Situated on a large estate with other luxury villas, this luxury villa rental is perfect for a wedding in Tuscany. It has a completely private setting 5 km off the main road. The estate's vast private land borders a National Park so it is not uncommon to spy deer, pheasants, and other wild game. Beautifully landscaped with native flora, this Tuscany luxury villa's private grounds include a lovely swimming pool surrounded by comfortable lounge chairs. It is an ideal spot to enjoy peace, quiet, and spectacular views of the Tuscan countryside. This is a great Tuscany villa for a large group or family because each beautifully furnished bedroom ha...s its own large ensuite bathroom. There are trails and dirt roads on the estate for jogging or walking. Conveniently located in Southern Tuscany, it is possible to take day trips to Montepulciano, Montalcino, Pienza, and Cortona, as well as destinations in Umbria, such as Perugia, Orvieto, and Todi. You can arrange to have a cook prepare meals in your own home, or drive 8 minutes into the nearby town for dinner.
(2000 acres) An 11th century abbey is the focal point of this estate. There are eleven independent, Tuscan luxury villa rentals decorated in a similar minimalist, architectural style. Each villa is separate and private from other structures, and each has a wonderful view. Casa I Picci is composed of four buildings dating back to the 15th and 16th Century. It was restored in 2000. There is a main building, an annex and two independent guest houses. Casa I Picci has a very beautiful garden just in front of the house. On a little hill on the back side of the house is the private swimming pool, which enjoys a wonderful view of the valley over the roof of the house. Close to the farmhouse wonderful hiking trails leading through the hills can be found. The dirt/gravel road up to the house is long (5km) and uphill, but it does not require a 4x4!
* Ground floor: There is a sitting room with fireplace and access to the garden, a fully-equipped kitchen with access to the garden, a guest bathroom, one twin-bedded room with ensuite bathroom with shower, one double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with shower, one twin-bedded room with ensuite bathroom with shower and access to the garden, and a laundry room.
* First floor: (accessed by an outside stone staircase and an inside spiral staircase): There is a sitting room with an old stone fireplace and three twin-bedded rooms with ensuite bathrooms, two with showers and one with tub.
Annex: There is a large dining room with a long dining table and a sitting room with a large picture window.
Two independent guest houses:These two guesthouses share a terrace. One house has a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with shower; the other has a twin-bedded room with bathroom with shower.
Available amenities: telephone extension in every bedroom, hair dryer in every bathroom, washing machine, iron, satellite TV, VCR (on request), CD player (on request), maid service (every other day), and linen change on Wednesday, swimming pool (6m x 12m, open May 15-October 15), daily cleaning of the swimming pool.
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.
* Cook service (must be reserved 2 months in advance): €16 per hour + cost of food; table service involves another person (€13 per hour)
* Pool towels or extra bath towels: 10 euros per towel
* Additional maid service
* Heating during the winter: charged according to consumption
* Cell phone: available on request
* Telephone calls, faxes, and internet access (PC with HDSL connection available in the Abbey)
* Airport/train station pick-ups
* Concierge services
* Laundry and dry cleaningBabysitting: Reserve in advance
* Mountain bike rentals: €18 per bike, per day.
Activities on the estate: fishing, jogging, hiking, and swimming. A gym and sauna are available for an additional charge.
Nearby attractions: There are thermal pools and spas within a 15-minute drive from the estate. The closest tennis court is in Sarteano, 5 km from the estate (reservations are necessary). There are two horseback riding establishments 5 km away. The nearest golf course is 25 minutes away by car.
* No pets are allowed.
* Other properties available for rent on the same estate include:
Casa Le Quaglie
Casa Il Cinghiale
Casa la Volpe
Casa Il Tartufo
Casa la Lepre
Casa Il Fagiano
Casa il Fonte
Additional amenities include: housekeeping available - extra cost, portable baby crib/play pen - upon request, outside area - private, independent villa.
The space worked very well for our group. In general very peaceful. Amazing bird singing in early morning. Fun wildlife - rabbits, pheasants, lizards. Plenty of bathrooms. Central Abbey and overall property was outstanding. We had a wonderful housekeeper. The office was promptly attentive to concerns such as a dishwasher problem.
The road in of 4km did become a little tedious and was not in excellent shape. On the other hand it was part of the adventure. The nearby pig barn was at time irritating mainly because of intermittent odour and very occasional pig squeals. The flies were fierce; other insects not a problem. The pool could have been in better repair. The fantastic view was partially obscured by unnecessary foliage that could be trimmed. A larger fridge and an outdoor grill would be a real asset.
Excellent location. Multitude of interesting and attractive places nearby. Easy access to larger towns and cities. Vineyards and olive oil producers to visit. Highways in excellent shape.
