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Bedrooms 3
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property



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), as well as picturesque towns such as Gaiole, Radda, Panzano, Greve etc.

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


Mainly because we want you to feel, from your first contact, as though you "belong",; the way you would in your favourite restaurant, or a members club. But also be ause area has so much to offer, that we hope guests want to visit more than once. Plus we offer so much more than a regular 'self catering' rental: "home from home" luxury, with lots of extras & treats. More detail on our own website

Our 'FULLY INCLUSIVE' weekly RATES cover: complimentary WELCOME DINNER at our favourite osteria, a huge WELCOME HAMPER of speciality foods & wines from top local suppliers(more than enough for the first weekend's catering needs), PLUS UNLIMITED FREE Club Montecchio HOUSE WINE throughout your stay. Our FREE COCKTAIL BAR of branded spirits and local liqueurs is also kept stocked during your stay.

Our 5 star CONCIERGE SERVICE, provided by local boutique hoteliers, helps with everything from booking the best restaurants, to fixing a cookery class, or even a massage onsite at Club Montecchio! More detail on our own website

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 bathrobes and a continuous supply of Fragonard bathroom toiletries and daily consumables (everything from dishwasher tablets to Club Montecchio's own Olive Oil!).

Indoor & Outdoor Games available, as well as Pool Toys for the Large Pool (19m x 6m , shared, open 01/05-31/09), in addition to DVD, Video & CD libraries offering a wide choice, and FREE High Speed WIFI.

The result, we think, is a truly comfortable vacation villa, that really feels 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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About Us

James Benfield
Club Montecchio
Stour House, 12 Upper Strand St
CT139EE Sandwich
VAT Reg No

Property Manager
James Benfield
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, German, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 August, 2018

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. To get a feel for this, do call James on his cell phone (UK code +44) 7879476002.

Penny & James 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 pampered travel, we needed something exceptional, in a beautiful setting, away from the developed centres of tourism.

If you want to know more, call James on his cell phone (UK code +44) 7879476002.

James Benfield purchased this villa in 1998

Why James Benfield chose Castelnuovo Berardenga

Because, as per the video on our website( 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. There is a lot more detail on our own website

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. Club Montecchio's Villa L'Oliveto has it's own outlook, large terace, 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|!

Discover more on our own website


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Castelnuovo Berardenga in Province of Siena

Property Type:
  • villa (terraced)
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • 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
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • 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
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathrobes/dressing gowns supplied. Fragonard toiletries supplied throughout stay. Towels(inc pool towels) are changed every 3-4 days.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , May be made-up as Double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedrooms are tastefully furnished with antique and local country furniture, and have ceiling fans (very effective if needed at the height of the summer), with additional floor standing fans as required.
  • 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 ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 2 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • 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
ALL INCLUSIVE WEEKLY RATES COVERING: - Welcome Dinner at Osteria Alla Villa, our favourite! Huge luxury 'welcome hamper' of top quality local foods & wines for bookings of week plus; cocktail tray, house wine & olive oil throughout, all energy costs i(inc logs for fires, charcoal for bbq), all linens supplied(inc pool towels), daily consumables supplied (washing powder, dishwasher tablets etc), Fragonard bathroom toiletries throughout, cleaning and change of linens every 3-4 days. - Nespresso machine - capsules supplied throughout stay. - 5 star Concierge service by local hoteliers. Supplements apply for other rates - see detailed rates page. Generously equipped throughout to allow guests to entertain 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 guests. Outdoor Games inc badminton, skittles & boules. More detail/photos on


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Mukilteo, WA USA

Beautiful Tuscan Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The property was absolutely beautiful, with wonderful views and charming qualities. The home was well maintained and spotless. The ammenties at the villa were a nice touch and made us feel at home. The owner provided fantastic service and was extremely attentive whenever needed. We would absolutely reccomend this property to anyone visiting Tuscany. The restaurant, Osteria Alla Villa was outstanding, and only a short drive. The cooking class with Marta was one of the highlights of our trip. Overall, a highly enjoyable stay at Club Montecchio.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is so encouraging to start our final season, with such a positive review! Thank you Bonnie!
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Picture perfect Italian Villa near quaint peaceful villages

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. The accommodations were stunning yet comfortable. The Villa was well appointed and the generous hamper and liquors to greet us were superb. We used the pool nearly every day. I would love to stay again - though I’m not sure rentals will continue.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is such a welcome endorsement from clients who know we are closing our little business at the end of the season. Hopefully it will reassure our final guests that we are determined to keep up the standards that have helped us enjoy 15 years of successfil “sell outs”.
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Wonderful Home away from home...

  • 5 of 5

I don’t think any words could accurately convey the wonderful experience we had at James’ home. We travelled a group of 6 family members for my Mom’s 60th, brothers 40th and a family adventure. James, Rita and Christina were most helpful before and during our stay. The welcome basket, wine, special gift of Champagne for our celebrations were so thoughtful and appreciated. The location of the home is amazing after driving through the cypress lined road. I would definitely recommend the welcome dinner - it was amazing. We are already planning our next trip back ! Thank you James for your wonderful communication and Home!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: When guests appreciate tge effort we put in, and the details and the extras that we provide, it makes all the effort worthwhile. Thank you Tricia and group!
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Wonderful Villa in the heart of Tuscany nestled in vineyards and olive groves.

