About the property
- Villa1184 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay5 - 7 nights
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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
More info and photos on our website clubmontecchio.com
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- English, French, German, Italian
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 4, 2018
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. To get a feel for this, do call James on his cell phone (UK code +44) 7879476002. Penny & James 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 corporate lifestyle with lots of pampered travel, we needed something exceptional, in a beautiful setting, away from the developed centres of tourism. If you want to know more, call James on his cell phone (UK code +44) 7879476002.
James Benfield purchased this Villa in 1998
Why James Benfield chose Castelnuovo Berardenga
Because, as per the video on our website(clubmontecchio.com) 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, Cortona, Perugia, Orvieto, and many more 'must see' places, - and most important for self confessed 'foodies', the area offers a wealth of good restaurants & quality wineries. There is a lot more detail on our own website clubmontecchio.com.
What makes this Villa unique
"HOME FROM HOME" with 5 star standards of comfort and luxury; Countryhouse style & living with hospitality to match. 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. Club Montecchio's Villa L'Oliveto has it's own outlook, large terace, private garden, and segregated parking pergola. Villa L'Oliveto was designed and furnished in the same style as our own place at Montecchio; it was filled with pieces of art & furniture from our own collection. The kitchen was generously equipped to professional standards. The result, we think, is a comfortable Vacation Villa, that feels 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 from which local retaurants are currently "hot", to where to park safely & legally in Florence|! Discover more on our own website clubmontecchio.com.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Vacation in paradise
The Benefield's have created a little magical Eden with spectacular views, convenient location, a generous welcome basket of food, fabulous wines, every amenity imaginable down to flashlights, bathrobes, sewing kit, games, books CDs, umbrellas, maid service, concierge service for special bookings, a detailed booklet listing nearby restaurants with open times, price range, and type of menu, and a list of critical services and shopping options. When my husband became ill they arranged an in-villa doctor visit within a couple of hours, gave me delicious homemade chicken stock for soup, and were solicitous in every way. They could not possibly be more gracious, thoughtful, and charming hosts. I doubt anyone anywhere can measure up to what they provide. The value is superb as well, especially considering the provided amenities!!
This is a most generous review from a returning guest. We do try hard to ensure that our guests feel at home from the moment they arrive, hence stocking the fridge/larder and providing all daily esentials(from tissues to dishwasher tablets), so that they don't need to waste precious vacation time on shopping for basics. And should the unfortunate happen, and a doctor be necessary, we are only to happy to send for help. Thank you Betty, and do come again soon.
We could not have had a better experience
We selected Club Montecchio, Prato via VRBO and searching the internet. As in many choices we were apprehensive that the experience would live up to the billing. In this case it exceeded our expectations entirely. James and Penny Benfield could not be more accommodating hosts. From meeting us upon arrival, the incredibly well stocked welcome basket and fridge (coffee, wine, biscotti, eggs, water, prosciutto, greens, chips) to the complimentary spirits bar, outstanding wifi, games... name it and it is there. The decor feels just like a home and the home is clean, clean, clean. This is not a sterile hotel type environment, but a warmly and lovingly decorated home where you are a guest not a patron.
The garden offers and excellent place to sit and read, relax on the hammock or chaise lounges, have a leisurely b'fast, lunch or dinner with table seating for 4. A bbq with wood and charcoal completes the offerings.
The ambiance is as quiet as a church so there is simply no noise to intrude upon your reverie.
A 10 min drive on an unpaved road takes you out of the vineyard location to nearby villages of Castelnuovo Berardenga or Villa a Sesta or San Giusme for excellent restaurant choices (including a Michelin star) -- the Felsina winery is 15 min away and if you book in advance you can arrange a luncheon with wine outdoors after a tour of the 300 year old cellar Siena and Firenze are within an hours drive if you choose to explore --
We chose to visit in the fall so it was a bit cool for swimming but we enjoyed sitting and relaxing by the large and beautiful pool with views extending over the vineyards to the hills beyond.
If you need ideas, assistance with bookings a complimentary concierge service managed by Rita takes care of any need you may have. Club Montecchio is as full service as you can possibly dream of.... We lived in Italy for 5 years and have holidayed in this wonderful country for 20 of the past 30 years. This is by far head and shoulders above any previous experience.
Unfortunately Prato has been sold this year but the 3 br Oliveto villa next door will still be offered for rental.
Rent here and you will not be disappointed.
