About the property
- Villa2852 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Country Home, 600 yr old 'La Fontana': 7 acres Umbrian garden 7 person occupancy
Classic tastefully furnished large farmhouse, of edge of cliff with independent pool and annex, 1 hour from Rome. You can visit Rome and return the same day to the peace and seclusion of your private pool and large gardens. The annex [double bed and single, shower and kitchen] can be rented for $100/day in the off season, without having to rent the main house. The pool opens June 1st and closes on September 15th. The house is for rental by the week or shorter if in shoulder season.
Restored by my mother April with famous architect Prince Antonio Ruffo, this is an authentic stone farm house dating from 1450. Traditionally fitted with marble/travertine fittings, has four bedrooms and three bathrooms with charming annex. It has 7 acres of landscaped gardens and private pool, [open from June 1st to September 15th, depending on weather] terrace, own water supply and photovoltaic electricity.
The house is "country without the club". We have no white tie butlers on call. The surrounding nature has not been sprayed with insecticide; as such insects do occasionally make it into the house. For this we have an ultrasound and "Vape" repellant system which works well as long as it is utilized. In evening you can light citronella candles that repel mosquitos for your dinners al fresco.
The property belonged to the Mandosi Estate, who were the first Bishop's of Amelia. The second bishop of Amelia, became the first bishop of the America's. Amelia has this connection with the new world. These cardinal and Bishop families in Amelia built many of the palaces in old town of Amelia, some of which can be visited such as Palazzo Mandosi, Geraldini, Venturelli and Farattini. Amelia happens to be the oldest continuously inhabited town in the Italian peninsula. You can enjoy the 'men in tights' flag throwing in August.
The house is above a valley with sweeping views over relaxing countryside, and is a working farm with an olive grove which has the rarest olive varietal, 'Rajo' or Raggia/Raggio. Many of these olive trees are over 200 years old and produce an almost unbelievably good walnut flavored olive oil. The house is truly integrated into its landscaped lavendar steps and Italian Cypress and 'herb' surroundings, with a private pool, gazebo and English style gardens, deep in 7 acres of organic farmland and 'centenary' olive grove, own spring water, purified, own photovoltaic electric generation, air-conditioning, tastefully furnished with antiques, a wonderful getaway from which to explore the wonders of Umbria and Tuscany.
As my family home, it is somewhat different from the many of the cement boxes that today masquerade as farmhouses. This home has a few quirks, but is furnished with many antiques, and beautiful works of art and antiquities from more than 2000 years ago.
This is a very eco friendly house, built with love for you to enjoy your stay in Italy.
The accommodation includes, a master bedroom with own ensuite travertine lined bathroom, with views from every room and independent access to garden.
Large double bedroom with independent access to gardens and own travertine lined bathroom accross the hall.
Single bedroom with independent access to garden and shared bathroom.
Sitting room with own library and entertainment center, with beautiful exposed beams, and views over countryside.
Traditional Country kitchen, with exposed chestnut beams, solid 1.5 inch carrara marble counter tops and wash basins, 2 fireplaces, DVD, Satellite TV entertainment center, airconditioning air filtration system, purified spring water, microwave.
Patio with dining al fresco for 8 [teak Uno Piu' furniture]. Outside new Weber gas grill.
Double bedroom in annex, with own carrara marble lined bathroom, and kitchen, airconditioning and TV.
Bicycles are available free for the 2014 season, but we ask that you fill-out a liability waiver and that you wear the bike helmets provided, for your safety. Please note that a security deposit is always required when staying at La Fontana. This is Euro 500, which will be held by Eka my housekeeper and returned to you at the end of your stay, net of Euro 130 which is the final cleaning and inventory fee for the property. As this is an ecologically deigned home we also have had to charge an extra $10/towel for the use of more than 3 towels per person/week, as unfortunately we have had guests who have gone through over 12 towels in a week. The use of the A/c is free. Heating when used for the period October 15th to May 30th is on a metered consumption basis.
Thank you very much for visiting this property online, and we wish you a wonderful stay in La Fontana in 'reality'.
Check in is 16:30 on Saturday. Check out is 10:30 on following Saturday morning.
In Spring and in Autumn/Winter I do rent out just the small house approx 45 m2 for a weekly rental of between $600 and $700. A security deposit and property damage insurance is always required as is final cleaning, as described herein.
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About Philip Corsano
My family is part Italian and part English. I in France and in Seattle USA. I grew up traveling between Surrey/London and Rome, vacationed in St. Mawes Cornwall, and Tuscany. I graduated from LSE - London Business School, worked as a fund manager in London and New York for 25 years, and fed up with the corporate world I decided to sail around the world and explore the world and what it has to offer before it is too late! We keep this lovely home for our now rare family reunions, for which it is eminently suited. I hope you enjoy your stay and welcome your suggestions to make the home a better experience.
