Perched on the top of a Tuscan hill, the view from the windows of Castello di Fulignano towards the towers of San Giminiano is simply sublime.
Combining self-catered semi-seviced apartments and bed and breakfast, you have the perfect balance of independence and the opportunity to chat with fellow-travellers. Some nights a dinner is also available in the Castello's dining Hall, which while expensive, is a must-do. New-old friendships were made over a couple of bottles of the local wine and even the kids were thrilled to be dining together with their new-found friends.
Nestled in an olive grove, the large pool is also very beautiful and while the Castello's web-site looks like the gardens are not sheltered enough, the sun-umbrellas and olive trees provide enough shade for even the palest skin to be protected all day and the breezes take some of the heat out of the Italian mid-summer sun.
The apartment was spotless, equipped with some shower gel, soap and dishwashing pellets for the first few days when we arrived and the towels are changed during the week. There is also a mid-week quick clean offered, but this is really only emptying of bins and distributing fresh towels. Given the garden is gravelled, a vacuum would have been nice.
The outdoor spaces are communal which means you may be forced to watch the sun go down over San Giminiano while you dine above the pool area, rather than directly in front of the main entrances, but somehow it all works out very well, even when the hotel is fully occupied.
There were a couple of glitches with freezer compartments in at least 2 of the apartments not working and not all the appropriate flatware & crockery was present, nor did I find a suitable place to hang our wet towels of an evening, and the dryer costs a steep €5 a cycle but all-in-all this is a wonderful place to stay in summer and our 2 weeks were not long enough.
Sylvia, the polyglot manager is one of the best aspects to the Castello di Fulignano - a really lovely person, a wealth of information and incredibly kind and helpful when our silly son broke his collarbone on our last evening.
I wouldn't rely on internet access, however. It was only very intermittently available and then, due to the very thick walls, from only one corner of the terrace.
San Giminano and its world-famous gelato (and towers) are 10 minutes by car, the Chianti and its vineyards 30 minutes, Florence and Pisa an hour, Grosseto, Roselle and the beach of the Maremma 2 hours by car.
- Also Known As:
- Castello Di Fulignano Hotel
- Castello Di Fulignano Hotel San Gimignano
- Castello Di Fulignano San Gimignano, Italy - Tuscany
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ancient castle, now a true Tuscan country mansion, perched on a hilltop overlooking the Tuscan hills and the famous towers of San Gimignano.Its 360° panoramic view offers the guests a vision of rare beauty. Enjoy history and nature in one of the most gorgeous place of Tuscany. Rooms and pool with a view. Breakfast included in rent price. Free arrival and departure days. Riding stable and bikes for rent in the nearby. Hiking paths. Wi-fi connection in common rooms. ... more less
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