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Staying at this Villa for 7 days was the ending of our travels through Europe for the month. What a beautiful and relaxing way to wrap up our holiday.
I chose this Villa based on the consistency of the 5 star reviews. I have never seen that level of consistent high ratings before so I was prepared for less than 5 star experience, however, I was so wrong.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that all reviews were spot on!! The villa was immaculate upon arrival and exactly as advertised on the website.
The property is very pretty and quiet, just as shown in the photos on this site. We took many walks to the small town of Citta della Pieve where we enjoyed friendly warm and welcoming individuals, excellent meals, and of course Gelato. This town is a charming quintessential small Italian town. In the evenings it comes alive with people who obviously know each other and fill the streets with laughter. You are enveloped in the feeling of a small art community with deep roots and historic tales to tell.
Jacopo has his own line of wine and olive oil from his property which we imbibed and enjoyed nightly…. He leaves wine and olive oil in the Villa and operates on the "honor system". We commented nightly how amazed we were comparing his 8 Euro bottle of wine to our $30 wine bottle purchases in the states. Such a treat!
Another review commented on lack of music options and I second that comment. Maybe Jacopo would consider adding a music option to the Villa.
There is a lovely simplicity to the grounds. Every morning the pool and grounds are cleaned so you arise to a fresh sparkling environment each day. And while Jacopo is on site every day to attend to these enhancements, he is ultra-respectful of your privacy - most of the time he comes and goes without you being aware of his presence.
The Villa is tranquil and quiet at night and in the early morning. We slept with windows open every night and rested to the subtle sounds of crickets and light breezes through the valley. The main views from the house offer only olive groves and Umbrian hillsides. There is a resident fox who visited us each evening as we enjoyed the outside dining area. We were shocked at the fox’s comfort in our company.
Spending a week in an Italian Villa has been on my bucket list for years. This Villa met every detail of my imagined experience when I created my bucket list.
The photos on the website did not prepare us fully for the beyond-beautiful property that is known as Villa Fontaine. We spent 2 glorious weeks there with close friends and used it as a base for exploring the beauty of Provence. Even though the location is extremely private, our explorations were easy due to the villa's proximity to Aix-en-Provence and other points of interest. Inside and out, the Villa was spectacular. From the outdoor pool house with kitchen to the roof terrace, we were never at a loss for wonderful memories as well as spectacular photo opportunities. The indoor gourmet kitchen was well-equipped and the living area provided all of us with ample space to enjoy each other or to find a private spot for reading or reflecting. The concierge, Erwan, and his lovely wife, Christel, were available always to make us feel welcome, answer our questions, and make suggestions and/or reservations when needed. On the day we arrived, Erwan prepared an excellent French supper for our group. This was a dream vacation for my husband and I. Spending time in Provence with dear friends AND calling Villa Fontaine our home for two weeks, made this holiday truly memorable!!