17 km south of Montalcino.
Well-appointed farmhouse with stunning views.
|Prices||€ 2600 - 4150 per weekPrices, Availability & Booking|
A farmhouse with stunning views
Montebello is located at an altitude of 400 metres above sea level. It stands on its own and benefits of complete privacy. The house is reached by a 4 km country gravel road. This beautiful valley is a nature preserve located in the southernmost part of Tuscany with magnificent views 360 degrees around. Shimmering olive groves, stone paths dotted with cypress trees, endless vineyards and centuries-old chestnut trees surround the immediate vicinity, and the nearby villages of Colle Sant’Angelo (10 km) and Montalcino (17 km) can be seen from the property’s altitude.
The old stone farmhouse dates back to the 18th century, having evolved over the centuries to what it is today, a charming building with many hooks and corners. The large living room with open fireplace lies on the first floor of the house and leads onto 3 of the 4 bedrooms. Each bedroom has its own private bathroom. The decoration of the house is full of taste; mostly using textiles from a Tuscan weavery located near Arezzo. In front of the kitchen door a vine-covered pergola with table and chairs for outdoor meals looks out over the wide and open valley. The pool measures 4 x 15 metres and is equipped with deck chairs and sun beds. An outdoor shower, as well as a pergola for shade will make this area the centre of your outdoor life.
In Montalcino (20 minutes by car) a good choice of excellent restaurants can be found and there are all kind of shops - supermarket, pharmacy, post office, bank. In the nearer village of Castelnuovo dell'Abate (10 minutes by car) there is a small Cappuccino bar and a small grocery shop.
About the region
Food and wine: Varying seasons bring varying menus. The quality of the produce is what one identifies with cuisine in Tuscany: fresh vegetables, crisp salads, aromatic tomatoes, porcini (wild mushrooms), tartufi (truffles), home-made pasta or polenta, tortelli filled with spinach and ricotta, wild boar stew, grilled meats and venison, wild strawberries, raspberries, chestnuts, and many delicate herbs which join together to produce the exquisite meals you will enjoy, enhanced by the superb red wines from nearby Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. We have compiled a list of restaurants we can recommend in the immediate neighbourhood (list in the house).
Sight-seeing: Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Sant'Antimo, Monte Oliveto Maggiore and San Quirico are precious stones set in Tuscany and rate top of the sight-seeing list. The seaside near Grosseto is an hour in the car. Florence and Rome are a comfortable two hours by car. Arezzo, Orvieto, Perugia and Assisi and so many others are day-trip distance. Famous private gardens are open to the public once a week and are well worth a visit (list in the house).
The hot springs: Tuscany is famous for its hot springs, the most spectacular beeing Saturnia at an hours drive. Nearer are Bagno Vignoni (remember Nostalgia by Tarkowski?) and Bagno San Filippo where in the midle of the woods the warm water has carved natural pools into the rock.
Climate: The months between Easter and the end of October are considered the "best" months for Tuscan travel. Yet more and more people enjoy visiting Tuscany "out of season" to discover a more intimate aspect of the region. This house has central heating and is very comfortable all year round.
1 living kitchen with French windows onto front of house and the garden with pergola
1 family room with TV, comfortable sofas, table for games
1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom (bathtub)
1 large living room with fireplace
1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom (bathtub)
2 twin bedrooms with en suite bathrooms (shower)
Landscaped garden with oak trees, lavender, roses, broom, rosemary and sage
Wine covered pergola with table and chairs for outdoor meals
Saltwater pool 4 x 15 m, 1.40 m deep with second pergola for shade
Weekly rates in €
|Montebello||01 Jan 2017 - 08 Apr 2017
04 Nov 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
|08 Apr 2017 - 20 May 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 04 Nov 2017
|20 May 2017 - 01 Jul 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
|01 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
8 PAX 8
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Reservations from Saturday to Saturday only.
Saltwater pool / pool size: 15 x 4 m / opening dates: mid of May - end of September. On request the pool can be gated.
Baby bed with linen and high chair available. Baby bed can be booked for children up to their 4th birthday.
Pets not allowed.
Extra services available only on request (domestic help, Tuscan meal on your first evening, cook, first shopping), to be specified when booking and to be paid in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:
- Domestic help (house cleaning, washing and ironing): EUR 10 per hour.
Typical Tuscan meal on your first evening, after a long trip, and during the week (from Monday to Friday): EUR 35 per adult, EUR 18 per child (up to 12 years of age). No cost for children up to the age of 5. The dinner is delivered to your house at 7.30 pm on the evening of your arrival and 8 pm during the week. The dinner consists of an antipasto, a pasta dish, a main course, vegetables and salad, dessert. Included in the price is water plus bread.
A minimum of 4 meals is required.
If you would like the cook to prepare the meal at the house, lay the table and serve at table, the cost is EUR 55 per adult and EUR 28 per child.
- First shopping: EUR 150 (expenses for a few basics and shopping time included). The shopping list includes: 2 kg bread, butter, jam, eggs, cheese, milk, 1 packet Earl Grey tea, 1 packet coffee, natural yoghurt, orange juice, fruit of the season, 2 kg pasta (noodles), tomato sauce, 1 salami, 1 piece of delicious pecorino (local sheep cheese), 1 piece fresh parmesan cheese, salad and tomatoes, extra vergin olive oil, mineral water, beer.
- Cooking courses: Laura will lead you through the experience of learning typical Tuscan recipes, motivated by a real love for cooking. The cost per person (without wine) is EUR 70 per person. Laura doesn’t speak English, but she will be assisted by someone who speaks English.
Security deposit, heating, wood for fireplace to be paid in euros on the premises:
- Security deposit: EUR 500.
Heating (if required): metered.
The cost is EUR 5/m2 (there is a gas meter and every unit costs EUR 5). Please be aware that central heating is very expensive in Italy. The average cost for one week in winter varies from EUR 200 to EUR 300 according to the outdoor temperature and the amount of time the heating is turned on. This is an estimate, for 4 - 5 hours heating per day. In mid season the cost is accordingly lower.
- Wood for fireplace: EUR 15 per basket.
- Baby bed: EUR 15 per week.
Bed, bath and kitchen linens, water, electricity, gas, Internet WIFI connection, final cleaning, pool cleaning service all included in the price. Should you have rented Montebello for more than 1 week, the house will be cleaned on Saturdays and the linen will be changed.
Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.
Our Guests Reviews
Liebe Frau Roehrig,
We are just returned from our holiday in Tuscany, and a hugely happy stay in Montebello, and I would like to thank you and your staff for your help in making this possible.
The villa is just perfect, and exceeded all of our expectations. We were overwhelmed too by the warmth and kindness of Alessandro, who proved to be the most generous and solicitous of hosts. Stupidly, in the anxiety of our departing with time enough for the drive back to the airport, I neglected to ask Alessandro for either his home or his e-mail address, as I very much would like to write and thank him again for all that he did to make our stay so memorable.
Therefore, I would be grateful if you could please approach him on my behalf and ask for his permission for you to let me have his contact details. I could, of course, send him a text message, but prefer not to as I do not belong to the generation for whom that is the most favoured means of communication! I hope to hear from you.
R. Balyuzi, September 2007