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Review of Casa Podere Monti

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Casa Podere Monti
Reviewed August 8, 2012

What a gem of a place! The location is great, near Casola D'Elsa which has a few small restaurants and bars as well as WiFi and a couple of shops for essential items. In fact whilst we were there they held their annual town BBQ in the main square - the idea being that you buy your meat from the local butcher and then pay a small fee for it to be cooked. The fee includes wine, a place on the tables and bread etc. Podere Monti is spot on - the owners are on site and are very friendly, helpful and always available. Everywhere is well maintained and the pool is a good size, clean, and enjoys a nice (essential) breeze as a result of its vantage point on the hillside with stunning views right out over San Gimignagno across the fields and hills. We stayed in the newly renovated 2 bedroomed house which was well equipped and included (optional) air conditioning, an oven, dishwasher, kettle and (although we didn't watch it) a TV. If I did miss anything it was that there was no WiFi available, although by the end of the holiday I found a WiFi cafe in the town. The Podere Monti also has a good sized BBQ area with a large BBQ and the same stunning views as you enjoy from the pool. Great facility if you meet or make friends whilst you are there. If you look carefully you will also find fresh herbs growing in the garden such as Rosemary and Thyme. The location is also very easy to get to Siena, Florence, San Gimignano, Volterra etc from. Note there is also a small supermarket on the lower outskirts of the town that is not immediately obvious as it looks like a large industrial shed from the outside! Called the Consorzio Agrario de Siena near the petrol station.

Room Tip: The detached 2 bed house is very well equipped.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

The pictures on the internet looked good but Podere Monti exceeded our expectations. The appartment was clean and spacious, the owners friendly and welcoming, the pool and views superb and a brilliant location to explore Tuscany. We found some excellant walking nearby and loved Casole d Elsa with its quirky statues - the breadshops were great.

We enjoyed our holiday so much we booked for next year before we left.

Room Tip: We had appartment Gelso which was a first floor with an enormous mezanine room for the children whic...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

I fully agree with everything that has been said in previous reviews but I must add that it was also the little things that made Podere Monti special, such as the lavender bushes in the gardens that attracted many species of beautiful butterflies. and the birdsong from several different birds all at once (even during the night) Also sitting outside on our terrace on warm evenings eating tasty local produce and drinking regional wines and when it got dark watching the twinkling tiny green lights of fireflies. This added to a wonderful relaxing (much needed) holiday.

Room Tip: We were five ladies holidaying together, we rented the studio and adjoining appartment that gave us...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

We have visited many Italian holiday places and this is definitely one of the best, especially for its location - the fine views of the countryside and the nearby hill town of Casole d'Elsa which is very pretty and not full of tourists. A good base for trips to Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra all only about 30-40 minutes away. Comfortable accommodation - only drawback was minimal cooking equipment / facilities. We are already thinking about when we can visit again...

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 15, 2011

This is a great location, the local village is lovely and the walk to the resturants and bars is about a mile, but mainly off road so its safe. Its a very rustic location so don't expect flat screen TV's and range cookers, its basic but has everything you need and the views from the pool area are stunning.
Could do with a visitors book so that people could give tips to other users, things like good parking areas in the main towns etc, particularly useful for first time visitors.
Thank you to the family we had a special holiday.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

I loved my holiday at Podere Monti (as did my Mum and my three grown up kids). The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, the owners are a delight, and the view from the pool is breathtaking. Great Barbecue area, and well equiped kitchen in a very comfortable villa. Gardens well kept. Only negative was the lack of Wifi. A gentle 20 minute walk from the nearby town of Casole D'Elsa, which (though small) is charming and interesting. A trip up the bell tower for the commanding views is a must. It has a couple of good restaurants, and one excellent one, a great baker and butcher and a small supermarket. A great location for viewing the Tuscany countryside, with many beautiful villages nearby or just 45 minutes from Sienna and 1hr 15 from Florence, and hour from the beach. Would definitely recommend it.

(unless you want fairgrounds, waterslides and nightclubs, in which case, this may not be the place for you)

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 3, 2011

The location of Podere Monti is all you would expect it to be, after all this is Tuscany! Comfortable and well equipped accommodation, a pool witha view to match any Hollywood film set and an atmosphere to captivate anyone. What made it so special was the location near the delightful hilltop town of Casole d Elsa, the magical towns of Siena, Volterra, San Gimignano and Florence, but above all the local knowledge of the totally genial host, Federica. Her 'no trouble' attitude and tips on local eateries were especially welcome, all the more as she arranged a meal for my wife's very special birthday at the not to be missed Osteria alla Piazza in Castellina in Chianti. Don't miss it! Thanks Podere Monti for a not to be forgotten experience

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Casa Podere Monti

Address: Localita Podere Monti 13, 53031 Casole d'Elsa, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Casole d'Elsa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Casole d'Elsa
Price Range: $86 - $114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Podere Monti is located in the heart of the Siena countryside, just a few kilometres from Siena, Florence, San Gimignano, Volterra, Chianti and Val d'Elsa, a perfect place to visit the main attractions of Tuscany. The holiday homes are entirely family run and the owners live in the same building, enabling them to meet all your needs or offer help. ... more   less 
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