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Sunflower Springs - Tignanello

Tuscany & Umbria, Italy

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The Owner / Manager

Alina Pinelli

Member since Jun 2013
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:14 minutes
  • Availability Updated:8 days 19 hours

BFB's Overview

Following the success of their luxury farm stay destination Il Fontanaro the owners have transformed a rural farmhouse 'Sunflower Springs' nearby into a haven of rural relaxation with laid back luxe apartments, a stunning infinity pool and handy location within walking distance of Pacino village.


Where Umbria and Tuscany blur into the Room With a View landscapes of rolling hills, vivid sunflower fields and glowing sunsets, Sunflower Springs is as quintessentially Italian as they come. A far cry from the busy urban streets of home, parents will find it impossible not to give into their tranquil new surroundings, whiling away the days poolside soaking up the views or relaxing with a glass of chilled local wine, taking in the sunset from their private terrace. For those still struggling to truly relax the owner can arrange a visiting spa therapist to offer poolside treats or in cottage treatments so even the most pent up new parents can truly indulge and unwind.


Those able to tear themselves away from their own slice of country bliss are welcome to explore the owners nearby Il Fontanaro farm just 2kms away where guests can sample their delicious home grown olive oil, try a tutored wine tastings or pick up some new skills with authentic Italian cookery classes suitable for both adults and children.


Sunflower Springs itself is a small cluster of family friendly apartments set within extensive grounds, fragrant with lavender sharing a 15 metre infinity pool with far reaching country views. The apartments have been recently redecorated to provide luxurious yet relaxed interiors brimming with characters thanks to the owners keen eye for detail and eclectic finishing touches. Perfect for families the house provides a wealth of mod cons including an LCD TV, DVD player, iPod speakers, full air conditioning, free internet, a washing machine and dishwasher not to mention a handy supply of baby gear ( see grey 'fast facts' box for details). The owners provide a 24 hour concierge service and can arrange anything from private chef hire to guided tours, spa treatments to airport transfers.




Accommodation Overview - Tignanello (sleeps 4+cot)


Sunflower springs has 5 apartments in total. Tignanello is a 2 bed apartment located on the ground floor of the extensive farmhouse. Boasting character and charm the apartment has a traditional tiled log-burner, terracotta tiled floors and open beamed ceiling through-out which the owner has cleverly white washed which gives an airy feel to the property. There is an open plan living/dining area with kitchen area, well equipped with a dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, freezer, oven and hob. There is a casual breakfast bar and separate dining table with seating for four plus a highchair. The lounge area offers a comfortable leather sofa, log burner and TV. The master bedroom has a romantic four poster with space for a cot whilst the second bedroom offers twin beds. The apartment has two modern bathrooms with showers.


The villa has its own private patio as well as access to the main gardens and infinity swimming pool.The patio has an outdoor dining set and BBQ, perfect for alfresco dining whilst enjoying uninterrupted views over the beautiful Umbrian landscape beyond.

Location Information

Sunflower Springs is surrounded by iconic Umbrian scenery and there’s plenty for families to see and do, both on the doorstep and for days out. The nearby medieval walled village of Paciano (20 minutes walk away) is acclaimed as one of the top ten villages in Italy for its idyllic setting and quality of life. The village has two grocery stores, three restaurants, two bars, an ATM, pharmacy and post office. The owners have arranged 10% discount in many of the superb local restaurants, including the family favourite for pizza and pasta, L’Oca Braciata. There are more shops in the small town of Chiusi Chianciano (7 miles) and Cortona (16 miles) plus the buzzing Umbrian capital, Perugia is only half an hour’s drive (22 miles). Montepulciano (19 miles) has a fab market on the second weekend of the month and this historic hill town is also world famous for its fine red wines.


Assisi (29 miles) is one of the region’s biggest tourist destinations, thanks to the magnificent basilica, but families might prefer to escape the hoards and head for the beaches, watersports and cruises at Lake Trasimeno (6 miles). Children will have fun exploring the countryside on donkey rides for 4+ year olds or on horse riding trails. There is also a ‘Go-Ape’ style forest adventure park at Rapolano Terme, under an hour’s drive away and dinosaur fanatics will enjoy the Paleontological Museum at Pietrafitta, near Lake Trasimeno.


Besides experiencing all that Umbria has to boast about, Sunflower Springs is within easy reach of Tuscany highlights too including fairytale Sienna (50 miles) and the Renaissance treasure house of Florence (80 miles). Even Rome is only a one-hour train ride from Chiusi.


Getting There: Perugia Airport is 45 minutes from Paciano, with regular Ryanair services from London Stansted. Alternative airports include Florence (1hr, 45 minutes) and Pisa or Rome (2 hours). Nearest medical services: Paciano, 1km.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 14:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 30 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 14:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 30 days prior to arrival

Multiple Weeks Discount

10% discount will be applied to full weeks after the first week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 14:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 30 days prior to arrival

Discount Notes

Multiple Weeks Discount

10% discount will be applied to full weeks after the first week

Who owns this place?

