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- Beautifully positioned villa
- Breathtaking views
- Comfortable and welcoming
- Simpson family extras available
- Shops/restaurants 10-minute drive
Surrounded by breathtaking Tuscan countryside, this six-bedroom villa invites gatherings of family and friends where relaxing and having fun together takes priority. It’s a magical place to stay, recently refurnished, but still full of its original character and charm: elegant 17th-century features and comfortably stylish interiors matched by ten acres of lovely gardens and stunning views across olive groves, cypress trees and rolling hills.
For those long, hot summer days, there’s plenty to keep everyone amused, from a private pool to table tennis and a giant chess game. You’ll also find a croquet set and badminton net and, with the expanses of well-kept lawns, a football match could also be on the cards in those more competitive moments. Alternatively, for lovers of peace and quiet, there are 80 acres of private, peaceful woodland for gentle strolls under a rich green canopy. Villa Mille Desideri is owned by Nicola and Rosa and it’s their warmth and generosity that helps make this charming home such a wonderful discovery – as well as Rosa’s celebrated culinary talents. For just 35 euros per person per night, you can also enjoy a four-course dinner prepared by her in your well-equipped chef’s kitchen: a chance to dine in style for exceptional value without lifting a finger. And don’t miss out on a traditional Italian pizza cooked by Nicola in the stone pizza oven. Otherwise, the nearest restaurant is just a ten-minute drive away.
Throughout your stay, the couple will be on hand as much or as little as you need them to be, with suggestions for things to do and help if you need it, which can include arranging walks, wine tastings, horse riding or a round of golf on your behalf.
The local area
The charming medieval village of Monterchi is a 15-minute drive away, where you’ll find good quality restaurants and all the necessary shops for stocking up. In August, it hosts a programme of classical music concerts for a wonderfully atmospheric evening out and, in September, the Polenta Festival gets underway, a three-day foodie celebration, with music, dancing and a craft market thrown in for good measure.
About 35 minutes from Villa Mille Desideri lies Arezzo, used as a location in Roberto Benigni’s film La Vita è Bella (Life is Beautiful). As well as being home to such gems as the 12th-century Santa Maria della Pieve and the mighty Gothic Duomo, it hosts a huge 500-exhibitor antique fair in the Piazza Grande on the first weekend of every month and the spirited (and competitive!) Saracen Joust in June and September.
And if the glorious Renaissance city of Florence is on your wish list, it’s just under an hour away by train from Arezzo, or like Pisa and Siena, around 90 minutes by car.
- 6-bedroom villa (sleeps 2-11)
- Reception room
- Sitting room access to upper terrace
- Sitting room with TV
- Dining room with open fireplace
- Professional kitchen includes hob, electric oven, pasta making machine, griddle, fridge-freezer, dishwasher
- Sitting corner with doors to barbecue area
- Guest WC
- 4 double bedrooms all with en-suite shower rooms
- Single bedroom with en-suite shower room
- Double bedroom on a mezzanine level with en-suite shower room
- Complimentary WiFi
- Air-conditioned bedrooms
- Extensive landscaped grounds
- Laundry room
- Gazebo for outdoor dining
- Pizza oven
- Chef service available
- Large private gated swimming pool (7m x 14m, depth 1m – 2.40m)
- The last few hundred metres leading up to the villa entrance are along a very steep and narrow road
- In Italy, a daily tourist tax applies for the first week of your stay only, which means that an average of €1.50 per person (12+ years) may be charged. This should be paid in cash to your villa or hotel owner during your stay.
- Due to the cooler temperatures, the swimming pool will be closed from 30 September until the end of the season
Simpson family extras
- Complimentary cot and highchair available
- Car seats and booster seats can be provided at a supplement, subject to availability
- To pre-book any of our family extras please call 020 8392 5747
- All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*
* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.
