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“Delightful and peaceful, with amazing food”

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Agriturismo Il Castagnolino
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

Views over the Tuscan hills around San Gimingano and the pool make this place excellent value. We initially found the room a bit dark (note: not all of them have air-con, though we were there in early July and the ceiling fan was sufficient), though Carmella was kind enough to switch our room after one night. The hosts were so welcoming, and you MUST eat there for dinner.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

We just came back from a week's stay in Il Castagnolino. It was hard to leave such a wonderful place. Marcela and Ivan are very kind hosts and did everything possible to make our stay agreeable. We immediately felt at home. The agriturismo is very restful (the noise is mostly from crickets and bees). The views are beautiful and the food is delicious.The rooms offer all you need (no TV but then who needs one).
San Gimignano is about 3 to 4 km away. You do need a car to get around preferably with GPS. Our favourite restaurant in S.G. was "Le Vecchie Mura". San Gimignano itself is a little treasure. Nearby Certaldo and Colle di Val d'Elsa are certainly worth a visit.
Thank you Carmela and Ivan for giving us a taste of the real Tuscany.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

We stayed at Castagnolino for 3 nights and absolutely loved it (80e per night for 2persons)! It already starts when you enter the place through a prestigeous gate and you slowly drive down to the agriturosmo between the high Toscan 'cipresses'. It is located just outside san gimignano (5 minute drive) on a hill so you have a wonderful view over the toscany landscape. They have a nice terrace with tables where, with good weather, you can have the wonderfull breakfast they serve. You can choose between cereals, bread, toast, jam, yoghurt, tea, coffee, cappuccino and always two kinds of cakes (sweet and 'salty'). A good delight! The rooms are spacious, clean, nice bathrooms and two windows for enough light and fresh air. You can easily relax for a half or full day along the small swimmingpool in the relaxing chairs or at the table, either in the shadow or in the sun!
The hosts are very kind and helpfull and they also serve a home made 4-courses-dinner when you let them know in the morning (in high speed tempo ;-)) for 25E pp excl wine.
When you are in for wine tasting, place are closeby in the area.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 22, 2012

This is a nice agriturismo, with kind people who make you feel welcome. Rooms are simple and clean. It's only a short distance to the centre of San Gimignano (but you need to go there by car). You have a very nice view. There's a possibility to have dinner at the agriturismo, which we would like to recommend. We enjoyed the very good Tuscany food and wine!
If we come back in Italy we would love to stay at Il Castagnolino again!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 17, 2011

In October, nine Americans spent four wonderful days here. We ate every dinner with not one complaint. We have never seen two people work harder and with the utmost of care, Carmela and Ivan were true host. This is a true Tuscan experience, not to be confused with some movie form of it. I would not select Castagnolia if you are looking for cheap, even though it is moderately priced....in fact, I think the price is a bit low for the quality of room and attention the guest recieves. yes, bring your own soap or buy some soap made on the grounds.
Take a deep breath, relax, have some wine and enjoy!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

This is an excellent agriturismo provided you appreciate that you will not be staying at a hotel. Very pleasant friendly and helpful couple who run it. I t could do with some tidying up of the grounds with a lick of paint. The meal was excellent and the wine good value. Comfortable basic room but beware no soap provided and the towels were inadequate. Lovely setting and pool make up for these deficiencies.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 17, 2010

We spent 2 very relaxing days here out of a hectic 10 day Italy tour. This was the highlight of our trip. Very warm and friendly hosts. The dinner and breakfast was out of this world! Dinner was an authentic Tuscan 4 course meal and breakfast included a number of home made and home grown stuff like bell pepper and fig preserves. Very serene with a lovely pool. We loved the whole experience of staying at a farmhouse with stunning views of the rolling hills. Layla the hostess even did our laundry for us at a very reasonable price.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Agriturismo Il Castagnolino

Address: Loc Pancole 34, 53037, San Gimignano, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > San Gimignano
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #50 of 107 Specialty Lodging in San Gimignano
Price Range: $99 - $117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Agriturismo Il Castagnolino 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For your holiday in Tuscany, Il Castagnolino farmhouse offers you an unforgettable stay: rooms with fine furniture, outside swimming pool, wellness treatments (shiatsu, plantar reflexology, restoring your energetic balance with Reiki), breakfast &aromatic & medicinal dinner with natural and bio-food from our vegetable garden and Tuscany specialities.Il Castagnolino biological farmhouse is located in the heart of Tuscany, only two km far from San Gimignano, from there you can easily reach the most beautiful cities of art: Florence, Siena, Pisa, Lucca and Volterra. "Il Castagnolino" is also a bio-farm where we produce extra-virgin olive oil and organic saffron from San Gimignano Protected Destination of Origin, we grow aromatic & medicinal plants and the Certaldo Onion, a Slow Food Presidium. We produce Jams and marmalades with our fruits and vegetables ... more   less 
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