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Cottage Villa San Benedetto

Cottage with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and private pool in Montepulciano, Italy

From €500 per week

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Independent cottage attached to the back of a small villa in which the owner lives. Spacious gardens on several levels; beautiful private swimming pool; all enjoy stunning view across to Montepulciano

Overview

The San Benedetto cottage is the old peasant farmer's house attached to the back of a small villa in which the owner (retired Mrs Stevens) lives. It has nice furniture, tiled floors and comprises 2 Double bedrooms, Sitting/Dining room, modern Bathroom, Kitchenette and covered Veranda. Spacious gardens on several levels including many flowering shrubs, mature trees giving shade where necessary and a beautiful swimming pool, which, together with the flat, enjoys marvelous views across to Montepulciano on the next hilltop as well as over Lake Trasimeno and the pre-Apennines beyond. The pool has plenty of chairs and loungers as well as a table and a swing which are spread about so that one can either sunbathe or shelter from the heat. The property extends to 7 acres of woodland and olive trees. Access is by a steep asphalted drive from the main road which runs between Montepulciano and Chianciano. Montepulciano is 5 minutes away by car and 20 minutes on foot. Immediately South of the Villa the Tuscan hills are crowned by almost unpopulated woodland for 40km. A haunt of deer, wild pig and porcupine. A wonderful place to explore on foot or by car on existing tracks.

Montepulciano is a beautiful and unspoilt walled hill town in Tuscany. It has good shops, bars and restaurants. One and a half hour south of Florence and 2000 feet up in the Tuscan hills and enjoying fine views to Lake Trasimeno and the pre-Apennines. It is about one hour from Siena, Arezzo, Perugia and Orvieto - a perfect centre for exploring Tuscany and Umbria. Places of interest nearby include the beautiful small towns of Pienza (12Km) (Birth place of Pope Pius II with wonderful views across to Mount Amiata); San Quirico d'Orcia (21Km); Radicofani (36Km) (Where the enormous tower of a medieval brigand gives a 360° view); Cetona (18Km); Cortona (28Km); Castiglion del Lago (26Km)(with ferry terminal for the islands on Lake Trasimeno). There are also the small Spas of San Casciano dei Bagni (28Km), Bagno San Filippo (29Km), Bagno Vignoni (25Km) & Rapolano Terme (44km); the last three with thermal swimming pools which use naturally hot water from the ground and are very pleasant during the colder months. Finally Bel Verde, a beautiful small monastery in a sylvan setting (24Km).

There are 3 friendly dogs and 2 cats who live on the premises with the owner. They are treated as pets; the dogs are not chained up and do not bark at night.
No children under 12 since the pool is not protected by child proof fencing or alarm system.
Owner seldom uses the pool, so the pool is exclusive for tenants.
Note that the pool is covered and cannot be used over the winter period (early October up to late May).
There is a communicating door between the cottage and the main Villa which is kept locked.
The owner, Mrs Stevens, speaks perfect English.

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20 out of 20 people recommend staying here

Liz

Family from Sheffield, United Kingdom Jul 2019

Absolutely perfect ! This quaint villa attached to the owners house was beautiful. Isabella the owner & her lovely dogs were a pleasure to meet. We did find it a little hard to find at first but when putting in the coordinations for the place, that was spot on. Also we arrived at dusk so the name was hard to see while driving by. We walked to the town on the hill , which property took around 35-40 mins , especially in the heat, but you can drive closer & park up & wander up the road too it, which is a steep but pleasant walk. Some fantastic views too. It was Nice to go back & cool down in the magnificent pool afterwards ! This place is in a central position to most parts of Italy that you may want to visit. We travelled to Rome & Florence, parking on the outskirts for very cheap or free & travelling into the centre by metro or tram. The drive taking around 2 hours. We found very good shopping an hour away & went to Lake Garda ( Desenzano ) but that was a little crowded but still enjoyable. This is one place I would definitely come back too. Even when I love a place , I always think to come a second time wouldn’t be the same but for us , this place was very special. Thank you for having us !

