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Luxury Villa Review


Italy, Tuscany

An utterly delightful Tuscan villa

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Val di Chiana, 5-minutes from Cetona with its excellent restaurants and boutiques.

Travel Information

Florence and Rome are just an hour away by train.

Top Tips

Saturday is market day in Cetona. Dinner in Citta de Pieve, arguably one of the most beautiful villages in Tuscany.


Luxury in a peaceful hilltop setting with beautiful gardens.


One of the best things about Villa Oliveto is that it is made up of three distinct living areas – the main villa, the limonaia and a cottage – all offering alternative gathering spaces. The outdoor lounging and dining areas are varied in size and have been beautifully designed in the lovely hilltop garden setting.

The tranquil atmosphere of the estate i carefullys maintained by the owner and her staff who are all on hand to ensure guests benefit from a relaxing stay. This property benefits from the skills of Anna, an excellent cook/housekeeper who will be happy to treat you to some authentic Italian cuisine.

The breathtaking situation of Oliveto is further complimented by the ease with which it can be reached by road and train. There is a train service to Rome, Florence, Orvieto and several other points of interest including many charming towns and villages. While it will be hard to pull yourself away from the delights of this perfect villa, Oliveto really does provide the ideal location from which to explore Tuscany.

Furthermore the villa sits just 5 minutes drive from Cetona, a village which can provide all the facilities you will need throughout your stay such as shops, restaurants, a chic bar and a spacious piazza. On practical side, the village also has a bank with a cash machine, pharmacy and markets for purchasing everyday items. Villa Oliveto is less than 15 minutes from San Casciano dei Bagni, one of our favourite villages with its excellent restaurant, Danielle and Michelin-starred Heinz Beck restaurant at hilltop Castello Fighine.

The interiors at Villa Oliveto are second-to-none and provide guests with first-class facilities in a modern, yet utterly delightful property. The bathrooms are all top-notch, with all bedrooms but one en-suite. The ease of living in this villa is of particular note as many of the rooms offer indoor/outdoor access and bedrooms are easily connected to living and dining spaces. Of the seven bedrooms, five have their own independent access to the garden, and two share access to an external staircase via a charming sitting room.


  • Dirt road through olive grove to beautifully landscaped estate with many mature trees and shrubs; open parking area for three to four cars
  • Elegant front garden: lawn edged with lavender and rosemary in front of villa; spacious pergola comprises outdoor living room with adjacent outdoor dining room for ten; lovely view of olive groves, farms, and woodland with Citta della Pieve in the distance
  • Lower lawn large enough for informal soccer, bocce or playing catchIntimate garden patio with formal rose garden; dining table and casual seating for six to eight guests under pergola
  • Spacious upper terrace with pool (12x6m, 1.50-2.20m depth, stairs), umbrellas and pergola; limonaia with mini kitchen, CD player; surrounded by deep perennial bed, cypresses; open countryside view
  • Utility room with laundry facilities (washing machine) built into the hillside behind the house

Ground Floor

  • Enter from front garden through double set of arched glass doors into formal dining room for ten.
  • Central hall with guest bath
  • Spacious living room with double doors to front garden and rose garden; two seating areas accommodate ten+; working fireplace, TV (with satellite, DVD, PAL/NTSC) and CD player, card table, desk
  • Informal country kitchen with corner fireplace for cooking. Door opens staircase up to back garden

First floor

  • 'Red' double bedroom (king/twins) with screened windows to the west. Ensuite bath (tub with hand-held shower)
  • Sitting room with screened window, decorative fireplace and TV with satellite; double doors onto balcony; stairs down to garden
  • 'Yellow' double bedroom (king/twins) with screened windows and ensuite bath (tub with wall-mounted shower and curtain)
  • 'Blue' double bedroom (full) with screened window and original fireplace, TV with satellite; door to stairs down to garden. Ensuite bath (tub with wall-mounted shower, curtain)


  • Central room with cupboard kitchenette (fridge, microwave, sink) for drinks and snacks. Double doors open both to pool and back garden
  • Vestibule with closet leads to 'Sage' Double bedroom (full) with screened window and French doors opening to garden and pool area. Ensuite bath (tub with wall-mounted shower and partition)
  • Vestibule with closet leads to 'Figs' Double bedroom (full) with screened window and French doors opening to garden and pool area. Ensuite bath (tub with wall-mounted shower and partition)


  • Double bedroom (king/twins) reached directly from lawn via double doors (screened persiane). Ensuite bath (shower stall with curtain)
  • Double bedroom (king/twins) reached directly from lawn via double doors (screened persiane). Ensuite bath (shower stall with curtain)

Points of interest

  • Local village (shops, restaurants, ATM, pharmacy): five minutes
  • Piazze, San Casciano dei Bagni, Chiusi: 10 -15 minutes
  • Citta della Pieve: 20 minutes
  • Montepulciano, Pienza: 30 minutes
  • Montalcino, Cortona, Orvieto: 45 minutes
  • Florence, Florence Airport: 60 - 80 minutes
  • Rome, Rome Airport: 3 hours


Welcome dinner with wine included courtesy of the owner. Cooking service included for breakfast. Housekeeping Monday - Saturday, four hours per day. Bed linens changed weekly; bath linens changed twice weekly. Additional services on request at additional cost. Air conditioning in all bedrooms. Electricity included up to 300kWh per week (should cover use of air conditioning to cool rooms when they are occupied). Complimentary WiFi provided: coverage in main house and front garden as well as pool area. Housekeeper has small dog that occasionally comes into the house. Neighbouring cats may be seen on the property but do not come into the house. Cassetta bedrooms are more modest than the others and recommended for older children and nannies. Rentals can begin on any day, Monday - Saturday. Arrival time is 4-5pm; departure time is 10am. Main villa (3BR) available for off-season rentals.


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