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Azienda Agraria Il Castagno
Ireland
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14 reviews
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“I wish I could go back there”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

We had our wedding in Il Castagno 8 years ago and we returned last week with our little boy. So it was an emotional experience for both of us.
It was both comforting and disconcerting to see that everything was as before, nothing had changed. We were well looked after by Agnes and the lovely caretaker who helped us out on one or two occasions.
I would recommend this venue for a quiet get away - its clean, rustic, quiet, in a beautiful location, 20 minutes from San Gimigango, 40 from Siena. It is not a five star property and it does not pretend to be one, but then i don't think anyone looking at this venue wants a "Four Seasons" style venue. The countryside is simply beautiful, one can travel to a great many places for day trips or simply stay in the grounds and enjoy the pools and kids play area.
My only quibble is that the wi fi is woeful - but for some people that could be an advantage.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We had the absolute pleasure in having our wedding celebrations in il Castagno in September 2013
We rented the villa and 6 of the surrounding dwellings for 5 wonderful days.
Each house had complimentary red and white wine, with information leaflets and a welcome note.
Our first night was a pizza night with 35 guests gatherered in the huntsman cottage. The owner drove past and waved then sent 4 more bottles of wine for our enjoyment.
The reception were brilliant ordering bread and eggs each day, and sorting out any queries for me and my guests.
On my wedding day , they moved a very large and heavy mirror from the villa to the huntsman cottage for me to get ready,
My guests all had a fantastic time in the pool, and enjoying their lovely coffages and the villa. The biggest comment was "we want to stay longer"
It really is the most romantic place to have a wedding, walking around the lake the day before my wedding seeing baby wild boar, and deer, and wonderful scenery was so relaxing.
We all loved it so much we are planning a reunion hopefully next year.
Thank you so much to all at il Castagno, and also Tuscan dreams for making our wedding in the words of our guests "the best wedding ever"

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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158 reviews
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

We stayed here for four days for a real Tuscany wedding, this was the venue chosen by the wedding planner and it was just perfect. All the accomodation is within original buildings all with different amenities, some shared kitchens and others had their own patios, all were of a good standard and yes not bang up to date with decor etc, but quite frankly you are supposed to be staying in a typical Tuscan property. The grounds are extensive with a lake, woods, three swimming pools and a play area for the kids, so something fro everybody. The location is handy for exploring this beautiful region and has the added benefit of a reasonably priced restaurant/bar at the bottom of the drive so handy if you wish to sample the local wines. The wedding itself was just superb and the setting just ideal for this sort of celebration.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights and looked around it as a choice of wedding venue.
The villa grounds are nice (there are better out there....we viewed 12 similar properties as potential venues!!!), the pool area is great, and there is certainly lots of grounds to stroll, with the lake being a nice touch. There is an impressive driveway and a cute restaurant at the end across the road which had surprisingly nice food despite the unassuming demeanour.

We looked at every single room in the villa and apartments and they are all different. I felt a bit uncomfortable about how long all the bedding has possibly been used for. The villa had the makings to be wonderful but the decor does not quite portray the grand feel it should due to it looking a bit haggard. The apartment we stayed in was called Forno and I would return to stay here to get away from life and relax. No frills but cute, spacious yet rustic and cosy. Other apartments we looked at I would have been disappointed to stay in as they were dark and felt too dated. So hit and miss on the room front but either way it is not going to be 5 star.

It is a lovely place and has all the potential to be great, and I am sure a wedding day here would be beautiful however we did not chose it for our wedding as we felt the disparity between rooms was too large, the bathrooms were not great and it needs a bit of a re-vamp, plus I personally hated some of the decor (but that is personal taste!).

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

Il Castagno------We've been making this the "Tuscany Base" for Ourselves, friends and clients for the last seven Years. Always First class service and personable help. Looking forward to seeing You again soon-Thanks for making Us feel a part of the "Tuscan" experience!!

Room Tip: Il forno--a great apartment for Two!
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Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Tipperary
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3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 4, 2011

We got married here in early June & had such a wonderful time. The staff were really nice & very helpful and the contributed to the lovely relaxed atmosphere of the place. We had 100 guests, most of whom stayed in the apartments with 20 or so staying in San Gimignano. The apartments were so beautiful and everyone was extremely impressed with the space that they provided & the amazing value they offered. We stayed in the main villa which everyone loved. While there was generally a member of staff at reception they're wasn't really anyone else around making us really feel like we had the place to ourselves. The weather was wet, except for the wedding day - thankfully - so we didn't get a huge amount of use out of the pool areas, which were looking great. The restaurant at the end of the avenue was very handy for people to pop down to get a bar or pizza and we had our meal the night before the wedding here. I would really recommend the venue for anyone. It is beautiful, relaxed, scenic & full of history. Would love to do it all over again!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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KL
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Reviewed May 9, 2011

I recently got married at Il Castagno and cannot praise the place enough!

We hired the villa with all the surround cottages for a group of 65 adults plus 4 babies and it was simply fantastic! Chiara was brilliant and could not help out enough.

The grounds and surrounding area are beautiful and there is even a lake onsite.

I recommend Il Castagno for anyone of all ages and it's a perfect wedding venue.

We are already planning our return trip!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Azienda Agraria Il Castagno
Address: Via Volterrana Sud 25 | Località Il Castagno d'Elsa, 50050 Gambassi Terme, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Gambassi Terme
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #14 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Gambassi Terme
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 15
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Il Castagno is situated in a panoramic position 500 m. Above sea level near Gambassi Terme. It offers hospitality in a magnificent villa dating back to 1600 and in apartments located in the farm houses surrounding the main house. ... more   less 
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