James Benfield

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

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L'OLIVETO

Castelnuovo Berardenga Villa Rental Photos and Description

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 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:
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome

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

5
based on 36 traveler reviews

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L'Oliveto
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 36 reviews
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L'Oliveto
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Castelnuovo Berardenga Chianti Senese
5

Magical

  • 5 of 5
It is very difficult to put into words just how lovely Club Montecchio is. The accommodation itself is wonderful, each room tastefully and carefully decorated with comfort in mind, every need has been thought of through out the house and everything was immaculately clean. Not once did I feel we were lacking in some sort of home comfort. The very generous welcome hamper was such a blessing as others have mentioned, a late arrival after an incredibly long drive from Avignon we were able to throw together an easy meal and not even think about going out to get provisions. An endless supply of wine and spirits made sitting on the terrace and soaking up the surroundings a favourite way to pass the evening. The directions to the property supplied by James are very clear and we were very glad to have them as GPS does not give the most direct route. This is a wonderful property, I have stated that it is hard to put into words exactly what makes this accommodation a stand out - I think it's the ambience James and Penny have created in the Villa teamed with the surroundings, it has the feel of being remote without being cut off, I could take a walk around the villa and see nothing but Olive groves and Vines for miles, just another Villa or two in the distance. Each time we went to swim in the pool there was not a soul there. BTW the photo of the pool does not do it justice, looking away from the villa the view across the Tuscan hills is stunning. I could go on and on about the beauty of the place but all I can say to anyone considering this property is just go!! There are lovely little restaurants in the two villages close by, James has left a comprehensive list of good places to eat and many other recommendations for the area. Every detail has been thought out which really gives the impression that James and penny really want you to enjoy the place as much as they do.
  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Obviously it wasa joy to read Fiona's review. Apart from it's generous commnent, it also contains an accurate description of the property, the pool and the surrounding area, which is most helpful coming from a guest, rather than as part of our "sales pitch". She is also riight, that we try to make our guests feel "at home" in sharing our marvelous good luck at having found this specila place.
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5

Wonderful, family friendly place

  • 5 of 5
My husband, our two boys and I stayed at Club Montecchio for 9 days in June 2014. The villa was very clean, beautifully decorated and kid friendly. The kitchen was very well stocked, and the welcome basket was a lifesaver after a long day of travel with tired little kids. The housekeeper, Cristina, supplied us with a crib, highchair as well as some toys for our boys. The villa came with a large private yard that our boys enjoyed very much. James and Penny, thank you for your hospitality! We would absolutely love to come back.
  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nadia & family really seemed to enjoy what we offer to families with young children(toys, pool toys, games, cribs, high chairs etc. It would be a joy to welcome them back.
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5

Enchanted vacation property

  • 5 of 5
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!
  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
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5

Wonderful Italian Gem!

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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!
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5

Everything exactly as described!

  • 5 of 5
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!
  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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.
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Castelnuovo Berardenga Chianti Senese
Seattle ,Washington USA
4

Perfect Villa in Tuscany

  • 4 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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.
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Map

Map

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

Availability & Rates

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Castelnuovo Berardenga Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
Jun 28 2014 - Aug 29 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€3,200
 
 
Mid Season
Aug 30 2014 - Oct 31 2014
6 night minimum stay
€475
€2,400
 
 
Low Season
Nov 1 2014 - Dec 19 2014
5 night minimum stay
€360
€1,800
 
 
Low Season
Jan 5 2015 - Mar 27 2015
5 night minimum stay
€290
€1,900
 
 
Easter 2015
Mar 28 2015 - Apr 10 2015
7 night minimum stay
€2,200
 
 
Mid Season
Apr 11 2015 - Jun 26 2015
7 night minimum stay
€2,700
 
 
High Season
Jun 27 2015 - Aug 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
€3,200
 
 
Mid Season
Aug 29 2015 - Sep 25 2015
7 night minimum stay
€2,500
 
 
Autumn
Sep 26 2015 - Oct 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
€2,300
 
 
Low Season
Oct 31 2015 - Dec 18 2015
5 night minimum stay
€290
€1,900
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €500
Pet Fee €0
Notes Wkly rates include luxury Welcome Hamper, free Cocktail Bar, 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(200 euro supplement).
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 or bankers draft.
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.
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Amenities

Amenities

Castelnuovo Berardenga Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (terraced)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 140 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Luxury
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Parking Off Street
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Parking
  • fax
  • Telephone
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Wireless Internet
  • Computer Available
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Cooking Utensils
  • 4 Ring Stove
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Fragonard toiletries supplied throughout stay. Towels(inc pool towels) are changed every 3-4 days.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 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:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Bicycles
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Concierge
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • cycling
  • hiking
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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