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Cooking & Wine Tasting in Tuscany - Lower rates for 2017!

Bedrooms 10
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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About the property

Villa, 10 Bedrooms, 9 Baths, (Sleeps 20-25*)

If you are looking for an elegant, well appointed and super comfortable estate for your holiday in Tuscany, this is it! With 10 bedrooms and 9 baths, there is room for everyone and plenty of privacy too. The villa is located midway between Rome and Florence, just 15 minutes from Chiusi and the entrance to the A1 Autostrada. It is also just 15 minutes from the train station, one of only 3 stops made by the Eurostar (fast train) between Rome and Florence. The location is ideal for taking day trips to most areas of both Tuscany and Umbria and returning before dinner.

The villa is designed with six spacious living suites each with a living room (with fireplace), dining area and kitchen; one suite with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, two suites with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths , and three suites with 1 bedroom and 1 bath. Each living suite has been newly renovated and is fully furnished with local antiques and comfortable beds that can be either one king bed or two single beds as you prefer. The floors are terra cotta and the ceilings are brick and wood beamed and this authentic Tuscan Villa has been completely updated with modern ceramic baths and new kitchens (a total of 7 kitchens!). The living suites are quite spacious giving everyone plenty of privacy yet you are still all together under one roof. And there is a spectacular pool just steps from the villa with contemporary chaise lounges and umbrellas to protect from the sun. It is set panoramically out overlooking the fields of sunflowers and gently swaying wheat. A wonderful place to relax after a day of touring and a perfect place to rest and read a good book.

Most importantly, the villa offers a unique feature rarely available in other villa rentals; a separate large salon/living room (approximately 40 x 50 feet) with a great fireplace surrounded by comfy sofas and chairs as well as a dining table that seats 20 comfortably, separate bathrooms, and a restaurant-style kitchen great for cooking together, organizing a cooking lesson or just getting together in the evenings to talk over the day. There is another table outside on the terrace overlooking the rolling Tuscan hills that also accommodates 20 people. This setup is ideal for family reunions, special birthday or anniversary celebrations and especially weddings. We are very skilled in organizing your special event from flowers to food to music to officiants. We also offer babysitting, and photography services. We are happy to organize a local Winetasting, a Cooking and Pasta making lesson, a tour of the local Etruscan Tombs, Ceramics classes in Deruta, as well as suggest local itineraries and special places of interest, some off the beaten path that will leave you in awe of the beauty of Tuscany. Everything is here in one place to create a memorable Tuscan experience for you and your family and friends!

Once or twice a year, we also offer an Organized Week for your group which generally includes the following:

* A Tuscan cooking and pasta making lesson (hosted by a local chef)

* A local wine tasting and tour (in the fall, when possible, we help pick the grapes during the grape harvest!)

* A wine tasting and tour of an historic winery in Montalcino (famous for their Brunello wines)

* A tour of a well-known (hand-made) ceramics producer in Deruta

* A visit to a local fortified village (castle)

* On-site assistance with other itineraries including Florence, Rome, Siena, Assisi, Chianti, Arezzo, Cortona (home of Under the Tuscan Sun), Perugia, Orvieto, Spoletto, all within an hour or so from the villa. Nearby, there is also a newly renovated spa that specializes in thermal water treatments. There, they have the most fabulous thermal pool complete with waterfall and water jets! And, our guests are entitled to a 15% discount to the thermal pool! Please email us for further information.

Here is what our guests have to say about their experience during our Organized Weeks at the villa:

'This has been one of the best experiences of my life' - Gail J.

'The best vacation ever! It wouldn’t have been so without all of your relationships and special touches. Tuscany is beautiful, but you make it awesome!' - Stacey N.

'This has been a non-stop peace of mind vacation' - Pete T.

'This trip has far surpassed my expectations and I will never forget it'

'You exceeded our expectations, every day and we thank you, we love you and your villa, our home away from home!' - Tom S

'I can't begin to thank you for making our Tuscan adventure so memorable. Your relationship with the local people and knowledge of the area offered us opportunities we'd never experience on our own'

'What a beautiful week to be here (in Tuscany) and have a standoff on the hill with a tractor pulling a cart full of freshly harvested grapes and to see the shepherd herding the sheep down the road, to see the beautiful sunsets and storms in the valley. Thank you for your great advice, directions, wine, cheese and friendship.' Patsy J.