Joanne's review of Casa I Picci
Left on 09/30/2005 for a stay in September 2005 | Joanne
The view, the annex with the dinning and living area was great for a large group. The cook did a great job but she was misinformed on the size of our group. In addition she substituted pork for chicken on the first night, otherwise the food was great.
We did not enjoy the long 2 mile drive every day on the unpaved road. This villa was not good for city folks. A couple of days would have been good but a full week was too long. My guests felt isolated.
The views were fantastic.
Jason's review of Casa I Picci
Left on 07/31/2004 for a stay in July 2004 | Jason
All rooms had good en-suite facilities. Rooms were private and well equipped. The housekeeper cooked us some wonderful meals - strongly recommended.
The long road was in poor condition upon our arrival, but the staff, once notified, were swift and decisive in expediting the matter.
Peace and tranquility. The nightly display of fireflies and glowworms always amazed.
Myrta's review of Casa I Picci
Left on 06/30/2004 for a stay in June 2004 | Myrta
The property was everything you would hope for in a Tuscan home. Even though from the outside it looked very rustic, inside was modern with no lack of Tuscan feeling. The pool was wonderful, as was the large dining room.
The road to get there. We did expect a rough road after reading the other comments but I think some of the city folks who were with us were a bit shocked. Also, the living area didn't have enough seating room.
The peace and quiet was very nice. Sarteano was a nice little town but the drive between there and Pienza was breathtaking.
Barbara L's review of Casa I Picci
Left on 06/30/2004 for a stay in June 2004 | Barbara L
The kitchen and the dining area. Most of us remained in the dining area after dinner to play cards. We all enjoyed having the fireplace in the evenings.
The refridgerator was a bit small in size for the 16 of us. It responded by iceing up when filled. Some of the bedside tables were of a plastic material and were not quite adequate.
The location was worth the drive up the rocky road. We all enjoyed seeing rabbits, snakes, deer, birds and boar running across out road. The children were especially thrilled.
John's review of Casa I Picci
Left on 06/30/2003 for a stay in June 2003 | John
The house was wonderful and located well off the highway(5KM). The house was adequate and had a world class view of the surrounding countryside. The housekeeper was a wonderful woman who my grandchildren enjoyed speaking Italian with.The staff were very helpful and assisted us on planning our daily outings.
William's review of Casa I Picci
Left on 03/31/2003 for a stay in March 2003 | William
This is the perfect spot for a large family. The children can explore and see deer and pheasants. The adults can relax with a good book. The house is large enough to have privacy.
The landscape and views of the countryside were wonderful. It seemed as though you could see forever.
The drive in was quite long and the road had many ruts.
The proximity to small towns and points of interest allowed each day to have a new area of discovery.
Barry's review of Casa I Picci
Left on 07/31/2002 for a stay in July 2002 | Barry
We had an incredible time at this property. If you're looking for a fun, interesting and unique place for 4 or more (many more) couples, book this property!
The sunset views from the lawn were breathtaking...as if they were painted there for our enjoyment. Each room has a private bath. The pool came in handy for those hot, hot Tuscan afternoons. Also, the staff at the Abbey could not have been more helpful (ie: emergency internet use, arranging a cook fabulous, in-home dinners, etc.). Some of the other reviews mentioned the long, bumpy road leading to the house. Let me tell you...we loved it. Sure, it twisted and turned but the views were amazing and it made you feel as if you were away from IT ALL. That's what this property is all about. It's very private but not too far from some of the coolest towns in Tuscany.
The living room wasn't the biggest. Didn't bother us. The dining room was very accomodating, though.
Sarteano and Chiusi are the closest towns and they rock. Beyond those, there are dozens of others to visit. We drank and ate our way across the area and are actually planning to visit again.
Pamela's review of Casa I Picci
Left on 06/30/2002 for a stay in June 2002 | Pamela
This was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to. We loved everything about it. The kitchen was a huge benefit. We loved the fact that all of the rooms were en suite. The views were breathtaking. Everyone was tremendously helpful. We will rent from Rentvillas again. And we will go back to this property...
There was nothing that we didn't like. We didn't even mind the drive to get to the villa. It was beautiful and rustic and accomodating. A perfect place to relax, and a perfect base to travel from, which we did a lot of...
There was nothing we didn't like. The only suggestion is to put screens in the windows so that the windows can be opened at night. But this wasn't a problem, nor is it a criticism. It's a way to let the beautiful Italian evening into the bedrooms at night is all. :-)
The views were staggeringly beautiful, and the closest town, Sarteano, was a wonderful place to visit. We shopped every day, the train station was so easy to travel from, we found wonderful people in town. There is no criticisms at all!
Barbara's review of Casa I Picci
Left on 10/31/2001 for a stay in October 2001 | Barbara
The whole family found this property to be totally awesome. We all loved it. Even the drive on the dirt road was an adventure. The house was perfect for a large family gathering.
Location, awesome views, bathrooms, bedrooms, helpfulness of the staff.
