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Cooking & Wine Tasting in Tuscany - Booking for 2018!

Sleeps25
Bedrooms 10
Bathrooms9
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Villa, 10 Bedrooms, 9 Baths, (Sleeps 20-25*)

If you are looking for an elegant, well appointed and super comfortable estate for your holiday in Tuscany, this is it! With 10 bedrooms and 9 baths, there is room for everyone and plenty of privacy too. The villa is located midway between Rome and Florence, just 15 minutes from Chiusi and the entrance to the A1 Autostrada. It is also just 15 minutes from the train station, one of only 3 stops made by the Eurostar (fast train) between Rome and Florence. The location is ideal for taking day trips to most areas of both Tuscany and Umbria and returning before dinner.

The villa is designed with six spacious living suites each with a living room (with fireplace), dining area and kitchen; one suite with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, two suites with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths , and three suites with 1 bedroom and 1 bath. Each living suite has been newly renovated and is fully furnished with local antiques and comfortable beds that can be either one king bed or two single beds as you prefer. The floors are terra cotta and the ceilings are brick and wood beamed and this authentic Tuscan Villa has been completely updated with modern ceramic baths and new kitchens (a total of 7 kitchens!). The living suites are quite spacious giving everyone plenty of privacy yet you are still all together under one roof. And there is a spectacular pool just steps from the villa with contemporary chaise lounges and umbrellas to protect from the sun. It is set panoramically out overlooking the fields of sunflowers and gently swaying wheat. A wonderful place to relax after a day of touring and a perfect place to rest and read a good book.

Most importantly, the villa offers a unique feature rarely available in other villa rentals; a separate large salon/living room (approximately 40 x 50 feet) with a great fireplace surrounded by comfy sofas and chairs as well as a dining table that seats 20 comfortably, separate bathrooms, and a restaurant-style kitchen great for cooking together, organizing a cooking lesson or just getting together in the evenings to talk over the day. There is another table outside on the terrace overlooking the rolling Tuscan hills that also accommodates 20 people. This setup is ideal for family reunions, special birthday or anniversary celebrations and especially weddings. We are very skilled in organizing your special event from flowers to food to music to officiants. We also offer babysitting, and photography services. We are happy to organize a local Winetasting, a Cooking and Pasta making lesson, a tour of the local Etruscan Tombs, Ceramics classes in Deruta, as well as suggest local itineraries and special places of interest, some off the beaten path that will leave you in awe of the beauty of Tuscany. Everything is here in one place to create a memorable Tuscan experience for you and your family and friends!

Once or twice a year, we also offer an Organized Week for your group which generally includes the following:

* A Tuscan cooking and pasta making lesson (hosted by a local chef)

* A local wine tasting and tour (in the fall, when possible, we help pick the grapes during the grape harvest!)

* A wine tasting and tour of an historic winery in Montalcino (famous for their Brunello wines)

* A tour of a well-known (hand-made) ceramics producer in Deruta

* A visit to a local fortified village (castle)

* On-site assistance with other itineraries including Florence, Rome, Siena, Assisi, Chianti, Arezzo, Cortona (home of Under the Tuscan Sun), Perugia, Orvieto, Spoletto, all within an hour or so from the villa. Nearby, there is also a newly renovated spa that specializes in thermal water treatments. There, they have the most fabulous thermal pool complete with waterfall and water jets! And, our guests are entitled to a 15% discount to the thermal pool! Please email us for further information.

Here is what our guests have to say about their experience during our Organized Weeks at the villa:

'This has been one of the best experiences of my life' - Gail J.

'The best vacation ever! It wouldn’t have been so without all of your relationships and special touches. Tuscany is beautiful, but you make it awesome!' - Stacey N.

'This has been a non-stop peace of mind vacation' - Pete T.

