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Casa Fontemaggio, Tuscany

Farm house with 4 bedrooms and swimming pool in Monterchi, Italy

From £1,724 per week

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Farm house to rent in Monterchi, Italy

  • Farm house
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Private pool
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Washing machine
  • Open fire

Farm house overview - owner's description

17th century villa farmhouse with private pool - stunning views, surrounded by 2 acres of mature landscaped gardens

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 30ft/ 10m 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 a recent publication 'The Most Beautiful Villages in Tuscany' is close by. You will find Casa Fontemaggio, as we do, a blissfully relaxing holiday environment.

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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 mins, Cortona 35 mins, Perugia and Gubbio 40 mins, Assisi: 45 mins, Florence, Siena, San Gimignagno: 1 hour. Within easy reach of several international and budget line airports and motorway routes.

The Gardens and Situation
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.
Although private and peaceful, Fontemaggio (the name translates as 'spring that arises in May')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. 3km 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 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 which sells all the essentials. There are a post office, bars and good restaurants serving local specialities. There is a market on Sunday mornings and in the summer there are delightful outdoor concerts in the garden of the museum. Florence, Siena, Cortona, Arezzo, Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio are all within easy reach.


2 other reviews

Five friends and I rented this country house in October 2008 and were completely enthralled. It exceeded our expectations in every way. As it was two of our birthdays, with the assistance of the owner, we hired local cooks to come in and prepare a special dinner. It was spectacular and was a highlight of our trip to Italy. The house is a beautifully restored stone farmhouse, and the grounds are lovingly maintained. After having our capuccino and brioche on the vine-covered terrace, overlooking the remarkable Tuscan countryside, it was hard to leave to make a day-trip into a nearby hilltown. If you are looking for a place to be creative, to decompress, for a honeymoon, or a base to explore Tuscany and Umbria, consider staying here. It is very special, and I want to come back again and again. Be advised that it is on a steep gravel road and there are many steps in the house and on the property.

'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' Vicky Cieciora, UK 'A very special place for the perfect honeymoon' Alex Vlasto, London 'A magical Tuscan experience - really charming, comfortable and memorable stay in beautiful surroundings' Michael and & Inge Rose, London. 'Your house is a gem! Interior, exterior and garden are beautiful and reverently created. And plenty of space for all of us. The location with its views is superb.Late dinners on Casa Fontemaggio's terraces beneath the Tuscan-Umbrian full moon is absolutely enchanting. Fireflies! Cicados! Frogs meeting (mating?) down the creek....' Joakim Osterberg and family, Sweden 'We loved your farmhouse which has been beautifully renovated and furnished and had a great time exploring the surrounding area. The pool was much appreciated. We had great fun eating our meals on the various terraces and trying to decide which was best. We couldn't have wished for better. Thank you very much……We had a fantastic holiday' Peter and Linda Browning, UK'We absolutely loved your home and send warm thanks for allowing us to share in its beauty. My 2 1/2 year old son and 73 year old father were equally charmed--as were those of us in between. The pool garden especially did however make me miss my former Santa Barbara garden--with its overflowing rosemary and lavender -- to an extreme degree. The merchants of Monterchi were also most helpful and charming, as were Patrizia et al. We are already fantasising about our next visit.' Prof.C.Carbone,USA 'It is a beautiful villa with stunning views across a very typical Tuscan landscape - lovely!' Laura Milner, UK

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This farm house is:

2km from the nearest bar 3km from the nearest restaurant 3km from the nearest supermarket 75km from Florence (Firenze Peretola) airport 50km from Perugia Airport 120km from Bologna Airport 120km from Pisa Airport 70km from Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, etc 50km from Assisi, Gubbio, Todi, etc
Outside this farm house in Monterchi, Italy
This farm house is in the countryside and in a quiet area. It has a pool, a barbecue, outside lighting and a garden. Car hire is necessary as the renter will need a car to get about for shopping, eating out and the beach; however parking is available if required.

Prices and availability

Updated 6 January 2016

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 1 October - 28 October 2016: changeover day is Saturday and the minimum stay is 7 nights.

Optional extras

  • central heating: October to April at market cost metered rate

    1 October - 30 April: Measured by metred usage, paid locally

  • Italian cook to prepare meal(s)

    Price on application, paid locally

  • extra maid sevice e.g. daily or mid-stay cleaning

    12 € per hour, paid locally



4 bedrooms, Sleeps 8:

  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 2 single beds

There is also 1 cot


3 en suite bathrooms, 1 Separate WC

Swimming pool

Private pool


CD player, DVD/Blu-ray player, Internet, Radio, TV Languages in English, German, Italian, Local, Satellite / cable


Living area seats 8, Dining area seats 8, Central heating, Open fire, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire essential


Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster


Barbecue, Outside lighting, Parking, Private garden

Suitable for

Children, Infants, Single gender groups

Private Owner From Eastbourne, United Kingdom Member since Mar 2007

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Number of properties: 1

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