Philip Corsano purchased this Villa in 1985
Why Philip Corsano chose Amelia
La Fontana was part of the 600 year old Estate of the Mandosi Barcherini family who were large landowners in the Amelia region. Please make sure to visit the spectacular historic Amelia Theatre built in 1783 and used in many movies The Mandosi's were the first family in Amelia to rise in the hierarchy of the Roman Papal Curia, with Mandosi appointed as the first Bishop of Amelia. The Mandosi family built palaces in Amelia and in Rome starting in 1440. You can visit the Mandosi Barcherini Palace in Amelia in Via Cavour 1. There is also a Mandosi palace in Rome on the left of Piazza Farnese looking at Palazzo Farnese, site of the current French embassy. In 1984 my mother April was looking for a farm house outside Rome. She found La Fontana in a copy of the Italian equivalent of 'Craig's List', or Porta Portese. La Fontana was one of the first she found, and although it was in terrible shape, and had no roof, she immediately saw its potential. The walls were still in reasonable shape, but the house had to be completely rebuilt. She bought the house in 1985 with 3 hectares of land. The Restoration. My mother April hired Prince Antonio Ruffo, an architect and a traditionalist who believed that restoration should not alter the true feel of the house. He and my mother wanted to keep the original 'farm house' feel of La Fontana in the restoration. The main problem for the restoration was that the lower level of the house had been used by animals. The top floor in which humans lived was separated from the lower level. Antonio convinced my mother to maintain direct access to the garden from all rooms on the lower floor of the house. This has meant that the house has many steps to join the top floor to the bottom floor. The pool and the steps were added a year after the house was renovated. The annex was renovated at the same time as the main house with only traditional materials.
What makes this Villa unique
This is my family's home in Italy. It is a very personal home, not at all a cookie cutter rental. You have extensive views of the rolling Italian countryside from the veranda, with al fresco eating, herb garden, fresh olive oil, and great food. We can arrange private cooking for our guests who are interested in Italian and Umbrian regional gastronomic specialities. Private service in Italy is expensive. Your vacation home is very comfortable, kitchen all carrara marble, travertine bathrooms, wireless internet, cable TV. We have also included bicycles [including bike helmets] in the price, as many people want them to tour the sightsYou are only a few minutes from some wonderful baths in Viterbo, the white water rapids of the Nera, wild boar hunting, sailing on the Tuscan coast near Monte Argentario, and the cultural delights of Spoleto, Perugia, Orvieto, Terni and Todi. The home is full of authentic antiques, traditional beams, 'roman' cotto or brick tiles, and travertine marble. It has two fireplaces for the winter, its own spring water, purified, and its own Solar electric power. The pool has its own robot to clean the pool. Please do not tamper with it as it is a very expensive piece of equipment!
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Check-in: 4:30 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Wunderful La Fontana
We spent two wonderful weeks at La Fontana with our two adult children. The house is special and we felt very comfortable.
The kitchen is well-equipped and one can enjoy a big selection of books. The big garden and the pool surrounded with old olive trees were a delight and perfect to rest from some long hikes in the mornings.
The housekeepers Eka and Fausto were such nice people who took care that we have a good time. Philip the owner was very kind and responsive and his detailed recommendations were helpful to find the best groceries and some great restaurants.
Even though the house is so near to the charming little town Amelia it is very quiet and you feel like far out in nature. The Architecture is perfect for a Family or group of friends to spend time together and at the same time having private space where every room has a separate door to the garden.
We visit Umbria since many years and realized that there are so many more charming places to discover in this part of Umbria.
This place is to be recommended and we will hopefully come back again!
Thank you very much for your kind review Franziska. We do so appreciate people who enjoy this house and would be delighted to see you again.
Philip Eka and the team.
We just spent 9 days in La Fontana and we loved it. The house is really nice and very well located in the middle of olive trees 5 minutes from Amelia. Beautifull settings and very good comfort.
Thank you very much
Our holiday at La Fontana
We spent a special holiday with our four grown up children (Left the grandkids and partners at home). This was the perfect setting for an intimate family holiday. The house and surroundings are gorgeous; we were reluctant to leave the beautiful old place, and enjoyed the homely ambience. The problem was lack of time to read through the walls of wonderful books and listen to the large selection of music. We bought fresh local produce during our daily travels, local wine and cheese and cooked many delicious meals in the comfortable well-equiped kitchen.
I would not recommend it to anyone with dificulty managing steep stairs.
The trees were in bloom and the wisteria creeper at its best.
