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An elegant, 17th Century Tuscan Farmhouse in a glorious location among Tuscan and Umbrian hills, only minutes from the beautiful Etruscan walled town of Cortona. Perfect all year round: walk or cycle in the hills, soak at the Thermal Spa, shop in fresh produce markets, attend open air concerts and opera. Close to Siena, Assisi and the Wine Country. Set in landscaped gardens of roses, poppies, lavender, chestnuts, cypresses, olive groves and sunflower fields. Feel the magic spark at this beautiful 400 year old property into which we breathed new life. Activities for children of all ages. Exquisitely decorated interiors, the utmost attention to detail and furnished with country charm; chestnut beamed ceilings, terracotta tiled floors, twin and double bedrooms with marble tiled en-suite bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, large living rooms with wood burning fireplaces, a reading library, outdoor patios with barbecues for al fresco dining.
Fontanella: Cortona Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 53280ha
Elegance, style, space and comfort in an independent luxury barn, ideal for friends travelling together or a family. 2 beautifully decorated bedrooms with French windows, each with its own marble-tiled bathroom. Large, country kitchen, fully fitted with locally crafted cabinets, granite surfaces, dishwasher & washing machine; interior dining area to seat 12; very large living room with seating for 8 comfortably; 1 large double sofabed; 1 upright piano, reading library, TV, DVD, telephone. The rooms have high wooden-beamed ceilings and all open directly onto a private garden with views of our olive grove. Under the shelter of century old oak trees, the terrace with charming fountain and barbecue offers relaxed dining al fresco.
La Fontanella property may also be used for cookery courses, demonstrations and a variety of workshops. The living room can be converted into a small lecture room with video projection facilities, sound system and conference table.
Individually decorated bedrooms with wood beamed ceilings, terracotta tiled floors and traditional wooden furniture. Cotton linens and towels with blankets and duvets in tasteful fabrics.
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Early Season Jan 10 - May 15, 2015 4 night min stay
Late Season Sep 19 - Dec 19, 2015 4 night min stay
My Standard Rate 5 night min stay
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Nearby amenities: In our village of Montanare-Pergo, just 10 minutes walk from the house, there is a delightful cafe with outdoor seating, pizzeria, restaurants, local food-market and post office. Explore the Etruscan walled, medieval hill town of Cortona, a hidden gem perched majestically on the sun-drenched slopes of Monte Egidio. As you walk around this ancient and noble town you cannot help but sense the vibrations of more than 2500 centuries of history. Cortona inspired Francis Mayes to write her best-seller ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’. There is a delightful selection of street cafes, restaurants, theatre, markets & shops to enjoy and the town hosts many events during the year:- outdoor concerts, musical & opera (June, July, August); ‘Giostra del Archidado’ (jousting - May);; Antiques' Fair (September); the Diocesan and Etruscan museums are world renowned. Located on the border of both Tuscany and Umbria you can take advantage of both regions.
Other Activities: Culinary events
Property features; Children's activities - see extra page
Year Purchased: 1995
About the owner: Pino (Italian) and Caroline (English) met in Yorkshire, married and have 3 children. For 20 years they have been running walking tours (Caspin Journeys) and managing their rental apartments at Molino di Bordone, historic Tuscan farmhouse and flour mill.
Why the Owner Chose Cortona: When we stood in the driveway we knew it was right for us. At the time it was still a ruin and had been empty for over 30 years ! But we were drawn by the peacefulness of the place. There were no roads nearby making it safe for the children to play freely.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: We love the 360 degree views of wooded hills, vineyards, olive groves, lake and stream running through. At the house there is the lovely big swimming pool with loungers and grassy areas for sunbathing and reading. For families with children there are soccer & volley ball nets, a croquet lawn, swings and climbing frame, bikes of various sizes and a trampoline, used not just for jumping but also star gazing at night - we have no light pollution. We are walking distance (1km) from 2 coffee bars, food market, 2 restaurants, pizzeria, beauty salon, hairdressers, hardware store, clothing shop. We are only minutes from the historic town of Cortona and yet immersed in tranquility. you can walk, run or bike for miles and not need to touch the asphalt.