Beautiful Tuscan Country Villa - Pool - Pizza Oven - Gourmet Kitchen - Bocce(37 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Property type:Villa
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Private Villa, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths + Attached 2 bedroom, 1 Bath Guesthouse
- COUNTRY ELEGANCE - SPACIOUS AND WELCOMING
- 4 BEDROOM, 3 BATH MAIN VILLA - PLUS 2 BEDROOM, 1 BATH GUESTHOUSE
- MAIN HOUSE CAN BE RENTED BY ITSELF, OR RENT BOTH MAIN AND GUEST HOUSES FOR A LARGER GROUP
- METICULOUSLY RENOVATED
- GORGEOUS PRIVATE POOL AND GROUNDS, BOCCE COURT
- GOURMET KITCHEN, OUTDOOR PIZZA OVEN, BBQ
- GREAT SPACES FOR OUTDOOR COOKING AND DINING
- 30+ FIVE STAR REVIEWS
SEE OUR WEBSITE for lots more photos and more description (link below).
Surrounded by fields of sunflowers and wheat in the rolling hills of the unspoiled Val di Chiana, this lovely Tuscan country villa is located between two charming hilltop villages filled with great restaurants, wines, and exceptional shopping - as well as art, history, and beautiful views.
Podere Dadino is a two-story, stone and brick house, typical of the area. It has been carefully restored, retaining the original elements of brick arches, beamed ceilings, and some interior walls of exposed stone and brick. The spacious and comfortable, main house totals approximately 3500 square feet.
You enter through a covered portico (porch, with outdoor table for ten). Inside, three large arches divide the eat-in kitchen (with antique farmhouse table), the dining room with a table for twelve or more, and the sunny living room with large open fireplace and high-end (but comfortable) sofas and armchairs. On the other side of the kitchen are a bathroom with shower; a study with large antique wooden table/desk and a daybed; a TV room with access to the garden and pool area; and a laundry room with plenty of storage space.
A stone staircase leads upstairs to the high-ceilinged, airy, sitting room; four bedrooms (two bedrooms, each with a king-size bed, and two bedrooms, each with a queen-size bed); two baths (one with shower, and one very large bathroom with shower and separate jacuzzi tub); and a large walk-in closet.
The house has plenty of space to be 'together' as a family or group of friends - whether at the pool, playing bocce, cooking delicious meals and enjoying them indoors or out, or chatting in the living room. The layout also allows for private spaces when you want some time alone - whether working (or dozing) in the study, having a quiet read in the upstairs sitting room, or finding a peaceful spot under the trees.
The attached guesthouse, approximately 430 square feet, has a separate entrance, two bedrooms (each with a queen-size bed), a small bath with shower, and a kitchen-sitting room.
The appliances are new. The kitchens are fully equipped and suitable for gourmet cooking. All mattresses, couches, and armchairs are new, comfortable, and of high quality. The bathrooms have modern fixtures. All windows and doors have mosquito screens. Otherwise, the house has been decorated and furnished in traditional Tuscan country-style, with characteristic colors, fabrics, and carefully chosen antique pieces for an authentic and comfortable Tuscan experience.
Although easily accessible and not remote (it is five kilometers from the A1 motorway exit), no other houses are visible from the house or grounds. A 400-meter (approximately 4000 feet long) private, gravel road leads to the house, so the house is well back from the road behind a large field. The house sits on more than 1.75 acres of well-manicured private garden and lawns, offering several areas for dining al fresco, entertaining, or relaxing with a book and a glass of wine.
The grounds have been professionally landscaped with lawns, roses, lavender, flowers and shrubs of all sorts, pots of oleander and aromatic flowers set around mature fruit trees (plums, apricots, pears, apples, nuts, and figs), cypress, and shade trees. The garden includes a productive 50 square meter organic vegetable and herb garden with lettuces, heirloom tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and more.
The covered front portico, with table and chairs for 10, is a favorite place for breakfast in the morning and dinner in the evening - watching the morning light or the sunset with the hills in the distance.
A wisteria-covered loggia, with traditional outdoor pizza oven, dining table and chairs, is located on the side of the house near the pool, together with a large BBQ for outdoor cooking. The loggia is a perfect, shady spot for lunch! And making your own pizzas is a lot of fun.
