John Hassler (Lee's Summit, Unites States) June - 2017
We had a wonderful trip to Italy but the highlight was the week in Tuscany at this villa. Belinda was a wonderful host. The restaurants and excursions she recommended were all of high quality and good value for the money. The wood fired pizza dinner that Maria, Anna and Victor prepared is a meal that should not be missed. The villa lived up to the pictures and the experience exceeded my expectations. Everyone associated with the villa or recommended by Belinda treated each of us very well. The olive grove and wine tour near the villa that Belinda recommended and was hosted by Simone was fantastic. We also enjoyed a cooking class in the kitchen and a great dining experience at Ristorante Lo Straniero. Belinda arranged van transportation for our group of 10 and Fabio was a wonderful driver. She also put us in contact with a car rental agency that delivered a couple cars to the villa. I recommend having a car or 2 available to avoid having to prearrange all ground travel. The villa was spacious, clean and very comfortable. It was a great benefit to have laundry facilities available given the unseasonably hot June weather. Despite the warm afternoons, the mornings and evenings cooled off and were very comfortable. I believe the only room in the house we did not use was the dinning room because we had or meals under the covered patio by the pool. We had such a good time we did not want to leave an hope to have an opportunity to return.
Caroline (Summit, New Jersey, Unites States) June - 2017
We had a wonderful week staying at Villa L'Antica Posta! The home is as beautiful as it appears in the photographs. The setting is idyllic and the location is perfect for day trips to numerous Tuscan towns, as well as an easy commute to Florence and Rome. Belinda was incredibly gracious about arranging dinner reservations for us as well as a cooking class and a vineyard tour and wine tasting -- two highlights from our visit. The pool is the perfect retreat after a long day of sightseeing. I hope we will have to good fortune of returning one day!
Tracy Niznik (Secaucus, New Jersey, Unites States) April - 2017
Look no further this property will fulfill your every need!! Everyone in our party loved it beyond words!!!
Luiza (São Paulo, Brazil) November- 2016
When we first decided to celebrate my grandfather's 80th birthday in Tuscany we pictured how would be the perfect scenery for it, all the family in a happy place, a beautiful house... When we were at Belinda's place, walking around that beautiful nature, and being so well treated by Belinda and Maria we looked to each other and concluded: it is better than we could ever dream!!!!! The house is amazing, so clean and cozy, it has all we need! For Belinda I have no words!!! She was so sweet, careful and helpful!!!! She is the kind of host who guarantees your days will be perfect! Thanks Belinda!! You, your house and the days we lived there will be forever in our hearts!
Clarissa (New York, United States) September- 2016
What a truly magical experience! The villa met and exceed our expectations! We were a party of 12 and could not have been happier with the accommodations, hospitality and ease with which this vacation was organized. Belinda was very accessible pre-trip to help organize meals and activities, during our trip we had Maria who could not have been more welcoming or helpful! Loved every minute of our stay and hope to come back soon!
Leanne August- 2016
Our stay at Il Villino was exceptionally positive and memorable. The villa is beautiful (pictures don't even give justice to how pretty the place is). It's near one of our favourite towns (Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, Cortona) and surrounded by picturesque rolling hills and vineyards of Tuscany. We were well taken care of by Maria and her team - from the time we checked in, to our delicious home cooked meals, and the fun pizza nights by the outdoor deck and pool. The bedrooms were spacious and there was a lot of communal space to enjoy the company of a big group. I highly recommend Il Villino and our family will definitely come back and consider this our "home away from home."
Shaun Sizen July - 2016
Just returned from our second visit to the Villa and I have to say it was every bit as good as the first. The place is simply stunning, both in location and the villa itself. It is immaculate, everything you need, furnished to a very high standard. Maria as always is a star, somewhat of a language barrier (our fault not hers) but lots of laughter all round with some of the conversations we had!!
