Farmhouse in Fontignano, Perugia, Umbria, Italy
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About Emma Cordingley
I am the booking agent for L'Antica Sorgente, my name is Emma and I live in the Niccone Valley, Umbria, with my husband, two daughters and our cat and dog. We run a small rentals agency called Gorgacce Rentals, named after the first house my parents owned here which they bought in the 1980's. In those days before the internet they were very successful at renting their house to holiday-makers and their neighbours asked if they could rent their houses too and from this grew our rentals agency. Seeking a better life Martin and I (with our then one year old daughter, Isabel,) moved here in 1999 and have taken over most of the running of the rental business although my mum still keeps the accounts! The owner: I fell in love with Italy and Umbria as a student when learning Italian at the "University for Foreigners" in Perugia, and always felt that I wanted to end up with a home nearby. When I retired I found a 300 year old abandoned farmhouse in an idyllic position on a hillside in the country 22kms from Perugia and bought it some years ago. It took me three years to restore.
Emma Cordingley purchased this Farmhouse in 2006
Why Emma Cordingley chose Fontignano
The property is in an elevated position on a hillside about 365 metres (1200ft) above sea level and 750 metres out of the village of Fontignano, where the Renaissance painter Perugino died and is buried. It is a stone's throw from the remains of Fontignano's medieval castle - a romantic and peaceful setting. Thus, although tranquil and completely secluded, with panoramic views for miles over the Umbrian countryside, it is not remote. Umbria is known as the "green heart of Italy" and visitors to the house will understand why. As part of the restoration work the road leading up the hill to the house was re-paved (tarmac) so that access by car is easy.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Apart from the beautiful position, a feature of the property in summer is the swimming pool which is 11mts by 6mts (about 36 by 20 feet). For those with children there is a well known water park in nearby Tavernelle with slides etc, said to be the largest in Umbria. The house has WiFi and satellite TV. Ryanair now offer flights from Stansted to Perugia almost every day in summer. The airport is only 32 kms away - a short journey.
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Had 2 weeks here, first with our three now grown up daughters, the second with friends. It was a perfect setting to relax, unwind and catch up. So beautiful and lovely layout. Our bedroom had the most beautiful bathroom I have ever seen !!
Also good point to explore Umbria from, Lake Tresimeno, Assisi, and the more local delights. Absolutely loved it. Highly recommended.
My sister and I rented this house for a our two families plus parents and are we couldn't have chosen better than L'Antica Sorgente. It was a delightful, relaxing house to stay in, the nearby area was friendly and interesting and the views are just incredible. I wish I was back there now sitting at the table under the pergiola. We did have some issues with the wifi that were quickly resolved.
Even better than the pictures!
My family of 10 stayed here for two weeks and loved, loved, loved it. The pictures really can’t do it justice, because there is a three dimensional luxuriousness about the settling that just can’t be captured. The setting on a hill, overlooking rolling hills of Umbria, with western, sunset exposure from the terrace is incredible. We had all our meals on the large table on the terrace, under the canopy of vines. Dinners, with golden sunset light shining on us. There was a beautiful flowering luscious vine covering the front door that was so strongly scented you could smell it everywhere. The pool was immaculately kept and refreshing, but not too cold, even at the end of May. Almost every day, Adriano, the groundskeeper, would check in, speak in friendly and very patient Italian, and deal with our garbage (which was substantial for a group of 10). The bedrooms in the main house are generous and beautiful, each with it’s own bathroom. The outbuilding rooms are a little more rustic, but fine. Being on the hill, we had lovely breezes to cool down the hot days, and sounds of birds were lovely. We felt like we had dropped into a movie about the ultimate Italian vacation. I can’t recommend this villa enough, if you are looking for the perfect family vacation.
Wow Loren, thanks for this great review. We are so delighted that you enjoyed your stay and that you took the time to review L'Antica Sorgente.
An Italian gem
Celebrating my mother's 80th birthday at this wonderful house with a large family party was absolutely brilliant for all the family. We loved the house which is comfortable, well furnished and equipped and the surrounding area is particularly beautiful. In May it was full of wildflowers and we had several walks from the house. We would definitely return given the opportunity.
We are so pleased your enjoyed your holiday at L'Antica Sorgente.
Can't wait to come back
We had such a nice stay at L'Antica Sorgente that we are thinking of booking next year. Loved the house, loved the location and the fantastic weather.
Thanks very much for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay at L'Antica Sorgente and look forward to seeing you again.
Wonderfully located Umbrian farmhouse
Having stayed here with family and friends in early October, I would highly recommend this handsomely restored farmhouse. The house is beautifully furnished and well equipped, and the views from the terrace across the serene Umbrian countryside are superb. The perfect spot for sundowners after long walks in the surrounding hills.
Fontignano village is 3/4 of a kilometre down the hill where there is a bar and supermarket. Tavernelle, a larger town, with better shopping is about 6kms away.
Supermarkets/Restaurants: there are four larger supermarkets in Tavernelle of which two are open on Sunday mornings. There is also a good chemist in Tavernelle and a number of plain roadside restaurants of which the best is "Il Salt'in Bocca" (tel: 075 832 463).
On the road towards Perugia the "Casina Rossa" (tel: 075 514 9524) is good value.
Panicale is a very pretty hilltop town some 15kms away where there are two good restaurants - Masolino (tel: 075 837151) and Lillo Tattini (tel:075 823 7771)
Off the road to Magione at San Savino there is a very good fish restaurant "Ristorante da Massimo" (tel: 075 847 6094)
Just outside Tavernelle on the turning towards Panicale there is a public "Water Sports" complex with pools, slides etc for the young which is very popular with young children
Further water sports/boat trips are available from Castiglione del Lago on Lake Trasimeno (21 kms).
Chianciano Terme in Tuscany (about 45 minutes) has a renowned thermal spa, and others exist at Sarteano and Montepulciano( also in Tuscany).
Perugia is 22 kms away and worth visiting for it's renowned historic centre.
Day trips to the historic and artistic Orvieto (55km), Assisi (40km) and Todi (40km) all under 1 hour.
Deruta, famous for its pottery is also under 1 hour away.