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
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, cypresses, 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 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 1 cat 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.
There are also 2 horses at the property who have free access to a fenced olive field below the pool adjacent to their paddocks. Horse lovers are welcome to visit the horses, though the horses are not for riding as they have not been ridden in years.
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.
This was our second holiday at Villa San Benedetto. A fantastic villa, with beautiful grounds, a very private and well maintained swimming pool with beautiful views across to Montepulciano.
Montepulciano is a very beautiful location and will remain dear in our hearts as this is where Michelle and I married in June 2014! Mrs Stevens is a remarkable lady and was a fantastic host, we look forward to our third visit!
Michelle from Hook
Stayed 28 Aug 2012
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. A great location for exploring this part of Tuscany, with many beautiful towns an easy driving distance away. We also made use of the nearby train station to go further afield for a day trip to Rome. A beautiful property with fantastic private pool facilities and outstanding views. Mrs Stevens was a remarkable host and we very much look forward to making our booking to return soon. Highly recommended!
Penny from Leamington Spa
Stayed 04 Aug 2012
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in a beautiful part of Tuscany. Plenty of interest within range and a delightful refuge to return to when the heat has taken its toll. The height of the villa gives marvelous views as well as moderating the heat with a gentle breeze. The accommodation was very compfortable and Mrs Stevens is a very thoughtful host, adding to the visit.
susan from TARA
Stayed 16 Jul 2012
We had a fantasic holiday. The owner made us feel very welcome and we really enjoyed her company. The property is beautiful, and lovely and relaxing. Definately will make a return visit.
Wonderful location with glorious views. Mrs Stevens has thoughtfully provided everything you could need inc free wifi
Large privately located pool with guests having exclusive use. Plenty of
loungers etc plus tables and seating in the shade.
Good local restaurant and bars within walking distance and lovely local towns of interest within a scenic drive away
Of all the places we have stayed this is one we definitely want to return to
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.
About the owner
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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