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Castello di Montegufoni
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Montegufoni
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London
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“Very Overrated”
Reviewed December 9, 2009

Lets be honest about this place; it isn't a hotel... rooms in the main castello are mostly apartments (alebit iwth plenty of quirky charm) and the remainder are chalet style houses. There is a restaurant but basically it is self-catering....in fact it is "self" everything...our room/chalet wasn't cleaned at all over the 3 days we stayed...our sheets weren't changed...our "kitchen" didn't have a kettle...no tea or coffee....a 2 piece taoster for a chalet that slept 8....no interest from the staff (which seemed confined to their office)...

It is well situated in a lovely part of the country but it is very overrated.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 1, 2009

We stayed at the Castello on a deal from Travelzoo. We dont normally go for this sort of 'bargain' but it seemed almost too good to be true. I read the reviews on Tripadvisor so I felt like I had a pretty good sense of what we were getting into.

The location is fantastic. The place itself is really spectacular on the outside, but the inside is worn and tired. The apartment we stayed in was badly in need of paint and some fresh furniture, We didn't want to sit on the couches or chairs as they just seemed so dirty. Despite the fact that we were charged for daily heat, the rooms were very cold and damp - and only heated at certain hours.

There were quite a few other guests staying at the place - and since sound bounces off the stone walls of the courtyards - the noise and cigar smoke smell wafted right into our apartment every night. The restaurant is adequate if you dont feel like heading out in the evening (we only ate the pizza one night) - but they dont have a wine list (just the house wine) - and the service was very pleasant. There are lots of good restaurants nearby - so don't be afraid to head out.

But - it was a cheap place to stay. It was close to everything we were visiting. I just wished that I was a little more comfortable coming back to the Castello at the end of the day. Its nice to relax at your hotel sometimes and this place just missed the mark. Unless you are getting a great low price - and are not too picky - its fine - but I'm sure there are better places to stay in the area.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
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Tarrytown NY
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Reviewed October 29, 2009

We had a wonderful time here and the hotel itself was beautiful and peaceful. We often commented that we never heard a sound that wasn't a morning bird chirping and only when the terrace door was open! The setting is bucolic and the Castle is lovely with dark wood beams and stone steps. It is up a small gravel walk, so this is not good for older people but there is a way to get your car right to the door. Once inside a beautiful courtyard awaits. Our room (#29) was up 3 small flights and opened into a nice living and dining area. There was a table large enough for 6, a fireplace you could probably cook at, a couch and coffee table and a kitchenette.
There was a good sized bathroom with stand up shower, a small hallway/room that had bunkbeds and a very large master bedroom with doors that opened to a terrace. The view is breathtaking hills and vineyards, as you would hope for in Tuscany!
Overall, we were comfortable in our room. When it was cool, we had extra blankets and when it was warm we had a fan. This is a castle, and does not have the sealed hotel room instant climate that you have come to expect while traveling. In some reviews, people spoke kindly about the restaurant at the castle. We only went once for dinner, so our review is based solely on that experience. We did not enjoy the meal. The food was very simple but not well made. The setting is sparse. For the money, you can do better at many of the places nearby. We did enjoy talking with fellow travelers there, but since food was not part of our package, we did not go back.
We were able to go to the COOP grocery in Montispertoli and get all that we would need for our breakfast and general food needs. The castle is a 1 hour drive from San Gimignano or Siena or Lucca. There is so much to see and to do!

The negatives are less about the stay and the accommodation then they are about location.
First, if you want to go into town, do not walk. The road has very little shoulder and is really not so safe to walk. Second, if you take the bus to Florence make sure to figure out where to get off on your way back. There is a TAMOIL gas station (about 40 min into the bus trip, left side) just before the Castle on the road back from Florence. Get up and tell the driver then that you want Castello Montegufoni.

Dining recommendation: In Lucardo on the way to Certaldo is Cera una Volta. This is maybe 6 miles or 20 minutes from the Castle. We LOVED this place. For less than our meal at teh Castle we had three cources and a side and a bottle of good local house chianti.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2009

