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CLUB MONTECCHIO 2 Luxury Homes in Chianti Large Pool,great views - Il Prato

James Benfield

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

James Benfield

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, german, italian
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Calendar last updated:
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CLUB MONTECCHIO 2 Luxury Homes in Chianti Large Pool,great views - Il Prato

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


Castelnuovo Berardenga Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa on wine estate w 2 Lux homes,lge pool,housekeeper,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 mFREE 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 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 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
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
James Benfield (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, french, german, italian
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Calendar last updated:
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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 jet set 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 Castelnuovo Berardenga

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, Perugia, Orvieto, and many more 'must see' places,

- and most important for '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.

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|!

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Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
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Il Prato
average rating of 5.0 based on 66 reviews

Incredible Experience in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful experience! We just spent a week at one of the most beautiful places in the world. We could not have chosen better accomodations for a family get-together. The pictures do not do the villa justice. It is so much more beautiful in person! The villa was well equipped with everything needed and Christina made sure we had everything we needed to make our stay enjoyable. The welcome call from James (owner) on our first night there ensured that we had everything we needed and phone numbers to contact if we needed anything. The wine that they supply at no charge is wonderful, hard to see how it can be called "house wine". This will definitely be on our short list of places that we would love to return to. The villa is well equipped with all that was needed and everything was top quality. Thank you for the opportunity to stay in your beautiful villa.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dan and family were extremely well organised for their vacation, making full use of our complimentary Concierge Service shared of times to book hauffeur driven cars, wine tours, guides etc. The compliment regarding our "house wine" is appreciated; it comes from the famous top quality winery Felsina in nearby Castelnuovo Berardenga. We hope to see you all back soo Dan!

A Perfect Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from the best week ever!! The villa was beautiful, it had a perfect yard for our children, and the surrounding countryside was what you dream of when you think "Tuscany". James, Rita, and everyone who you come into contact with are beyond helpful and so quick to respond. The wine, the food, and the perks made this place even better!!! This is a MUST STAY in Tuscany. We will most certainly be returning!! It is nothing short of a 5 star accommodation and well worth the price. Thanks for the best experience!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jenny is an American living currently Germany, who has plenty of opportunity to travel, so we greatly value her feedback. Cristina, our full time housekeeper of 13 years, is as committed as ever to looking after our guests, and does a great job of hosting, when we are not "in residence". Rita who is a professional hotelier, provides our complimentary Concierge, and can organise everything from wine tours to onsite massage. We are really fortunate to have such dedicated help from these wonderful ladies!
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

Paradise in Toscana

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience in our stay at Oliveto. Everything worked well. Oliveto ambiance made us to feel as we were at home, at the home of our dreams.

Also we highly appreciated the tips about restaurants, vineyards and places to enjoy. We endorse all the positive descriptions about the house. We would recommend Olivetto for those who want to discover the magic of Toscana.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Luis and party visited during the winter, when we were away, at our UK home. So it is very gratifying to read that they enjoyed Oliveto, and were well looked after by our housekeeper(as usual Cristina - thank you!). Our rental villas are equipped for all year round occupation, with log fires(logs supplied), as well as efficient modern central heating, and make for a warm, cosy "home from home" for anyone wanting to experience Tuscany during the quieter months.

This was my third visit

  • 5 of 5

It's perfect, the property has every comfort, there is nothing I can think of that isn't there. The house is beautifully maintained, and I was given help by the managers with regard to places to visit and where to eat. All in all I had a great experience and will not hesitate to recommend to my friends and family.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure to have Lyn with us once again, as we take it as a big compliment whenever guest decide to return. Lyn seemed to appreciate our recommendations for places to vist, where to eat, and which are the best of the local winery tours etc. Do come again Lyn, and happy New Year!


  • 5 of 5

First time in Tuscany, but certainly not our last ! Our stay at Club Montecchio was a week spent in luxury. The house is on a vineyard, with lovely views - just driving to it is a pleasure. Everything was as described in these reviews and the website. The attention to detail throughout the house is amazing - all you could possibly want for a relaxing holiday and truly a home from home. Then there is the complimentary wine and cocktails as well ! The service and communication provided by Cristina (the housekeeper) and James ensure you do not feel neglected and they, along with Rita, are on hand in the unlikely event you need anything. A holiday to remember - Thank you !

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kimber for such a generous review! I was a little nervous that Penny & I would not be around for your visit. From our correspondence, it was clear from your research, and your questions, that you so wanted to get the most out of your first visit to Tuscany. Thankfully Cristina, our wonderful housekeeper of 11 years standing, and Rita, who provides our Concierge service, did us proud once again. Thank you ladies!

Perfect Tuscan holiday!

  • 5 of 5

With all 60 previous guests giving their stays at Montecchio 5 stars it is hard to speak of highlights not already applauded - but we will ! Complete immersion in all that is Tuscan elegance in a gorgeous home. The welcome amenities are gracious, never ending red & white wine, delicious olive oil, beautiful toiletries, heated towel racks, wonderful kitchen, luxurious bedding, robes and wool throws to wrap in while swaying in the hammock - wine glass in hand. Pheasants roamed freely along the paths, serenity and then some. are a quick drive to all the wonderful tuscan/umbrian towns you'd like to see. Excellent getaway - hurry and book your stay - you will be ever so pampered and happy! Thanks James & Penny for a wonderful stay!

Kimber McFadden & Jeff Couick

Charleston, South Carolina

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Florence and Pisa
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Sira & Remino in San Gusme
Nearest Ferry
165 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, Casale Montecchio, which houses 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.


Rates & Availability

From €175 Per night

Castelnuovo Berardenga Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring Season
Apr 25 2015 - May 15 2015
5 night minimum stay
Mid Season
May 16 2015 - Jun 26 2015
5 night minimum stay
High Season
Jun 27 2015 - Aug 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Aug 29 2015 - Sep 25 2015
7 night minimum stay
Sep 26 2015 - Oct 30 2015
5 night minimum stay
Low Season
Oct 31 2015 - Dec 18 2015
4 night minimum stay

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).

Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • villa (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 110 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Luxury
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • All bathrooms are kept stocked with Fragonard toiletries throughout stay.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 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 for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
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, 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 area is equipped with a selection of games such as badminton, skittles, boules etc. Volleyball court during summer month

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