Hello, I want to start off by saying this place is truly one of a kind, Edith, the owner, is extremely generous and even opened up her place a week early so we could celebrate our engagement there as we came right at the end of dead season, We stayed for 2 days and I could have stayed even longer as it was so relaxing and there are so many other quaint towns around, with Sienna and Florence near by. We started off this part of our trip with the wine tour from the famous Dario Castagno , who has written several books about the Tuscan region. He is a historian that is passionate about the area and will fill your mind with so many facts, that you will go home feeling like you know everything about the Tuscan area. We did a wine tasting with him as he showed us the Fattoria Tregole property, We are not the couple that usually loves going on tours in museums and having to listen to every fact the tour guide tells you, but we could have listened to Dario for hours and hours on end. After the wine tour, we went straight to the dining room, as it was about 7 pm, and had the most amazing meal. This was the last part of our trip in Italy, so keep in mind, that we had already eaten at some fabulous, fancy restaurants, This outdid every single place. The first night, Edith (the owner) and Margarita, (her best friend and helps her cook), made us an excellent salad with fresh vegetables from her garden, homemade mushroom risotto followed by pork medallions marinated in a Chianti wine sauce, and then finished off with the MOST fabulous chocolate almond cake. It was one of the best chocolate desserts I have ever eaten and I have an extreme love for chocolate. The next morning, we woke up, and Edith had us breakfast made in the dining room and helped us plan our day to Sienna, which was a very cool city to see, We then drove the country side all with the help of Edith and came home around 2 PM to rest up as we had our cooking lesson with Edith and Margarita at 4PM. The cooking lesson was the highlight of my trip alongside the wine tasting with Dario because I learned so much but in such a fun way, You dont even need to know how to cook to be able to enjoy this as they are very hands on, For this meal, she gave me a few options. She pays close attention to detail as we had mentioned that we weren't very big coffee drinkers when we first arrived, so she tweaked the tiramisu to be a strawberry rum tiramisu, instead of coffee, Thatt ms one word i would describe about this place. Detailed. Not only is it detailed, but it is so cozy and nice and the views are simply breathtaking, Back to the cooking lesson...after she gave me a few options, here is what i chose. We made homemade bruschetta with fresh olive oil from their olive trees and tomatoes from their garden. We then made handmade pasta which was very hard for a first timer but Edith walked me thru it and helped me feel like i was the new Julia Childs! One great thing to note is that Italian cooking is quite basic compared to French cooking, They use minimal ingredients and rely on the freshness of the ingredients and the combination of the ingredients and how they taste when put all together. With the pasta, we made a homemade ragu sauce. In America, we think of the red meat spaghetti sauce which i absolutely hate! So at first i was somewhat skeptical of the ragu sauce and told Edith about my concern and she was extremely accommodating. But the more we started cooking it, the better the smells and the better the look. Edith said that a true ragu sauce should almost be the color or the meat, not bright red like we have it in America. That is because we include food dyes and what not to make it look like what we think it supposed to appear. For the ragu sauce, it was quite simple. We used lean ground beef, olive oil, fresh tomatoes that had been picked from her garden in the summer, and sealed with basil and water to let the tomatoes become even softer. If you dont understand what I am talking about here, think going to buy a can of tomatoes from the grocery store, Except this was homemade and picked from her local garden in the back yard. We added a few spices to the ragu sauce and then let it simmer while we worked on our next pieces. For the main course, we had hammered chicken to make it thinner and covered it with flour and then sauteed it in olive oil. We served it with a white wine lemon sauce with fresh sage, again picked from their garden! We served this with fresh zucchini (again from the garden) and cooked it on simmer with some olive oil, so it was so tender and almost melted in your mouth. I didnt think i liked zucchini until i tried Edith's! We then began making strawberry tiramisu with the berries soaked in rum to get it the moisture we needed, Now I am not a huge tiramisu fan but oh my goodness was this delicious. We made fresh whipped cream, chopped chocolate so we had chocolate shavings, and the strawberries gave it such a unique finish that we had never had back in the States. I told my fiance, I had never seen him eat so fast....he cleaned his plate on every meal and the cooking was oh so tasty but didn't require a ton of ingredients which makes it more cost effective at the grocery store. I do think for me as a girl, the cooking lesson was the highlight of the trip to Edith's, but even if you arent a good cook or dont enjoy cooking, just give it a try. I think you might surprise yourself. It's also a lot more fun when you have Italian Prosecco to drink the entire time!
Overall, I would describe Edith's place as a hidden gem in the Tuscan area with the focus on the little details that take it from 5 stars to 6 stars (even though 5 is the highest!) She had a career in restoration of old buildings, so when she and her husband purchased this about 10 years ago, she added all the right touches but kept the Tuscan charm. My fiance and I have done some extensive traveling, and this by far, was one of the most relaxing, most unique experiences. I can't sing Edith's praises enough. She was such a lovely lady whom we both enjoyed talking to and learning about her background and she was so personable and friendly with us that we felt so comfortable talking to her about our engagement and our lives back in Dallas, TX. Their wine was delicious too, and is certified to meet the Italian Organic standards, which you will learn is quite the challenge to meet. We loved the wine so much, we shipped a case back to the States with us! All in all, this simply made our trip to Italy complete, and I think had we not done it, we would have come home and not been near as excited to share our once in a lifetime stories! Fattoria Tregole is the place to stay. The amenities are nice and she stocks the mini fridge with coke (for us Americans) along with many different juices. There is nothing negative I could even write about this place as our experience was 100% positive! Thank you again to Edith and all who helped put Fattoria Tregole to life!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bed and breakfast with all comforts , wine tastings and cooking classes, breathtaking views from the pool ,medium price €150,00 daily per 2 Person ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Fattoria Tregole Hotel Castellina In Chianti
- Fattoria Tregole Castellina In Chianti, Italy - Tuscany