Reniella is my favourite location in Tuscany. A little off the beaten path, but centrally located, it is the ideal base for visiting the host of surrounding towns, including Pienza and Montepulciano. The guest apartment is beautifully appointed, with a big kitchen adjacent to the patio where you can dine with amazing views of Montepulciano across the valley. This year I had the chance to take part in the olive harvest, which was a great experience. It's very satisfying to pick the olives, sort them, take them to the press, and leave with the most amazing first-press organic oil.
The Vaughan's are tremendous hosts who go out of their way to help in any way possible. The quality of the accommodations and the brilliant location make this a bargain. Groceries and wine, purchased in Montefollonico or Torita, are inexpensive and great quality, making this a very affordable vacation. But certainly persuade your hosts to fire up their wood-fired forno oven and do real Tuscan pizzas, those were a highlight.
I'll be back next year.