Our group had family members from Australia and Europe – 4 families including grandparents, parents, grandchildren (8 adults & 5 children - 3 girls aged 13,11 & 10 yrs, twin boys aged 7 yrs).
This place had a lot to live up to – it was voted first choice 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.
It was chosen partly because it is close to so many hill towns and major cities of Central Italy, and is within walking distance of a small town (Sant Albino de Montepulciano), with a group of shops, including eating places, ATM, patisserie, and small supermarkets. At night, on this walk, the children were fascinated to see fireflies and a glow worm.
Each family had a car, which allowed us to explore the beautiful countryside, and it was within easy reach of towns such as Montepulciano, Orvieto, Siena and San Gimignano.
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.
Catered dinner was organised for the night of our arrival, as we were travelling down from another villa in the Lucca area. This arrangement turned out to be a perfect choice (adding to the feeling of being totally pampered and looked after). We can highly recommend this service - two cooks initially to set up the meal, with one remaining to present it.
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.
Silvia & Maurizio - such an inspiring couple - seem to 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 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.
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.
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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The best villa in Montepulciano, Siena. Podere Monti is the perfect villa for family - just the right size and location. The villa is beautiful. We are near a small town Sant Albino. Perfect for a group of 12 friends. ... more less
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