"We rented Podere Dadino which is located between Monte San Savino and Lucignano in Tuscany. In the words of our children and grandchildren, “it was the best family vacation ever!” The home and the grounds exceeded all our expectations.
The house is located in sunflower, grape and corn fields about 15 minutes from each of the two nearest towns. The grounds/house incorporates a very large pool, a 6 bedrooms/4 full baths, a full vegetable garden, bocce court, outdoor brick grill with dry wood and a pizza oven.
The rooms in the house are all large. The kitchen is large and very well equipped with the best dinnerware and extensive cooking utensils. It has a good oven and cook top but no garbage disposal. There was a place for organic garbage on the grounds. The recyclable trash is deposited in large containers along the roads. The bathrooms are very well equipped including a complete first aid kit in each.
The care and management of the house and grounds are in the hands of Lolita, who met us when we arrived and briefed us on the house and grounds and also offered an optional service along with her mother to cook meals, etc. We also had the occasion to call her when one of our cars had a flat tire at the house. She brought a mechanic to the house and he took care of the tire.
The care of the pool and grounds was handled by Piero, a fine Italian gentleman, who was at the house every 3 or 4 days. He cared for the vegetable garden which provided us with tomatoes (regular and plum), cucumbers, zucchini, onions and basil throughout our stay. We arrived at the tail end of the plum season from the tree on the grounds. We had 3 days of fresh plums. Piero kept the pool absolutely spotless and skimmed.
Paola came to the house each Friday to change the bed linens and bath towels. The quality of the linens and towels was first class. There is a washing machine but no dryer, but plenty of facility for hanging clothes on the racks outdoors.
One of our initial concerns when we were considering renting the house was that it is not air conditioned. This was not a problem.
The house also offers two TV sets, with satellite coverage (primarily foreign) and WiFi in several of the rooms. The library of DVDs is extensive as is the reading library.
To repeat the words of our children, “it was the best vacation ever!”, certainly aided by the many comforts afforded by this very special house in this very special area."
Guest: JoAnne and Frank
Date of Stay: July 2016
Review Submitted: August 17, 2016