'This trip has far surpassed my expectations and I will never forget it'

'You exceeded our expectations, every day and we thank you, we love you and your villa, our home away from home!' - Tom S

'I can't begin to thank you for making our Tuscan adventure so memorable. Your relationship with the local people and knowledge of the area offered us opportunities we'd never experience on our own'

'What a beautiful week to be here (in Tuscany) and have a standoff on the hill with a tractor pulling a cart full of freshly harvested grapes and to see the shepherd herding the sheep down the road, to see the beautiful sunsets and storms in the valley. Thank you for your great advice, directions, wine, cheese and friendship.' Patsy J.

'We all have a meaning in life and yours is giving people like us a journey worth traveling.' Jennifer P.

'This trip has made me realize that we, as Americans, hurry up to relax whereas Italians relax no matter what they're doing. Thank you for letting us live this instead of tour it. The experience has been invaluable and unforgettable. I can't wait to come back. Its true, its easy to fall in love here.' Leslie

'Thanks again, another wonderful trip! We could probably solo by now, but its so much fun to be with you and the groups that your network brings together. We look forward to a three-peat!' Mike M.

The villa is available for rent at all times of the year for groups up to 25*. This property is an excellent choice for friends traveling together, families, reunions, corporate events, weddings and more - all will find this a wonderful and relaxing place to call home in a beautiful, well situated, not-so-touristy area of Tuscany. Please let us know if we can answer any questions.

* There are beds for 20 people. There are additionally 3 sofa beds and a roll away bed for a total of 25. A maximum of 20 guests are included in the price. There is an additional charge of $125 per person for guests above 20.

Keywords: Tuscan Villa, estate, property, farmhouse, villa

More Details

Property Manager
Linda
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 16, 2017

Map

Car: recommended

Free WIFI.

Amenities

Cetona Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 25
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
General:
  • Covered Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
Bathrooms:
  • 9 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
    Bathroom 8 -
    Bathroom 9 -
  • 9
Bedrooms:
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (4)
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • tennis
Notes:
Large Salon and Dining Room (with Fireplace) which seats to 20, Large Restaurant Kitchen for Large Groups and Cooking Lessons, Cleaning provided at beginning and ending of rental, Daily Cleaning - available at extra cost, Private Chef available at extra cost

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
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average rating of 5.0 based on 49 reviews
Alexandria, VA
5

Fabulous Villa—Absolutely Amazing Place to Stay in Tuscany for a Large Group

  • 5 of 5

If you have a large group Villa Chieteno is a perfect place to stay in Tuscany.

We were a group of 18 family members from 18 to 70 during late June . We used all 10 bedrooms. What makes this villa so special

1. Location! So close to so many things in Tuscany—Assisi, Montepulciano, Monteciano, Pienza, Sienna, Civita di Bagnoregio, Cetona, Chiusi, Citta della Pieve, and much more. This is wine country, sunflower country and olive tree country—so beautiful. Cars are mandatory. 15 minutes from the A1 expressway

2. Total Privacy—never saw another person within a mile of the villa

3. The incredibly large swimming pool with wonderful pool furniture

4. The immense size of the villa with 5 private apartments with separate living areas and kitchens. In addition, the common living room, dining room and kitchen were very large and provided a wonderful area for the group congregating

5. The beautiful patio with 20 person dining table overlooking the Tuscany countryside—we ate 4 meals here--two of the meals were prepared by Bea and were delicious.

6. Linda, our contact point for the villa was so helpful along every step of planning our trip and giving us great recommendations on wineries to visit, arranging transportation, restaurants and, grocery stores

7. Villa provided a pay as you go initial stock of 40 bottles of excellent wine (average 7 euros/bottle) and 40 bottle of water.

