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James Benfield

Speaks English, French, German, Italian
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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James Benfield

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VILLA L'OLIVETO: 3 BEDROOMS, SLEEPS 6

Special Offer: FREE Cocktails and Wine Throughout Stay 20 March - 31 December

Photos and Description of this 3 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 L'Oliveto, 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 3 Bathrooms

A spacious Three Bedroom east-facing house with spectacular views across the estate's olive groves and woodland towards Monte Amiata and the Appenines. Sleeps 6. *Large ground floor Double with ensuite shower room *Four-poster ground floor Double with ensuite full bathroom *Twin with iron bedsteads,ensuite shower room, and first floor views towards Monte Amiata *Large first floor saloon/lounge, with magnificent 'hammer & anvil' beamed ceiling *Front door opens into large Tuscan style kitchen-dining room *Utility room with washing machine,ironing board and safe *Large terrace & covered pergola, ideal for breakfasting outside, as the sun rises *Hammock under trees in private 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|!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews for this holiday villa rental in Castelnuovo Berardenga, Italy

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L'Oliveto
average rating of 4.970588 based on 34 reviews
business
L'Oliveto
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p95620?uni_id=83223
+44 7879476002
Castelnuovo Berardenga Chianti Senese
5

Enchanted vacation property

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 22-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
We had an outstanding 10 days on this property!! It was centrally located for day trips around Italy! The owners were very accomodating and helped us find good places to eat and tour in the region. We will go back again and again! Awesome property!
business
L'Oliveto
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p95620?uni_id=83223
+44 7879476002
Castelnuovo Berardenga Chianti Senese
5

Wonderful Italian Gem!

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 03-Dec-2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
We only have the nicest and most wonderful things to say about our trip to Club Montecchio. We are a family of four (two adults + 2 & 3 ½ year old) who decided to travel with 3 of our parents. We each had our own beautiful, authentic Italian room (the kids were on a cot and in a crib that was provided) with three bathrooms. It had anything and everything we needed. Upon arrival we received a beautiful basket and were able to eat a wonderful meal with the amazing wine from the vineyard (again provided for us). Our days consisted of waking up to the most quiet , serene, and beautiful views, visiting nearby towns, shopping for some food and heading back to cook in our lovely kitchen (equipped with everything you need, just like home). We swam in the pool, played on the grass, read on the hammock etc. etc. On our last night we treated ourselves to an amazing four course meal cooked for us by the lovely chef Katie (James & Penny can provide her info) which was a wonderful send off. James & Penny Benfield and their staff were wonderful, checking on us making sure we had everything we needed. Rita, their concierge even helped us set up a visit from the town doctor when our daughter became ill. As I am writing this, I am smiling and the memories are flooding back. I am flipping through our calendar now thinking of when we can plan our next visit up through Cypress Alley to our perfect Tuscan holiday.
Owner's Response: We try hard to share with our guests the Tuscan lifestyle, that we are fortunate to have discovered, and, thankfully, it seems that we succeeded with Traveller's. They were a joy to have with us, and were open to suggestions, and introductions(the visiting chef), that might enhance their stay. Needless to say, we would love to have them back!
business
L'Oliveto
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p95620?uni_id=83223
+44 7879476002
Castelnuovo Berardenga Chianti Senese
5

Everything exactly as described!

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 24-Nov-2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
This villa met all of our expectations. Kept spotlessly clean, well supplied with linens, food, wine, spirits - everything you could ask for. Than you, Christina, for all your hard work. Even took out the grill for us in November! Only complaint I have is that the location is not recognized on a GPS. We had many adventures trying to find our way back at night. But it was actually a perfect location for exploring the surrounding area. James recommended some wonderful restaurants and even called us a couple of times to see if we were enjoying ourselves. Thank you, James! I would definitely recommend your beautiful villa to anyone contemplating a vacation in Tuscany. Hopefully, we will return!
Owner's Response: We weren't onsite for Diane's visit, and that is always a worry(my wife is a Virgo, and hates it when we are not "on top of the shop"!). So it is a delight to read this review.
The GPS issue is a problem in the Chianti, which we know about, and advise our guests about ahead of their arrival - it seems the technos cannot cope with the Chianti Hills! We try to cover the issue for arrivals, by sending guests detailed, and tried and tested, directions for finding us; also we are always available, by cell phone, if anyone has problems.
Helpful votes: 1/1
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L'Oliveto
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p95620?uni_id=83223
+44 7879476002
Castelnuovo Berardenga Chianti Senese
Seattle ,Washington USA
4

Perfect Villa in Tuscany

  • 4 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
Regardless of how much research one does, it is still a bit of a crap shoot when making reservations in a distant local. So it was a great pleasure when the 4 of us arrived at our Villa at Montecchio.
Located in the hills of Tuscany this treasure is conveniently located. We twice drove the 25-30 minutes to Siena for the day. We visited Florence and the many small Tuscan towns and their outstanding restaurants and wineries.
The Villa itself was first class all the way. The 3 bedroom 3 bath was white glove clean and extremely well provisioned. The welcome basket was delightful and there was no shortage of wine as it was delivered daily.
Anyone considering this property will not be disappointed.
Owner's Response: Reading the review was most heartening, in view of the fact that this is our first ever rating of less than 5 stars. Still it is a reality that some people would never rate things as 5 out of 5.
Helpful votes: 1/1
business
L'Oliveto
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p95620?uni_id=83223
+44 7879476002
Castelnuovo Berardenga Chianti Senese
5

A little piece of country paradise!