Kitchen stove burner wasn't repaired in a timely manner, lack of lighting in the main room and kitchen (too dim). The living room needed more seats and tables since that is where we all gathered every night.
Everything. What's not to like about Tuscany? Your little booklet was quite helpful.
Jennifer's review of Casa I Picci
Left on 07/31/2001 for a stay in July 2001 | Jennifer
The location and the property itself were beautiful. The staff was extremely hospitable and attentive to details.
It was situated in a beatutiful, remote part of Tuscany, but the shopping mile 20 minutes away allowed for all our needs to be met.
The roads were extremely difficult to navigate. One can drive on them with a regular car, but a 4X4 would be preferable.
It was beautiful from a scenic standpoint and it was central to much of Tuscany.
Stephanie's review of Casa I Picci
Left on 07/31/2001 for a stay in July 2001 | Stephanie
Would definitely go back. We rented the villa for our families to stay in for our wedding. We got married in Sarteano and had our reception was in the garden of the Abbazia de Spineto. It was truly magical--better than we ever dreamed it could be.
The privacy, the views, the size, the modern ammenities within an old setting. The gardens and property surrounding the abbey are wonderful...a lake, horses, etc.
Bugs because there were screens on most windows but not all. And the driveway was LONG--we were told it was long but it's incredibly windy and bumpy too (not comfortable for older people).
The entire region is so beautiful and it's a great location for day trips to incredible cities like Siena, Montepulicano, Pienza, etc.
Steen's review of Casa I Picci
Left on 07/31/2001 for a stay in July 2001 | Steen
Due to the fact that the road to and from the house is extremely rough, we stayed most of the time in the house. However, the house is great! Luxury and a lot of space, so it's no problem to stay in the house for days and enjoy the view, the sun and the pool. The best "restaurant" is in the house itself: Have a local Italian woman to prepare the meal. It's fantastic. Montepulciano is a charming town. Siena is a must, but prepare for a long scenic drive.
The attention to the details. An old house restored with respect in the most beautiful surroundings. The service is perfect - cleaning, garden and pool service as well as the service from the renters - what ever you need they will get.
The road leading to the house. It needs to be improved.
The view and the silence was magnificent.
Ken's review of Casa I Picci
Left on 06/30/2001 for a stay in June 2001 | Ken
We rented this property for our wedding and we couldn't have had a more perfect place. It was very secluded, had gorgeous panoramic views of the tuscan countryside, and was nicely furnished. We had a very enjoyable time and can't wait to go back. The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. The rooms are large, each with a private full bath. Two of the rooms are in separate cottages. There are 8 rooms in total, two with double beds, the rest with two twins. There is a large dining room in a separate building that can accommodate large groups. There is a wonderful view from the adjoining sitting area.
The location - we liked being "in the country" away from large towns. The property is an expert balance of old and new. The rooms are large with private baths. There are sweeping views from the rooms and yard, ideal for dining outdoors. The staff is very helpful, friendly, and accommodating. The catering services provide delicious, multicourse meals prepared on site at very reasonable prices. The location - though in the country, is close to Montalcino, Montepulciano, Siena, Florence, and Pienza. It is great for anyone who likes good food and wine.
Nothing really, if pressed: the 5km dirt road is a bit rough - it takes about 15-20 minutes to get to the villa from the main road. But, that's the price you pay for seclusion.
There are wonderful small towns to visit like Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano, and Chiusi. It is close to a train station for guests to arrive. The property is great for hikes. The pool at the villa is great in summer.
Karl's review of Casa I Picci
Left on 06/30/2001 for a stay in June 2001 | Karl
The property was exactly as described. It was very secluded and private.
I liked the quiet, the spectacular sunsets, the nightly firefly display, and the nearly complete sense of privacy.
It was a bit of a drive to Sartaeno.
There were many beautiful hill towns within a very short drive. I especially loved the open air markets, the church outside of Montepulciano, and the castle at Radicofani.
Norma's review of Casa I Picci
Left on 05/31/2001 for a stay in May 2001 | Norma
This house and the surrounding countryside were just beautiful. We could not get enough of the views. Everyone was on the phone the first night calling home to tell their families how gorgeous the house was. The wild boar families were an added attraction.
The people who run this operation are wonderful. The meal that was ready for us when we arrived was excellent. The woman who cleaned every day were most helpful and courteous. I loved the fact that the four adults could stay in the small adjoining "cottages' and leave the house to the teenagers. Great for sleeping, but only good if you have very reliable kids--which ours were. Another plus--well-stocked kitchen. I have zero complaints. And oh, those views!
The swimming pool tended to collect a varity of bugs, but I think this kind of location makes that unavoidable.
This is our favorite part of Tuscany so we loved being able to get to all our favorite cities and villages. We did find it necessary to plan carefully so we left the house only once a day--that ride was not something that allowed for a lot of coming and going.
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