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Classic Chianti Home near Siena. San Gusme, Castello Brolio, San Felice Adjacent


Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, italian
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, italian
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Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2015
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Classic Chianti Home near Siena. San Gusme, Castello Brolio, San Felice Adjacent

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Castelnuovo Berardenga House Rental Photos and Description

Renovated Ancient(1500) Stone FarmHouse Featuring Dining Al Fresco, Views, WiFi.

*Very limited availability remains for the 2015 season, please inquire, as the reservation calendar is not made public in order to respect guest privacy. A second nearby property may be available, see also listing #557879.

In the Chianti Countryside: Set securely behind gates atop a private access road, enter a comfortable estate in the prime historic and most central area of Tuscany's Chianti Classico region. ~

Easy access from Rome or Florence make this a perfect choice for your stay in Classic Tuscany. Recently renovated with modern conveniences, this 1500's Stone Farmhouse is situated in the middle of Olive Groves and rolling Chianti Classico Vineyards while still within a short walk from fine restaurants.

A professionally-equipped kitchen and multiple large outdoor living and dining spaces are just two of the premiere features of the estate property. Dreamliner Views overlook beautifully groomed and ancient Sangiovese & Merlot vineyards through to the rolling hills of the Chianti region.

The 'Vineyard Suite': Two bedrooms with en-suite bathroom. Double Bedroom along with Single Bedroom, private entrance, view terraces, bathroom with tub+shower. There is a cozy reading nook / window-seat in the double room.

The 'Garden Suite': Two adjoining bedrooms with large en-suite travertine bathroom. This suite consists of a carved chestnut-wood 17th c. double bedroom, private entrance with view terrace, a French-Empire single-bed sitting room (a double bed and an additional single bed can be added to this room), travertine Bathroom, antique claw-foot iron tub and large walk-in shower room.

The entire property is thoughtfully furnished with 18-19c Italian and French antiques and ceramics. Italian bed linens and towels are provided. Wireless internet throughout, and two flat-screen televisions will allow you to keep up to date with US(CNBC International), UK(BBC World), French, and other national news and financial networks.

The main (middle) floor consists of an updated cook's kitchen, dining salon, living room, powder room, our own 'piazza' and rambling view terraces with fireplace and BBQ. A tended kitchen garden full of herbs, greens and seasonable vegetables, with almond, apricot, fig, and berries only an arm's length away for those yearning to be Tuscan chefs.

Exquisite Privacy (see reviews) with private Hiking Trails, Olive Groves, and Vineyards surrounding the estate. A private pool features breathtaking views to distant hills of Montalcino. The main dining terrace offers a pergola-covered travertine table with a large BBQ fireplace. All windows are screened, sleeping suites offer individually-controlled air conditioning.

Al fresco dining will accommodate up to 12 guests for your special occasions. Plan a professionally-catered and serviced meal on the main terrace for your ultimate Tuscan experience, or select a casual pre-prepared dinner and drinks for your night of arrival to be enjoyed at your own leisurely pace.

The estate is minutes from the village of Castelnuovo Berardenga and is within close walking or biking proximity to San Gusme, Villa-a-Sesta and other gorgeous small villages. Florence is about an hour and twenty minutes, Rome just under three hours.  Siena is twenty minutes away. Reached easily by car are towns such as Montalcino, Arezzo, Greve-in-Chianti, Castellina-in-Chianti, Cortona, Assisi. White-sand tuscan beaches of the Maremma or fishing villages of the Cinque Terra are 2 to 4 hours away.

Airport transfer service and rental car assistance may be arranged. There is a local bus network to nearby villages and Siena.

Located within short walking distance of the property are four excellent restaurants offering a range of dining opportunities.

Payment may be negotiated in USD or Euro.

Private Website:

(**See related property VRBO#557879, two charming private homes (4+4) in nearby and similarly private setting, with views to Siena. It is possible to take these properties together for a larger group or family desiring separate residences).

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Michael (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2015

About Michael

Michael is design professional based in Los Angeles and Tuscany.

