- Floor area: 350 sqm.
- Land area: 15000 sqm.
- Restoration needed: No
Fonte delle Foglie (Font of Leaves). Frances Mayes, the author of the worldwide best seller, "Under the Tuscan Sun" said : "Font of Leaves" is one of the most captivating, aesthetically pleasing small houses in the world"
Fonte delle Foglie was built in the twelfth century by the hermits who followed Saint Francis of Assisi. Later, woodcutters and farmers inhabited the house. It lay abandoned for the years following World War II, until it was rescued and historically restored in 2002-2005. The most outstanding aspect of the restoration is the house’s stone roof, which occupied the builders for two years.
While still maintaining the character of an ancient house, the entire infrastructure is state of the art. The roof and walls are insulated, and the heat is under the brick and chestnut floors. Careful research resulted in several traditional colors used throughout the property: an apricot-ivory, dusty blue, dried sage, and a terracotta the shade of an old amphora. Every architect admires the integrity of the fireplaces, beams, plasterwork and stonework. Furnished in a refined rustic style with Tuscan antiques, the house is a joy to live in, as well as to look at.
The main house consists of:
Living room with stone fireplace where the cooking used to be done
Large kitchen with travertine counters, fireplace, dining table seating 12
Wine room with intimate dining table, marble bar sink, and wine storage
Bedroom with French doors, bath
Music room with fireplace
Study (or could be bedroom) with fireplace
Master bedroom with very large bathroom
Two separate, spacious guesthouses—the Fienile (Haybarn) and the Studiolo—afford luxury and privacy for guests. One of those has a kitchen and both have large baths and custom cabinetry painted with whimsical Tuscan motifs. Permits are available for an additional living structure and a farm structure, if desired.
The heated salt-water pool is paved with small tiles of ashy lavender and gray, blending the pool seamlessly with the surround of pietra serena. The pool has a changing room/bath. Three pergolas covered in white wisteria and roses provide shady dining and relaxation and a bocce court adds another level of fun. The outdoor cooking area includes a marble sink, bread oven, and stone grill. Below the pool, there is a large organic vegetable garden where you can pick your dinner from June until October. There are cherry, almond, pomegranate, plum, walnut, apple, and pear trees.
The property has expansive lawns and views over Cortona and to the horizon where two extinct volcanoes punctuate the horizon. There are wonderful walks on farm tracks and Roman roads. Situated in a chestnut forest, the house is secluded and private, although it is located less than fifteen minutes from the Etruscan hill town of Cortona.