My parents and I were completing the end of a one week Italian road trip and were exceptionally exhausted by the time we found our way to Santa Cristina. We were greeted with a smile by Andrea who could not be any kinder. He went above and beyond throughout our entire stay.
Being mid October, the castle was deserted aside from Andrea, Donatella (what a sweetheart) and the resident dog Wendy. We were the only guests! Andrea took the time to give us a tour of the grounds, the castle (which is not normally open to the guests without a museum booking as the owners live on the grounds, inside the castle) and even drove us into the nearby town for dinner! He made our stay exceptional and really went out of his way to accommodate our little requests, from printing directions to the airport to making breakfast an hour earlier than normal.
Donatella was just a sweetheart and insisted on putting out a huge spread of breakfast every morning even though it was just the 3 of us staying there. We hung out with Wendy, the sweetest dog you'll ever meet and enjoyed a few days of peace and quiet. The cottages are beautiful, big and well equipped with everything you'll need.
We didn't indulge in any of the activities (horseback-riding, snorkeling, etc) but I am sure they would have been a success. If you don't have a car you will have trouble getting to and from the castle, as it's really in the middle of nowhere and there isn't much to eat or do there aside from swimming and these few activities.
It was the perfect place to walk around, read, and relax. The experience was put above and beyond by Andrea and Donatella's genuine, amazing hospitality.
Thank you once again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the borders of Lazio, Umbria & Tuscany, one and a half hours from Rome, half way between Orvieto and Siena, the breathtakingly splendid 17th century castle, Castello di Santa Cristina, (complete with fairytale turret) has been the property of the noble Caterini family for generations. Over the past ten years, the castle' s nearby 18th Century ivy-covered farmhouse and out-buildings have been carefully restored to retain their authenticity and separated into 8 self-catering cottages and 14 bedrooms with Bed & Breakfast for guests, furnished with original pieces, can offer you unique country holidays. A perfect location if you are looking at farmhouse holidays where you can explore the various neighboring historic towns including Orvieto, Sorano, Acquapendente and Grotte Di Castro. We offer sensational Tuscan cuisine, fantastic cooking courses and unique weddings in the castle grounds. The Castello di Santa Cristina is also an ideal place for a horse riding holiday. On our exciting trail excursions, we travel as far as Proceno, Lake Bolsena and to the beautiful nature reserve Selva Del Lamone. Riding lessons are something you should not miss when on a holiday with children. Always on the spot you find our swimming pool, the tennis court, a mini football pitch & the possibility to rent bikes. ... more less
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