Traveling in a larger group may get pretty hectic at times but the pros definitely outweigh the cons, especially if you choose to stay at this Tuscany farmhouse! Furnished with antiques and comprised of seven bedrooms, choose to cook for yourselves in your large kitchen or have someone prepare something delicious for you, right in the comfort of your home. Only adding to its greatness is the fact that this farmhouse in Italy is within walking distance of Sant'Albino di Montepulciano.
This farmhouse was built in the 16th century and is surrounded by the Cappuccini Mountains and is also within a garden of olive trees, cypress trees, flowe...rs, and herbs. As a farming estate, olive oil and grains are produced on the grounds which allows guests the opportunity to see the workings of a Tuscan farm. Accessible from the farmhouse's living room is a patio with a pergola lined with wisteria vines covering a table with chairs. This leads to the grass landscaped garden where there is a private swimming pool (16m x 8m, open from May 15 - September 30), and Jacuzzi surrounded by sun loungers. Parking is available within the property grounds.
Ground Floor: There is a living room with four couches, coffee tables, a TV, and large glass windows with views of the gardens. The dining room has several tables with chairs and the kitchen is equipped with a cook-top, oven, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, and dishwasher. There are three bedrooms on this floor. Each bedroom has a king-sized bed (210 cm) and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and tub with a handheld shower.
First Floor: An internal staircase leads up to sitting room, with chairs and a fireplace, and four bedrooms, each with a king-sized (210 cm) bed and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower.
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
* Chef Service: 40 Euro per person
* Housekeeping Available: 15 Euro per hour
* Wine Tasting: 35 Euro per person
* Please provide your arrival details to Rentvillas.com at least 2 weeks prior to arrival since check-in starts at 3:00pm, by appointment.
Additional amenities include: iron and board, pool towels, walk to town, housekeeping available - extra cost, fireplace - indoor, cook service available - extra cost, independent villa, free parking on premises, outside area - private, american coffee maker.
Our time was all about family and the villa worked so well for that. Because of the cold weather, we spent most of our group time in the kitchen, which was a great space. We stoked up the little wood stove and laughed and cooked together.
The location. So accessible to the local hilltowns and Montepulciano. Also the village offered some nice local family markets and a real "village" feeling.
Because of the unusally cold weather and our concern about the high costs of heating the villa, we minimized our use of the space to our bedrooms and the kitchen. We were prepared for the cold with lots of sweather and socks, but it really limited our enjoyment of the entire house.
The lovely Tuscan countryside and easy access along country roads to other towns.
Merv's review of Villa degli Artisti
Left on 10/27/2012 for a stay in October 2012 | Merv
This was a great location in Tuscany. The short walk to the local village was easy and the owners of local facilities were all very welcoming. Great coffee, pastries, butcher and supermarkets are nearby.
Montepulciano is a short drive and provides a great counterpoint to the local village.
Excellent outdoor area for al fresco dining and a wonderful kitchen and eating setting adjacent.
All 7 bedrooms are large and comfortable each with their own bathroom, making it ideal for couples.
A great location to enjoy all that Tuscany has to offer. We travelled easily as far afield as Pisa. Lucca, Assisi and Florence. Proximity to Montepulciano was a highlight and we came to love the town and made many visits to enjoy its restaurants and attractions, such as shopping.
Theresa's review of Villa degli Artisti
Left on 10/13/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | Theresa
Our experience was excellent. We could not say a bad word about the villa.
Proximity to Montepulciano, and central to the other hill towns. The villa has 7 bedrooms all with their own bathrooms and king-sized beds.
The views, large yard, olive orchard and vineyard.
Lynda's review of Villa degli Artisti
Left on 10/06/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | Lynda
This villa was a dream come true for me! About 20 years of yearning to go to Tuscany and this villa enhanced my dream and definitely did not disappoint. My children had arrived before us on our day of arrival and were excited for me as they knew how much I was going to love it when I saw the inside. They made me close my eyes and led me into the main bedroom before I could open my eyes. When I did, the tears of joy started and I was shaking I was so excited. For the first few days in Tuscany I literally felt as though someone had plonked me right in the middle of my own dream! The villa itself was amazingly grand and the surroundings were equally as beautiful. We enjoyed discovering all the little towns and everywhere we looked the countryside was picture perfect.
We loved the size of the villa. Every bedroom was huge. The dining area where we spent most of our time was also very big and the kitchen was great to cook in.
The easy walk to the shops was one of the reasons I chose this villa. We wanted somewhere that we could walk to shops. The pool was also beautiful but unfortunately it wasn't quite hot enough to swim. Only one person braved it! On a few occasions we could hear hunters in the forest.