The 6 by 12 meter (approximately 18 feet by 36 feet) swimming pool, with outdoor shower, gets full sun throughout the day. A stand of trees makes a shady spot at one end of the pool, next to the full size bocce ball court - for your evening bocce games. At the other end of the pool, a rustic, wisteria-covered pergola offers another space for outdoor dining or dozing.
The house is great for a group of friends to relax and catch up; for hosting an extended family or two; for celebrating a milestone birthday, a special anniversary, or a family event; or just as a place to experience Tuscany at its best.
The property is perfectly located for exploring southern Tuscany and Umbria, either by main road or country roads. The house is just over the 'border' dividing the provinces of Arezzo and Siena, giving you the two prettiest valleys in Tuscany - the Val di Chiana and the Val d’Orcia (a UNESCO world heritage site). Charming towns, history, art, beautiful scenery, great restaurants, wine, and artisan foods are found in every direction.
Siena is 35 kilometers away, Arezzo 20 kilometers, Cortona 15 kilometers. Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza, the Colli Aretini and Colli Senesi wine roads (and wineries), the hot water mineral spas south of Siena, Etruscan archaeological sites, and many other places of interest, including events, festivals, local markets, and the designer outlets are easily reached for day trips. We provide a detailed House Book that offers suggestions and advice on restaurants, shopping, places to visit, things to do, and much more.
Please email with any questions, and check our website. We love the house and the area - and hope you will too.
For a stay in Florence of two weeks or more, see our Florence house: vrbo # 276409
Keywords: Country House, villa, pool, pizza oven, privacy, child-friendly, gourmet kitchen
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Member since: 2007
- 3500 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 12
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 8-12
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms
- Away From It All
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Room
- Seating for 12 people
- Alarm Clock
- Filtered Water
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Mobile Phone:
- Parking Off Street
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet:
- Wood Fireplace:
- Wood Stove:
- Catering Available:
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Beach Towels
Deck / Patio:
covered porch in front of house with dining table and chairs for 10; covered portico on side of house with grill and outdoor pizza oven, plus table and chairs for 8; third table under the pergola...moreless
Pool / Spa
- Outdoor Pool
- Housekeeper Optional
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Low - winter 2016/spring 2017
Oct 30 - Mar 31, 2017
7 night min stay
Mid-season - spring 2017
Apr 1 - Jun 10, 2017
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
High season - summer 2017
Jun 11 - Sep 16, 2017
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Mid-season - fall 2017
Sep 17 - Oct 28, 2017
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Low - winter 2017/spring 2018
Oct 29 - Mar 31, 2018
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
Rates posted are for main house only. For main house plus guest house, add $500 per week. Minimum stay is seven nights.
Owner's cancellation policy:
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The house is located in the prettiest and unspoiled part of the Tuscan countryside: beautiful natural scenery, charming medieval and Renaissance hill towns with beautiful views, art, historic architecture and churches, markets, incredible food, festivals, mineral spas, and many places to explore, easy access to cities and towns.
We provide a detailed House Book with lots of information about the area, restaurants, shopping, sights, day trips, and more.
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: We (the owners) live in the USA, and rented houses in Tuscany for 25 years before finding, buying, and furnishing Podere Dadino. In our years of renting other houses, we had many good experiences as well as some that were disappointing, so we knew what we wanted and what makes for a satisfying stay in the Tuscan countryside. We have furnished and decorated the house with care - and always keep it perfectly maintained. Our goal is that you feel at home when you come through the door, and that everything is in place to make your stay both relaxing and memorable. It is our vacation home too - and we are very demanding! When we are here, we alternate between days of sightseeing and relaxation, swimming and playing bocce, with visits to our favorite restaurants and checking out recommendations of new ones. We cook too, grilling meats from the famous butchers in nearby Monte San Savino and using the freshest vegetables and fruits in season. The traditional pizza oven is a big 'plus.' We get lots of 'fun' reading done and spend lots of time by the pool. When we had the pool put in and the grounds landscaped, we knew we had to have a bocce court, as we have such warm memories of bocce tournaments with our children and friends in houses we rented in years past. In all, a stay here is the perfect antidote to the rest of the working year. Our informative House Book describes local restaurants, shopping, events, and places to visit in this beautiful part of Italy. The house itself is stocked with cookbooks, guidebooks, novels and mysteries, dvds and books for all ages.
