PODERE DIONORA


Sweet seclusion in a quintessential hilltop Tuscan setting.


WITH ITS PICTURE-BOOK HILLTOP SETTING, Podere Dionora encapsulates Tuscany’s tranquil wine country to a T. 

A sturdy stone farmhouse sat at the end of a lane flanked with cypress trees and vineyards, this little Tuscan Eden is set in captivating countryside with views. Don’t be surprised to come across deer and rabbits if you wander through the woods, scented with broom in springtime and carpeted with wild mushrooms in autumn. 

There’s a large and elegant salon with a fireplace where you can curl up with a book and a glass of local wine in the cooler months. In summer, you’re more likely to be draped around the pool, admiring those quintessential Tuscan views

There are just six rooms here – all different, all comfortable and all beautifully decorated. They have beamed ceilings, wrought iron beds and polished wooden furniture. Spacious bathrooms come with indulgent jacuzzi baths and even private sauna cabins.



Hit the spot
In a rural setting 2km from Montepulciano.

Bedtime

Bathrooms are the icing on the cake here, with big jacuzzi tubs and private sauna cabins.

Be savvy
You’ll need to drive out for dinner – though Montepulciano is only minutes away.

Be smitten
Quintessential tranquil Tuscany.

Sunflowers and sunsets

Delicious breakfasts are served in the sunny, glass-walled limonaia next to the pool, with its wide-open views. In summer, you can munch beneath the flower-shaded pergola outside.

The surroundings, fields of sunflowers and spectacular sunsets (best enjoyed with a glass of prosecco) are what make Dionora extra special. From here, you can follow roads that lead to some of Tuscany’s best known wine towns – notably Montepulciano, home of the famous vino nobile – Montalcino and historic Pienza. While you can be immersed in Tuscan tranquillity here,  all are within easy reach.

Manager Giulio – for whom nothing, it seems. Is too much trouble – wins heaps of plaudits from guests. He’ll be happy to help you plan outings, book restaurants and get the max out of your stay.

Wine and olive oil are produced on the estate using time-honoured traditional methods, and you are sure to sample both during your stay. Be sure to book early – rooms at this little gem are often bagged early by adoring returning guests.

Podere Dionora was reviewed by Room For Romance

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Dining in
You’ll need to dine out for dinner, but  Breakfast here is an extravaganza that should see you through the day: the buffet table is laden with freshly baked pastries, local hams and pecorino cheeses, fresh juices and fruit. What’s more, you can be deliciously slothful and enjoy it until 11.30 am.

Dining out
Excellent bets for good local fare in nearby Montepulciano include Ristorante La Grotta and Caffè Poliziano.



Where?
Podere Dionora

What’s cooking?
Standout breakfasts with everything from fresh pastries to pancakes, and lots in between.

Top table?
Under the wisteria-shaded arbour in summer.

See & Do
Tuscany’s Renaissance hilltop towns don’t come better than Pienza, bursting with churches and palazzi. Montepulciano has an impressive Duomo and a basilica just below the town’s ancient walls. Montalcino is another gem, encircled by medieval walls. More distant Siena and Florence are also within striking distance. You can also go cycling in the countryside, do some wine tasting, book a hot-air balloon ride or soak in the thermal waters at Chianciano.

Shop
Do stock up on Dionora’s own farm produce. Extra-virgin olive oil from the estate and award winning wines such as Rosso di Montepulciano are available exclusively to guests. For wonderful cheeses make a visit to Caseficio Cugusi.

Spa
There’s no dedicated spa – though you can get steamy in your own private sauna cabin. Massage treatments can be arranged.

After dark
This is rural Tuscany – so pour a glass or two of fabulous wine, watch the sunset and do some star gazing.

Dates
July
Take in some culture at Montepulciano’s Cantiere Internazionale dell’arte – a packed programme of ballet, theatre and classical music.

Late August
You’ll get a barrel of laughs at the Bravio wine barrel race.
GETTING THERE

Location
Via Vicinale di Poggiano – 53045 Montepulciano.

Parking

There is free guest parking.

Trains
Chiusi – 20km

Taxis
Around EUR 30 from the station, or 150 from the airport.

Airport
Florence – 125km; Pisa 190km; or Rome – 200km.



Rooms and suites

Four rooms and two suites.

Special features

Expect satellite TV, safe, minibar and all the home comforts, including a working fireplace perfect for snuggling in front of. The stars of the show though are the bathrooms. Unwind in your big hydro massage tub, or turn up the heat in your private sauna cabin.

Also…
Cool off in the summer months with a dip in the outdoor pool. If  you really want to make a splash then arrive in style on the helipad.

ESSENTIAL INFO

Rates guide

EUR 330 - 360

Open/closed
Closed from 10 December to 14 February.

Check-in
14:00

Check-out
Midday

Minimum night stay?
Two nights.

Breakfast

A sumptuous breakfast including home made pastries, fresh juice, homemade cheese and ham and much more is served until 10:30.

Room service
Breakfast only.

Children
Over 10s only.

Pets
No.

Air conditioning
Yes – all rooms

Languages
Italian, English, French and German.

Wedding license?
Small receptions can be held with up to 12 guests.

Eco conscience
Much of the energy used is generated from solar panels and almost all food is local and organic.

Coming soon
Cooking classes and performing string quartets are on their way.

Your contact
Giulio d’Antonio – General Manager.
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