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Colombiao di Momo: A Large 17th Century Farmhouse overlooking Tuscan hills

Bedrooms 3
Space 240 m²
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

A great place to base yourself to explore Tuscany, discover great food and wines

Il Colombaio is a renovated 17th century farmhouse overlooking the Tuscan hills. Set among olives and cypress, it is fully private and only a 10-minute walk from Montisi, a warm and welcoming village with places to eat, drink and get the feel for local life.

The house is built on two stories with a large kitchen with steps up to a spacious dinning room living room open space on the ground floor. On the second floor there are three big bedrooms each with a corresponding bathroom. The house is set up to sleep three couples with the possibility of extra beds for kids or, seven adults and three kids if sharing rooms is not a problem.There are three full bathrooms upstairs and one downstairs. The kitchen is wonderful to work in: long travertine counters, a great stovetop and dishwasher, and an old work table–windows on two sides and a doors to the terrace. The house is set among olive grooves and surrounded by cypress trees with a large garden space and porch offering spaces to eat outside and relax.

Centrally located you will be within easy reach of Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano and other great towns.

From the house you can hike, bike or drive in any direction being centrally located you will be within easy reach of Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano and other great towns where you can visit producers of the renowned pecorino cheese, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano or Brunello wines and more.You can eat at nearby restaurants, take a wine tour, truffle tour, bike ride, go horseback riding, sit in our local hot springs/spas, visit some of the most important renaissance Tuscan cities and galleries, have someone cook for you, or teach you to make pasta. Or do it yourself and enjoy going to local markets for fresh produce, cheese, prosciutto and more.

More Details

Michael Brubeck
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, french, italian, some basic Spanish
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
14 June, 2018

About Michael Brubeck

I am American born and have now been living in Montisi and working here for 14 years and coming here since 1972 when I was five years old. The old podere ( a working farm) was lived in by generations of contadini until two years before my parents bought it in 1972. While restoring the house we wanted to maintain the simplicity and beauty of a historical farmhouse with its hand-hewn doors and manger boards, both keeping and creating a warm and welcoming environment. I still take care of the house and the surrounding olives which I prune in the spring and harvest in the fall making a fantastic olive oil that our area is known for.

Michael Brubeck purchased this farmhouse in 1972

Why Michael Brubeck chose San Giovanni d'Asso

At Il Colombaio di Momo you will find yourself staying in a house which has been our family home for over forty years. In the restoration of il Colombaio we preserved much of it's character and feel of it's origins. With a comfortable open space living room and an ample garden it is a great place to relax and get to know the village of Montisi with it's restaurants and bars. A small and inviting town you'll feel welcomed and experience a little of what small village life is like. If you come at the right time of year you can participate in our town festival, a jousting competition on horseback and all in medieval costume, white truffle festival, olive oil festival, a newborn film festival and more....


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in San Giovanni d'Asso, Italy

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 240 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , bath with shower , This bathroom is on the ground floor
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • small bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , 2 single bed , can be made up as either king or two singles
    Big bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 single bed , can be king and one single, or three singles
    Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , two single beds are available for children in attached room
  • Books ...
  • Stereo
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • long term rentals available
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking


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Colombiao di Momo: A Large 17th Century Farmhouse overlooking Tuscan hills
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews
Boston, MA USA

Classic Tuscan Farmhouse Retreat

  • 5 of 5

After stumbling on Montisi on our first trip to Tuscany over 25 years ago, my wife and I have made the lovely little town our base for 7-8 subsequent trips. By coincidence, we discovered that friends from Boston had been staying at Colombiao for years. We checked it out on a previous trip but our late May 2018 rental was our first, but not the last.

Set on several acres of beautiful olive trees, the property was literally bursting with color from all types of flowers, meticulously maintained by Momo Brubeck, whose parents renovated the abandoned farmhouse almost 50 years age.

Columbaio is very spacious and comfortable, with three large bedrooms, three bathrooms, and two separate sitting areas upstairs. The first floor living room, dining room and kitchen are huge, open and delightfully appointed, and there is a full bathroom as well. The kitchen is great for cooking, and it’s the best equipped one we has ever rented.

The extensive yard has several sitting areas, three options for outdoor dining, and a great spot to enjoy sunsets. The views from all directions show Tuscany at its finest. The very private location is only a few minutes walk thru neighboring farms to town.

Momo Brubeck is a great host. His love for the property is evident in his attention to details that made our stay easy and trouble free.

Colombiao is not going to be featured in fancy design magazines, thank goodness, but it is a fine old farmhouse that has everything necessary for a great Tuscany holiday, and a good value as well.

Jim Stowe


May 2018

  • Review Submitted: 29/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect spot for a vacation in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

Colombiao de momo was the ideal place to spend a week in Tuscany. The farm house itself was beautiful both inside and out. The kitchen was stocked with everything you need, the beds are comfortable, and there is plenty of space inside and out for enjoying dinners with a group. Momo was a perfect host and set us up with a driver for the day (highly recommend) and also cooking lessons. The house is a 10 minute walk to Montisi, which is a beautiful little town. We loved our stay at Colombiao de momo!

  • Review Submitted: 07/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best vacation ever

  • 5 of 5

The house is breathtakingly beautiful- beautifully designed, spacious, functional and full of spaces to relax and enjoy the gorgeous nature of Tuscany. Momo is a superb host, available and full of information. This is a perfect house for big or small groups to relax and enjoy the towns of Tuscany (or, just sit around the house and enjoy the beauty from the backyard). Montisi is a 10 min walk from the house and you can get your daily needs and have a great meal. I have no complaints whatsoever about this house and experience - it's a dream !

