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CLUB MONTECCHIO - HOME FROM HOME IN TUSCANY- 2 LUXURY RENTAL HOMES, LARGE POOL

James Benfield

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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CLUB MONTECCHIO - HOME FROM HOME IN TUSCANY- 2 LUXURY RENTAL HOMES, LARGE POOL

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday villa in Castelnuovo Berardenga - Villa Casale Montecchio

Villa on private estate with 2 Luxury vacation homes, lge pool, Siena views, .

WHY A 'CLUB'?

Mainly because this area has so much to offer and we hope guests will want to visit more than once. But also because what we offer is much more than a conventional 'self catering' rental. Our 'FULLY INCLUSIVE' weekly RATES cover: a generous WELCOME HAMPER of speciality foods & wines from top quality local suppliers, PLUS as much FREE Montecchio HOUSE WINE as you wish, throughout your stay. 'New For 2013' our FREE COCKTAIL TRAY of branded spirits and local liqueurs such as Limoncello. Complimentary CONCIERGE SERVICE provided by local hoteliers, who help with everything from booking restaurants, to fixing a cookery class or even a massage, onsite at Montecchio! ; ALL ENERGY COSTS - very expensive in Italy! ; all linens & towels(inc pool) with cleaning and change of linens every 3-4 days, and at end of stay; continuous supply of Fragonard bathroom toiletries and daily consumables (everything from dishwasher tablets to Montecchio's own Olive Oil!). Baby Cots/Cribs with linens, and High chairs, where required. Indoor & Outdoor Games, as well as Pool Toys for the Large Pool (19m x 6m , shared, open 01/05-31/09); DVD, Video & CD libraries offering a wide choice; FREE WiFi in all houses.

The result, we think, is 2 Comfortable Vacation Villas, that really feel like 'Home From Home', from the moment that you walk through the front door. We hope that you will be tempted to come and judge for yourselves!

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Details for holiday villa Il Prato, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 2 Bathrooms

A spacious Two Bedroom north-facing house with spectacular views across the Chianti hills and the hilltop village of Montebenichi. Sleeps 4. *Large wrought iron four-poster Double with en suite full bathroom(shower over bath). *Twin with iron bedsteads and en suite full shower room *Ground floor lounge through to kitchen-dining room,with Tuscan style kitchen *Sofa bed in lounge(use agreed in advance; supplement charged) *Utility room with washing machine,ironing board & safe *Terrace has natural shade for much of the day *Hammock under trees in privacy of garden
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered

James Benfield

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Montecchio is home in Tuscany to James and Penny Benfield, where we spend half of the year, and which we enjoy sharing with guests.

We had the great good fortune to 'fall over' the best spot on the beautiful Villa Arceno wine estate, when contemplating the right place for a vacation home. After 30 years of living in Central London, and spoilt by a jet set corporate lifestyle with lots of travel, we needed something exceptional, in beautiful setting, away from the developed centres of tourism.

James Benfield purchased this villa in 1998

Because it's a 'little piece of paradise' :

- off the tourist track,

- in a stunning location on a hilltop, with the breathtaking scenery of the Chianti hills on all sides,

- in the countryside, but surrounded by picturesque villages, and just 20 minutes from the Renaissance gem of Siena,

- and most important for 'foodies', the area offers a wealth of good restaurants & quality wineries.

HOME FROM HOME standards of comfort and luxury.

Because we controlled the renovation of the large Tuscan farmhouse from the very beginning, we were able to develop the property with the emphasis on privacy. As a result, Montecchio is made up of PROPER HOUSES, and NOT APARTMENTS, as would be the norm in Italy. Each house has a separate outlook, private garden, and segregated parking pergola.

Both rental houses were designed and furnished in the same style as our own place, filled with pieces of art & furniture from our own collections, and the kitchens equipped to professional standards.

The result, we think, is two comfortable Vacation Villas, that feel like 'Home from Home', from the moment that you walk through the front door.

All this plus the owners' in-depth knowledge of the area, and it's amenities, with the 'inside track' on everything on which local retaurants are 'hot' currently, to where to park safely & legally in Florence|!