Belinda the owner helped enormously both years with trips, visits and suggestions on what to do, invaluable local advice when you only have a week. This year we did a great local wine tour, 100% recommend that, not as serious as the tour / lunch of last year but we all thought more fun, such a great team and a lovely lunch with plenty on wine.
We also used Fabio the local taxi / coach driver and what a gem he is, the chap never stops smiling!! Mind you with table wine at Euro 2 per litre I guess a lot of Italy smiles (except at Rome airport where they are issued surly stares and grumpy attitude!!)
Will we be back?? For sure, we set the bar very high on our first trip last year to Italy by staying here (we are a party of 14, adults and teenagers) and not sure we could cope with anywhere else, it’s like returning home to a comfy pair of slippers.
Happy days with our dearest friends and family.
Alisa (Israel) April- 2016
The villa is far more beautiful then anything I had imagined before coming. Belinda and Maria were impeccable hosts! We had a small incident that required a dentist and Maria offered to come with us and helped us with everything. She was very kind! We stayed there with 2 families, 6 children...a total of 10 ppl and the place was huge! Could have easily fit in another family. I have nothing but warm words to say about this place band I just hope we can come back soon because it's the kind of place you need to experience over and over again!
Claire Markezic (Singapore) April- 2016
Belinda and Peter were impeccable hosts. My husband and I had a wedding reception celebration for 25 people during our week the villa (with guests ranging from uk, Australia and Singapore), and all guests agreed it was a most memorable celebration from the amazing grounds, to the wonderful villa staff and local suppliers, to the fabulous Umbrian wine! This would not have been possible without Belinda's help who went above and beyond in helping us organise. She also helped us organise a number of other local activities for our international guests including wonderful dining experiences, a very in-depth winery tour with lunch amongst the vineyards and everybody's highlight (after the wedding) a pizza night at the villa as we watched the sun set over the Umbrian landscape. Bellissimo! The villa itself is amazing. All 13 of our guests had more than enough room and we immediately felt at home. The two young children amongst our group were easily entertained on the grounds (and in the cinema room) and Maria the wonderful housekeeper was a dream! The view, the ambiance and the romanticism of the villa are all you would expect and more. I simply cannot recommend this villa enough, whether it be for a relaxing getaway with family and friends or the celebration of a lifetime that we had. Belinda, you were the consummate host, thank you for everything!
Cary Redfearn (California, USA) March- 2016
The entire experience was exquisite. It was like vacationing in a fairytale. The house and grounds were spectacular. There is a Jacuzzi tub with windows that overlook the Tuscan landscape, a koi pond, and even a beautiful cat that prowls the grounds to keep you company. The host was extraordinary, and we enjoyed a fresh made fire each night, our beds turned down, and one evening a home cooked feast. The house was much larger than our family of four needed, and next time, we will bring friends to enjoy the remarkable experience with us. Thank you Belinda, Marie, and Anna for a truly remarkable stay.
Ron & Ginger (California, USA) March- 2016
My husband and I came to Villa L'Antica Posta with our 3 adult children to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. We have traveled extensively to many exotic places and stayed at five star hotels often. The photos on the website, the villa's accommodations and location definitely helped us make the decision to stay here, but our experience was so above our expectations, its honestly hard to put into words. It started with our arrival and welcoming greeting from the onsite host, Maria, (I can't say enough abut her) who offered us a sparkling beverage and snack while showing us around the villa. As we got settled Maria and her husband, Victor prepared the pizza oven and cooked us an incredible pizza dinner. Absolutely delicious! She continued to bless us during the week with breakfast each morning and a roaring fire in the evening. Plus her bubbly personality made me wish we could be friends. She was always available to help or contact the host, Belinda, for whatever we needed. Belinda helped us book a fabulous Italian cooking experience, horseback riding through the countryside (wine at the end) and a tour of a local olive oil/winery. Each one was unique and beyond what we anticipated. The owner and host at each place were so excited to share with us their love for the area, what they were offering and their family. Our family loves to cook, so after every full day exploring the countryside and amazing surrounding towns, we would stop at the market and cook together in the villa's large and well equipped kitchen. The adjacent dining room easily seated all of us. After dinner we played games in the living room by the fire, while gazing out at the indescribable view. The villa is strategically located, within 20 minutes of incredible towns. Each day we ventured out and found something new and wonderful. Memories to last a lifetime. We are already planning a trip back in a few years. Love, love, love this place!!!