Wow, this is humbling! Dick & Jane have described what we set out to achieve, "home from home" comfort in fastidiously clean accomodation, with country house hospitality, backed up by a 5 star Concierge service. They seem to think we have come close; now we just have to keep it up!
Thank you for your generous review, Dick & Jane!
As wonderful the 2nd Time!
We had such an amazing time 3 years ago that when we got the opportunity to return, we jumped on the chance. Two couples and each of us enjoyed the villa. Much thought and care is put into preparing the villa for our holiday - from a well stocked refrigerator to the wine and the beauty of our surroundings. It was our oasis from our daily travels to the various hill towns of Tuscany. It is ideally located within an hour of almost all places to visit within Tuscany. Thank you again James for the wonderful memories!
It is a great compliment when guests choose to return, especially those that are well travelled; it shows that our efforts to offer especially arm hospitality, pay dividends. We try hard with the small details, like the quality of our free house wine, and the generous welcome hamper, are appreciated. Do come again!
Superb Quality at every level
We've just returned from our fabulous family holiday at James & Penny's property.
All that you have read elsewhere is true.
The property is amazing, filled with every attention to detail, we were never in want of anything.
Location is fantastic, close to Florence, many vineyards (worth a visit) & the numerous amazing places that Tuscany boasts. We particularly liked Sienna, friendly atmosphere with very many nice places to visit & eat and perhaps drink the odd glass of wine.
We were lucky that the Palio was on when we were there, something we were extremely fortunate to experience.
Of course all of this was knitted together by Rita who works with James & Penny.
Need a birthday cake for your daughters birthday - sorted.
Need a restaurant booking - sorted.
Need a guide booking for you - sorted.
Need parking for The Palio (or seats for the Palio) as well as a detailed it itinerary for the day - sorted.
Nothing was ever too much trouble to help you & your family enjoy their Tuscan holiday.
At every stage of our holiday we were made welcome & truly the home from home experience is one that we truly experienced.
Thank You James, Penny, Rita & all that go together to make this place and our time with it so special.
Michael, Sue, Isaac, Thomas & Olivia
Well, this is really gratifying, thank you Michael. It is true that we are fortunate to have found a spectacular spot, in the most beautiful part of the Chianti. It is also true that we try hard to deliver the device that Michael has detailed(everything is for real). We have to continue to live up to this generous testimony!
Feel at home in top property.
We enjoyed a lot our stay in Il Prato. It was a real home for us, from the first moment we opened the door. Decorated with great taste, very well equipped ; we could just feel an invisible "lady of the house" taking care. A very practical base to discover and enjoy the Chianti region.
Penny has put so much of her personal "touch" into making our villas feel like "home from home", and it is a joy when guests recognise that. Also the huge compliment of crediting Club Montecchio with being a "top property". Our location on the height point of the beautiful and historic Villa Arceno wine estate help make it very special, with incredible views; the location in central Tuscany is also perfect for reaching the "must see" destinations. Thank you Jan, and do come again!
Il Prato - even better than a home from home!
This is our second time at Montecchio and again it was a total treat. We had our three small children in tow and they were accommodated for and loved the pool and large garden to run around in. The location is stunning and James and Penny deliver an amazingly high standard of service. The welcome hamper on arrival is more like a fully stocked fridge and store cupboard! The free wine every day is a treat and the finishes in the villa are all to a ridiculously high standard - Emma Bridgewater crockery! The housekeeper is on hand daily and there was nothing we wanted for.
We love Montecchio and the surrounding area. The local towns are lovely and I could not recommend a week here more highly! Already recommended to friends and I have no doubt we will be back again.
In the heart of Tuscany, 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, San Gimignano, Cortona(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 excellent restaurants and bars. Other Activities: Go Karting Golf: Florence Golf Club Ugolino(1 hr drive) - open to non members. More, including videos, on our own website clubmontecchio.com, and our Facebook page for Club Montecchio.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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 boutique hoteliers, free WiFi. More info and photos on our website clubmontecchio.com. Daily rates exclude Welcome Hamper(100 euro supplement). Saturday to Saturday bookings requested during peak season(July to mid September). Security deposit preferred by personal check(which are destroyed post departure); inspections are carried out as part of pre-arrival cleaning procedures. Cash deposits are returned within 2 weeks of departure. We accept children over 12 years of age. Well behaved dogs welcome if preadvised!