We were met by the pleasant housekeeper and found the house well kept and clean. We used the hammocks under the trees. Amelia is close by and a gem of a town. You need a car to get around.
Philip the owner, provided us with lots of useful information prior to the trip. We would recommend this lovely old farmhouse to families visiting Umbria and wanting a quiet and peaceful surroundings.
Thank you very much
La Fontanna/ Umbria
My family and I spent a wonderful week in Umbria at La Fontanna. My 3 daughters and husbands stayed in the main house and my wife and I slept in the adjacent cottage. We bought the fresh local produce, cheeses and wine and had several enjoyable meals outside overlooking the incredible vistas. We did venture out for some short day trips like the excellent local Zanchi winery, but in general we got to know Amelia over our short week there. What a gem. The people were wonderful, helpful and friendly, despite our massacre of of their language. The local cathedrals were gorgeous and we got to know the cheese lady well with a visit there every other day. I can't think of much to say in a negative light about our stay there. If there had been functional screens on the windows we might have slept with open windows and enjoyed the cool evenings more. Aside from that one small thing, no complaints. We would go back in a heartbeat. What a beautiful place.
Thank you so much. Fausto and Eka put a lot of effort into making sure our guests are happy. They will feel so appreciated. And yes we will place screens on the windows. Thank you again for your constructive comments.
Wonderful stay in Amelia & Umbria
Quaint and cozy - not luxury but definitely a unique and absolutely gorgeous and peaceful location. The house is historic and interesting, very comfortable. We (6 of us) made several dinners in the kitchen that was fully appointed. Beautiful views from every window! The smells of the Lavender and Rosemary and cedar were intoxicating. Great location and setting. We made day trips to Firenze, Assisi, Cortana - a car is needed. Amelia is a nice village/town. Owner was great to work with and very responsive to questions Highly recommend!!
Thank you very much. Glad you enjoyed the house.
Amazing and Spectacular!
Briefly, we had an amazing time and everything was spectacular. What a beautiful home. We were so happy to have been able to enjoy it. I will send more comments when we are home but overall very positive. This a superb home for a family. Every room has access to the garden so even in the off season you are able to be independent and wander around the beautiful grounds filled with lavender and olive trees. The house is spotless and beautifully furnished. Everything is so authentic. The small town of Amelia is a charming hill town only a 35 minute train ride from Rome and a 20 minute train ride to Orvieto. We were in a serene place off the beaten track and it was a great home base for all of our adventures. Pam M. Portland OR
Thank you so much.
Amelia is sited on rolling hills, bordered on the north by thick woods and on the south by olive groves and vineyards. The walls originate from the pre-Etruscan period (2000 BC) while the town has maintained its medieval plan without significant change in centuries. It has been said that Amelia is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement on the Italian peninsula, and has many layers of civilization. From the Roman period the most striking vestiges are the ancient cisterns and the statue of Germanico. The town people are charming and there are some good restaurants that serve typical Umbrian food. Wine producers are all around and it is fun to go round the local Cantine. We have some wonderful wine producers nearby in Montecchio, [Falesco], in Amelia, Colli Amerini, [Carbio] and Castello delle Regine. A short drive away are the amazing vineyards of Montefalco, which have some of the best wines in Italy, including the prize winning Arnaldo Caprai, Sagrantino. The same can be done for the olive oil, the local production is the best in Italy. The harvest season is usually mid November. We produce our own very high grade olive oil, from 200 rare Olive trees of the Rajo variety. Many of our trees are nearly 200 years old. You can participate in our Olive harvest, and enjoy a traditional Umbrian treat of good Olive Oil, bruschetta, good wine and food, after a day socializing in the trees!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Final Cleaning Inventory fee of Euro 130 is ALWAYS assessed - & paid in Cash to Eka, my housekeeper upon arrival. This is addition to your rental. We have an energy use surcharge if you use more than 300 kWh per week. La Fontana is a green property, run with love and as such we try to encourage you to switch off lights when not in use. Please use air conditioning sparingly. We have a meter and we check the meter at arrival and departure. If use over 300 kWh/week a surcharge of Euro 50 per additional increments over 300 kWh/week in 100 Kwh/week will be deducted from deposit. Please note that we encourage our guests to re-use towels, and hope that two towels per week/person are sufficient. Please use the red and colored towels only for the pool. The house towels are yellow and light blue. If you need addition laundry and sheet changes we assess a fee of $20 per towel or sheet change. General: Cash safety deposit of Euro 500 is payable to my house-keeper upon arrival, unless opted for $5,000 in insurance at time of booking. Wear & tear does NOT include breakages or "extreme" soiling, nor damages to house and equipment.