
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for 7 nights
late 2016
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4 Mar 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
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8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
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22 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
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29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
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early high
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
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late high
26 Aug 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Perugia area in Umbria

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 275 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • 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
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 16 deck chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • 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
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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