Nico and Elena Pannevis run the Sant’Antonio Country Resort, an estate outside of Montepulciano, in Tuscany.
Thirteen vacation rentals (villas, cottages, apartments) and six languages (Italian, English, Swahili, Dutch, German, French) on an idyllic olive growing estate that started life in the 12th century as a Monastery.
The estate has large gardens (with over a kilometer of Bay Leaf hedges), views north to Lago Trasimeno and south to Monte Amiata, a large pool, underground parking so nothing disturbs the view and (my favorite) Internet access! The vacation rentals, in renovated historic buildings, are beautifully furnished and equipped.
The prices are affordable – studio apartments for two start at €720/week in high season (mid-June through mid-September), two-bedroom apartments start at €1,250. (Note, these are 2010 prices. Check their website for current information.)
Read our interview with Nico and learn more about this special spot in Tuscany: Slow Europe Profile – Sant’Antonio Country Resort
We have great reviews of Sant’Antonio. I have not stayed there myself but some of my well-traveled friends have stayed there – Sheena, Colleen, Jane. Each of them have stayed in many Italian vacation rentals and they all rave about Sant’Antonio. Sant’Antonio is at the top of my list for my next trip to Italy.
Read our reviews of Sant’Antonio.
Updated 2015-12 to add that Steve and I stayed at Sant’Antonio in summer 2014 and we loved it! Read my review here. We plan to return.