Recommendations of what to do

1. Ravazzi Winery tour and store 15 min. away--great wine tasting in the middle of their beautiful vineyard and incredibly low prices (4 euros great Rose)

2. Avignonesi Winery Tour with lunch.Absolutely fabulous tour and lunch with wine pairings.

3. Castello di Fighine Michelin 1 Star Restaurant 20 min. away on a remote hilltop town. One of our best meals ever had 7 course tasting with great wine

4. Sensory Spa in Terme Di Chianciano about 25 min. away. 20 station amazing spa, massages available and great place for lunch

5. Cetona Centrum—lots of good shops and restaurants—7 min.away

6. Rick Steves Monteciano Drive—most gorgeous drive of wine country in Tuscany. Make an appt at a winery

7. Civita di Bagnoregio. What an amazing ancient city on a remote hilltop

8 Assisi. Great city and monastery to St Francis

Caution: Villa (especially 1st floor) can be very warm in hot weather (93 degrees plus). Insist on fans for every bedroom. Leave all windows and outside doors to bedrooms open. That will equal comfort.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Best time of our lives - the sequel

  • 5 of 5

We held a three day celebration, Bea prepared a pasta night with 4 types of pasta for +30 persons. The main dining room proved sufficient to welcome such a large number as the rain forced us inside. For a welcome night, all our guests were flabbergasted by the quality and tastefulness of the dishes. We even had a trio of panacotta for dessert which were very tasty and light.

The rehearsal dinner took place in nearby Citta Della Pieve, at restaurant Coppeta, as suggested by Bea. The restaurant is a very wel known local venue, full of local crowd and turned out to be a blast. Fantastic food, wine and very very good service for such a large group of 40 people.

Linda has helped a lot too, working her vast network of local business people and friends and organized a tour of the Ravazzi winery for us.

The owner, Roberta, prepared a tour and wine tasting with matching local cheese and cuts.

The wedding day and the following day were very busy comprising of the wedding celebration, the cocktail, the dinner, the party, the midnight table and the next morning brunch.

Due to the larger turnout of guests at our wedding than previously expected, we relied on a local supplier for the catering under the strict supervision of Bea for the food preparation and service. Both worked very well delivering the same tasty food we had tried at a much smaller scale at Beatrice place a few months earlier.

All venues were successes in large thanks to Bea and Linda's help. Only them know the villa so well to provide the best support, the best accessory, be it the outside lamps and candles, the right place to plug speakers, cocktail tables, ice buckets, coordinate the waiters with the ceremony schedule and speakers.... their contribution to our wedding was essential and key and today we are so grateful for them being so generous and competent.

I will conclude saying that Villa Chieteno is a magic place, you can come and enjoy it simply and Linda and Bea will make sure you have all the privacy you are looking for or, hold an event as important as an 80 people wedding and, most importantly a milestone life event, Linda and Bea will be up to the challenge to make it a world class event for you and your guests.

For the rest of my life I will be grateful for Villa Chieteno, Beatrice and Linda, may you enjoy it as much as we did and preserve the authenticity of this place.

Thank you Linda and Bea

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

best time of our lives

  • 5 of 5

While I would love to be selfish and keep this amazing place to myself, the magic of the place would not be the same without the hosts and their amazing kindness and hospitality. This review intends to be a fair opinion on the villa and the premises and in gratitude of the heartfelt hospitality we received during our stay at Villa Chieteno.

My wife and I were looking for a villa to welcome our respective families and friends flying from France, Canada, Monaco, Germany and Africa and celebrate our wedding in May 2016.

We found the villa on Internet through Linda who was very helpful giving the right information and help us deciding this would be the right venue (map of floors with rooms, number of beds, bathrooms and all accommodations the villa offers).

It took only a few minutes and we knew that the Villa was the right place and that we were in good hands with Beatrice, she's very sweet, straight talker, competent and would do anything to make sure our stay and our wedding would be the best day in our lives. She prepared a trial dinner of what she could prepare for our wedding diner, it turned out to be an amazing culinary experience. Bea is an amazing chef, and she also cooks dessert! Every dish tasted so fresh, well balanced, with quality ingredients, a perfect blend of home food and finesse found only in gourmet and high cuisine restaurants. Would Bea have a restaurant, she'd earn her stars without a doubt.

Villa Chieteno turned out to be very comfortable and cozy, much more than the initial rustic look may suggest. Weather last May was cooler than usual and because we had a few babies and elderly as part of the guests, the heating provided proved very efficient and comfortable. The beds and linens all very new and fresh looking. The kitchens are all equipped for families to dine in their respective apartments when needed and enough champagne glasses to accommodate the many spontaneous parties that took place during the week.

