Il Colombaio is a renovated 17th century farmhouse which overlooks the rolling hills of southern Tuscany. It is both totally private and only a ten-minute walk from Montisi, a warm and welcoming small village.

There are three bedrooms: one with a king, two with queens that can be divided into singles. In addition the king bedroom has two singles in the entry room, which can be used for children or an insomniac spouse. There is also an extra single in one of the other bedrooms. Each bedroom has its own full bathroom and there is one bathroom downstairs. There is a sitting room upstairs and another down, allowing a group of friends to share a holiday, but be alone when they wish.

The old podere ( a working farm) was lived in by generations of contadini until two years before my parents bought it in 1972. While wanting to maintain the simplicity of a historical farmhouse with its hand-hewn doors and manger boards, they created a warm and welcoming environment, filled with Moroccan rugs, books to be read, and corners to curl up in. 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.

Olive groves, fruit trees and cypress surround the house, where there is a large aia, a flat open space once used for beating grain but now space for open-air dinners. Outside the arched doors that run the length of the front of the house are pots of geraniums. Lemons line the terrace wall, lavender and roses are spotted about, and jasmine climbs the walls.

I’ve been coming here since I was five years old, but only took full responsibility for the house in the  1990s.  For the past fifteen years I have sculpted the grounds, planted gardens, reset ancient stone walls and paths and tended the olives, all in a way that best preserves and respects the centuries of intense labor that went into cultivating this land.

I want my guests to enjoy the house, the land, and, very importantly the village, with its crooked stone streets and the amazing human warmth and spirit which makes this village so special.

— Momo Brubeck


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