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Colombiao di Momo: A Large 17th Century Farmhouse overlooking Tuscan hills

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,583 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

A great place to base yourself to explore Tuscany, discover great food and wines

Il Colombaio is a renovated 17th century farmhouse overlooking the Tuscan hills. Set among olives and cypress, it is fully private and only a 10-minute walk from Montisi, a warm and welcoming village with places to eat, drink and get the feel for local life.

The house is built on two stories with a large kitchen with steps up to a spacious dinning room living room open space on the ground floor. On the second floor there are three big bedrooms each with a corresponding bathroom. The house is set up to sleep three couples with the possibility of extra beds for kids or, seven adults and three kids if sharing rooms is not a problem.There are three full bathrooms upstairs and one downstairs. The kitchen is wonderful to work in: long travertine counters, a great stovetop and dishwasher, and an old work table–windows on two sides and a doors to the terrace. The house is set among olive grooves and surrounded by cypress trees with a large garden space and porch offering spaces to eat outside and relax.

Centrally located you will be within easy reach of Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano and other great towns.

From the house you can hike, bike or drive in any direction being centrally located you will be within easy reach of Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano and other great towns where you can visit producers of the renowned pecorino cheese, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano or Brunello wines and more.You can eat at nearby restaurants, take a wine tour, truffle tour, bike ride, go horseback riding, sit in our local hot springs/spas, visit some of the most important renaissance Tuscan cities and galleries, have someone cook for you, or teach you to make pasta. Or do it yourself and enjoy going to local markets for fresh produce, cheese, prosciutto and more.

More Details

Michael Brubeck
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, italian, some basic Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Michael Brubeck

I am American born and have now been living in Montisi and working here for 14 years and coming here since 1972 when I was five years old. The old podere ( a working farm) was lived in by generations of contadini until two years before my parents bought it in 1972. While restoring the house we wanted to maintain the simplicity and beauty of a historical farmhouse with its hand-hewn doors and manger boards, both keeping and creating a warm and welcoming environment. I still take care of the house and the surrounding olives which I prune in the spring and harvest in the fall making a fantastic olive oil that our area is known for.

Michael Brubeck purchased this farmhouse in 1972

Why Michael Brubeck chose San Giovanni d'Asso

At Il Colombaio di Momo you will find yourself staying in a house which has been our family home for over forty years. In the restoration of il Colombaio we preserved much of it's character and feel of it's origins. With a comfortable open space living room and an ample garden it is a great place to relax and get to know the village of Montisi with it's restaurants and bars. A small and inviting town you'll feel welcomed and experience a little of what small village life is like. If you come at the right time of year you can participate in our town festival, a jousting competition on horseback and all in medieval costume, white truffle festival, olive oil festival, a newborn film festival and more....


San Giovanni d'Asso Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2583 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , This bathroom is on the ground floor
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • small bedroom - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , can be made up as either king or two singles
    Big bedroom - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , can be king and one single, or three singles
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , two single beds are available for children in attached room
  • Books ...
  • Stereo
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking


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Colombiao di Momo: A Large 17th Century Farmhouse overlooking Tuscan hills
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

Best vacation ever

  • 5 of 5

The house is breathtakingly beautiful- beautifully designed, spacious, functional and full of spaces to relax and enjoy the gorgeous nature of Tuscany. Momo is a superb host, available and full of information. This is a perfect house for big or small groups to relax and enjoy the towns of Tuscany (or, just sit around the house and enjoy the beauty from the backyard). Montisi is a 10 min walk from the house and you can get your daily needs and have a great meal. I have no complaints whatsoever about this house and experience - it's a dream !

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing! Tranquil and stunningly beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Three couples from the USA and Canada spent 2 weeks at beautiful Colombiao di Momo. From the moment we arrived, we knew we had found a little piece of heaven in Tuscany. It proved to be a fantastic vacation with memories made that will last a life-time.

The home is beautiful and comfortable, filled with lots of old-world charm with all the benefits of modern amenities in the kitchen and bathrooms. It is well-equipped and lovingly cared for. There are many wonderful touches like shelves filled with books and a kitchen fully equipped with everything you need to cook a Tuscan feast. We spent many hours outside on one of the three terraces enjoying the breathtaking views in every direction. It is extremely private, but yet just a short 10 minute walk to the lovely, quaint village of Montisi. We enjoyed walking into the village to shop at the small grocery and bakery or to pick up a cappuccino at Il Barrino. Our favorite restaurants were Il Barrino (upstairs from the bar) and Ristorante Ritorno di Fiamma...fantastic dining experiences. We loved spending quiet, peaceful days at Colombiao di Momo. However, it's also the perfect location for days you want to adventure out to other small charming hill towns with good restaurants, wineries and much to see.

And to top if off, Michael (Momo) is an exceptional host and wonderful person. We booked a year in advance and Michael was always helpful, quick to respond and happy to answer a multitude of questions. Michael gave us a warm welcome upon arrival and after two weeks we felt we had made a new friend. We had an issue with our rental van and he went above and beyond to help us find a solution. Michael is an amazing host.