I will not comment to the villa and the surroundings apart from saying the scenery and views are just out of this world. I will note the highways a few miles away which can be heard when the wind blows inward, but it is far enough to remain a very very distant sound and will not spoil a quite day chilling at the villa.

The pool side is magic, the fields are magic, the smell of the forrest and all the surrounding flowers is magic, the villa architecture is perfect, the landscaping is well balanced and not overdone.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Albuquerque, NM, USA
5

Fabulous experience in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time at this amazing villa in the countryside of Cetona. The property was beautifully designed for both privacy and large group or family interactions. The pool was lovely, as were all the exterior appointments, landscape and scenery. Our friend group had the pleasure of being hosted by Linda Pappas, who was so knowledgable about the area and gracious about our needs. We left with a sense of lasting friendship with Linda. The stay at this villa was charming, peaceful and authentic. The nearby hill towns were a delight and a short drive from the villa, though a car was essential. It was everything I had hoped for and more!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
5

Family reunion 2016

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely week at your villa with our college friends in 2015, that we decided to return with our parents and our six siblings and their spouses this year! It was the perfect setup for our large group, with private bedrooms and bathrooms for each couple. Our 83-year-old parents avoided steps by residing in the main-level one-bedroom suite.....the perfect setup for them. We scattered each day to explore the hill towns and vineyards, and had the luxury of coming home each evening to hang out by the pool, followed by wine on the patio and delicious home-cooked meals by Bea....the perfect combination of family time and quiet time! We can't wait to return! Thank you for the second annual trip of a lifetime!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, MA
5

Glorious house, incredible area and perfect hosts!

  • 5 of 5

We needed a property that could accommodate a large family reunion that included someone who needed easy access and no stairs - not an easy find in Tuscany. We looked at a few properties and finally chose this magnificent home. From the moment we started planning, we knew we had made the right choice. Linda was attentive, thoughtful and helped us plan a great week. When we arrived, we were met by Bea and her dog and it was love at first sight. The villa is incredible -- lots of room to roam but wonderful places to sit and enjoy each other's company. There is even a wonderful room at the top of the tower where our 21 year old spent incredible days composing musics and soaking in the view. Ah, the view -- any time of day or night, it is magnificent. We took early morning drives and walks just to soak in the sunrise.

Hard to say enough things about the property -- well equipped, lovely furnishings and a simply amazing kitchen. We had Bea prepare and leave for us our first night meal and then we asked her to do a cooking class one night which was great and very memorable but the rest of the time, we generally cooked. We would go to local farm markets during the day and then cook up amazing things at night -- nothing complex just great food and wine. Even going to the grocery store is an experience. We ate out in Cetona one night and then generally had lunch in the local villages we were exploring. We also fell in love with the area. Cetona is a beautiful little town -- wonderful people, interesting small shops and a great butcher...but an even more amazing bakery (which we visited most mornings at 7). Be sure to arrange a winery tour (also great) and include a visit to Suzie's Yard which is just down the hill -- an amazing experience for all.

The pool was a big hit as well -- we were in it every afternoon. The days were hot but the villa stays cool and the nights were lovely.

Bea is truly extraordinary. A wonderful and "just right" attentive host. We strongly suggest taking her cooking class and spending as much time with her as you can. She speaks very good English and has lived in the area for her life. She was a highlight for our entire family. We follow her now on Instagram and have become fans.

In short, the experience couldn't have been better. From Linda's superb guidance in advance to the wonderful house and Bea's friendship -- just great.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $59

Rate includes private use of the estate and final cleaning. Pool Opens May 21, 2017 and Closes September 29, 2017. The rate includes a maximum of 20 guests. Additional guests are welcome at an additional cost of $100 per person up to 26 in total. Rate also includes a mid week change of towels. Additional services available on request at an extra cost include a Private Chef, Babysitting, Photographer, Water Aerobics, Manicure/Pedicure services etc.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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