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Linda

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english, italian

Cooking & Wine Tasting in Tuscany - Lower rates for 2016!

43 Reviews
Sleeps25
Bedrooms 10
Bathrooms9
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Overview

Val di Chiana Villa Rental Photos and Description

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.

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

More Details
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Linda (Property Manager)
Member since: 2005
Call Manager
Speaks: english, italian

Reviews

5
based on 43 traveler reviews

Cooking & Wine Tasting in Tuscany - Lower rates for 2016!
average rating of 5.0 based on 43 reviews
Albuquerque NM, USA
5

Assolutamente Perfetto!!!!

  • 5 of 5

For years I have wanted to immerse myself in Tuscany - cook an authentic Italian meal, taste local wines, walk the cobblestone streets of the villages, and gaze upon the Tuscan countryside. This trip did not disappoint! The wine tasting and traditional Italian cooking class were fun and delicious! The villa apartments are beautifully appointed. The views in every direction is quintessential Tuscany! Linda's personal attention and friendliness ensured everything was absolutely perfect! We look forward to a return visit!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Better than I could have imagined!

  • 5 of 5

I've been planning our 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration for more than a year. Our children, grandchildren, family and friends from all over the US and Europe joined us. The Villa offers a large gathering/dining room with attached commercial type kitchen. ( also, there is a very nice, large restroom off from the gathering room.)

We enjoyed three group meals. Bea made lasagne, one meat and one mushroom, that we served to the quests on Saturday after the quests arrived from their long journeys.

Bea also catered our anniversary dinner. The menu for the 7 course Tuscan dinner was perfect. Linda helped with ideas for this dinner. In fact, Linda answered my many questions during the entire year of planning.

On the evening prior to departure, three chef-wannabees from our group visited the local butcher and acquired 8 pounds+ of florentine cut beef that they cooked on the outdoor grill. Matching up that main course with contributions from the other actual cooks in the group made for a wonderful sendoff.

During the rest of the week everyone was able to choose to cook in or eat out. There are nice places in Cetona for quick meals or fine dinning at Ristorante da Nilo 53040 Cetona in the square.

Each family had its own apartment with a kitchen. One of the apartments has a bedroom and bath on one level, and another bedroom and bath in the tower up a spiral staircase. The view from that room is breathtaking. In fact, the view from anywhere is amazing.

The pool and surrounding areas are great. We had an age range from 14 months to early seventies with teenagers included. There was something for everyone. Those who choose not to swim enjoyed sitting on the lounge chairs reading or just enjoying the view and conversations.

I would love to come back to the Villa with a group of friends some day!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful Wedding

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic wedding here in the first week of September. Our family and friends stayed here with us, and we had the wedding ceremony the day before we left. Weather was perfect, and when it got hot we jumped in the swimming pool. Linda helped us so much with planning and took the time to go over the details several times months beforehand. The owner/chef Bea was so lovely, and put together a great meal on our wedding day. Best lasagna ever! All we had to worry about was the flowers and transportation. We rented one van to take people back and forth to the store and train station, but I would recommend that people get their own rental cars. The train station was about 15 min away, and from there you could get to Florence or Rome in 2 hours, and drive or take the train to Siena which is close. We did a wine tasting with the group which was so much fun, and picked out great wine for the wedding day and bought a case. Everyone said that this was the most beautiful wedding location that they had seen. If you want to have an unforgettable wedding, this is a great option.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nashville, TN
5

Julie

  • 5 of 5

Our group of college friends and spouses spent a week in this WONDERFUL villa! We could not have been happier with the central Tuscan location, the spacious rooms, the responsiveness of the owner, and the gorgeous countryside! The rooms were clean and well appointed. We loved being able to have our own "apartments." Bea, the owner was extremely helpful. She planned amazing dinners, tours, and patiently answered all our questions - AND helped to retrieve lost luggage. She became not simply an "owner of the villa we were staying in," she became our friend. When we left, we felt like we had "family" in Tuscany. Her warm and gracious hospitality was obvious in how she ran her beautiful home. There were flowers on the table when we arrived, and food in the pantry. (per request - a nice service!) She even left a dinner for us one night when we were out sight seeing all day! What a great place for a wonderful retreat with girlfriends, family, or a celebration! Thank you Bea! TUSCANY TRAVELERS!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Friend and Family Venue

  • 5 of 5

We rented the villa for a group of 14 friends and family members. The configuration of the rooms into various "suites" was ideal for our group, and provided a very useful mix of private time in the suites as well as time with the group in the common dining and living room areas. The location of the villa was also ideal as a central location for trips to San Gimignano, Sienna, Orvieto, Assisi, Florence, Cetona, Chiusi and many other small hill towns. We rented four cars and had a wonderful time exploring the Tuscan/Umbria countryside. As noted in other reviews, the WiFi is inconsistent. I'd also strongly recommend either bringing a GPS unit with an installed Italy map, or renting one from your car rental agency. It was priceless and aided our explorations immensely!

Linda was fabulous in helping us with our stay. Her advice as to things to see and towns to visit was invaluable, particularly since our visit spanned two Italian national holidays. The connections she has made with local wineries, restaurants and shopkeepers was also very valuable.

In summary, our stay went without a hitch. We'll be back....

  • Submitted: May 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Just a note about WIFI in the Italian countryside. Unfortunately, technology in Italy is somewhat behind the standards that we are often accustomed to. As the villa is located outside of the village limits, we use satellite technology to bring the WIFI signal into our 300 year old home. We have installed 3 repeaters throughout the house and have done our best to make it as user friendly as is humanly possible given the constraints of current technology, but if there are too many users at any given time, the service will naturally slow down. Unfortunately, this is the case with all villas in the Italian countryside, not just ours. For our guests who need more bandwidth, there is free WIFI in the village and it is only 5 minutes away. As technology improves, we are hopeful that it will also come to the Italian countryside. In the meantime, you are on vacation and are supposed to be relaxing - remember? :-).
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Minneapolis
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Incredible 50th Birthday - September 2014

  • 5 of 5

We rented all of Villa Anna for a week in September 2014 to celebrate my 50th birthday. It turned out to be an incredible choice. Plenty of room for the 17 of us to stretch out and visit, a great central location, close to the Autostrada and a 10-minute ride from the Chuisi train station. We cooked up a storm, took a cooking lesson with Beata, and took day trips to Florence, Siena, Orvieto and other towns. Some days we just spent at the pool. It was beautiful, comfortable and perfectly located. Linda worked closely with us to help with all the details. I would highly recommend this property for a large group looking to kick back and enjoy the Tuscan countryside.

A few things I would recommend: 1.) get a car. It's not a place to walk to or from. We rented in Rome and drove there easily. 2.) Don't arrive late at night. It's hard to see the road signs. We had to head out at midnight on more than one occasion to guide arriving guests to the villa. 3.) Wireless is really touch and go, which can make planning day trips from the villa a bit time-consuming. My advice? print out major train and tour schedules at home and bring them with you. 4.) There is no stereo system and we brought a small set of wireless speakers. The result: we couldn't get any of our music to play because of the wi-fi. If you bring something to play music, make sure it's not wireless. Small nits in an otherwise perfect vacation!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Cetona Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2016
Jun 25 2016 - Aug 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
$6,100
 
 
Early Fall 2016
Aug 27 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
$5,800
 
 
Late Fall 2016
Oct 1 2016 - Dec 16 2016
4 night minimum stay
$4,350
 
 
Christmas 2016
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
$6,100
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Rate includes private use of the estate and final cleaning. Pool opens May 9, 2015 and closes September 24, 2015.

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Amenities

Val di Chiana Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
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
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • 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

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