Michael purchased this house in 2006

Why Michael chose Castelnuovo Berardenga

The estate, dating from about 1550, is situated amidst vineyards and olive groves and offers panoramic 360-degree views. While offering serene privacy, it is possible to walk 10-minutes across the road to indulge in any one of four of Tuscany's finest and authentic dining establishments.

What makes this house unique

Privacy, Views, Fine Dining, Family Entertaining. Access to hiking trails, vineyard walks, shaded hammocks amidst olive groves and reclining by the large private pool.

Why HomeAway

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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based on 12 traveler reviews

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Classic Chianti Home near Siena. San Gusme, Castello Brolio, San Felice Adjacent
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
Illinois, USA

La Chiusa + Michael = magic

  • 5 of 5

La Chiusa in Chianti is a special place. We have traveled frequently in Italy (family is half-Italian) and are intimate with the country and culture. So it was with some skepticism that we rented a restored Tuscan farmhouse owned and operated by an American from So. Cal. But we were absolutely delighted in every respect. This place is *magic* and having an American host/owner meant the house has probably more welcome perks than we appreciated.

Michael and David have transformed this Chianti farmhouse into a delectable spot to relax, retreat and dolce far absolutely niente. David deftly designed patios and multi-level terraces so that the home has way more private retreat nooks and views than a house this size otherwise would. While Google Earth suggested it was near other homes and structures, La Chiusa is absolutely isolated and private: One can walk the house's perimeter naked, free of spectators, 24/7. Michael's olive orchard stretches up and to the west, vineyards roll away north and east. La Chiusa's landscaping is simple, smart, elegant, complete with Wisteria-draped dining pergola and multiple lush herb pots adorning the steps up to the front door (conveniently opening into the kitchen). Our September stay was past prime swimming season and only one of us used the pool. But in summer heat – a joy for sure.

We were delighted with the exquisite interior design and decoration at La Chiusa. The home is packed with unique, charming and exceptional antique or vintage finds that we were grateful Michael and David were willing to share with VRBO guests (incl packed shelves of books & maps). La Chiusa is stunningly, fabulously stylish, tasteful, personal, cozy (the living room!) and charming – a real bonus.

Finally, a well-deserved pitch for host Michael – a gem. He stocked the kitchen with bread, oil, fruit, wine, sweets and too many other consumables to list here (check before you shop!). He stopped by just about every day, first to welcome us but then to water and weed and do little chores. Anything but intrusive, more like ghostly invisible. Truth is, we wouldn't have minded seeing more of him, to pick his brain about local touring details. Michael did generously provide tips and even offered to personally guide us to a parking lot in Siena close enough to the duomo for an elderly member of our party to make the walk (we figured it out without him).

You can't go wrong with Michael and La Chiusa. Superb host and magic place.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tom, It was such a pleasure to meet you and your family and I look forward to your return! So happy the property exceeded your expectations and that you all enjoyed your stay to the fullest. ~Michael
Cheasapeake Bay, Maryland

Lifetime Experience

  • 5 of 5

Authentic Tuscan Villa in serene setting. Tastefully decorated with old world charm. Great central location to explore Tuscany and surrounding areas. Villa was beyond expectations in very private setting. Views of vineyards and mountains were endless. Hilltop pool was perfect spot to chill and view the wonderful setting while planning the next day adventure. Nine days at this Villa and never once bored. Surrounding small towns and vineyards provide good food and wine experiences. Excellent support staff at the end of road were very helpful. Convenient to market about 6 kilometers away. Outdoor fireplace with grill adds to cooking experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brigitte, I am happy your choice of property worked out so well for you and your family this summer. Thank you again and I look forward to your return. Best Wishes, Michael

Did not want to leave

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at La Chiusa in Chianti the last week of April 2014. We picked this location because it is really central to all of the wine regions in Tuscany. The location is perfect; we spent each day visiting the nearby wineries/hill towns of Siena, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Cortona, and the Chianti region.

