Classic, Private Villa with Breathtaking Views - Private Pool
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- Wheel chair accessible:No
Posizione! Posizione! Posizione! (Translation: Italian for 'Location! Location! Location!').
Enter this property and you realize immediately you have ventured into the best Italy has to offer - exquisite views, sublime food, unsurpassed wine, and exceptional weather. As any Italophile will tell you, the Tuscan Val D'Orcia and Crete Senese (and in particular the area near Montalcino) is the most evocative and sensual part of Italy. There really is no better area -- as we have found in 20+ years of experience. Those pictures you see on the calendars, with the vineyards, rows of cyprus and hilltowns -- thats Val D'Orcia/Montalcino...
It is, after all, a United Nations UNESCO Heritage Site. And for good reason. The sheer beauty is staggering. This is the area that refused to allow billionaire media magnate and former Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi to buy a second (well, maybe 4th in his case) home! It is also the area where they filmed The English Patient, Romeo and Juliet, Only You, The Gladiator, Stealing Beauty, and Tea With Mussolini.
Amidst this splendor is set the beautiful and private property known as Villa Brunello at San Sebastiano. This centuries-old, independent, four-bedroom, two-bath, 3250-square-foot home has everything to make your Italian vacation memorable. Just five kilometres from Montalcino (two-and-one-half as the crow flies), this ancient farmstead boasts views to die for - from Mount Amiata in the south to Siena in the North. And it serves as the perfect point from which to visit the most beautiful villages and cities in Italy - Montalcino, Allesino, Pienza, San Quirico D'Orcia, Volterra, Florence, Montepulciano, Siena, San Gimignano, Monterrigione, Pisa, Cinque Terra, and Rome.
Or stop at the ancient Roman baths of Bagno Vignone and the monasteries at Monte Oliveto Maggiore and Sant Antimo,... or hike in some of the most beautiful scenery on God's earth. If you are feeling industrious, take an Italian cooking or language class nearby in the monastery where they filmed The English Patient. There are 2 world renowned Italian Language Schools very close by where you can take classes at all levels and varying degrees of immersion.
Located on two lush acres surrounded by exquisite villas and vineyards, this very special home has been lovingly restored inside and outside to ensure your ultimate pleasure. And better yet it is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, and hill towns in every direction.
Open the wrought iron front gates to be immediately transported to La Vita Bella - a pea gravel courtyard welcomes you to your first view of the private church of St Sebastian and the verdant and generous Tuscan landscape. Once inside, your choices abound. Enjoy a beautiful outdoor courtyard just outside the French doors from where you will sip limoncello on quiet Tuscan evenings. Or lounge in the formal living room.with coved ceilings and gorgeous period pieces and memorable works of art and pottery. Read, contemplate or write in the quiet comfort of the study with views of the church and Montalcino up on the hill.
Be tempted by the breathtaking dining room with coved ceilings from which you will enjoy your Tuscan feasts. Next you will find a huge modern eat-in kitchen with all the appliances and tools necessary to prepare delicious Italian cuisine. Next to the kitchen on the first floor is an enormous living room/great room with eight-foot by eight-foot fireplace, two full couches, numerous chairs, and a large screen 48' plasma television. Just off the enormous great room and kitchen is a set of French doors leading to two wonderful lanais/pergolas adding outdoor rooms to your living space and which overlook the yard, vineyards and valleys - and by night the lights of Siena. Further down the hill, the pool and pool area is a haven in itself, with expansive views of the valley and numerous wineries. The house, yard and pool are very private.
Downstairs, there is also a full bathroom and a study/office/bedroom with fold out couch for extra sleeping.
Upstairs you will find four beautifully and authentically appointed bedrooms. Two have queen-size beds and two have twin beds which can be joined to form queen-size beds, where desired. Each bedroom has beautiful linens with at least 400-thread count sheets and pillow cases. And better yet, each room has breathtaking views over the Montalcino Valley. There are also two additional bathrooms on this level, very tastefully decorated.
In case you did not already know (and we are sure you did), Montalcino is the location where Brunello (by far the best wine in Italy, if not the world) is produced. And from Villa Brunello at San Sebastiano, you are ten minutes by car and foot to the best wineries and wine tastings in Italy. We have counted over 50, and by no means is that complete. Banfi, Barbi, Fanti, Tornese, Biondi Santi, Campanna, you name it, they are here. From $30 to $700 per bottle.
There are also wonderful restaurants, enotecas, and gelaterias nearby in case you get the urge to indulge off premises. Many of them have al fresco dining with great views. You will soon find out, it is impossible to find a bad meal. But for those times when you are just too sated to leave, you will find the pool, yard, and the outdoor and indoor living, dining, and relaxation spaces to be enchanting. This is what Italy is all about. You may never want to leave.
