A great place to base yourself to explore Tuscany, discover great food and wines
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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 Montisi
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....
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Return to Montisi
This is my fourth visit to Colombiao di Momo, and as always it was a wonderful stay with friends. The house and gardens were lovely as always, and Momo remains responsive to any queries and extremely helpful. Great location for trips to Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Siena-- and this time we even went to the coast for a day.
My family and I recently returned from a week at Colombiao di Momo and it exceeded our expectations in every way. First off, the property is stunning: Situated among olive groves on a hillside overlooking the fields and mountains of southern Tuscany. It is extremely well cared for with plenty of room to eat, play, explore etc. Our children enjoyed hours playing outside and in the nearby fields. It's also perfectly located 30 minutes from Montalcino, Montepulciano and Pienza.
As for the house, well -- the pictures don't tell the whole story. It is absolutely fabulous. My 83-year-old mother -- who stayed with us for three days -- was tearing up at the loveliness of it all. It is warm, welcoming, well-stocked and decorated beautifully -- filled with Michael's family heirlooms from travels throughout Morocco, the Middle East and beyond. All told, four of us stayed the entire week, and we were joined for three nights by my brother, his daughter and my mom and everyone had private space: including their own bedrooms and bathrooms. We had plenty of room to spread out and not be on top of each other. In addition, the kitchen was extremely well stocked with all the cooking utensils and instruments you could want -- and Michael gave us a can of his own olive oil from the surrounding fields (along with wine, cheese, salumi and other noshes) at the start of our week -- just an excellent touch.
And that brings me to the host himself. Michael was singularly the best host I've ever had the pleasure of renting from. He clearly cares about his property and his guests' enjoyment. He is full of great recommendations -- including welcoming us to a village-wide lunch on communal tables on the village's Main Street that proved to be the highlight of our week in Tuscany. He's a gem -- and a real bridge into the quiet world of real Tuscan living. As far as we traveled, we always felt at home back in Montisi -- largely thanks to Michael's hospitality. And he was incredibly kind to us last year when we couldn't make the trip due to a medical emergency.
In all, Colombiao di Momo was absolutely perfect, and I can't wait to return again soon.
Stunning Villa in Tuscany
We arrived to a warm wlecome from the host who provided us with all the information of the surrounding area. The villa was spacious, beautifully decorated and had all the amenties one needs on holiday.
Would recommend this villa to anyone wanting the perfect accomodation in Tuscany.
Group of 7 from Kiama Nsw Australia
Classic Tuscan Farmhouse Retreat
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.
Perfect spot for a vacation in Tuscany
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!
Best vacation ever
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 !
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.