The castle itself is beautiful; the views breathtaking and everything we dreamed the hillsides of Tuscany would be. However, this is not a hotel. There are no amenities. We stayed for seven nights, my mom and I, and not once was the room cleaned. They charge you a cleaning fee per night, which come to find out is only for a final cleaning once you check out of the room. You are provided with two sets of towels, one per person, for however long your stay is. If you need extra sets, you are charged. You will need to continue to ask the reception desk for extra rolls of toilet paper. If you'd like clean sheets you either need to wash them yourself or be charged for a new set, which you'll put on yourself. Now, I realize that as an American I have become very spoiled to the amenities that most hotels offer. But on the contrary, when I go on vacation I do not want to have to worrry about washing my own sheets. I do that enough at home!
You must make your own tour/day trip plans!!! The castle does not offer any tours. They give you a packet of information when you check-in about some places that they recommend, but it is your responisibility to make the reservations. Also, GET A GPS SYSTEM!!! We rented a car from the airport and questioned whether we should pay the extra 9 Euro per day to add the GPS... We would still be on a windy dirt road if we had not. The towns are very spread out and it takes about an hour to get to Siena, Florence, San Gimignano and other major attractions from the castle. Having Francesca ( as we adoringly donned our GPS system) was a complete life saver!!!! Also, the castle windows do not have screens on them. This is the case in most Italian households. There are bugs and mosquitoes in the rooms. If you have any sort of phobia than I would highly recommend keeping the windows closed!!! We spent the first day and a half killing some sort of beatle like bugs that kept getting into the room. Now don't get me wrong, we had a wonderful time and the women at the reception desk were sooo nice, especially Stefania. But this is not your typical vacation, at least for me. I think that as beautiful as the castle is, people should know about these other conditions. I wish I had known some of this stuff before we traveled there.
The restaurant at the castle is delicious... I mean really good Tuscan cooking. But they only have one server on and a full meal, start to finish, can take about 3 hours. They say that typical Italian meals do take awhile, but be prepared to wait. Some nights the entire restaurant was full, about 16 tables inside and out, and we had to ask the bus boy for the rest of our meal. They offer a four course meal, no drinks included, for about 24 Euro per person. My mom and I shared all the plates and were only charged for one person. It is a good way to save money and your waist size! They allow you to add on extra dishes to share as well if you want. Very, very friendly staff!
There are couple of other restaurants in the area that are good. There is one at the bottom of the hill just past Baccaiano before the bridge. It looks shabby from the outside but is very nice on the inside. There is a "Pizzeria" sign and a dirt parking lot. Great homemade pasta and food all around. About 30 Euro for the both of us. Highly recommend. Also, if you travel up the hill from the castle there is another great place. There are two ways to get up the hill so don't be confused. You can go out of the dirt driveway and take a Left, or go right out of the parking lot and take a Right at the lion statues. The restaurant is about two minutes up the road right across from a gas station. The town is about a half mile long and it is the first "town" you'll come to once you go up the hill, so if you travel for more than 5 minutes, you've missed it. I believe the sign says "Bar and Tabbachi". This place is bit more pricey, but worth it. A steak, which was to die for, was about 36 Euro alone. Another highly recommend.
There is a pay phone at the castle, tucked away in a corner in the piazza. You will need coins to call anywhere and it is very expensive to call the U.S. I called home at 10:30pm, 4:30pm EST, and it cost me about 10 Euro for a six minute call. I only called once.
BRING BUS SPRAY! It rained a couple times overnight while we stayed and the mosquitoes were awful! I don't know if they sell bug spray in Italy or how much it costs, but if you plan on eating at the restaurant at the castle you will need to rub down some bug spray first. They are viscious Italian mosquitoes!
Like I said, we made the best of our stay and we had a great time travelling and seeing the sights of Tuscany, but just be forewarned that if you are expecting anything like a Four Seasons, you will be sadly disappointed!

  • Stayed October 2009
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jessicadmosley
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Reviewed September 8, 2009

LOVED!

We only stayed here for 3 days but wished we had went a full week. The castle is located 30ish minutes outside of Florence. We had great directions and had no problem with a rental car find the castle. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The keeper even showed us the old wine celler and rooms under the castle we could access. Our room was beautiful with a kitchen ready to use.
The castle is kept it is orginal state as much as possible so there was no ac but we weren't hot at night with the windows open.
There was a restaurant at the castle food was the best we had our whole 2 weeks in Europe. The meal will take a couple hours but totaly worth it.
My husband and I plan on return after we start a family for a great family vacation. Counting down the day!!!!!!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Manchester
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Reviewed July 5, 2009

Having stayed here for the first time 5 years ago, we have been hooked ever since. For us, this place is pure paradise. We've stayed in La Galeria & La Grotta both were stunning. The painted ceilings, the terraces, views, lemon grove, outdoor pool, simple but superb restaurant & all within minutes drive of Lucca, Pisa, Florence, Sienna & the stunning San Geminiano. Once you have visited, you wioll be back.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed October 18, 2008

Our first experience with a Tuscan villa. We were pleased with our accommodation, a large two-bedroom apartment at the top of the castle with amazing views of the surrounding countryside. The rooms were very clean, simple and the beds were comfortable. The kitchen was basic, with a gas-bottled stove, no electrics, no dishwashing machine, and no toaster. One thing that did surprise and disappoint was the single washing machine for the entire complex. The machine didn't work properly (it took 4 hours for a single wash leaving the clothes sopping wet - the staff had previously been notified of the problem but the machine continued to malfunction) and there was no dryer (something we learnt quickly about Italy is that they beileve in air drying even if it takes several days, a luxury we didn't have travelling). The castle has a great taverna downstairs that we used twice for dinner. It has a different set menu each night with two choices for entree, main and dessert. There is a great pool onsite (unheated) but unfortunately the weather was too cool to use, even for the kids. The castle also has wi-fi however it does not work in the rooms and you have to be downstairs in the main hall where there is a massive dining table and chairs to sit at. There is a bus service that runs past the end of the driveway that goes to Florence, however we had a car and did not make use of the public transportation. This is an excellent location to access some great places inland like San Giminagnano and Sienna, as well as the western coastline and places like Pisa and La Spezia.

  • Liked — Location and romance of being in a Tuscan castle
  • Disliked — Single, malfunctioning washing machine
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Castello di Montegufoni
Address: Via Montegufoni, 18 | Montagnana, Montegufoni, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Montegufoni
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Number of rooms: 15
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