ALINA PINELLI
Profile

Wine & Food Expert PR Expert

OLIVE OIL AND WINE SOMMELIER PROFESSIONAL DEGREED
I have a daughter 2 years old (sept 2016) that is my sue chef at the cooking classes sometimes!

Experience

2010/2019: Il Fontanaro Ecological and Organic Farm House, Owner. Specialized in Wine and food, wine and food tours around Tuscany and Umbria.

Education

2015 - from January - Health School of Food, Univerisity dei Sapori, Perugia

2011 Professional Sommelier AIS – Italian Association of Sommelier And Maestro dell’Olio 2012 - Scuola di cucina, Profession Chef, il Gambero Rosso

2000 Degree in Sociology of the Mass Communications, University La Sapienza of Rome

INFO:

Alina Pinelli
countryslowliving@gmail.com
+393387408884

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Lucia Pinelli
lucia@fontanaro.it
+393387408884

vocabolo Montanaro 64
06060 Paciano, Perugia
FOR GOOGLE MAP WE ARE ON VOCABOLO POGGIO 64, PACIANO

What do they love about it?

We own and run Il Fontanaro, villa Tartagli and Sunflower Spring place, and here, every guest is treated like a visiting friend.
sharing our slow living and country heritage of food, wine and olive oil is our passion

We provide the type of service that big hotels and guidebooks cannot: booking a table at a little country restaurant, detailing directions to the ruined abbey at the end of an old footpath, and arranging lunch with the small winemaker who will personally walk you through his vineyard.
You can read some examples on our blog: www.umbriatuscanyreview.com

Il Fontanaro offers the perfect base from which to explore the stunning Val di Chiana, Val d’Orcia and the hill towns of southern Tuscany, around Siena, Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano…. and all Umbria (Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Deruta, Spello, Todi…).

What do the kids love about it?

At fontanaro there are a lot of activities for kids.

Before your arrival you can ask for the kids welcome pack: colors, papers, toys & Co.

We also have crab toys at the pools and ping pong for kids.

We also hav degred babysitter, horse riding, donkey riding, cocolate museum and more :)

http://umbriatuscanyreview.com/4-kids/

Fast Facts

Sleeps 4+ in 1 x king size double room and one twin bedroom.

Airport under 2 hours drive

Perugia Airport is 45 minutes from Paciano, with regular Ryanair services from London Stansted. Alternative airports include Florence (1hr, 45 minutes) and Pisa or Rome (2 hours)

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

15 minutes drive from Lake Trasimeno

Amenities within Walking Distance

The local village with recommended restaurants is within a 20 minute walk ( a little longer for little legs)

Any Pool

There is a shared swimming pool.

Babysitting

A fully qualified and trained babysitter is available on request.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Baby gear available includes; 1 baby bath, 1 baby bouncer, 1 baby monitor, 1 steriliser, potties, socket covers, plastic cutlery and sippy cups.

Indoor Toys

For indoor play there are bath toys, kids books, general toys and U-rated kids DVDs.

Outdoor Toys

Outdoor toys and games include bowls, ping pong, baby cricket set.

Visiting Spa Therapist

A beauty therapist can be arranged to come to the villa.

Stairgates / no stairs

The property is on one level.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

There is a private terrace area.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

WIFI is available.

Eco-Aware

The owners actively compost and recycle all organic materials for fertilizer and use solar cell technology for a substantial portion of their energy •

Golf

There is a golf course just 5 miles away.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Up to 3 travel cots, 3 highchairs are available.

Reviews

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  • Alina and Lucia are exceptional hosts and made our first trip abroad with our three month old as comfortable as possible. The villa was made to feel like home and we had a lovely time taking part in their cooking course and looking around the beautiful gardens and olive press. If you want a relaxed, real italian experience then this is the place for you!Review dated 19/06/2013

  • We had the most fantastic holiday at Il Fontanaro. The hospitality of Lucia and her daughter Alina was outstanding - they were so welcoming and had provided some lovely homely touches in the cottage, such as honey, olive oil and wine from their estate. They have 2 gorgeous child-friendly dogs whom our daughter adored. They provided us with a baby bath, highchair, toys, travel cot, etc. to make our trip go more smoothly. The surrounding area is just beautiful and we enjoyed many fabulous day trips, all within a one hour's drive. It really was the most wonderful holiday and I cannot recommend Il Fontanaro highly enough.Review dated 22/04/2013

Alina and Lucia are exceptional hosts and made our first trip abroad with our three month old as comfortable as possible. The villa was made to feel like home and we had a lovely time taking part in their cooking course and looking around the beautiful gardens and olive press. If you want a relaxed, real italian experience then this is the place for you!

We had the most fantastic holiday at Il Fontanaro. The hospitality of Lucia and her daughter Alina was outstanding - they were so welcoming and had provided some lovely homely touches in the cottage, such as honey, olive oil and wine from their estate. They have 2 gorgeous child-friendly dogs whom our daughter adored. They provided us with a baby bath, highchair, toys, travel cot, etc. to make our trip go more smoothly. The surrounding area is just beautiful and we enjoyed many fabulous day trips, all within a one hour's drive. It really was the most wonderful holiday and I cannot recommend Il Fontanaro highly enough.


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