The villa is amazing - the pictures on the website, although great, really do not do the property justice. The villa is beautiful, comfortable, and very private, surrounded by a vineyard on one side and an olive grove on the other. The kitchen is also one of the best equipped rental property kitchens I have seen – we made pasta from scratch almost nightly to have with the wine we collected from our adventures. We are already planning a return trip in 2015. Thanks again Michael for your hospitality.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Your most generous tenants, Matt and Glenarva and Ms Frankie

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful home this is......and it is really a home...not just a normal rental. Very comfortable and Michael ads extra perks such a big thick terry robes, wonderful artesian soaps, house wine....vegetable garden,..... tons of wood for the outdoor fireplace, which we enjoyed every single night.....hanging racks for washed clothes, ......very comfortable furniture, ....... two precious cats who appeared in the morning and at night and sat outside with us purring away......beautiful, well placed landscaping. It was also very nice to have our very own concierge, offering solicited suggestions as to where, when, why and how. Thank you so much Michael for making this such a special trip. Would love to come back .

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Amazing villa with ideal Tuscan setting

  • 5 of 5

Michael's gorgeous farmhouse exceeded all our expectations in terms of the comfort of the villa, high-end amenities, the setting, and convenience/proximity to top notch restaurants, vineyards, and sightseeing highlights of Tuscany. The rooms were comfortable, well-furnished, and spotlessly clean. The newly added pool was a big plus as well on hot days with panoramic views of the surrounding vineyards and a relaxing hammock closeby in the olive grove. We loved taking walks in the vineyards, and having breakfast and dinner on the terrace, sometimes with the two resident cats Nero and Caramello. Michael was very generous with us, providing the estate wine, olive oil, and delicious tomato preserves. He also gave us free access to his herb garden and bicycles. Villa A Sesta is a picturesque village down the road which had lovely restaurants, including the Michelin rated La Bottega del 30. The village was packed every night with people who drive long distances to eat at these restaurants. We enjoyed being in the Chianti region and loved wine tasting in the area, including the local Villa a Sesta wine, Castello di Brolio (where chianti was invented), the hill towns of Montalcino (famous for Brunello) and Montepulciano (where we fortuitously stumbled upon the elaborate medieval festival of the Bravio delle Botti). We were also close to many Tuscan highlights (such as Florence and Siena) and near enough to Umbria to visit Assisi which was absolutely lovely and surprisingly empty for an August afternoon. Michael, thank you for being such a gracious host. We wish we could have stayed longer and will come back again - hopefully soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Beautiful villa in a ideal location

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a week staying with friends (total of 6 of us) in Michael's villa. Really it was perfect.

The villa was clean & tidy and surpassed our already high expectation from the photos.

Michael really makes the effort to make you feel welcome while still managing to leave you alone to your privacy. Small gestures really helped such as access to the vegetable garden (delicious tomatoes) to following up our first day conversation with an email giving us extra specific details and suggestions.

Plus the house wine and oil were delicious.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Bar Centrale
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Car: recommended

Wine-Tasting, Farmer's Markets, Outlet-Shopping, Cooking Classes, Beaches


Rates & Availability

From $619 Per night

Castelnuovo Berardenga House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 16 2015 - Oct 1 2015
3 night minimum stay
Oct 2 2015 - Dec 19 2015
3 night minimum stay
Dec 20 2015 - Jan 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300.00
Tax Rate 12.0%
Notes Payment may be quoted and arranged in USD($) or Euro(€), CreditCard PayPal, Online or Direct Bank Transfer.
Price includes:
Pressed Italian Bed Linens
Fluffed Bath Towels
Internet Wi-Fi
Basic Pantry & Fridge Items
Gas for Cooking
Firewood for BBQ
A gift of our Chianti Classico House Wine

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Castelnuovo Berardenga House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , outdoor shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin Beds (2), Child Beds (2). Additional sleeping arrangements may be discussed.
  • Books
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
  • swimming
Optional extras: Daily change of linens. Private tours of Siena, Florence or surrounding villages. Home-Cooked Evening Meals and Aperativi Cooking Lessons with Hosted Market Day taught by a local Chef.

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