Salvatore's review of Villa degli Artisti
Left on 09/29/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | Salvatore
An absolutely wonderful experience. The owner Silvia, made our stay not just comfortable, but very special. The property is perfectly kept and the outside areas were manicured. The villa is on top of a hill with fantastic views and is surrounded by vineyards, olive trees, and many fruit trees. Silvia gave us permission to pick and eat whatever we liked and there was plenty to choose from. The villa is also part of a working vineyard and Silvia was gracious enough to give us a personal tour and tasting. Great wine and olive oil produced by the villa. The first night there Silvia explained the villa to us and gave us a bottle of the wine they produce.
And what's not to like about this place. We were in a party of twelve and there was more than enough room to enjoy ourselves without running into each other. The kitchen was a professional design with modern appliances and plenty of dinnerware and glasses. There is a great pool just a few meters from the back door with chairs and lounges to spare. Two sitting areas were enclosed in arbors covered with fruiting grape vines. Right outside the kitchen there was a large covered patio with enough tables and chairs to accommodate our large party.
The villa is located perfectly in Tuscany with beautiful hill towns in every direction. Montepulciano is just 8 kilometers away along a beautiful tree-lined drive. The town is magnificent. Several tourist destinations are an easy drive from the villa. We visited Assisi, Volterra, Orvieto, Civita' di Bagnoreggio, Pienza and many others. There is a train station just 15 kilometers away where some our our party took trains to Florence and Pisa. Rome is just a two-hour drive. The whole area around the villa is dotted with grape vines and olive trees.
Jane's review of Villa degli Artisti
Left on 07/07/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | Jane
Every room had its own bathroom so it's great for a group of adults. Thick walls so always quiet no matter what was going on in another room. Well equipped kitchen for lots of cooking.
Well located within Tuscany--easy to get to many great surrounding hill towns
Connie's review of Villa degli Artisti
Left on 06/16/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | Connie
Wonderful experience! There were 12 of us - 5 couples and 2 singles, so everyone had their own bedroom and bath. The facilities were spacious, attractive, and comfortable. There were enough tables inside and out to seat everyone for meals and the owner was available to us for the few questions we had. The location - near a village - was excellant so that we could walk less than a mile to get pasteries, pizza, and groceries. The grounds and pool were kept up and beautiful, too.
We liked the outdoor area and pool (they even had pool towels for us) the most. We also liked the large kitchen with 2 dishwashers and the large spaces for socializing inside and outside. There was a washing machine and a clothes line which was well used. Being within walking distance to a village was wonderful so that we did not have to use the car to go everywhere.
We were close enough to many towns -- Montepulciano, Montalcino, Pienza, Siena -- so that we could take some day trips. Five people in our group biked from Montepulciano to Cortona with a company called Cyclopossee -- they came to get us in a van and fitted us with helmets and bicycles and we rode on back roads that were not too hilly and had a wonderful day!
Joan's review of Villa degli Artisti
Left on 05/26/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | Joan
We had a FABULOUS time. We were a group of 10 friends celebrating my 65th birthday. The villa was just perfect for everyone to have their special space and yet all be together with plenty of room. My friends had a special birthday dinner for me; Silvia helped arrange the chef and a keyboard player. The food was wonderful. All 10 of us thought the villa was perfect and if anything, exceeded our expectations.
The spacious beautiful rooms, the view, the convenience to all of the Tuscan hill towns. We rented three cars and every day was a new adventure. Can't wait to post some of our pictures. The villa is really perfect. Had a tour of the winery that Silvia and her husband own a few miles away and it was fun. There is no cost for the tour and the wine isn't sold there but you can buy some of it at the villa.
You MUST go to Pienza and Siena. I love this part of southern Tuscany. I feel it is the most beautiful part of Italy. Around every bend is a photo worthy spot. Don't try to do too much and instead just enjoy the ride and hit one hill town a day--then eat in the town or cook at night so you don't have to drive .
Adriane's review of Villa degli Artisti
Left on 10/15/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | Adriane
The big kitchen, eating areas, and the outside terrace.
Dogs barking and loud bangs at night.
Easy walk to town with places to eat and bank.
Lillian's review of Villa degli Artisti
Left on 10/01/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | Lillian
We had a wonderful time at the beautiful villa. Our group of 12 agreed that it offered so much more than we had hoped it would. The villa was so large with plenty of room to relax. The swimming pool was crystal clear. The property was outstanding, just like a Tuscan farm house. As a group we love to cook and the kitchen area was large enough with room to spare. I would go back again.