Reply from Ludovico

Many thanks for the review. We'll be glad to have you back. Ludovico

Alec

Couple from Bideford , United Kingdom Jun 2019

This was an idyllic retreat in a beautiful setting where we enjoyed a relaxing few days. We cannot speak too highly of Isabella and her three faithful companions. We were sad to leave them all and hope to return.

Reply from Ludovico

Many thanks for the kind review, Ludovico

James

Family from Enfield, United Kingdom Aug 2018

We had a fantastic time at the villa. It's a beautiful spot and the gorgeous view to Montepulciano never gets old. The place itself was extremely comfortable, clean, cool, secure and well apportioned to stay at, and the pool just capped it all off in the heat. It was easy to drive up to the town from. And Mrs Stevens was a joy to meet and helped made our stay even more enjoyable.

Reply from Ludovico

Thank you for your kind review!

Jane

Couple from High Wycombe, United Kingdom Sep 2017

We had a wonderful week at the cottage. Beautiful views all around, and easy driving to places of interest.
Isabella met us when we arrived and gave us the tour of the cottage and grounds. She has a lovely property and we would definitely stay there again. You definitely need a car to get around.

Reply from Ludovico

Thanks for the kind review. We look forward to having you back!

Karen

Family from Ashtead, United Kingdom Aug 2017

We had a lovely holiday, great to have the exclusive use of the pool.Isabella and her animals were very welcoming and friendly! Thank you!

David

Couple from Edinburgh, United Kingdom Jun 2017

Another wonderful two weeks at Cottage Villa San Benedetto! With a wonderful position just outside the beautiful town of Montepulciano it is an excellent spot from which to explore southern Tuscany. The beautiful pool and the garden offer relaxing alternatives and the welcome from Isabella was second to none. We feel privileged to have stayed there.

Reply from Ludovico

Many thanks, was great to have you back

Location

Distances to locations

Nearest bar 3km Nearest restaurant 10km Nearest supermarket 10km Roma (Fiumicino or Ciampino) airport 200km Pisa Airport 194km Firenze Airport 113km Chiusi Stazione 20km Motorway exit 'Valdichiana' or 'Chiusi-Chianciano' 15km

Local activities

Horse riding 1km

Sights and attractions

Historic site 15km Museum 3km Shopping 15km Theatre 7km Cinema 7km

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Updated 17 June 2019

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 13 November 2019 - 31 December 2022: the minimum stay is 5 nights.

Facilities

Bedrooms

2 bedrooms, Sleeps 4:

  • 1 double bed
  • 2 single beds

Bathrooms

1 bathroom, 1 Separate WC

Swimming pool

Private pool

Entertainment

Internet / WiFi

General

Living area seats 4, Dining area seats 4, Central heating, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Car hire essential

Kitchen

Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster

Outside

Balcony or terrace, Outside lighting, Parking, Private garden

Suitable for

Smoking

Extra information

Check-in time is between 3pm and no later than 8pm. There are facilities for dining by the pool which is about 50 meters away from the cottage across the garden. Pool furniture includes table with 6 chairs, 4 sun-loungers and a swing. In the garden there is also a stone table and benches to seat 4 and a further reading area next to garden fishpond. The veranda also has seating for 4. No barbeque is allowed during the Summer months.

Ludovico

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Private Owner From La Roquette Sur Siagne, France Member since Dec 2011

I'm Ludovico Stevens, the son of Mrs Stevens who is the owner of cottage and lives in the main Villa attached to it. I manage the booking & advertising of the cottage on my mother's behalf. I live in France. We have been renting the cottage for many years, then we stopped for a few years as my father was reqiring a lot of care in his old age. After the passing of my father in 2012 we have restarted the cottage rental.

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I'm Ludovico Stevens, the son of Mrs Stevens who is the owner of cottage and lives in the main Villa attached to it. I manage the booking & advertising of the cottage on my mother's behalf. I live in France. We have been renting the cottage for many years, then we stopped for a few years as my father was reqiring a lot of care in his old age. After the passing of my father in 2012 we have restarted the cottage rental.