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CLUB MONTECCHIO - Countryhouse living, free housewine, cocktails, privacy, views - Il Prato

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Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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

Luxury Villa on wine estate,lge pool,housekeeper, free housewine,cocktails,wifi


Mainly because this area has so much to offer that 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(more than enough for the first weekend's catering needs), PLUS as much FREE Montecchio HOUSE WINE as you wish, throughout your stay. Our FREE COCKTAIL BAR of branded spirits and local liqueurs such as Limoncello is also kept stocked throughout your stay.

Our 5 star CONCIERGE SERVICE is provided by local boutique hoteliers, who help with everything from booking the best restaurants, to fixing a cookery class or even a massage, onsite at Montecchio!

ALL ENERGY COSTS are included - very expensive in Italy! ; all linens & towels are included(inc pool) with cleaning and change of linens every 3-4 days, and at end of stay; we provide a 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 are available free of charge, 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!

CLUB MONTECCHIO is located centrally in Tuscany, within easy reach of the main 'must see' destinations of Siena(20mins drive), Florence, San Gimignano, Arezzo, Cortona, Montepulciano and Montalcino(all around an hour). Further afield, but still easily accessed by autotstrada/highway are Pisa, Perugia, Orvieto, Bologna and even Rome.

What's more the Chianti Way(Chiantigiana) runs right past the Villa Arceno estate's front door, leading up into the Chianti, and all it's famous wineries(Felsina, San Felice, Brolio, Capannelle, Badia e Coltibuono, Castello di Ama etc), picturesque towns such as Gaiole, Radda, Panzano, Greve etc.

But there is no need to roam afar, as Montecchio is surrounded by many beautiful and historic hillside villages, all worth visiting, and usually with bars and good restaurants.

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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 to be 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

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered

James Benfield
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, German, Italian
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Calendar last updated:
24 October, 2016
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About James Benfield

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 highest point of 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 corporate lifestyle with lots of travel, we needed something exceptional, in a beautiful setting, away from the developed centres of tourism.

James Benfield purchased this villa in 1998

Why James Benfield chose Siena Area

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

- off the tourist track,

- in a stunning location on a hilltop, with breathtaking 360 degree views of the Chianti hills,

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

- close to major roads, giving fast and easy access to Florence, San Gimignano, Cortona, Perugia, Orvieto, and many more 'must see' places,

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

What makes this villa unique

HOME FROM HOME with 5 star standards of comfort and luxury; Countryhouse style & living with hospitality to match.

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. Villa L'Oliveto has it's own outlook, private garden, and segregated parking pergola.

Villa L'Oliveto was designed and furnished in the same style as our own place at Montecchio; it was filled with pieces of art & furniture from our own collection. The kitchen was generously equipped to professional standards.

The result, we think, is a comfortable Vacation Villa, that feels 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 from which local retaurants are currently "hot", to where to park safely & legally in Florence|!


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Il Prato
average rating of 5.0 based on 145 reviews

Five stars.

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleased with our stay at Montecchio. The property and garden are very well maintained and the cleaning was very good.

We visited Pisa, Pienza and Florence and we ate at the restaurants in Castelnuovo Berardegna and San Gusme. We vent to the market in Castelnuovo and tasted wine at Tenuta di Arceno and Petrolo.

It was dark when we arrived at the house on Saturday. So it was a very beautiful gesture that the light was turned on and classic Italian opera music welcomed us. Perfect.

We would absolutely recommend Montecchio to our friends and family and we were happy to meet the hosts during our stay.

The deposit was returned very quickly.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We work hard on the details, to make our guests feel welcome, and it is rewarding when they notice lights left for late arrivals in the dark, and the music playing, to make their vacation villa seem friendly. Thank you Hans-Henrik and group, do come again!
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We could not have had a better experience

  • 5 of 5

We selected Club Montecchio, Prato via VRBO and searching the internet. As in many choices we were apprehensive that the experience would live up to the billing. In this case it exceeded our expectations entirely. James and Penny Benfield could not be more accommodating hosts. From meeting us upon arrival, the incredibly well stocked welcome basket and fridge (coffee, wine, biscotti, eggs, water, prosciutto, greens, chips) to the complimentary spirits bar, outstanding wifi, games... name it and it is there. The decor feels just like a home and the home is clean, clean, clean. This is not a sterile hotel type environment, but a warmly and lovingly decorated home where you are a guest not a patron.

The garden offers and excellent place to sit and read, relax on the hammock or chaise lounges, have a leisurely b'fast, lunch or dinner with table seating for 4. A bbq with wood and charcoal completes the offerings.

The ambiance is as quiet as a church so there is simply no noise to intrude upon your reverie.

A 10 min drive on an unpaved road takes you out of the vineyard location to nearby villages of Castelnuovo Berardenga or Villa a Sesta or San Giusme for excellent restaurant choices (including a Michelin star) -- the Felsina winery is 15 min away and if you book in advance you can arrange a luncheon with wine outdoors after a tour of the 300 year old cellar Siena and Firenze are within an hours drive if you choose to explore --

We chose to visit in the fall so it was a bit cool for swimming but we enjoyed sitting and relaxing by the large and beautiful pool with views extending over the vineyards to the hills beyond.

If you need ideas, assistance with bookings a complimentary concierge service managed by Rita takes care of any need you may have. Club Montecchio is as full service as you can possibly dream of.... We lived in Italy for 5 years and have holidayed in this wonderful country for 20 of the past 30 years. This is by far head and shoulders above any previous experience.

