Private Villa, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths + Attached 2 bedroom, 1 Bath Guesthouse
- english, italian
About victoria belco
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.
victoria belco purchased this Villa in 2005
Why victoria belco chose Monte San Savino
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.
What makes this Villa unique
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.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
crib and high chair. Unfenced pool
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Stay as Long as You Can: It's a Wonderful Place
Friends and family made this comfortable and well-appointed country house our base for a memorable 2-week stay. A major reason for choosing this house was near certainty that the property would be as good in person as it looked online and that everything would work. (We had trouble with the TV, but that was probably due to our ineptitude.) We not only liked the house, but just as importantly, we liked the location and the incredibly helpful instructions provided re: everything from what shops to visit in the nearby villages to how to run the washing machine. Not that we spent a lot of time at our Tuscan home--we set forth every day to visit a new hill town to discover the riches of Tuscany all around us. At night, we cooked communal dinners and shared our day's adventures. If there were anything I could change about this nearly perfect place, it would be to build a footpath to the nearest village so walking there was easier. A car is necessary, so expect a fair amount of driving depending on how you want to spend your days. It would be nice to visit again when the weather is warmer to take advantage of the yard and pool. But, the cooler weather meant fires in the fireplace and grilling outside over a wood fire. And, we never had enough time to finish reading all of the great Italian cookbooks and local guides. Next time!
A Tuscan Treasure!
For several years I have envisioned a trip to Tuscany with friends, staying at a lovely villa, , visiting nearby medieval hill top villages taking time out for lunch, a glass of wine and some gelato of course, then returning home to our place in the countryside. Well, I couldn't have chosen a better villa to make this dream come true. All seven of us fell in love with it the minute we saw it. Lolita greeted us warmly, and we certainly enjoyed the dinner she prepared and delivered to us. Believe me, after a overnight flight, and driving from the Rome airport, we were more than delighted and relieved to sit down to a delicious dinner and to start enjoying our vacation. Speaking of Lolita and food, I would highly recommend arranging a "pizza night" with her. Lolita and her mother came and prepared a lovely meal for us featuring pizza with three different toppings. We had this our last night which was a great idea.
We rented both the house and the guest house so everyone had their own bedroom which they loved. We focused on the farm to table theme. Despite the fact that it was towards the end of the season, we took advantage of what was in the vegetable garden making stuffed squash, butternut squash soup, eggplant parmesan , and many dishes involving fresh tomatoes. Of course, it was a treat to run out to garden to grab a head of fresh lettuce for the night's salad. We certainly can't complain about the weather, as it had cooled down considerably from the high temperatures of the summer. The Tuscan sun, warm but not too hot, greeted us each day. To work in all the villages we had intended to see, we got home too late each day to take full advantage of the amazing swimming pool. However, we did work in a couple of naps poolside.
Speaking of villages, we visited 14 of them.... Cortona, Assisi, Volterra, San Gimignano, Montalcino, Sienna, Orvieto, Pienza, Montepulciano, Arezzo, etc.
We had a hard time coming up with a favorite. On good advice, we took the train to Florence (to avoid the driving in the city). As "Rick Steve's disciples" we went to the Academia, the Uffizi Gallery, and followed his audio Renaissance Walk through Florence.
Another special treat for us was a cooking class at Podere Il Casale near Pienza. It was fantastic! Driving through Italy on the narrow, curvy roads presented a bit more of a challenge than anticipated even with the car's Garmin, but we returned the cars unscathed.
Wish we could have stayed longer!