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
We had the pleasure to stay at the Oliveto for one week and it was all we had hoped for and more. First, the Chianti region and the estate are enchanting. The arrival through the cypress alley is quite spectacular and sets the mood. The house and the pool are in fact even nicer than they appear on the website and everything is impeccably clean. The furniture, the linens and all accessories are of the highest quality and the welcoming basket is extremely generous. The experience was a charm from beginning to end; James, Rita and Cristina catered to our needs with kindness,patience and efficiency. We recommend Casale Montecchio to everybody who dreams of Tuscany rand we can t wait to go back to enjoy the house and the countryside at leisure!
Andre and Martine, Montreal, Canada
Owner's Response: Andre and Martine were dream guests, as they arrived having done lots of research, and preparation, and were open to the few additional tips we made. They truly seemed to "get it" as far as our special little corner of the Chianti is concerned, and enjoyed the food, wine, scenery and attractions to the full. We would love to see them return!
Helpful votes: 0/1
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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

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

Special Offer: FREE Cocktails and Wine Throughout Stay

Special Offer From:
Dates 20-Mar-2014 to 31-Dec-2014

FREE Cocktails and Wine Throughout Stay

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate Minimum Stay
 
Low Season
4 Jan 2014 - 25 Apr 2014
€275
€1,800
5 nights
 
 
Mid Season
26 Apr 2014 - 27 Jun 2014
€390
€2,600
6 nights
 
 
High Season
28 Jun 2014 - 29 Aug 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
€3,200
7 nights
 
 
Mid Season
30 Aug 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
€475
€2,400
6 nights
 
 
Low Season
1 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014
€360
€1,800
5 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit €500.00
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.
For the security deposit(500 euros) we prefer a personal check, which is destroyed after the damage check, performed as part of post departure cleaning.
Baby cribs + linens on request(free). Bikes, DVD & CD libraries, Sat TV.
Notes Wkly rates include luxury Welcome Hamper, free Cocktails, Montecchio House wine & Olive Oil throughout stay,ALL energy costs (inc logs & charcoal), all linens(inc pool towels), daily consumables, Fragonard bathroom toiletries, clean & change of linens every 3-4 days, free Concierge by local hoteliers, free WiFi.

Nightly rate exclude 'welcome hamper(250 euro supplement).
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for L'Olivetoin Castelnuovo Berardenga in Chianti Senese

Property Type:
  • villa (terraced)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 140 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Luxury
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Firewood
  • Parking Off Street
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Basic Soaps
  • Living Room
  • Fax
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Sunbed
  • Internet
  • Shampoo
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Computer Available
  • Laundry Soap
  • Activities Guide
  • Heating
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Bottled Water
  • Telephone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Iron & Board
  • Safe
Kitchen:
  • Pantry Items
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Freezer
  • Blender
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Kitchen
  • Toaster
  • 4 Ring Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Fragonard toiletries supplied throughout stay. Towels(inc pool towels) are changed every 3-4 days.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , May be made-up as Double
  • Bedrooms are tastefully furnished with antique and local country furniture,and have beautiful antique Indian ceiling fans (very effective if needed at the height of the summer). Infant cot and linen are available free of charge by prior booking.
Entertainment:
  • Games for Kids
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Audio Tape Player
  • DVD Player
  • Toys
  • Games
  • Video Player
  • Radio
  • Video Library
  • Television
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • Stereo
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Books for Kids
Outside:
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Bicycles
  • Deck Chairs
  • Barbecue
  • veranda
  • Terrace
  • Beach Towels
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • Private Chef
  • Massage
  • Housekeeper
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • churches
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • outlet shopping
  • horse riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • groceries
  • Babysitter
  • laundrette - serviced
  • ATM/bank
  • medical services
  • fitness centre
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • tennis
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • golf
Notes:
Luxury 'welcome hamper' of top quality local speciality food & wines supplied on arrival, complimentary cocktail tray and Montecchio house wine & olive oil throughout stay,all energy costs included(inc logs for fires,charcoal for bbq), all linens supplied(inc pool towels), most daily consumables supplied (washing powder, dishwasher tablets etc), Fragonard bathroom toiletries throughout stay, cleaning and change of linens every 3-4 days. Nespresso machine with free supply of capsules throughout stay. Complimentary concierge service supplied by local hoteliers. Generously equipped inside and out,to allow guests to entertain friends & visitors.the garden has an ample provision of teak furniture, sun loungers and outdoor mattresses, as well as a large hammock, under the trees. Two bikes are available for use by guests. The Villa's Outdoor Games area has a volleyball court, and is equipped with a selection of games, such as badminton, skittles boules etc.

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