- Check in time – 4-8pm
- Check out time – 10am
- Breakfast (€10/person)
- Dinners (4 courses) available Monday/Wednesday/Friday payable locally (€35/person excluding drinks) – see Menu tab
- Pizza Night Tuesday or Thursday payable locally (minimum 4 guests, €23/person excluding drinks) – see Menu tab
- Vegetarian options available
- Dinners not available on Sunday
- All meals on request and payable locally
Wellness Centre (Borgo di Celle)
- 9am-7.30pm, admission €20/person
- Città di Castello (Umbria) 30min drive
- Heated swimming pool
- Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room
- Relaxation area with herbal teas
- Horse riding €25/person/30min (includes riding helmet)
- 9-hole golf course (green fees M-F €25, weekends €30)
- Driving range and all equipment available to hire
- Shops/restaurants 10min drive
- Monterchi 20min drive
- Arezzo 35min drive
- Cortona 50min drive
- Perugia 1hr 15min drive
- Siena 1hr 30min drive
- Florence 1hr 40min drive
- Pisa airport 2hr 15min
Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.
Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in Italy to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.
|Departure airport||Airline||Flight days||Seasonality|
|London Heathrow||British Airways||Saturday||All season|
|London Gatwick||easyJet||Saturday||All season|
|London Stansted||Ryanair||Saturday||All season|
|Luton Airport||easyJet||Saturday||All season|
|East Midlands||Jet2||Saturday||June - September|
|Departure airport||Airline||Flight days||Seasonality|
|London Gatwick||Vueling||Saturday||All season|
|London City||British Airways||Saturday||All season|
|London Stansted||British Airways||Saturday||All season|
|Luton Airport||Vueling||Saturday||All season|
|Manchester||British Airways||Saturday||June - September|
|Edinburgh||British Airways||Saturday||June - October|
Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange car hire for you.
Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are available:
- 2 guests – 1 group B, Fiat 500 or similar*
- 3 guests – 1 group C, VW Polo or similar*
- 4 guests – 1 group D, Peugeot 308 or similar*
- 5 guests – 1 group F, Fiat Tipo SW or similar*
- 6 guests – 2 group C, VW Polo or similar*
- 7 guests – 1 group C, VW Polo or similar, and 1 group D, Peugeot 308 or similar*
- 8 guests – 2 group D, Peugeot 308 or similar*
- 9 guests – 1 group D, Peugeot 308 and 1 group F, Fiat Tipo SW or similar*
- 10 guests – 2 group F, Fiat Tipo SW or similar*
- 11 – 1 group C, VW Polo and 2 group F, Fiat Tipo SW or similar*
* All our cars include comprehensive insurance with zero excess. For this particular destination, the undercarriage is not included in the cover.
Group B – 1.2 litre engine, 2 medium suitcases*
Group C – 1.6 litre engine, 2 medium and 1 large suitcases*
Group D – 1.6 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*
Group F – 1.6 litre engine, 3 large and 2 small suitcases*
The following cars are available as alternatives. Please call our travel specialists for details.
Group H – Alfa Romeo Giulietta AUT or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*
Group G – BMW Gran Tourer Station Wagon or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 3 large and 2 small suitcases*
* Suitcase sizes are based on a large suitcase being approximately 75cm x 41cm x 31cm, a medium suitcase of approximately 65cm x 46cm x 29cm and a small suitcase of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.
We had a lovely fortnight’s holiday. Very relaxing and enjoyable. The whole family loved the villa, the boules, the swirling pool, the table football and the bedrooms. Best of all has been the cooking! The pizza nights and the 4-course meals were fantastic. The risotto and the roast pork was absolutely fantastic and a perfect way to celebrate three birthdays – a 21st, 45th and a 70th. We loved exploring the surrounding area – the drive to Cortona via Castiglion Fiorentino is breathtaking. We found our favourite coffee shop at the square right at the top. All the other haunts were beautiful as well – Siena, Arezzo, Florence and Anghiari. Senza Tempo in Monteria is a must as well – we had a lovely, long and relaxing lunch there on our last day. All in all, a fabulous family holiday and definitely one to remember! Thank you.
