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Castello delle Serre
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

We stayed at Castello delle Serre and had a lovely few days/nights. I was expecting a huge castle and its not quite that but none the less.. looks good in the pictures but it is a bit misleading which is why I gave it 4/5.
It actually took us a minute to find it because we were expecting a "traditional Castle" and it just not that. It is broken up into sections but not one big castle (but still beautifully renovated).
Our first night we at at the Farm House restaurant down the road and it was perfect. Very cozy with only maybe 10 tables. Very good food as was recommended by Antonio. Breakfast was just okay, not great really, but it will get you through to lunch. Antonio was nice enough to get us on our way in the morning and gave us fantastic recommendations of where to go in the area. We really had no agenda and he pulled through beautifully. We were invited to dinner at the Castle which Sal cooked for us and it was great fun. This is where our stay takes a bit of a turn...
The day after the meal we were to leave for our next destination and my husband dropped the GPS and broke it. We were freaked out (driving in Italy is no easy feat) and Salvatore made us feel very uncomfortable about this situation. He did reluctantly let us use the phone and gave us a map and sent us quikly on our way so we would be out by the check out time. But not before we were charged a heafty amount for the dinner the night before which we were not expecting. We were in invited to dinner and there was no mention of an extra charge. Let alone approximately $100 Euro. Overall the room we had was lovely and clean with a beautiful view, Antonio gave us fantistic recommendations but in the end we left with a bad taste in our mouth even after a good dinner by Salvatore and lovely accommodations.
Notes: there were a few families with small children around the pool and at dinner. They were well behaved so we did not mind. We did get wireless internet in our room since we were close to the free wi-fi room. But I do not believe all of the rooms had this accommodation. This is a great location and you can get to most of the major parts of Tuscan from here. The roads are beautiful and the scenery is breath taking. You do need a vehicle if you are staying here and intend on sightseeing.
Overall I would recommend to a friend.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

We recently stayed at Castello Delle Serre for a week and had a lovely time there, it really is a beautiful and relaxing place to stay. Salvatore, Antonio and Shelley really couldn't be more welcoming and helpful when it come's to suggestions for places to visit and to recommendation's for places to eat in the evening's. If you get chance to have one of their evening meals then do so as they are an excellent and enjoyable way to spend an evening. We will be going back!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

We spent a wonderful week at the Castello dellle Serre. The owner has taken great care to restore the castle and grounds. Each room is unique, spotless and comfortable. You feel like one of the family, and are invited to enjoy dinner that the family prepares weekly and should not be missed. And don't forget the amazing view. I would recommend you stay here as a home base and take the many 'under an hour' trips to the hill top towns like Siena. We were so relaxed by the end of the trip, we hated to leave. Every person we met in Tuscany was helpful and friendly. We always felt safe but the driving speeds took some getting used to. Don't think twice about the location or booking the Castello delle Serre.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

recently i photographed a wedding at castello di rapolano. It was my 2nd time there. this time the wedding lasted 3 days and i was lucky to be invited to stay the 3 days. it was simply fantastic. The location is very very serene and the views are sensational. Shelley and family make you feel at home and extremely welcome. The accommodation and service is exceptional. As a wedding photographer i highly recommend this stunning property.
Deyan Grujovic

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

My wife and I spent three incredible nights at Castello delle Serre in September 2012. Our only wish is that we had spent many, many more nights. If relaxation and beauty are things that you enjoy then this is most likely the perfect spot. The castle's rooms are well appointed and your comfort is most important to the proprietors (Salvatore, Antonio and Shelley). Friends stayed here in the spring and could not stop talking about their visit here being the best part of their trip to Italy. With such high praise we couldn't resist booking our own time at this lovely spot.

The region of Tuscany has to be one of the most beautiful and romantic spots in all of Europe and the castle just makes it even better. Each night my wife and I waited patiently for the chime of the church bells right next to the castle while we enjoyed the views of the countryside with our glass of wine in hand. Whether you book yourself into one of the rooms / suites in the main castle (each one truly unique) or if you splurge and book yourself into the multi level tower room, you will not be disappointed. This is a place of relaxation.

We were lucky enough to arrive on a night that Salvatore was making one of his incredible dinner feasts. Generally, guests will walk into town or visit one of the local restaurants for dinner. However, every so often, Salvatore makes an incredible meal. It was so nice to have all of the guests sitting together, talking about what they have done on their holidays so far and what their plans were for the upcoming days. Everyone enjoyed GREAT food and wine, while eating under the Tuscan stars.

Each morning we would go out (as it was still warm enough we were lucky to be able to eat out on the patio by the pool and bar) and enjoy a breakfast of fresh fruits, pastries, cheeses, meats, cereals and the best coffee. Then one of Salvatore, Antonio or Shelly would ask us what our plans for the day were. They would make suggestions and then best of all they would provide us with detailed hand drawn maps and directions to wherever we were heading. They would give us suggestions about where to park, how to find the best places to eat and which sites we might want to stop at along our route. Now, while we had a GPS, nothing compared to these maps! Late afternoon usually found us sitting out on the patio with a glass of wine (or two) regaling with others our days adventure. Then one by one we would once again be asked by Salvatore about our dinner plans. They would help us make reservations or even better, just provide simple directions and we would walk down into town to enjoy the local food and residents.

We can't wait to return!!!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank JohnDWong
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