CasaFontana Umbria -Tamarisk
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
For spring visitors Tamarisk offers a magnificent sight: a pale pink veil of bloom envelops the tree which has given the apartment its name. The delicate blossoms, however, do not obscure the panorama which is, visitors claim, one of Tamarisk's great features. You sit on the comfortable settee in your apartment with a view over mountains and valleys in the distance and, set amidst orchards and vineyards, a medieval village perched on the nearest of the hills. Sunsets are particularly spectacular, ancient stone turning mellow gold in the rays of the setting sun. Of course you might prefer to enjoy the sight sitting under the trees in your own private outdoor dining area.
Tamarisk is part of a converted farmhouse, decorated in a traditional style with white walls, beamed ceilings and terracotta tiled floors. It is attractively and comfortably furnished throughout. We are located close to Panicale, a Medieval hill-top town with excellent restaurants and services, Lake Trasimeno with great water-sports & golf and within easy reach of many, many historical and cultural sites. Casa Fontana sits in five acres of olive groves. The new pool is on the terrace behind the farmhouse and about level with the roof -great views as far as Tuscany to the west and Assisi to the East.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Trasimeno 10 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia 25 km, Nearest railway: Chiusi 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The first area is a living / dining room with a well equipped kitchen section. The bedroom has a large, comfortable double bed and a walk-in wardrobe. In addition, there is plenty of drawer and shelf space. Lighting is varied, and can be adjusted to suit reading or intimate dinners.
Thick walls ensure that the apartment is pleasantly cool in the summer and, with the help of individually controlled central heating, cosy and warm in the winter. The bathroom is spacious with shower, washbasin, lavatory and bidet. A variety of towels, including pool towels, are provided, as well as bed and table linen. Tamarisk provides all the comforts that make your return home after a day of sightseeing a pleasure to anticipate. The space is easy care through out
|Further details outdoors|
Pool and Grounds
The pool is set on the first terrace behind the house and is a good size at 5x12 metres and 1.6 metres deep at the far end. Semicircles of Roman steps allow easy, shallow access to the water. There is a pergola with table and chairs for poolside refreshments (there is a cool-bag and plastic utensils in your flat). Plenty of loungers, cushions and shades make the pool the centre of recreation in the summer. You are truly part of nature here – do not be surprised if you are joined by a thirsty butterfly or a swift during your swim!
Your apartment is part of Casa Fontana, a converted Umbrian farm house that sits in five acres of olive groves. We have not yet been able to make an exact count but we think we have somewhere in the region of two hundred olive trees. That's a lot of Martinis!
The grounds are a series of terraces, climbing ever higher to provide increasingly panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. There is a copse of oaks that give shelter to wild boars in the winter and porcupines in the summer. In the spring bright yellow broom and wildflowers of every hue cover the slopes. There are plenty of edibles too, from wild asparagus to sweet golden figs. In the distance you can see huge birds wheeling lazily in the sky.
Summer Food and Art Tour 1 to 7 June guided and catered - gourmet
Summer nights are wonderful at the Casa. There is hardly any light pollution, affording a stupendous view of starry skies – a magnet to romantics and amateur astronomers alike. The moon is almost bright enough to read by, certainly suitable for a night walk! Perhaps the loveliest sight comes in May and June when hundreds of fireflies float and pulse all around the house at night, giving the trees and bushes a magical air.
Late Summer Food & Art Tour guided and catered -sumptuous
Autumn is a particularly cheerful time of the year, offering plenty of sunshine, strolls though golden forests and sumptuous seasonal specialities, such as game and truffles.
November is olive picking time, nature is generally kind and gifts us great weather so that the pickers often strip to T-shirts in the sun and we can have great picnic lunches sitting on the grass. There is nothing to compare the taste of freshly pressed olive oil: take a piece of crusty bread, dribble a little of the dark green oil on it and enjoy the peppery, nutty flavour. In the fullness of time the oil will mature, change colour and acquire a smoother, rounder flavour. The taste may change somewhat but one thing is certain – our oil has never met a chemical either during its tree life or during processing. It is full of antioxidants and other health giving goodness. Casa Fontana's cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil is as good as it gets!
We offer short break 'Olive picking Course' and experience. Pick your break during 10th to 20th Nov.
Covers training, use of equipment, alfresco lunches, visit to olive press, tutored oil tasting, NEW pressed oil to take home (New Pressed oil is very different from the mature oil we are used to = more green, more peppery. Very different and only possible in the 4 weeks following pressing. Normal apartment rentals with picnic lunch included for the 'pickers'
Though unheated, the swimming pool is generally usable from mid-May to late September.
The grounds are terraced, very peaceful but not manicured to give shelter to wild flora and fauna. Suitable footwear is recommended.
The Umbria region
History and Art - 20% of the world's artistic heritage can be found within approx. 100km of Casa Fontana - Florence, Perugia, Siena, Arezzo, Assisi, Orvieto, Gubbio, Spoleto, Chiusi, Cortona, Tarquinia. The greater part of Italian Renaissance art including works by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Piero della Francesca and Perugino are within easy reach as well as Medieval Assisi and ancient Rome and traces of the pre-roman Etruscans.
Outdoor Jazz and classical concerts take place locally throughout the summer.
We have created a “panorama stroll” in our five acre grounds but if you are a walker and nature lover, there are longer treks in the area you might like to try out.
Lake Trasimeno (128 square km - the fourth largest Italian lake) is 20 minutes drive away. The lake offers a variety of watersports including sailing, windsurfing and diving and the town of Passignano is the best place to find these. The best beaches for swimming are just below Castiglione, near the fishing village of Torricella and, best of all, on Isola Polvese, the largely uninhabited island reached by boat from the tourist village of San Feliciano.
Exquisite Food and Wine - At our weekly markets in Tavernelle and by the lakeside at nearby Castiglione del Lago everything is seasonal and the furthest import is from Sicily.
Besides local fresh vegetables, olive oil from the hills and wine from our neighbors, the most important ingredient in the cuisine of Umbria is the truffle, be it the black or white variety. It is often grated over “umbricelli”, a local egg-less pasta or it is cooked with crisp lamb or pork. The region is justly famous for its wines. There is a wine route of DOC wines and the famous Lungarotti cellars are near us. In fact the Lungarottis have established two interesting museums in their base town of Torgiano: Museo del Vino and Museo del Olio.
There are also wonderful restaurants serving local food in Torgiano as well as Panicale and overlooking Lake Trasimeno. Simple cafes, more stylish places and a 4 star fine dining.
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