Why the Owner Chose Monte San Savino AR, Italy:
The location is ideal: the house and grounds offer privacy, peace and quiet, yet easy distance to the most charming and lovely Tuscan towns and sights. This is truly classic Tuscan 'postcard' country: hills and valleys; centuries old cypress trees; winding roads between fields of sunflowers, wheat, olives, and grapevines, leading to medieval and Renaissance villages and spectacular views. It is unspoiled and not flooded with tourists - it is still a place where Italians live and work the land. It is also the perfect place for developing an idyllic routine of breakfast in the garden, then a drive to explore a nearby town of interest, see the historic and artistic sights and do a bit of shopping, ending just in time to enjoy a leisurely lunch at a terrific trattoria or more elaborate restaurant. Come home for a late afternoon swim, doze by the pool or in the shade, read the book you have wanted to get to, or practice your bocce ball game. Then, over a glass of local wine and some handcrafted cheeses, think about whether to cook dinner with the produce from the garden and what you purchased at the market, maybe make your own pizzas in the outdoor oven, grill some steaks, or to go out for another memorable meal. After dinner, relax some more, maybe with your book, a game of cards, or watching a dvd - or the fireflies - as you sip vin santo and plan your next day. There is always somewhere new to find and explore: last summer we checked out Umbria and Lake Trasimeno. Our guests are always making great recommendations from their stays - guest have gone fishing, hiking, truffle hunting, biking, horseback riding, to the spas, the outlets, archaeology sites, and discovered restaurants and festivals.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
We have a lifelong local man (1 kilometer away) who takes excellent care of the garden and grounds and is available for any repairs or problems. A very efficient young woman oversees the house cleaning and can also provide delicious Tuscan home cooking for your family or group. Guests have raved about her cooking! The swimming pool is professionally cleaned and serviced every week. And finally, our friendly and bilingual (English-Italian) property manager in nearby Florence will make sure all is well. We answer questions promptly via email - or telephone, Skype, or Face-time if you would like to talk. We are attentive to any questions, needs, or concerns. We hope that you will love the area and the house as much as we do. If you want to experience Tuscany and Tuscan food at its best, this is the spot - whether you want to cook at home or try a different restaurant every day. Our garden provides the herbs and vegetables (in season). Our kitchen has modern appliances, granite and stone counters, a big country table, and a comfortable rustic feel. The dining room table extends to seat 12. Outdoors, there are both a built in brick and stone grill (for grilling Tuscany's famous meats) and a traditional, stone oven for making your own pizzas, plus plenty of space for outdoor dining.
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Back of house, with large private pool. Surrounded by fields.
Spacious front lawn - the house sits on two acres of private grounds.
View from the front porch - see the village of Lucignano in the distance.
The kitchen has everything needed for gourmet cooking.
Study with handmade table - a great place to work or relax.
Bedroom 2 - the green bedroom - with king bed, and antique wardrobe.
Bedroom 4 - the yellow bedroom - with queen bed, and charming headboard.
Large bathroom with shower and tub (2 more bathrooms with showers) in main house
Bedroom 6 - the coral bedroom - with queen bed, in the guesthouse.
Large built in BBQ grill.
Organic vegetable garden with lettuces, tomatoes, zucchini, and much more.
View of the back of the house shows how peaceful, private, and green it is.
Front of house. With fields on all sides - no other houses are visible.
Front porch - a great place for breakfast or any meal - and a great view.
Kitchen with antique farmhouse table, and all new appliances.
Dining room with Tuscan table that expands to seat up to 16.
Bedroom 1 - the rose bedroom - with king bed. New mattresses on all beds.
Bedroom 3 - the blue bedroom - with queen bed.
Bright, airy upstairs sitting room.
Bedroom 5 with queen bed - in the guesthouse. Bathroom with shower.
The pool gets lots of sun, and is very private.
Traditional outdoor oven for making your own pizzas. Firewood included.
Full size bocce ball court.
Neighbor's sunflower field in July.
This listing was first published here in 2007.
Date last modified - Thursday, March 23, 2017
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