Le Fontanelle

Villa rental in Tuscany


If you are looking for a beautiful, gloriously spacious Tuscan farmhouse set high in the mountains with stunning views over the Tiber Valley, come to Le Fontanelle.

Accommodation for 10 – 21 people.

Le Fontanelle sleeps up to 18 in double bedrooms;  three bedrooms have a third bed in them, giving a capacity of 21.

Family friendly

Although Le Fontanelle has its elegant and graceful moments, above all it is a relaxed and friendly house: the kind of place where children, returning again for their holidays, race in to check that their favourite toys are still there and their parents sink into a hammock with a glass of prossecco; a place where fraught family holidays with too many people in too small a place with not enough saucepans or decent knives to cut up an onion are a thing of the past.

Its opera-singing owner used all her charm, talent and a great deal of shouting to lovingly restore it with equal attention to use of original materials, local craftsmen and carbon footprint.

Cooking at Le Fontanelle

The heart of the house is its large, ochre yellow farmhouse kitchen. Cooking at Le Fontanelle is always a pleasure: owned by a passionate cook, the kitchen is both beautiful – hand made from local chestnut and Carrara marble – and highly functional. The shock of having quite so many sharp knives, decent saucepans, ovens, enough fridges to keep everyone cool and TWO dishwashers can take some getting over.

The refectory table – made from the wood of the old mangers – easily seats as many people as can stay and more.

Common rooms

The music room used to be a sheep barn and is huge – 10 metres by 6 metres with a twenty foot high ceiling.  It is unclear why something as small as a sheep should need quite so much headroom but with French windows overlooking the Tiber Valley, soft ochre walls, big comfortable sofas and a pietra serena fireplace, it makes for a wonderful living space that’s equally happy to have its guests peacefully reading, riding their tricycle at high speed, or rehearsing their next concert.

Additional seating can easily be arranged to accommodate workshops and courses and it has hosted at least one wedding banquet.

The other sitting room is a good contrast to the spacious airiness of the music room being smaller and cosier, with a huge fireplace taking up most of one wall, French windows overlooking a lake down in the valley, games, videos, hi-fi and TV.

Bedrooms

Attention to quality continues in the bedrooms, which are all good-sized doubles and are furnished with locally made wrought iron bedsteads, sparingly used Tuscan farmhouse furniture, goose down duvets*, comfortable mattresses and fine bed linen.

* Synthetic duvets are available for people with allergies and children.

Each floor has 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms and the barn room has an en suite.

Rooms can be arranged as either double or twin bedded.

By special arrangement 1 extra bed and bathroom available

The separate barn is a vast arched space, which invites singing, dancing, extended tricycle riding, wild ping ponging and getting married.

In front of the house there is a pergola with tables, hammocks, fruit trees and lawn; although by the time the deer, the wild boar and the porcupines have finished with it, any resemblance to the smooth green variety we have in England is tenuous.

Pool

Edged in Italian travertine, the pool (14m x 7m) has spectacular views of the Tiber Valley and surrounding mountains and woods. The pool is above the house and enclosed. There is a pergola and hammocks, and a barbecue beside the pool house.

Eco matters

Water comes from two mountain springs and is heated by solar panels. The house is heated using efficient wood burning and wood pellet burning stoves. Food waste can be composted and all plastic and glass recycled. Photovoltaic cells are planned to complete the house’s carbon neutral footprint.

 

View from Le Fontanelle with barn in foreground

terrace with lemons and view
Le Fontanelle with lavender and view
Le Fontanelle  well equipped kitchen
Le Fontanelle music room stone fireplace
Le Fontanelle with lavender and view
Le Fontanelle with lavender and view
Le Fontanelle with lavender and view

  • Contact

    Elisabeth Wingfield
    t: +44 (0)7879 442 440 (UK)
    e: elisabeth @ innervoice.demon.co.uk

    email owner