Maddie, Roysten, Joe, Ben, all the Rieds and Walkers – September 2018
Dear Sara, Nicola and Rosa – thank you all for your kind and wonderful hospitality. The villa, the countryside it sits amidst and the friendliness of the people around here were wonderful and has helped us all to relax and unwind. We will all remember our week here, the food supplies in Monteria (great vegetables and fruit shop) and Le Ville (great butcher – his sausages are superb!), the trips to Anghiari, Arezzo, Siena and Florence, table tennis by the pool, the wild boars under the apple tree in the field next to the vegetable patch, lovely walks up the mountain… to name a few, besides the evenings spent watching the sun set behind the mountains. Thank you again!
Edwin, Sue, Will, Hannah, James, Johnny & Finn – September 2018
Villa Mille Desideri is a perfect example of a property that meets ‘the road less travelled’ expectation set by Simpson Travel. Every bump on the way is worth it, absolutely stunning, breathtaking views and a beautiful villa to enjoy it from. It really has been a wonderful holiday and we will take home many happy memories. We loved the opportunity to cook with such fresh ingredients, kindly donated by Nicola, and to pretend we were real chefs in the super duper kitchen! Our son now wants a vegetable patch at home like Nicola’s, the bar has been set high! Our favourite local place by far has been Anghiari and we returned there 5 or 6 times during our 10-day stay. Such an interesting, buzzing place. Our 3 and 6-year-old also liked the playground there which boasted spectacular views over the town. We honestly loved that town, an absolute winner. Thanks so much to all.
Abbie, Simon, Henry & Amelia – August 2018
We have had a great time in this fantastic villa. Sara, Nicola and Rosa have been wonderful. Our grandchildren loved the pool, football goals, foosball table and evening games of boules. The grown-ups too have enjoyed these but also very much appreciated the beauty and tranquillity of the setting. We all highly recommend the pizza and Italian meal nights. Rosa’s cooking is a delight and our grandchildren loved watching and helping Nicola cook our pizza. Our thanks to Sara, ‘the boss’, who has shown us such care and thoughtfulness to make our two weeks so wonderful. Many, many thanks to you all.
Kathy & Andy – August 2018
We have had a wonderful 10 days in Villa Mille Desideri. Spectacular house and views, the children loved the pool and football and had a great game of boules. Everyone enjoyed the pizza evening and the wonderful Italian meal and we appreciated all the deliveries of fresh tomatoes, eggs, plums, lettuce and cucumbers. We saw buzzards, swallows, cicadas, deer and wild boar around the villa and had beautiful scenic drives to Castiglion Fiorentino. We enjoyed the hilltop town of Anghiari particularly. It has been a home away from home and a wonderful way to celebrate some big birthdays! Thanks for everything.
Graham, Alex, Tom & Matthew – August 2018
We have all had a terrific holiday. Thank you all very much! The villa is a delight to stay in and beautifully situated. The pizza evening was so much fun and the pizza was very good! Best of all was the hospitality. Thank you for helping to make our holiday so enjoyable.
John – July 2018
What an amazing holiday we have had! The villa is beautiful with everything we could need. The best part however, was the hospitality from Nicola and Sara. Rosa’s food was delicious and we all loved our pizza evenings. Thank you.
The Freeman Family – July 2018
We had a wonderful stay at our delightful villa but the best part was the warm welcome and excellent hospitality. Nothing was too much trouble – and the food was delicious. The hosts really made our holiday. Thank you.
The Scott Family – July 2018
We would love to come back again one day. Hopefully sooner rather than later.
Michelle, Harry, Zoe, Matt & Lucy – June 2018
From the minute we arrived at the villa we felt very special with Nicola and Sara looking after us so well and Rosa’s amazing cooking. We have very fond memories of our week in Tuscany at the beautifully appointed Villa Mille Desideri and the hospitality of Nicola and Sara. Thank you.
John-Paul, Sophie & Jai – June 2018
We had a lovely relaxing week at Villa Mille Desideri, a very special place. What a beautiful area with so much to offer. We visited Monterchi and enjoyed coffee and Aperol Spritz as well as the delicious roasted pork loin at the Sunday market. Anghiari is also a little gem with amazing views and so much history. To top off our Italian experience, we had two evening meals cooked at the villa by Rosa….wow!
