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Podere Castellare - Eco Resort of Tuscany
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Reviewed April 10, 2011

We (two couples with dogs) spent a long weekend at Podere Castellare in March 2011 and had a wonderful visit. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone who will be staying in Tuscany.

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- The buildings are ancient, but the rooms inside are modern and clean. Bathrooms are large and have good hot water. Good heat for the winter, and there appeared to be AC for the summer.
- Both our rooms had nice balconies or private porch areas.
- Pet friendly. We had three dogs total, and the grounds are perfect for long walks. There are several country lanes and fields nearby for dogs to run off-leash with no worries of vehicles or bothering other people.
- Friendly service from the family who owns the property.
- Great food. We had breakfast each day, which included cold cuts, pastries, coffee/ cappuccino, etc. We also had dinner one evening, which was wonderful and very reasonably priced.
- Excellent location. We visited Tuscany specifically to tour the Frescobaldi Nippozano estate, and the winery was a 10-minute drive from the agriturismo.
- Surprisingly good fitness center. This is the only agriturismo we have ever visited that had a fitness center, and the facility at Podere Castellare was downright luxurious. There are several cardio machines, a modern hot tub, a steam room, a sauna, showers, and changing areas. All are indoors and appear to be brand-new.

No cons, but note that if you will need a car to get to this agriturismo.

Room Tip: Email or call - English is no problem.
  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank wilrf
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Reviewed March 24, 2011

This was such a lovely place, and the dinner that the host creates is well worth staying in to enjoy. It was a prepared menu announced the night before and is local fare. The host even went out of his way to accomodate the vegetarian diner preparing a separate dish for her alone. The location is wonderful for driving around the small towns and vineyards. I highly recommend going to Rufina and finding a wine/grocery store there. There were wines dating back to the 40's. The only drawback to our stay, though obviously no fault of the hotel, was the weather hence our desire to come back. We had what appeared to be the coldest, wettest spring in Tuscan history although it made for remarkable greens in the countryside. We want to go and enjoy some hot sunshine so we can take a dip in the pool on site.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank YYC_wayfarer
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Reviewed November 23, 2008

We stayed for 3 nights in August 2008, and it was our third time at an Italian Agriturismo. We stayed at two other countryside locations in 2006, Podere Castellare was DEFINITELY way above the other two.

We found it using agriturismo.it, contacted them via the site and finally settled the reservation via email.

The hotel is location about 30-40 minutes away from Florence. The location is superb, on a hill where you can see the Tuscany countryside. They have a nice pool, a fitness center with hot tub, a restaurant. We only had breakfast there, and can say it was great. Also swimming and the hot tub.

We had totally personalized attention by the owners (Giada and her husband), withouth being overwhelming.

The building is an older farmhouse, and the hotel rooms are furnished in minimalist style. Each one is different. We ended up staying at two different rooms --see below to see why--. One of them Papavero, was small for us (3), but had a unique bathroom shower with a window with a wonderful tuscany view !. The other suite was more than enough for us, with living area, kitchen and two full bedrooms and bathrooms.

In other words : you have all the services you can expect from a traditional 5 star hotel, with the beauty of the country

The day we arrived they recommend us to go to a restaurant in a nearby town, because we hadn't booked dinners with them. The restaurant was an excellent recommendation, Il Picchio.

We stay almost one full day there just enjoying the facilities, and the rest of the time we toured around Tuscany. It is maybe a bit north for central tuscany attractions, but we didn't mind the driving, given that our experience was so great here.

The only unfortunate event of our whole stay : on booking via email, there was a mistake in the month on the final confirmation I got back from Giada... And I didn't notice ! So the day we were driving from Rome, I called them, and our reservation wasn't there. THat's when I put close attention to my printed email, and yes, we had the booking for the previous month July. The room we had booked was taken, so we had to stay for one night in the smaller room, but then we were moved to the larger suite. This was very easily fixed, which made us of course very happy. And you can tell they care very much about their guests..
So my only recommendation there : check your confirmation carefully !

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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1  Thank CarlitosM
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Reviewed October 10, 2008

Stayed at this great agriturismo at the start of october, which means the pool was closed (would be lovely in the summer) but we still had the jacuzzi and steam room to use which were both fantastic - highly recommend enjoying a glass of something in the jacuzzi whilst watching the sunset over the tuscan hills. Rooms were a little cold, although we had extra blankets. Food was wonderful, as was the wine - we would recommend the Frescobaldi Rufina. Views stunning, the owner/manager could not have been more accomodating. Would definitely recommend excellent value.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank ce2-batson
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Reviewed September 22, 2008

We found out about this place in the Lonely Planet. Fabulous website- we worried it may have been beyond a budget. We were happy to be offered a room for around 130 euros a night and would have paid more if needed, this place was outstanding. Beautifully appointed and designed rooms and property with fabulous view of the valley. Set in the countryside, closest town a few minutes drive followed by 20 minute train to central Florence. Very friendly staff, amazing breakfasts prepared with local produce. Meals also on offer and reportedly very nice (would definately have tried if we were there longer). Everything about this place was relaxing - spa, sauna and pool also on offer. Would totally make the trip again and highly recommend to anyone - you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Abbish
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