Le Fontanelle is located in the spectacular countryside of the Orcia valley, which has been renowed since the end of the first millennium as important stage on the Via Francigena, the great medieval pilgrimage road from France to Rome. Le Fontanelle was a ruined peasants' house when it was discovered by the owner family, its current owners. It attracted them not only because of its large size, but also because of the presence of water, which was almost a miracle for this valley. They named the farmhouse Le Fontanelle, which means "little springs". The family has lived in the Orcia valley for over 50 years. Because they are enamoured of this area, they decided to devote their lives to farming and to improving the countryside of the valley. They have renovated other farmhouses, so the same attention to detail and all the lessons learned from previous renovations have been used in this last restoration, finished in 2003: original stone and bricks, terracotta flooring, antiques and Tuscan wood furniture. In restoring the structure as a comfortable vacation house of exceptional character, the owners' main aim was to respect the original features of the building. Rooms with wood-beamed ceilings are well sized and open to the most beautiful views of the valley, with wheat fields, olive groves and cypress trees. The owner family respected the traditional structure of the farmhouse and kept the house divided into two independent units: the ground level, once the stables, which can accommodate ten people, and the top level, where the peasants used to live, which sleeps four more people. As a result, Le Fontanelle is the perfect setting for family reunions or groups of friends looking for an “oasis” of tranquillity, surrounded by art and culture. On the ground floor there is a fully equipped chef's kitchen, a huge living-dining room with double doors opening to the front patio and to the back garden. In the smaller living room there is a large stone fireplace surrounded by wide red sofas spreading a warm and cosy atmosphere. Five spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms complete the remaining space on this floor. A stone outdoor staircase leads to the upper floor unit; four breathtaking arched windows overlook the valley and the huge oak tree in front of the house, creating an open and dynamic space. Another large stone fireplace offers an ideal retreat for afternoon reading. A fully equipped kitchen will appeal to those who love cooking, and the vistas and plantings from the many windows are very pleasing to the eye. The extensive lawn is mainly seeded with grass to maintain the open space of the valley and not to restrict the view around the farmhouse. Terracotta pots with geraniums, wild roses and bushes of lavender and rosemary create a beautiful frame around the pool. The covered dining space with fireplace, pizza oven, barbeque, table and chairs will let guests enjoy unforgettable Tuscan sunsets. A laundry room with washing-machine, hangers, ironing board and iron is available for the guests of Le Fontanelle. The house is equipped with satellite TV, telephone, dishwasher, oven, refrigerator and freezer, and central heating. Maid service is provided for two hours a day, Monday thru Saturday. Extra cleaning and a cook can be arranged at an additional cost....Read more
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