  • Review Submitted: 13/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing! Tranquil and stunningly beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Three couples from the USA and Canada spent 2 weeks at beautiful Colombiao di Momo. From the moment we arrived, we knew we had found a little piece of heaven in Tuscany. It proved to be a fantastic vacation with memories made that will last a life-time.

The home is beautiful and comfortable, filled with lots of old-world charm with all the benefits of modern amenities in the kitchen and bathrooms. It is well-equipped and lovingly cared for. There are many wonderful touches like shelves filled with books and a kitchen fully equipped with everything you need to cook a Tuscan feast. We spent many hours outside on one of the three terraces enjoying the breathtaking views in every direction. It is extremely private, but yet just a short 10 minute walk to the lovely, quaint village of Montisi. We enjoyed walking into the village to shop at the small grocery and bakery or to pick up a cappuccino at Il Barrino. Our favorite restaurants were Il Barrino (upstairs from the bar) and Ristorante Ritorno di Fiamma...fantastic dining experiences. We loved spending quiet, peaceful days at Colombiao di Momo. However, it's also the perfect location for days you want to adventure out to other small charming hill towns with good restaurants, wineries and much to see.

And to top if off, Michael (Momo) is an exceptional host and wonderful person. We booked a year in advance and Michael was always helpful, quick to respond and happy to answer a multitude of questions. Michael gave us a warm welcome upon arrival and after two weeks we felt we had made a new friend. We had an issue with our rental van and he went above and beyond to help us find a solution. Michael is an amazing host.

This home comes with our highest recommendation.

  • Review Submitted: 08/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tuscan Beauty

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful villa with views everywhere. Located reasonably closed to Montepulciano (30 mins.), Montelcino (30 mins.), and Siena (45 mins.). Kitchen was very well equipped; there were significant staples provided (maybe left by other visitors, but we found olive oil, basalmic vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, coffee, dish soap etc). Fresh herbs (rosemary, oregano, basil, dill, sage, lavender) were throughout the gardens.). Michael was a gracious and friendly host who helped arrange for a balloon ride (only 10 mins. away) and for a cooking school with Alessandra (delicious and with enough food for two dinners, so don't do it your last night). We enjoyed the villa thoroughly. Thanks Michael!

  • Review Submitted: 11/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Un dépaysement à l'image de la belle Toscane

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un très bon séjour dans la maison de Michael. C'est un dépaysement total, un petit havre de paix au milieu de magnifiques paysages toscans.

C'est une ancienne ferme, réaménagée dans la simplicité en grande maison familiale pour accueillir facilement 8-9 personnes. Nous ne manquions de rien car la cuisine est bien équipée en ustensiles et vaisselle de tout genre. Nous avons passé nos journées dans le beau jardin et ses différents espaces dédiés à la détente.

C'est un bon point pour explorer une partie de la vallée d'Orcia avec une belle cité Renaissance de Pienza, puis Montalcino et sa Fattoria dei Barbi avec le délicieux vin Brunello, le monastère Monte Oliveto Maggiore dont le grand cloître est orné de fresques de Sodoma, sans oublier le charmant village de Montisi...

Un grand Merci à Michael, pour son accueil chaleureux, sa disponibilité, ses superbes légumes du jardin, sa bienveillance et sa sympathie. Nous y reviendrions avec joie!

  • Review Submitted: 24/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
133 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Bettolle A1 Autostrada going from Rome to Milano
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Around Grosseto
Car: necessary

Located in central Tuscany, il Colombaio makes it easy to explore the area, discovering its foods, wines, and more. It is close to the towns of Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Cortona and the cities of Siena, Arezzo, Perugia. Il Colombaio di Momo is 1.5hr drive from Florence and 2hrs. from Rome. We are happy to help you with suggestions for daily outings, places to eat, spa's built around hot springs, guided historical or wine tours, truffle hunting tours, and give you schedules of musical events, nearby town festivals, schedules of local markets.

You can just as easily get a massage , yoga lesson, painting lessons, cooking class, bike tour, a balloon flight, or go horseback riding.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday farmhouse in San Giovanni d'Asso, Italy

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall 2018
27 Oct 2018 - 24 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$627.88

Please contact us for complete information about our policies and how to pay. Il Colombaio is rented as a whole house; never room by room. The rate is for a single week, from May1 through September 30. I have a reduced rate in April,Oct and Nov generally to cover possible heating costs payed for by the renter.The rate is reduced for rentals of multiple weeks. Rental Rates

One week 1.800 Euro
Two weeks 3.400 Euro
Three weeks 4.400 Euro
Four weeks 5.000 Euro

Central heating is available and should it be used the cost will be calculated according to use and considered an extra charge to the renter.

Fees for cancellations/No-show

More then 6 months prior to arrival: no cancellation fee.
From 6 months to 60 days prior to reserved date, we will return the deposit if we are able to rent the house to another guest.

Your full payment is due 60 days prior to the day of arrival. Up until 30 days before arrival date, we will refund 50% of the total rental. In the last 30 days prior to the rental date, there are no refunds.

When you arrive you will find il Colombaio professionally cleaned and welcoming; additional cleaning services during your stay are available upon request.

To inquire about available dates, please contact me. I will be glad to talk with you about your visit.

Michael Moab Brubeck
[Mobile] +39 338 8709516
[Skype] momobrubeck

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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