Touring ideas from the villa:
* Caparzo Castle and Winery 1/2 mile
* Altesino Castle and winery 1 mile
* Montalcino 1.5 miles walking; 4 miles driving
* Buonconvento 5 miles
* Pienza 15 miles
* Montepulciano 22 miles
* Siena 27 miles
* Cortona 40 miles
* Mediterranean Sea 40 miles
* Florence 86 miles
* Assisi 75 miles
* San Gimignano 50 miles
* Lucca 111 miles
* Pisa 125 miles
* Orvieto 60 miles
* Rome 125 miles
* Todi 75 miles
* Venice 225 miles
* Milan 250 miles
* Bagno Vignone 10 miles
* Sant 'Antimo 10 miles
* Sant'Anna in Camprena 10 miles
* Monte Oliveto Maggiore 10 miles
- Vacation Rental
- Clothing Optional/Nude Sunbathing Nearby
- Alternative Lifestyle
- Non Smoking Only
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 8-12
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- 3.0 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
- Bathroom 2
- Bathroom 3
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Linens Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wood Fireplace
- Pool Table
- CD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- DVD Player
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Outdoor Grill
- Deck / Patio
Location & View
- Mountain View:
- Theme Parks
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Rock Climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Jet Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Basketball Court
- Fitness Center
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Live Theater
ReviewsWrite a review
Dream Vacation in Tuscany
Dream Vacation in Tuscany
Great house, quiet setting. Everything needed was in the kitchen; we just had to move in and unpack our personal belongings. What made our month stay so enjoyable was the owners genuine interest in making certain we had plenty of information on the best and most important things to do and see. Dave really made an effort to document the area restaurants and wineries so we could allocate our time to the best ones. Without his good advice, we would have wasted a lot of valuable time and missed some really great food and sights. The house is in a great location with close proxcimity to rail transportation. Lots of great little towns within a hours drive.
- Guest Tonka
- Date of stay 09/22/12
- Review Submitted 12/12/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children.
Owner response: Ken, I am so glad you had a good time. I hoped you liked the remodeled kitchen, as well as the proximity of the kitchen to the outdoor dining areas. And the views. Thanks for taking good care of the house during your stay as well. Ciao, Dave
Classic Tuscan Experience
Classic Tuscan Experience
This Tuscan villa has a lot of character, stunning views, and sits on a hill surrounded by vineyards! The owner was very accommodating and made the reservation process smooth and seamless. With our stay came tons of recommendations about the area, where to eat, sights to see and tips to make your vacation in this breathtaking region a memorable one. The villa was clean and well-maintained. Everything was in working order when we arrived. The pool was always cleaned of leaves, and ready for us to cool off from the summer heat. The kitchen is well equipped with everything needed to prepare meals. The villa's caretaker always came and checked on us (but not intrusive), making sure that everything was in order. The villa is well-situated in Montalcino, close to the hilltop town for restaurants, enotecas and shopping, yet far enough to have privacy surrounded by a gorgeous Tuscan landscape. La Dolce Vita indeed!
- Guest Gina
- Date of stay 07/15/12
- Review Submitted 08/06/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with young children, girls getaway.
Guest comment entered by owner
Hi Dave - we had a blast!! Your home was comfortable and has such a great location. We loved some lazy days around the casa and a few exploring the area. It was a nice break in the middle of an otherwise busy touring trip. Il Lecchio was fantastic - went twice. We will consider another vacation there next fall - mostly likely late September. I'll make the reservation as soon as possible, as I'm sure that's a popular time. We'd love to be there in pool season. Do you get over there much? When was your last stay there? We LOVED the cooking class, dinner and wine pairing. Wish we had done it earlier in our stay, so we could have enjoyed leftovers longer. I trust you heard that we left your home in great condition. We look forward to enjoying your home again soon! Thanks and have a great summer! Gwendolyn
- Guest Gwendolyn Pittsburgh, PA
- Date of stay 05/01/10
- Review Submitted 05/02/11
Guest comment entered by owner
Hi Dave! Our stay was great! We're still dreaming of the beautiful views. Thanks for a great holiday! Nina
- Guest Nina Copenhagen Denmark
- Date of stay 05/15/10
- Review Submitted 05/02/11
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We are getting ready to leave on Saturday after a 6 week stay, and I just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our stay. The property is wonderful, as you know. We wish you luck with everything. This part of Italy is absolutely gorgeous. By the way, Moreno is all you said he was. The Coop was great, much fresher products than we expected. We loved Montalcino. It's not really a tourist town, so one feels part of the life. The markets were small, but fun. And, the prices in Italy are much better than we thought they'd be. We even found good bread, once we realized that there are some loaves made with salt. Bread, for my wife being French, is an essential part of life. We ate out a bit, but as everyone cooks, there was nothing better than sitting at the table in the garden at lunchtime, and in the evening, watching the sunset, while eating and drinking products from nearbye. The silence, and the fact that the land isn't being overdeveloped, is a privilege. The San Giacomo from next door is great at 2€ the liter.
- Guest John - Manhattan
- Date of stay 08/28/10
- Review Submitted 05/02/11
Hello, Dave, We're very nostalgic about our time at what we are now calling "our" home in Tuscany (we wish it were ours!). It exceeded our expectations - the website doesn't do the views justice, and we were so surprised at how much larger the rooms are than they appear in photographs. We had so much trouble dragging ourselves away from the pool, the terrace, and the view, so we didn't do nearly as much sightseeing as we'd thought we would - but it was all good! The location is perfect - close to everything, but far enough away that it's quite private and quiet. We were in awe. You have a slice of heaven at Villa Brunello at San Sebastiano!