Unfortunately Prato has been sold this year but the 3 br Oliveto villa next door will still be offered for rental.

Rent here and you will not be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, this is humbling! Dick & Jane have described what we set out to achieve, "home from home" comfort in fastidiously clean accomodation, with country house hospitality, backed up by a 5 star Concierge service. They seem to think we have come close; now we just have to keep it up! Thank you for your generous review, Dick & Jane!
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Luxurious Tuscan home

  • 5 of 5

Another very relaxing stay in this wonderful Tuscan property. Everything you could need has been thought of and provided. One week was too short!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is especially gratifying, when guests return, after several years, and we manage to live up to their memories, and expectations. We are so fortunate to be in a spectacular setting, with both housekeeper and gardener, who have been with us for many years, who keep Clb Montecchio in tip top condition, and understand the importance of looking after our guests. Come again soon Bridget!
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As wonderful the 2nd Time!

  • 5 of 5

We had such an amazing time 3 years ago that when we got the opportunity to return, we jumped on the chance. Two couples and each of us enjoyed the villa. Much thought and care is put into preparing the villa for our holiday - from a well stocked refrigerator to the wine and the beauty of our surroundings. It was our oasis from our daily travels to the various hill towns of Tuscany. It is ideally located within an hour of almost all places to visit within Tuscany. Thank you again James for the wonderful memories!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is a great compliment when guests choose to return, especially those that are well travelled; it shows that our efforts to offer especially arm hospitality, pay dividends. We try hard with the small details, like the quality of our free house wine, and the generous welcome hamper, are appreciated. Do come again!
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Superb Quality at every level

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned from our fabulous family holiday at James & Penny's property.

All that you have read elsewhere is true.

The property is amazing, filled with every attention to detail, we were never in want of anything.

Location is fantastic, close to Florence, many vineyards (worth a visit) & the numerous amazing places that Tuscany boasts. We particularly liked Sienna, friendly atmosphere with very many nice places to visit & eat and perhaps drink the odd glass of wine.

We were lucky that the Palio was on when we were there, something we were extremely fortunate to experience.

Of course all of this was knitted together by Rita who works with James & Penny.

Need a birthday cake for your daughters birthday - sorted.

Need a restaurant booking - sorted.

Need a guide booking for you - sorted.

Need parking for The Palio (or seats for the Palio) as well as a detailed it itinerary for the day - sorted.

Nothing was ever too much trouble to help you & your family enjoy their Tuscan holiday.

At every stage of our holiday we were made welcome & truly the home from home experience is one that we truly experienced.

Thank You James, Penny, Rita & all that go together to make this place and our time with it so special.

Warm regards

Michael, Sue, Isaac, Thomas & Olivia

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, this is really gratifying, thank you Michael. It is true that we are fortunate to have found a spectacular spot, in the most beautiful part of the Chianti. It is also true that we try hard to deliver the device that Michael has detailed(everything is for real). We have to continue to live up to this generous testimony!
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Feel at home in top property.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a lot our stay in Il Prato. It was a real home for us, from the first moment we opened the door. Decorated with great taste, very well equipped ; we could just feel an invisible "lady of the house" taking care. A very practical base to discover and enjoy the Chianti region.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Penny has put so much of her personal "touch" into making our villas feel like "home from home", and it is a joy when guests recognise that. Also the huge compliment of crediting Club Montecchio with being a "top property". Our location on the height point of the beautiful and historic Villa Arceno wine estate help make it very special, with incredible views; the location in central Tuscany is also perfect for reaching the "must see" destinations. Thank you Jan, and do come again!
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Florence and Pisa
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Sira & Remino in San Gusme
Nearest Ferry
140 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
La Bagnaia in Val di Chiana
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Siena - Arezzo H'way- Castelnuovo Berardenga exit
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
La Porta del Chianti in San Gusme for fish
Nearest Ski
145 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Punta Ala and Castiglione del Pesacaia
Car: necessary

In the heart of Tuscany, Club 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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Castelnuovo Berardenga, Chianti Senese

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
24 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Low Season
29 Oct 2016 - 9 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Low Season
14 Jan 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Spring Season
22 Apr 2017 - 12 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Mid Season
13 May 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
High Season
17 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
2 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn Season
23 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Low Season
28 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £445

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 boutique hoteliers, free WiFi.

Daily rates exclude Welcome Hamper(100 euro supplement).

Saturday to Saturday bookings requested during peak season(July to mid September).

Security deposit preferred by personal check(which are destroyed post departure); inspections are carried out as part of pre-arrival cleaning procedures. Cash deposits are returned within 2 weeks of departure.

We accept children over 12 years of age.

Well behaved dogs welcome if preadvised!

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Castelnuovo Berardenga in Tuscany

Property Type:
  • villa (terraced)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 110 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Bath robes/dressing gowns supplied. All bathrooms are kept stocked with Fragonard toiletries throughout stay. Pool towels supplied.
  • 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.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 2 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Huge luxury 'welcome hamper' of top quality local specialty food & wines supplied for bookings of a week or more,complimentary cocktail tray, Montecchio house wine & olive oil throughout stay,all energy costs included(inc logs for fires and charcoal for BBQ) plus most 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 boutique hoteliers, to help with booking restaurants, wine tours etc. 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 include a selection of games such as badminton, skittles, boules etc.

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