Farm holiday in Tuscany at Villa Il Colombaio di Montebenichi

Come and spend a farm holiday in Tuscany at Villa Il Colombaio di Montebenichi and you will be glad you did!

Il Colombaio di Monte Benichi is a traditional Tuscan farmhouse whose origins date back to the year of 1232. Only steps away from the hilltop hamlet of Monte Benichi, Il Colombaio sits at about 500 meters above sea level, offering breathtaking views of the beautiful Ambra River Valley, a beautiful and unspoiled natural environment in the heart of Tuscany at the southeastern edge of the Chianti, the area producing one of Italy's finest red wines.  The famous medieval town of Siena is only a 20-minute drive by car.

Il Colombaio and its solar-heated pool are surrounded by some 350 olive trees with their mystic silver-green leaves. Beyond the olive grove are unspoiled views that reach all the way to the mountains and the sea. The surrounding area is a peaceful and productive landscape with woods, vineyards, olive trees and active wildlife, scattered with villages and castles, and, at every turn, a splendid panoramic view. 

Vacation rental with pool Tuscany Siena

Il Colombaio is available for rental year round, meaning guests can also enjoy the villa outside of the peak tourist season, in the spring, fall and winter months, when the Tuscan landscapes are still lush, locals fill the cafes, and the cuisine is at its best. 


As part of a 2014-2015 renovation project undertaken by the current owner, a solar energy system was installed to heat the pool and to provide heating and hot water to the villa.  The solar heating system inside of the villa is supported by two large open fireplaces.    Although solar energy is uneven by nature, the solar system installed at Il Colombaio has basically extended the pool season to the full month of May to the end of October.

Il Colombaio sources its clean water from a natural spring located 100 metres underground. In early 2015, a 10,000-litre cistern was installed, to serve as a back-up to the spring water.  Other reserves of water are always available via truck transport.

Positioned on the southeastern side of the Chianti hills, Il Colombaio generally enjoys a refreshing breeze from the east in the afternoon and evening. With the cross-ventilation available in each room, the breeze can effectively cool the villa's interior in the evening. In addition, all of the villa's bedrooms are equipped with electric fans, while the master bedroom has air conditioning.  All rooms have mosquito screens.

Internet access is available throughout the villa and on the terrace. Mobile phone reception is generally good outside of the house, but it may be poor in some parts of the villa interior, due to the barrier of natural stone walls that can be up to 60 centimetres thick.

The rental of Il Colombaio also includes the presence of the following service personnel:  gardener (almost daily), cleaners (twice a week) and the pool maintenance crew (weekly).  A small vegetable garden yields spices and seasonal tomatoes and figs. Bed sheets and towels are changed weekly, and on request, can be changed more frequently, at an extra charge.



Tuscan farmhouse ground floor plans Colombaio

Ground Floor:

Main living room, dining and kitchen:  56 sqm with vaulted brick ceilings, stone walls, and yet full of light. Large open fireplace. Open passage to dining area, with seating for 10. Open passage to fully fitted kitchen (incl. dishwasher, large fridge-freezer, gas-stove). 

WC and Pantry (incl. washing machine). Stairway to 1st floor.

Double bedroom: 18.75 sqm with separate, barrier-free entrance: king-size bed with single bunk-bed above; en-suite bathroom with large shower.

Terrace:  large partially covered area with barrier-free natural stone ramps; covered dining area, with seating for 10; large BBQ (wood and charcoal);  external lounge area.


Tuscan Farmhouse Colombaio di Montebenichi floor plan first floor

First Floor:

Master bedroom: 15.2 sqm with  
adjacent bath, air conditioning and its own shady terrace, 180 cm wide bed;

Second bedroom: 21.7 sqm , 180 cm wide bed, sharing bathroom with master bedroom;

Third bedroom: 14.0  sqm with 2 single beds and a full bath nearby.   

Computer room & library;

Lounge with two sofas (one sleeping 100 x 200  cm), large open fireplace, 62-cm flat-screen TV, DVD player, and DVD library with classic Italian films.

The third bedroom and the first-floor lounge area have doors opening on to a small covered verandah offering beautiful views of the property and the Ambra Valley.

Pool House

A small house adjacent to the pool has a living area with large sofa, stereo, fridge, sink and a bathroom (w/shower). 

Pool specifications

12 metres x 4 metres; child-friendly depth; solar-heated from May to October; stairs with handrail; ample seating area with sun-beds and chairs; beautiful views.

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