'We all have a meaning in life and yours is giving people like us a journey worth traveling.' Jennifer P.

'This trip has made me realize that we, as Americans, hurry up to relax whereas Italians relax no matter what they're doing. Thank you for letting us live this instead of tour it. The experience has been invaluable and unforgettable. I can't wait to come back. Its true, its easy to fall in love here.' Leslie

'Thanks again, another wonderful trip! We could probably solo by now, but its so much fun to be with you and the groups that your network brings together. We look forward to a three-peat!' Mike M.

The villa is available for rent at all times of the year for groups up to 25*. This property is an excellent choice for friends traveling together, families, reunions, corporate events, weddings and more - all will find this a wonderful and relaxing place to call home in a beautiful, well situated, not-so-touristy area of Tuscany. Please let us know if we can answer any questions.

* There are beds for 20 people. There are additionally 3 sofa beds and a roll away bed for a total of 25. A maximum of 20 guests are included in the price. There is an additional charge of $125 per person for guests above 20.

Keywords: Tuscan Villa, estate, property, farmhouse, villa

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(46 traveler reviews)

Cooking & Wine Tasting in Tuscany - Lower rates for 2017!
average rating of 5.0 based on 46 reviews
Albuquerque, NM, USA

Fabulous experience in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time at this amazing villa in the countryside of Cetona. The property was beautifully designed for both privacy and large group or family interactions. The pool was lovely, as were all the exterior appointments, landscape and scenery. Our friend group had the pleasure of being hosted by Linda Pappas, who was so knowledgable about the area and gracious about our needs. We left with a sense of lasting friendship with Linda. The stay at this villa was charming, peaceful and authentic. The nearby hill towns were a delight and a short drive from the villa, though a car was essential. It was everything I had hoped for and more!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Family reunion 2016

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely week at your villa with our college friends in 2015, that we decided to return with our parents and our six siblings and their spouses this year! It was the perfect setup for our large group, with private bedrooms and bathrooms for each couple. Our 83-year-old parents avoided steps by residing in the main-level one-bedroom suite.....the perfect setup for them. We scattered each day to explore the hill towns and vineyards, and had the luxury of coming home each evening to hang out by the pool, followed by wine on the patio and delicious home-cooked meals by Bea....the perfect combination of family time and quiet time! We can't wait to return! Thank you for the second annual trip of a lifetime!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, MA

Glorious house, incredible area and perfect hosts!

  • 5 of 5

We needed a property that could accommodate a large family reunion that included someone who needed easy access and no stairs - not an easy find in Tuscany. We looked at a few properties and finally chose this magnificent home. From the moment we started planning, we knew we had made the right choice. Linda was attentive, thoughtful and helped us plan a great week. When we arrived, we were met by Bea and her dog and it was love at first sight. The villa is incredible -- lots of room to roam but wonderful places to sit and enjoy each other's company. There is even a wonderful room at the top of the tower where our 21 year old spent incredible days composing musics and soaking in the view. Ah, the view -- any time of day or night, it is magnificent. We took early morning drives and walks just to soak in the sunrise.

Hard to say enough things about the property -- well equipped, lovely furnishings and a simply amazing kitchen. We had Bea prepare and leave for us our first night meal and then we asked her to do a cooking class one night which was great and very memorable but the rest of the time, we generally cooked. We would go to local farm markets during the day and then cook up amazing things at night -- nothing complex just great food and wine. Even going to the grocery store is an experience. We ate out in Cetona one night and then generally had lunch in the local villages we were exploring. We also fell in love with the area. Cetona is a beautiful little town -- wonderful people, interesting small shops and a great butcher...but an even more amazing bakery (which we visited most mornings at 7). Be sure to arrange a winery tour (also great) and include a visit to Suzie's Yard which is just down the hill -- an amazing experience for all.

The pool was a big hit as well -- we were in it every afternoon. The days were hot but the villa stays cool and the nights were lovely.

