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WHY A 'CLUB'? Mainly because this area has so much to offer that we hope guests will want to visit more than once. But also because what we offer is much more than a conventional 'self catering' rental.
Our 'FULLY INCLUSIVE' weekly RATES cover: a generous WELCOME HAMPER of speciality foods & wines from top quality local suppliers(more than enough for the first weekend's catering needs), PLUS as much mFREE Montecchio HOUSE WINE as you wish, throughout your stay. Our FREE COCKTAIL BAR of branded spirits and local liqueurs such as Limoncello is also kept stocked throughout your stay. Our CONCIERGE SERVICE is provided by local boutique hoteliers, who help with everything from booking the best restaurants, to fixing a cookery class or even a massage, onsite at Montecchio! ALL ENERGY COSTS are included - very expensive in Italy! ; all linens & towels are included(inc pool) with cleaning and change of linens every 3-4 days, and at end of stay; we provide a continuous supply of Fragonard bathroom toiletries and daily consumables (everything from dishwasher tablets to Montecchio's own Olive Oil!). Baby Cots/Cribs with linens, and High chairs are available free of charge, where required. Indoor & Outdoor Games, as well as Pool Toys for the Large Pool (19m x 6m , shared, open 01/05-31/09); DVD, Video & CD libraries offering a wide choice; FREE WiFi in all houses.
The result, we think, is 2 Comfortable Vacation Villas, that really feel like 'Home From Home', from the moment that you walk through the front door. We hope that you will be tempted to come and judge for yourselves!
CLUB MONTECCHIO is located centrally in Tuscany, within easy reach of the main 'must see' destinations of Siena(20mins drive), Florence, San Gimignano, Arezzo, Cortona, Montepulciano and Montalcino(all around an hour). Further afield, but still easily accessed by autotstrada/highway are Pisa, Perugia, Orvieto, Bologna and even Rome. What's more the Chianti Way(Chiantigiana) runs right past the Villa Arceno estate's front door, leading up into the Chianti, and all it's famous wineries(Felsina, San Felice, Brolio, Capannelle, Badia e Coltibuono, Castello di Ama etc), picturesque towns such as Gaiole, Radda, Panzano, Greve etc. But there is no need to roam afar, as Montecchio is surrounded by many beautiful and historic hillside villages, all worth visiting, and usually with bars and good restaurants.
Il Prato: Castelnuovo Berardenga Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 95620ha
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
Bedrooms are tastefully furnished with antique and local country furniture,and have ceiling( fans very effective if needed at the height of the summer).
Both bedrooms have spectacular views across the garden's olive trees, estate woodlands towards the Chianti hills and the picturesque hilltop village of Montebenichi.
Infant cot & linens available at no charge,with prior booking....moreless
All bathrooms are kept stocked with Fragonard toiletries throughout stay....moreless
Luxury 'welcome hamper' of top quality local specialty food & wines supplied on arrival, complimentary cocktail tray, Montecchio house wine & olive oil throughout stay,all energy costs included(inc logs for fires and charcoal for BBQ) plus most daily consumables supplied(washing powder, dishwasher tablets etc).
Fragonard bathroom toiletries and most daily consumables supplied throughout stay, cleaning & change of linens every 3-4 days.
Nespresso machine with free capsules throughout stay.
Complimentary concierge service provided by local hoteliers, to help with booking restaurants, wine tours etc.
Generously equipped and furnished inside and out, to allow guests to entertain friends & visitors.
The private garden has ample provision of garden furniture, sun loungers and outdoor mattresses, as well as a hammock in the trees.
The Villa's Outdoor Games area is equipped with a selection of games such as badminton, skittles, boules etc. Volleyball court during summer month...moreless
Audio Tape Player
Wide selection of guide books, as well as extensive book selection for all tastes....moreless
Books For Adults
Books For Kids
DVD/video library with over 1,000 titles available....moreless
High Season Jun 27 - Aug 28, 2015 7 night min stay
Mid Season Aug 29 - Sep 25, 2015 7 night min stay
Autumn Sep 26 - Oct 30, 2015 5 night min stay
Low Season Oct 31 - Dec 18, 2015 4 night min stay
Xmas Dec 19 - Jan 8, 2016 7 night min stay
Low Season Jan 9 - Apr 22, 2016 5 night min stay
Spring Season Apr 23 - May 13, 2016 5 night min stay
Mid Season May 14 - Jun 17, 2016 5 night min stay
High Season Jun 18 - Sep 2, 2016 7 night min stay
Mid Season Sep 3 - Oct 28, 2016 5 night min stay
Low Season Oct 29 - Dec 16, 2016 5 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
No additional mandatory fees
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 hoteliers, free WiFi.
Daily rates exclude Welcome Hamper(200 euro supplement).
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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In the heart of Tuscany, Casale Montecchio, which houses 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(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 restaurants and bars.
Other Activities: Go Karting
Golf: Florence Golf Club Ugolino(1 hr drive) - open to non members.
Year Purchased: 1998
About the owner: Montecchio is home in Tuscany to James and Penny Benfield, where we spend half of the year, and which we enjoy sharing with guests.
We 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 jet set corporate lifestyle with lots of travel, we needed something exceptional, in a beautiful setting, away from the developed centres of tourism.
Why the Owner Chose Castelnuovo Berardenga: Because 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, Perugia, Orvieto, and many more 'must see' places,
- and most important for 'foodies', the area offers a wealth of good restaurants & quality wineries.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: HOME FROM HOME with 5 star standards of comfort and luxury.
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. Each house has a separate outlook, private garden, and segregated parking pergola.
Both rental houses were designed and furnished in the same style as our own place, filled with pieces of art & furniture from our own collections, and the kitchens equipped to professional standards.
The result, we think, is two comfortable Vacation Villas, that feel 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 on which local retaurants are 'hot' currently, to where to park safely & legally in Florence|!