Montestigliano, a sprawling former estate and working farm that still produces wheat, sunflowers, corn and olives, is spread across almost 2,500 acres and dates back to the late 18th century. Everything about the property exudes an aura of calm — families looking for a quiet, peaceful, safe home base from which to explore the surrounding Tuscan countryside will be incredibly satisfied with what Montestigliano has to offer.
Montestigliano’s current owners, the Donati family, have carefully renovated its many buildings (mostly farmhouses) to host guests — as many as 77 at a time, as of this writing — in apartments and villas.
Each unit is outfitted with its own kitchen, so guests can prepare their own meals, a huge convenience for parents whose children have trouble sitting in restaurants for three meals a day. Each accommodation has its own character, setting and advantages, and the units sleep anywhere from three to 14 people; the staff can help guests decide which will best suit their needs. Some have covered terraces and/or lawns for outdoor play.
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Montestigliano’s ambiance is one of rustic, gracefully aging elegance. The patina on the buildings is exceptionally lovely and lends a casual feel. The vibe here is relaxed: guests are welcomed warmly, cats slink about, and there is plenty of space — grassy, wooded and pebbled — for kids to play, run and explore. Gardens are well kept but not overly manicured, and the staff go out of their way to make guests feel at home. Children can feel at ease here, and so can their parents.
Communal dinners are served outdoors in the piazza once a week in the summer, and breakfast is offered in the main building Monday through Friday. In general, though, guests cook for themselves or eat in one of the surrounding towns. Private chefs can be hired to cook for guests in their kitchens upon request.
One of the community pools is for adults only, while the second welcomes families with children. Montestigliano’s luxury villa, located a few minutes’ drive from the main estate, has its own private infinity pool with lounge chairs and a sweeping view of the countryside.
In addition, families will appreciate the natural beauty of Montestigliano’s setting and the convenience of its location. The property is fully embedded within the surrounding countryside, and iconic Tuscan views and walking trails abound throughout the property. It’s a short 25-minute drive to the lovely town of Siena, and not far from other fantastic towns to visit, such as Montalcino and Pienza. Overall, Montestigliano — charming, warm and welcoming — represents a solid choice for families looking for a centrally located agriturismo in Tuscany.
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Editor’s Note: Montestigliano provided Ciao Bambino with a media package to facilitate a review of the property. As always, our opinions are our own. Photos by Laurel Perry.
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