Amna (Atlanta, USA) March-2016
Belinda was amazing as was her housekeeper Maria who kept us all well taken care of. The villa far exceeded our expectations and we have made plans to go back next summer of that is any indication of how much we enjoyed both our stay and location. I loved it and you and your family will too! Can't recommend enough!
Anthony & Adrienne (Redmond, USA)
Everything was just unbelievable. Belinda was an incredible host, she helped us with anything and everything we needed and Maria (who was on-site) couldn't have been better. She made us feel so welcome and showed us such a high level of hospitality and friendliness. This surpassed all of our expectations and we had the best time. The scenery is almost unexplainable and house was just perfect. The detail and the amount of attention put into this place was very obvious. This was easily one of the best airbnb properties we have ever experienced. Reading through the guestbook, it seems that everyone felt the same way. We loved waking up to such gorgeous views in the morning and we drove to many wineries nearby. The place was very private and secluded but still had very easy access to everything. Maria gave us a bottle of Prosecco upon arrival, she made us fantastic meal one night (Wild Boar) and we couldnt stop giving her hugs on our way out. I cannot wait to come back here, this was one for the books! Thanks again!
My family and I (7 altogether) have just spent an amazing week in this stunning villa. It is beautifully decorated, breathtaking when you arrive and we had a real week of luxury! Although you need a car to get around the location is great with incredible views. Belinda (the host) was great with contact and helped me organise my Fathers 60th perfectly, it all went better than planned. I would recommend the truffle hunting day with cooking lessons for a really unique experience. We also spent a day in Assisi, Montepulciano and Orvieto, all highly recommended and all under an hour away (montepulciano about 20-30 mins). Back at the villa we had a pizza night which was great fun as well as the lovely cook Ana coming in one evening to cook a beautiful 4-course meal. I would really recommend this place for the location, villa as well as the hospitality! Nothing was ever too much trouble :) Thank you all so much Belinda, Marie and Ana...and maybe even see you again!
Hayley (San Francisco, USA)
We had the most amazing time at this beautiful Villa. Our family had the perfect vacation as this is in the perfect location with amazing service. We LOVED the home itself - with something to do for everyone! We had cozy nights by the fire and adventured out wine tasting. They even helped organize a pizza night and a formal night with a spectacular meal that we are still dreaming about. We LOVED staying here and cannot wait to plan our next trip! Belinda was great as was Maria!!! We loved it!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU!
Heena (Ruislip, UK)
VILLA L’ANTICA POSTA IL VILLINO was the most beautiful spacious and well decorated villa. Set on the hills of Tuscany the surrounding views are breathtaking. The master bedroom and bathroom were the size of most 1 bed apartments in the UK. The kitchen was and outdoors was where we spent most of our time normally to pour some wine and to take by the pool! We had freshly baked croissants every morning which was such a treat! I booked the villa for my friends hen party and Belinda and Peter were nothing less than an outstanding hosts. She helped me book activities including a wonderfully hosted pizza night by herself, Peter, her husband and Maria and Anna. The wood fire oven pizzas were delicious! She recommended a beautiful spa and wine tasting which she booked for us. I would thoroughly recommend the villa for a special occasion. I have never met such wonderful hosts and am looking forward to visiting again! Thank you so much Belinda and Peter for making it such a memorable hen for my friend!
