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La Fontana - County House up to 8 guests

Luxury in Stone Country House

Accommodation/Room Description

Total Number of Bedrooms: 4

Rooms: 2 King size beds: 1 Queen Sized bed and 1 Single bed, 1 Single bed in single bedroom
Other: Linen and towels provided. Cot for baby available on request
Furniture: King sized beds, Single bed, Antiques, Wardrobe
General: Wi-fi available in the Main House and in the garden, Satellite TV
Standard: Stereo, Iron
Luxuries: A large Patio with a barbeque for external dining, Carpets.
Utilities: Washing machine and clothes dryer in laundry room
Outdoors: 8 dining places on patio, private outdoor pool, teak pool sun beds, mature garden, bicycles available, swing, barbeque, external shower, hammocks
Access: Parking space

Top Level
Living Room
The ceiling of the living room has characteristic exposed wood beams and terraccotta tiles. The furnishings are warm and welcoming, and include some antique pieces. The furnishings include a sofa and two armchairs. The room has two windows with a view of the vegetation and of the hills.

Kitchen
The kitchen is paved with ancient terracotta tiles. The ceiling has characteristic exposed wood beams and terraccotta tiles. It is spacious and comfortable, equipped with a four-burner gas cooker, an electric oven, a large refrigerator with freezer, an Italian-style coffee-maker, an American-style coffee-maker (bring your filters!) and a toaster. There is an age-old fireplace made of bricks. There is a table to seat six guests. The kitchen is also equipped with a flat-screen satellite television and a DVD player. From the kitchen a French door will take you to the garden. The room has three windows with a view of the vegetation and of the hills.

Bottom Level
Bedroom 1 with en-suite bathroom
You will be able to enter the first bedroom from the living room going down eight steps. The floor is paved with ancient terracotta tiles. The ceiling has characteristic exposed wood beams and terraccotta tiles. The furnishings are classic and welcoming. The room has a matrimonial bed (160 cm/62 inches, wider than a queen-size bed). The furnishings include an armchair and a desk. The room has two windows with a view of the garden and of the swimming pool. This bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, made of marble and equipped with a washbasin, a toilet, a shower and a hairdryer.

Bedroom 2
The furnishings of the second bedroom are simple. It has a twin bed (80 cm/32 inches). From the bedroom you will be able to enter the patio and the garden through a French door.

Bedroom 3
The furnishings of the third bedroom are classic and welcoming. The room has a matrimonial bed (160 cm/62 inches, wider than a queen-size bed). The furnishings include a desk. In this room you will find a satellite television. From the bedroom you will be able to enter the garden with a view of the hills through a French door. The room has two small high windows.

Bathroom
The bathroom is equipped with a washbasin, a toilet, a shower, a bathtub with shower wand and a hairdryer.

Annex
Bedroom 4 with en-suite bathroom
The fourth bedroom is 30 square meters (320 square feet) large. You will be able to enter it from the garden. The furnishings are simple and comfortable. It has a French bed (120 cm/47 inches) and a twin bed (80 cm/32 inches). In the bedroom there is a cooking area. The kitchenette is equipped with a two-burner gas cooker, an electric oven, a small refrigerator without freezer and an Italian-style coffee-maker. From the bedroom you will be able to enter the garden through a French door. The room has two windows. This bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, made of lucid majolica tiles and marble and equipped with a washbasin, a toilet and a fully enclosed shower.

Included in the price
The rental price includes: electricity; linens; towels; sauna.

Security Deposit
Upon arrival at Villa Gertrude the property manager will ask you to pay a security deposit of EUR 500, payable in cash. The security deposit will be returned to you prior to your departure less any charges for accidental damages to the property.

Available upon request, if desired:
heating (when needed) EUR 120.00/week

General Description of the Property

The property is a 15th Century authentc stone farm house, with a self contained annex for 2-3 people. It is set in 7 cares of mature garden, with private swimming pool.

The main farm house is listed as an authentic historic farm house with the Umbria Region. It is on two levels. This house was restructured with a great deal of care by Antonio Ruffo who was a well known architect. Every room has access to its own garden. On the first floor there are two bedrooms, one with a King Size bed, one a single bed. There is a large bathroom with shower and bath-tub.
On the second floor there are the main kitchen and dining area, a large living room and the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The farm house has a large patio with a barbeque for external cooking and dining.

Sleeps: max 5
Rooms: 2 King size beds and 1 Single bed
Other: Linen and towels provided. Cot for baby available on request
Furniture: King sized beds, Single bed, Antiques, Wardrobe

General: Wi-fi available in the Main House and in the garden, Satellite TV
Standard: Stereo, Iron
Luxuries: A large Patio with a barbeque for external dining, Carpets.
Utilities: Washing machine and clothes dryer in laundry room

Outdoors: 8 dining places on patio, private outdoor pool, teak pool sun beds, mature garden, bicycles available, swing, barbeque, external shower, hammocks
Access: Parking space

The Annex or cottage is called Pergola is very charming, ideal for a young couple.
It is an L shaped studio room with a sleeping area with one queen size bed, a single bed, a wardrobe and a table. The kitchen unit is basic but functional. The bathroom is quite large.
The main features of this cottage are the cotto floor, the arch that encloses the sleeping area and the outdoor terrace that is covered by a vine pergola that create an outdoor living room, with a table that seats 6 easily, for an impromtu barbeque and the best of views.