Nice house and a great location
Just spent a fun week with extended family at this house, and it was everything the reviews described it as. We were there during a heat wave (it was in the 90's all week, including at night), so the pool was essential and all of us used it everyday. It's a great pool, very large and clean, with plenty of room for a big family to use. A couple caveats: the house does not have A/C and it is *extremely* warm even with fans in all the bedrooms, so be prepared for that if you're there in July and August. We enjoyed exploring many nearby towns including Sienna, Arezzo, Monte San Savino, Florence, and Lucignano, however nothing is in walking distance from the house (especially given the narrow bending roads which are dangerous to walk beside), so keep that in mind if that is something important to you. (Being able to easily walk into a town.) Lolita, the house keeper, was very kind and helpful. We hired her and her mother to make us a 4-course Italian dinner one night, which was fantastic. We also took advantage of the outdoor barbecue and bocce ball court. Overall, a great house and a great location!
Live your perfect life
We came to this amazing house to share a week with friends and family from the USA, Holland, Peru and Switzerland. We had 3 kids who took full advantage of the beautiful pool and the green space and garden.... we may have even left you a frisbee!
The adults loved the large "american" beds, the various outdoor spaces where we enjoyed aperol spritz's every night, and the pool as well. We had Lolita over to prepare wood fired pizzas for the group and explored Siena, Montepulciano and Lucignano and Monte San Savino. Such a joy. The house is fully stocked with everything you need from towels to great quality knives to countless books, and sound advice from the owners. You can't go wrong with this spot! Enjoy.
One wonderful week in Tuscany
My family of nine members recently spent a week at Podere Dadino. What a lovely home! Every comfort and need was well thought out. After a long day of sightseeing, it was a special treat for us to enjoy the beautiful pool and bask in the warm Tuscan sun.
I highly recommend this property and hope to return in the near future.
Under the Tuscan Sun in September
We can't express how much we enjoyed staying at this beautiful Tuscan country home nestled between two charming towns. It was absolutely perfect! Our visit to Tuscany included four couples and 3 young adult children. The home met our every need. The grounds are immaculate, the house beautifully restored with many amenities for your use. Many of the other reviews outline the amenities which I won't reiterate; however, other items to also mention are that it includes a complete library highlighting travel and regional highlights as well as a large collection of Tuscan cookbooks.
Victoria, one of the owners and main contact could not be more responsive to any question you may have. She is an email away whether in the US or in Italy. Lolita is the local contact who is minutes away is available for information, preparing meals and responding to any needs you may have. Our group asked Lolita to prepare a dinner on the day we arrived as we were quite jet lagged and she delivered a wonderful meal and shared much information about the local area. We cooked in all the other days and I must say we gave the kitchen a thorough workout and it met all our needs. We enjoyed pizza night by the authentic wood burning pizza oven which was another highlight among so many.
With the house as a main gathering place, we visited wineries in Montepulciano and the surrounding area. The Vino Nobile was outstanding and I fear we spent far to many Euros shipping wine home. We attended a cooking school in Cortona which was a tremendous amount of fun. At the end of the instructions everyone sits down to eat the huge meal along with pitchers of Vino dela Casa. Victoria provides a very comprehensive "house book" in advance with many, many recommendations about all these areas as well as information about the house and grounds.
Other days we spent seeing the sights in , Arezzo, Cortona, Orvieto, Montalcino, Siena and travelling the Chianti road. Our groups were sometimes split up but then we all met back at the Villa. The evenings were filled with cooking, eating and enjoying the wines.
If you want to stay at a quintessential Tuscan villa that is the picture of everything you ever think of about when dreaming ofTuscany, this is the place for you. The time was not nearly enough.
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, wineries, festivals, mineral spas, and many places to explore, with easy access to cities and towns.
Our nearest towns are Lucignano (5 minutes) and Monte San Savino (15 minutes), and both have great restaurants and cafes. Also near Cortona, Arezzo, Siena, the lovely towns of the Val d'Orcia (a Unesco world heritage site), Pienza, Lake Trasimeno, for many possible day trips.
Take cooking lessons, go truffle hunting or wine tasting, visit museums, shop the outlets, and just admire the spectacular views.
We provide a detailed House Book with lots of information about the area, restaurants, shopping, sights, day trips, activities, and more.