My family and i hired the whole of the hotel for a week, as they also hire it out as a villa (called Beppes villa on some web sites). It was perfect for us, 9 large bedrooms, all ensuite and tastefully decorated to a high standard. The large dining room was great for our meals together, and Mama prepared breakfast for us most mornings and cooked us a 4 course meal twice at our request. All meals were optional, but proved to be good value, especially the breakfast as it meant we didnt have to worry about shopping and feeding the children in the morning, and all the preparing and clearing up was done for us. Feeding 14 people in the morning was much simpler this way, and the left over bread/ meat/ cheese/ fruit/ yogurt/ juice etc was left for us to finish off through the day, which often made for an easy lunch with a few added extras. We can recommend the evening meals too, home made pastas, lasagne, beef stew, tiramisu etc all fabulous! The kitchen is well equipped, except there was no kettle so we had a pan on the stove the whole time for tea! and no washing machine.
Outside is perfect, huge pool, lovely garden with fruit trees and views to remember, plus a hammock in the shade which was well used due to the summer heat. Our only problem was there was no air conditioning and only 2 rooms had fans, which led to some warm and sticky nights at the height of summer. Radicondoli is about 15 mins walk up a steep hill, and is a lovely littel traditional village, with a few shops, a bar and a great osteria called la pergola which has the most amazing views from its terrace. Book ahead in the peak months if you want a terrace seat. The drive up to the villa is long and winding and the dirt track which leads from the road needs to be taken very slowly, but you get rewarded with great views and a sense of your own little piece of tuscan hillside.
Overall, the owners are very helpful and friendly, the villa/hotel is fantastic and the views are what you dream of, i recommend you go!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Podere Giogliano is an ancient stone building, recovered from a original thirteenth-century village, which still dominates the surrounding hillside. A typical country dirt road takes you to this charming retreat, which is located in Radicondoli, a small medieval village near Siena, in the green Tuscan countryside.The family hotel consists of 9 rooms, restaurant, bar and swimming pool and it’s a unique experience of Tuscan hospitality and genuine tastes of the territory of Siena.The hotel is ideal for a relaxing and resting holiday, close to the most beautiful cultural and artistic places of Tuscany.In Podere Giogliano customers can enjoy the large garden with pool or take in stunning views of Tuscany from the terrace / solarium.The hotel has a bar that offers a wide service to customers, even poolside. (Pool open from April/May to September)The breakfast buffet is served in a typical Tuscan-style dining room, inside the structure.Podere Giogliano also offers the possibility of half board or full board, with traditional Italian and Tuscan home cooking.The many services available to customers make the stay more pleasant and relaxing.The prices refer to a double room (breakfast and daily maid-service included, bed linen and towels changed every 3 days or more often upon request with a small extra charge). We have single, double and family rooms. ... more less