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 58 holidaymaker reviews

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Il Prato
average rating of 5.0 based on 58 reviews
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Il Prato
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p95620
+44 7879476002
Castelnuovo Berardenga Chianti Senese
5

Can I give it as many stars as I saw in the sky???

  • 5 out of 5
Amazing beautiful, perfect in every way. Let me say this .., James and Penny thought of everything when they designed Il Prato. This home is equipped with all your needs and then some. Warm and inviting, quiet and cozy. I was concerned about the remoteness ... Unfounded ... Easy drive, and accessible to everything. We have been to 4 places already and our week has not ended. The assistance of Rita, the concierge, made it even better. A vacation literally with no worries, how is it possible?! James and Penny make it possible. Morning sunrises in tuscany are witnessed from the bedroom window, nights soaking up the stars and the constellations are enjoyed on the patio or lying in the hammock. The kitchen makes me want to go home and redesign mine!! Fly screens on windows .., and added plus that you won't find at other villas ... Soaps, creams, food, liquor, wines .. All for you to use and enjoy. I don't want to leave but I am grateful for the memories made. First class all the way!!!
  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Maureen was a joy to correspond with, because she was happy to ask for our input......and we love that! I am obviously delighted to read such a generous appreciation of what we try to offer. Please do come again Maureen!'
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Il Prato
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p95620
+44 7879476002
Castelnuovo Berardenga Chianti Senese
East Bridgewater, Massachusetts
5

A truly superb place!

  • 5 out of 5
We recommend this rental very, very highly. The building, grounds and views are stunning, the amenities are first class and the owner, James Benfield, is delightful and helpful without being in the least bit intrusive. If you are looking for the quintessential Tuscany villa, this is it! The interior is professionally designed, baskets of food and wine were waiting for us and the layout is perfect for 4 people. The kitchen and dining are fully stocked with dinnerware, appliances, wine glasses, etc. The surrounding vineyards and towns are easy to reach and visually gorgeous. This is truly a 5 star experience!
  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Howard and group came t Montecchio well researched on Tuscany, the Chianti etc, but still open to our input, and help. They made great use of our complimentary Concirge service operated by local boutique hoteliers, and clearly enjoyed our house wines(unlimited throughout stay), and suggestions on which wineries to visit. All in all they were ideal guest, and we would be delighted to have them back with us!
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Il Prato
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p95620
+44 7879476002
Castelnuovo Berardenga Chianti Senese
5

Excellent holiday in Tuscany!

  • 5 out of 5
This was surely one of the best holidays we had until now and definitly the best rental home we ever stayed in!!! The property was absolutely clean, tastfully furnished and perfectly equipped with everything you need for daily life. Especially the wellcome-hamper was a great help, as well as the little "restaurant book" with useful hints concerning foodies. The housekeeper Cristina also did her job very well and was there in case you had any questions, and James himself phoned personnally to ask if everything was alright! All in all we can only agree with all the positive comments of the other guests. The villa is even better than in the description and we will surely recommend this lovely place to everybody who is looking for a relaxing, but also interesting (so many historical places to visit!) holiday in Tuscany! Thank you, James and Penny.
  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As ever, we are nervous when we are not in residence, that guest are receiving the standard of service we hope for. As so often, we need not have worried, as Cristina, our housekeeper, and Rita, the hotel professional who provides our complimentary Concierge service, did an outstanding job in our absence.......thank you ladies! We would be thrilled if Astrid & family returned, and we can meet, to express our thanks for this generous review, in person.
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Il Prato
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p95620
+44 7879476002
Castelnuovo Berardenga Chianti Senese
5

Not to be missed!