Anthony (Furlong, USA)
I can only say wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. I am writing this review reluctantly because I am sure it will only make it harder to find open dates in the future. We have never been treated so graciously by a host in such a stellar home an in a magnificent location. I hope all future guests are fortunate enough to meet Belinda and her husband Peter. They are wonderful people and were great hosts. The staff were also great. Maria and Anna could not have been more helpful and accommodating. As much praise as I could write to describe this home and our experience at Villa Antica Posta any new guest would find it insufficient. You have to experience it yourself! We can't wait to go back and hope we get the chance.
Rebecca (Burbank, USA)
There aren't enough words to explain how exceptional our experience was at this home. The house was exactly how it was described and in my opinion, more beautiful in person. Everything was exceptionally appointed. The rooms were comfortable and quiet. The pool was tranquil and relaxing. We had 6 adults in our party and the whole house had a perfect flow that allowed everyone their own space and privacy. Maria is an absolute gem. She was always available and happy to help if/when needed. We already miss her morning smiles. Our pizza dinners and customized dinners made by Maria and Anna (and Victor as pizza oven master) were delicious. We couldn't have been happier. We look forward to returning in the future.
Laura (Boston, USA)
The view from Il Villino takes your breath away and it can be seen from virtually any room in the villa - which is saying a lot since I'm still not sure exactly how many rooms this magnificent home encompasses. The grandness of the house is quickly subdued by the comfy furniture, natural finishes of wood and stone, and enticing artwork throughout the house. The pool is just how it is pictured - crystal clear, warm, inviting and visually refreshing. While we did not have heat wave weather, we swam every day and can only imagine how next week's 90 degree weather will make the pool the focal point of the house! We could not have had a more tranquil and fulfilling stay in the hills of Umbria. The location is superb with the autostrada only 20 minutes away (north bound or south), the many rolling hillsides dotted with wineries and olive groves, and a half dozen medieval walled towns within an easy half hour drive. The small town of Pozzuolo has a bank and supermarket, and 10 minutes down the road you will find the local tourist town of Castigliano de Lago with more eateries, views, supermarkets, lakeside trails, etc. Belinda gives a notebook full of information as to what to do and see and where to eat - very helpful and all good. The rooms are all spacious, beautifully appointed and very comfortable - including the kitchen. The upstairs terrace smells heavenly with its flowering vines and the views from there are wonderful. Although the master bedroom includes a bathroom and changing area the size of most NYC apartments, I still fell in love with the third floor king-size bedroom with its endless vistas over the Umbrian and Tuscany hills. There are at least four places to eat depending on your mood and the weather. And for a cozy night in, the cinema room is a complete delight with its big screen projector and endless selection of DVDs and tapes. We probably spent the bulk of our time in the indoor/outdoor loggia that separates the pool from the house, houses a pizza oven and a work out facility as well as two separate dining areas. There are two Bose mini sound systems (one inside and one outside) that make it mindnumbingly easy to broadcast itunes radio or your favorite playlist. There are a few TVs in the house but we never used them. Maria will make you breakfast every day and then some if you are so inclined, or she will leave you to your own devices if that is more your speed. She and her husband and son live at one end of the house but are very discreet and virtually (website hidden) classes, homemade dinners and a pizza night are all possibilities that we didn't end up making use of, but would be great fun (we had a small group and got lazy in our entertaining)! Having rented many homes in many spots around the globe,...
Mark, Lenybelle and the Crew
Our family was extraordinarily pleased with our stay, and fell in love with your home. The setting and the details in the house are just magnificent. Also, Maria and Anna (and Victor) were all very kind, helpful, and made three fantastic meals for us. Our stay was so memorable for all of us and we will dream of coming back again to enjoy this beautiful part of the world! Thank you for all the help and hospitality!
