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The location of Belsedere is perhaps one of the most beautiful in all Tuscany. At least, it must be the best spot to enjoy the classic Tuscan views of the Crete Senesi. The place has the decadent charm of old Italian houses, a beautiful garden, it's far enough from civilization to feel isolated (which we enjoy) but at the same time it's a very short distance from medium sized towns for buying groceries, having dinner etc.
The house is only a short drive from Montalcino-Pienza-Monticchielo-Montepulciano, which is the area that we liked best in our whole trip.
The house we stayed in, Il Boschetto, was large and had everything we needed. We travelled with our baby and Silvia provided a baby chair and crib for free. We were even allowed to bring two Italian friends for a night - for free. Showers worked well and in general we were comfortable. Perhaps the beds could a bit more comfortable.
All in all, a very pleasant stay. The best: the views and the good access to one of the most pretty areas in Tuscany.
The villa is very nice and located next to the village of Trequanda which has a few good restaurants and nice little town square. You are in a great location to explore the wine country of Montalcino and Montepulciano. They also have started making there own wine which is very good and a bargain, I highly suggest getting some bottles of their table wine and vintage Orcia wine. You are within 20 minutes of Pienza, about 60 minutes from Sienna and Chianti, and about 40 minutes to Cortona. We had 11 people in 3 apartments - all apartments were nice with adequate cooking areas and each had two baths which was a great bonus. The fees included a European breakfast each morning and the family hosted a nice dinner for all guests on the night of our arrival. The host family was available for any questions and very responsive however their English was not great but we managed. On the downside the outdoor areas near our apartments were not that great and the laundry is in a separate building. There is a very nice pool area but the pool was closed as we travelled in October. Overall the villa was a good value for us as we were such a large party.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The rooms were very spacious and the bedding was very comfortable. The breakfasts were great as was the complementary dinner on our final night. The only challenge was getting to the washer and dryer, as well as figuring out how to operate the dryer. Fortunately, we were able to do two loads which was very helpful.
We had a really nice holiday in Belsedere. The location is really quiet and the housing is very traditional.
A definite plus is the pool which has a lovely view over the Tuscan hillside. Silvia was a friendly hostess. Don't miss the delicious breakfast and the dinner for all guests on Sunday night!
We had a wonderful 2-week family stay at Tenuta Belsedere (two adults, two kids). As soon as we arrived, Signora Silvia was there to show us around. We were happy with the apartment, facilities and surroundings. The place is absolutely quiet. The swimming pool is perfectly located and well maintained. The breakfast spread to start off the day was substantial (cereals, toast, bread, regional cold cuts and cheeses, juice, hot drinks) and Stefania, who took care of the breakfast, was very friendly, helpful and made sure the dishes were always replenished. We were pleasantly surprised that Signora Silvia organized a dinner every Sunday for the guests (at no extra charge) so that everyone staying on that week could get acquainted with each other. The 3-course meal, cooked by her daughter and accompanied with wine, was delicious and a very nice bonus indeed.
We loved our stay at Belsedere. The plays and the apartemet, Le Logge was excately as we had imagined, beautiful, calm surroundings. We had a lovely dinner together with the host and her daughter.
Le domaine est à la hauteur des attentes et des photos, d'une grande beauté, sauvage et bien conservé. L'emplacement de la piscine est incroyable. Nous avons été très bien accueillis par Silvia et sa famille qui font un excellent vin rouge. L'appartement ancien dans lequel nous avons logé est charmant et bien entretenu. Un endroit idéal pour un séjour en Toscane à l'abri des foules. Le village Trequenda, à quelques kilomètres de là, est très sympathique, vivant et offre un excellent restaurant.
We had a wonderful stay at the tenuta. Very authentic and very quit and relaxing. The hosts are friendly and helpful. We stayed there a week but could have stayed longer. We travelled to kids (8 and 5) and to adults and enjoyed every second. Best pool view in tuscany.
We will return on day !!!!
Our stay at Silvia's beautiful estate was absolutely amazing! Everything we could have wished for and more. The view right around the property was incredible and it was a delight waking up every morning to the sight of sunburnt rolling hills. The pool also had incredible views and was a great escape from the heat. Very relaxing and a great addition to the place. Everything from the magnificent garden to the olive trees that surrounded the property was perfect! Silvia also hosted a lovely dinner for us and the other guests - which was an absolute bonus. Silvia and her family are incredibly warm and welcoming. Definitely a highlight of our trip! Couldn't recommend this place more. We will be back.
We spent 4 nights in a lovely apartment at Silvia's house. The pictures do not do the apartment or the grounds justice - it really is very beautiful and excellent value for money. The breakfast is fantastic and Silvia and her family were quick to offer advice when we asked for it. We are hoping to come back soon!