We enjoyed a week at Rocca di Cispiano. We are a family of 4 (children 7 and 9) and they spent their time swimming in the lovely, clean pool, petting the cats and finding interesting insects. It was peaceful and beautiful with rows and rows of grape vines, happy olive trees and a wonderful view. The location was perfect, short driving distance to many great towns and villages. The nearest town, Castellina, was one of our favorites (the BEST gellato!). The staff were kind, friendly and very helpful. Simone is, I think, the groundskeeper and responsible for the wine making on the estate. He was always there to help us in any way he could. Svetlana, our contact, helped us making reservations for horseback riding and a cooking class at the neighboring estate, Il Cellese.
Rocca di Cispiano is managed by the people who own this neighboring estate, Il Cellese. At Il Cellese (only 400 meters from our place) there is a great restaurant open Mon, Wed. and Fridays. Silvia is the chef - she and her cousin Sergio, run this marvelous place. Recently restored, it mixes old and new in such a cool way - bursts of color in with traditional stone walls and structures.
In the shadow of this great place, Rocca di Cispiano seemed a little rundown and forgotten. We never met the owner and it seemed less well maintained. We had the apartment La Torre. But the bedrooms were lovely - clean and cozy, I felt very comfortable and slept well. The views from the bedrooms where great, just what I had hoped for! Very nice dishes and wine glasses, clean and nice towels, very spacious apartment.
The downside was that the kitchen was difficult to work in, no oven and quite old. The bathroom had a bad shower and was actually not the same as in the photos on the website, it had been modified and is much smaller now with only a shower and no tub. The sitting room was weird with one uncomfortable sofa which sat 3 (while the apartment could sleep 5) and no other sitting chairs. There was a TV, but no batteries in the controller (but we wouldn't have watched TV anyway). I suppose much of this could have been fixed had we complained, but we didn't - it was still very nice, we had a great time, but these few things bugged us a bit.
The wine was amazing!! Any time we wanted more bottles, Simone was able to help us! We spent the sunny afternoons playing in the pool and drinking our lovely wine or walking the grounds.
We really loved our week, would stay for sure again but maybe in a different apartment!
- Also Known As:
- Rocca Di Cispiano Castellina In Chianti, Italy - Tuscany