  • 5 out of 5
This was our third stay at Casale Montecchip - our first in Il Prato - as impeccable an experience as ever. Crowned by James and Penny's kind invitation to the annual gastronomic Consortium Dinner ( an unforgettable Gatsbyesque affair in a storybook setting, we revisited several of J & P's recommended cafes and restaurants, made day trips, and given the groaning board of food and drink supplied on our arrival, barely needed to shop for groceries. Can't wait till the next time...the scent of lavender by "my" hammock calls!
  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rina & family were as welcome as ever. It's such a compliment when guests choose to return, as they have so many other choices nowadays. Our little corner of the Chianit also pays dividends to those who return, because there are so many beautiful ancient hilltop villages to visit, each worth exploring, and usually with a good restaurant or two. Hurry back Rina!
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Il Prato
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p95620
+44 7879476002
Castelnuovo Berardenga Chianti Senese
5

A touch of Heaven tucked away in Tuscany

  • 5 out of 5
Think of every superlative you know and even that would not do justice to describe Montecchio. Beginning with the drive through the vineyard, the olive groves and the magestic cedar lined road to the destination of the villa you are saturated with beauty. We often remarked that everywhere you looked was a postcard. As you arrive at the villa and walk inside you realize that you have happened upon a piece of Heaven. Upon entering Villa L’Oliveto for the frist time we were greeted by Andrea Bocelli serenading our arrival from a CD in the upstairs living area, what joy!. We were in awe, for although the pictures are beautiful they do not do the Villa and property justice. You just cannot capture the essence of this loveliness in a photo, you just have to be there. Beautifully appointed in every way...luxury linens and toiletries, magnificent kitchen ware, pots (which was very important to us as we prepared many dinner meals in the kitchen.). We set a beautiful and bountiful table almost every evening and enjoyed the view and abundance of the daily wine and olive oil provided by James and Penny.
The Villa was immaculately clean with fresh linens twice weekly by Cristina who was meticulous in her work. The Villa provided every home essentials from dishwashing detergent, washing powders, coffee, and of course the wine and olive oil.
James and Penny treated us not like guests but as family. Upon arrival we found the abundant gift basket that was left for us filled with everything we needed for our first evening meal: cheese, bread, prosciutto, honey, salad, tomatoes, biscotti, panforte (a yummy treat), two special bottles of wine and Prosecco.
We loved the area. It is so centrally located that we took daily trips out to explore. Our rental car mileage tally for 17 days was over 3200 miles so you see we traveled the countryside visiting every city and Enoteca we could find. Castelnuovo Berardenga was just a short ride down the road where we found the grocery store, but most importantly the in the center of the old part of town we found a wonderful bread baker, (and the butcher too).
I could go on and on...it was magical beyond words because words fail to accurately express the experience offered.
Thank you James and Penny for the gift of opening your Villas like your home and welcoming us in as family. We were truly blessed and I am so glad to have the treasured memories of Montecchio woven into my heart.
Gail Brooks
Winston Salem, NC
  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Obviously it is a joy to read that Gail, and party enjoyed their stay with us. However, they made is easy for us, because they arrived ready to take everything in, and really enjoy what we, and our wonderful setting, have to offer. Hurry back Gail !
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Il Prato
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p95620
+44 7879476002
Castelnuovo Berardenga Chianti Senese
Roanoke, VA, USA
5

What a fabulous villa!!!

  • 5 out of 5
Words cannot describe how much we enjoyed this property. Beautiful villa, gorgeous setting, and convenient for day trips. All of the details made it extra special. Stocked full of food, unlimited great wine and a full selection of liquors to enjoy. James was a pleasure to deal with and was extremely helpful, and the concierge service was an added bonus. The house was so comfortable and had eveyr detail imaginable. We miss Montecchio-what a wonderful place!
  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: April and party were a joy to share Montecchio with - they made full use of our complimentary Concierge service to book a cookery course onsite, tour the Chianti's most prestigious winery, and make sure they had the best table in the local Michelin starred restaurant. That allowed us to show just what we offer, and we love it!
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
130 Kilometres
Pisa/Bologna
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Siena
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Siena - Arezzo
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Punta Ala
Car: recommended

In the heart of Tuscany,the Villa Casale Montecchio is set in the historic Villa Arceno estate,to the north of the town of Castelnuovo Berardenga,at the southern end of the Chianti Classico wine region.The estate is 20 minutes drive from Siena,and 7km north of the Siena-Arezzo road.The Villa is within easy reach of the historic cultural centres of Siena,Florence(1hr) & Arezzo(3/4hr),and is surrounded by famous name Chianti wineries(Brolio,Felsina,San Felice).