I think I used the the word "large" many times in the previous statement. With 12 people in the villa we had so much space. I loved the kitchen/patio area; it was perfect for celebrating the food, wine and people of Italy. The property outside the villa was beautiful. We had many, many lavender and rosemary bushes on the property. Fresh fruit trees for apples and pears. Cut wood for the fireplace in the library. The property owner was so fabulous and considerate. She is a fabulous lady and we enjoyed a morning at her winery. She and her husband make local quality wine and we made sure to have many bottles of their "Vino Noblile" varietals.
We liked the local town of San Albino. The shop owners were friendly and helpful. We could visit the hill top town of Montepulciano with an easy 15 minute ride. The town is beautiful and great for shopping or eating. We did take 12 day trips to Cortona, Siena and other interesting towns. Make sure to visit the local wineries.
Katherine's review of Villa degli Artisti
Left on 08/13/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | Katherine
Our group consisted of nine extended-family adults, the first Italy experience for seven of us. Our week at the villa was the perfect pause between tours of Rome and Florence and its location within walking distance of San Albino provided a true taste of Italian living. What a wonderful experience!
We were delighted with the villa's beauty, spaciousness and cleanliness as well as its walking distance to San Albino.
Morning walks to the bakery for fresh baked goods and cappuccinos, shopping at the local market and interacting with the locals, especially the staff at the local pizzeria. We cooked at home, but also enjoyed the festivity and eating of fresh mozzarella delivered from Napoli to the pizzeria on Thursday.
Helen's review of Villa degli Artisti
Left on 07/30/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | Helen
This place had a lot to live up to – it was voted first choice out of 30 places by all families involved, after much research, so we had great expectations. When we arrived, we were overwhelmed - it was even better than expected. The pictures don't do it justice. Everything about this villa is high quality and elegant. The house reflects its owners – relaxed, efficient and organised. They have introduced modern facilities into this old Tuscan building while beautifully preserving its historic character. Everything has been well thought out. The spaces flow, and relate to each other so well. For example there is such generous space in the kitchen area/living area. Even cooking and clearing up could be communal activities – where else could you expect to find 2 dishwashers and a lovely big preparation area where several people could work? The utensils and appliances match the generosity of the whole house. Only problem – the house was so good that you hated leaving it, and so were always torn between exploring the area or staying at home. Of course this could be solved by staying longer than 1 week the next time. It was a holiday we will never forget.
It is perfect for a family group get together. Although there is a range of suite sizes, no one felt left out, because every option available was special in its own right, each with a king size bed and own ensuite bathroom. As well as their own private areas, people had a wonderful choice of shared spaces, both inside and out. This gave so many options for whatever you chose to do. You could dine indoors or out, and as it was summer we always ate outdoors in the beautifully shaded patio. The owners are such an inspiring couple. They epitomise expectations of Italian vibrance and warmth. Hardworking, stylish, enterprising, open, unobtrusive – they had thought of everything to make guests comfortable. We felt so welcome right from the start. Everything has been well thought out. The spaces flow, and relate to each other so well. For example there is generous space in the kitchen area/living area. Even cooking and clearing up could be communal activities – where else could you expect to find 2 dishwashers and a lovely big preparation area where several people could work? The utensils and appliances match the generosity of the whole house. This villa is so easy to live in with children. The extensive grounds are fabulous for energetic children to run freely and play, including flying kites. The pool is special, aesthetically and functionally, with a bubbler which the kids just loved. The pool and its surrounds were used extensively by everyone – to swim, or chat, or just relax with a good book.
Jean Sammons's review of Villa degli Artisti
Left on 06/11/2011 for a stay in May 2011 | Jean Sammons
The hills of Tuscany and surrounding cities were very close and each one was different. Some of the best wine i have tasted ever!! Twelve of our closest friends celebrated my 50th birthday and our 20th anniversary, truly never to be forgotten!!! Personal chef came in twice. Very, very good.
The kitchen and dining room and attached veranda.
You had to walk through one bedroom in order to enter one part of the house.
The town of Montepulciano and S.Quirico. S. Quirico market day was really quite enjoyable. We stayed and had a fabulous lunch out on a terrace at Trattoria Bar Osenna. Market day is Tuesday morning. Truly an Italian experience.
Doug's review of Villa degli Artisti
Left on 06/05/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | Doug
We travel a ton, and I cannot honestly think of a better vacation or a better place we have EVER stayed. The villa was beyond spectacular. The owners were SO nice and helpful. The rooms were enormous. The dinner they brought in was incredible. The cooking lesson was perfect. Just cannot say enough about the Villa and ownership.
EVERYTHING. The kitchen was perfect. The dining room was enormous. The bedrooms all felt like master bedrooms. Clean, beautiful.
Perfect location. Easy short walk to the store and morning espresso. Perfectly located near Montepulciano and near everything else Pienza, via Cassia, etc.
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