What an amazing time I spent at this gorgeous villa ! Thanks Sabrina for the large contribute to our vacation.
The location is perfect, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, and Cortona can be reached in less than an hour and Rome, Perugia, Pisa and Bologna in about two hours
The Villa, which is a very short walk to the town, is beautifully set among olive and fig trees and the views are spectacular. It is fully restored and has all the modern features you would want, yet it maintained the charm that we expect it had when it was first built in the 19th century to house a wealthy Florentine family while they spent their weekends outside of Florence.
The Villa is extremely well equipped and has a high end kitchen with professional appliances, Wifi , newly renovated modern bathrooms and bedrooms that are all large, beautifully decorated and very comfortable. There is the added plus of a swimming pool, which was enjoyed by all. the owner is a wonderful cook and the meals she made for us were the best we experienced in Italy. We cannot say enough about the great hospitality we were given by the owners and they made us feel like we were part of their family.
The time we spent at the was every thing we had hoped for in celebrating our special occasion.
The villa is laid out so that each group (couple or family) was able to have their own private area with bedroom and bathroom.
Every morning all 22 of us gathered around the long table with our coffees (we assigned a group member as barista) and discussed where and how were we going to spend the day.
Florence, Sienna, San Gimignano, Volterra, Cortona, Castellina, Radda, ... and much more... are all within an hour drive. Montevarchi, 7km away, has a train station... and the Prada outlet near by!
By late afternoon we started gathering at the very large pool to cool off after the scorching July days! Towels are provided. We were short a few lounge chairs, but there were quite a few of us!
Meals were fantastic. Twenty seven of us sat at a beautifully dressed table under the Tuscan bright blue or starlit skies. Sometimes we dined at a restaurant at the near by town Carvighlia, the same town that we shopped for groceries.
The staff speaks English, and Francesca is quite proficient.
If I had to make a suggestion , then; two coffee mochas, instructions for the dishwasher, cushions on the out door chairs and a few more lounge chairs for around the pool.
It was a fabulous week, at a fabulous villa.
Sabrina, We would like to thank you for our lovely stay at Villa Tere We loved everything about our stay starting from the warm hospitality to the lovely home and grounds. We found Cristina, Gino et al to be warm, lovely people that did everything and more to accommodate our two families. Cristina and family cooked unbelievable meals and it was so wonderful to have them find babysitters so that the adults could go explore the Chianti wine region. The children so enjoyed their daughters and friends. The villa was very well appointed and we did not want for anything. Even when our friend wanted ice they brought in a new freezer! The grounds were peaceful and the pools were just gorgeous. It was wonderful to be able to cool off after a long day of sightseeing! We loved the location and found it easy to get to the areas that we wanted to go. ( Pisa, Florence ( via train), Siena, and Chianti) We were not prepared for the breathtaking if not white knuckle mountainous roads! Just wish we had a sports car instead of minivan!! We also loved the cool night breezes and the sounds of nature! ( Roosters, peacocks, wild boars, etc). Villa Tere so far exceeded our expectations and it was such a lovely place for our children. They went without TV and Game cubes for several weeks ! They actually climbed trees, played in the Olive groves, and had rousing games of Hide and go seek and Ghost in the “Olive Grove”. It was wonderful for them to enjoy the peace and tranquility and simple life of the Tuscans! We would recommend this villa to everyone. It was very difficult to leave Villa Tere and we cannot wait to go back very soon! Thank you for all of your help and answering all of our questions. It was a true pleasure doing business with you! Nancy Weinert -Bloomfield Hills, MI USA-----
Sabrina, I am one of Charmaine Soo’s sisters who was fortunate to be a guest at two WONDERFUL villa stays. My husband and I agree with the others -- choosing to work with you and Ville & Charme to find the perfect villas in the Tuscany region was a good decision! Charmaine sent us copies of all the e-mail exchanges between the two of you. We are very particular and we looked MANY times at the website showing these two villas and asked you many, many questions. You were very prompt in giving us the answers and it was clear that you were familiar with the owners and with the villas. Your personal knowledge made it easy for us. We were talking to a trusted friend. We were disappointed that we did not have the opportunity to meet and thank you in person...maybe next time. Staying at the beautiful Villa Tere in northern Tuscany gives visitors easy day trips to Siena, Florence (1-hour train), Arezzo, San Gimignano, and the "Chianti" towns. Cristina and Gino show great pride when they greet guests to their newly renovated, spacious, elegant villa. There are many modern amenities such as the elevators, motion-activated lights, and well-equipped gourmet kitchen. All living areas and the bedrooms are comfortable and beautifully furnished, and bathrooms are large and spotless! The swimming pool area is very attractive and there are many lovely, quiet spaces under olive trees for relaxing and outdoor eating. Cristina (and brother Luca) came to the villa several times during our stay to make certain we were doing well. We admired Cristina’s attention to details to make Villa Tere very special and we especially liked her prizewinning olive oil and pretty soaps! I would highly recommend to guests that they walk/drive to Cavriglia to shop at the alimentari, to try the pizzas at Pizza Doc, and to enjoy a lovely lunch and/or dinner at Piccolo Ristorante/Lo Zaffo (we liked our first dinner so much that we went again for a second dinner!). Five of us spent three short days in Rome before we met Charmaine, Richard, and Patricia in Chiusi. At the end of our two weeks in Tuscany, four spent two more days in Florence and four of us visited Venice for three short days. Then, my husband and I traveled to Vienna for several more days. We have many photographs and many wonderful memories from our two villa experiences. We would gladly return to both villas! We, too, highly recommend Villa & Charme and to work with you for any stay to the Tuscany region of Italy. Thank you for helping us! Linda SooOak Harbor, Whidbey Island, Washington State------
Sabrina, I wanted to send a line to you while I was thinking about it. We had a GLORIOUS time in Villa Tere! It was incredibly beautiful and Cristina and Gino could not have been more welcoming or gracious. The food they prepared was the best that we had during our entire European vacation. We miss the villa, Cavriglia, Cristina, Gino, and their helpers very much and hope to return some day. ----- 22 may 2009
Dear Sabrina, We are finally home and I didn’t want to delay in writing to tell you what an extraordinary time we had at the Villa Tere week of June 5th -June12th 2010. Christina, Gino and Francesca treated us like family and made us feel so welcome and at home. The villa is every bit as beautiful as the pictures and we spent every evening under the pergola enjoying Christina’s fabulous food. I would recommend to your guests having at least two or 3 meals prepared by Christina.Her gnocchi, risotto, and tira misu are fabulous. she also makes a wicked good apple cake. She was incredibly thoughtful and even supplied gluten free pasta for one of our guests. The house is perfectly situated for taking day trips around Tuscany and it was great to come home to the comfort and beauty of the pool at the end of a long day of touring. The olive oil produced on the estate is fabulous and everybody purchased several bottles and cans to take home. I would recommend this property to any large group looking for an elegant Tuscan holiday. Best regards, Barbara Wynnewood, pa.