Castelnuovo Berardenga offers comprehensive food shopping,several restaurants,banks and other local services.Surrounding hilltop villages,San Gusme,Villa a Sesta and Montebenichi offer additional restaurants and bars.

Other Activities: Go Karting

Golf: Florence Golf Club Ugolino(1 hr drive) - open to non members.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday villa in Castelnuovo Berardenga, Chianti Senese

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Mid Season
30 Aug 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
5 night minimum stay
€1,425
for 5 nights
From
€285
€1,850
 
 
Low Season
1 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014
4 night minimum stay
€660
for 4 nights
From
€165
€1,050
 
 
Low Season
5 Jan 2015 - 27 Mar 2015
4 night minimum stay
€700
for 4 nights
From
€175
€1,100
 
 
Easter '15
28 Mar 2015 - 10 Apr 2015
7 night minimum stay
€1,500
for 7 nights
€1,500
 
 
Mid Season
11 Apr 2015 - 26 Jun 2015
5 night minimum stay
€1,475
for 5 nights
From
€295
€1,950
 
 
High Season
27 Jun 2015 - 28 Aug 2015
7 night minimum stay
€2,300
for 7 nights
€2,300
 
 
Mid Season
29 Aug 2015 - 25 Sep 2015
5 night minimum stay
€1,475
for 5 nights
From
€295
€1,950
 
 
Autumn
26 Sep 2015 - 30 Oct 2015
5 night minimum stay
€1,400
for 5 nights
From
€280
€1,850
 
 
Low Season
31 Oct 2015 - 18 Dec 2015
4 night minimum stay
€700
for 4 nights
From
€175
€1,100
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit €500
Notes Wkly rates include luxury Welcome Hamper, free Cocktail Bar + Montecchio Housewine & Olive Oil throughout stay,ALL energy costs (inc logs & charcoal), all linens(inc pool towels), daily consumables, Fragonard bathroom toiletries throughout, clean & change of linens every 3-4 days, 5 star Concierge service by local hoteliers, free WiFi.

Daily rates exclude Welcome Hamper(200 euro supplement).
We ask for a non refundable 25% deposit to secure a booking, with the balance paid 60 days prior to arrival. All payments by bank transfer/wire or bankers draft.
Security deposit of 500 euros preferred in the form of personal check, which can be destroyed when house has been checked over, and cleared, as part of post of post departure cleaning.
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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Castelnuovo Berardenga in Chianti Senese

Property Type:
  • villa (terraced)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 110 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Luxury
General:
  • Telephone
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking
  • Fax
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Iron & Board
  • PC
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wireless Internet
  • Computer Available
  • Living Room
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All bathrooms are kept stocked with Fragonard toiletries during stay.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , May be made-up as Double
  • Bedrooms are tastefully furnished with antique and local country furniture,and have ceiling( fans very effective if needed at the height of the summer). Both bedrooms have spectacular views across the garden's olive trees, estate woodlands towards the Chianti hills and the picturesque hilltop village of Montebenichi. Infant cot & linens available at no charge,with prior booking.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Video Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
Outside:
  • Patio
  • Bicycles
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • cycling
  • hiking
Notes:
Luxury 'welcome hamper' of top quality local specialty food & wines supplied on arrival, complimentary cocktail tray, Montecchio house wine & olive oil throughout stay,all energy costs included(inc logs for fires and charcoal for BBQ) plus most daily consumables supplied(washing powder, dishwasher tablets etc). Fragonard bathroom toiletries and most daily consumables supplied throughout stay, cleaning & change of linens every 3-4 days. Nespresso machine with free capsules throughout stay. Complimentary concierge service provided by local hoteliers. Generously equipped and furnished inside and out, to allow guests to entertain friends & visitors. The private garden has ample provision of garden furniture, sun loungers and outdoor mattresses, as well as a hammock in the trees. The Villa's Outdoor Games area is equipped with a selection of games such as badminton, skittles, boules etc. Volleyball court during summer months.

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