Our self catering accommodation is in an 800 year old converted monastery situated 5 minutes drive from the Renaissance town of Montepulciano, renowned for its Vino Nobile wines, close to art and culture, with great views, restaurants, coffee bars and enotecas. You’ll love our place due to the coziness, the views, the people and the location. Great for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers, families (with kids), large groups, and with prior permission, great for furry friends (pets).
Guests have access in the summer period to our pool, to relax in our spacious gardens and terraces with breathtaking views, usage of our BBQs, or for burning the odd calorie, free use of our private 2 mile running / walking trail that winds through our farmland, the rolling hills and our forest.
Interaction with guests
Our office at Sant’ Antonio is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 17.00 for our guests to receive any local information on the various towns to explore. On arrival, all guests receive our own designed map and we personally explain which wineries to visit and wines to taste, which areas offer the best trekking paths, we provide local secrets where natural thermal spas and pools can be accessed and of course the best local enotecas, restaurants and coffee bars.
Other things to note
All the apartments of Sant’ Antonio are self catering and are fully furnished with linen, towels etc and all kitchen utensils.
Linen is changed twice a week; on your arrival and mid week.
Nico spent the 1st 18 years living in different countries, predominantly in Kenya and Tanzania where his father Jimmy was a hotelier and grandfather Angelo a coffee producer. This provided Nico at a young age with personal experience in the hospitality sector and learnt to speak 6 languages. In 1989 Nico left Africa to follow in his father’s footsteps and further his studies in England where he graduated in Guilford and worked for renown establishments such as The Savoy Hotel, The Ritz Hotel, Mandarin Oriental and The Capital Hotels Ltd. in London.
Nico has always embraced sport which has been part of his life since childhood. He founded and co-owns Purosangue Athletics Club promoting clean sportsmanship with a big NO to doping on an international level. The club scouts, coaches and manages elite athletes that compete internationally. He also assists in the coordination and international relations for the top athletes sector of the IAAF Gold Label Rome Marathon as well as other running competitions.
In 1997 he was awarded the Acorn Award as young entrepreneur in Great Britain in the restaurants and hospitality industry after which he moved back to his “Italian Roots” to start his own business and new journey with his wife Elena.
Elena, born in Rome, she spent the 1st part of her life living amongst the grapevines in Tuscany between Montepulciano and Cortona. Her father Ettore, a renowned wine producer; founder and former producer of Avignonesi winery taught her the ropes in viticulture.
A change in her career took her to the University of Perugia to study veterinary medicine however her passion for wine brought her back into viticulture and in 1994 she went to London to study at “The Wines and Spirit Education Trust". In London Elena became the wine buyer for The Ritz Hotel and furthered her career in wine marketing with Enotria Wine Cellars.
Both Nico & Elena’s common passion for wine, food, enjoyment and travel placed them on an inseparable path and they now live together with their 2 children - Sofia, Filippo and Boxer dog “Caio” at Sant’ Antonio. Elena’s colourful touch in interior decorating and green thumb for gardening has turned Sant’ Antonio into a Tuscan pearl for guests to enjoy.