This home comes with our highest recommendation.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tuscan Beauty

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful villa with views everywhere. Located reasonably closed to Montepulciano (30 mins.), Montelcino (30 mins.), and Siena (45 mins.). Kitchen was very well equipped; there were significant staples provided (maybe left by other visitors, but we found olive oil, basalmic vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, coffee, dish soap etc). Fresh herbs (rosemary, oregano, basil, dill, sage, lavender) were throughout the gardens.). Michael was a gracious and friendly host who helped arrange for a balloon ride (only 10 mins. away) and for a cooking school with Alessandra (delicious and with enough food for two dinners, so don't do it your last night). We enjoyed the villa thoroughly. Thanks Michael!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Un dépaysement à l'image de la belle Toscane

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un très bon séjour dans la maison de Michael. C'est un dépaysement total, un petit havre de paix au milieu de magnifiques paysages toscans.

C'est une ancienne ferme, réaménagée dans la simplicité en grande maison familiale pour accueillir facilement 8-9 personnes. Nous ne manquions de rien car la cuisine est bien équipée en ustensiles et vaisselle de tout genre. Nous avons passé nos journées dans le beau jardin et ses différents espaces dédiés à la détente.

C'est un bon point pour explorer une partie de la vallée d'Orcia avec une belle cité Renaissance de Pienza, puis Montalcino et sa Fattoria dei Barbi avec le délicieux vin Brunello, le monastère Monte Oliveto Maggiore dont le grand cloître est orné de fresques de Sodoma, sans oublier le charmant village de Montisi...

Un grand Merci à Michael, pour son accueil chaleureux, sa disponibilité, ses superbes légumes du jardin, sa bienveillance et sa sympathie. Nous y reviendrions avec joie!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming Tuscan villa in serene setting

  • 5 of 5

Three couples spent 2 weeks here. Plenty of space for everyone. Each couple had a comfortable bedroom & their own modern bathroom; there is a 4th full bath on the lower level. Dining table easily sat the 6 of us. The grounds are private, lush with greenery (roses, jasmine, etc.). There are several outdoor seating areas, 2 with especially wonderful views of the countryside. Montisi is a quaint & quiet hill town with some good restaurants (we liked Ritorno di Fiamma). It is relatively easy to drive to other hill towns but just as tempting to spend relaxing time at Il Colombaio in the gardens reading and sketching as we often did. Try your hand with the brick pizza oven! The villa has both modern comforts as well as an abundance of authentic rustic charm. (If you have mobility issues just be aware there are some steps down to the kitchen and 2 of the bathrooms are also a few steps up or down -- think modern "split-level" meets centuries old authentic Tuscan farmhouse!). Momo is a great host who had many helpful suggestions of nearby places to go. Previous reviewers have raved about Il Colombaio. Believe them.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Tuscan villa with views for multiple couples

  • 5 of 5

This villa was perfect! It has 4 large fully updated bathrooms and 3 bedrooms, as well as many common spaces. The kitchen is a modern cook's dream, and the terrace views are stunning. We practically lived on the outdoor terrace. The owner speaks excellent English and we left feeling that we had made a new friend in Michael, he was so kind. The villa was fully equipped and we didn't lack for anything. The villa is on municipal water which was nice. We enjoyed the vegetables and fruits from the property during our stay. We loved Montisi, everyone was warm and welcoming there. We stayed here with friends and had privacy as well as wonderful times together. I would recommend staying here without any hesitation.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
133 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Bettolle A1 Autostrada going from Rome to Milano
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Around Grosseto
Car: necessary

Located in central Tuscany, il Colombaio makes it easy to explore the area, discovering its foods, wines, and more. It is close to the towns of Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Cortona and the cities of Siena, Arezzo, Perugia. Il Colombaio di Momo is 1.5hr drive from Florence and 2hrs. from Rome. We are happy to help you with suggestions for daily outings, places to eat, spa's built around hot springs, guided historical or wine tours, truffle hunting tours, and give you schedules of musical events, nearby town festivals, schedules of local markets.

You can just as easily get a massage , yoga lesson, painting lessons, cooking class, bike tour, a balloon flight, or go horseback riding.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $492.25

Please contact us for complete information about our policies and how to pay. Il Colombaio is rented as a whole house; never room by room. The rate is for a single week, from May1 through September 30. I have a reduced rate in April,Oct and Nov generally to cover possible heating costs payed for by the renter.The rate is reduced for rentals of multiple weeks. Rental Rates

One week 1.800 Euro
Two weeks 3.400 Euro
Three weeks 4.400 Euro
Four weeks 5.000 Euro

Central heating is available and should it be used the cost will be calculated according to use and considered an extra charge to the renter.

Fees for cancellations/No-show

More then 6 months prior to arrival: no cancellation fee.
From 6 months to 60 days prior to reserved date, we will return the deposit if we are able to rent the house to another guest.

Your full payment is due 60 days prior to the day of arrival. Up until 30 days before arrival date, we will refund 50% of the total rental. In the last 30 days prior to the rental date, there are no refunds.

When you arrive you will find il Colombaio professionally cleaned and welcoming; additional cleaning services during your stay are available upon request.

To inquire about available dates, please contact me. I will be glad to talk with you about your visit.

Michael Moab Brubeck
[Mobile] +39 338 8709516
[Skype] momobrubeck

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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