|Minimum Stay||4 - 5 nights|
An elegant, 17th Century Tuscan Farmhouse in a glorious location among Tuscan and Umbrian hills, only minutes from the beautiful Etruscan walled town of Cortona. Perfect all year round: walk or cycle in the hills, soak at the Thermal Spa, shop in fresh produce markets, attend open air concerts and opera. Close to Siena, Assisi and the Wine Country. Set in landscaped gardens of roses, poppies, lavender, chestnuts, cypresses, olive groves and sunflower fields. Feel the magic spark at this beautiful 400 year old property into which we breathed new life. Activities for children of all ages. Exquisitely decorated interiors, the utmost attention to detail and furnished with country charm; chestnut beamed ceilings, terracotta tiled floors, twin and double bedrooms with marble tiled en-suite bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, large living rooms with wood burning fireplaces, a reading library, outdoor patios with barbecues for al fresco dining.
Elegance, style, space and comfort in an independent luxury barn, ideal for friends travelling together or a family. 2 beautifully decorated bedrooms with French windows, each with its own marble-tiled bathroom. Large, country kitchen, fully fitted with locally crafted cabinets, granite surfaces, dishwasher & washing machine; interior dining area to seat 12; very large living room with seating for 8 comfortably; 1 large double sofabed; 1 upright piano, reading library, TV, DVD, telephone. The rooms have high wooden-beamed ceilings and all open directly onto a private garden with views of our olive grove. Under the shelter of century old oak trees, the terrace with charming fountain and barbecue offers relaxed dining al fresco.
La Fontanella property may also be used for cookery courses, demonstrations and a variety of workshops. The living room can be converted into a small lecture room with video projection facilities, sound system and conference table.
Pino (Italian) and Caroline (English) met in Yorkshire, married and have 3 children. For 20 years they have been running walking tours (Caspin Journeys) and managing their rental apartments at Molino di Bordone, historic Tuscan farmhouse and flour mill.
Caroline Nobile purchased this cottage in 1995
When we stood in the driveway we knew it was right for us. At the time it was still a ruin and had been empty for over 30 years ! But we were drawn by the peacefulness of the place. There were no roads nearby making it safe for the children to play freely.
We love the 360 degree views of wooded hills, vineyards, olive groves, lake and stream running through. At the house there is the lovely big swimming pool with loungers and grassy areas for sunbathing and reading. For families with children there are soccer & volley ball nets, a croquet lawn, swings and climbing frame, bikes of various sizes and a trampoline, used not just for jumping but also star gazing at night - we have no light pollution. We are walking distance (1km) from 2 coffee bars, food market, 2 restaurants, pizzeria, beauty salon, hairdressers, hardware store, clothing shop. We are only minutes from the historic town of Cortona and yet immersed in tranquility. you can walk, run or bike for miles and not need to touch the asphalt.
This is our second year staying at La Fontanella - what a gorgeous property that is lovingly kept by Caroline and Pino. We enjoyed cooking in the scrumptious gourmet kitchen (fully equipped, and I mean fully!) and many delightful meals out of the terrace. The pool was our afternoon go-to spot after daily sightseeing, bicycle rides and long walks. And idyllic family vacation and one we can highly recommend. Perfect for families with the pool, trampoline and field for sports. Close to Pergo (which has a delightful small market) and a short drive to Cortona for some historic sights. Lago di Trasimano is a short drive away for waterspouts and more sightseeing. Can't say enough good things about this place!
Fabulous setting near the Tuscan / Umbrian border. Relaxed and restful. Great accommodation. Caroline and Pino are wonderful hosts who always ensure we get the relaxing break we need! Was good to be back after a few years away. Look forward to next year.
I cannot express strongly enough how much we enjoyed our stay at La Fontanella. Our family of five (with three boys, aged 13, 11, and 8) found more than enough room to roam, with equal opportunity to relax. Our stay was at the end of a two week trip to Italy, and capped off our time perfectly. Caroline and Pino are the perfect hosts; generous, always ready with a friendly smile, and consistently available to help with directions and suggestions for a day trip. We ate more than our share of the garden's tomatoes (they are probably sorry they offered), used the garden herbs, ate peaches right from the tree just outside our door, and were even graciously given a lemon from Pino's store for Limoncello when the local grocery was out of them. Speaking of the local grocer, we found it to have a fabulous selection of anything we could have required - try the butcher, they will cut the meat you require as you watch. As we were a family of five, we appreciated the fully outfitted kitchen in which to cook. The outdoor grill was so different from our American counterpart that my husband is researching how to build one at home. I feel as though I am rambling, but if you are looking for a peaceful place to stay with perfect access to Cortona, Montepulciano, Arezzo, etc, this is the place. One last string of amenities: trampoline, swing set, badminton, swimming pool, dogs, cats, washing machine, DVD player with family movies, interesting artwork, and "not to be missed" views. If you want a "can't miss" VRBO stay, Caroline and Pino will have you well sorted.