  • 5 of 5

We spent 8 nights at this beautiful Villa in May with another couple. It is in a lovely area of Tuscany surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. It is situated near many of the towns we wanted to visit and about 20 minutes from Siena.

The Villa itself is very well appointed with all the amenities you could want. James is a wonderful and gracious host making sure, along with Rita and Christina, that your stay is perfect.

James supplied us with all the information we needed about restaurants, vineyards to visit and even a cooking class with Chef Andrea. Rita was available whenever we needed her to make reservations and suggestions. Christina made sure the Villa was clean and in good order.

On arrival James made sure the refrigerator was stocked and we had a lovely selection of pastas, sauces and sweets. There is a wonderful selection of liquor as well as delicious wine and olive oil from his vineyard.

Our week at the Villa was really quite wonderful and all that we could have asked for.

We are happy to highly recommend it.

Janis and Howard Kozinn

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: When guests notice the details and the extras that we provide, it makes all the effort worthwhile. Thank you Howard and group!
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Midwest City, Oklahoma. USA

Hidden gem in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

While traveling with 2 other couples we stayed 5 nights in this wonderful home. There were so many extras (welcome basket, wine, bar, concierge service, welcome dinner, housekeeper) that our only regret was that we didn't plan enough time to spend at the house. The bedrooms were comfortable, linens were lush (including washcloths), kitchen was well stocked, and the patio was perfect for relaxing in the evenings. It was nice to have Rita, the concierge, help arrange our dinner reservations and museum visits. The meal at Osteria was one of our favorites. We also took advantage of having chef Andrea come one evening. Who knew we could have so much fun chopping vegetables. The meal was delicious and we had enough for a second meal later in the week. James contacted us several times during our stay to make sure everything was as promised. Highly recommend staying at Club Montecchio!

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Pam! We try hard to stand out with our extras, and it makes it all worthwhile, when guests notice!
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  • 5 of 5

In six weeks of touring Tuscany, no place we stayed exceeded Club Montecchio! The Club is everything you would want. James Benfield said that he wanted a place where you could feel at home. Well thought out amenities that go so far to provide you with an enjoyable experience. It is not glitzy. It is a country place. But a country place that makes life satisfying and enjoyable. It is in the country less than a 30 minute drive from Sienna

The road leading into Montecchio is where the adventure begins. You turn off the paved highway and are soon provided with an avenue of 300 year old cypress trees. If you thought the entrance to Terra in “Gone with the Wind” was special, then you will appreciate this avenue. At the end of the avenue of cypress trees is a turn around that would have been used by carriages in ancient days with young, courting Tuscan couples.

Then you continue on (remember, the roads are all dirt or gravel at this point) until you reach the villa.

When we arrived we found that the refrigerator had been stocked with enough food to keep us going for several days. Not only that, there was Prosecco, and several other wines.

How often have you come to a place that says: “if you need more wine, leave the empty bottles outside the door and we will provide you with more”. There was also an excellent selection of liquor. That is the kind of place Montecchio is. The refrigerator was stocked, and so was the larder. An excellent (big!) wedge of local Parmesan cheese, fruits, spaghetti sauce, pasta, everything you need to enjoy yourself and never leave the house if you don’t want to.

The villa sits on top of a rise and in the morning the views are wonderful. The grounds are immaculately maintained.

Parking is under a beautiful pergola. It was plenty big enough for our mini van to fit under.

There is a wonderful arbor with a table and chairs to enjoy outdoor meals.

Inside where all the comforts of home. They provided an ironing board, heated towel racks, wonderful shower and bathroom facilities, bidets, coffee makers, range and oven, you name it, it was there.

In out unit the “gathering room” was upstairs. It had a fireplace with wood provided. And, on Wednesday when Christina came to clean midweek, she restocked the wood for the fireplace! They think of everything.

You must stay here! We loved it! The rate for what you get is outstanding, especially if you compare it to a hotel.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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, San Gimignano, Cortona(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 excellent restaurants and bars.

Other Activities: Go Karting

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

More, including videos, on our own website, and our Facebook page for Club Montecchio.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Castelnuovo Berardenga, Tuscany

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
High Season
16 Jun 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
8 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn Saeson
29 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Low Season
27 Oct 2018 - 16 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Winter Season 18/19
17 Nov 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Regular weekly rates include Welcome Dinner at Osteria Alla Villa, huge luxury Welcome Hamper, free Cocktail Bar + Club 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 5 Star Concierge by local hoteliers, free High Speed WiFi.

"Winter" season and "Standard" rates exclude Welcome Dinner, Welcome Hamper(€200 supplement) and Cocktail Bar(€150 supplement).
Monthly and Daily rates exclude Welcome Dinner, Welcome Hamper and Cocktail Bar, available for combined supplement of €450.

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

Well behaved dogs welcome, if preadvised at time of booking.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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