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“We had a wonderful time at "La Limonaia"” 5 of 5 stars
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Fonte del Castagno
Via delle Fonti 3/a, 53048 Sinalunga, Italy   |  
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Luwigshafen
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“We had a wonderful time at "La Limonaia"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

In October 2011 we have spent our second holiday at "La Limonaia", the smallest of the three apartments belonging to "Fonte del Castagno". Again we have been very content. The apartment is beautifully restored, clean and well equipped and situated in a wonderful Tuscan garden. We loved sitting on the terrace in the evening, drinking a glass of wine and simply enjoying the beautiful surroundings. In the garden there is even a nice and relatively large swimming pool, but the temperature did not allow us to take a bath.

Roberto Bardini, our host, was very friendly and helped us with many hints and recommendations. We also made friends with Nerino, his little dog, who visited us every morning.

Sinalunga has a remarkable historical center and is situated very well for discovering the eastern part of Tuscany (La Crete, Val di Chiana, Val d'Orcia …). There are several very good restaurants close to the apartment and it was always a hard decision, which to visit for supper ("Le Grotte" we liked best, after all).

No doubt - we will return to "Fonte del Castagno" soon - probably already next year.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

Our neighbours found Fonte del Castagno via One Stop Italy travel agency. After careful evaluation of several resorts we took two apartments i.e. one villa at Fonte del Castagno where we stayed together with our neighbours. At Sinalunga were welcomed by Roberto and Mariella and their dog Nerino and two cats. Our kids loved the place from the first moment. Not only were the apartments well equipped but the garden and the pool area were absolutely the heart of our stay. Roberto recommended us places to see, restaurants were to eat and most of all, chatted with us. Furthermore his friends organized swimming competitions for our kids. As one of our daughters had just won in her agegroup Finnish championship, Roberto's friend lost :) Wonderful time, great memories!!!

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

The apartment is very clean. The kitchen is very well equiped, gas stove, microwave oven, toaster oven. It is located in the historical centre of Sinalunga and yet it is near bars, stores. The propriator is very hospitable and very helpful. My brother and I were so welcomed. We enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2011

We just returned from our second visit with Roberto Bardini and his lovely villas. We brought friends with us this time and they just told my wife this last weekend that it was the best vacation they have ever had. We had the middle size villa. Our friends had the smallest one though they had the best patio. It is peaceful and quiet though Italian beds are little firm for our taste. Roberto and his wife spend a lot of time on their gardening. It is very lush and he is duly proud of it. Roberto is a very involved host and was there everyday to ask if we needed anything. He enthusiastically pored over maps with us to guide us to the best of Tuscany. He even accompanied us the day we went to Pisa and Lucca. He showed us places we have not seen before such as Puccini's house on a beautiful local lake, the charming beach town of Viarregio and how to negotiate the new signage to get us quickly to all of our destinations. We became best friends with his menagerie headed by Nerino, the dog, and Rudy, a Siamese cat who thinks he's a dog. The rooms are beautifully maintained and well equipped. He made us Italian coffee while we sat around a kitchen table and he taught us some Italian. He got us a discount at a nearby thermal day spa and we enjoyed a lovely day of soothing our tired muscles. Just don't let him talk you into driving into Firenze. He did describe a way to get into town that was much easier this time, but when you get there parking is very difficult and traffic is horrendous! Even the Florence shop keepers agreed with me that the train makes much more sense. It comes within very easy walking distance of all the important parts of Florence centro. When we return to Tuscany, we will definitely stay at Fonte del Castagno again. It is so central to all of Tuscany and possesses all the charm of Tuscany in a simpler version and you can drive in town.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2011

The apartment is very nice, clean and comfortable. The garden is beautiful. A nice place for relaxation. The proprietor is very kind and extremely helpful. We were so welcomed!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2010

Great central location for visiting Tuscany. Travelling by car with wife and daughter. Well apointed with friendly, helpful host. It was recommended by friends who have had the good fortune to revisit it. We are jealous.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2010

We are a family with two boys aged 7 and 10 that stayed at Fonte del Castagno during a very hot week in July 2010. We had the largest of the three appartments and found it spacious and very nice. There was a small private outside pergola with table and chairs. The owners live in a private appartment during the summer. They are very kind and always prepared to help with any questions you may have. Fonte del Castagno is like a secret, quiet oasis within the old town of Sinalunga. The garden is beautiful and very well kept and has a nice, small pool area. You don't chose this accomodation if the intention is to stay by the pool all day. However, this place is perfectly situated if you, like us, want to explore many of the interesting and picturesque sites and towns of Tuscany. The only problem for us was the lack of air condition in the appartment. As we stayed there during a heat wave, we really missed having air condition particularly in the bedrooms. Apart from that we found Fonte del Castagno beautiful, charming, perfectly situated and with very hospitable owners.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via delle Fonti 3/a, 53048 Sinalunga, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Sinalunga
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Sinalunga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
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