About the property
- Villa1506 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights
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A spacious Three Bedroom south-east facing villa, with spectacular views across the estate's olive groves and woodland towards Monte Amiata and the Appenines. Sleeps 6.
*Large ground floor King Double with ensuite shower room
*Ground floor King Double with ensuite full bathroom
*Twin with 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
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- within a few hours
- English, French, German, Italian
- Calendar last updated:
- May 17, 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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Beautiful Tuscan Getaway
The property was absolutely beautiful, with wonderful views and charming qualities. The home was well maintained and spotless. The ammenties at the villa were a nice touch and made us feel at home. The owner provided fantastic service and was extremely attentive whenever needed. We would absolutely reccomend this property to anyone visiting Tuscany. The restaurant, Osteria Alla Villa was outstanding, and only a short drive. The cooking class with Marta was one of the highlights of our trip. Overall, a highly enjoyable stay at Club Montecchio.
It is so encouraging to start our final season, with such a positive review! Thank you Bonnie!
Wonderful Villa in the heart of Tuscany nestled in vineyards and olive groves.
We spent 8 nights at this beautiful Villa in May with another couple. It is in a lovely area of Tuscany surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. It is situated near many of the towns we wanted to visit and about 20 minutes from Siena.
The Villa itself is very well appointed with all the amenities you could want. James is a wonderful and gracious host making sure, along with Rita and Christina, that your stay is perfect.
James supplied us with all the information we needed about restaurants, vineyards to visit and even a cooking class with Chef Andrea. Rita was available whenever we needed her to make reservations and suggestions. Christina made sure the Villa was clean and in good order.
On arrival James made sure the refrigerator was stocked and we had a lovely selection of pastas, sauces and sweets. There is a wonderful selection of liquor as well as delicious wine and olive oil from his vineyard.
Our week at the Villa was really quite wonderful and all that we could have asked for.
We are happy to highly recommend it.
Janis and Howard Kozinn
Hidden gem in Tuscany
While traveling with 2 other couples we stayed 5 nights in this wonderful home. There were so many extras (welcome basket, wine, bar, concierge service, welcome dinner, housekeeper) that our only regret was that we didn't plan enough time to spend at the house. The bedrooms were comfortable, linens were lush (including washcloths), kitchen was well stocked, and the patio was perfect for relaxing in the evenings. It was nice to have Rita, the concierge, help arrange our dinner reservations and museum visits. The meal at Osteria was one of our favorites. We also took advantage of having chef Andrea come one evening. Who knew we could have so much fun chopping vegetables. The meal was delicious and we had enough for a second meal later in the week. James contacted us several times during our stay to make sure everything was as promised. Highly recommend staying at Club Montecchio!
AN ABSOLUTE PREMIER TUSCAN VILLA
In six weeks of touring Tuscany, no place we stayed exceeded Club Montecchio! The Club is everything you would want. James Benfield said that he wanted a place where you could feel at home. Well thought out amenities that go so far to provide you with an enjoyable experience. It is not glitzy. It is a country place. But a country place that makes life satisfying and enjoyable. It is in the country less than a 30 minute drive from Sienna
The road leading into Montecchio is where the adventure begins. You turn off the paved highway and are soon provided with an avenue of 300 year old cypress trees. If you thought the entrance to Terra in “Gone with the Wind” was special, then you will appreciate this avenue. At the end of the avenue of cypress trees is a turn around that would have been used by carriages in ancient days with young, courting Tuscan couples.
Then you continue on (remember, the roads are all dirt or gravel at this point) until you reach the villa.
When we arrived we found that the refrigerator had been stocked with enough food to keep us going for several days. Not only that, there was Prosecco, and several other wines.
How often have you come to a place that says: “if you need more wine, leave the empty bottles outside the door and we will provide you with more”. There was also an excellent selection of liquor. That is the kind of place Montecchio is. The refrigerator was stocked, and so was the larder. An excellent (big!) wedge of local Parmesan cheese, fruits, spaghetti sauce, pasta, everything you need to enjoy yourself and never leave the house if you don’t want to.
