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Country Villa With Private Pool And Views Over Umbrian Countryside

Bedrooms 6
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


Fontignano Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Farmhouse in Fontignano, Perugia, Umbria, Italy

The Villa is a luxurious two story stone farmhouse, with a separate self contained annexe, situated on a hillside outside the village of Fontignano to the south of Lake Trasimeno. The property was recently restored to a high standard, with terracotta floor tiling and old oak beams throughout. It stands some 1200 feet above sea level with spectacular views to the south and west. On a clear day the peak of Monte Amiata, the highest mountain in Tuscany, is visible on the horizon. The rental includes 2 hour daily maid service. The property is set in about 5 acres of olive groves and oak trees, with landscaped, terraced gardens. The patio outside the sitting room is shaded by an old almond tree and a pergola with climbing vines and passion flowers. A stepped, gravel path with a traditional chestnut handrail/fence leads down to a 11 by 6 metre pool, similarly fenced. There is accommodation for 14 people (plus two infants - cots provided) in four double bedrooms and one twin, one with 1 set of bunk beds and single bed. There are five bathrooms, four of which are en suite, and one ensuite WC. Please note that the owner does not wish to exceed 6 children. the maximum number of adults is 10. total party number not to exceed 14.

  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Emma Cordingley
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german, italian
Calendar last updated:
December 4, 2016
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About Emma Cordingley

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 three years to restore. I cultivate olives and produce oil from about 115 olive trees on the property

Emma Cordingley purchased this farmhouse in 2006

Why Emma Cordingley chose Perugia area

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 my house will understand why.

As part of the restoration work I had the road leading up the hill to the house 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 every day in summer. The airport is only 32 kms away - a short journey.

The rental price includes 2 hours per day by my cleaner, who can often babysit and also cook by separate arrangement.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Country Villa With Private Pool And Views Over Umbrian Countryside
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
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23 August 2014

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week with great friends, at Nigel's Farmhouse in mid-August last year. The farmhouse is set in high up on a hill with stunning views of the Umbrian countryside, which were all the more spectacular at sunset, as we enjoyed an aperitif or two. The farmhouse has been beautifully restored and is well appointed, as described accurately on the website, with plenty of space for two families. Having the luxury of the housekeeper, meant that it did feel truly like a holiday, and we did use her for babysitting in the evening, so that we could enjoy a couple of Nigel's recommendations for dinner. The pool was refreshing and many a happy hour was spent there by the children. The farmhouse is well situated, while feeling off the beaten track, is close enough to good amenities and things to do. There is plenty to do for all ages, but as we had young children (ranging from 4 - 9) it was the Water Park that was particularly popular. I hope that we may come back, and would not hesitate in recommending staying here.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Wonderfully located Umbrian farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
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  • 5 of 5

We spend the last three summers in this fabulous farmhouse. The house is of a very high standard and is maintained very well (housekeeping, gardener, poolboy). The location is perfectly suitable for families with children < 12 and the nearby borgo`s, villages and countryside do offer all the Italian essentials without the mass tourism.

Clearly a place to relax & rewind

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Beautiful Umbrian Getaway

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with a group of friends for a week. The house has beautiful views from the pool over the Perugian countryside. It was great value, given the high standard of the accommodation. It is clearly well-looked after by the owners.

The house is set back from the local village up a small driveway, and there is a lot of privacy. The surrounding area is beautiful, with a lot of small villages and local restaurants to explore.

Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Everything we hoped for and more

  • 5 of 5

Anyone who has read novels that offer up romantic notions of escaping into an idyllic life in Italy, and has dreamt of experiencing such a magical rural italian time would be utterly content when renting this property. It is rural, unspoilt, beautiful, quiet and romantic. Yet it has every modern comfort, is highly accessible from both Rome and Florence, and situated within easy reach of Tuscany and Umbria's prettiest villages and wonderful restaurants. We had a perfect time, whether as tourists exploring Orvieto or lounging by the pool. I can't believe I am sharing this secret.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Perfect Perugian relaxation

  • 5 of 5

This is a fantastic place to relax and unwind. A group of us stayed for a week. We took full advantage of the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, and the terrace where you can have meals while the sun sets.

The nearby villages have a stunning Cathedral and delicious restaurants respectively, with winding streets and lots of sun-faded Italian terracotta. We spent a few evenings having dinner and gelato with the Perugian locals!

The house is very spacious and well appointed and the bedrooms are clean and comfortable with ensuite bathrooms and high ceilings with authentic Italian shutters. The pool is a good size (some of the more energetic enjoyed their morning lengths!) and a great place to lie in the sun as it is set in the lush gardens, where the lemon thyme grows along the path.

I had a truly wonderful holiday here. It is a very special place, with everything you need for a wonderful Perugian experience. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
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Perugia airport is 33kms away (about 30-35 minutes drive) and handles Ryanair flights from Stansted every day in summer.

Ciampino Airport (Rome) is about 185 kms and Fiumicino (Rome) is about 200 kms for the other airlines.


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.

Further Details:

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.


Rates & Availability

Fontignano Farmhouse Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 2017
Apr 29 2017 - May 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
LaEarly June 2017
May 27 2017 - Jun 23 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Late June - Early July
Jun 24 2017 - Jul 14 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
End of July & August
Jul 15 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Early September 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 22 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $252

Prices are for 10 people. Additional guests are charged at £80/person/week up to 14 people.

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Fontignano Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 4 twin/ single , Note the beds are 2 sets of bunk beds for children only.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) with 2 cots for infants Notes on bedrooms: Bed 1 with double bed; Bed 2 with double bed; Bed 3 with twin beds (can be converted to double); Bed 4 twin beds (suited to children); Bed 5 (in detached annexe) with double bed. 2 cots available for babies
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Notes on accommodation: Water is from a well and should not be drunk; use bottled mineral water. Freestanding electric fans are available for the hot summer months. Extra cleaning/babysitting may be arranged separately with the cleaning lady subject to availability Outside: The land on which the property is located comprises about 5 acres of olive groves (in all about 110 olive trees) and woods (mainly oak). The garden surrounding the house consists of a lawn and beds with lavender, rosemary, and other rustic flowers and shrubs. It descends in terraces to the pool area. The pool measures 11 by 6 metres. It is not heated. There is a covered patio outside the sitting room offering complete shade from the sun on which grow climbing vines and passion flowers, under which there is a large, marble dining table and chairs and two outdoor sofas for relaxing in the shade. There is a barbecue for outside cooking. Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble dryer, iron, ironing board, fridge freezer, sink unit Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The price includes two hours of maid service every day for general cleaning. Linen and towels are provided and changed once a week. Other: Separate boiler room and another room for a water softener and the plumbing/electrical connections/boards. There is a separate car port under a tiled roof for two cars.

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