Wedding in Tuscany - Luxury Villa Near Siena, Orvieto, Perugia, Todi - Tenuta Abbazia - Casa I Picci
Description from the manager
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 has 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.
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: 16 Euros per hour, plus the cost of food
* Cook Service w/ Table Service: Additional 13 Euros per hour
* Extra Housekeeping: Upon request
* Laundry Service: Upon request
* Extra Towels: 10 Euros per person
* Transfer Service: Upon request
* Concierge Service: Upon request
* Babysitting: Upon request
* Bike Rentals: 18 Euros per bike, per day
* Gym & Sauna: Upon request
* Mobile Phone: Upon request
* 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, and
Casa il Fonte.
* No pets allowed.
* The pool is open from the middle of May until the middle of October.
* Housekeeping is provided every other day. Linens are changed on Wednesday. Additional Housekeeping can be arranged for an additional fee.
Additional amenities include: concierge, iron and board, housekeeping - included, bike, cook service available - extra cost, independent villa, portable baby crib/play pen - upon request, outside area - private....Read more
Left on 07/31/2007 for a stay in July 2007 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 31, 2007Stayed Jul 2007
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.
Left on 09/30/2005 for a stay in September 2005 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 30, 2005Stayed Sep 2005
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.
Left on 06/30/2004 for a stay in June 2004 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 30, 2004Stayed Jun 2004
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.
Left on 06/30/2003 for a stay in June 2003 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 30, 2003Stayed Jun 2003
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.
Left on 07/31/2002 for a stay in July 2002 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 31, 2002Stayed Jul 2002
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.
Left on 06/30/2002 for a stay in June 2002 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 30, 2002Stayed Jun 2002
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!
Left on 10/31/2001 for a stay in October 2001 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 31, 2001Stayed Oct 2001
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.
Left on 07/31/2001 for a stay in July 2001 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 31, 2001Stayed Jul 2001
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.
Left on 07/31/2001 for a stay in July 2001 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 31, 2001Stayed Jul 2001
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.
Left on 06/30/2001 for a stay in June 2001 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 30, 2001Stayed Jun 2001
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.
Left on 05/31/2001 for a stay in May 2001 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed May 31, 2001Stayed May 2001
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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