Amanda – June 2018
Thank you for a wonderful week, we have had an amazing and restful time. Thank you for looking after us so well, all the dinners were perfect. In such a beautiful spot we are going home feeling happy and rested. Many thanks.
Kat & Shane – September 2017
We have had a wonderful week in this very special place. The peace and quiet has been a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of home. We visited some very pretty places that we hadn't been to before – San Quirco d'Orcia, Pienza, Anghiari to name a few, then all our favourite haunts – Siena, Perugia, Florence, Arezzo. Nicola is adorable and he and Sara could not have been more helpful. Rosa has cooked us many truly delicious meals. Grazie mille to you all.
The Clarke's – September 2017
What a wonderful location and hosts. The welcome was superb and we've loved the atmosphere. This is a special environment to see Eastern and Central Tuscany and even Umbria. We've enjoyed driving out to all the hilltop villages: Anghiari, Monterchi, Cortona, Castiglione Fiorentina, Monte San Savino, Lucignano and our favourite, Civitella. We even went out to San Gimignano and Siena. All of which were memorable. Thank you so much Nicola and Rosa. We will remember this holiday with great affection.
Andy & Sarah – September 2017
Thank you all for a wonderful week. Your generous hospitality and excellent food (big thank you to Rosa) will be sadly missed. We will miss the peace and tranquillity of this area which is quite beautiful.
The McCall's – September 2017
We have had a wonderful week in this very special place. The peace and quiet has been a welcome break from the hustle and bustle at home. We visited some very pretty places that we hadn't been to before. Nicola is adorable and he and Rosa could not have been more helpful.
Jane & Michael – September 2017
Thank you so much for a lovely week here at Mille Desideri. It is a special location and your warmth and hospitality have made our holiday extra special. We have loved exploring the area, and enjoying the peace and tranquillity here at the hotel. Our thanks to Nicola, Sara and their family for being super hosts!
Mark & Caroline – September 2017
Stunning location, beautiful accommodation and wonderful hosts. Fabulous week in Tuscany, we have really enjoyed ourselves and look forward to returning.
Wendy & Richard – September 2017
Thank you for a wonderful week – nine of us have recharged our batteries, swam, eaten well and slept. The house allowed us all our own space and we have all loved water-polo in the pool. The setting and views are spectacular and we are sad to be leaving. Thank you for the recommendation of watching the jousting tournament in Arezzo – it was a fantastic spectacle that we all loved.
Hannah, Emily, Tom, James, Clara & Nigel – September 2017
We have absolutely loved staying in your beautiful villa – the kids especially loved the pool! We have had a relaxing break in very tranquil surroundings – just what we needed after a visit to Lake Garda.
The Clark Family – August 2017
Thanks for everything. The place was very comfortable and clean. The host was very helpful and friendly. Thank you very much for everything we really enjoyed.
The Patel Family – August 2017
We have had a wonderful two weeks. Nothing is too much trouble for you and yet you are masterful at allowing us to enjoy such peace, such quiet, such sun, such heat and your pool at your beautiful property. Almost never a cloud in the sky. What more can one say? Thank you!
Nick & Eddie – August 2017
You are the perfect hosts – discreet, fabulous cooks and a host of local knowledge! Your villa is beautiful and we have thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We have had a very relaxing holiday, enjoying the beautiful views and having fun in the pool. We will certainly not forget this beautiful part of the world! Thank you so much.
The Tuck Family – August 2017
Grazie mille, it was all so wonderful, we thank you all so much for welcoming us to your house. Wonderful surrounding, so relaxing and great views. We all relaxed and recharged our batteries. We will treasure these memories shared here and thank you all for making it such a special holiday.
Helen, Tanya & Malcolm – July 2017
Grazie Mille for a wonderful week. Our stay here is everything we could have asked for. We loved the peace and quiet, sitting by the pool and enjoying the view and especially the food. We will be enjoying these memories for a long time to come! Thank you for your kindness, hospitality and help when we needed it. We hope to be back one day!
Judith & Ben – June 2017
Nicola and Sara could not be more helpful. Mille Desideri is a haven from which to explore this magnificent landscape!