- Guest The Seatons
- Date of stay 09/01/08
- Review Submitted 09/01/08
Dear Dave, Thank you for opening your wonderful home to us for a fall wine retreat. We spent the days traveling to various wineries and towns in the area, afternoons sitting in the backyard, and evenings eating at as many resturants as possible. We'd love to come back again...........enjoy your treasure. Bob and Nancy, Mike and jackie
- Guest Nancy H.
- Date of stay 10/15/07
- Review Submitted 10/15/07
The four of us had a thoroughly delightful time at the Villa. The views were truly breathtaking from every angle. We had several great dinners at I Poggolio in Buonconvento. Enjoyed all the surrounding towns and Sant Antimo Abbey for Gregorian Chants. The pool and Villa were very clean and well-cared for. Brunello wine is wonderfully rich. Hope to visit again.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 07/17/07
- Review Submitted 07/17/07
Hello Dave, We wanted to write and let you know what a lovely time we had at your villa in Montalcino. We had our children ages 15 & 17 with us and Dennis' mom - a great time was had by all. Moreno was delightful! We left a day early to go to Florence and he appeared Friday morning to say goodbye to us. I'm sure you know how fortunate you are to have him working with you. He was very patient with me and my newly learned Italian. There were only a couple of times I had to rely on my picture dictionary ;) We didn't have a chance to meet his wife, but I'm sure she's just as much a treasure. The place met and exceeded our expectations! We thoroughly enjoyed the surroundings and the town of Montalcino... Il Moro Ristorante became a favorite of ours as well -the food was amazing and very affordable. On our second visit we were joined at our table by Roberto. He had a bottle of wine sent to our table and shared stories with us -we were able to speak in Spanish with him. My only regret is that I neglected to take a picture of the lady who owns the little market Moreno took us to when we arrived on Sunday afternoon. Her name is Mirella. She was adoreable, we visited her store frequently during our stay. Dennis and I are looking forward to planning another trip for just the two of us. It was a great family vacation, but I think we'd like to do alot more wine tasting in the region! Thank you again for opening your home to strangers -what a leap of faith, we are so grateful to have found you. Two of the pictures I've included are of the tiniest hummingbirds I've ever seen -they were feeding in your lavendar bushes...amazing! I feel like I'm echoing the sentiments of others when I say we'd really like to look into how to go about purchasing a property in the area. I took over 650 pictures during our 2 weeks in Italy and none are as breathtaking as the sunsets from your back yard, or the morning views of the sheep being herded out to pasture. We can see why you love it. We look forward to our next visit. Have a wonderful remainder of the summer! Ciao! Yvonne & Dennis
- Guest Yvonne & Dennis
- Date of stay 07/15/07
- Review Submitted 07/15/07
My husband and I spent a wonderful week in Dave's Villa Brunello with three other couples. Florence and Rome were also on our itinerary, but the week in Tuscany was by far the best part of our trip. It was very warm while we were there, but always relatively cool on the hill with the pool as a great place to cool off on the hottest of days. Our day generally included sight-seeing in the earlier part of the day and drinks by the pool in the afternoon. Seeing as we all fancy ourselves to be relatively good cooks, we alternately cooked at home and went out in the evening. We were pleased that the kitchen had everything we needed and dining outdoors with the views and the sunsets was better than any restaurant. Taverna del Grappolo Blu was a big hit with our group; we were waited on by the charming and gracious owner. Montalcino was, of all the quaint mountain towns, our favorite. Worth going in for Friday's market day with all its colorful people and fun shopping. We did have the pump go out while we were there, but Dave was able to get the caretaker, Moreno, out to help us very promptly. One suggestion is to make sure that you have a European cell phone with you for those emergency calls.
- Guest Linda Herman
- Date of stay 07/06/07
- Review Submitted 07/06/07
Owner response: Thanks Linda for the nice comments. Linda did it right. The best days are those where you get out early and see the sights and then come back for leisurely afternoons by the pool. I am very lucky to have Moreno and our guests seem to love him.
June 22- Aug 31, 2013 ....................... $3450/week. May 25-June 22; Aug 21-Sept 28, 2013 ........ $2950/week. April 27 -May 25, Sept 28- Oct 12, 2013 ..... $2450/week March 30 - April 27, Oct 12-26, 2013..........$2100/week. March 1-31; Oct 26-Nov 24, 2013 ............. $1750/week. Property by the Week ONLY; Saturday 4 PM to Saturday 9 AM. Pool open Mid May to Mid Sep. Cleaning $150E (Euros) paid to housekeeper. $1000 Fully Refundable Damage Deposit. All Utilities included. You won't find better rates in this area anywhere
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gorgeous 3250 square foot villa with exquisite views
Kitchen (remodeled in 2012) with seating for 10 - just 3 steps to outdoor eating
Extremely private pool area with great views for 20 miles
one of many outdoor dining areas with amazing views
Large Living Room with 20 foot ceilings and fireplace/big screen tv
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