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“Quintessential Tuscan Experience”

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Time in Tuscany, Villas at Podernuovo
Reviewed 8 August 2012

If you are seeking a quintessential Tuscan experience then Podernuovo is the perfect place to base yourself. I have visited Podernuovo on three separate occasions over the past three years (Spring Summer & Autumn) and each season has something different to offer.

The day usually begins with a freshly brewed coffee on the terrace where you will find a basket of freshly picked produce from the garden, this usually informs what happens later in the kitchen. The property is a working farm and is set over a number of acres with a range of animals and produce so there is ample space to walk around and enjoy all the property has to offer.

Both villas have been tastefully renovated and offer all the modern conveniences which made out stay as relaxing as possible. Il Seccatoio (my favourite) is slightly more intimate than the larger Casa Vecchia which is perfect for a larger party. Both villas offer spectacular views of Montegiovi and surrounding areas. Castel del Piano is only a short walk away where you can find all the ingredients you need to accompany the produce from Alvina’s garden.

The hospitality and personal attention to detail from the owners is superb – Both Umberto and Alvina offer great advice on the many surrounding sites should you need it or a conversation about last year’s grape harvest. Both villas offer ample amounts of privacy which is ideal for escaping with a good book.

Everything was in a word… perfect!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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5  Thank Byron82
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Reviewed 18 May 2011

I cannot begin to describe how incredible the land, the property, the food and most importantly the hosts are at Time in Tuscany!!

The Owners, Alvina and Umberto have taken such care in restoring and renovating the buildings and the grounds. The accommodation is delightful and Tuscan in every way, the views from the windows and balcony's are breathtaking and it can all be enjoyed with a brilliant glass of wine (can be brought from the owners) that has come from the vineyard on the property. If you are lucky enough, you might get to sample the nuts, fresh fruits/vegetables and other alcohols all a product of this well nurtured land.

Alvina and Umberto are all your google functions for this area. If you want the best sausage, best prices at the supermarket or info on the local donkey races they will know it all!

Three things to note:
1. I only stayed 3 nights...it is definitely NOT enough time to take it all in. You need at least 1 week if not 2!
2. Finding the property the first time can be a little tricky but stick with it because the rewards are incredible
3. Alvina and Umberto are very warm, welcoming and love a good chat but they are not nosy in the slightest. There is more than enough space to relax, unwind and set your own schedule.

Simply marvellous!!

Room Tip: The house at the top has great views of the valley
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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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6  Thank Chip82
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Additional Information about Time in Tuscany, Villas at Podernuovo

Address: Strada del Noceto, 58033, Castel Del Piano, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Grosseto > Castel Del Piano
Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #3 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Castel Del Piano
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Podernuovo includes 3 villas, two of which are available for rental, both with two double bedrooms and two bathrooms, kitchen and lounge area plus laundry and lockup garages. The large outside portico areas with barbecues overlook the vineyard and provide views to the nearby hilltop towns. These villas have recently been restored, using the original stone, hand made rooftiles and chestnut beams, maintaining their rustic style. Both have furniture made by local craftsmen using chestnut timber grown in the area. ... more   less 

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