This is our first experience of renting a villa in Italy, we normally stay in hotels. Our experience with Tuscany Now and with the owners of the villa surpassed our expectations. Excellent. John and Frances at TN were very helpful at all times. I would use Tuscany Now again. The villa was just breathtaking, homely, just as it was portrayed in the brochure and website. The rooms were spacious, beautifully decorated with excellent views. We were greeted by Belinda, the owner, on our arrival and were shown around the villa and the grounds, which we really appreciated. Marie the housekeeper was fantastic. She attended to our every request and was our cook during the Pizza evening which we al loved. This was my 60th celebration with my family and Belinda and her team made it very special. The whole family loved the experience and I would recommend this as a great place for a family get together what ever the occasion.
Gianfilippo (Italy) June-2015
Abbiamo trascorso con un gruppo di ottimi amici il ponte del 2 giugno ospiti di Belinda e della sua meravigliosa casa di campagna. La natura intorno alla casa, che si trova sulla cima di una piccola collina, è magnifica e nei dintorni ci sono paesi storici altrettanto belli da visitare: da Castiglione del lago a Montepulciano fino alla Val d'orcia. La casa e l'ospitalità sono impeccabili: gli spazi generosi e la piscina col relativo patio (dotato di tavolone, bbq, divani, musica..) si sono rivelati in questa stagione il centro di gravità della giornata. Da ripetere, per accumulare energie positive.
Jamie Falconer, Wilma and family (Montreal / France / London)
Greetings Belinda, Peter, Maria and Anna, thank you so much, I had a wonderful birthday with my family and loved ones, at your Villa. It is truly beautiful and even nicer than in the photos. You were all most kind, and I especially enjoyed our pizza evening.
Merci encore Wilma, from Bonnie Scotland, living in France.
We were treated exceptionally. Felt at home the minute we set our feet on the ground... Wonderful quality accommodation and extremely kind house staff, is only part of what kept us spoilt during our lovely four day stay. As you step through the door you will enjoy the warmth and ambience. Very recommendable!
Keith Benfield (USA)
We have travelled to Italy many times but this is the first time we have rented a Villa. The experience was amazing. Tuscany Now set up everything for us and constantly communicated with us before the trip; they answered all our concerns, questions and suggested needs, promptly and confidently. The Villa, was everything the web site promised and more. Great location, great staff to help us and the views were pure Tuscany. The first night we had Dinner cooked for us and everyone really loved it. The Villa was driving distance to many great towns and cities. We will definitely use Tuscany Now again and have already recommended it to some friends.
K Kersey (United Kingdom)
It's the most wonderful place and excellent place to host a family event: we had three generations all under the same roof - aged from 18 months to 71 . The ambiance was beautiful and having a housekeeper just helped. Anna the chef put a feast on for my special birthday - it's was bellissimo, a five course feast - the pizza night was fun for all generations. The villa is stunning and with 12 of us in the house there was plenty of room - stunning views. Belinda the owner was very helpful, sourced us wonderful restaurants. The villa location was fantastic - easy to get to Cortona and Siena. If you have a special event it's an ideal place and it will leave a magical impression - the villa has charm but with a homely feel to it. I cannot recommend it enough.
Professor Brenda Wilson (Australia)
I celebrated my 60th with family and friends. Villa L'Antica Posta was excellent - and in a great location with superb views. The swimming pool was a delight after visiting local villages and coming back for a swim to cool off.. Great help from Maria and Anna with catering - a fabulous outdoor eating area - we ate outside for dinner and breakfast almost every evening and morning - and if you don't feel like cooking - have it catered. Table set - meal cooked - and dishes cleared away - fantastic service. We would definitely return!
Danielle Hansen (USA)
Rented this villa during late April. This was our 2nd rental with Tuscany Now and highly recommend them. This villa and our stay was outstanding. Our party of 8 included our 3 married children and spouses for their first trip to Tuscany and they were very pleased with the accommodations. We did not use chefs but the kitchen was well equipped for all our cooking needs. There is a convenient grocery store and a restaurant in nearby town (1 mile). Villa lived up to photos. On site staff was delightful. Location was great for visiting hill towns in southern Tuscany and Umbria. Easy drive to Siena. Villa is very private and has great views. Would definitely rent again.