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.
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- 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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