Morelo di Bordone is an amazing place to spend part or all of your vacation. We spent a week in La Fontanella, which is a bit separated from the main building where the rest of the rental units are located.
It is hard to say what was more beautiful; the large and immaculate cottage itself, the perfectly landscaped property which is lovingly maintained by the wonderful family that owns and restored the old mill property, or the incredible surroundings themselves. No matter which window you look out, the view is gorgeous, with flowering plants, fruit trees, a terraced olive grove, cypress trees, and perfect sunlight. The pool is close enough to be just a few short steps from the house but placed in a discreet location surrounded by landscaping so that it felt very private when taking a dip, yet you couldn’t hear the other guests at the pool when in the house.
I often rent homes throughout Europe and the US and usually find that the décor and supplies are very sparse – with only the bare essentials provided (if that). This was not the case at La Fontanella, where it rather felt that you were staying in the luxurious home of a friend with good taste. The artwork and decorations were lovely and the kitchen was enormous and fully stocked with all of the pots, pans, utensils, cutlery, glassware and dishes that you could possibly need (we often cooked in just to enjoy the marvelous kitchen). There were a large variety of books and movies to choose from. And all of the fixtures, countertops, furnishings were the perfect balance of rustic Tuscan charm and modern convenience and cleanliness. There were even separate air conditioning floor units in each room that could be adjusted to suit your liking (which came in very handy as it was over 90 degrees Fahrenheit each day of our stay) and a clothes washing machine conveniently located in one of the bathrooms. It is clear that no expense was spared in designing and renovating the rental units at this property.
Molino Bordone is located about a 10 minute drive (with breathtaking views in both directions) from the historic walled hill town of Cortona, which has many wonderful shops, galleries and restaurants to explore. There is also a pizzeria and a couple of other restaurants/ small markets within walking distance of Molino Bordone, which are very convenient.
I cannot recommend this property more highly and only wish that we could have stayed longer.
The renovations on this building are amazing. The kitchen is huge as is the family family. The details in the art work and bathroom tiles are beautiful. The property is very clean. The pool is beautiful, a good size, and with plenty of chairs and umbrellas. Caroline, Pino and their son Antonio were huge helps in making reservations and offering suggestions. They arranged for a cooking class with a chef which was the highlight of our vacation. Antonio made reservations for a wine tour and restaurants - all of which were excellent. There is a vegetable garden on the property, and we used these herbs for our cooking class. The only note that I would make is that the bedrooms are connected where people in the back bedroom walk through the next bedroom to get to the living room. You can talk around the outside. This was our first Home Away experience, and we were unsure what to expect. Our time in Tuscany was the best in Italy. We highly recommend this property!
This is a perfect rental to enjoy all that Tuscany has to offer. Fontanella is beautifully decorated in a Tuscan style, meticulously maintained, and spotlessly clean,. The kitchen is equipped for the gourmet cook, and the living area and bedrooms are very comfortable and pleasant. The grounds and pool area are peaceful and beautiful with Pino's well tended gardens. As landscape painters, we could walk just beyond the property for wonderful views or drive 10 minutes to Cortona for more panoramic views. Within an hour's drive, you could be visiting one of the surrounding hill towns. The owners, Pino and Caroline, were incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. We can't wait to go back and would highly recommend this rental.
Nearby amenities: In our village of Montanare-Pergo, just 10 minutes walk from the house, there is a delightful cafe with outdoor seating, pizzeria, restaurants, local food-market and post office. Explore the Etruscan walled, medieval hill town of Cortona, a hidden gem perched majestically on the sun-drenched slopes of Monte Egidio. As you walk around this ancient and noble town you cannot help but sense the vibrations of more than 2500 centuries of history. Cortona inspired Francis Mayes to write her best-seller ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’. There is a delightful selection of street cafes, restaurants, theatre, markets & shops to enjoy and the town hosts many events during the year:- outdoor concerts, musical & opera (June, July, August); ‘Giostra del Archidado’ (jousting - May);; Antiques' Fair (September); the Diocesan and Etruscan museums are world renowned. Located on the border of both Tuscany and Umbria you can take advantage of both regions.
Other Activities: Culinary events
Property features; Children's activities - see extra page
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Aug 27 2016 - Jun 16 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Stay tax is already included.