Bea is truly extraordinary. A wonderful and "just right" attentive host. We strongly suggest taking her cooking class and spending as much time with her as you can. She speaks very good English and has lived in the area for her life. She was a highlight for our entire family. We follow her now on Instagram and have become fans.

In short, the experience couldn't have been better. From Linda's superb guidance in advance to the wonderful house and Bea's friendship -- just great.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Albuquerque NM, USA

Assolutamente Perfetto!!!!

  • 5 of 5

For years I have wanted to immerse myself in Tuscany - cook an authentic Italian meal, taste local wines, walk the cobblestone streets of the villages, and gaze upon the Tuscan countryside. This trip did not disappoint! The wine tasting and traditional Italian cooking class were fun and delicious! The villa apartments are beautifully appointed. The views in every direction is quintessential Tuscany! Linda's personal attention and friendliness ensured everything was absolutely perfect! We look forward to a return visit!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Better than I could have imagined!

  • 5 of 5

I've been planning our 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration for more than a year. Our children, grandchildren, family and friends from all over the US and Europe joined us. The Villa offers a large gathering/dining room with attached commercial type kitchen. ( also, there is a very nice, large restroom off from the gathering room.)

We enjoyed three group meals. Bea made lasagne, one meat and one mushroom, that we served to the quests on Saturday after the quests arrived from their long journeys.

Bea also catered our anniversary dinner. The menu for the 7 course Tuscan dinner was perfect. Linda helped with ideas for this dinner. In fact, Linda answered my many questions during the entire year of planning.

On the evening prior to departure, three chef-wannabees from our group visited the local butcher and acquired 8 pounds+ of florentine cut beef that they cooked on the outdoor grill. Matching up that main course with contributions from the other actual cooks in the group made for a wonderful sendoff.

During the rest of the week everyone was able to choose to cook in or eat out. There are nice places in Cetona for quick meals or fine dinning at Ristorante da Nilo 53040 Cetona in the square.

Each family had its own apartment with a kitchen. One of the apartments has a bedroom and bath on one level, and another bedroom and bath in the tower up a spiral staircase. The view from that room is breathtaking. In fact, the view from anywhere is amazing.

The pool and surrounding areas are great. We had an age range from 14 months to early seventies with teenagers included. There was something for everyone. Those who choose not to swim enjoyed sitting on the lounge chairs reading or just enjoying the view and conversations.

I would love to come back to the Villa with a group of friends some day!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Beautiful Wedding

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic wedding here in the first week of September. Our family and friends stayed here with us, and we had the wedding ceremony the day before we left. Weather was perfect, and when it got hot we jumped in the swimming pool. Linda helped us so much with planning and took the time to go over the details several times months beforehand. The owner/chef Bea was so lovely, and put together a great meal on our wedding day. Best lasagna ever! All we had to worry about was the flowers and transportation. We rented one van to take people back and forth to the store and train station, but I would recommend that people get their own rental cars. The train station was about 15 min away, and from there you could get to Florence or Rome in 2 hours, and drive or take the train to Siena which is close. We did a wine tasting with the group which was so much fun, and picked out great wine for the wedding day and bought a case. Everyone said that this was the most beautiful wedding location that they had seen. If you want to have an unforgettable wedding, this is a great option.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

Cetona Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Spring 2017
Jan 7 2017 - May 12 2017
7 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
May 13 2017 - Jun 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Fall 2017
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 30 2017 - Dec 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
Holiday 2017
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Rate includes private use of the estate and final cleaning. Pool Opens May 21, 2017 and Closes September 29, 2017. The rate includes a maximum of 20 guests. Additional guests are welcome at an additional cost of $100 per person up to 26 in total. Rate also includes a mid week change of towels. Additional services available on request at an extra cost include a Private Chef, Babysitting, Photographer, Water Aerobics, Manicure/Pedicure services etc.

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Cetona Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Covered Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • 9 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
    Bathroom 8 -
    Bathroom 9 -
  • 9
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (4)
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • tennis
Large Salon and Dining Room (with Fireplace) which seats to 20, Large Restaurant Kitchen for Large Groups and Cooking Lessons, Cleaning provided at beginning and ending of rental, Daily Cleaning - available at extra cost, Private Chef available at extra cost

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