The villa sits on top of a rise and in the morning the views are wonderful. The grounds are immaculately maintained.
Parking is under a beautiful pergola. It was plenty big enough for our mini van to fit under.
There is a wonderful arbor with a table and chairs to enjoy outdoor meals.
Inside where all the comforts of home. They provided an ironing board, heated towel racks, wonderful shower and bathroom facilities, bidets, coffee makers, range and oven, you name it, it was there.
In out unit the “gathering room” was upstairs. It had a fireplace with wood provided. And, on Wednesday when Christina came to clean midweek, she restocked the wood for the fireplace! They think of everything.
You must stay here! We loved it! The rate for what you get is outstanding, especially if you compare it to a hotel.
Wonderful property - hope to stay there again!
Initially I thought the property was too far out from civilization but came to find that it was very conveniently located to a few lovely towns and not far at all from many wineries in the area. We had two couples (4 people) staying in the property which was perfect, though the villa would also be fine for 6 people. All needs were met by the property owner, concierge and property manager on a very timely basis and in a complete manner. I would be pleased to stay at this property again and would recommend it without hesitation to any friends or other travelers in the region.
Club Montecchio is ideally located to enjoy the full range of what Tuscany offers - breathtaking scenery in the Chianti Hills, easy access to famous name and “must see” cities(Siena, Florence, Cortona, San Gimignano, Pisa and even Rome), and top wineries and outstanding restaurants juxtaposed with villages which offer insights into daily Tuscan life. And as Michael experienced, our complimentary 5 star experienced Concierge can handle the most discerning guests’ needs in planning an itinereary, and making last minute adjustments, to accomodate new thoughts. Our full time onsite housekeeper also offers the type of support and assistance that comes only with experience - she has been with us for 15 years. The combination of all of 5he above makes Club Montecchio the ideal choice fort travellers wanting to enjoy Tuscany, whether for the first time, or return visits aimed at getting “under the surface”. Do come back Michael, you will be most welcome!
Wonderful Villa in a great location in the heart of the Chianti region
This is an upscale property located on top of a hill within a private estate community with an expansive outdoor yard and patio, affording gorgeous views. The villa is beautifully appointed and comes with a generous welcome basket filled with thoughtful goodies to help you settle in for your stay. Rita the concierge, provided us with wonderful options and made all of our reservations for several excellent wine tours and gave us great suggestions for other things to do. This is such a nice service offering when coming to to new region that you are not familiar with. Cristina the housekeeper also did a great job checking in with us and changing the bed linings and towels mid week. James the owner is a gracious host. He went out of his way to contact us before, during and after our stay to make sure that everything was to our liking and also provided valuable insights on places to go and things to do during our stay. The location is perfect. Not only is the property in a beautiful spot but it is a 10 minute drive to three medieval villages with nice restaurants and wonderful views. We loved this villa and would highly recommend it.
The Partridges and their friends were a joy to work with both ahead of, and during their stay at Club Montecchio. They had done their research about where and what they wanted to see, but welcomed the opportunity to finesse their itinerary with our suggestions for better wineries, and the best local restaurants. It is a joy for us when guests allow myself and Rita, our Concierge to give the benefit of our up to date local knowledge and contacts, to make sure guests have amazing experiences, whether winery tours, special places or the hottest local restaurants.
We aim for real “home from home” luxury and comfort from the moment guests arrive(the Welcome Hamper means no need to rush out to the store!), and it is hugely rewarding when guests notice the effort we put in.
Thank you Beverly & Bill
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
Regular weekly rates include Welcome Dinner at Osteria Alla Villa, huge luxury Welcome Hamper, free Cocktail Bar + Club 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 5 Star Concierge by local hoteliers, free High Speed WiFi. "Winter" season and "Standard" rates exclude Welcome Dinner, Welcome Hamper(€200 supplement) and Cocktail Bar(€150 supplement). Monthly and Daily rates exclude Welcome Dinner, Welcome Hamper and Cocktail Bar, available for combined supplement of €450. Saturday to Saturday bookings requested during peak season(July to mid September) Well behaved dogs welcome, if preadvised at time of booking.