Gary & Karen – June 2017
Thank you for a lovely holiday. Good food, good wine, beautiful surroundings. Relaxed, low key and discreet hospitality which is always our reason to book with Simpson. Lovely people – helpful and friendly!
Russell & Carol – June 2017
Sitting in the sun in perfect quiet, looking over the mountains full of good food – our idea of a perfect holiday! Thank you so much for making a place to rest, excellent food, drink good wine and totally relax – it was much needed! Rosa’s cooking was the best we tasted (and we did a large survey of the surrounding area) the room was beautiful, very comfortable and clean, and we both felt really well looked after. Thank you for a great holiday and we are already thinking about a return visit.
Ann and Chris – May 2017
Mille Desideri is set in beautiful tranquil surroundings. The meals we had there were some of the best we've ever eaten in Italy. Nicola, Sara and Rosa could not have done more to look after us and they clearly love what they do!
Mrs Guy – May 2017
Thank you very much for a great holiday and an excellent villa. Your hospitality and service are incredible and made us feel at home. We are sad to leave but are grateful for the memories.
Gerard and Anna – August 2016
Our group of nine friends recently spent a magical week at the beautiful Villa Mille Desideri. Nicola was the most charming host ever...each day he cheerfully made cappuccinos for all of us...and spent time visiting. During our week, Rosa cooked three delicious dinners for us. (I would stand in a long line to buy her cookbook.) The meals were fantastic...much better than anything you could order at a restaurant. We especially enjoyed the pizza night. Their daughter Sara visited with us a few times to answer questions and give us information. What a comfortable and wonderful villa! Our week in Tuscany will never be forgotten!!
Mr & Mrs Hart – September 2015
100% satisfied. Marvellous location and fantastic owners. Villa beautifully equipped and ideal for a large group. Rosa's cooking is superb. Nicola very kindly makes frequent coffee. Sara very helpful. All my family were very happy.
Mr Pilkington – August 2014
It was beyond our wildest dreams amazing!! The villa was phenomenal!!!!! It was so great to meet the owners – Sara and her father, they are amazing and were wonderful hosts! Everything about the entire experience – the villa, the owners, the meals, everything was better than we could have ever even imagined it to be. Thank you for helping create such a great experience for us!
Ms Cohen – October 2013
We had a super time there and we would go again. The owners certainly were exceptional in their dedication to ensuring that we were ok. When the bill came, there was even no charge for all the various coffees they had made for us at a moment's notice each day. The cooking which was done in-house for us by Rosa, the owner, was without a doubt better (and better value) than anything we had while eating out and that included food from a hotel on the coast that my son visited for three days.
Mr Hunt – August 2013
What a magnificent experience. Thank you. Everything immaculately clean and perfect. Also 'grazie' for the wonderful breakfast and dinner. Five star quality indeed.
Mr & Mrs Fourie – August 2013
Tuscany – the land of delicious cuisine, great wines and beautiful landscape. What could be a more perfect place to discover treasures of Tuscany than Villa Mille Desideri. Thank you for making this possible.
Mrs Fin – July 2008
Thank you so much for your hospitality over the last couple of weeks. The family made our stay so much better and the food Rosa cooked was amazing. We have enjoyed every minute and I think our girls will miss Nicola very much.
Mr Makenzie – August 2007
Thank you for a most enjoyable holiday. The special food Rosa cooked was first class, thank you once again for your hospitality.
Mr & Mrs Bentley – July 2007
To experience Italy/Tuscany is to immerse yourself in the land, people, culture and food. We have experienced all of the above in the most delightful, inclusive and hospitable villa. Your warmth, generosity and hospitality made all of us feel comfortable and at home. Thank you for the wonderful meals, pomodor, and cake. We will miss you and the beautiful villa, but hope our paths will cross again someday. Grazie.
Irene and Kendall – July 2007
We had such a great time here. We were here for 16 days and the best food we had the whole time was here. Everything was great. The pool and table tennis was outstanding. Also we cleared out the ice cream fridge twice. The hospitality was amazing.
Mellgren Family – July 2007
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