La Fontana was part of the Estate of the Mandosi Barcherini family who were large landowners in the Amelia region.
The Mandosi's were the first family in Amelia to rise in the hierarchy of the Roman Papal Curia, with Mandosi appointed as the first Bishop of Amelia.
The Mandosi family built palaces in Amelia and in Rome starting in 1440.
You can visit the Mandosi Barcherini Palace in Amelia in Via Cavour 1. There is also a Mandosi palace in Rome on the left of Piazza Farnese looking at Palazzo Farnese, site of the current French embassy.
Amelia like many of the hill towns of Umbria was a profoundly agricultural community.
After the end of World War II, Italy and its agriculture were decimated by the effects of two occupying armies.
Italy switched sides during WWII on September 8th 1943, after Marshall Badoglio's speech in which Mussolini and the Nazi axis were rejected, and Badoglio sided with the allied army under general Dwight Eisenhower.

The resulting post war chaos affected all aspects of farming and the countryside. Logistics and infrastructure needed to be rebuilt urgently and the emphasis in the post war years was the concentration on industrial jobs.

Thousands of agricultural jobs were shed. At the end of the war, Umbria's population was in region of 770,000.
60% of the labor force was engaged in agriculture.
In just 7 years after the end of the war approximately 175,000 jobs in agriculture were lost. The main local crops of figs, olive oil, and to a less extent vines just could not support a family.
Today less than 5% of Umbria's population is actively engaged in farming. In the 1950's and 1960's most of those in agriculture were tenant farmers on very large estates, and worked for a share of the estate's production, in return for use of the property they farmed.
When the standard of living of these tenant farmers plummeted and at the end of the War, the Italian government responded to the plight of the tenant farmers who had organized in Unions.
A series of new laws were passed in the late 1950's to 1964 which allowed tenant farmers to buy the land they worked on, at very favorable terms using 30 – 50 year cheap government loans. In 1982 the Mezzadria was officially banned.

La Fontana was owned by a tenant farmer who had bought this property from the Mandosi Barcherini family, as did our neighbour. The farm house is relatively recent, built in mid 15th century. The farm was used mainly for animals (as we have a spring on the property) and the animals could drink at the big fountain below the pool. There was no water other than the spring, so all washing was done in the "Fontana".
In 1984 my mother April was looking for a farm house outside Rome. She found La Fontana in a copy of the Italian equivalent of "Craig's List", or Porta Portese. La Fontana was one of the first she found, and although it was in terrible shape, and had no roof, she immediately saw its potential. The walls were still in reasonable shape, but the house had to be completely rebuilt. She bought the house in 1985 with 3 hectares of land.

La Fontana - Amelia. The Restoration.
April hired Prince Antonio Ruffo, an architect and a traditionalist who believed that restoration should not alter the true feel of the house.
He and my mother wanted to keep the original "farm house" feel of La Fontana in the restoration. The main problem for the restoration was that the lower level of the house had been used by animals.

The top floor in which humans lived was separated from the lower level.
Antonio convinced my mother to maintain direct access to the garden from all rooms on the lower floor of the house.
This has meant that the house has many steps to join the top floor to the bottom floor.
The pool and the steps were added a year after the house was renovated.
The smallest cottage next to the house used for livestock.
The other two houses were built later so that guests could stay in their own premises.
Now they belong to my sister, and are no longer part of La Fontana.

La Fontana Today.
I try to keep La Fontana as true to the original concept as possible, which was that of a rustic comfortable Italian country home, with an English garden. Every year we upgrade the property in small ways, and most will do with making the garden more livable in as in summer that is where most people spend their time. The furnishings of the house are items collected from travels in many different countries, with many of the paintings coming from Russia as well as from various artist friends of my mother and I.
We hope you enjoy your time in La Fontana, and that you visit the wonderful hill towns of Umbria, Assisi, Spoleto, and my favorite Orvieto. The countryside is wonderful and there are many unspoilt Umbrian towns waiting for a visit, especially is you venture past Norcia and into the Sibillini mountains, a truly wonderful place.

Accommodation Summary

  • Space Type Entire Property
  • Room Type Luxury
  • Adults 7 (+ 1 extra)
  • Children (3-10 y.o.) 1
  • Infants (<3 y.o.) 1
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 3
  • Size 220 mq / 2,367 sqf
  • Floor Ground Floor

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Accommodation Themes

  • Farm Holiday
  • Countryside
  • Charme
  • Bicycle Touring
  • City of Art
  • Gay Friendly
  • Stunning Panoramic Surroundings
  • Luxury
  • Swimming pool
  • Relax and Silence
  • Green Accommodation
  • Wine Trail
  • Panoramic View

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish

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282,00 /night
Board basis: Only Accommodation
3-10 y.o.
less 3 y.o.
Sub total: 1.974,00

Payment Details

  • Currency accepted Euro
  • Security Deposit (Refundable) 500,00 €
  • Final Cleaning cost 157,00 €
  • Tourist Tax 0,00 €
  • Prepayment 100%
  • Remaining amount On Arrival

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Payment Type accepted in Accommodation

  • Cash

Cancellation Policy

No cancellation charge if a booking is cancelled before 30 day(s) of arrival.

Where cancellation is made outside of the above terms, the guest will be charged the amount of the Full booking.

Customer prepays 100% and the remaining amount on arrival or departure.

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