My sisters and I, along with my parents went to meet cousins living in Cortona. The hotel they suggested was booked so we found this hotel on Trip advisor. I am so glad we did. First of all the owners both speak English, which of course was a great relief and help in navigating the territory. But the castle! I can not believe that a 3,000 year old building can stand the test of time like this one. I have never seen anything so ancient before. The rooms are like a fairy tale. I had the sunflower room. The bed was hand carved sunflowers and it was so beautiful. The linens were outstanding and handmade by the owners father, who is a linen designer for Frette. I slept almost 13 hours the first night. The restaurant was stunning as was the chef(single ladies!) and the food was the best food I have ever had in my life. I can not wIt to bring my husband with me the next time and share this with him! You can wander for hours through the olive groves,the hiking trails and my husband can practice at the driving range which overlooks the whole village!! The swimming pools are so beautiful tucked below the gardens and overlooking some beautiful Tuscan land and villas. There'd is too much to write about but I will defiantly be going back! Thank you so much Renee and Giovanni for all the help and hospitality. 5 stars to the owners!!! Ciao!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The castle was built over 1,000 years ago by hand, by local artisans and artists of the trades. All of the floors are adorned in original woods and terra cotta, indigenous to the Tuscan region. The castle is furnished in genuine, traditional, antique Tuscan faire and each piece has been hand selected over the years to compliment its captivating surroundings. The hauntingly beautiful walls of each room are decorated with hand selected original art works from artists that span the globe and the realm of time. No two rooms are quite alike. Amongst the ancient splendor of this magnificent castle one will also find all the modern comforts and conveniences of the 21st century, blended seamlessly into the ancient architecture. Every room is equipped with its own flat screen television, dvd player, and satellite tv. The castle has central heat and air conditioning and private en suite facilities for each room. ... more less